This week we saw the #5 Aisling Daly (Team Pettis) take on #12 Angela Magana (Team Melendez). The winner of this fight will face Jessica Penne in the Quarter Finals. Aisling Daly is currently 14-5, with 7 of her wins by Submission, 5 by Knockout and 2 by Decision. Angela Magana is currently 11-6 with 6 wins coming from Submission, 3 by Decision and 2 from Knockout. The records are sort of evenly matched and I thought going in that Team Melendez might get their first win of the season.
For the most part there was a lot of ground game in this fight, and a few instances that the ref had to stand the fighters back up. This fight ended up going to the third round and saw Daly defeat Magana via TKO (punches) ref stoppage. Magana complained after the fight in the locker room that she felt she had Daly in the first round and the ref shouldn’t have stood them up. The ref gave them two warnings of inactivity and then stood them up so I don’t see much weight to Magana’s argument. However, it should be interesting to see if this gets brought up next week.
So with this weeks win Team Pettis is now 6-0! Only 2 fights remain in the opening round, if Team Melendez isn’t careful the rest of this season could feature all Team Pettis vs. Team Pettis fights. Next week we will see #10 Alex Chambers (Team Pettis) vs. #7 Rose Namajunas (Team Melendez). #7 Rose Namajunas has only fought 3 professional fights in 2013 and has a record of 2-1. Both of her wins are from submission and her only loss was by decision. #10 Alex Chambers has a record of 4-1 with fights from 2010-2013. Chambers only has 1 loss and only her first fight we to decision. All other fights from Chambers ended in the first round, 2 by TKO and 1 by submission. I really like Chambers chances with the majority of her fights ending in the first round. The majority of the seeding has worked in Team Pettis’ favor this season, but anything can happen in the cage.
The last time Team Melendez was ranked better than Team Pettis was With #3 Tecia Torres vs. #14 Randa Markos and Markos won via unanimous decision. Will the seeding work in Team Melendez’s favor or will Team Pettis deliver another win and upset? We will just have to wait for next week.