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Stanford TKOs Trujillo in Iron Boy MMA6

By - May 21, 2017

By Orlando Manzo for The Sporting Nation

PHOENIX -- The Iron Boy MMA 6 main event ended in controversy on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre, as Paris Stanford aka the Superhero earned a TKO victory over Brandon Trujillo. 


The 150-pound fight was stopped at 2:30 of the first round, when referee Al Guinee broke up the action due to a series of punches when Trujillo was facing down to the octagon.  

Punches to the head of an opponent who is facing down with just one hand on the mat are still legal in the MMA fights.

Trujillo (1-3-0) did not look happy immediately after the result, and the Phoenix crowd booed the situation. Trujillo, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico looked bewildered by the situation.

The error came at a terrible time, as Trujillo executed a great performance at the beginning of the fight. After getting out-wrestled in much of the first minute, Trujillo hurt Stanford with right hooks to the body and head.

Bleeding from the bridge of the nose, Stanford turned hard to his jiu-jitsu and did manage to get Trujillo down. Trujillo was facing down, and that’s when Stanford attacked him with a series of punches around the head.

“I felt good even though I cut a lot of weight in the last five days. I felt it a lot in my legs as they were not responding like I wanted them to and that’s why I needed to finish the fight right away. He was big and strong and I didn’t want to be standing up with him as he did surprise me a little bit at the beginning with those right hooks,” Stanford said.

Stanford's coach Santino DeFranco was very happy with the performance of his pupil even though they took the fight just five days ago.

“There was not much preparation for this fight but Paris has been training and he is always at the gym. Paris' Jiu Jitsu is always on point, his cardio is always on point and we just fixes a couple of things on his boxing skills.” DeFranco said.  

In the rest of the fights, Austin Solari defeated Paul Looper by submission in the last minute of the third round. Solari is now 2-0 as an amateur where he looks to win more fights and eventually become a pro.

For the second fight of the night Eric Fimbres came out victorious, winning by unanimous decision over Dawson O’Keefe. The 6’1, 170-pound Fimbres dominated the fight from start to finish, but he was not able to bring O’Keefe down. Fimbres is now 1-0 as amateur.

Orlando Jimenez defeated Brendan Trujillo at 150 pounds. Jimenez, from Phoenix, tried to finish the fight via KO but was unsuccessful. He landed several kicks and punches to the face of Trujillo, making the crowd stand up. Jimenez is now 4-1 in his amateur career.

In one of the better fights of the evening, Tyrel Wisdom from Albuquerque turned in a spectacular performance by defeating Nathan Hyland from Phoenix. Wisdom quickly attacked his opponent and choked Hyland to make him tap-out.  

“I thought the fight was awesome, the stage was very closed and the crowd was very loud. I was going for the takedown but he countered me good so I went around him and choked him. We are now going back to New Mexico with a win and a favorable position.” Wisdom said.

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