O'Donnell (left) was eventually able to apply a tightly gripped guillotine choke in the second round.
Duo Entertain in Feature Event of the Evening
Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to action on Saturday night at CFFC: The Return, which was hosted at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An entertaining evening of Mixed Martial Arts was on display for those in attendance, and the eight-fight card concluded with an evenly matched middleweight pairing between Victor O’Donnell (10-2) and Andrew Riddles (5-1).
After the opening bell, theses two combatants began to circle the cage with each looking for an opening to engage. They eventually drew on one another to end up in a clinch scramble on the fence, and it was O’Donnell who struck first with a huge slam of his opposition. However, the time on the canvas was short-lived after Riddles powered back to his feet, and the duo once again battled for position in the standing clinch. O’Donnell was quickly able to work the action back to the floor, where he attempted to begin a ground and pound game. The seesaw pairing continued at the same type of pace as the final two minutes of the first frame rolled off the clock, while a nice mix of strikes were being exchanged from the stand-up position.
In the second round of this feature bout, Riddles shot early to score his first takedown. Before he was able to garner any type of advantage from the successful attempt, O’Donnell quickly powered back to his feet and into a standing clinch. After next maneuvering both of his arms around the waist of Riddles, the Irish fighter was able to scoop up his opponent and immediately slammed him to the canvas. With a nice mouse swelling around his left eye, Riddles tried to keep everything close as he attempted to return to his feet, but the damage may have actually distracted him enough to cause a mistake with his positioning. With the two leaning on the cage, O’Donnell was able to lock in a standing guillotine choke, and he quickly began to crank his grip to the point where his opponent was receiving no air. Seeing no way out of the dangerous situation, Riddles was forced to tap.
The official time of the stoppage was at the 2:40 mark of the second frame, and the victory for O’Donnell provided Riddles with the first blemish of his professional career.
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