Explosive punches from Austen Lane secured him a title victory on Sunday, stopping Juan Adams in the fourth round to become the new Fury FC Heavyweight Champion.
Lane’s victory headlined Fury FC 54, which took place at the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas, USA.
Lane’s hard strikes stopped the fight just seconds into the fourth round, erasing a lead that Adams had earned before.
Lane hurt Adams in the fourth round with an uppercut. He then followed up with a fast combination of straight punches, dropping him and causing the fight to end.
Lane was able to open up with punches earlier in the fight as well, but didn’t get many opportunities to unload due to being taken down frequently.
Adams had gained a lead through three rounds, earning a takedown in each frame to get ahead early.
The victory continued a four-fight winning streak of Lane, with all of those wins coming via stoppage.
Adams, a former UFC fighter, was aiming to defend his belt for the first time. He was crowned champion in August, securing a stoppage win against Richard Odoms at Fury FC 49.
Romero Returns To Win Column Against Fury FC Vet Echeverry
Anthony Romero bounced back from his sole pro loss in the co-main event, using his grappling skills to earn a unanimous decision win over Nico Echeverry.
Romero took Echeverry down numerous times in the fight, often using those position to keep him grounded for numerous minutes.
Echeverry’s first round was his best, as he was able to gain control time in clinch and ground positions.
Romero lost a Fury FC main event fight two months back, dropping a split decision to JJ Okanovich. He had attained an undefeated record of nine wins before then, including a fight on the 2020 season of UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Echeverry, a veteran of Fury FC, was coming off two decision wins that he earned earlier in the year.
Parker Submits Esquivel Late For Second Pro Win
Undefeated boxer Melissa Parker scored her second pro win as an MMA fighter on Sunday, securing a third-round submission victory over short-notice opponent Itzel Esquivel.
Parker applied a rear naked choke submission win against Esquivel late after hurting her on the ground with ground and pound shots.
Parker made her MMA debut earlier this year, earning a win and a loss since April. She has also fought in boxing for the past year, attaining five wins in the sport.
Esquivel, a former LFA and Invicta FC fighter, took the fight on just a few days’ notice. She was competing for the first time since May 2019.
Cheeks III Takes Close Split Decision Over Visel
Charles Cheeks III won in his return to Fury FC, taking a split decision victory over Josh Visel.
Cheeks III’s win came after a hectic three-round battle that saw both fighters land with hard strikes on the feet.
Cheeks III was coming off a stoppage loss he took against UFC alum Matt Bessette in January. His previous Fury FC fight was in 2019 when he defeated Josh Davila.
Visel was appearing for the first time since 2019. He broke a two-fight skid in his prior bout, submitting Murjan Flowers on a Total Warrior Combat card.
Ivy Wins In Grappling Battle Gaainst Heffernan
Dimitre Ivy got the best of a back-and-forth grappling battle, defeating Jake Heffernan via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Most of the fight took place on the ground, where both fighters would take a controlling position at times. Ivy often did damage when in control, sometimes unloading with quick flurries of shots to Heffernan.
The win put Ivy back into the win column after suffering a submission loss to Jesse Butler two weeks ago.
Heffernan made his return in June, snapping a two-fight losing streak with a victory against Justin Linn.
Groin Strike Ends Middleweight Bout Early
Joel Bauman’s bout against Edmilson Freitas had a quick no contest ending on Sunday, as a groin shot in the first round forced the bout to end early.
Bauman dropped Freitas in the opening round due to a groin kick. After a few minutes of Freitas on the ground in pain, the referee made the call to end the fight.
A disappointed, yet also apologetic Bauman was frustrated with the fight’s outcome.
Bauman’s previous MMA win was in April when he beat Julien Leblanc on an LFA card. He has also fought on a bare-knuckle MMA event since then, defeating Brandon Johnson in June.
Freitas was fighting to bounce back from a loss he took against Nico Echeverry late last year.
Esteves Scores Quick Submission Win, Continues Troubles For Meno
Lorram Esteves had a quick win to open the main card, submitting Frank Meno in the first round with a rear naked choke submission.
Esteves immediately searched for a choke after taking Meno down in the first round. He was able to get his submission under the chin, causing Meno to tap out eventually.
Esteves has now won two consecutive bouts in Fury FC. He made his promotional debut in June, stopping Omar Hillail with strikes.
Meno is now on a three-fight losing streak, with all defeats being first-round submission losses.
Postliminary Card (Youtube / Facebook)
Bout 15: Raymond Cardenas def. Taylor Hickman via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:55)
Bout 14: Joshua Thwang def. Chase Eastham via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 3:24)
Main Card (5:30PM EST / 4:30PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 13: Austen Lane def. Juan Adams via TKO, Strikes (RD 4, 0:42) (Fury FC Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 12: Anthony Romero def. Nico Echeverry via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 11: Melissa Parker def. Itzel Esquivel via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 3, 2:52)
Bout 10: Charles Cheeks III def. Josh Visel via Decision, Split
Bout 9: Dimitre Ivy def. Jake Heffernan via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Joel Bauman vs. Edmilson Freitas via No Contest, Accidental Groin Kick (RD 1, 1:19)
Bout 7: Lorram Esteves def. Frank Meno via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 3:26)
Preliminary Card (3:30PM EST / 2:30PM CST) (Youtube / Facebook)
Bout 6: David Waters def. Victor Gonzalez via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 2:15)
Bout 5: Felipe Rocha def. Zachary Borrego via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 2:22) (Vacant Fury FC Amateur Middleweight Championship)
Bout 4: Kody Steele def. Kieth Ford via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (Vacant Fury FC Amateur Welterweight Championship)
Bout 3: Geno Morelli def. Chris Tovar via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant Fury FC Amateur Featherweight Championship)
Bout 2: Jonathan King def. Keaton Standridge via Decision, Unanimous (Amateur)
Bout 1: James Ford def. Kevin Clark via Decision, Unanimous (Amateur)