Carlos Vera put an end to his close grappling battle late against Kale Moniz in the third round, submitting him with a guillotine choke.
Vera’s win headlined Fury FC 60, which took place Sunday at the Escapade 2001 in Houston, Texas, USA.
Vera secured the choke while on his back in the third round, putting an end to a back-and-forth fight on the ground.
Vera had a strong opening round to the fight, remaining active on the feet with strikes and taking half guard on the ground.
Moniz was able to briefly take top control in the second round, but Vera reversed the position before the round concluded.
Vera gave credit to Moniz in his post-fight interview.
“He is a very dangerous and awesome competitor,” said Vera in his post-fight interview.
After his win, Vera was told he will get a Fury FC title fight in June. It was also revealed that the fight will be in his home state, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Vera is amid a three-fight winning streak in the promotion currently. Previous Fury FC victories came against Cody Freeman and Peter Caballero last year.
Moniz won his four previous fights via finish. Most notably, he stopped an opponent in just 36 seconds on a Fury FC card in December 2021.
UFC Alum Cruz Stops Cheeks III
Former UFC fighter Aalon Cruz scored another win on Sunday night, finishing Charles Cheeks III in the second round.
A knee to the body from Cruz caused Cheeks III to cover up against the cage. Cruz then continued to pour on with shots against a covered-up Cheeks III to cause the referee to step in and end the bout.
Cheeks III briefly protested the stoppage to the referee after it happened.
Cruz has now scored two wins in Fury FC since joining the promotion last year. Before then, he finished Matt Mooney within a round with strikes.
Cheeks III was fighting up a weight class after previously competing at featherweight. His prior appearance was a loss against UFC alum Bobby Moffett.
Lozoya Finishes Villarreal For Sixth Consecutive Win
Carlos Lozoya kept his winning streak going with a finish win against Randy Villarreal on Sunday night.
Lozoya controlled Villarreal in grappling positions throughout the fight. He finally put an end to the contest from half guard in the second round, cutting Villarreal open with elbows and causing him to shell up.
Lozoya has now won six consecutive fights since 2019, with half of those victories coming via stoppage.
Villarreal entered the weekend on a two-fight winning streak. He now has a negative record of 11 wins and 13 losses.
Romero Lands Flying Knee Against Glenn
Anthony Romero scored a walk-off knockout on Sunday night, stopping Kenn Glenn in the second round with a flying knee.
The sudden win scored Romero his 11th victory as a pro through 12 appearances.
There was concern following the stoppage for Glenn, as he was down on the canvas for more than a minute. Glenn was hurt by the knee while on his feet, then the back of his head hit the canvas as he crashed down.
Romero called for a UFC opportunity following the win.
“Dana White, I am here standing in this cage. And I am ready to take that next step. UFC, let’s go,” said Romero in his post-fight interview.
The fight was close prior to the finish, as Glenn was able to be the advancing fighter against Romero.
Glenn is now on a three-fight losing streak. His previous fight was also a finish, getting stopped in February by Diego Lopes.
Torres Gets Nod Over Smotherman Following Style Matchup
Shane Torres prevailed in a close unanimous decision against Cameron Smotherman, winning via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Torres controlled the fight when it went to the ground with submissions and strikes. However, the brief moments of the fight on the feet saw Smotherman overwhelm Torres with strikes.
Torres has now won two consecutive fights as a pro. His previous win was a first-round finish over DJ Navarro last year.
Smotherman won his two previous fights via finish due to strikes.
Evangelista Stops Debuting Moore Early
Ricardo Evangelista spoiled the pro debut of heavyweight Mario Moore, finishing him in the first round with ground and pound shots.
Evangelista got Moore down early in the fight with a double leg takedown. He was dominant in side control and full mount, throwing a steady pace of punches.
The fight put Evangelista back into the win column after suffering a loss to Kimo Luis in his previous appearance.
Mario was making his pro debut after putting together three wins and one loss as an amateur.
McLean Stops Silva In Fury FC Debut
Cleveland McLean showcased his explosive striking on Sunday night, stopping Jacob Silva in the second round.
McLean dropped Silva early in the second round with a head kick. After a slight pause, McLean went to the ground with ground and pound shots to end the fight.
The fight was paused briefly in the first round after McLean landed a series of elbows to the head of Silva. The referee stopped the bout due to a series of the blows landing on the back of Silva’s head.
Apart from that moment, McLean had a strong opening frame with ground and pound striking.
McLean was making his first appearance on a Fury FC card. He entered the weekend with a three-fight winning streak from performances on the regional scene last year.
Silva was coming off a busy 2021 that saw him take two wins and three losses in Fury FC. The two-time “Contender Series” alum now has a promotional record of seven wins and four losses.
Murphy Wins Quick Turnaround Bout Against Macario
Michael Murphy had a close fight against Gabe Macario to open the main card, picking up a unanimous decision win in the end.
Macario stunned Murphy on the feet early, allowing him to score a takedown early on. Murphy potentially stole the round after that, taking the top position and earning numerous minutes of control time with strikes.
Macario took the back of Murphy in the second round, allowing him to attempt a rear naked choke on the ground. He had the submission locked in by the end of the round, but ran out of time to finish the fight with it.
Murphy got the best of a back-and-forth final round on the ground, taking a top position against Macario in two different instances
Murphy fought on a CFFC card just a week before, losing a unanimous decision to Ryan Rizco.
Macario is now on a four-fight winning streak in Fury FC, with two of those previous defeats coming via stoppage.
Bout 16: Luis Luna def. Cameron Graves via Decision, Split
Bout 15: Josh Van def. Angelo Trujillo via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:36)
Bout 14: Carlos Jimenez def. Moises Oropeza via Decision, Split
Main Card (5:30PM EDT / 4:30PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 13: Carlos Vera def. Kale Moniz via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3, 3:18)
Bout 12: Aalon Cruz def. Charles Cheeks III via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:36)
Bout 11: Carlos Lozoya def. Randy Villarreal via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:17)
Bout 10: Anthony Romero def. Kenn Glenn via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:39)
Bout 9: Shane Torres def. Cameron Smotherman via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Ricardo Evangelista def. Mario Moore via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:44)
Bout 7: Cleveland McLean def. Jacob Silva via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:15)
Bout 6: Michael Murphy def. Gabe Macario via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card (3:30PM EDT / 2:30PM CDT) (Youtube)
Bout 5: Cristian Lopez def. Oliver Jimenez via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:49)
Bout 4: Andrew Slater def. Corry Mccory via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 3:50)
Bout 3: Hector Saenz def. Raymond Cardenas via Submission, Triangle Armbar (RD 2, 2:58)
Bout 2: Francisco Obando def. Joseph Aguilar via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 1: Paul Garza def. Bryant Shell via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 1, 0:31)