byFUnews Staff Escobar was in danger of losing his belt, but he mounted his opponent and landed repeated strikes, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight 1 minute, 44 seconds into the third round.
The Up & Comers 155-pound champion retained his title with a technical knockout victory against Danny Pena at Up & Comers 9 on Friday night at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
“He was going for the takedown, but I ended up in the mount,” Escobar said. “It was good hip movement from me I guess.”
While Escobar retained his title, Josh Rojas became the promotion’s first 185-pound champion by outlasting Art Hernandez and winning via unanimous decision.
“I thought I had the first two rounds in the bag,” Rojas said. “My corner reassured me I did, so I went in trying to be cautious and not let him take me down.”
The most impressive and dominant victory of the night went to AKA’s Gabriel Carrasco, who needed just 1:25 to defeat Mario Banuelos via rear-naked choke.
In an exciting back and forth fight, Leopoldo Quezada defeated Larry Bumpus with a third-round guillotine choke.
Andrew Calvin outlasted John Gonzales II to win via unanimous decision.
The women put on a great show for the fans in an intense three-round bout. In the end, Anntonette Bernal defeated Dona Castro via unanimous decision.
And in the opening bout of the night, Edgar Loza overcame a slow start to defeat Alfonso Perez with a third-round technical knockout. It was Loza’s amateur debut.