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Zoila Frausto had the comfort of being home in Fresno, Calif., on Friday and was feeling the adulation. Reina Cordoba refused to let “The Warrior Princess” fight her fight, however.Cordoba, a big underdog, silenced the crowd and delivered an upset victory via first-round armbar submission in the main event of Combate Fresno at the Save Mart Center and live on DAZN. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFrausto (14-6) looked every bit the favorite at the start of the match as she peppered Cordoba (10-1) with stiff punches, snapping her opponent’s head back with each strike. Cordoba refused to let the striking continue, however, and dramatically turned the tide with a head and arm judo throw to take Frausto to the ground.Once on the ground, Frausto tried to take Cordoba’s back, but the game Costa Rican fighter trapped Frausto’s elbow between her knees and wrenched back on it by leveraging her hips. That put Frausto in instant agony and she quickly tapped out.Revive los mejores momentos del triunfo de Reina Córdoba sobre Zoila Frausto.#CombateFresno pic.twitter.com/uEz8NjRx1j— Combate Americas (@combateamericas) August 3, 2019″When we start a fight, we’re 50-50,” Cordoba reminded everyone during her postfight interview in la jaula (“the cage” in Spanish, as Combate Americas fondly refers to it). “When we got to the floor, I knew I was going to be in a comfortable spot. My game plan was to finish this fight early.” A game plan that was mighty effective, to the shock of Frausto, who looked to be in a daze while looking across the cage at Cordoba after the loss.The fight was at a catchweight of 130 pounds.Co-main event: JC Llamas pulverizes Ivan Castillo in first-round TKO (punches)Llamas was able to get mount position on Castillo and he never let him out of it. Llamas pummeled Castillo with punishing right and left hands. Castillo attempted to get out from under Llamas, but “The Leg Lock Monster” kept the mount intact and continued blasting Castillo until the ref stopped the fight. After the win, Llamas called out John Gotti III, an MMA fighter on the rise and the grandson of late mob boss John Gotti.Prelims resultsJesse Strader def. Isaiah Batin Gonzalez by first-round KO (punch); bantamweights.Adrian Guzman def. Cesar Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); catchweightAlbert Gonzalez def. Havier Pedroza by first-round TKO (punches); welterweights.Jose Avalos def. Trey Branch via first-round submission (rear naked choke); bantamweights.Paul Elizondo Jr. def. Mike Tubera by first-round submission (rear naked choke); flyweights.Dan Argueta def. Christian Hermosillo via first-round submission (rear naked choke); featherweights.Daniel Oseguera def. Austin Liu by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); bantamweights.
BAFFERT’S TALENTED CHARLATAN ATTEMPTING TO FOLLOW 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WINNER JUSTIFY AS HE MAKES SECOND START AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAYNO PUBLIC ADMISSION ALLOWED, FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.; WAGERING AVAILABLE AT TRACK’S 1/ST BET & XPRESSBET APPS ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2020)–Although plenty of attention will be focused on Santa Anita’s seventh race Saturday, the Grade I Beholder Mile, the eyes of the racing world will also be riveted on the race just before it, a $57,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile. Bob Baffert’s talented Charlatan, a 5 ¾ length first-out maiden winner on Feb. 16, will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Baffert’s 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify as he stretches out and tries to muscle his way onto the Kentucky Derby trail.The comparisons are unavoidable. Justify, a chestnut colt by Scat Daddy, was foaled in Kentucky on March 28, 2015, sold as a Keeneland September Yearling for $500,000, was unraced at two and was a first-out maiden winner with Drayden Van Dyke up on Feb. 18, 2018.Charlatan, a chestnut colt by Speightstown, was foaled in Kentucky on March 2, 2017, sold as a Keeneland September Yearling for $700,000, was unraced at two and broke his maiden two days earlier than Baffert’s 2018 superstar with you guessed it, Drayden Van Dyke up.From there, Baffert and Van Dyke are hoping history continues to repeat itself, as Charlatan, like Justify two years ago, will be stretching out in a one mile allowance Saturday and will be running over what could be an “off ” surface. (Justify was a 9 ½ length one mile allowance winner over a muddy track, getting the distance in 1:35.73).At this stage, one discernable difference in comparing the two horses at this moment in time is that Mike Smith replaced Van Dyke for Justify’s win, while Van Dyke has retained the mount on Charlatan.First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. There will be no public admission, in accordance with recent health dictates issued by the state of California. Assigned post time for race six is at 3:35 p.m. PT.Wagering on all Santa Anita live racing is available via the track’s 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps. For additional information on racing and wagering at Santa Anita Park, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.