Articles from: April 2013

Antanas Jazbutis vs. Sean May

Jazbutis and May met in a 73kg catchweight bout in the first professional bout of the evening.
Jazbutis set the tone early with a takedown straight from the first bell, May defended it momentarily but that was as good as it got for him during the opening stanza. Jazbutis spent the round in May’s guard landing several short, sharp strikes with fists and elbows both finding a home. May wasn’t going to lie down and take it as he scored with a few of his own from the bottom, as the round wore on Jazbutis was the busier of the two as he carried on scoring points right up until the 5:00 mark.

Round two started in the same vain as the first. Jazbutis closed the distance between the men with strikes and he shot in for the takedown, again May defended briefly but the classy Lithuanian took the fight exactly where he wanted it to go. May tried to explode out but Jazbutis’ experience and technique kept May exactly where he wanted him. With May underneath him he quickly moved to half guard and briefly thought about working for an arm-triangle. May defends and Jazbutis lets it go and lands more strikes from the top, May stalls the action as he ties Jazbutis up and Leon Roberts stands the men up. With ten seconds left Jazbutis tries a couple of crazy spinning kicks but neither land as the round comes to an end.

Déjà vu at the start of the third as Jazbutis takes May down once more and instantly hops from side control to mount in the blink of an eye. Jazbutis is in total control of the bout as he lands more strikes and elbows from the top, May’s eye is now looking a mess but Jazbutis is relentless with the ground and pound. May doing a good job of protecting himself, he’s showing the warrior spirit that he possesses as he grits his teeth to see this through to the end. Jazbutis’ constant pressure could have seen many a man crumble before now as he lands more horrible looking elbows from the top. The last ten seconds sound and this has been a textbook performance from the Staydown FC Lightweight Champion, Antanas Jazbutis.

Winner: Antanas Jazbutis via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00

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