Billy Quarantillo of Ransomville, now fighting in Tampa, Florida, registered a close but unanimous decision on Spike Carlyle from San Diego on Saturday night in the Ultimate Fighting Championship championship battle at UFC Apex in Los Angeles.
It was the second UFC fight for each of them, but it would seem to put the 31-year-old Quarantillo in line for another appearance in the octagon.
Quarantillo has a difference of 29-28 on all three judging cards, but even with a slight advantage, which is not visible, he rushes forward in the third 5 minute round and makes his 27-year-old opponent survive at the finish.
Carlyle has a reputation as a strong first-round fighter who doesn’t like to go far. He lived like that in the middle of the opening round, but he also showed the ability to survive in the third round.
“I never wanted to leave it in the hands of the judges,” Quarantillo said after the fight, explaining his determination to do everything in the final round.
According to ESPN statistics, Quarantillo had 48 significant blows to 39 for his opponent and made two surrender attempts to one for Carlyle, which is credited with three reversals to one for Quarantillo.
With 10 seconds left in the opening round, Carlyle began walking away with her back to Quarantillo, who quickly attacked and landed a hard blow from behind when the round ended.
Molan Junkie, Nolan King, wrote for USA Today, making Carlyle win the first round, 10-9, the second round even on 19-19, and Quarantillo won the third, 29-28.
The Quarantillo-Carlyle fight is the start of an 11-fight card featuring welterweight classes Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns and heavyweights Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai.
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