Courtesy of MMAFighting.com
Based on their aggressive posturing at the weigh-in, there was pressure for both fighters to deliver on their implied promise.
They didn’t disappoint.
Best known as the BJJ coach for the legendary Chute Boxe, most would have expected Cristiano Marcello to frantically search for the takedown. Instead, he decided to trade leather with the pugnacious Madadi.
The contest was back and forth most of the way, with Reza appearing to get the best of it.
Both absorbed an inordinate amount of punishment, particularly Marcello, who moved and looked like an extra from The Walking Dead after eating so many shots.
Unfortunately, the judges gave what could charitably be called a home town decision, handing Cristiano Marcello the win.
It tainted a fight that was otherwise memorable for all the right reasons.