The most anticipated fight of the night...
Both fighters reached the finals in previous tournaments. Both are came off of setbacks, Bryan "The Beast" Baker recovering from a bout with leukemia, and Jared Hess coming off of injuries, including a gruesome dislocated knee. So there was no quit in either fighter.
Hess isn't technically trained in boxing and it shows. His punches were loopy and will likely tire him out in every fight if he continues to punch that way. After working distance, a scramble ensued. Hess got the better of the scramble working to secure Baker's back. Baker got pushed into deep water when Hess secured a tight rear naked choke. Somehow, Baker ducked his chin and got free from the choke and worked the fight back to the feet and pushed Hess to the fence. Hess got caught against the fence with Baker doing damage with ground and pound. Hess was visibly tired and Baker locked on an anaconda choke. He lost the choke and gave up side control. The round ended with Baker locked in another choke attempt, but Hess was able to endure until the bell.
Bryan Baker started the round with good strikes, Hess attempted a take down. Baker stuffed the take down and was in position for another Anaconda attempt. Hess swept Baker and took control only to give it back up in a tactical switcheroo. Baker went for a couple of submission attempts while the fight swayed. Baker secured the back of Hess and started punishing Hess. Both fighters looked very fatigued as Hess struggled out of the submission attempt and back to his feet. Baker ended the round in dominate position again, applying pressure with sneaky shots to Hess' face.
Round three started with more of the same, as both fighters leaned more on the clinch game. Baker secured Hess' back again. This time Baker was able to flatten Hess out and finish him off with a series of strikes.
Coming out of this fight, Baker should work on his cardio to be able to push forward at the end of fights. Hess definitely should do the same, because he ran out of gas very early on in the fight.