Costa Mesa, California – A pair of recent LFA competitors took a big step forward in the top MMA bouts at Thursday’s Fight Club OC 56, broadcast live on Facebook. Westin Wilson and Andre Walker got the job done with round 1 finishes, plus plenty of solid action from the rest of the boxing & MMA featured at FCOC 56. Check out the full event replay, commentated by UFC welterweight contender Curtis Millender, or read on for recaps of all six bouts & clips of the top moments.
FCOC 56 MMA Bouts
Westin Wilson subs Javier Garcia
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CSW rep Javier Garcia (4-3) tagged Classic Fight Team’s Westin Wilson (7-3) in the opening seconds of the FCOC 56 main event but found himself planted on the mat as soon as Wilson shifted levels. Before long Garcia’s submission attack shined through as he rolled for a kneebar. Wilson angled off, however, and made Garcia pay with several solid punches to the face. Wilson tried to take the back, but Garcia sniffed it out and squirmed to top position. Unfortunately for Garcia, he left his neck available and Wilson took advantage with a D’Arce choke at 3:31 of round 1. Great back-and-forth one round fight to cap an entertaining Thursday night of fight at FCOC 56.
Andre Walker TKOs Chris Herrera
Oceanside, California’s Chris Herrera (3-4-1) stepped into the FCOC ring with experience aplenty including a three-fight stint in Bellator and a run in the Marines. All that seasoning did little for Herrera against the superior size & skills offered by 6’2″ Anaheim denizen Andre Walker (5-2). Walker maintained range expertly as he cracked Herrera with straight punches from the opening bell. A nasty looking head kick whizzed past Herrera’s ear, but moments later Walker found the mark with a left hand that put his man on the mat about two minutes in. A handful of ground strikes sealed the deal for Andre Walker, who bounced back nicely from an 11-second loss to knockout machine Kailan Hill at LFA 54.
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Diego Perez dec. Emilas Jimenez
Florida native Diego Perez (1-2) entered winless but showed off diverse skills in the first half of the fight including good clinch control, skilled high kicks, and a snappy spinning backfist. Local fighter Emilas Jimenez (1-1) flipped momentum midway through round 2 when he pulled for a tight-looking guillotine and used it to sweep to top control. With the fight up for grabs, Perez picked up the pace with solid offense that sealed the 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision despite Jimenez’s late charge.
FCOC 56 Boxing Bouts
Sergio Gonzalez dec. Alejandro Huerta
Wilmington, California native Alejandro Lopez Huerta (1-3) spent a ton of energy swinging big to get inside the pocket against his rangy opponent. That gave Sergio Gonzalez (2-0) plenty of openings to slip away and counter. Riverside’s Gonzalez hit paydirt with an uppercut that dropped Huerta late in round 1, plus a right hand that scored a second knockdown moments later. The awkward Huerta came out slinging wild heat in rounds 2 and 3, despite all the damage incurred in the first. Gonzalez was never in serious danger but looked tired & frustrated as Huerta stayed in his face to the final bell. This was scrappy and entertaining thanks to Huerta’s passion for fisticuffs, but in the end Gonzalez walked away with a hard-earned win by 38-36 scorecards.
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Angel Cordon dec. Gabriel Serrano
Amateur standout Angel Cordon (3-0) returned from a one-year layoff to dominate Gabriel Serrano (0-3). The 19-year-old Cordon showed off nimble feet and quick hands as he peppered his man with straight punches. Serrano hung tough but didn’t have much to offer Cordon aside from a game spirit, solid chin, and occasional counter attempts. Cordon’s slick work earned him the unanimous decision by straight 40-36s in his first trip to the scorecards as pro.
Cameron Christopher draw Arian Sharifi
This closely matched fight saw Cameron Christopher (0-1-1) offer power lefts from southpaw stance while Arian Sharifi (1-1-1; also 4-1 pro MMA) returned fire with focus on the body. All three judges saw the contest 38-38 for a rare unanimous draw.
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