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Mixed Martial Arts
Jordan “Mata Ele” Smith

Jesse Juarez


Jordan Smith

Thursday, February 21, 2013 
West Valley City, UT

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Jesse Juarez vs. Jordan Smith

Round 1
A hard roundhouse kick to the body from Juarez is the first notable strike after 30 seconds of a feeling-out process. Smith throws a rush of punches but almost all are absorbed. Smith cracks Juarez with a partially blocked head kick. Smith keeps coming with punches and kicks almond the cage, but Juarez defends well along the fence, covering up and kicking back to the body. Smith lands a hard shot that forces a Juarez shot. Smith defends initially, but Juarez resets and powers him to the canvas. He can't hold Smith down, and "Mata Ele" gets back to his feet. Huge punches from both fighters, who have decided to have a shootout along the cage. It's punch-for-punch-for-punch-for-punch for seconds on end. Smith finally rocks Juarez with a salvo of punches, dropping him into a desperate single-leg attempt. Smith keeps ripping him with shots on the floor before opting to grab a guillotine and jump guard. Juarez escapes and chips away on top momentarily but the Utah native gets back to his feet. Undeterred, Juarez drives him back down to the mat and punches away in half guard until the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Smith
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Smith
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Smith

Round 2
Smith unloads with a sharp combination against the fence, but Juarez slips underneath and smoothly takes his back. The Californian has both hooks sunk and is taking his time, much to the chagrin of the pro-Smith crowd. Smith rolls to his back, and Juarez grabs an arm-triangle choke. Juarez jumps over to side control, and the end appears to be imminent. Smith is holding on however, and after playing it cool for a few seconds, explodes and bucks his man off before escaping to his feet. The crowd erupts, but Juarez is still riding the Ute with a rear waistlock. The Californian switches to a double-leg attempt against the cage and finally pulls Smith to the mat. Juarez takes Smith’s back not long after and is now fishing for another side choke after Smith rolls to his back. Juarez finishes the round in full mount.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Juarez
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Juarez
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Juarez

Round 3
The third round opens with a lot of feinting, circling and glancing kicks. For 90 seconds, Juarez changes his direction, circling back and forth on the outside as Smith feints. Finally, "Mata Ele" launches a spinning-back fist and Juarez ducks under in pursuit of the double-leg. He can't keep Smith down and clings to a rear waistlock on the feet until referee Dave Seljestad breaks them up. Juarez shoots in again with a single. As Smith defends, Juarez cuts the corner and takes his back. Smith tries to stand up with Juarez riding his back with one hook in. Astonishingly, Dave Seljestad calls for a standup with Juarez having Smith's back. After the terrible call, Juarez stays married to the takedown, driving in a double-leg, then clinging to Smith's back, wrestling him to the mat before the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Juarez (29-28 Juarez)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-10 (29-29 Draw)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Smith (29-28 Smith)

Official Result: Ethan Mac Andrews scores it 29-28 for Jesse Juarez, while Dave Calderwood sees it 29-28 for Jordan Smith. The deciding judge, Bobby Wombacher scores it 30-27 for the winner by split decision, Jesse Juarez.

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Weigh-in Video on youtube   

(Jordan is at 4:14)