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‘Batman’ Uses Plan B to Beat Emerson at UFC Fight Night Live

Premier Martial Arts Trainer Kurt Pellegrino wins at UFC Fight Night Live

Premier Martial Arts Trainer Kurt Pellegrino wins at UFC Fight Night Live

After a breakout year in 2008, lightweight contender Kurt Pellegrino got 2009 off to a good start Saturday night with a second round submission win over Rob Emerson in UFC Fight Night Live.

Both fighters focused on their standup early, with Pellegrino moving and landing well with martial arts kickboxing on the heavy-handed Emerson. Midway through the round, Pellegrino tried to put the fight on the mat, but he was instead taken down by Emerson. While there, Pellegrino locked his foe up from the bottom and got back to his feet to resume his standup attack. Surprisingly, Emerson scored another takedown by the end of the round, turning the tables on the wrestler, jiu-jitsu, and karate kickboxing black belt.

Emerson opened the second behind the jab, and a hard kick to the head got Pellegrino’s attention at the one minute mark. Pellegrino looked to be getting frustrated by Emerson, and looked for the takedown. With two minutes gone, he got it, slamming Emerson to the mat. While on the mat, Pellegrino took over, eventually taking his foe’s back and sinking in a rear naked choke that produced a tap out at the 3:14 mark of round two.

With the win, Pellegrino improves to 19-4; Emerson falls to 10-7 with 1 NC.

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