|JUSTIN BAESMAN AFTER WINNING|
WEST COAST HAS A NEW WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION
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"I wasn't taking him lightly," Baesman said on Verbal Scrap. "I just want to see my belt and go home. . . 2 belts, three time champ, that's what I'm looking for."
|BAESMAN (RIGHT), GRIFFIN (LEFT)|
Justin "The Raw Deal" Baesman was able to come into the West Coast Fighting cage and take the former welterweight champion, Max Griffin's, belt to become the new WCFC champion. The fight went the full five rounds with Baesman winning a split decision (49-46 Griffin, 2 judges 48-47 Baesman), but almost every round was a close round to call for either fighter. Baesman (10-2) has UFC aspirations and his bout against Griffin (4-1) benefited both fighters win or lose considering this bout was hands down one of the top contenders for "fight of the night" as far as SR was concerned.
"We are eager and anxious to see Justin bring that belt home," Riley from 5150 fightwear said on Verbal Scrap (www.srmma.com).
|GRIFFIN (RIGHT) LANDING ON BAESMAN (LEFT)|
Round one was close but Griffin landed early in the exchanges. He came forward and looked to set the tone against Baesman by dictating the early striking game. The first round brought out the best in Griffin that had Baesman well aware of what was coming his was fight night.
"I wasn't taking him lightly," Baesman said on Verbal Scrap (www.srmma.com). "I just want to see my belt and go home. . . 2 belts, three time champ, that's what I'm looking for."
The second round was probably the closest of all the rounds because Baesman was trying to step up his kicking game by throwing multiple leg and front kicks, but Griffin was almost constantly moving forward and clearly more 'aggressive'. Half way through the bout was the place that momentum began to swing more in favor of Baesman as he had the champ crouched on the mat searching for a way to get out of the tricky situation he was in with Baesman raining punches. Griffin was able to land enough to escape but Beasman was changing the tide of the fight in a much more certain manner.
|GRIFFIN (LEFT), BAESMAN (RIGHT)|
Round four was also one of the closer rounds of the fight with Griffin landing several times with right hands that kept Baesman moving and throwing his signature kicks and occasional unorthodox punches to kept Griffin guessing. Although Baesman threw many strikes Griffin had solid defense and rolled with many of those strikes in order to get off the shots he threw in flurries to back Baesman up. "The Raw Deal" countered well during the flurries while the two took turns keeping each other locked up against the cage. After the final bell rang the crowd roared and the decision was read with Baesman becoming the new champion.
"Whatever he gives me I'm going to take and whatever he doesn't give me I'm going to take," Griffin said. "So I'm taking, mine."
|BAESMAN (BLUE GLOVES) AFTER WINNING THE BELT.|
Griffin was the early aggressor and more often than not he was moving forward and bringing the fight to Baesman. At times during the later rounds, Griffin looked to be thinking more than throwing. When he did come forward in flurries he was very effective in dictating the pace of the fight. Without giving an unofficial score card of my own I will say that I lean more toward the two judges cards scored 48-47 in Baesman's favor. I can see how many viewing the fight would see Griffin's forward movement most of the time as the determining factor in the close rounds but I would tell fans to remember Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz and the effective strike and move game plan applied by Condit to win the UFC title. Baesman will be on the next episode of the VERBAL SCRAP PODCAST tomorrow, Monday June 11, at 7:15 PM so listen live!
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