DALLAS, June 18 – Veteran lightweight Conor Heun spoiled the Strikeforce debut of Brazil’s Magno Almeida in preliminary card action at American Airlines Center Saturday, scoring a hard-fought unanimous decision in a compelling three round scrap.
Almeida vs. Heun
Scores were 29-28 across the board for Heun.
Solid groundwork was turned in by both men in the opening stanza,
with Almeida working his submission attempts while Heun unleashed hard
punches on the mat, as well as kicks while his opponent was on his back.
The second round was a closely contested one as well until Almeida broke it open late with an armbar attempt that looked like it was going to finish the bout. Heun battled his way free though, drawing an appreciative roar from the crowd.
The nip and tuck action continued in the third, with Almeida almost finishing Heun with a choke. But with his usual resilience, Heun broke loose and fired away with ground strikes for the majority of the rest of the round, ending the exciting battle in style.
Heun improves to 9-4 with the win; Almeida falls to 9-2.