There was a lot of hype surrounding Elias Garcia heading into Driller Promotions: Mecca X.
The undefeated bantamweight prospect had been steamrolling his opposition on the regional circuit, and his familial relationship to Anthony and Sergio Pettis only amplified that buzz. Many believed the Roufussport product was destined for much bigger things, but he needed another big victory on the regional circuit before receiving his long-awaited call from the UFC.
He may have just earned that contract.
The 25-year-old prospect faced off with fellow undefeated talent David Williams in a showdown between two of the most touted up-and-comers in the Midwest. Both men came firing out of the gates with guns blazing, and each found their marks in the early goings. Williams dropped Garcia with a big shot in the opening minute and Garcia returned the favor less than a minute later.
Once the action his the canvas Garcia started to work for a submission, and Williams did all he could to survive. Nevertheless, Garcia's determination won out as he forced Williams to tap to a leg triangle late in the opening round.
With the win, Garcia has now won all five of his professional showings and should be on the short list of fighters to be signed by the UFC.
MMA Card:Elias Garcia def. David Williams via submission (triangle choke) Rd 1Jason Huntley def. Chris Collins via submission (rear naked choke) Rd 2Craig Eckelberg def. Ted Worthington via TKO (verbal submission) Rd 2Thomas Herrera def. Kaleb Dingman via TKO (punches), Round 2 Dustin Klapperick def. Robert Confer via unanimous decision Elliot Jurries def. Ricardo Pacheco via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1Alexander Brown def. Arkady Pichurin via submission (guillotine), Round 1Robert Andrews def. Brad Pitan via TKO (punches), Round 1Yamah Sadozai def. Jeremy Lucas via TKO (punches), Round 1David Vinje def. Jens Nestingen via KO (punch), Round 1Ryan Schafer def. Derek Goetleb via TKO (punches), Round 1Coty Milhausen def. Sean Keogh via KO (punch), Round 1Randy Rivera Santiago def. Denis Montero via submission (rear naked choke), Round 2Fernando Moreno def. Jacob Schorsch via TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 2
Muay Thai Card:Kaitlin Young def. Djamara Vers via TKO, Round 2 Ben Locken def. Devin Turner via unanimous decisionTom Jenkins def. Adam Vanderveen via TKO (body shot), Round 1Tommy Matlon def. Jeremy Lundergren via knockout (head kick), Round 2Akeela Al-Hameed def. Shelby Pickard via unanimous decisionAngela Bahr def. Darcie Thomson Cellar via unanimous decision Jamie Krause-Simmons def. Joe Wawrzyniecki via split decision Tremayne WIlliams def. Marcus Young via split decision Tyler Pelichek def. Gabriel Meza via unanimous decision Megan Stein def. Alisha Hayes via unanimous decision Jesse Poolaw def. JJ Stamper via unanimous decision Leon Delgado def. Mike McCormick via knockout (punch), Round 1Brong Vang def. Scott Walenski via unanimous decision Chad Hildebrant def. Davonte McClam via unanimous decision Manuel Candaele def. Dylan Merrick via split decision Deval Bugsrucker-Garvey def. Hunter Pederson via split decisionMark Ricafort def. Isaiah Morales via unanimous decision