Feb 25, 2018
KOP 60 brings UFC vet Joe Riggs vs. Erick Lozano and more to your favorite device Saturday, Feb. 24.
UFC veteran Joe Riggs moved his finishing streak to seven and countless insane finishes highlighted a stacked KOP 60 fight card.
Streaming live from Grand Rapids, Michigan, the main event featured UFC veteran Joe Riggs vs. knockout artist Erick Lozano.
With the KOP Middleweight title on the line, Riggs looked to make his mark on the regional scene of MMA as he faced Lozano, who was coming off four straight wins and back-to-back vicious knockouts.
The crafty veteran in Riggs took Lozano down at will in the first and second rounds, using his grappling to take his opponent down and advance position to land hard shots. In Round 2, Riggs sealed the deal with some brutal elbows from mount, forcing Lozano to give up his back and to surrender the TKO defeat.
With the victory, Riggs moved his winning streak to seven (all finishes) and became the new KOP Middleweight champion.
In the co-main event, we saw a rematch between Devin Smyth and Erick Lora, with plenty of trash talk to back up this feud. Smyth won their first fight via unanimous decision, but he would have to go through some serious adversity at KOP 60 to repeat history.
Smyth started the fight pressuring Lora with legs kicks before getting a big slam and working some powerful ground-and-pound.
In the second round, however, Lora finished strong by taking Smyth's back and continually attacking with submission attempts and strikes. With one round apiece, it all came down to Round 3.
The third round saw Smyth control Lora with his grappling, and after a grueling three rounds of fighting, he took the judges' decision, moving his professional MMA record to 7-1 and his record vs. Lora to 2-0.