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Matt Brax Wins Summer Brawl Tournament

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Matt Brax at Summer Brawl 2012

by Matt Lo Cascio

In an old school, Grand Prix-style tournament, Matt Brax won twice in one night to capture the Summer Brawl 2012 lightweight tournament, winning a sword, a title and a three-fight contract with Chicago Cagefighting Championship.

Brax met Dustin Stusse in the first round of the tournament and dominated him from the opening bell. He got Stusse to the ground and peppered him with big shots until the referee stepped in to end the bout. The end came at just :42 of the first round, after Brax laid about twenty unanswered strikes on Stusse.

In the main event of the evening — a mere 20 fights later on the card — Brax faced Oliver Vasquez, who defeated Otis Brumfield via unanimous decision to advance to the finals.

Brax was certainly the fresher fighter, and that showed throughout the fight. Vasquez was continually in search of the takedown, trying to keep Brax up against the cage and holding on to singles for long stretches. That worked for Vasquez against the smaller Brumfield in the first round, but didn’t produce the same results against Midwest Training Center’s Brax, who was the taller and bigger fighter.

When Vasquez did get Brax to the ground, Brax was very active in his guard and made Vasquez fight through several different submissions. It turned out to be the difference in the fight, which went the distance and to the judges’ scorecards.

Two judges scored it 29-28 for Brax, with the other scoring it 29-28 for Vasquez. One judge that scored the fight for Brax told Chicago’s MMA that Brax did much more throughout the fight to try and win it, rather than just score points. He also said that Brax did more damage to Vasquez.

Brax wins the three-fight deal with Chicago Cagefighting Championship, and is scheduled to make his pro debut this October.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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