by Matt Lo Cascio
Jeremy Horn made his return to the cage at APFC 16 on Saturday. Horn, fighting for the first time in nearly three years, took on Iowa’s Dan McGlasson in a light heavyweight match.
Horn got the fight to the ground within thirty seconds. He threw a 1-2 at McGlasson, then faked another jab and dove in for the single, easily getting McGlasson to the canvas. Horn then went to work, methodically getting into side control. He tried to take McGlasson’s back, but McGlasson was able to escape and briefly held top position on Horn.
Horn calmly got an underhook with his right arm and pulled himself into half-guard, got to his knees and swept McGlasson to his back again.
He passed McGlasson’s guard into side control, and this time when he went for back mount he got it, deftly sinking in the choke that ended the fight. The end came at 3:45 of the first round, the 90th win of Horn’s amazing career.
There was a great crowd on hand at the Odeum, and some MMA luminaries were in attendance. Matt Hughes came out to watch his former teammate, as did promoter Monte Cox. UFC featherweight contender and Team Top Notch fighter Ricardo Lamas, UFC light heavyweight Sean O’Connell and former UFC fighters Keith Hackney and Mike Lullo were also in the building.
After the fight Horn said his plan is to “get right back in there,” and hopes to fight as soon as possible. Gumby is back.
Here’s the Jeremy Horn vs. Dan McGlasson fight video.
by Matt Lo Cascio
After getting his hand raised following an exciting victory, Chicago Fight Team’s Louis Taylor was asked by cage announcer Ray Flores to describe the fight. “Well, we went for a ride!” Taylor said. As Horatio Sanz says in the famous SNL “More Cowbell” sketch, “He speaks for all of us.”
Indeed, APFC 16 was a wild ride, certainly in the cage and at times outside of it (more on that later). Taylor thrilled the crowd in his win, a whirlwind of a fight with American Top Team’s Robert Gotreau that featured a lightning-strike finish.
Gotreau did something not seen heretofore, at least not locally: he was able to muscle Taylor a bit, even lifting him up and putting him on his back in what could be called a mini-slam. Gotreau was on top in Taylor’s guard but couldn’t score nor advance position. When he did try to pass guard, Taylor quickly used an underhook to get right back to his feet.
Taylor then fired two jabs, each snapping Gotreau’s head back. Gotreau tried to answer with a leg kick, but Taylor closed the distance and clinched, then sent Gotreau for a ride with a powerful over-under throw that shook the canvas and made the crowd go wild.
Taylor ended up on top in loose side control. Gotreau was able to get to his knees, but Taylor had his neck and quickly pulled guard, cinching the hold tight. Gotreau tapped quickly.
Taylor (10-3) displayed all the skills that got him to bigger promotions like Strikeforce and Bellator: great grappling, speed, power and poise. He then gave an impassioned post-fight speech about his love for his family and his city that stirred the crowd even more. There were other great performances at APFC 16, but Louis Taylor was the show.
Click here for APFC 16 results. Check back later for a detailed recap of the event, including the return of MMA legend Jeremy Horn. Here’s video of the Louis Taylor vs. Robert Gotreau APFC 16 fight.
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Ricardo Lamas met the media at the United Center Saturday Night, just one week before his title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 169.
Lamas talks about the support he’s getting from Chicago, how he won’t be intimidated by Jose Aldo and much more in this video by Miguel Cisneros (@MiguelCTV).
Chico Camus moved to 3-1 in the UFC with a unanimous decision victory over Yaotzin Meza at the United Center on Saturday night. Local videographer Miguel Cisneros caught up with the rising star after his big win.
Follow Miguel on Twitter: @MiguelCTV