Written by @NickRiznerMMA
And now it’s time for the people’s main event. This crowd is electric and heavily in favor of the Connecticut local, Nick Newell. Big applause for Tom Marcellino as well. Deafening atmosphere here.
It doesn’t take long for Marcellino to find himself in Newell’s wheelhouse. After some time in the clinch, Newell gets a hold of the leg and scores the takedown. Marcellino attempts to lock in a guillotine, but Newell smartly shifts to the opposite side of the body to avoid the pressure. He should be safe in side control here. Newell pops his head out and moves into full mount with a guillotine attempt. He transitions to an armbar attempt. Risky, as he gives up position but definitely a good look for the judges.
MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Newell
Deja vu in round two. Marcellino goes for the guillotine and Nick defends by moving into side control. The cage has got him in some trouble though. Nick rolls into the center and Tom drags him back to the cage. Now a rear naked choke attempt from Newell with plenty of time to work. Marcellino may explode out of it by twisting his body, but Nick moves to top position before he has the chance. Probably a smart move. Marcellino has been selling out for that guillotine attempt this entire fight so far. We’ll see how it affects his energy in the third round. Tough round to score. Big Dan stands them up with ten seconds left to no effect. Not much from Newell, but he was never really in danger either. It depends how the judges view those guillotine attempts.
MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Newell (20-18 Newell)
A slip/takedown leaves gives Marcellino control of the back. It’s a position game now, as Newell moves towards the cage and gets back to the feet. Newell drops to his knees for a double leg but switches to a single. Marcellino goes for the guillotine again and this time it looks tight. Nick gives Dan a thumbs up and eventually slips his head out. Big Dan stands them up after a brief stall and this place explodes with one minute left. A big takedown for Marcellino is probably enough to win him the round. That second round was really close. This is going to be a tough decision for the judges.
MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Marcellino (29-28 Newell)
Official Results – Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
With the win, Newell improves to 13-1, while Marcellino drops to 7-4.