Thackerville, OK- Ricky Rainey controlled the vast majority of the bout, but it wasn’t enough to convince the judges the he deserved the victory.
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Njojuani started out by working on the outside and landed some nice leg kicks, but Rainey forced a clinch around the 1-minute mark. The action would stay against the cage in the clinch until Njokuani broke away. He ate a hard shot that put him down to a knee in the process, though, and ended up right back in the same position. Rainey continued to land knees to his opponent’s thighs and press him against the cage before landing a a hard spinning elbow. Njokuani ate the blow well, but still couldn’t escape the position. Big John finally separated the two with about 30 seconds left, but Rainey quickly shot for a double and put the action back on the cage. Njokuani actually ended up reversing the clinch and moving to Rainey’s back in a standing position, but the round ended shortly thereafter.
Njoukuani tried another leg kick to start the 2nd, but Rainey caught it and put him on the mat. He couldn’t hold it there, though, and Njokuani stood up and initiated a clinch of his own. Rainey was able to trip Njokuani to break the position around the 3:30 mark and once again pushed the bout to the cage. Rainey kept trying to muscle the fight to the mat, but to no avail. Big John once again separated the two with 1:30 remaining in the round, allowing Rainey to land a couple of blows on n his way in for another clinch. Njokuani broke the clinch quicker this time, but still couldn’t do much while at distance. Rainey’s right eye was beginning to close, but he retained control of the bout as the 2nd round ended, landing another spinning elbow from the clinch just before the bell.
Just like in the previous two rounds, Njokuani landed some decent leg kicks while he had the chance, but he couldn’t prevent Rainey from closing the gap. Rainey, however, failed to control the clinch this time and found himself being pressed against the cage. It wasn’t long before he reversed the position, though, and was looking for a double leg while Njokuani landed some elbows. Njokuani once again landed kicks after a break from Big John McCartney and started to sprinkle in punches, as well. Rainey finally began to appear tired, but there was less than a minute left in the contest and Njokuani failed to take advantage.
It wasn’t an easy fight on the eyes, but Chidi Njokuani surprisingly took the decision with scores of 29-28 on all three cards.
Chidi Njokuani rises to 14-4 with the decision victory, while Rainey is now 13-3 after the controversial loss