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Amanda Serrano MMA Debut a Draw in L.A.

By David A. Avila

LOS ANGELES-It was an altogether different affair.

Amanda Serrano survived a brutal last round against the much more experienced Corina Herrera to depart with a draw in her pro debut in MMA on Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th says it all.

Serrano, who is recognized as one of the best female boxers in the world tasted the world of MMA before a raucous crowd at the Shrine Auditorium. The very first blow landed was a Herrera kick to Serrano’s face.

It was a different world indeed.

But the pretty Puerto Rican fighter shook off the kick and began picking apart the back fists and kicks by Herrera and countering with her own accurate shots. After a shaky beginning Serrano began landing to the head effectively. Remarkably Herrera could take a shot.

In the second round Serrano began targeting the body and that seemed to make Herrera pause. The New Yorker began landing combinations and a four-punch combination seemed to hurt Herrera who to turned her back. The referee allowed the fight to continue. Herrera grabbed ahold of Serrano’s neck and attempted a neck crank but the Puerto Rican fighter managed to wiggle out and fired more blows. The round ended and both fighters looked winded.

“I thought I showed decent takedown defense and I got out of all her submission attempts,” Serrano said.

In between the rounds Herrera began cursing to herself for losing the previous round so badly. When the third round began she shot across the floor and took down Serrano. For the next five minutes Herrera was on top of Serrano and for minutes pinned her arms so she was unable to defend herself properly. Despite blow after blow Serrano did not surrender and somehow lasted the five minute round.

It was both a remarkable feat for Serrano and also a sign that there are many things yet to work on in MMA for the boxing champion. All three judges scored the fight 28-28 a draw.

“I didn’t want an easy fight for TV,” said Serrano after the fight. “I’d rather lose at something then to win at nothing.”

The crowd was pleased with the effort by both women and though they booed the draw, the decision was not a setback for Serrano, merely a caution light on what to expect in the future.

“I’m going to get better I promise,” said Serrano while in Los Angeles. “I was super clumsy in the amateurs (boxing) and I got better. I’ll do the same here.”

Other bouts

Oxnard’s Jose Estrada (5-1) won by stoppage due to punches over Las Vega’s Rudy Morales (5-6) at 1:43 of the second round in a featherweight clash. It was a nonstop slugfest with each having their moments, Estrada grabbed control in the second round with several uppercuts forcing the referee to make the stoppage.

Mexicali’s Rafa Garcia out-dueled Chase Gibson in a back and forth lightweight fight that ended in a majority decision.

Downey’s Gabriel Green (8-2) was the winner via a rear naked choke over Covina’s Javier Garcia (3-1) at 1:03 of round three in a lightweight fight.

Las Vegas’s Joey Ruquet (6-1) used a rear nake choke to defeat San Bernardino’s Keith Carson (6-5) at 4:18 of the first round of a featherweight match.