It’s no secret that San Diego is home to some top-notch MMA talent. Phil Davis, Dominick Cruz, Liz Carmouche, Dan Henderson Brandon Vera, Dean Lister, and Chris Leben, to name a few. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that San Diego is the most desirable city on the planet in which to live, so it makes sense that many fighters make this paradise their home.
There’s another name to add to the list above – Robbie Peralta. Peralta, born in Escondido, still fights out of the San Diego community with Team XPlode and gave an incredible showing last night at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale against Rony Jason from Brazil.
Peralta was the underdog heading into this Featherweight fight but knew what he had to do to put himself in the best possible situation to win. He needed to prevent Jason from securing top position and needed to avoid grappling with his back against the cage.
For the most part, Peralta succeeded in his goals. There were a few times where Jason was able to take Peralta to the mat, but Peralta didn’t let that faze him. He was able to escape from these situations and attack Jason with furious combinations, using his striking to keep Jason on his heels and dictate the pace of the fight. The fight contained some vicious boxing exchanges between the two, and at one point Peralta got poked in the eye and had to take a second to get it together.
It was later revealed that Jason broke his hand in the first round, but nevertheless, Peralta put on a clinic with his combos and deftly executed his gameplan, securing the win by decision, with two of the judges scoring the fight in his favor.
Although this fight didn’t have all of the hype of a Pay-Per-View UFC event, Peralta is exciting to watch and it’s fantastic to see a fighter from San Diego perform well and achieve victory in the international spotlight.
As many of you know, The Fight Voice is based out of San Diego, and we’d personally like to congratulate Robbie Peralta on his victory – and the many more to come – and look forward to following his career.