Victor Altamirano vs Carlos Candelario
Official Result: Victor Altamirano def. Carlos Candelario by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweights Victor Altamirano and Carlos Candelario started at a good clip and never let off the gas, meeting in the center and letting loose with their weapons instantly, with Candelario quickly taking control of the action in the first. While Altamirano landed a couple sharp low kicks, the returning Season 1 alum mixed things up well, stinging the 30-year-old LFA champ with a few sharp punches and successfully bringing the fight to the canvas on multiple occasions, getting off some good ground-and-pound from top position.
The pace slowed a little early in the second and Altamirano was more successful defending takedowns to start. But a clean left hand served as a tremendous entrance opportunity for Candelario, who worked hard to get Altamirano on the deck and control him on the canvas for an extended stretch. Once they got back to their feet, Altamirano showed a little more urgency and finished the frame with a throw, heading into the third having finally gathering some momentum.
In the final stanza, Altamirano was the aggressor, getting off with his strikes far more than he did in the first two rounds as Candelario’s output waned and energy stores ran low. Though he wasn’t able to secure a finish, the 30-year-old clearly won the frame, sending the decision to the judges.
When the tens and nines were tallied, the judges were split, with Altamirano coming away on the happy side of the verdict. With the win, the LFA titleholder advances to 10-1 overall, while Candelario moves to 8-1 and falls from the ranks of the unbeaten.