Josh Brueckner UD-4 Tyler Smith
Brueckner is another YouTube guy, not as big as KSI or Logan Paul, but he was hoping to impress here and maybe fight the winner down the line. He’s also done four fights in MMA, going 2-2 in that world. He won this 40-36 across the board. It wasn’t a good fight in any traditional sense.
The big story, at least if you care who Josh Brueckner is, is that he got engaged to his YouTube girlfriend after the fight. Her name is Katie something.
Diego Pacheco TKO-4 Aaron Casper
The 18-year-old Pacheco is now 7-0 (6 KO). A 6’4” super middleweight, he thinks he can still make middleweight if necessary. He’s a promising young fighter with great connections, so if he keeps improving and maturing, he’ll have all the opportunities he could want. A super middleweight with a 79-inch reach? You can mold that.
Pacheco dropped Casper (5-4, 4 KO) in the opening round on a right hand, but the 30-year-old Casper survived the round, and kept on surviving. He was hurt again late in the third, and then Pacheco dropped him a second time in the fourth, again late in the round. Pacheco closed there, going in hard on Casper to drop him and finish him off this time, saying after that he didn’t want to let Casper recuperate again, and crediting his opponent’s toughness.
Ronny Rios TKO-4 Hugo Berrio
Rios was coming in here off of a big, career-altering win over Diego De La Hoya in July, and he looked really sharp in this fight. Berrio (28-8-1, 18 KO) is no star, don’t get me wrong, but Rios (32-3, 16 KO) just absolutely diced him up here. He was landing at will, lots of left hooks, then drilled Berrio with a clean right hand late in the fourth. Berrio went down, he got up, but his corner threw the towel, and rightly so. Rios has had his setbacks, but he really might be putting it all together at 29.
Rios downplayed his performance after the fight, staying humble about things.
“I’m not trying to pat myself on a back, that was about a 6 or 7 (out of 10),” he said. “I have to go back and review this fight, but I have to fix some mistakes I made that the top-ranked fighters are going to capitalize on.”
Rios said he’s ready to challenge for a world title again.