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Aiello -vs- Balzano

Aiello wins first professional fight on short notice


A bloodied Andy Aiello walks backstage after his first professional victory (Brian McKenna/The MMA Corner)

Just seven days earlier, Andy Aiello was choked out in the first round by Kody Nordby in his professional debut. It didn’t take long for the Lauzon’s MMA product to get back on the horse as he entered the cage on less than a weeks notice to take on Tom Balzano. The first round was fairly even, as both fighters boxed one another with each fighter getting the better of the striking at various points. Aiello put a stamp on the first round as he landed a strong flying knee right at the bell.

The start of the second round was similar to that of the one prior, as the two fighters stood across from one another and continued to throw strikes. Not long into the round, however, it appeared as though Balzano was tiring quickly. The Team Irish fighter tried a couple of takedowns as a result, but “The Raging Korean” was able to sprawl and stuff all of them, which he parlayed into continued punishment on the feet.

It was clear that Aiello was in better shape than his opponent during the third frame as he continued to press forward and do damage while his opponent appeared defensive and exhausted. After 15 minutes, the bell rang and it was the “Raging Korean” who was given the unanimous decision victory for his first professional victory.

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