Former CXF champion Mike Quintero made his championship dreams a reality a second time by sneaking past Brazilian brawler Jay Silva via split decision to win the Lights Out Xtreme Fighting heavyweight championship.
The Los Angeles City College kinesiology professor handed Silva a lesson he won’t soon forget when he rebounded after a slow start to build momentum in round two, going on to dominate round three to win 29-28 (x2), while one other judge had it 29-28 in favor of Silva.
At the age of 43, Quintero (6-2) made LXF history by becoming the oldest champion in league history as the main event in front of a sold out arena at the Burbank Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California on Nov. 15. LXF 4 will air on regional Fox Sports channels in the Los Angeles, San Diego, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Las Vegas and Hawaii, and other markets. Check local listings for official dates.
Quintero, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, made paydirt by masterfully working Silva on the mat, who survived deep waters in the final two minutes of the match by fighting off arm bars and rear naked chokes. Before that, the southpaw Silva (12-13-1) bloodied and bruised Quintero in the first round with a crisp stand-up game but began to lose steam in the second round when he was bludgeoned to the body with vicious blows by Quintero.