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Monday, November 5, 2012
Vets and young guns alike shine

By Josh Gross
ESPN.com

The weekend was busy with fights, as prospects, veterans and former champions alike took to the cage, mostly in televised action.

We'll get to some of the winners from Bellator and World Series of Fighting shortly, but I want to touch on prospects who didn't get much shine, mainly because I expect they will soon enough and it's never too soon to give a fighter his or her due. Friday night in Las Vegas, the Resurrection Fighting Alliance featured several guys who we'll hear more from.

Sergio Pettis (6-0), the 19-year-old bantamweight brother of UFC lightweight Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, put on what I thought was the best fight of the weekend with Jimmy Jones (4-2). Pettis needed a round to decipher the proper distance against Jones, who was noticeably taller and longer, and once he did it was a pleasure to see him operate.

On the same card, 24-year-old wrestler Lance Palmer moved to 5-0 with a split decision over jiu-jitsu threat Fredson Paixao. Palmer, enormous at 145, is built in the mold of Chad Mendes, though a fair bit slower. Palmer's timing on takedowns was good, yet he was cautious to play in Paixao's guard and that meant for slower moments on the floor.

And though I haven't seen it because apparently there's no video, Steve Mocco resoundingly won his heavyweight pro debut against Tyler Perry via second round Kimura. Mocco's a big, mean, decorated wrestler.

Speaking of debuts, World Series of Fighting stepped on to the scene with a hit and miss card. The action was mostly lopsided, but as a first venture enough good happened to remain curious for their next event.

This week's Report Card features a mix of WSOF and Bellator performers, all winners, meaning this is one marked with grades worth slapping on a refrigerator.