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Paramount MMA 7 Results: Rogers Bests Grigsby, Rhoads Tops Mercado

On Friday, March 24, Paramount MMA returned to the Paramount Theatre in Denver for its seventh event.

In the night’s main event, Strikeforce and Bellator MMA veteran Brian Rogers competed in his adopted hometown against Canaan Grigsby. The match-up was for the promotion’s light heavyweight title. Rogers entered the contest on the heels of a first-round destruction of Lewis Rumsey in January. Grigsby was also coming off a first-round finish, having stopped Bill Smallwood at Legacy 63 in December.

The co-main event also featured gold on the line as Denver’s Jarred Mercado took on Nick Rhoads. Mercado was looking to bounce back from a fourth-round submission loss to Alexandre Pimentel at Victory FC 50 last year, while Rhoads hoped to build on his submission win over Kurt Southern last spring.


UFC President Dana White was in attendance for the event as part of his Lookin’ for a Fight reality series.

The action kicked off at 9 p.m. ET.

Brian Rogers def. Canaan Grigsby by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – for light heavyweight title
Nick Rhoads def. Jarred Mercado by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – for featherweight title
Derek Brenon def. Jesse O’Rullian by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:24
Yomi Heredia def. Nicholi Navarro by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:32
Kickboxing: Justin Moss def. Joe Miles by knockout (punch). Round 2, 1:01
Brittany Boone def. Cara Greenwell by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) (a)
Jason Faiella def. Brandon White by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:47 (a)
Miguel Perez def. Jose Gomez by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) (a)
Grant Neal def. Joseph Chacon by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:01 (a)
Nick Lancaster def. Jesse Ames by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:14 (a)
Jorge Sanchez def. Robin Maggs by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:34 (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest