The atmosphere was electric in Miami as local Vagner Rocha faced Bill “The Grill” Cooper in the lightweight no-gi title match at Fight To Win Pro 68.
The match began with Cooper up to his usual antics. Rocha knew what he was up against, however, and remained focused, not falling for any of Cooper’s tricks. The match settled into a more traditional pace around the 6:30 mark with Vagner working from top position.
Cooper showed great heart and resiliency however, and was able to escape with three minutes to go in the fight.
The two veterans scrambled for the final minutes, but the hometown favorite Rocha was able to again get to the back and choke Cooper with nine ticks left on the clock.