DENVER - Apparently, the Dominguez family isn't the most gracious of losers.
A.J. Robb found that out Saturday after winning a unanimous decision in his professional mixed martial arts debut.
Punctuated by a massive suplex in the first round, Robb won his debut at Sparta Combat League's SCL 60 at the Colorado Convention Center over Jorge Dominguez in their bantamweight (135 pounds) fight in front of a pro-Robb crowd.
The Widefield High School graduate seemed set on landing low kicks from the get-go to wear down Dominguez (2-2), landing five lower leg kicks to open the fight before throwing any other type of strike.
Robb (1-0) also drove multiple knees into Dominguez's thigh throughout the bout. Dominguez had little answer when working out of the clinch.
It was three straight knees to Dominguez's thigh that had him try to spin away. Instead, Robb grabbed Dominguez, pushed him up against the cage then lifted him and suplexed him backwards, bringing a roar from the crowd. He landed several strikes while Dominguez was on the ground.
"I got behind him and I heard my coach say pick him up and slam him, so I picked him up and slammed him real quick," Robb said. ". He was tougher than I thought he was going to be."
In Robb's final amateur bout last year he submitted Tony Dominguez, Jorge Dominguez's brother. Following Saturday's win, the Dominguezes were still trying to trash talk after getting swept by Robb. He was having none of it.
"They were like, all you do is hold," Robb said. "I told them I got both Dominguez heads in my hands. What do you mean?"
The fight was the first in which Robb had to go through five-minute rounds rather than three minutes because it was a pro fight.
"I was a little tired, I'm not going to lie," Robb said. "I felt like, shoot, I better train, I better practice 10 five-minute rounds instead of five five-minute rounds like I do now."
Over the course of the fight, Robb cut Jorge Dominguez over both eyes, blood streaming out of the left eyebrow.
Eric Goldberg, Robb's strength and conditioning coach at the Arena in Colorado Springs, liked what he saw from his fighter.
"That's the highlight when you're a coach, seeing your athlete be successful," Goldberg said.
Robb, who trains in and around Colorado Springs, is already hoping to get another fight in the fall. And when the holidays hit, he knows the Dominguezes will have something to think about.
"They're going to talk about that for Thanksgivings and Christmases until they die," he said, "how they got beat by A.J. Robb."