Round 1: Mulhern moves in with a leg kick and Villefort caught it and threw him to the ground. He lets him up. Mulhern using his jab. Villefort responds with an outside leg kick. They exchange. Villefort lands a combination. Villefort works leg kicks to Mulhern’s lead leg. Mulhern shoots in and gets a double leg takedown. Mulhern stands over Villefort. Villefort looks to land an up kck. Mulhern dives into Villefort’s guard. Villefort gets to his feet. Mulhern takes his back in the process. Villefort spins and Mulhern presses him against the cage. Villefort pushes him away and secures a takedown. With a minute remaining, Villefort works punches to the body. Mulhern does a good job controlling Villefort’s posture. Villefort lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Villefort.
Round 2: Mulhern comes forward with a flurry off a leg kick by Villefort. Villefort lands a solid right hand. Mulhern gets a takedown but Villefort gets back up only to be taken down again. Mulhern passes his guard and advanced to north-south position. Mulhern advances to the mount position. Villefort escapes and takes Mulhern down. They work for position and Mulhern gets to full guard. Mulhern utilizing the rubber guard. He goes for an oma plata. Villafort counters. Mulhern switches to an arm triangle choke. Villefort fends it off and he’s back in Mulhern’s full guard. Mulhern controlling Villefort’s posture. In the closing seconds, Villefort postures up and lands punches. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mulhern.
Round 3: Mulhern gets an early takedown. Villefort works to reverse him. They scramble. Mulhern ends up in side control. He applies an arm triangle choke. Villefort defends the submission. Mulhern works from side control. He lands short elbows. Villefort escapes back to his feet. Mulhern drags Villefort down into his guard. He briefly looks for a heel hook. Villefort defends the submission. Mulhern works for an oma plata. Some high left jiu-jitsu being displayed. Villefort rolls and gives up his back. Villefort stands and flops trying to break free. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mulhern.
The judges score Mulhern the winner by split decision. The scorecards read: 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.