Round 1: Evangelista throwing strikes to start, walking Masvidal down. Masvidal actually catches a leg and takes Evangelista down briefly, but they pop right back up. Clinch work against the cage, not much action as the fighters posture for position. They separate and it’s Masvidal head hunting after the break, but he gives up a takedown to Evangelista, his first of the fight. Masvidal works his way back up and looks for strikes against Evangelista as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Billy Evangelista
Round 2: Evanglista works for the clinch and a takedown, but Masvidal battles his way loose. Masvidal grabs a leg and gets Evangelista down, but again not for long and they are back up again. Masvidal snaps off some quick jabs to keep Evangelista away. Evangelista goes for a takedown, Masvidal stuffs it and Masvidal looks for the takedown instead. Evangelista is able to work his way back up and they look to strike again.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Jorge Masvidal
Round 3: Evangelista aggressive, stepping forward and looking for a big shot. Now they switch with Masvidal getting more offensive, and he tags Evangelista with a good punch. Back in the clinch, Masvidal going for a takedown from the body lock, but they separate. On the feet it’s a series of sloppy exchanges with neither fighter getting the better of the other.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-10
Jorge Masvidal def. Billy Evangelista by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)