Round 1: Kennedy moves in with a right hand that’s blocked. Rockhold moving forward. Kennedy delivers an outside leg kick. They exchange and clinch. Rockhold presses Kennedy against the fence. Rockhold separates. Kennedy switches stances and rushes in with a right hand. They’re tied up along the cage. Rockhold lands two knees to the body. Kennedy lands a short elbow while Rockhold lands short right hands to his body. Rockhold separates. Rockhold lands a right hand. They’re swinging wildly. Rockhold ties him up. Kennedy drops down and elevates Rockhold and slams him to the canvas. Kennedy works inside Rockhold’s half guard. Rockhold works to isolate an arm. He does. He works for a straight arm lock but Kennedy gets free and advances to side control. Rockhold rolls and stands. Kennedy presses him against the cage. They separate. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Rockhold.
Round 2: Rockhold stalking Kennedy. He uncorks a high kick and Kennedy partially blocks it. Rockhold gets the takedown and takes Kennedy’s back. He softens him up with hammer fists. Kennedy controls one of his arms and turns into him and stands. They’re back standing. Kennedy lands a leg kick. Rockhold walks him down and lands a right hand. He lands a kick to the body. Kennedy lands a right hook. Rockhold presses forward with a combination. Kennedy goes for a takedown and they’re tied up against the cage. They separate. Kennedy misses with a right hand. Rockhold lands a left and Kennedy counters with a right hand. Rockhold is stalking Kennedy. Rockhold lands a combination. They box along the fence. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.
Round 3: Rockhold inches forward. Kennedy drops down under a right hand and works for a takedown. Rockhold knees him in the thigh. Kennedy lands a knee to the body and referee “Big” John McCarthy. Looks like Kennedy landed a knee to the groin is why they were separated. Rockhold goes on the offenses and presses forward with strikes. Kennedy ties him but Rockhold pushes him away. Rockhold lands a straight left that snaps Kennedy’s head back. Rockhold is the one moving forward and initiating the action. Kennedy gets him to the ground and takes his back. Rockhold shakes him off and stands. Kennedy has him against the cage working for a single leg takedown. Rockhold changes angles and circles free. Rockhold attempts a spinning back kick to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 4: Rockhold moves forward. Kennedy lands an outside leg kick. Rockhold lands a combination. Rockhold continues to move forward and Kennedy circling away. Kennedy goes for a takedown but doesn’t get it. Rockhold delivers a hard shot to the body. He lands a body kick. The champion goes to the body with a right hand. Rockhold lands a right hook that drops Kennedy. Rockhold dives on him. Kennedy works for a guillotine choke. Rockhold escapes and they’re back on their feet. Kennedy ties him up. They work for position along the cage. Rockhold tried to drag him to the canvas but Kennedy takes his back. Rockhold turns into him and gains top position. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.
Round 5: They touch gloves to start the final round. Rockhold moving forward, stalking Kennedy. Kennedy works leg kicks and circles on the outside. Kennedy shoots in for a takedown but Rockhold sprawls. Kennedy presses him against the cage. Rockhold circles out. Rockhold lands a straight left. Kennedy attempts a single leg takedown. Rockhold has none of it. Rockhold gets a single leg takedown. Rockhold landds knees to the body. Kennedy stands and they separate. Kennedy goes for another takedown. Rockhold puts him on the fence and delivers a knee to the body before separating. Kennedy closes the distance and they clinch. Kennedy goes for another takedown at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.
The judges score the fight for Rockhold by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 49-46 for Rockhold. Rockhold retains his title.