Round 1: Marunde paws with his jab. Souza moves in and lands a right hand. They exchange with both landing short uppercuts inside the clinch. They separate. Marunde switches stances. Souza lands a front kick to the body of Marunde. Souza lands a right hook and takes Marunde to the ground. He takes Marunde’s back. Souza softens him up with uppercuts underneath. Two minutes remain in the round. The referee halts the action for illegal shots to the back of the head. The fight is restarted. Marunde rushes in and Souza catches him with a straight right, dropping Marunde. Souza goes in for the finish. Marunde briefly scrambles to his feet. Souza takes him down again. Marunde stands but can’t free himself of the clinch of Souza. Marunde turns Souza and presses him against the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Souza.
Round 2: They take the center of the cage. Marunde misses with a wide right hand. He rushes in with a combination. Souza nearly lands a front kick and does land a spinning back kick. He clinches Marunde and briefly takes him down. Marunde gets to his feet. Marunde misses with a lead uppercut. The pace slows. Souza lands a push kick and misses with a right hook. Souza throws a double jab. Marunde answers with a powerful outside leg kick. Souza’s overhand right starts to land more often. Souza secures a double leg takedown in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Souza.
Round 3: Marunde misses with a big right hand and Souza ducks under and takes him down. Souza in Marunde’s half guard. Souza lands knees to the body and right hands to the head. He has Marunde pressed against the cage. Marunde rolls and stands. Souza takes his back and drags him back to the ground. Souza applies an arm triangle choke and Marunde taps out.
The official time of the submission was 2:43 of the final round.