Marcus Brimage vs. Stephen Bass
Round 1: After a 25-minute break, Marcus Brimage and Stephen Bass are brought to the cage. They touch gloves and we’re back to fighting. Brimage lands with a lead right hook. Bass answers with an outside leg kick. Bass works for a takedown but Brimage fends it off. Brimage moves in with punches and Bass clinches and lands a knee to the body. Brimmage is pressing the pace. He pushes Bass against the cage and works punches to the body. Brimage comes in with a flurry landing a nice uppercut. Bass is bleeding from the nose. At the halfway mark, they separate. Brimage aggressively moves in with punches. Bass covers. Inside leg kick lands by Bass. Bass works had to get the fight to the ground but Brimage defends. Inside leg kick lands for Brimage. Brimage works leg kicks in the closing moments. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brimage.
Round 2: Bass lands an inside leg kick to start the round. Brimage lands a kick to Bass’ cup and the action is halted for a moment while Bass recovers. The fight is restarted. Brimage lands an inside leg kick. Bass comes in and lands a knee. Brimage answers with another inside leg kick. Bass lands a kick to Brimage’s groin. The fight is halted again while Brimage recovers. The fight is restarted. Brimage rushes in and lands a right hand. Bass ties him up. Brimage pushes forward. They take the center of the Octagon. Brimage lands an outside leg kick that knocks Bass down. He quickly gets back up. Brimage lands a straight left hand to the chin. Brimage lands a left hand and an inside leg kick, and another. Bass dives for a takedown. Brimage steps aside to avoid it. Bass lands a counter right hand that knocks Brimage back. Brimage returns fire. Bass attempts another takedown but can’t get the fight to the ground. Bass shoots for a single leg. Brimage spins out and gets away. Bass lands a knee and a left hand. Brimage has slowed. Brimage lands a solid inside leg kick at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brimage.
Round 3: Bass comes out aggressive. They get into a wild exchange. Bass lands a right hand and a flying knee. They scramble on the ground before returning to their feet. Bass knows he’s down two rounds and is looking to finish. Inside leg kick lands for Brimage. Bass is moving forward and dictating the pace. Brimage lands a glancing right hand. Bass shoots for a takedown. Brimage shakes it off. Brimage looks at the clock which has 2:40 remaining. Inside leg kick by Brimage lands. Bass answers with a combination. Brimage pumps his jab in Bass’ face. Straight left hand from Brimage finds its mark. Bass lands a knee to the body. Brimage lands a left hook. Bass eats an inside leg kick. The final seconds saw the two stand toe-to-toe and exchange. Bass knocks Brimage down. Brimage was hurt but the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bass.
The judges score it unanimously for Brimage. The scorecards read, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.