Steven Siler vs. Josh Clopton
Round 1: Referee Herb Dean starts the fight and both fighters move to the center of the Octagon. Clopton lands an outside leg kick. Siler moves in and lands a hook to the body before Clopton ties him up. Clopton presses him against the cage. Siler applies the Thai clinch and lands a series of knees. Clopton breaks free and they take the center of the cage. Clopton misses with a left hand. Siler pushes forward. He gets the Thai clinch again and lands more knees. Clopton presses him against the fence and lands knees to the thigh. Clopton backs out. Siler chases him and throws a flying knee. Clopton catches it and throws him to the ground but lets him up. Clopton lands a combination to the body inside the clinch. They separate. Clopton lands a right hand and follows with more punches landing. Siler gets to the Thai clinch and lands knees. Siler applies a guillotine choke at the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Siler.
Round 2: Siler moves forward. Clopton looks to counter strike. Siler ducks a left hook and lands a right hand. They clinch. Siler gets to the Thai clinch and lands two knees before switching to the single leg takedown. He gives it up and catches Clopton with a right hand. Siler clinches and delivers knees and elbows. Siler applies the Thai clinch and contols Clopton, landing knees at will. Clopton take them and gets a trip takedown. He lands hammer fists. Siler gets to full guard and ties Clopton up. With two minutes remaining in the round, Siler uses the cage to get back to his feet. They separate. Clopton is bloodied. Clopton lands left hook Siler answers with a right hand. Siler gets to the Thai clinch and goes back to landing knees. Clopton pushes him away. Siler moves forward and lands a straight right hand. Clopton misses with a right hook but gets a takedown. Siler goes for a guillotine as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Siler.
Round 3: Clopton lands a right hand and goes for a takedown. Siler defends it and works for a guillotine choke. He gives it up and Clopton presses him against the fence. Clopton secures a trip takedown and lands inside Siler’s guard. Siler works his way back to his feet. Clopton lands a knee to the body. Siler clinches and delivers knees. They separate. Siler lands a short left. Siler moves in and Clopton takes him down. Siler controls Clopton’s posture. Herb Dean tell them to “work.” Clopton lands short punches to the body. Clopton lands a hammer fist and Siler gets back to his feet. Siler rushes in and lands a combination. Clopton’s mouth piece goes flying. They clinch and stomp each others’ feet. Siler lands a knee. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Siler.
The judges score it 29-28 on all scorecards for Siler by unanimous decision.