Round 1: Hester pumping his jab early. He leaps in with a left hand. Both fighters being patient. Hester lands an outside leg kick. Marunde answers with a right hand. Marunde steps in with an uppercut. Hester lands his jab. Hester throws a front kick to the body and Marunde catches it and takes Hester down. He works in Hester’s full guard. Hester works his way back to his feet. He lands a right hand that drops Marunde. Marunde desperately looks to get a hold of a leg. Hester lands hammer fists. Marunde gets the fight to the ground. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hester.
Round 2: Hester moving forward. He lands his jab. Marunde misses with a right hook. He initiates the clinch. Hester delivers knees to the body inside the clinch. They separate. Marunde goes high with a kick and follows it up with an uppercut. Hester inches forward. Marunde throws a high kick and slips. Hester tries to get top position but Marunde works for a takedown. He eventually gets it with two minutes remaining in the round. Hester works to lock on a triangle choke. Marunde gets fee but Hester lands an up kick that hurts Marunde. Hester stands. They clinch. Hester lands a right hand. They exchange left hooks. Marunde fires back and changes levels for a takedown. Hester stuffs it and lands a right hand. Marunde drops down and works for a takedown. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hester.
Round 3: Hester moves forward. He lands his jab. Hester misses with a right hand and Marunde ducks under and works for a single leg takedown. Hester shakes it off. Hester walks Marunde down. Hester jumps in with a flying knee. Marunde works for a takedown but Hester stuffs it. Marunde works for a single let takedown. Hester sprawls and stands. He lands left hands. Marunde gets back to his feet and lands a right hand. Hester lands a counter right hand and smiles. Marunde steps in with an uppercut. Hester steps in with a vicious elbow that drops Marunde as Marunde came forward. The referee stops the fight.
The official time of the technical knockout was 3:53 of the third round.