Round 1: Smith lands an outside leg kick and McDaniel initiates the clinch. He presses Smith against the fence. McDaniel lands a combination. He throws a leg kick and Smith catches it and takes the fight to the ground. McDaniel reverses him. He delivers short elbows to the side of Smith’s head. Smith works for a single leg and gets it. McDaniel works his way to the cage. McDaniel lands elbows to the side of Smith’s head. He uses the cage to stand. Smith pulls him back down. McDaniel applies a guillotine choke. He uses it to sweep Smith. McDaniel passes Smith’s guard into side control. Smith rolls and McDaniel takes his back and delivers knees to the body as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for McDaniel.
Round 2: Smith misses with a right hand and McDaniel lands a front kick to the body. McDaniel lands a combination. Smith presses forward and presses McDaniel against the cage. McDaniel turns him. Smith drops down for a single leg takedown. McDaniel lands a couple of hammer fists. He turns Smith and lands a knee to the head. The separate and Smith lands a right hand. McDaniel delivers a hard outside leg kick. They exchange jabs. McDaniel changes levels looking for a takedown. He applies a guillotine choke. McDaniel jumps to the opposite side to defend the choke and gets out of it. He moves to take Smith’s back and lands left hands. Smith rolls. McDaniel works inside the half guard position. He delivers short elbows. Smith works his way back to his feet. McDaniel lands a right hand on the inside. He steps in with a left hand in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for McDaniel.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. McDaniel lands a hard left hand, and another. Smith fires back. Smith changes levels looking for a takedown but McDaniel stuffs it and gains top control. He works from the half guard position. McDaniel passes to side control and advances to the mount position. Smith works his way back to half guard. McDaniel takes Smith’s back and chips away with punches. Smith reverses but McDaniel applies a triangle choke. He transitions to an arm bar and Smith taps out. McDaniel wins by submission.
The official time of the submission was 2:39 of the third round.