Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Round 1: Blanco moves forward and misses with a high kick and slips. Sicilia moves in and Blanco secures a low takedown. Sicilia stands and they separate. Blanco lands an inside leg kick. Sicilia steps in with a lead uppercut. Blanco answers with a combination. Sicilia moves in with a right hand. Blanco changes stances. Blanco lands to the legs of Sicilia with kicks. Sicilia moving forward now, pressing the action. Blanco is carrying his hands by his waist. He continues to work the legs of Sicilia. Blanco lands a counter right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Blanco.
Round 2: Blanco lands a jab. Sicilia counters with a combination. Sicilia lands a right hand that knocks Blanco down. Sicilia presses him against the cage and takes him down with an inside trip. Blanco gets back to his feet and gets warned for holding the fence. Sicilia delivers a knee to the body. The steps back and misses with a right hook. Blanco goes on the offensive. He lands a combination. They’re slugging it out along the cage. Both fighters could have been rocked there. Blanco changes levels and gets the fight to the ground. He mounts Sicilia. Sicilia gives up his back and explodes back to his feet. He lands an uppercut. Blanco lands his jab and Sicilia answers with an uppercut. Blanco presses forward and Sicilia lands a right hand. Blanco lands a combination. Blanco delivers an inside leg kick in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia.
Round 3: Blanco presses forward and lands a right hand and another. Sicilia ties him up. Blanco lands a combination. Sicilia lands a huge right hand. Sicilia misses with a right and Blanco rushes in and gets the fight to the ground. He lands hammer fists. Sicilia works his way back to his feet. They work for position along the cage. Sicilia pins Blanco against the fence. Blanco turns him. Blanco ducks under and gets the takedown but Sicilia immediately gets back to his feet and unloads a combination. They separate. Two minutes remain in the round. Blanco misses with an ax kick. Sicilia goes for a takedown but Blanco sprawls and gains top position. Sicilia stands. Blanco delivers knees. Sicilia stands and wings punches that miss. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Blanco.
The judges score the fight for Blanco by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.