Round 1: Round 1: Both fighters seem content to strike as the fight starts. Tibau goes for a single leg, and ends up in the clinch against the cage. Pellegrino pushes forward with punches but Tibau appears to tag with him with a quick shot of his own, backing him off. Pellegrino goes for a takedown this time, but Tibau shrugs him off. Tibau gets a quick takedown, but Pellegrino pops right back up. Pellegrino goes for a takedown this time, but ends up in the clinch. They exchange a couple of combos before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Gleison Tibau
Round 2: Pellegrino stalking forward with punches, but Tibau fires back with shots of his own. Pellegrino connects with a big punch, causing Tibau to stumble and Pellegrino jumps in immediately for the takedown. Pellegrino working from Tibau’s half guard. Pellegrino continuing to work with short punches and forearm shots. Tibau works back to full guard, and the action has slowed at this point. Tibau is able to scramble back to his feet, but nothing much happens as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Kurt Pellegrino
Round 3: Tibau out of the gates with fire to start the 3rd. Tibau is looking for an opening, but Pellegrino isn’t giving him any. Tibau looks for a single leg, but settles for the clinch against the cage. Back to the feet, it’s Pellegrino looking for a takedown this time, but Tibau reverses and ends up on top, but only for a moment. Pellegrino escapes and looks once again for a takedown. Tibau is able to fight it off and lands a single leg takedown of his own. Tibau hitting Pellegrino with hard shots as the fight comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Gleison Tibau
Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)