Round 1: Little action to begin the fight and the crowd is already restless. Catone shoots for a takedown and ends up in the clinch against the cage. Phillippou is able to reverse and switch off the cage and they separate. Catone goes for another takedown and gets cracked with a solid punch, but returns fire catching Phillippou. Another quick exchange and it appears Catone caught a finger to the eye, but the action continues and Catone gets a takeodwn and looks to drop punches and elbows.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Nick Catone
Round 2: Phillippou looks for big shots as the round opens, but Catone pushes forward and gets the clinch against the cage. Both fighters throwing heavy leather and this time it appears Phillippou may have caught a finger to the eye, but again the fight continues. Phillippou swings over Catone’s head and Catone pushes forward, getting the clinch, looking for the takedown. Catone is able to force the fight to the mat, working from Phillippou’s half guard. Catone looks for the mount for a moment while slipping through a few punches before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Nick Catone
Round 3: Phillippou rushes forward with strikes, but Catone takes advantage and gets the fight to the ground. Again working from within half guard, Catone trying to dole out some punishment against the cage. Catone continuously moving looking to improve his position, throwing punches all the while. Catone is able to get the mount and looks to reign down shots. Phillippou is able to get back to half guard but he’s still locked underneath Catone who is in complete control.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Nick Catone
Nick Catone def. Constantinos Phillippou by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)