Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story
Round 1: Alves and Story start about a bit scrappy before Story gets the double-leg takedown. Alves works his way up to the feet and eats some knees to the mid-section in the process. The two scramble and separate after a lengthy clinch. Story and Alves clinch against for a long time before the ref splits them up. Story throws a flurry, but Alves stuffs it with another clinch against the cage. The two begin to trade shots for the final 20 seconds of the opening round.
Round 2: The rounds opens with the two trading blows for a moment before Story lands a punch-kick combo to a takedown. The return to the feet where Story eats a low kick while shooting in for a takedown. He gets the takedown, but the two return to a standing clinch. Alves presses the action and trips up Story to get to the ground. Story seems to force the fight back to the feet after getting tripped up and works in the clinch against the cage. The ref splits them up only to have Story clinch again and secure a double-leg takedown. Story continues to force Alves to the gourd, but the round ends on the feet with the two trading punches.
Round 3: The final round begins as a brawl with Story and Alves trading away punches. Alves has his back to the fence, but lands some good counter punches. Story, however pushes forward and starts the clinch. A short while later, the two separate and go back to trading punches with Alves getting the better of the exchange. Story rushes in with a flurry, but Alves gets a Thai clinch and a knee. The two trade shots for the remainder of the fight to the delight of the MGM Grand crowd.
Official call: Rick Story defeats Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)