Round 1: Thiago strikes first with a right leg low kick and follows with a punch combination. They trade strikes for a bit before Thiago moves and takes Mitchell to the mat, landing in side control. Thiago tries to set up and arm triangle, but can’t get it and stands the fight up. Thiago lands a spinning back kick. They tie up, Thiago once again taking the fight to the ground and landing in side control, driving his knee into Mitchell’s ribs. Thiago briefly applies a crucifix position, but Mitchell escapes the position. Thiago maintains full control however, and again forces Mitchell to return to his feet before the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Thiago.
Round 2: Mitchell moves in with a punch combination, but Thiago scores strong with his counterpunches. But he misses with the spinning back kick, Mitchell pressing him up to the cage, working punches to the head and body. Thiago uses his leverage, however, and puts Mitchell on his back, landing in half guard before immediately moving to side control. Mitchell gains his full guard briefly, but Thiago forces him to stand again. Thiago catches a Mitchell kick and plants him, again backing out and making Mitchell stand up. Thiago clinches and takes Mitchell down to side control once again, dominating the fight. Again, Thiago forces the fight back up. Thiago scores a lead uppercut, Mitchell pressing, but can’t find a home for many of his punches. Not much action for the final 30 seconds of the round. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Thiago.
Round 3: The crowd is thunderous, so is Thiago’s right hand and he finds a home for it early in the round. Mitchell just can’t seem to find any rhythm in this fight. Big arching left hook from Thiago forces Mitchell to clinch, but it’s Thiago that trips Mitchell to the mat. Mitchell tries to secure a leg, but Thiago stands the fight up again. Mitchell tries to get his jab going, but Thiago retaliates with a head kick. Mitchell keeps pressing forward, but he’s only firing off his jab, not landing it much, and throwing almost zero combinations. Thiago, having done little for the past couple minutes, lands a left hook in the final minute that hurts Mitchell, and he follows with a couple more punches before securing his back. Thiago climbs aboard and sinks the hooks, driving Mitchell to the mat, but can’t sink the choke before the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Thiago.
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3