Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Round 1: Florian fires with a high kick that’s blocked. Florian working leg kicks early. Aldo explodes forward with punches and Florian moves away. Florian goes for a takedown and Aldo stuffs it and unloads a right hand. Florian circles out. Aldo moves in with a punch and Florian ducks under for a takedown. Aldo defends and Florian drives him across the cage and into the fence. Florian looking for a throw and got it but Aldo gets back up immediately. Florian gets him down again in a grappling exchange and Aldo gets back to his feet. Florian not giving Aldo any space and takes Aldo’s back standing. Aldo breaks Florian’s hands and frees himself. They’re in the cent of the cage. Aldo misses with a right hand and Florian immediately goes for the takedown. Aldo defends but finds himself pressed against the cage by Florian again. Florian with an elbow. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Florian.
Round 2: Florian misses with the takedown but lands a right hand to start the round. They standing and carefully exchange. Aldo is trying to counter strike now. Aldo begins to throw leg kicks. Florian is dictating the pace of the fight. Florian lands two inside leg kicks before throwing a high kick that was blocked. Aldo throws a head kick that’s blocked. Aldo lands a right hand. Florian clinched and was thrown to the side. Aldo lands a jab and an inside leg kick. Florian attempts a takedown in the closing seconds. The round ends with them two clinched against the fence. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 3: Both come out kicking in the third stanza. Aldo lands a stiff jab. Aldo with a leg kick and combination to the head that landed. Florian limping a little from the leg kick. Aldo lands a right hand and Florian shoots for a takedown. Aldo ends up in top position and mounts Florian. Florian works his way back to half guard. Florian spins on the bottom and works his hips staying active on the bottom. Florian works back to full guard and Aldo stands above him. Florian gets back to his feet. Florian attempts a takedown in the final seconds. Aldo defends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 4: Florian moves foward but Aldo side steps him. Aldo goes back to throwing leg kicks. Florian clinches but Aldo pushes him away. Florian goes for another takedown and Aldo defends and lands a knee inside the clinch. Florian works for a single leg against the fence. Aldo circles out. Florian clinches again. Aldo just took a deep breath. Aldo spins Florian, putting his back against the cage. Florian circles and drops for a single leg. Aldo frees himself and lands a shot to the body. Florian tried but didn’t get a single leg. Aldo misses with a flying knee. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 5: Florian comes out aggressive with jabs. Florian pushes Aldo to the cage and works for a takedown. Aldo escapes Florian’s grasps. Florian misses with a knee and slips. Aldo stands above him landing kicks to Florian’s legs. Aldo drops into Florian’s half guard and lands an elbow. Aldo moves to mount. Florian explodes out the back door but Aldo keeps him on the ground. Florian rolls and gets back to his feet. Aldo presses him against the cage. Before long the referee separates them. Florian shoots for a takedown and Aldo stuffs it. They separate briefly and tie up again. The fight ends with them fighters missing with kicks. MMAWeekly scores the final round 10-9 for Aldo. The judges will now decide.
The judges score Jose Aldo the unanimous winner with the scorecards reading 49-46 across the board.