Round 1: Vera with a leg kick to start the action. Marshall misses with a right hand and spinning back fist. Vera working kicks to the legs. Powerful kick to the body by Vera. They clinch. Vera presses Marshall against the cage. Vera frees himself. Marshall pushes forward and lands a right hand and two uppercuts. Vera clinches. Vera lands knees to the legs as they’re tied up along the fence. The referee separates them. Marshall misses with a left hook. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera in a close round.
Round 2: They exchange leg kicks. They clinch and Vera throws Marshall to the side. Marshall catches a kick and works to get the fight to the ground. Vera fends it off and spins Marshall to the fence. Vera lands knees to the legs of Marshall and sweeps his legs for a takedown. Vera works inside Marshall’s half guard. Vera lands short elbows. Marshall gets back to his feet and Vera presses him against the cage. The referee separates them. They exchange but both miss. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera.
Vera vs Marshall
Round 3: Vera lands a right hand and continues to work leg kicks. Marshall lands a right hand that drops Vera. Vera in all sorts of trouble. Marshall pounces on him and lands shots. Vera gets up but is still hurt. Marshall with a left hook. Vera clinches. Vera presses Marshall to the fence. Mid way through the round and they’re clinched along the cage. Marshall frees himself and they’re back in the center of the cage. Marshall goes for a takedown and takes Vera’s back. Marshall puts in a rear naked choke. Vera defends it. Marshall hits him in the head and body. Marshall transitions to an arm bar. Vera is able to get out. Vera lands two elbows. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Marshall.
The judges score the fight 29-28 on all scorecards, declaring Brandon Vera the winner by unanimous decision. Vera suggested his arm is broken after the fight.