Round 1: They touch gloves and we’re under way. Nijem attacks with punches. They clinch and in a scramble Nijem gains top position. Downes gives up his back to get back to his feet. Downes back to his feet. Nijem lands a combination and secures a takedown. Nijem elbows Downes to the body. Downes gets up and eats a knee for his efforts. Nijem doesn’t give him any space and presses him against the cage. Nijem with a takedown but Downes quickly back up. Nijem takes his back and works for a rear naked choke. Downes defends and gets out the backdoor. Nijem shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Downes gets up only to be taken down again. Nijem takes his back. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nijem.
Round 2: Nijem lands a right hand. Downes lands a straight right. Nijem with a right hand and leg kick. Nijem takes the fight to the ground. Downes ends up having Nijem in a crucifix. Nijem escapes and gets up and takes Downes down. Nijem advances to the mount position. Nijem has his left arm trapped. Nijem sinks in a rear naked choke but Downes gets free. Nijem moves back to mount and lands a hard elbow. Downes gets back to his feet again but Nijem has his back. Nijem drags him to the ground. Nijem has his back adn lands three solid elbows to the head of Downes. Nijem applies a rear naked choke, but Downes gets out again. Nijem puts Downes into a body lock. The round ends and MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Nijem.
The judges score the fight 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27, declaring Nijem the unanimous winner.