Round 1: Both fighters come out firing, Alves kicking to the legs right away. Abedi lands a kick and follows with a powerful punch combo then clinches Alves up to the cage. They separate and Abedi starts kicking low, but Avles fires back with a thunderous kick to the ribs. Alves gets his kicks going, low to high and back, but Abedi starts getting into a punching groove, rocking Alves. They trade some hard punches, but Alves drops Abedi with a left hand. He swarms on top of Abedi, gaining full mount, dropping down a flurry of punches and elbows, cutting Abedi. Abedi gives up his back and Alves sinks in the rear naked choke for the finish.
Thiago Alves def. Papy Abedi by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:32, R1