Round 1: They touch gloves and the fight is under way. Tavares throws a right hand and immediately clinches. He takes Stout down. Stout works to get back to his feet by walking the cage. Tavares takes his back. Stout scrambles to his feet. Tavares lands a right hand. He shoots for a takedown but Stout stuffs it. They’re clinched and Tavares secures another takedown. Stout stands back up only to be elevated and slammed back to the canvas. Stout gets back to his feet and Tavares applies a guillotine. Stout pops his head out and obtains top position. Tavares rolls for a leg lock but Stout gets free. They’re back standing. Tavares lands a right hand and Stout returns with one of his own. Stout lands a hook to the body. Tavares lands a winging right hand. Stout moves in and Tavares goes for a takedown. Stout fends it off but gets hit with a left hand on the separation. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 2: Stout looking to land punches, moves forward. He lands a right hand. Tavares circles on the outside. He moves in working for a takedown. Stout defends it and they’re back in the center of the Octagon. Tavares lands a solid right hand. Stout defends a takeown attempt and lands a hook to the body. Tavares lands a left to the body and a right hand to the head. He follows it up with a stiff jab. Tavares shoots for a takedown but Stout has none of it. They exchange leg kicks. Stout is cut. It looks to be on the side of his head. Stout delivers a kick to the body. Stout with a punch to the body. Tavares answers with an outside leg kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the fight 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 3: Tavares misses with a big left. He lands a right hand. Stout lands an inside leg kick and then one to the groin. The fight his momentarily stopped for Tavares to continue. Tavares is on the canvas in pain. He eventually gets back to his feet and then lays back down. He indicates that he can continue and the fight is restarted. They touch gloves with just over four minutes remaining. Each miss with winging right hands. Tavares looks for a takedown but Stout fends it off. Tavares lands a solid outsid leg kick. He’s faster than Stout. Tavares shoots for a takedown but doesn’t get it. Tavares is bleeding from the nose. Stout pumps a double jab. Tavares lands a right hand over the top. Tavares lands a counter right hand. Stout moves in with an inside leg kick with one minute remaining. Stout lands a right hand as Tavares moved in, knocking Tavares to one knee. He lands another right hand and an uppercut. Tavares is still standing and the bell sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores the final round 10-9 for Stout.
The judges score the fight unanimously for Thiago Tavares. No scorecards were read after the fight.