Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Round 1: Thompson opens with a lead-leg side kick. Brown goes low, looking for the takedown, but Thompson shucks him off. Brown catches a Thompson kick, but Thomspon breaks free of his grasp. Brown is relentless, pursuing the takedown, grabbing hold of Thompson’s leg and tripping him to the mat. Brown goes to work from inside Thompson’s guard, grounding and pounding. Brown tries to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Thompson gets out and up to his feet. Brown immediately presses Thompson into the fence, but Thompson reverses, the two trading knees. Brown eventually wrestles Thompson to the mat again, but Thompson is quickly back to his feet, down again, and then up to his feet, but then down again. Brown takes Thompson’s back briefly, but then goes after Thompson’s leg. He tries to crank on it, but Thompson escapes. Brown quickly reverses and takes top position in half guard, driving right hands into Thompson’s ribs. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Brown.
Round 2: Thompson opens with a punch combination followed by a spinning hook kick that misses. Brown shows takedown, but lands a kick to the head, then shoots for Thompson’s legs. He eventually gets Thomspon down briefly, but Thompson is right back to his feet, landing some good inside punches, although Brown fires right back. Brown shoots another takedown and scores the double-leg. Thompson again is quick to his feet, but Brown is pressing him to the cage and driving knees into his thigh. Thompson slips away and lands a good leg kick followed by several punch combinations, rocking Brown. Thompson lands a spinning back kick to the body, although it wasn’t fully extended. Thompson gets taken down briefly, but Thompson iss up and scoring with more punch combinations; Brown looks like he’s rocked pretty bad, or at least running out of gas. Thompson has slowed as well, but keeps firing punches, many of them landing. Brown somehow digs deep and lands a right hand that sends Thompson to the mat. Brown follows him down to continue the assault, but is slow in taking advantage. He finally lands a few elbows to the head, splitting open Thompson’s forehead around the scalp line. Brown moves to side control and then knee on belly, dropping elbows, but can’t finish before the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Brown
Round 3: Brown charges and lands some hard punches, snapping Thompson’s head back. Thompson tries to get into his kicking range, but Brown keeps moving in, landing an inside leg kick. Thompson fires off a few punches, but there isn’t much steam on them. Thomspon gets some combinations working two minutes into the round, driving Brown backwards, but Brown drops down and takes Thompson to the mat again. Thompson pops right back up though. Brown is relentless, keeps coming forward, Thai clinches and knees Thompson to the body, then trips Thompson to the mat. Brown immediately jumps to side control, rubbing his elbow in the cut on Thompson’s crimson forehead. Brown drives elbows into Thompson’s thigh, right hands into his ribs, and short elbows to the face, mixing up his ground and pound attack nicely. Brown captures Thompson’s left arm in a crucifix, then transitions to a top mount triangle, using his left hand to blast away at Thompson’s face until the final horn sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-8 and the fight 30-26 for Brown
Matt Brown def. Stephen Thompson by Unanimous (30-27, 29-27, 30-27), R3