Round 1: They take the center of the cage. Pepey comes in with a combination and a flying knee but Mariano lands a right hand. They clinch. Pepey is swinging for the fences. Pepey presses forward with wild strikes and clinches. He pulls guard. Pepey works for a kimura. Mariano defends it. Mariano lands punches to the body. Pepey lands from the bottom. Pepey gets warned for shots to the back of the head. Referee Marc Goddard stands them up. Mariano delivers an outside leg kick. Pepey moves in and eats a flying knee. Pepey pulls guard again. Pepey lands elbows from the bottom. Difficult round to score. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Mariano.
Round 2: Pepey opens the round with an inside leg kick. The pace has slowed. Pepey rushes in with punches. Mariano lands a counter shot. Mariano misses with a looping right hand and Pepey ties him up and pulls guard. Mariano lands a solid elbow. Pepey peppers him with shots from the bottom. Mariano stands and delivers kicks to the downed Pepey. He lets him up. They exchange and Mariano lands a right hand. Pepey tells him to come on in. Mariano lands a lead left hook and a kick to the body. Pepey works his jab. Mariano lands an overhand right. Pepey misses with a spinning back fist. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mariano.
Round 3: Mariano lands a right hand. Pepey moves forward with punches and eats a right hand. Pepey tries to get the fight to the ground. They’re tied up along the cage. They separate. Pepey misses with a spinning back fist. Pepey steps in with a jab. Pepey lands a left hand and Mariano counters. Mariano gets caught in the groin by a kick. He is given time to recover. The fight is restarted. Mariano lands a left hand. Mariano lands a big right hand. He gets kicked in the groin again and falls to the canvas in pain. The fight is restarted after a couple of minutes. Not much happened in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mariano.
All three judges score the fight 29-28 for Rony “Jason” Mariano.