Round 1: Kuivanen moves in and lands a right hand to the body. Chiesa lands a left hand. Kuivanen lands a short left followed by a front kick to the body. Chiesa closes the distance but back off when he gets hit with a knee to the body. Chiesa slips while throwing a high kick but quickly gets back to his feet. Chiesa rushes in with a combination. Kuivanen moves away. They clinch. Chiesa lands a knee to the body. Kuivanen presses him against the cage. Chiesa turns him and lands a knee to the body. They work for position along the cage before separating. Kuivanen lands a combination ending in a hard right hand. Kuivanen rushes in and lands a left hand. He jumps in with a flying knee but Chiesa takes him down. Kuivanen gets back to his feet. He presses Chiesa against the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kuivanen.
Round 2: Chiesa paws with his jab. Kuivanen rushes in with a right hand. Chiesa ducks under it and works for a takedown. Kuivanen shakes it off and the battle for position along the fence. Chiesa slips around and takes Kuivanen’s back. He drags Kuivanen to the canvas and sinks in both hooks. Chiesa works for a rear naked choke. He applies a body triangle, keeping Kuivanen in place. Kuivanen defends for now. Chiesa locks it up and Kuivanen is forced to tap out from the choke.
The official time of the submission was 2:29 of the second round.