Round 1: The two fighters take the center of the cage and UFC 157 is officially underway. Burrell moves in and lands an uppercut. He lands a combination. Villefort catches a kick and trips Burrell to the ground. Villefort takes his back. He applies a rear naked choke, but Burrell defends. Burrell stands and gets free. Villefort lands a leg kick. Burrell lands a right hand. Villefort answers with an outside leg kick. Burrell moves in with a right hand. Villefort delivers a hard leg kick. Burrell lands a counter left hand. Burrell catches a leg kick and lands a solid right hand as Villefort was on the ground. Villefort isolates a leg and gains top control. Burrell sweeps him. Burrell stands and Villefort hits him. Burrell delivers a hard elbow against the cage. Burrell delivers a combination. Close round. A difficult one to score. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Villefort.
Round 2: Burrell lands his jab. Villefort landing leg kicks. Villefort delivers a big body shot followed by a leg kick. Villefort lands another hard outside leg kick. Burrell catches a leg kick and takes Villefort down but lets him back up. Villefort lands a counter left hook. Burrell lands a lead uppercut. Villefort goes to the body with a left hand. Burrell moves in with a combination that lands. Two minutes remain in the round. Villefort lands a right hand and then goes to the body with a left. They clinch. Villefort delivers a knee to the body. They separate. Burrell lands an outside leg kick that lands hard. Burrell lands two solid jabs. Burrell is landing his jab often. Villefort is bleeding from the nose. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Burrell.
Round 3: Villefort lands an outside leg kick. Burrell continues to work his jab. Villefort secures a double leg takedown. He has Burrell’s back. He works for a choke but Burrell defends and stands. Burrell moves in with a combination. Villefort takes him down. Burrell stands only to be taken down again. Villefort goes for a heel hook and Burrell pounds him with punches. Villefort lets the leg go. Burrell has top position. Villefort battles back. Burrell stands and works for a guillotine choke. Villefort has none of it. Burrell presses him against the cage. They separate. Burrell lands his jab. Villefort works for a takedown but Burrell shakes it off. Burrell lands a kick to the face of Villefort. Villefort works for a takedown. He can’t get it. They slug it out in the closing seconds. Burrell lands a knee. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Burrell.
The judges score the fight for Burrell by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.