Round 1: Nelson takes the center of the cage. Miocic circling to the right. Nelson fakes a takedown and comes over the top with a right hand. Miocic lands his jab. He steps in with a right hand. They exchange leg kicks. Nelson delivers a right hand. Miocic lands a combination and presses Nelson against the cage. Nelson circles free. Nelson fakes another takedown and Miocic lands a right hand. As Nelson moves in, Miocic lands combinations. Nelson tries to get the fight to the ground but Miocic stuffs it. Nelson is telegraphing his right hand. Nelson is wining his right hand but missing. Miocic lands a right hand. He lands a hard one that hurts Nelson. He presses Nelson against the cage and batters him with uppercuts and elbows. Nelson turns him and presses him against the fence. They work for position along the cage before separating. Nelson lands an outside leg kick in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Miocic. Nelson is winded.
Round 2: Miocic strikes first in the second round with a leg kick. Miocic is landing at will. Nelson walks forward with his hands down. They exchange jabs. Miocic steps in with a right hand. He goes on the offensive, landing a combination that sends Nelson fleeing. Miocic presses him against the cage and delivers short elbows before backing away. Miocic lands a kick to the body. Miocic delivers a knee to the face of Nelson. He continues to land his jab. Nelson steps in with an uppercut. Miocic answers with a hard combination. Nelson is exhausted. Miocic moves forward with a combination. He ties Nelson up. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Miocic.
Round 3: Nelson moves forward. Miocic makes him pay with a combination. Miocic is landing cleanly. Nelson’s chin is granite. Miocic lands his jab. Nelson rushes in and misses with a combination. Nelson has his hands down. He chases Miocic but Miocic simply moves away. Nelson lands a counter right hand. Miocic takes the fight to the ground, but Nelson quickly gets back to his feet. They work along the cage with two minutes remaining. The referee separates them. Nelson is completely gassed. Nelson rushes in but Miocic moves away. Miocic fakes a takedown and lands a combination. They clinch and separate. Miocic pours it on in the closing seconds landing a combination followed by a knee. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Miocic.
The judges score the fight for Miocic by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.