Round 1: Gracie takes the center of the cage. Kennedy lands first with an outside leg kick. Gracie closes the distance and takes Kennedy to the ground. Gracie has Kennedy’s back. Kennedy tries to control Gracie’s head. Kennedy stands and presses Gracie against the cage. Kennedy swings and misses. He lands two outside leg kicks. They work for position along the cage. Gracie secures a takedown. He takes Kennedy’s back. Gracie applies a body triangle. Kennedy lands short right hands while controlling one of Gracie’s hands. Kennedy spins into him and gains top position. He lands a left hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gracie.
Round 2: Kennedy lands an outside leg kick but is having problems getting on the inside of Gracie’s reach. Kennedy presses forward and pushes Gracie to the cage. He secures a trip takedown. He is on Gracie’s back. He lands big punches. Gracie rolls. Kennedy stands and jumps back in with punches. Gracie rolls and Kennedy continues to lands shots. Gracie gets back to his feet. Kennedy presses Gracie against the cage. He delivers an elbow on the inside. Kennedy lands a knee to the body. Gracie turns him. They battle for position along the fence. Kennedy drags Gracie to the ground. He delivers short elbows and punches. The referee stands them up. Kennedy steps in with a left hand. He initiates the clinch. Kennedy works dirty boxing as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 3: Kennedy lands an outside leg kick followed by another. The pace has slowed. Kennedy continues to land leg kicks. Kennedy switches stances. Kennedy closes the distance and they clinch. Kennedy slips around to Gracie’s back and then pushes him away. Gracie drops down for a takedown. He gets it but Kennedy bounces back to his feet. Kennedy presses Gracie against the cage and delivers knees to his thighs. Two minutes remain in the round. Kennedy lands two right hands inside the clinch. Kennedy jumps in with a right hand. Kennedy lands a left hand. He closes the distance and presses Gracie to the cage. He lands short left hands from there. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
The judges scored the fight for Kennedy by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.