Round 1: Vera inches forward. He lands to the body. Vera delivers an inside leg kick and Rothwell lands a right hand counter. Vera lands another inside leg kick followed by a combination. Rothwell lands a right hand that makes Vera back up. Vera delivers a powerful kick to the body. Rothwell moving forward while Vera moves on the outside. Rothwell lands a right hand. Vera answers with a kick to the body. Rothwell is stalking Vera. Vera lands a left hand right on the button but Rothwell takes it. Vera lands to the body with a kick. Vera circling away from Rothwell’s right hand. Rothwell lands an inside leg kick. Vera moving laterally. He lands a kick to the body of Rothwell. Vera lands and moves away. Vera switches stances. Rothwell lands an accidental kick to the groin of Vera in the closing seconds of the round. Vera is given time to recover. The fight is restarted and the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera.
Round 2: Vera lands an outside leg kick followed by another. Rothwell answers with an inside leg kick. Rothwell closes the distance and they clinch. Rothwell lands a knee to the body and they separate. Vera goes back to circling on the outside. Rothwell fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Rothwell moves in with a combination. Rothwell presses Vera against the cage. They exchange knees to the body. They separate. Vera switches stances. Rothwell closes the distance and Vera lands an uppercut. Vera steps in with a knee to the body followed by an elbow. Rothwell moves in and Vera looks for a single leg takedown. Rothwell shakes off the attempt. Vera circles and Rothwell follows him. Rothwell lands a left hand to the body. He steps in with an elbow and Vera fires an elbow in return. Rothwell lands a kick to the body. Vera lands a combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell.
Round 3: Rothwell takes the center of the cage. Vera stands in front of him. Rothwell lands a kick to the body and closes the distance. He presses Vera against the cage. They exchange knees to the body. Referee Herb Dean separates the fighters. Rothwell steps in with an uppercut. Vera circles away. Rothwell goes in wild mode. He lands a right hand. He lands an uppercut. Rothwell unloads on Vera. He lands an uppercut. Vera is hurt. Rothwell pours it on with a knee followed by an uppercut as Vera goes down. Rothwell swoops in and finishes with strikes on the ground.
The official time of the stoppage was 1:54 of the third round.