Round 1: They touch gloves. Lapsley lands a right hand and High takes the fight to the ground. High advances to the mount position. Lapsley rolls and gives up his back. Lapsley stands only to be taken down again by High. High works for a guillotine choke but Lapsley defends it. High lands right hands. Lapsley stands and High elevates him and slams him to the canvas. High takes Lapsley’s back. High moves to the mount position. Lapsley rolls and High takes his back. High turns and looks for a guillotine choke. Lapsley fights out of it. High gets to the mount position again. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for High.
Round 2: Lapsley takes the center of the cage. High closes the distance and gets the fight to the ground. High mounts him and applies a guillotine choke. Lapsley defends it but is mounted. High is controlling Lapsley on the ground. He has Lapsley’s back. Lapsley reverses High and gains top position. He lands to the body and delivers an elbow. Lapsley postures up and lands a right hand. High scrambles but Lapsley stays on him. Lapsley isolates an arm. He lands a solid elbow. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lapsley.
Round 3: Lapsley lands a front kick to the body followed by a right hand. High presses forward and secures a takedown. High lands short left hands and advances to side control. Lapsley works to stand but High drags him back to the canvas. High applies a guillotine choke. Lapsley gets free. Lapsley lands to the body. High gets to his feet. Lapsley stands and gets behind High. High rolls for a leg lock. Lapsley gets his leg free and tries to take High’s back. He slips off and High gains top position. High moves to half guard. Lapsley throwing strikes from the bottom. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for High.
The judges scored the fight for High by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“I got the win but I’m not happy with it. I really feel like I should’ve ran right through him but it didn’t turn out that way. I think the first round could’ve been scored a 10-8 in my favor. I was in dominate position the entire round and didn’t take any damage. I’m just thankful I was able to go in there and compete. I’ll be back even better next time out.”
“I should’ve fought harder in the last round. I’m very disappointed in myself because I think that it was anyone’s fight going into the third. I let it go into the hands of the judges and that’s my fault.”