Round 1: Voelker lands first with a right hand. Macario delivers an inside leg kick. He misses with a left hand. Macario lands a right hand. He lands an uppercut. Voelker answers with a left hand followed by an inside leg kick. Macario goes to the body with a right hand. Macario lands a right hand followed by a knee to the body. Marcario steps forward with a left hook to the body. Macario lands a straight right hand that staggers Voelker. He swarms Voelker, but Voelker covers. Macario changes levels and takes Voelker down. Voelker uses the cage to stand. Macario presses him against the cage. They separate. Voelker presses forward and lands a left hand. They exchange leg kicks. Macario uses head movement to get just out of the way of Voelker’s strikes. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Macario.
Round 2: Voelker comes out aggressive to start the second round. He presses forward. Voelker lands a right hand. Voelker continues to pressure Macario. Macario changes levels and secures a takedown. Voelker works his way back to his feet and they separate. Macario lands his jab. He lands left hooks as Voelker closes the distance. He steps in with a short elbow. Voelker is cut. Macario lands a combination. He lands a right hand that staggers Voelker. He lands an uppercut that knocks Voelker down. Voelker gets back up and fires back. Voelker’s face is covered in blood. Macario lands short elbows on the inside. The referee stops the action to have the doctor check Voelker’s nose and cuts. He is allowed to continue and the fight is restarted. Voelker lands a left hook. Voelker picks up the pace and presses forward. He lands a right hand. Macario takes the fight to the ground in the final seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Macario.
Round 3: Voelker presses the pace. The briefly clinch before separating. Voelker is swinging for the fences. Macario lands his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Macario steps in with a combination. Voelker looks to get the fight to the ground but Macario stuffs it. Macario lands a left hand. Macario lands to the body. Voelker takes an accidental finger to the eye. He’s given time to recover and the fight is restarted. Voelker moves forward and eats a big right hand. Macario lands kicks to the lead leg of Voelker. He takes Voelker down but Voelker immediately gets back to his feet. Macario lands a short elbow. He’s simply outclassing Voelker. He takes Voelker down and lets him up. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Macario.
The judges scored the fight for Macario by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I just felt really good out there. I was loose and was able to implement our game plan. I’m dedicating this fight to my community in Brazil. Voelker is an experienced guy who can take a serious punch so I knew I had to train hard for this one. I just want to thank my coaches and everyone who supported me for this camp.”
“I knew he won the first but I thought he was going to gas as the fight moved forward. He gassed a little but he was able to keep his distance and exploit his range to keep me on the outside. He pretty much did whatever he wanted to me. The cut affected my vision but I don’t know if it really would have affected the outcome. Hats off to him.”