Round 1: Watson takes the center of the cage. He lands first with an outside leg kick. Watson switches his stance. Catone rushes in and lands a right hand. Watson lands an outside leg kick. Catone steps in with a right hand. Watson inches forward and lands another outside leg kick. Catone changes levels and works to get the fight to the ground. Watson shakes off the attempt and they separate. Watson continues to land kicks to Catone’s lead leg. Catone secures a double leg takedown. Watson moves to the fence hoping to use it to stand. Catone pulls him away from the cage. Catone delivers knees to the legs of Watson. Watson stands in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Watson with the leg kicks.
Round 2: Watson moving forward wile Catone moves on the outside. Catone lands a counter right hand. Watson switches stances and they exchange leg kicks. Catone moves in with a right hand. Watson continues to press the action. Catone lands a counter right hand. Watson continues to land leg kicks. Catone responds with a right hand. Watson delivers an outside leg kick. Catone rushes forward and secures a takedown. He lands in side control. Watson quickly gets back to his feet and the two separate. Catone changes levels and secures a double leg takedown. Watson works his way back to his feet. Catone presses him against the cage. Watson delivers a knee to the body and they separate. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Catone with the takedowns.
Round 3: Watson moves forward. Catone catches a finger to the eye, but referee Herb Dean didn’t see it. Watson lands a kick to the body. He lands a right hand. Watson continues to land leg kicks. Catone looks to get the fight to the ground. Watson has none of it. Catone lands his jab and circles. Watson moves forward with a combination. Watson lands a right hand. Catone responds with an uppercut and a right hand. Catone secures a takedown but Watson quickly gets back to his feet. Watson presses the action. Catone secures another takedown. He takes Watson’s back. Watson gets back to his feet in the closing seconds. Watson did more damage but Catone secured two takedowns. It will be interesting how the judges score the fight.
The judges scored the fight for Catone by split decision. The scorecards read 28-29, 29-28 and 30-27.
“Last couple of fights have been a couple of tough breaks. I just wanted to get back in the win column so I did everything I could to get the takedown in the third. I felt great in the first and the second round but in the third I felt something in my knee. I was hoping to pull through and I was happy I could.”
“I’ve seen this before with the same result. If you have a takedown it wins you the round whether you do anything or not. I came out with less damage but I was taken down. It was difficult. I don’t know what to do.”