Ernest Chavez vs. Yosdenis Cedeno
Round 1: Chavez moves on the outside. Cedeno inches forward. He lands a hard right hand to the body followed by an outside leg kick. Cedeno swings and misses and moves out of the way. He lands a right hand. Chavez looking to counter. Cedeno changes stances and lands a kick to the body. Cedeno delivers an outside leg kick. Chavez tries to close the distance, but Cedeno circles away. Chavez lands with an outside leg kick. Chavez moves in and clinches. Cedeno pushes him away and lands an outside leg kick. Chavez answers with a hard leg kick. Chavez rushes forward and secures a takedown. He works in side control. Chavez traps an arm and lands right hands. Chavez advances to the mount position. Cedeno rolls giving up his back. He works his way back to his feet and the battle for position along the cage. Cedeno delivers a knee to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cedeno. Close round.
Round 2: Chavez takes the center of the cage. They exchange leg kicks. Cedeno misses with a big right hand. Cedeno lands a strong outside leg kick. Cedeno just misses with a high kick. Chavez moves in and secures a takedown. He moves to side control. He peppers Cedeno with short right hand. Chavez continues to chip away at Cedeo. Chavez advances to the mount position. Cedeno scrambles back to his feet. Chavez pressed Cedeno against the cage and delivers knees to Cedeno’s legs. The referee separates them. Cedeno lands an outside leg kick. Cedeno lands a kick and Chavez fires back with a right hand to the body. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Chavez.
Round 3: Chavez’ corner tells him that it’s all even heading into the final round, and they may be right. Chavez inches forward. Cedeno lands his jab and Cedeno answers with an outside leg kick. Cedeno circles on the outside. Chavez delivers an outside leg kick. Cedeno continues to circle to his left. Cedeno initiates the clinch. Chavez presses him against the cage and delivers knees to the body and legs. The referee separates them. Cedeno paws with his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Cedeno lands to the body with a kick. Chavez presses forward. Cedeno delivers a hard leg kick. Cedeno switches his stance. Chavez lands a left hook. Cedeno fires off a head kick that’s blocked. Chavez answers with a leg kick. Chavez lands a left hand. Cedeno steps in with a hard combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Chavez. Another close round.
The judges scored the fight for Chavez by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27.
“His footwork was much better than I expected. You hear about the UFC jitters all the time and I can tell you that it is definitely a reality. I’m just fortunate that I have great coaches who were able to steer me through the fight. I did my best to get the points and it ended up going my way. I’m looking forward to getting back in that Octagon and getting a finish next time around.”
“I can say a bunch of words and give excuses, but the best explanation of what happened tonight is that he was better than me. I could’nt finish him in the third round and that’s what it would’ve taken to win. I need to go back to the gym and think about how I can improve my game plans. I’m really disappointed in myself but I’ll learn from it all and be back better.”