Round 1: Bermudez comes out aggressive. He lands a right hand over the top. He lands an inside leg kick and Hettes initiates the clinch. The battle for position along the cage. Hettes throws a knee and Bermudez catches it and slams him to the canvas. Hettes quickly gets to his feet. Bermudez stays on him. Hettes lands a knee to the body. Bermudez takes Hettes down. Hettes gets to his feet. He lands a left hand followed by a knee. Bermudez takes him down. Hettes gets to his feet and Bermudez lands a right hand. Bermudez secures a takedown. Hettes gets back up. Bermudez takes him down again. Hettes gets up again. Bermudez presses Hettes against the cage. Hettes delivers a knee to the body. Bermudez lands a right hand on the inside. Hettes answers with a left hook to the body. Bermudez drops under and takes Hettes down. He works in Hettes’ full guard. Bermudez postures up and lands a right hand. Hettes scrambles to his feet. Bermudez delivers a knee to the body. Hettes works for a takedown but Bermudez stuffs it and works for a choke. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Bermudez.
Round 2: Bermudez presses forward and they clinch. Hettes is being very aggressive. He presses Hettes against the fence. He drops down and takes Hettes down. Hettes immediately gets back to his feet. They work for position along the cage. Bermudez lands a punch to the body. Hettes answers with a knee to the body. Bermudez not giving Hettes any space. He presses Hettes against the cage. Bermudez lands a knee as Hettes tried to defend a takedown. He lands left hand that sends Hettes’ mouthpiece flying. Hettes is hurt. He falls to the canvas and Bermudez follows him there. Bermudez stacks Hettes against the fence and hammers away with right hands. Hettes escapes the position and gets back to his feet. Bermudez lands a leg kick and presses forward for a takedown. A scramble ensues. Bermudez tries to throw Hettes and Hettes takes his back. Bermudez covers up and waits out the closing seconds of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bermudez.
Round 3: Bermudez moves in with a combination. He presses Hettes against the cage. Hettes circles free. Hettes moves forward. He lands a right hand. They clinch. Bermudez lands a right uppercut that knocks Hettes down. He follows Hettes to the canvas. He lands short right hands. Hettes covers. Bermudez goes to the body with a left hand. He lands a series of short right hands and lets Hettes up. Hettes works for a takedown, but Bermudez stuffs it. Bermudez lands a right hand to the body. Hettes crumbles to the canvas. Bermudez lets him up. Bermudez lands a knee that drops Hettes and the referee stops the fight. Bermudez wins by technical knockout.
The official time of the stoppage was 2:57 of the third round.
“Feel like I looked like a ‘newyorican’ guy going into his best battle. I expect New York and Puerto Rico are making some noise with this win. Another TKO is a great accomplishment in my career. I’m looking forward to improve my spot in the rankings. Going 6-0 in UFC is absolutely incredible, I’ll just wait for what the UFC decides is next for me.”