Round 1: Spencer presses forward. He lands his jab. Garcia answers with a counter right hand. Garcia changes levels and secures a takedown. Spencer briefly gets back to his feet, but Garcia drags him back to the canvas. Spencer gets back to his feet and they work for position along the fence. Spencer lands a knee to the body and they separate. Garcia misses with a big right hand. Spencer partially lands a body kick. Garcia lands a right hand as Spencer moved forward. Garcia fakes low and lands a kick high. He presses forward with a combination and secures a takedown. He pulls Spencer away from the cage and leaps in with a right hand. Spencer gets back to his feet and they separate. Garcia lands a right hand. Spencer delivers an inside leg kick. He lands a kick to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Garcia.
Round 2: Spencer comes out pressing the action. He moves forward behind his jab. Garcia lands an uppercut followed by a right hand. Spencer lands a front kick to the body. He leaps in with a left hook. Spencer lands to the body with a kick. He lands another one. Garcia drops down and secures a takedown. He pulls Spencer away from the cage by his ankles. Spencer scrambles to his feet. He lands a huge right hand that wobbles Garcia. Spencer lands a high kick. Garcia covers. Spencer presses the pace. Garcia fires back. He lands a right hand that drops Spencer. Spencer gets to his feet. Garcia secures a takedown. Spencer reverses him. Garcia gets back to his feet. Spencer lands a big right hand that knocks Spencer backwards. Garcia presses forward. He lands a lead uppercut. Spencer answers with a jab. Garcia changes levels and gets Spencer down. He works from the half guard position. Spencer rolls and gets to his feet. Spencer lands a right hand. Garcia is wobbled again. Garcia ties him up. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Garcia. What a round!
Round 3: Spencer presses forward and lands a right hand. Garcia fires back with an outside leg kick. Spencer fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Spencer looks to be the fresher fighter. He lands a combination. Garcia shakes his arms out. He steps in with a right hand. Garcia inches forward. Spencer lands a right hand over the top. Garcia works to get the fight to the ground. He elevates Spencer and slams him to the canvas. Garcia postures up and drops in with a right hand. Spencer works his way to the cage and uses it to stand. He lands a left hook. Garcia’s hands are low. Spencer lands a jab. Garcia drops down and powers Spencer to the ground. He takes Spencer’s back. Spencer rolls and Garcia mounts him. Spencer scrambles to his feet. Garcia closes the distance with a right hand and works to get the fight to the ground. Spencer defends the attempt and lands a knee to the body. Spencer misses with a spinning elbow and the round ends. Close round, but MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Garcia.
The judges scores the fight for Garcia by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27.
“I never show up at the octagon to sit around and point fight. I always go in there to put on a good show. That was an absolute fist fest, but I got the victory. After this win I’m going to go home and rest for the next one. This win is dedicated to my country, the Dominican Republic.”
“Obviously, I’m disappointed because I could not finish him when I got the chance. I landed good punches, I did my job really well but it wasn’t enough. I stuck to the game plan, but he did his job.”