Round 1: They touch gloves and Rockhold takes the center of the cage. Boetsch quickly looks to get the fight to the ground. Rockhold scrambles and applies a reverse triangle choke. Boetsch is in a bad position. Rockhold delivers elbows to the body. Rockhold isolates an arm. He works for a kimura as he has Boetsch in the triangle choke. Rockhold extends the arm and Boetsch is forced to tap out. Rockhold wins by submission.
The official time of the submission was 2:08 of the opening round.