Round 1: Pichel takes the center of the cage. He inches forward. Njokuani moves forward and gets poked in the eye. He’s given time to recover. A doctor is called in to check the eye. Njokuani indicates that he’s okay and the fight is restarted. Pichel closes the distance. Njokuani lands a knee to the body. Pichel works for a takedown and gets it. Njokuani moves to the cage and uses it to stand. Pichel delivers knees to the legs of Njokuani. The referee separates them. Njokuani switches his stance. He lands a knee to the body. Pichel ties him up and delivers a knee to the body of his own. Pichel lands a hard knee to the groin of Njokuani. He is given time to recover. After about a minute, the fight is restarted. Pichel lands a leg kick. Pichel being aggressive. He moves in with a right hand to the body and presses Njokuani against the cage. Pichel delivers a knee to the body. Njokuani circles away. He presses forward and lands a left hook. They exchange at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pichel.
Round 2: Njokuani lands a combination to start the second frame. He lands a kick to the body. Njokuani lands a left hook to the body. Pichel moves in and misses with a right hand. Njokuani ducks under a punch and counters with a right hand to the body. Pichel closes the distance and clinches. He delivers knees to the thighs of Njokuani. He elevates Njokuani and slams him to the canvas. Pichel lands hard right hands. He tries to stand, but Pichel slams him again. Njokuani gets to his feet, but gets hit with left hands in the process. Njokuani gets to his feet. Pichel closes the distance and slams Njokuani. He delivers knees to the body. Pichel advances to the mount position. Njokuani gives up his back. Njokuani turns and gets to his feet. Pichel takes him down again. Pichel continues to land shots. He moves to the mount. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Pichel.
Round 3: Pichel presses forward. Njokuani lands his jab. They clinch. Pichel lands a knee to the body. Njokuani pushes him away. Njokuani goes to the body with a left hand. Njokuani steps in with a straight left hand. Pichel answers with an outside leg kick. Pichel changes levels and secures a single leg takedown. Njokuani stands, but Pichel keeps the pressure on. He delivers knees to the legs before slamming Njokuani to the canvas. Njokuani stands, but Pichel batters his legs with knees. He takes Njokuani down and takes his back. Pichel moves to side control. He advances to the mount position. Njokuani rolls. Pichel takes his back. Njokuani gets to his feet in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pichel.
The judges scored the fight for Pichel by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“When I gouged him and kneed him it was a total accident. I honestly think I got poked in the eye too. Once I got the first takedown and felt his strength and lack of defense on the ground I knew I had the fight. Hats off to Anthony, he’s a tough guy but I’m glad I got the win tonight.”
“I know he didn’t mean to do it but those fouls in the first round really threw me off and affected my focus. It hurts pretty badly because I know that it was my fight tonight. I don’t want to make excuses but the poke and low blow really made the difference out there.”