Round 1: Edwards wants the fight on the ground and snatches a guillotine choke to start things out. Lopez is able to slip out, but Edwards still looking for a ground. Edwards takes Lopez down a couple of more times, but struggles to keep him down. Edwards is able to nail a nice knee to the body before getting back to the feet. Lopez trying to strike and looks for a knee when Edwards shoots in, but the Ohio native is able to avoid damage and get back to the clinch.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Justin Edwards
Round 2: Edwards again looks to take the fight to the ground and lands in side control. Edwards goes for a guillotine choke, drops into guard, but Lopez slips out. Lopez gets back up, but can’t land many strikes before Edwards gets him back into the clinch and then to the ground. Edwards looking to take his back while the two fighters are against the cage. Edwards starts to unload huge shots, but Lopez explodes and reverses positions and gets back to the feet. Lopez lands a good knee to the body just before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Justin Edwards
Round 3: Lopez gets the clinch and takes Edwards down to start the final round. Edwards looking for a kimura from the bottom. Lopez is able to get the mount and then take Edwards’ back, reigning down huge shots. Edwards rolls and is able to get half guard, but Lopez then moves to side control. Edwards scrambles and gets back to the feet. Lopez shoots back in and gets another takedown, landing in Edwards’ guard. Edwards looks for an omo plata as time runs out in the fight.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Jorge Lopez
Justin Edwards def. Jorge Lopez by unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)