Round 1: Hall wastes no time. He immediately takes Howard to the ground with a double leg takedown. Hall lands short shots to the body of Howard. Hall stands over Howard and lets him up. Howard delivers an outside leg kick. Hall lands his jab. He lands a straight right. Howard answers with an outside leg kick. Howard leaps in with a left hook. They clinch along the cage. Hall presses Howard against the fence. Howard lands short shots to the side of Hall’s head. Howard lands an inside elbow as they separate. Hall steps in with a knee to the body. Howard works for a single leg takedown. Hall defends the attempt and lands a knee to the body. Hall misses with a wheel kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hall.
Round 2: Hall delivers a front kick to the body to start the second round. They exchange leg kicks. Hall throwing kicks but Howard is blocking them. Howard rushes in with a left hook. Hall works for a takedown and Howard looks for a guillotine. He gives up on it and lands a left hook. Hall circles away. Howard works for a single leg takedown. Hall lands elbows to the side of his head. Howard lands to the body with hooks. Hall answers with knees to the body. The referee separates them. Howard pushes forward. Hall lands a right hand and throws a knee but Howard catches it. Howard works for a takedown but Hall applies a kimura and uses it to gain top position. Howard grabs a leg but Hall spins out and has Howard’s back standing. They separate. Howard lands a combination and takes Hall down. Howard peppers Hall with punches to the body and head. Hall lands from the bottom. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Howard.
Round 3: Hall lands an inside leg kick to start the third. Howard lands a left hook. Hall lands a knee and they exchange leg kicks. Hall works for a takedown but Howard defends the attempt. Hall delivers knees to the legs of Howard. Howard lands short right hands inside the clinch. The referee separates them. Howard moves forward and Hall hits him with a knee. Howard takes Hall down. Two minutes remain in the round. Hall stands but Howard stays on him and lands knees to Hall’s thighs. Hall spins and works for a takedown and gets it. Hall lands knees to the legs of Howard. Howard stands and they separate. Hall lands a spinning kick but is on his back. Howard leaps into the air and comes down with a right hand and lands in the mount position. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hall but it could go either way.
The judges score the fight for Howard by split decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28.