Round 1: Souza takes the center of the octagon. He lands a right hand to the body. Souza using his reach to keep Arantes on the outside. Souza steps in with a left hand. Souza pressing the action. He goes to the body with a right hand. Souza lands a solid right hand. He goes to the body. Arantes changes levels and puts Souza on his back. Arantes lands to the body. He postures up and lands a hard right hand. Arantes moves to half guard and lands elbows. He advances to the mount position at the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Arantes.
Round 2: Arantes switches his stance and lands an outside leg kick. Souza lands to the body with a right hand. Arantes delivers an inside leg kick. Souza answers with a right had. Arantes works for a single leg takedown and Souza lands hammer fists and elbows. Arantes gives up on the takedown and lands knees to the body inside the clinch before separating. Souza lands to the body. He’s pressing forward with his hands low. Souza landing his jab. Arantes lands a counter right hand. Souza continues to move forward. He lands a kick to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Souza.
Round 3: Arantes lands a switch kick to the head to start the third frame. Souza goes to the body with a right hand. Arantes delivers a kick to the body. Souza steps in with a right hand. Souza lands a big right hand. He goes to the body with a right hand. Souza letting his hands go. He presses the action landing punches. Arantes drops down and secures a takedown. Souza works his way back to his feet with two minutes remaining in the round. Arantes presses Souza against the cage. The referee separates the fighters. Arantes goes for a takedown and gets it. Arantes lands to the body with right hands. He delivers a knee to the midsection. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Arantes.
The judges score the fight for Souza by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.