Joao Zeferino vs. Elias Silverio
Round 1: Zeferino takes the center of the cage. Silverio lands an inside leg kick. Zeferino works for a single leg takedown, but Silverio defends the attempt. Zeferino still working to get the fight to the ground. The referee separates the fighters. Zeferino lands a counter right hand. He works to secure a single leg takedown. Silverio shakes it off and lands elbows to the side of Zeferino’s head. Zeferino gets accidentally kneed to the groin. The fight is restarted. Zeferino secures a takedown but Silverio immediately gets back to his feet. Zeferino works for a takedown but Silverio ends up in top position. Silverio lets him up. He lands a left hook. Silverio moving forward. Zeferino lands a high kick in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Zeferino.
Round 2: Zeferino lands an outside leg kick and initiates the clinch. Silverio turns Zeferino and presses him against the cage. They work for position and exchange knees to the body inside the clinch. Silverio lands elbows and short punches as Zeferino works for a single leg takedown. The referee separates them. Silverio steps in with a big right hand. Zeferino changes levels and looks to get the fight to the ground. Silverio has none of it and gains top position. The referee quickly stands them up. Silverio lands a combination. Zeferino clinches and drags Silverio to the canvas. Zeferino stands and Silverio gets back to his feet. Zeferino works for a single leg takedown. Silverio defends the attempt. He lands short elbows as Zeferino works for the takedown. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Silverio.
Round 3: Silverio lands a kick to the body. Zeferino changes levels and Silverio lands a knee and gains top position. Zeferino lands an illegal kick from the bottom to the downed Silverio. The fight is restarted. Silverio lands a kick to the body and secures a body lock takedown. Silverio stands over Zeferino and kicks his legs. The referee stands Zeferino up. They clinch and Silverio presses Zeferino against the cage. Zeferino gains top position in a scramble. Silverio stands and secures a takedown. Zeferino rolls and Silverio lands punches to the side of Zeferio’s head. Silverio lets Zeferino up. He lands a nice combination. They clinch and work for position along the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Silverio.
The judges score the fight for Silverio by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.