Round 1: Cariaso opens with some exploratory high kicks that are blocked. Santos starts firing back with some kicks of his own, throwing them with more velocity than Cariaso. Santos scores a trip takedown, landing in side control, but Cariaso quickly gains half guard. Santos slips out and transitions to Cariaso’s back. Cariaso escapes, but gives up his leg, briefly, before regaining his feet, Santos pressing him to the cage and landing body shots. Santos misses with a spinning elbow, but lands a hard kick to the body. Cariaso tries to clinch up, but Santos shucks him off and lands some hard punches. Cariaso answers with a left kick to the head that gets Santos’ attention. Santos works for and eventually gets a double-leg takedown, ground and pounding from Cariaso’s full guard as the round comes to a close. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Santos.
Round 2: Cariaso comes out, cautiously trying to find an opening, but eats a stiff jab from Santos, who follows that up with a kick to the body and a follow-up right hand. Cariaso keeps moving in, but Santos is good at remaining compact, covering up, and then unloading on Cariaso, and then drives home a couple knees to the body. Cariaso answers with a right hand that wobbled Santos for a second. Cariaso lands a couple more pounches and Santos looks like he’s rocked. Cariaso drives him to the mat, lands some ground and pound, but Santos escapes and gets back to his feet, but still looks out of it. Cariaso has bloodied Santos’ nose, and keeps firing as Santos is still on wobbly legs, but somehow finds the energy to shoot and tie-up Cariaso, perhaps just trying to regain his senses. Cariaso lands a left kick to the body and follows with a combination. Santos is still looking weak and staggering, as Cariaso continues to land punch combinations. Big right cross by Cariaso and follows with an uppercut and the referee steps in and stops the fight.
Chris Cariaso def. Iliarde Santos by TKO (Punches) at 4:31, R2