Round 1: Mitchell is keeping his distance, but walking Cabral down, but Cabral times him, takes his back, and gets him to the mat. Mitchell escapes to half guard, but Cabral briefly moves to mount, landing some ground and pound. Mitchell tries to regain guard, but Cabral moves to side control, and then takes Mitchell’s back and starts working for a rear-naked choke. Mitchell escapes, but Cabral is still all over him, moving from full gaurad to half guard and then transitions to side control. Mitchell turns to all fours and stands up, gaining some separation. Mitchell goes for a spinning backfist, but Cabral slips it and clinches, pressing Mitchell up to the cage. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Cabral.
Round 2: Mitchell comes out firing, but eats a straight right from Cabral that sends him to the mat. Cabral follows and tries to take control, but Mitchell snags a leg. Cabral escapes and spins into Mitchell’s half guard, but quickly moves to side control, and then back to half guard. Cabral stands and passes to side control again. He goes to Mitchell’s back, but Mitchell stands, Cabral trying to clinch, while Mitchell is working for a Kimura. They go back to the mat, Cabral escaping the Kimura. Cabral stands and drops some right hands to Mitchell’s face. He drops briefly into Mitchell’s guard, but again passes to side control and takes Mitchell’s back. Mitchell stands, but Cabral immediately plants him back on the mat. Mitchell keeps trying to stand, but Cabral maintains control, dragging him back to the canvas. They return to their feet one final time before the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Cabral.
Round 3: Mitchell comes out firing again, but Cabral answers with a combination of low and high kicks. Mitchell drives him into the fence, but Cabral lands a right hand as they separate. Cabral takes Mitchell down to the mat, and begins working from half guard as Mitchell tries to secure a Kimura. Cabral slips the Kimura grip and moves to full mount, landing some punches. They scramble, Cabral maintaining control as he moves to Mitchell’s back and then returns to side control and once again climbs on his back. Mitchell keeps moving, but Cabral continues to be a step ahead, slipping a triangle attempt and then again taking Mitchell’s back. Cabral goes for the arm-triangle choke, but Mitchell fights out of it and regains his full guard, firing off of his back as Cabral drops punches from the top, the round and the fight coming to a close. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Cabral.
Yan Cabral def. David Mitchell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)