Round 1: Ponzinibbio moves forward and lands a kick to the body. LaFlare steps in with a combination. LaFlare catches a kick and takes Ponzinibbio to the ground. He advances to the mount position. Ponzinibbio works back to guard. He scrambles but LaFlare stays on him and keeps him on his back. LaFlare moves to the mount position. LaFlare postures up and lands two hard elbows. LaFlare works for an arm bar but Ponzinibbio gets free and gains top position. He works to take LaFlare’s back but LaFlare turns and gets top position. Ponzinibbio scrambles to his feet. Ponzinibbio lands a leg kick but LaFlare takes him down. Ponzinibbio kicks LaFlare off and gets back to his feet. Ponzinibbio lands a right hand and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for LaFlare.
Round 2: LaFlare lands a kick to the body. He lands another. Ponzinibbio misses with a spinning back fist. LaFlare secures a takedown and gets back position. Ponzinibbio uses the cage to stand but LaFlare lands knees to the body as he stands. LaFlare goes to the body with a combination. LaFlare is dictating the pace. He lands a combination. Ponzinibbio looks fatigued. Ponzinibbio moves forward. He lands a right hand. He turns up the pace. He lands a combination that backs LaFlare up. Ponzinibbio delivers a left hook. LaFlare lands a stiff left hand. LaFlare changes levels and takes the fight to the ground. He works in Ponzinibbio’s half guard. LaFlare lands right hands to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ponzinibbio.
Round 3: LaFlare delivers a kick to the body. LaFlare lands an inside leg kick. Ponzinibbio answers with a kick to the body. LaFlare catches a spinning kick and slams Ponzinibbio to the canvas. He lands in side control. He lands short elbows. Ponzinibbio rolls but LaFlare stays on him. Ponzinibbio uses the cage to stand. LaFlare lands a big knee that knocks Ponzinibbio down. Ponzinibbio ducked into it. LaFlare follows him to the canvas and lands punches and elbows. He delivers knees to the body. LaFlare lands a big elbow. Ponzinibbio stands and LaFlare backs away. Ponzinibbio lands a left hook that hurts LaFlare. LaFlare applies an oma plata and reverses the position. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for LaFlare.
The judges score the fight for LaFlare by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.