Round 1: Pichel takes the center of the cage. Whiteley throws a leg kick and Pichel checks it. Pichel lands a right hand on the inside and Whiteley counters with a body shot. They exchange leg kicks. Pichel lands two leg kicks and Whiteley initiates the clinch. Pichel changes levels and takes Whiteley to the ground. He stands over Whiteley and looks to pass his guard. The referee stands Whiteley up. Whiteley delivers a combination and Pichel presses him against the cage. Whiteley looks for a flying triangle but doesn’t get it. Pichel gains top position. Whiteley works to stand, but Pichel drags him back to the ground. Pichel isolates a leg and works for a heel hook. Whiteley defends the submission attempt. Whiteley looks for a choke, but Pichel gets free. Whitely lands a knee to the body, and Pichel gets back to his feet. Pichel secures a takedown in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pichel.
Round 2: Pichel inches forward. Whiteley delivers a kick to the body. Pichel responds with an outside leg kick. He goes to the body with a right hand. Pichel moves in with a combination that knocks Whiteley’s mouthpiece out. Pichel takes him down. Pichel lands left hands as he works to take Whiteley’s back. Whiteley escapes to his feet. Pichel puts him back on the canvas. He delivers short right hands to the body. He postures up and lands a hard right hand. Pichel advances his position to side control. Pichel takes Whiteley’s back. He sinks in both hooks. He lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pichel.
Round 3: The fighters touch gloves to start the final round. Whiteley lands a counter right hand. He lands another right hand. Pichel presses forward. He changes levels and gets the fight to the ground. Whiteley land elbows from the bottom. Pichel postures up and delivers a solid elbow. Pichel stands and leaps in with a right hand. Pichel moves to side control and lands knees to the body. Pichel applies a d’arce choke. Whiteley gets free and stands. He lands a knee inside the clinch. Pichel presses him against the cage and secures a takedown. Whiteley quickly gets back to his feet. Pichel lands an elbow inside the clinch. Whiteley works for a kimura. Pichel counters. He lands to the body. Whiteley stands and Pichel drags him to the canvas at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pichel.
The judges scored the fight for Pichel by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.