Round 1: Howard takes the center of the octagon. LaFlare lands a kick to the body. He lands another. LaFlare quickly moves in and secures a single leg takedown. He works to pass Howard’s half guard and does. LaFlare is in side control. Howard tries to scramble but LaFlare stays in side control. LaFlare applies a d’arce choke, but it’s not there. Howard powers back to his feet. LaFlare lands a knee. Howard catches a kick and takes LaFlare down. LaFlare quickly gets to his feet and lands an elbow. Howard misses with a left hook and LaFlare ties him up. LaFlare throws Howard to the ground. He lands left hands to the body. Howard gets to his feet and presses LaFlare against the cage. They separate. Howard presses forward and lands a combination. LaFlare goes to the body with a right hand. He lands a knee. Howard lands a leg kick. LaFlare answers with a body kick and Howard works for a takedown. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for LaFlare.
Round 2: LaFlare lands a leg kick and Howard lands a counter left hook that wobbles LaFlare. LaFlare initiates the clinch. Howard lifts him and puts him on the canvas. Howard works for the half guard position. LaFlare sweeps Howard. He’s in side control. Howard reverses LaFlare and a scramble ensues. The fighters are back to their feet. LaFlare clinches and lands a knee to the body. Howard uses his head to reverse the position. LaFlare delivers an accidental knee to the groin. It was hard, and it landed flush on the cup. Howard falls to the canvas in pain. Howard stands and tries to walk it off. He goes back to his knees. A doctor is brought in to evaluate Howard. Howard sits against the fence in obvious pain. It’s been three minutes thus far. Howard stands. The expression on his face says it all. The doctor presses on Howard’s stomach and Howard goes back to his knees. Howard says he can continue after four minutes and the fight is restarted. Howard moves in. LaFlare takes him down. Howard works his way back to his feet and pushes LaFlare to the cage. LaFlare delivers a knee to the body and separates. LaFlare works for a takedown and Howard reverses him and gets to his feet. They battle for position along the fence. LaFlare delivers a knee to the body. They go back and forth in the clinch. Howard creates some space and lands an uppercut. He lands a left hook. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Howard.
Round 3: Howard inches forward and lands an inside leg kick that knocks LaFlare down briefly. LaFlare quickly secures a takedown. Howard uses butterfly hooks to elevate LaFlare and get to his feet. He lands a left hand followed by another. LaFlare changes levels and takes Howard down. Howard reverses him but LaFlare scrambles back to top position. He works in Howard’s guard. LaFlare moves to half guard. Howard gets back to guard. LaFlare advances to side control. Howard scrambles. LaFlare stays with him and lands a left hand. Howard rolls for a leg. He isolates a leg. LaFlare uses his other leg to push his way out. LaFlare lands to the body with left hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for LaFlare.
The judges score the fight for LaFlare by unanimous decision. The scorecards were not read.