Round 1: Mein takes the center of the cage and inches forward. Perpetuo circles to his left. He moves in and lands an outside leg kick. Mein steps into the pocket with a jab. Mein delivers a hard leg kick. Perpetuo answers with a jab to the body. Mein changes levels and takes Perpetuo down. He postures up and lands two left hands. He goes to the body with an elbow followed by a punch. Mein continues to land shots. Mein moves to half guard. Perpetuo sweeps Mein and gets to his feet. Mein lands a knee. He fakes with a jab and lands an outside leg kick. Perpetuo having issues finding his range. Mein is just out of reach of his strikes. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Mein.
Round 2: Mein lands an outside leg kick to start the second frame. He slides out of reach of Perpetuo’s leg kick. Mein presses forward. He lands a straight right hand. Mein moves in with a combination. Perpetuo lands to the body. Mein changes stances. He ducks under a left hand by Perpetuo and takes the Brazilian down. Mein lands to the body. Perpetuo works his way back to his feet. Perpetuo turns up the pace but misses with a combination. Perpetuo lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mein.
Round 3: Mein lands his jab. Perpetuo is starting to get aggressive. Mein uses his footwork and movement to get out of the way. Mein lands a leg kick. He shoots in and takes Perpetuo down. He works from the half guard position. Perpetuo isolates a leg and works for a leg lock. Mein defends the submission attempt. He nearly takes Perpetuo’s back, but Perpetuo gains top position. Mein uses wrist control to get to his feet. Perpetuo urges Mein to come forward. He drops his hands. Mein doesn’t take the bait. Perpetuo lands a hard combination. Mein looks to get the fight to the ground and does. Perpetuo works for a triangle choke, but it’s not there. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Perpetuo.
The judges scored the fight for Mein by split decision. The scorecards read 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28.
“My goal this time was to play it smart. I’ve been in some slugfests and wars lately and I wanted to take a different approach. I went for a few takedowns to make him think that’s where I was headed and then I’d hit him. He’s a tough guy and came out swinging, so I had to be careful. Coming out with a win, I think I showed I could fight smarter and not always have to fight tougher.”