Round 1: Masvidal comes out of the corner fast and makes his way across the cage. He lands a leg kick. Healy lands a leg kick and misses with a right hand. Masvidal inches forward. He steps in with a left hand. Healy rushes forward and Masvidal backs away and hits him with two left hooks. Healy goes to the body with a right hand. Masvidal delivers a kick to the body. Healy presses forward. Masvidal lands a jab as Healy moved in. Healy lands a right hand and works to get the fight to the ground. He’s working for a single leg takedown. Masvidal thinks about a guillotine choke. Healy is working hard for the takedown. Masvidal shakes off the attempt and Healy backs away. Masvidal clinches and lands a knee to the body. Healy presses him against the cage and drags him to the ground. Masvidal quickly gets back to his feet. He lands a knee to the body and Healy keeps the pressure on. Healy lands a knee to the body and Masvidal pushes him away. Masvidal lands a hard kick to the body. He leaps in with a flying knee to the body. Healy tries to get the fight to the ground. Masvidal sprawls and they’re back standing. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 2: They meet in the middle of the cage. Healy moves in with a right hand. Masvidal counters with a left. Healy goes to the body with two left hooks and works to get the fight to the ground. Healy backs off to land to the body and goes back to pressing Masvidal against the fence. Healy continues to land to the body. Masvidal delivers a knee to the midsection and they separate. Masvidal steps in with a stiff jab. Masvidal is letting Healy close the distance and hitting him as he does. Healy powers forward looking for a takedown. They battle for position along the cage. They separate. Masvidal changes stances. He lands a combination. Healy presses forward and secures a double leg takedown. Masvidal quickly gets back to his feet. Healy peppers Masvidal with short left hands on the inside. He goes to the body. Masvidal lands a knee to the body. Healy moves in with a combination to the bread basket and looks for a takedown. Masvidal has none of it and turns him. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 3: Masvidal lands his jab. Healy presses forward and Masvidal backs away and hits him with two jabs. Healy presses Masvidal against the fence. Masvidal turns him. He lands a knee to the body and separates. When the fight is at distance, Masvidal is landing at will. Healy closes the distance and they work for position along the cage. Masvidal lands an elbows and separates. Healy delivers an inside leg kick. Healy takes Masvidal down. Masvidal works to get up and Healy drags him back to the canvas. Masvidal gains top position in a scramble. He works in half guard. Healy inches himself to the fence and uses it to stand. Masvidal hits him with a couple of left hands as he stood. Masvidal takes Healy down with a minute remaining in the round. Healy gets back to his feet and tries to roll under. Masvidal delivers elbows to Healy’s backside. Healy hammers away at the body along the cage. Masvidal separates but the round ends.
The judges scored the fight for Masvidal by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I trained my wrestling very hard for this fight. My wrestling coaches were University of Oregon wrestlers and they got me ready for this. I knew Pat was a top-level grappler so I had to come ready. And I definitely used my speed to my advantage and felt that I was quicker than him all night.
“We’ve all been working hard down at ATT and you’re seeing the success here tonight. Fighting close to home has been great. I love fighting here in Florida.”
“I feel like I fought smarter than I have in a while. But he was able to control me and take advantage. I should have attacked more and not held on to the takedowns so long. He’s a tough guy and came out on top tonight.”