Akbarh Arreola vs. Tiago dos Santos
Round 1: Both fighters being careful in the early going. They exchange leg kicks. Arreola misses with a high kick and Dos Santos counters with a right hand. Dos Santos presses forward. Arreola lands a kick to the body. They exchange leg kicks. Dos Santos lands a right hand. He lands a counter right hand as Arreola threw a leg kick. Arreola goes to the body with a kick. Dos Santos lands another right hand conter. Arreola lands a side kick to the body. Dos Santos delivers an outside leg kick. Both of them are swinging for the fences. Dos Santos presses Arreola against the cage. He trips dos Santos to the canvas. It may have been enough to win the close round.
Round 2: Dos Santos lands a kick to the body to start the second round. Dos Santos moves in and delivers a leg kick that knocks Arreola down. He stands over Arreola and peppers his legs with kicks and elbows. He lets Arreola up. Arreola lands a kick to the body. Dos Santos lands a leg kick followed by a kick to the body. A lot of kicks being thrown in this fight. Arreola fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Dos Santos lands a right hand followed by an outside leg kick. Arreola misses with a spinning back kick followed by a round kick. Dos Santos continues to land leg kicks. He lands a right hand. Arreola presses forward and lands a kick to the body followed by a right hand. Dos Santos looks to get the fight to the ground. Arreola shakes off the attempt. Arreola lands a hard kick to the body in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for dos Santos.
Round 3: Dos Santos lands a leg kick. Arreola answers with a kick to the body. Arreola steps in with a combination. Dos Santos presses forward. He clinches and lands knees to the body. Arreola separates and lands a kick to the body that knocks dos Santos off balance. Dos Santos initiates the clinch. Arreola lands a left hand. Dos Santos is winging shots. He looks for a takedown and lands knees to the thigh of Arreola. He gives up on the takedown and separates. Arreola lands a kick to the body. He lands a counter left hand. Dos Santos continues to apply pressure. He lands to the body. He picks up the pace. Dos Santos goes to the body with a right hand followed by a knee to the body. He presses Arreola against the cage and lands shots. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for dos Santos.
The judges scored the fight for dos Santos by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
Mike De La Torre
“I had a total mental lapse and got caught. Next time I can promise you I will give a better performance.”
“I’m just incredibly happy to be on the big stage. Im trying to bring positivity to this sport and hopefully the fans can see that. I thought this fight was going to at least go two rounds and that we would stand and strike. I didn’t think I could get the submission on him, but he came at me aggressively and an opening appeared and that was that. Im ready for whatever the UFC throws at me next.”