Round 1: Stahl pressed forward from the sound of the bell. Burns lands an outside leg kick. Stahl closed the distance and Burns ties him up along the cage. He looks for a takedown, but Stahl shakes off the attempt. He presses Burns against the cage. They exchange knees to the body as they head fight for position. They separate. Stahl presses forward and lands a knee to the body. He initiates the clinch. Burns lands knees to the body and turns Stahl. Burns spins away. He lands an uppercut and Stahl ties him up. Burns separates and lands a solid right hand. Burns secures a takedown, but Stahl quickly gets back to his feet. The round end. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Burns.
Round 2: Stahl comes out aggressive in the second round. He steps in with a right hand followed by a kick to the body. Stahl pushes forward with punches. Burns counters with a right hand. Stahl continues to pressure Burns. Burns goes to the body with punches and follows up with an outside leg kick. Stahl clinches and presses Burns against the cage. Burns delivers knees to the body before separating. Stahl moves in with a right hand. He partially lands a spinning back fist. Burns is bleeding over his right eye. Stahl is bleeding from the nose. Burns changes levels and takes Stahl to the ground. He lands in side control. As he worked to mount Stahl, Stahl scrambles to his feet. Stahl presses forward. Burns delivers a spinning back kick to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Burns, but it was a close round.
Round 3: Burns opens the final frame with a combination. He lands a lead uppercut. Burns goes to the body with a combination. He clinches and delivers a knee to the body before separating. Stahl presses forward. Burns hits him with a right hand. They separate. Stahl lands a kick to the body. Stahl clinches and delivers a knee to the body. They work for position along the cage. Burns lands a right hand on the break. Stahl rushes in but misses with his strikes. Stahl lands a kick to the body. Burns leaps in with a knee and they’re tied up along the cage. Burns lands a spinning elbow on the break. Stahl lands with a hard outside leg kick. He presses forward. Burns lands a right hand over the top. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Stahl.
The judges scored the fight for Burns by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“I feel great. I wasn’t nervous, but I was really excited. That was my first fight in the UFC and also my first fight that went all three rounds. All of my fights before the UFC have been finishes in the first round. I’m excited and I’m happy to be here, it’s a privilege and I’m looking forward to the next one. Next for me is going to be at 155 – that’s where I come from, that’s my division. I just did 170 because it’s hard for me to make 155. But my next fight will be at lightweight. I’m ready and I will reign in that division. I’ll be ready to fight in about two months. I’m ready, I’m hungry.