Round 1: Garza comes out with a 7 inch reach advantage, so Bermudez charges, scoops Garza up, and slams him to the mat. They quickly return to their feet, Bermudez with a guillotine hold on while standing. Garza slips out and lands a couple knees to the body before Bermudez presses him to the fence. Bermudez scoops Garza again and slams him down, but Garza briefly uses his legs for a triangle from his back, but Bermudez escapes and goes to work from Garza’s full guard. He pins Garza, head against the fence, dropping down punches. Bermudez stands in guard, but eats several upkicks from Garza. He drops back down into the full guard, but Garza is being super-aggressive going after a Kimura then switching to a triangle attempt. Bermudez stands with a front facelock on Garza, but releases and starts throwing, landing a couple punches. Garza goes high with a hed kick, then lands a front kick, but Bermudez picks him up and tosses him to the mat again, going to work from half guard, but can’t do much before the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Bermudez.
Round 2: Garza tries hard to keep his striking distance, but Bermudez charges in and presses him into the fence. Garza lands a couple knees to the body, but Bermudez once again scoops him up and slams him to the mat, landing in Garza’s full guard, grounding and pounding. Bermudez passes to side control, briefly, but Garza gains half guard, while Bermudez continues flinging punches. Garza tries to tie Bermudez up, but he continues dropping punches and heavy elbows. Garza is moving a lot and covering, but Bermudez is relentless, continuing to mix up solid body shots and heavy elbows to the head. Bermudez allows Garza back to his feet and launches a flying knee, then scoops and slams Garza back to the floor again. Working from hlaf guard, Bermudez returns to hammering Garza with punches and hammerfists. Garza tries to launch more upkicks, but Bermudez allows him up again and trips him to the mat just before the end of the round. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Bermudez.
Round 3: Final 5 minutes and Bermudez charges in, flinging punches and knees, then again slams Garza to the mat. He dives into Garza’s guard and throws punches, hammerfists, elbows, and just about anything he can at Garza. Garza is trying to tie him up, but Bermudez keeps firing away. Both men searching for an attack, the referee stands them up. Bermudez puts Garza right back on the mat, but allows him up, then takes him down once again. Bermudez continues his ground and pound assault, being more careful to avoid the upkicks, but hardly slowing his offense. He moves up for the full mount, droping down punch after punch, causing Garza to give up his back. Bermudez sinks the hooks, locking on a rear naked choke, but can’t slip it under the chin before time runs out. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Bermudez.
Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3