Round 1: DeBlass moves in and lands a right hand. He clinches and works for a single leg. He gets it. This is not where Diabate wants to be. Diabate utilizes wrist control. DeBlass advances to half guard. Diabate not taking damage. DeBlass advances to side control with a minute remaining. DeBlass peppers Diabate with short shots. The round ends as DeBlass was attempting to take Diabate’s back. It was DeBlass that round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for DeBlass.
Round 2: DeBlass catches a front kick and takes Diabate down in the opening seconds of the round. He advances to half guard and then to side control. Deblass lands an elbow. Diabate tries to scramble but DeBlass applies a guillotine choke. Diabate defends it. Diabate gets back to his feet and takes DeBlass down. Diabate works punches to the body and head. DeBlass may be fatigued. Diabate stands and goes in with a punch. DeBlass goes for a foot lock. He doesn’t get it but he got the reversal and finds himself in top position. He advances to side control. DeBlass is bleeding from his nose. Diabate gets to his feet and gets a takedown of his own. He works ground and pound. He lands hammer fists. He lands a series of right hands to DeBlass’ body. Diabate lands a big left hand followed by short elbows. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Diabate.
Round 3: DeBlass’ corner tells him he has to win this round. Diabate lands a combination. Diabate lands a hard knee to the body as DeBlass came forward. Diabate lands a right hand. DeBlass pulls Diabate to the ground. Diabate is on top landing elbows. Diabate lands a left hand. DeBlass goes for a leg lock. Diabate defends but reverses Diabate. DeBlass advances to side control. Diabate explodes to his feet and gains top position. He punishes DeBlass with elbows to the body and head. Diabate ground and pounds until the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Diabate.
The judges score the fight 29-28, 29-28 and 28-28 for Diabate by majority decision.