Round 1: Sadollah moves in, Lopez throws a combination as he does. Lopez lands an outside leg kick. Sadollah moves in with punches and they clinch along the cage. They exchange knees to the body. Lopez is pressing Sadollah against the fence. He lands a knee to the body. They separate. Lopez lands a jab. Lopez circling on the outside. Sadollah moving straight forward. Lopez lands an outside leg kick. Sadollah looked for a takedown but Lopez counters it and presses him against the cage while working on a single leg takedown. Lopez elevates him and slams him to the canvas. Sadollah moves to the cage to try and get up. Lopez works for a kimura. Sadollah gets to his feet and presses Lopez against the cage in the clinch. Sadollah works knees to the legs and body. They work for position against the cage as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sadollah. Very close round.
Round 2: Lopez throws a kick to the body and clinches. He presses Sadollah against the cage and works for a single leg takedown. They eventually separate. Sadollah lands a right hand. Lopez attempts a single leg takedown and presses Sadollah against the fence. Lopez moves to a high-crotch takedown. Sadollah applies a guillotine choke but Lopez defends it and works to take Sadollah’s back. Sadollah spins and looks for a takedown. Lopez gets free. Lopez using his jab. Sadollah lands a body shot and a leg kick. Sadollah picks up the pace and Lopez takes him down. Sadollah gets to his feet at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sadollah.
Round 3: Sadollah moves forward with a flurry. Lopez ties him up. Lopez works for a takedown but Sadollah presses his head down. Lopez gets him down but Sadollah immediately back up and pressing Lopez against the cage. They separate and take the center of the cage. Three minutes remain on the clock. Sadollah lands a kick to the face. Lopez answers with a jab. He goes for a single leg takeown but Sadollah’s takedown defense is solid. Lopez pulls him away from the cage and gets the takedown. Lopez works inside Sadollah’s guard. Sadollah lands short strikes from the bottom. Lopez controls him but not much more. The referee stands them up. Sadollah misses with a flying knee. Lopez grabs a leg and tries to take him down. Sadollah counters and they’re battling in the clinch. Sadollah lands a knee to the body and a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sadollah.
The judges score the fight for Sadollah by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.