Round 1: Tavares starts off with an outside leg kick. Tavares delivers a kick to the body. Yang catches a kick. Tavares gets his leg free and lands a right hand. Tavares using his jab. They both miss with big punches. Tavares attempts a switch kick that misses. Yang got poked in the eye. The fight is restarted. Tavares with leg kick. Yang lands a high kick. Tavares gets poked in the eye. The referee warns both fighters about pokes. Tavares lands a straight right hand. They exchange with Tavares landing a right hand. Yang moves in with a straight left. They clinch. Tavares presses him against the cage. Tavares works knees to the legs of Yang. Yang turns him and lands a knee. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 2: A doctor checked Tavares’ eye between rounds from the poke. Tavares says he can continue. They touch gloves and get at it. Tavares lands a right hand. Yang answers with a leg kick. Tavares rushes in with a right hand. Yang lands a front kick. Yang starting to find his range. He lands a jab. Yang lands a left hand. Yang stalks him. Tavares rubbing his left eye. Yang clinches and pushes Tavares against the cage. Yang drags him to the ground but Tavares immediately bounces back to his feet and presses Yang against the fence. Yang attempts a trip takedown. Tavares fends it off but they’re separated. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Yang.
Round 3: Tavares moves in with a double jab. Yang lands an outside leg kick. Tavares drives forward with a double leg takedown. Yang gets back up only to be taken down again. Yang uses the fence to get back up. Tavares takes him down again. The referee stands them up. Three minutes remain. Yang checks the leg kick by Tavares. Tavares lands a kick to the groin of Yang. Yang falls to the canvas. The referee tells him to take his time recovering. Yang recovers and the fight is restarted. Tavares lands a combination. Yang lands two inside leg kicks. They exchange leg kicks. Tavares is the more active fighter this round. Tavares keeping Yang on the outside with kicks. Yang gets a takedown at the bell, maybe after it. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
The judges scored the fight for Tavares by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.