Round 1: Stittgen comes out kicking, but Guimaraes counterpunches and kicks well then shoots and presses Stittgen to the cage. Stittgen peppers the ribs with punches while his back is to the fence and searches for a guillotine choke. Stittgen reverses position and puts Guimaraes on the mat briefly, but Guimaraes quickly regains his feet and presses Stittgen against the fence again, working for the takedown. Guimaraes is having trouble getting the takedown, but opens up with numerous knees to the legs and punches to the body of Stittgen. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Guimaraes.
Round 2: Stittgen opens strong, kicking Guimaraes’ leg out from under him. But Guimaraes is quickly back on his feet, pressing Stittgen against the fence, kneeing to the legs and body, while also trying to find the takedown. Stittgen gets separation and lands a solid punch combination that hurts Guimaraes. The Brazilian recovers and once again puts Stittgen on the fence. He shoots for a takedown, but Stittgen sprawls with a front headlock on Guimaraes and then rocks Guimaraes with another punch combination followed by a low kick. Stittgen lands a few more kicks to the lead leg before Guimaraes again presses him to the fence, kneeing his thigh. The action slows and they restart at the center of the Octagon. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Stittgen.
Round 3: Both fighters come out kicking, Guimaraes landing the more solid kicks early on, as well as mixing in a few one-off punches. Stittgen firing back, but Guimaraes is a little busier, landing a little more as we hit the midway point of the round. Stittgen trying to get his jab going, while Guimaraes is swinging for the fences. Getting down to the final minute, Guimaraes presses Stittgen against the cage again, and unleashes punches an hammerfists to the body of Stittgen and then unloads an assault of knees to the legs and body, finishing strong. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Guimaraes.
Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), R3