Round 1: Forte misses with a superman punch. Etim lands an outside leg kick. Forte misses with a huge right hand. Etim keeps Forte on the outside with kicks. Forte pushes forward. Etim lands a stiff jab. Forte catches a kick of Etim and drives him to the cage. Etim controls Forte’ wrists. Etim circles and they’re separated. Forte catches another kick and drives forward. They work for position along the cage. Forte lands knees to the legs of Etim. Forte delivers an elbow on the break. Etim tries a spinning back kick and Forte secures a takedown. Etim quicky gets back to his feet. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Forte.
Round 2: Etim backs Forte up with his jab. Etim lands a lead uppercut. They clinch. Forte presses Etim against the fence. Forte lands knees to Etim’s legs. Forte works for the takedown. Etim turns him and lands a knee to the body before separating. Forte lands a combination. Etim is hurt. Forte lands a big right hand. Forte lands a left hook that knocks Etim to the canvas. Forte drops into Etim’s guard. Etim ties him up. Forte works inside half guard. He postures up and lands a few right hands. Forte delivers elbows to the side of Etim’s head. Forte moves to the mount position. he lands punches in the closing seconds of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Forte.
Round 3: Forte takes the center of the cage. He comes forward and lands a combination. Forte presses Etim against the cage and delivers knees to the thighs of Etim. The referee separates them. Forte jumps in and lands a superman punch. Etim clinches and lands knees to the body. Forte drives him to the cage. They battle for position. Forte secures a takedown. Forte postures and lands big shots. Forte controlling Etim on the ground. Forte lands right hands. Forte lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Forte.
The judges score the Forte by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.