Round 1: A more controlled Leonard Garcia starts the fight while Grice fires off a few leg kicks. Grice shoots in and gets the takedown. Grice looks to pass guard and moves into Garcia’s half guard. Grice unloading some good ground and pound. In a scramble, Grice looks for a north-south choke, but Garcia able to slip out and back into half guard and eventually full guard. Garcia looks for an armbar and gets some nasty punches from Grice as he fires back. Dominant round for Matt Grice
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Matt Grice
Round 2: Grice shoots in again for a takedown, can’t land it but fires back with a big kick instead. Garcia steps forward with punches and Grice ducks down with a quick takedown. Garcia has full guard as Grice works to break his control. Grice working punches and short elbows on the ground. Grice postures up and unloads a few punches then back down into Garcia’s half guard. Grice continues his assault on the ground and Garcia struggles to do anything but defend.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Matt Grice
Round 3: The fighters come out striking in the final round as Garcia starts swinging a little wilder in the last five minutes. Grice shoots in for a takedown, gets stuffed, but then fires of a nice high kick that glances Garcia’s jaw. Grice again looks for the shoot, but Garcia stands him back up again. Garcia gets aggressive and immediately Grice drops down and puts him down on the mat again. Grice picking up his work on the ground again working, but Garcia is able to slip out with less than a minute to go. Garcia looks for a kick, but Grice catches it and puts him back down again. Time runs out on Garcia.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Matt Grice
Matt Grice def. Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)