Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollet
Round 1: Hollet moving forward. He throws a hay maker right hand that misses. Maldonado moves in with a right hand. Hollet lands a spinning back kick to the groin of Maldonado, hard. Maldonado falls to the canvas. The referee informs him that he has five minutes to recover. He is asked if he needs to see a doctor and Maldonado shakes his head no. Maldonado gets to his feet. He says he’s ready to go and the fight is restarted. Maldonado rushes in with a right hand. He goes to the body with a right hand. Hollet changes levels and secures a takedown. He works in Maldonado’s half guard. Hollet presses his forearm on the neck of Maldonado. The referee stands them up after little action. Maldonado moves in and Hollet ties him up and presses Maldonado against the cage. Hollet goes to the body with a knee. Maldonado returns fire with a knee to the thigh of Hollet. The referee separates them. Hollet lands an outside leg kick. Maldonado motions for him to come on. Hollet goes for a takedown. Maldonado applies a guillotine choke, but Hollet gets free. Hollet works to pass Maldonado’s half guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Hollet.
Round 2: Maldonado takes the center of the cage. Maldonado uses his jab. Hollet lands a combination. He attempts a spinning back kick that misses. Maldonado goes to the body and Hollet counters with a right hand. He follows it up with a left hook. Maldonado presses Hollet against the cage. He lands right hands to the body followed by an uppercut. He continues to work the body of Hollet. Hollet turns him and lands a combination to the body. Maldonado answers with a combination. He presses Hollet against the fence and lands hooks to the body. Hollet moves away and moves in with a body shot. He presses Maldonado against the cage. Maldonado lands a left hand and Hollet backs out of the clinch. Maldonado taunts Hollet to move in. Hollet works for a takedown. Maldonado defends the attempt and lands punches to Hollet’s body. Maldonado batters Hollet’s body with punches. He goes upstairs to the head. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado.
Round 3: Maldonado moves in and misses with a right hand. Hollet drops down for a single leg takedown. He gets it but Maldonado immediately gets back to his feet. He has Hollet against the cage landing to the body. Hollet lands a right hand. Maldonado hits himself in the chin showing it’s solid. Maldonado again gets Hollet against the cage and is putting on a dirty boxing clinic. He lands to the body over and over. He moves to the head. He lands a right hand. Maldonado lands a right hand that staggers Hollet. Maldonado has him against the cage and beating Hollet up. Hollet turns him and delivers a knee to the body before separating. The bod shots have taken their toll on Hollet. He has slowed considerably and is breathing heavily. He finds the energy to clinch and press Maldonado against the cage. Maldonado lands a left hand on the inside. The referee separates them. Hollet immediately closes the distance and they clinch. Maldonado secures a trip takedown. He lands a few shots and stands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado.
The judges score the fight for Maldonado by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-27, 29-28, and 29-27.