R1: Diabate firing a lot of kicks early, using his reach as well. Diabate lands a nice body kick, but soon finds himself on his back from a Cantwell takedown. Cantwell stands up and looks to land a shot as Diabate gets up as well, but he misses. Diabate again keeping Cantwell away with kicks and knees. Diabate lands a nice strike, dropping Cantwell to the mat, but he survives.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Cyrille Diabate
R2: Diabate opens with a quick body kick. Cantwell looks for a takedown, but Diabate reverses and puts him down and starts pounding away. Diabate stands up and lets Cantwell do the same. Diabate moves forward and snaps Cantwell’s head back with some quick punches. Diabate taking over now, cracking Cantwell with big shots. Cantwell looks for the takedown and gets reversed again, ending up on his back.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Cyrille Diabate
R3: Cantwell moving forward a lot, but not landing much. Diabate continues to land knees to the body, followed by a nice 1-2 combo. Cantwell dives in for a takedown again, but Diabate isn’t having it. The action has slowed to a snail’s pace until Diabate finally starts opening up some shots. Diabate lands another big body kick as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Cyrille Diabate
Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26) on all cards)