Papy Abedi vs. Basem Yousef
Round 1: They take the center of the cage. Yousef moves forward as they feel each other out. They exchange leg kicks. Abedi landing inside leg kicks. Yousef engages the clinch and they do some dirty boxing. Abedi decides to take the fight to the ground. He moves to half guard, but Yousef works his way back to full guard. Abedi lands to the body and head. Yousef works to stand and Abedi delivers a hard knee to the body. Yousef lands punches on the inside while Abedi delivers knees to the body. Abedi changes levels and gets a takedown at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Abedi.
Round 2: Yousef misses with a right hand. They exchange leg kicks. Abedi lands a combination and closes the distance. He gets the fight to the ground. He postures up and lands punches and elbows. Yousef ties him up and the referee stands them up. Abedi closes the distance. He changes levels for a takedown but Yousef sprawls. They work inside the clinch. Yousef landing to the body and head. Abedi works knees to the body but is getting worked on the inside. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yousef.
Round 3: Yousef presses forward with punches and presses Abedi against the cage. Yousef lands punches to the body as they work for position along the cage. Abedi secures a trip takedown. Abedi lands some solid shots on the ground. He works in Yousef’s half guard. Abedi stands and Yousef uses the space to get back to his feet. They clinch and Yousef presses Abedi against the cage and works dirty boxing. They trade knees to the body. Yousef gets a takedown. He lands short punches to the body while Abedi controls his posture. The referee stands the fighters up. Yousef lands a right hand on the chin of Abedi before clinching. Yousef delivers a knee to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yousef.
The judges score the fight for Abedi by split decision.