Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway
Round 1: Bermudez moving forward. Holloway utilizing his jab. Bermudez works for a single leg takdown but Holloway defends it. Holloway using his reach advantage to keep Bermudez on the outside. He steps in with a right hand. Bermudez lands a right hand followed by an outside leg kick. Bermudez presses forward while Holloway uses angles on the outside. Bermudez changes levels and looks for a takedown. Holloway threatens with a guillotine choke and Bermudez backs away. Holloway lands a spinning back kick to the face. Holloway goes on the offensive. He delivers a knee to the body. Bermudez ties him up and presses him against the cage. Holloway circles free. Holloway delivers another spinning back kick to the body. The throws it again. He lands another spinning back kick to the body that knocks Bermudez down. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Holloway.
Round 2: Bermudez secures an early takedown but Holloway transitions around to his back. He lands a high kick as they separate. Bermudez lands an inside leg kick followed by a left hook. Holloway goes back to working his jab. Bermudez pressing the pace. Holloway meets it with a combination. Bermudez delivers a hard outside leg kick. Holloway answers with a combination. Bermudez closes the distance and presses Holloway against the fence. They exchange elbows and separate. Bermudez lands an outside leg kick. Holloway delivers a kick to the body. Holloway lands a combination and misses with a high kick. Bermudez changes levels and secures a takedown. He lands a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Holloway.
Round 3: They hug before the final round. Holloway lands a combination. Bermudez tries to push forward. He changes levels and secures a takedown. Holloway gets back to his feet but took a knee to the body in the process. They exchange jabs. Holloway circling. Bermudez lands an outside leg kick followed by a left hook to the body. Bermudez rushes in and gets a trip takedown. Holloway immediately gets back to his feet. Bermudez pressing the action, but having problems getting inside Holloway’s reach. Holloway looks for a takedown but Bermudez defends it. Holloway lands a right hand. Bermudez gets the fight to the ground. He postures up and lands a series of hard elbows. Bermudez moves to half guard and continues to land short elbows to the head of Holloway. Bermudez continues to land shots. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bermudez.
The judges score the fight for Bermudez by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.