Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Kevin Mulhall is our referee for the bantamweight contest. Loveland advances on Benavidez and backs him into the cage. Benavidez punches his way free but gets stuffed on a shot. Loveland lands a nice uppercut after another missed shot. Benavidez lands a hard low kick then a right hand. He shoots and gets him down for a second, but loveland is back up. Benavidez bullies his way back in but can't get the takedown and reverts to swinging wild punches that Loveland easily avoids. Benavidez gets busier towards the end of the frame but can't land anything hard. Loveland counters a low kick with a right cross as the round closes. Sherdog scores the first round 10-9 for Loveland.
Benavidez is met with a Loveland combination as round two gets underway. He retreats and then darts back forward to hit a double. Loveland locks up a kimura and uses it to free himself and get back to his feet. Benavidez misses on a double and rolls but Loveland pounces and nearly lands a huge hammerfist. Benavidez, back on his feet, lands a nice one-two and then a hard left in the midst of a four-punch flurry. Loveland rushes in but Benavidez changes levels and plants him. He tries to get some ground-and-pound going but Loveland lands the harder shots, cutting Benavidez somewhere on the top of his head. Blood is trickling from his hairline and Benavidez paws at it. Loveland is back up and slips a head kick at the bell. Sherdog scores round two 10-9 for Benavidez.
Benavidez opens the final round with a pair of nice push kicks and right hand follows. He then locks up a single on Loveland, who is only looking for right hand counters at this point. He takes him to the mat and tries for a guillotine but Loveland defends and gets back to his feet. Benavidez the hurts Loveland with a right hand to the face. He pounces and tries to flurry. Loveland gets back to his feet again and lands a right hand and a knee. Benavidez tries to throw him but ends up on the ground on the bottom at the horn. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for Benavidez, winner by unanimous decision.