Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares
R1 – Neither fighter is quick to engage. About 45 seconds in, Tavares scores with a double-leg takedown and starts working some solid ground and pound from Gamburyan's guard. Moving to half guard, Tavares has his arm snagged by Gamburyan, who attempts a Kimura. The move is close to a finish, but Tavares deftly spins out and back into the full guard of Gamburyan, again unleashing an aggressive ground and pound barrage. Gamburyan attempts to escape, but Tavares has a gut wrench hold. Standing, Gamburyan throws Tavares, who maintains the gut wrench the entire time and thy return to their feet. Tavares picks Gamburyan up and slams him to the mat, back into his guard and attacking with punches and hammerfists. They work back to their feet as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Tavares.
R2 – More GSP and B.J. Penn chants erupt in one corner of the arena, as Gamburyan moves in on Tavares with a combination of punches and kicks that doesn't do much damage, few landing. Tavares attempts a takedown, but Gamburyan reverses it and lands on the mat in Tavares' full guard, attacking with ground and pound. A slow down in the action and referee Josh Rosenthal stands the fighters up. They immediately start trading punches, Tavares getting the better of the exchange, landing a wild right hook before they lock-up along the fence, the round ending.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan.
R3 – Tavares opens with some strong right hands, but can't score the takedown he's looking for. They exchange, but Tavares' size is weighing in his favor, giving him the harder punch of the two, but then Gamburyan fires right back with a straight right that snaps Tavares' head back, then follows with a strong leg kick. Gamburyan lands a couple more good shots, but Tavares lands a cracking leg kick of his own and soon follows with a right cross. Gamburyan fails on his takedown attempt and eats a knee from Tavares on his way back to the feet. Gamburyan shoots again, but Tavares fends him off and they start exchanging punches again. The fight ends in a dance over the last 20 seconds with no strikes thrown.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Tavares; the fight 29-28 for Tavares.
Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3