R3 – Fitch catches Gono with a punch to the midsection and then follows with a solid kick and takedown. He immediately starts working his ground and pound from half guard, stuffing punches and forearms in Gono's face. Gono does a good job upkicking Fitch back and returning to his feet. Gono attempts a jumping knee, but Fitch catches him and ties him up on the fence. Back away from the cage, Gono goes for a rolling kneebar, but Fitch defends well, maintaining back control. Gono turns and Fitch works some brutal strikes from knee on belly. Gono reverses into Fitch's half butterfly guard before falling into full guard. Gono gets out and stands up, attempting a kick as Fitch stands up, but can't score. Fitch lands a left-right punch combination followed by several knees, then scrambles Gono to the mat as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Fitch; the fight 30-27 for Fitch.
John Fitch def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), R3