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Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz
Round 1: Diaz refused to touch gloves to start the round. Stevenson charged at Diaz and took him down, but Diaz got in a guillotine. Stevenson was able to power out. Stevenson controlled Diaz’s arm and was able to land some punches. Stevenson tied Diaz up towards the cage, but Diaz was able to get on top and fell into a guillotine from Stevenson. Diaz almost looked like he was out, but was finally able to squirm out of it. Stevenson dropped some knees to Diaz against the cage as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Stevenson.
Round 2: Diaz touched gloves this time around. Stevenson went for a takedown and Diaz tried to lock in a guillotine again and mounted Stevenson. Stevenson was able to get on top in Diaz’s half guard. Diaz was finally able to get to his feet, but Stevenson took him down again and got on top. Diaz was able to get to his feet once again as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Stevenson.
Round 3: Diaz didn’t touch gloves again. Diaz got a big takedown to start the round and got in Stevenson’s full guard. Diaz went for another guillotine, but Stevenson was able to slip out. Stevenson pressed Diaz against the cage and landed some hard knees to Diaz’s thigh. Diaz said “Come on Joe, get to work, bitch!” Diaz was finally able to shrug Stevenson off and they were back on their feet. Diaz landed some punches as the round came to an end. They embraced at the end of the fight. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Diaz.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28): Joe Stevenson
Stevenson gave props to Nate Diaz after the fight and said having Greg Jackson in his corner was like having Chuck Norris in his corner.