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Kenny Florian in Pellegrino’s corner, Eddie Bravo in George’s. Josh Rosenthal is the third man in the cage.
Round 1: The two men take to the center of the cage immediately and start trading strikes. George taking a low stance and looking to land right hands. George cracks Pellegrino with a right and knocks him to the ground. George is all over him but Pellegrino recovers and gets back to his feet. Pellegrino with a right and working well for him is the fact that Kenny Florian’s voice is the loudest thing in the arena. George lands a clean left hook and Kurt lands a takedown. They scramble and George gets back to his feet. George goes for a knee that barely misses. George lands the left again and Pellegrino gets another takedown. George establishes rubber guard. Pellegrino pulls out and eats an upkick. George throwing elbows from the back and stifling Pellegrino’s offense. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.
Round 2: Pellegrino starts the round with a nice left. George goes for a leg but Pellegrino is fighting off the takedown. George stays persistent and gets him down. Pellegrino staying busy but George is stifling on top. He’s landing elbows from the top and has no problem landing in Pellegrino’s half guard. George throwing some nasty elbows to the side of Pellegrino’s face. They hit the cage and George gets into Pellegrino’s side control. Pellegrino using the cage to wall walk but George is still all over him. George picks Pellegrino up off the ground but cannot get the slam. They separate and engage on the feet again. George with a head kick. Pellegrino with a knee, he takes a left for his trouble. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.
“Ken-Flo” tells Pellegrino that he has to finish the fight this round if he wants to win it.
Round 3: George looks a bit slower, his punches don’t have quite the same pop as they did in the first and second. They are exchanging but not much is coming of it so far. George pushing forward after landing a solid left and right. Pellegrino gets the takedown. Pellegrino with a few nice elbows, George establishes mission control and then something Joe Rogan calls “crabcake” control; both of his legs are locked behind Pellegrino’s neck. Pellegrino slams hims off and they are back to their feet. With thirty seconds left George has Pellegrino pressed against the cage. Pellegrino with a serious knee and some follow-up punches at the end that knock George down but it may be too little too late. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Pellegrino.
George Sotiropoulos defeated Kurt Pellegrino via unanimous decision (30-27, 20-27, 29-28)
George says he was dazed from the knee but definitely not unconscious.