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Round 1: They start out giving each other respect while they both look for openings. Tibau gets off first with a punch combo and Pellegrino chases after him with some rapid shots that mostly miss. Tibau goes over the top with a left and drops for the takedown. Pellegrino defends but he’s pressed against the cage now. Pellegrino eventually removes himself from the position and they take to the center of the cage again. Pellegrino aggressive but not landing much. After some tentative standup, Pellegrino dives for the double, which Tibau avoids and uses to press him back into the fence. Tibau drops levels and gets Pellegrino down but “Batman” immediately gets back to his feet. Pellegrino shoots and Tibau avoids again, and they fight for position on the cage. Pellegrino scoring nicely with strikes after they break and the round closes. Very close round.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-10 Pellegrino
Round 2: Neither man able to establish much of an effective striking offense so far. Pellegrino is pushing forward and trying to land but he isn’t connecting with much. Tibau with a pecking combination that lands. Pellegrino starts throwing down and lands a beautiful right hand that wobbles Tibau. He dumps the Brazilian on the ground and starts going to work with ground and pound. Tibau could be recovering here but Pellegrino is staying on top and keeping him down. Tibau recovers full guard. Tibau scrambles back up. Pellegrino drew blood over Tibau’s left eye with his earlier flurry. The stand up remains tentative until the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pellegrino
Round 3: Tibau with a left hand to open the last frame. Tibau shoots for a double and is stuffed. Tibau tries for a head kick that is blocked. One minute in and both men are still hesitant to engage. Tibau stalking, lands with a solid left. After several mostly inconsequential striking exchanges, Tibau goes for the takedown again and presses Pellegrino against the cage. After they break, Tibau scores with a one two. Tibau stuffs a takedown from Pellegrino and makes him pay with some short punches, before reversing and getting Pellgrino to the mat. He quickly takes side control and after a scramble on their feet, he avoids a takedown from Pellegrino. Pellegrino goes in for another takedown that Tibau fights off. Pellegrino sticks a jab but Tibau gets him to the mat and starts trying to work the ground and pound. Tibau takes his back standing and Pellegrino rolls for a kneebar at the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau
Gleison Tibau defeated Kurt Pellegrino via split decision(29-28, 28-29, 29-28)