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Round 1: Duran shoots for the takedown early and gets it, but Francisco goes for the guillotine right away. It’s very tight, but Duran fights out of it. Duran has Rivera against the fence. Rivera goes for the guillotine again as they stand against the cage. Duran seems okay, hitting Rivera with body shots. Duran avoids the submission attempt again and stays on Rivera, they trade shots from the clinch. Duran keeping Rivera pressed against the fence, both men trading shots with equal effectiveness. Duran gets the takedown with just over a minute to go. Duran goes for the guillotine himself, Rivera avoids and gains top position, where he hammers Duran with some big elbows.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-10
Round 2: Duran lands first with a nice leg kick. Rivera lands two hard punches, a left and right hand, which stagger Duran. Duran recovers and fires back with a nice, hard combo of his own. Duran lands low with a kick and the action is paused. Rivera takes his time and recovers and they resume the action. Duran runs in for the takedown and Rivera goes for the guillotine once again. Duran fights out and retains top control. Duran takes Rivera’s back with just over thirty seconds to go. Duran locks up the body triangle, but Rivera avoids a submission until the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Duran
Round 3: Rivera whiffs on a front kick. Duran goes to the body but gets hit with a nice leg kick by Rivera. Duran glances with a spinning back kick. Duran gets the takedown easily and lands in side control. Duran looks to establish the mounted crucifix, but Rivera avoids. In the process, Rivera gives up his back and Duran takes the rear naked choke, forcing Rivera to tap.
Ruben Duran defeated Francisco Rivera via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:57 of round 3.