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Matt Grice goes for an early takedown attempt, but TUF Finalist Dennis Bermudez stays tight and lands in mount position. He lands some serious hands, though Grice escapes. Bermudez maintains a front headlock, but Grice lands knees to the thigh against the cage and softens his grip.
They separate and Grice stars finding some right hands. Bermudez eats a big elbow and punch from Grice and starts out landing. Bermudez counters with a huge hook followed by three big jabs. Bermudez separates from the clinch and Grice lands a huge left hand shortly afterward.
Bermudez is clearly rocked and Grice catches a kick and follows it with a huge punch. Bermudez goes for a desperation clinch, and regains his senses. Both fighters start landing but in the final seconds, Grice lands a flurry to seal up the round.
Bermudez comes out with some big leg kicks, but Grice ends up landing a left to dissuade that from happening. He finds it again, and Bermudez once again goes for a desperation clinch.
Every time Bermudez tries to clinch he ends up eating left hands. Grice gets back control halfway into the round, but Bermudez turns out of it. Against the cage, Bermudez lands a superman punch with a minute left and clinches, and actually lands strikes. Bermudez shakes off a takedown attempt, but lands a questionable knee. Bermudez finishes the round trying to get a head and arm choke, but it was likely just for points, as Grice was likely defending it ably.
Knowing he's behind, Bermudez comes out wild, and rocks Grice hard. He lands feverish ground and pound, and tangles up one of Grices arms and lands lefts all over. Grice stands up but is kept against the cage.
Bermudez rocks grice again and lands a huge uppercut that has Grice wiggling. He clinches and lands two knees that have Grice stanky-legged. Grice clinches, and recovers remarkably quickly.
Bermudez lands another big uppercut that has him off-balance, but again recovers within a couple seconds. But Bermudez, once again, lands huge rights against the cage, and is only kept standing by the Octagon. Bermudez is clearly tired after four minutes of punching Grice in the face, and may not have quite enough to put Grice away.With thirty seconds left, Grice starts landing, but Bermudez battles back and the horn sounds with either fighter swinging wild.
Dennis Bermudez defeats Matt Grice via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Surprised that Bermudez would get the nod in this one. I felt like Grice clearly had the first two, but Bermudez's second round, obviously, deserved a 10-8 in my opinion. Regardless, downright amazing fight.