Round 1 - Immediately, Saunders threatens with a kick, and Sicilia presses in with a punch and knee before smothering Saunders against the cage. Saunders replies with knees to the body and reverses position briefly. Not much doing when Sicilia breaks off with a wide bolo. Sicilia charges in with punches but isn't landing the big shot and Saunders takes him down. Silica pops right back up and briefly trips Saunders to the mat. Saunders is back up and working knees against the fence. They break, and Saunders leads with a Superman punch that misses. A kick to the leg doesn't though, and then Saunders catches Sicilia flush with a kick to the head. Sicilia pitches forward but wakes up when he hits the canvas. Saunders is all over him but can't land the finishing blow, and Sicilia recovers and charges back with a flurry of punches. But he quickly tires and pushes Saunders against the fence. He briefly deposits Saunders on the mat, but again, Saunders pops up.
With less than a minute to go, Sicilia lands a big right and drops Saunders briefly, attempting unsuccessfully to cinch a guillotine in the scramble up. Saunders escapes, and they again trade with Sicilia landing another big shot before the bell. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 for Saunders.
Round 2 - Both men look fresh again, and Sicilia opens with another volley of punches. Saunders evades and works the jab. Sicilia missing with big punches. Saunders attacks the leg. Sicilia backs him up and lands a body kick. Sicilia lands a nice right counter and a combination. He pulls back before working the takedown, and Sicilia lands a big left hand that hurts Saunders. Sicilia can't land the big shot again. they clinch, and Saunders reverses to his back. He can't keep things there, and before you know it, Sicilia is throwing another volley of punches. They clinch again, and Sicilia gets the takedown. But Saunders reverses, and he has back mount. Sicilia turns into guard, and escapes. Sicilia drops Saunders with a big left hand, but in the ensuing scramble, it's Saunders on top. An exhausting fight for both. Saunders lands a big elbow and takes the back when Sicilia tries to escapee. Sicilia turns out of it again and Saunders gets to his feet. Sicilia lands another huge punch and looks for the big bomb while Saunders tries to box as the final bell rings. Close round, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Sicilia.
Judges call it for Saunders by split decision.
Chris Saunders def. Sam Sicilia via split decision