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Round 1
Melo is in Houston's face quickly, but almost eats a roundhouse kick to the head for it. “Sergio Junior” attacks with knees in close, but as soon as Houston gains his bearings, he puts Melo on the mat and punches from full guard. The Tulsa, Okla., fighter steps away, allowing Melo to stand up. Just as soon as they resume, Houston walks into an inside low kick from Melo and takes the impact straight on the cup. Houston goes down on all fours courtesy of the groin shot that brings instant apologies from Melo. The Brazilian fighter is the aggressor, keeping Houston on his heels with attacking punches. Melo essentially trips Houston to the canvas with his forward pressure, winding up on top in full guard. “Sergio Junior” is pounding ably with both hands, passing under Houston's legs to side control. Clean right hands are landing for Melo as Houston thrashes around on the bottom. Melo stands back up and delivers some more heavy shots from Ali-Inoki position before settling back on top and punching Houston in the mouth. Houston finally kicks Melo off of him and gets back to his feet. Houston is coming forward, scoring with rangy punches. Melo, his back to the fence, explodes forward into another takedown with approximately 30 seconds to go in the round. Houston ties up his arms well to avoid any punishment before the bell sounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Melo
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Melo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Melo

Round 2
Houston shows more of his kicking offense early in the second round, even putting a teep to the mouth of the Brazilian. The Oklahoman is able to get a bit of a brawl started, enticing the Brazilian into changing blows with him. Melo manages not to eat any major blows, but as he looks to clinch, Houston decks him with a right cross the spills him on the mat. In the blink of an eye “That Just Happened” is on his back looking for a rear-naked choke. Houston is able to sink the choke but can't secure his hooks, allowing Melo to turn into him and escape. The Brazilian gets back to his feet, undaunted, punching his way right into another takedown against Houston. “Sergio Junior” has slowed considerably but still manages to land some clean blows on Houston's face. Melo passes under the legs to side control again and nearly manages to go right to a north-south choke from there. Houston spins out, but gets trapped on all fours with Melo pounding away. The Brazilian stands and cracks Houston in the ribs with a nasty soccer kick, then dives back into his guard. Melo keeps diligently pounding away, eventually forcing Houston into the turtle position again. Houston tries to forward roll into a more advantageous position, but Melo controls his waist and keeps punching away until the bell dings again.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Melo
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Melo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Melo

Round 3
A right hand and a knee land for Luis Melo, who has reddened the face of Trey Houston considerably at this point. The tiring Houston walks right into another level change from the Brazilian and gets put back on the canvas. Houston just looks spent at this point in the fight. Melo begins punching at will and casually moves into mount. Just as soon as he takes full mount, he secures an arm-triangle choke and barely even has to pass to the side to finish it. The worn-down Houston taps quickly at 1:09 of the final frame. Luis Melo now qualifies for Bellator's Season 9 welterweight tournament.

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