Round 1 - Referee Robert Sundel in the cage for this welterweight contest. Yousef walks forward and opens with a jab. Abedi cautious and tosses out a few low kicks as he feels the range. Abedi continues to chop at the thigh, but they're not full-force blows. Abedit pawing a jab from southpaw. Yousef finally starts to push forward after a few moments but gets tripped to the floor. Abedi stands and pass the right leg. Yousef regains guard and closes the legs. Abedi works in a few short elbows as Yousef tries to tie things up underneath. Crowd starts to cheer "Papy!" He rewards them by elevating for an elbow and then standing again. Yousef scrambles up to his knees, but Abedi controls the neck. He knees the body as Yousef rises. Abedi keeps the collar tie as we move into the final minute of the first. Knees inside from Abedi. Yousef returns fire with short punches inside, but Abedi's strikes are powerful. Late takedown from Abedi, and MMAjunkie.com gives him the round, 10-9.
Round 2 - Yousef takes the center and misses on a big right hand. Abedi returns to chopping on the legs. Abedi lands a left hand and kicks the body. He moves into a clinch, and looks again to knee the body. Yousef again relies on uppercuts inside. They break, and Yousef lands a clean hook. Abedi moves back inside, and they pummel for position. Abedi again takes the fight to the floor and sets up in Yousef's guard two minutes into the frame. Yousef secures the right wrist, but Abedi just postures and throws the left. Elbows underneath from Yousef before he clinches the body. Sundel calls for a standup. Abedi aggressive on the restart, and he's quickly back into a Thai clinch. Yousef stays busy, but he hasn't been able to hurt his opponent with the short blows. Abedi looks to be tiring in the final minute. Yousef stays busy and scores a trip just at the bell. Close round. MMAjunkie.com leans Yousef, 10-9.
Round 3 - Fight could hang in the balance here. Abedi again moves quickly into the clinch, where he has proven the stronger fighter. He gets a quick trip and then scrambles to control Yousef, who tries to buck and roll. Yousef doesn't give up his back and instead settles on the canvas. Abedi stands, and Yousef quickly rises to his feet. Yousef's left eye busted up pretty good. Halfway mark of the final round. Again into the clinch. Knees traded inside. Yousef now scores a takedown. He settles into his opponent's open guard. Abedi just holding on from underneath. Sundel warns them to stay busy, but Yousef can't create space. Restart on the feet, and Yousef lunges in with punches. He moves into the clinch again, and he pushes in from the outside. Fight finishes there/ MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Yousef, 10-9, and awards him the fight 29-28, but it could go either way based on a tight second round. Papy Abedi def. Besam Yousef via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).