Round 1 - Vera takes the center and delivers a left to the body. He fires a low kick, and Rothwell counters over the top. Rothwell tripped by a low kick, but he regains his footing. Vera sticking and moving early, but Rothwell tags him with a right. Vera slams a kick to the body. Vera trying to use speed to his advantage. Rothwell walking forward with heavy unhces. Vera clips Rothwell with a crisp left. He recovers, but he is bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Vera kicks the body again. Rothwell just misses with big punches. Rothwell trying to cut the cage off. Vera moving well and lands a short right. Rothwell kicks the leg. Vera circling, and Rothwell backs away and asks him to stand and exchange. Vera doesn't bite. Rothwell chasing and kicks the leg. Vera switches stances. Both hesitate to throw in the closing seconds until Rothwell lands a kick to the groin. Brief timeout to close the round. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Vera, 10-9.
Round 2 - Rothwell pushes inside and looks to work from the clinch. Vera backs away, but Rothwell keeps the pressure high. He's cutting off the cage well and gets inside by rushing with strikes. Rothwell presses in against the cage, but Vera eventually works free. Rothwell immediately stalks again. He gets in tight, and Vera pops him with a short elbow. Short left scores, as well. Vera now getting the space he had to start the fight. Rothwell moves to the center to force Vera to come to him. Vera misses a high kick. Vera looks for a takedown, but Rothwell shrugs him off with ease. Rothwell back into the clinch, and e lands a few punches form the outside, but Vera answers with the short elbow and backs away. Rothwell blocks a high kick. Rothwell misses a leaping left. They trade punches at the end, and Rothwell delivers a high kick at the bell. Closer round, but MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Rothwell, 10-9.
Round 3 - Rothwell with an early kick to the body. He seems hurt, and Rothwell pushes forward. Knees traded inside. Rothwell complains that Vera is stalling, and referee Herb Dean steps in to reset them. Rothwell starts bobbing his head and decides to wush forward. He slops the first time, but he's successful the second. He's unleashing strikes as Vera wilts again the cage. Vera in trouble, and Rothwell pours it on. Vera hits the deck, and Rothwell follows with punches until Dean calls the fight.
Result: Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 1:54