Berto fires a jab and a series of low kicks to start, and Freire dives in with a hard left hook that is blocked. Berto counters with a left hook of his own, followed by an inside low kick. Freire stings his foe with a hard overhand right, but Berto is not hurt and fires back with two more inside low kicks. “Pitbull” snaps an outside low kick, but Berto retaliates before being staggered by a stiff jab. Two more jabs land for Freire with a minute to go, and he follows up with a right uppercut to the body. Berto then cracks him with a hard right hand, but Freire answers with a nice one-two to the grill.
Freire connects with a right straight to the body and fires a jab-straight that is blocked. “Pitbull” then lands a heavy outside low kick, and the lightweights then trade kicks to the thighs. Freire whiffs on a wild, superman-uppercut, and Berto misses on a left hand counter. “Pitbull” lands a hard jab and a low kick, but responds with a glancing right hand. Freire huts his foe with a right hand and then drops him with a left hook. The former Bellator tournament finalist pounces but Berto gets his wits about him quickly. Freire is forced step away from Berto to avoid a heel hook attempt, allowing his foe to regain his feet after getting his bell rung. A flying knee lands for Freire, but Berto grabs the technique and takes him down, pinning Freire against the cage and landing a nice left to close out the frame.
An aggressive Freire wings a right hand to start the final frame and checks a low kick before connecting with a right straight. Freire whiffs on a flying knee but lands a hard right hand on the ear that backs up the 30-year-old. Freire cracks his shin into Berto’s lead leg twice, and Berto tries a high kick that is blocked. “Pitbull” connects with a nice left hook and scores a takedown but once again stands to avoid Berto’s guard. “Little Tiger” steps in with a hard left hook and then a whipping right body kick. Berto snaps Freire’s head back with a right uppercut but circles away as the round winds down. Freire gives chase, lunging with punches, but can't find his target as he slips up on the canvas before the bell tolls.
THE OFFICIAL RESULT
Patricky Freire def. James Edson Berto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00