Keslar rushes in behind a flying knee and shoves Hawn to the ground, trying to pound out the judoka with punches from guard. Hawn gets his bearings underneath and defends well enough to stay in the fight as Keslar sets up in his half guard. Keslar postures up to drop heavy left hands as Hawn gets to a knee, then back to his feet. Keslar is quick to press him against the cage and throws a few knees up the middle before separating. Hawn comes forward now, touching Keslar with a few jabs but missing with follow-up uppercuts. A short, hard right lands for Hawn before he steps off and pumps his jab in Keslar’s face. A stiff one-two combo rocks Keslar’s head, but he quickly grabs the clinch and roughs up Hawn against the fence with some knees to the body. Keslar finishes the round leaning Hawn against the cage.
Both welterweights land hard shots in the clinch, but it’s Keslar driving Hawn across the cage with a high takedown attempt. Hawn looks to throw Keslar as he moves backward, can’t do it and instead waits out the clinch on the fence. Hawn separates after a minute and sticks a long pair of straight punches in Keslar’s face. Overhand right lands for Hawn, then a right to the gut of Keslar and a lead left up top. Hawn moves in and out on the taller man halfway through the round, sticking his jab and slipping out. Keslar tries to close the gap and hit Hawn with knees to the body, but Hawn circles and evades. More jabs are landing for Hawn, marking up the right side of Keslar’s face. Keslar wraps up Hawn on the fence and works for a takedown; after a few seconds, Hawn shrugs at ref Miragliotta and, a moment later, gets a separation. Keslar tries to step in with a knee, gets left behind as Hawn dips out. Hawn keeps the jabs coming in the final 30 seconds, closing out the round with a left high kick to the side of Keslar’s head.
Hawn gets back to work with his jab, sticking and moving out of range before Keslar can return fire. A right straight rocks Keslar, but the AKA fighter recovers even after a series of nasty uppercuts. Hawn drills him with another straight right, and this one has Keslar badly hurt. Keslar stays on his feet, absorbing the follow-up shots from Hawn, who resets and turns out Keslar’s lights with one last, devastating right hand.
THE OFFICIAL RESULT:
Rick Hawn def. Ron Keslar via KO (Punch) R3 0:55