Jesse Taylor vs. Tom Watson Jesse Taylor coming on having lost 3 of his last 5. Watson is English going in against a wrestler. "Each man hopes to exude their will." Boy that's bad promotional language. Just bad language. I'm prepped for this fight thanks to this FanPost. Watson has a pretty silly ring entrance involving a King Kong mask and some, I guess you'd call it dancing. Schiavello love it. Trigg not so much. Watson weighed in lighter but looks bigger at the stare down. Round 1 Taylor shoots, takes a knee, gets the TD on his second try. Taylor with back control. Watson stands. Now he's back down. Taylor inside Watson's guard in the corner. Some punches from Taylor. Watson back up. Back down. Watson grabs the ropes repeatedly. The ref takes a point away! Standing restart in center ring. Taylor gets him down immediately. Elbow from the top. Watson throwing elbows from bottom. Taylor gets his back. One hook in. Watson rolls out. Watson on top to end the round. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-8 Taylor with the point deduction.
Round 2 Watson lands an uppercut. Taylor with a right. Another take down from Taylor. Taylor takes his back. Threatening the rear naked. How is he not getting the finish here. He's got the arm under the chin. Watson trying to punch. He's red faced. Watson escapes! Gets top position. Landing ground and pound. Watson trying to get the back. Taylor shooting on a sprawling Watson. Taylor drives through. Taylor on top again. Watson lands an elbow from the bottom. Watson looking better from guard now. Watson attempts a triangle, Taylor passes to 1/2 guard. Watson regains full guard. Ref restarts it. Taylor slow getting up. Taylor shoots, gets stuffed. Watson again trying to take the back. Taylor again reverses and gets top position. Trigg chastising Watson for not separating and getting the fight back to the feet. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 Taylor. Watson will need the finish to win.
Round 3 Taylor immediately takes Watson down. Back to guard. Watson trying to stand. Taylor looking for the back. Watson reverses, in Taylor's 1/2 guard. Landing elbows. Watson lands a knee to the body and gets taken down. He really needed to stand up. Taylor has his back again now we're back to Watson's guard. Watson had many chances in this fight and kept refusing them. Watson reverses. Again he's staying on the ground. Landing elbows but Taylor reverses yet again. Watson tries for an arm bar, then nearly stands and....he's dragged down to the ground again. Taylor threatens the RNC again. Lots of action but not that much fun since Watson's bad ring IQ is killing any fun. Watson reverses, stands up, fires an uppercut at a prone Taylor but falls to the ground and ends up on bottom again. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 and 30-26 for Jesse Taylor. Much less one sided than it sounds. Watson had numerous chances to get back to his feet against an exhausted Taylor and just kept going to the ground. Jesse Taylor def Tom Watson by unanimous decision.