Round 1 - Referee Troy Waugh calls this featherweight fight. Grice advancing off the bat. Garcia circling. Grice misses with a one-two. Garcia paws with a jab, and they both miss leg kicks. Garcia in with two jabs and tha overhand right he loves so much. Grice with a nice leg kick. Garcia jabbing. A big one two misses. He loads up again and is easy pickings for a takedown. Grice up on his feet, fires off a short right elbow. Can opener, and Grice wings a few punches overhead. He pushes the action to the cage. Garcia tries to scoot away, but Grice is all over him. In half-guard, Grice works his ground and pound. He passes to side mount then wheels around to north-south. Looks like he has the choke, but Garcia escapes. Grice retakes half-guard and resumes ground and pound. Full-guard now, and Garcia takes a big elbow. He tries for an armbar, but Grice is on to him. More short elbows from the top. Not looking good for Mr. Garcia. 10 seconds, and he's going nowhere. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Grice.
Round 2 - After cutting some loose tape from Garcia's glove, we're back. Garcia leads with blocked high kick, and Grice returns. Gracia punches in and drops for a takedown. Garcia repels it and manages to stay on his feet, trading high kicks in the process. That was the most Garcia-like moment of the fight. On the next exchange, Grice ducks under and has the takedown. Ground and pound commences. Pass to half-guard. Grice stands up and squeezes off a combination before returning to half-guard. Boos from crowd. Elbows from top for Grice, who's now in Garcia's guard. Garcia almost inched up, but Grice flattened him. Furious ground and pound. Grice gives him space, and Garcia can't get up. Grice is too relentless. Audience doesn't care for the ground and pound treatment. But hey, Garcia's getting a beating. Grice isn't stalling. Huge right hands land, then short elbows. Another one in the bag for Grice, 10-9, giving him the 20-18 lead.
Round 3 - Garcia needs a stoppage to take this one. He misses with jabs and an uppercut. More jabs to keep Grice away. Gracie lands with right hand, then front kick. Garcia's head kick misses, and next combo. Closing distance means exposing himself to takedown. He charges anyway with a wild flurry, but it misses. Another one, one, two misses. Grice is closing in and shoots against the fence, but this time, he doesn't get it. Jab for Garcia, who misses badly with a cross. The crowd clearly loves him, but he's pretty gun-shy. He charges with the body. Grice shoots for a takedown and lands a punch when he can't get it. Garcia misses with a lunging combo. Grice lands a straight right in between Garcia's swinging punches. Garcia overcommits on a hook and again gets planted on his back. Grice's pass is blocked, but no matter: Here come the punches. He stands overhead and Garcia flails with his legs. Back to half-guard, and more lefts for Grice. Full-guard now. One minute left. Garcia manages to kick him off, and misses wild with a wheel kick. Garcia misses with another one-two combo. Next attempt, and he's on his back. Grice gets side mount and ends the fight in half-guard, punching away. Boos. MMAjunkie.com scores the final frame 10-9 for Grice, giving him the shutout at 30-27.
Matt Grice def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)