Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in the cage for this welterweight contest. Stittgen with a half-hearted low kick to start. Guimaraes answers with his own, a stronger version. Low kicks traded before Guimaraes ducks in and walks forward to lock the body. Stittgen backs up and defends against the cage. Guimaraes won't let go of the body, and he drags Stattgen to a knee. Stittgen pops right back up to his feet, but Guimaraes stays close, looking to drag the fight to the floor. Instead, Stittgen gets underhooks and spins his opponent over and to the floor. However, Guimaraes also refuses to stay on the floor, working immediately back to his feet. Two minutes into a grinding fight, and Guimaraes continues to push against the cage. Rosenthal watching close, but both fighters are doing just enough to stay in this stalemate of a clinch. Crowd wants the fighters broken apart. Short punches from both fighters inside. Final minute, and their still in the clinch. Knees inside from both fighters, but they're too tight to do any real damage. Round ends there, and it wasn't a very entertaining one. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Guimaraes, 10-9, but a 10-10 wouldn't be out of the question.
Round 2 - Stittgen comes out firing high kicks. A low kick then connects and sweeps Guimaraes to the floor. Stittgen rushes forward to capitalize, but they end up in a familiar position with Guimaraes locking the body and looking for a takedown. It still won't come, and Stittgen continues to rattle off kicks when he finds space. He catches Guimaraes's attention with the blows, and he controls the neck when Guimaraes shoots in yet again. Stittgen scoring with his low kicks, and Guimaraes looks very frustrated as he eats a crisp straight. Guimaraes now pressing forward, but Stittgen is the busier fighter halfway through the round. Guimaraes looks again for a takedown, but it's not coming. Stittgen defends against the cage, and the crowd implores Rosenthal to break the fighters apart. He issues a warning and does reset the fighters in the center. Stittgen kicks high and low, avoiding Guimaraes advances until the bell. Still not a barnburner, but it was better than the first. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Stittgen, 10-9.
Round 3 - Guimaraes takes the center and works a pair of leg kicks, but Stittgen answers with one up high, then inside. They trade outside leg kicks, then feint with some jabs. Good left jab from Guimaraes is answered by a front kick from Stittgen. Another couple outside leg kicks land for Guimaraes. But Stittgen staying right in there and keeping Guimaraes outside as much as he can. Leaping front kick from Guimaraes, and then a nice left hand. Halfway through the round, it's close. Stittgen lands a nice left, and Guimaraes comes back with a high looping right hand and misses with a follow-up. Ninety seconds left, and it still may be that one big shot or takedown from either guy could steal the round. Guimaraes shoots, but there's nothing on it. Stittgen defends with ease, but Guimaraes keeps him bullied on the fence and works strikes to the body – and he's grunting and screaming as he lands the body shots. This is a little odd and awkward, but clearly trying to fire himself up or sway the judges. They'll end the frame clinched up. MMAjunkie.com gives the last frame to Guimaraes 10-9 and has the fight for him 29-28. Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)