Round 1 - Referee Fernando Yamsaki in the cage for the first fight. Madadi takes the center, and Marcello opens with an overhand right. The chants of "Vai Morrer start almost immediately. Madadi looking to press the pace, but Marcello staying at distance and firing front kicks. One minute in. Jabs traded, and Marcello looks comfortable on the feet. Madadi answering though and just missing with a few power shots. High kick blocked from Marcello. Madadi slips a big right hand and moves inside. The y break apart, and Madadi lands a big left. He's starting to connect. Marcello retreating, and Madad pushes into a clinch. Nothing there, and he backs away. Both fighters have some redness on the left eye, but Madadi's is worse. Inside leg kick from Marcello. Final minute, and it's still Madadi moving forward. He gets a takedown but quickly stands. Marcello kicks from his butt as Madadi shouts expletives, and there is a stand-up in the final seconds. Marcello has a spinning kick blocked at the bell, and MMAjunkie.com gives Madadi a close opening round, 10-9.
Round 2 - Marcello kicking again to open, but Madadi is moving forward and picking up the intensity with his punches. Marcello stands his ground and is willing to trade punches in the pocket. Madadi is pleased with that and brings the offense. Madadi's left eye now bloodied. He tries for a takedown, but it's not there. Madadi with big uppercuts that miss. Halfway into the round.Marcello eats a jab. He might want to look for a takedown. Marcello with a high kick that's blocked. He's throwing with bad intentions, but Madadi is covering up well.Left hand for Madadi, and they trade again in the pocket. Marcello has turned twice to scamper away and reset. Madadi continues the pressure. He shoots in for a takedown and falls into Marcello's guard in the final minute. Yamasaki calls for them to stay busy as Marcello ties up the arms. Quick restart gets a few boos from the Brazilian crowd. Jabs by both fighters. Marcello is handling himself fairly well on the feet, but MMAjunkie.com gives the round to Madadi, 10-9.
Round 3 - Madadi kicks the leg and stomach to open. He lands a crisp overhand right as Marcello looks to move in. Marcello looks lively, but Madadi just seems to land with more authority. Soccer chants break out, and Madadi ducks in for a takedown at the opening minute. Marcello gets his legs high, and Madadi pulls immediately away and back to the feet. Two hooks come in from Marcello before he backs away and resets in he center. It's still Madadi pressing forward. Marcello lands a spinning kick that brings the crowd to life, and Madadi takes a bow. Crowd doesn't like that. Madadi's nose no gushing, showing Marcello's work. Madadi looks to shoot, but Marcello stuffs t and lands a knee. Crowd begging for Marcello to push, as Madai may be hurt. He does, but it's no enough to capitalize. Blood flowing over bot competitors in a great opening fight. Madadi still woking a crisp jab. Marcello has become the aggressor in the closing seconds. Kicks to the body for Marcello, and he takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9. However, Madadi takes the fight 29-28. The two embrace at the end and bury the bad blood. Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).