Round 1 - Silverio with an early high kick that's blocked. He comes back with a kick to the legs. Zeferino shoots in for a takedown, but the action stalls against the cage. Zeferino continues to work for the position against the cage. Silverio sprawls well and stays on his feet. Zeferino relentless as he looks for a takedown, but nothing is there, and Roberts calls for a restart. Silverio works kicks again to start. Zeferino walks through them and pushes again into the cage. Silverio again defends well against the fence. Zeferino catches a knee inside, and we have a brief break. On the restart, Silverio again works with kicks, but Zeferino shoots in for a takedown. He gets it, but Silverio scrambles up. Zeferino moves in again, but he falls to his back. Silverio in his opponent's guard, but he backs away in the final minute. Silverio lands a stiff jab as the begin again. He's still firing kicks, as well. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie.com leans toward Silverio, 10-9.
Round 2 - Silverio again looking to strike. Zeferino trades briefly looks to strike before pushing again into a clinch. Silverio circles off the cage. Continues stalemate against the cage, and referee Leon Roberts breaks them. Zeferino looks to strike, but he eats a crisp right. He shoots in for a takedown, but he seems a bit wobbly, and Silverio pushes him to the canvas. Halfway mark. Silverio working from his opponent's guard. Nothing there, and Roberts stands them up. Silverio with a crisp two punches a nice high kick, but Zeferino counters by moving inside and scoring an outside trip. Silverio moves quickly back to his feet, and Zeferino tries again to bring the fight to the floor. Zeferino drops to a knee, and Silverio lands a few elbows. Round ends again in the clinch, and MMAjunkie.com leans toward Silverio, 10-9.
Round 3 - Fighters hug to open, and the crowd hates it. The two do pick up the pace, but in a scramble, Silverio works to top position and drives punches to the ribs. As Zeferino looks to scramble, he catches Silverio with an illegal upkick, and we have a brief timeout. Silverio the busier fighter on the restart, and they do trade briefly before Zeferino moves inside again. Silverio alertly gets to top position but then backs away and kicks the legs. Roberts tells him to back all the way away, and we restart on the feet. Zeferino moves in on an overhand right and gets a takedown, but Silverio pops up and reverses the position. Zeferino tries for a sweep but can't muster the strength. He turns to his knees, and Silverio rattles in a few punches. Not much there, so Silverio backs away for a restart. He lands two punches before Zeferino gets inside. Final minute. Zeferino continues to look for a takedown that won't come. Round ends there. MMAjunke.com gives the final round to Silverio, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)