Round 1 – Sterling misses an early low kick. A front kick scores to the face. He’s moving well early but very hyper. He settles down after a few frantic seconds. Gobson holding the center. Sterling using a lot of front kicks to keep space. Gibson punches his way into a takedown. The first effort doesn’t work, but the second does. Sterling crawls quickly up to his feet, punching the ribs all along. Gibson tries to clinch the body, but Sterling gets away. On the restart, Sterling slips a punch and ties the body, eventually dragging Gibson to the floor. Gibson gets full guard and tries to tie up the arms. He turns to his knees and tries to escape, and Sterling controls the neck. Gibson eventually crawls back to his feet, and we reset. Wild punch fro Sterling sees him move into another clinch. Knees traded inside as Sterling pushes Gibson against the fence. Crowd wants action as they jockey against the cage. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie gives it to Sterling, 10-9.
Round 2 – Gobson takes the center and scores with an early low kick. Sterling is quick, but he’s very wild, as well. Into the clinch again. this time, Gibson is able to get outside. Sterling tries to get off the fence, but Gibson is tight inside. Trip for Gibson. Sterling immediately to his knees and back to his feet. Gibson ducks under and grabs a leg, scoring a slamming takedown. Sterling works to a seated position. As he tries to stand, Gibson slips to his back. Sterling alertly turns in and gets to his feet, but he’s completely unable to create and space at all, and Gibson has proved very strong in the clinch. Sterling finally pulls away with a little more than a minute. Scrambling strikes, and Gibson with a smooth transition to the back. Sterling counters and gets to his feet, and Gibson tries to lock in a guillotine. It’s tight, but Sterling survives it. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Gibson, 10-9.
Round 3 – Sterling kicks low then high. Fight hangs in the balance to start the final round. Sterling looking to strike. he delivers a nice left hand. As he pushes inside, Gibson thinks guillotine, but Sterling elevates him and slams him to the floor. Gibson turns his hips and tries to work up. Sterling works from the front, looking for a D’arce, but Gbson defends. Sterling has to let it go, and they return to the feet. Wild scramble, and Gibson again looks for the guillotine. It’s a mistake, as Sterling is instantly out of it and again takes top position. Two minutes left. Sterling in a high half-mount, and he punches the ribs. Gibson tries to roll, but Sterling rolls with him and takes the back. One minute left. Gibson in a bad spot, and Sterling is looking to attack the neck. He goes for the choke, but Gibson keeps his chin tucked and fights off one arm. Round ends with Sterling on the back, and MMAjunkie gives him the frame, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.