Round 1 – Cedeno takes the center as Chavez moves laterally on the outside. Cedeno counters a low kick with a nice right hand before scoring a leg kick of his own. Missed spinning kick for Cedeno, and he slips the counter. He looks quicker to start. Big overhand right blocked, but Cedeno follows it up with a sneaky left hand, as well. Cedeno kicks the body, and Chavez is having trouble getting off first. Cedeno with a slapping low kick. He’s switching stances, beaming with confidence. Cedeno just misses a flashy high kick. Chavez finally presses forward and into a clinch, but Cedeno pulls easily away. Two minutes left. Chavez kicks the leg. Cedeno misses on a spinning kick, and Chavez presses froward, catches the leg and pushes him to the floor. Chavez in side control. He tries to push in to a crucifix. Cedeno scrambling underneath, but Chavez steps over into mount. Cedeno turns and exposes his back, but Chavez can’t capitalize. Cedeno crawls to his feet, where the round ends in the clinch. MMAjunkie gives it to Cedeno, 10-9.
Round 2 – Chavez with an early low kick. Cedeno answers with his own. Chavez starting a little quicker. Cedeno lands an overhand right that glances off the top of the head. Low kicks traded. Chavez trying to push, but he’s s till a little behind in terms of speed. Cedeno with another flashy high kick, but Chavez slips it, ties the body and brings the fight to the floor. Side control again, but this time it’s much earlier in the round. Chavez trying to utilize his control, but he’s not posturing up and striking. Instead, he stays tight to the body. He again steps over to mount, but Cedeno has no problem exposing his back and then using the transition to get back to his feet. Chavez maintains the clinch and pushes in from the outside. He lands a few knees, but it’s a stalemate, and referee Chris Tognoni restarts them with less than a minute. Low kick for Cedeno. Chavez holds the center. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie sees it for Chavez, 10-9.
Round 3 – Tognoni warns Cedeno between rounds not to grab the cage or he’ll take a point. Cahvez with an early low kick. He’s got the center again. Cedeno moving laterally, but his volume has completely diminished. Chavez now stalking, moving forward and chopping the leg. Cedeno presses into a clinch and pushes Chavez to the cage, but Chavez turns off and controls from the outside. Cedeno tying up the arms, but there’s not much action, and Tognoni calls for another restart. Less than two minutes. Cedeno needs to press, and he seems to know it, as he rattles off high kicks. Chavez blocks them and continues to stalk. Cedeno lets his hands go in the final seconds, but Chavez ties him up and slows things down. Tighter third round with the late charge from Cedeno, but MMAjunkie likes Chavez, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.
Result: Ernest Chavez def. Yosdenis Cedeno via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)