Round 1 – Michaud takes the center, and they both trade punches early. Michaud gets the best of the quick flurry, but Li lands, too. Both guys looking to capitalize with boxing to open. Li lands a stiff jab, but Michaud is countering well. Michaud’s left eye is dotted up early. Decent pace to start. Michaud holding the center, but he eats a stiff right hand. Inside leg kick for li. Li is the quicker fighter right now, and he’s first to the punch. Michaud is throwing bombs, as well. Li pushes inside and slips around to the back, wrapping the body in the process. He drags Michaud to the floor, but he can’t capitalize on the position. Another flurry, and Michaud with a nice uppercut inside. Li wraps the body again, but he can’t bring Michaud to the floor. He backs away, but they’re quickly into the clinch again. This time, it’s Michaud with a big slam to the floor. Powerful bomb. Li won’t stay there, though, and he scrambles to reverse the position. Li rises and kicks the legs a few times before settling back into the guard. Michaud gets his legs high, but he can’t get the squeeze. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Li, 10-9.
Round 2 – Michaud opens with a right hand. He’s in the center, walking forward, but Li comfortable moving backward and countering. Another flurry, and Li scores with a stiff right hand. Michaud wants a takedown, but Li with excellent defense. Li remains the busier fighter, and his counter attacks are sharp. Michaud is undaunted and walking forward, but the right continues to land for Li, and Michaud’s left eye is busted up badly. He’s cut on the cheek, and blood is flowing. Li pumping a jab, but it’s the right hand doing the most damage. Michaud sneaks a few knees inside, but Li is battering him with the right. Michaud finally gets some offense, getting the fight to the floor and now getting on the back. Less than a minute, and Michaud right arm comes under the neck. It looks tight for a moment, but Li pulls it away. Michaud finishes the round on the back, but MMAjunkie gives it to Li, 10-9, based on the better standup in the early going.
Round 3 – Michaud again walking forward and looking to strike. He’s the aggressor, but Li is scoring with his counters. Michaud looking for the takedown. He misses on the first attempt, but he moves to a single-leg shortly after and gets the fight to the floor. Li on his back and in closed guard. Michaud lands an elbow, and Li is cut. He blinks his eyes a bit, as some of the blood is running into his eyes. Li turns and looks to move, but Michaud is heavy on top. Li keeps pushing and moves to his knees, eventually pressing over with a well-timed sweep. Michaud now on his back. He raises his legs high, but Li brushes them off and keeps top position. One minute, and referee Mark Smith calls for action. Michaud gets off his back and wraps the neck, falling back for a guillotine choke. He’s only got half-guard, and he can’t get the pressure. Li pulls his head out ad drives in elbows. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it again to Li, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Jingliang Li def. David Michaud via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)