Round 1 - Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage as the heavyweights kick off tonight's preliminary card action. Fighters circle early. Vemola throws a huge right hand that misses. He moves behind a kick, and Madsen wraps his right arm around the neck and pushes into the clinch. Nothing there, but Madsen lands a stiff right on the break. Vemola moves into the clinch. Madsen defends, and Vemola tries an armdrag. Madsen defends, and the fighters are back in the clinch. Madsen pushes his opponent into the cage, but there's little action. Halfway through the round. Fighters moving around the cage, but it's a stall in the clinch. Vemola loses his mouthpiece, and Yamasaki calls time. Vemola shoots in for a double on the restart, but Madsen stands him up easily. Madsen throws a few knees inside as he pushes the action against the cage. Yamasaki asking the fighters to improve position, and he calls a restart. Vemola throws another big right that misses, and we're immediately back in the clinch. This time Madsen moves it to the floor and sets up in half-mount. Less than a minute. Madsen setting up a side choke, but he's too close to the cage to squeeze it. Few short elbows from top to end the round, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Madsen, 10-9.
Round 2 - Madsen takes the center and fakes a few forward movements. Vemola again looks to measure a big shot, but it doesn't come. Madsen pushes forward with a takedown. Vemola tries to turn and scamper away, but Madsen's second effort nets the takedown. Half-mount again for Madsen. Vemola's head against the cage. Madsen throws a few soft punches to the ribs as he cross-faces with an elbow, but it's a methodical pace. Two minutes in. Vemola shifts his hips to the side, but Madsen stays on top with well-executed pressure. Vemola is stuck. Madsen tries to secure Vemola's right arm across his own face, but Vemola pulls it free. Little action, and Yamasaki calls for a restart. Vemola slow to rise. Madsen stalks with a few straight punches. Vemola tries another massive right hand. Madsen blocks and clinches, but little action again. Another restart. Vemola kicks low and adds in a right over the top, but Madsen absorbs it and pushes forward into the clinch. Nothing happens there, and the round ends. It's another round for Madsen, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - The crowd is restless as the third round begins, and rightfully so. Vemola misses with another owerful overhand right. Madsen bullrushes in, though Vemola pulls away. Vemola with a mid-evel kick followed by a right. Vemola still loading up on homerun punches that aren't finding their mark. Madsen shoots in and falls into Vemola's guard. Madsen has controlled this fight on the canvas throughout, but it's difficult to gather what his intentions are once on the canvas. He's not interested in advancing, but he also isn't delivering much, if any, punishment from the top. Vemola works his back to the cage and sits up slightly. Vemola rolls to his left and looks for a kimura on Madsen's right arm. Two minutes left, and Yamasaki wants action. Crowd does too. Madsen does use Vemola's shift to switch out to side control. Vemola spins underneath into north-south, but Yamasaki wants a restart. Vemola tries to punch, and Madsen shoots in. Vemola grabs a standing guillotine, but he slips off as he falls to guard. Madsen sets up on top, but it's a quick restart as he does nothing with the position. Madsen circles away as time expires. They engage briefly in the final seconds, but it's the only action of the round. MMAjunkie.com sees it 10-9 for Madsen, and awards him the fight, 30-27. Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).