Round 1 - Referee Jon Schorle in charge of the two welterweight newcomers. Mitchell charges forward with two lazy low kicks. Waldburger fires one back, but Mitchell rushes in for the takedown. He drops to guard and threatens immediately with his legs high. Waldburger steps out and tries to move to top position. Mitchell attacks the leg, and Waldburger drops back to do the same. Neither appears to have anything secure, but they continue adjusting and playing the leg game. Waldburger releases and spins to the top. He lands one short punch before Mitchell regains guard. Omo plata attempts, but Waldburger steps out and slides around. He takes the back. Mitchell rolls to escape and finds himself in an armbar. He defends well and steps back to the feet. Halfway in. Lots of transitions early. Takedown attempt from Mitchell, but Waldburger sweeps to to. Mitchell again looks to attack from the bottom, but Waldburger pulls away immediately.back on the feet, and Mitchell drops to his back looking for a kimura. Foster escapes to the top. Beautiful transitions from both in a grappling heavy matchup. One minute left. Waldburger lands a few punches from top, steps away and dives back in with more. Mitchell works to his feet, but his face shows the accumulation from the punches. Waldburger very calm against the cage. Mitchell drops for a leg, but Mitchell steps out and into mount, where the round ends. Fun first round, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Waldburger, 10-9.
Round 2 - Mitchell kicks low. Waldburger kicks high, but Mitchell trips him up on the missed strike. Waldburger scrambles up to his feet and attaches himself to a single-leg. He gets it, but hes forced to defend a kimura. Mitchell rollsand tries to move to an armbar. Waldburger pulls his appendage free and stands. Waldburger walks through a few upkicks and lands a punch. Mitchell fires a few elbows from underneath. Waldburger grabs the left leg and falls back. Mitchell stands up on it. Waldburger trips him, but he jumps right back up and takes top position. Waldburger immediately sweeps and moves out to side control. Two minutes in.Mitchell controlling the head with his left arm, but Waldburger in no danger. Mitchell releases, and Waldburger immediately steps into mount. He rolls out for an armbar on the left side. Mitchell defends it and works free. Mitchell on top, but he gives it up to attack the leg. Nothing there, and Waldburger pops up, delivers a few punches and then attacks Mitchell's leg. Neither fighter see,s concerned with position in this interesting grappling match. Mitchell lands an illegal kick to the face on the floor, but Schorle leaves the fighters down. Mitchell works to his feet and tries to grab hold of a guillotine as he falls. Waldburger immediately works free and lands a few elbows from top. He backs away at the bell, though he gives his opponent one final shove to the floor. Another one for Waldburger on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 - Another kick to open from Mitchell, and Waldburger catches it and pushes him to the floor. Immediately into side control, and he spins all the way around before taking the back and locking in a rear-naked choke. It looks very deep and under the chin, but Mitchell somehow survives. Still, he's in trouble. Waldburger in mount and delivers several direct punches before taking the back and leaning against the cage. Mitchell's face bloodied as he tries to control his opponent's arm Waldburger tries to step over the arm to control it. Mitchell slides off and dives down to attack the left leg. Waldburger steps through it and starts delivering punishment from the top. Back to the feet, and Mitchell tries to push into a takedown. Instead, Waldburger powers back the other way and pushes his opponent into the cage. Mitchell lands an upkick, but he looks exhausted. Mitchell tries to shoot in on a single from his butt, but Waldburger sniffs it out and pushes him to the floor. One minute left. Mitchell spinning from his back, and he's looking to attack an arm, but Waldburger pulls free and moves to side control. Waldburger transitions to mount. Mitchell rolls, and Waldburger takes the back. Chants of "T-J" in the crowd. Mitchell rolls again, and Waldburger lands a few punches from the top as the final bell sounds. Waldburger takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9, and the fight is his as well, 30-27. If you like grappling, this was a good one. Anthony "T.J." Waldburger def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).