Round 1 - Lots of circling early. Tibau strikes first, but Pellegrino charges forward with a combo that comes up short. Tibau throws a right-left that just misses. Tibau lands a nice left, clinches, and then puts Pellegrino against the cage. The fighters trade knees to the legs. The fighters trade jabs, but little is landing. Pellegrino unloads a flurry, but Tibau gets the better of it. Pellegrino stalks, shoots for a single leg, spins his opponent, but can't get the takedown. They clinch, and Tibau puts him against the cage. Tibua gets the takedown, but Pellegrino hops right back up, and the Jersey crowd voices it pleasure. Pellegrino shoots and looks for a takedown, but Tibau defends and then reverses and puts his opponent against the cage. The fighters trade elbows on the break. It's a very close round that MMAjunkie.com scores 10-10.
Round 2 - The fighters paw their jabs. Pellegrino is backed up with a right and nearly eats a left. He signals to Tibau for some action. Not much is landing, but Pellegrino gets through a right that wobbles his opponent, and he then picks up and body slams Tibau. Pellegrino delivers punches from the top. Tibau is coherent and defending, but Pellegrinos is controlling him from half guard. Pellegrino works forearm strikes and punches to the body. The pace slows as Tibau ties him up. Pellegrino gets through a right, but Tibau gets back to his feet. The round ends without much action. This one clearly goes to Pellegrino, 10-9, though.
Round 3 - Tibau lands a lunging right and looks for an opening with his power left. He clinches, but Pellegrino avoids the takedown. Pellegrino checks a head kick. Lots of circling and whiffing again. Pellegrino moves in with a right and eats a left. The fighters are throwing plenty, but little is finding its mark. Tibau shoots for a takedown, but Pellegrino sprawls and is put against the cage. They eventually break off and reset. Tibau lands a jab and straight left and then a left short hook. Pellegrino shoots for a single leg, but Tibau defends and puts his back against the cage to stay upright. Pellegrino looks for the drag takedown, but Tibau reverses. Pellegrino gets back up, Tibau takes him down, and Pellegrino eats a punch on the way back up before putting him against the cage and looking for a single leg. Pellegrino continues working for it, but Tibau breaks off. Tibau shoots and gets the single-leg takedown. He works from full guard and delivers short punches from the top. He follows with hammerfists and heavier punches. Pellegrino rolls to his knees and gets to his feet, and rolls and grabs a leg as the bell sounds. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau and a 29-29 draw overall. Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). (MMAjunkie.com has it 29-29)