Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean oversees tonight's light heavyweight main event. He gets almost as much applause as the fighters, which is a ton. Seattle has been a vocal crowd all night long. Nogueira takes the center, Davis with a low kick, but both guys look like they want to grapple. Davis misses a high kick over the top. Nogueira lands a left hand. Lot of respect and caution early. Davis kicks again. Handfighting, and Nogueira comes across with a left. Davis finally shoots in. Nogueira sprawls against the cage, and Davis fires knees to the thigh. Stalemate, and Davis backs away. Nogueira whiffs on a left as Davis circles on the outside. Davis continues to kick the body and Nogueira counters. Davis fires a Superman punch and follows into the clinch. Can't get Nogueira to the floor, so he pulls away. Two minutes remain. Nogueira fighting a defensive fight, so far, but it's not bad. Davis drives in again and is shucked off. Both fighters clash with punches. Kicks are Davis' best weapon so far, and a Nogueira counter grazes his head. He stumbles a little but appeared to be mostly off-balance. Nogueira slips as he defends a takedown, and Davis charges forward. Nogueira stays upright. Nogueira whiffs another left, but he lands one when he counters a kick. Nogueira sprawls well again. Impressive takedown defense. Round ends on the feet. Tight round, but MMAjunkie.com leans toward Nogueira, 10-9, with the takedown defense and strong counterpunches.
Round 2 - Davis returns to the kicks early. Nogueira still looking to land that left, but he's pressing forward a little more now. He catches another kick, and Davis stumbles back. Davis does land a kick to the body. Nogueira holding the center, and Davis is looking for a solution. Davis kicks the body and ducks under, but Nogueira is stern in his takedown defense yet again. Knee up the middle lands for Nogueira. Halfway in, and Nogueira is surprising a lot of people. Davis kicks the inside of the thigh. Davis finally gets his takedown. Nogueira looks to attack from the bottom. Knees on the chest, and he kicks away. As he tries to scramble free, he'a caught from behind by Davis. Davis dumps him again. Nogueira on his knees, and Davis is punching away. Right hands landing to the head as Nogueira turtles. Right hands and knees scores in the closing seconds, and Davis takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card on the late offense, 10-9.
Round 3 - Could be a critical third round. Touch of gloves to start it. Nogueira in the center. Davis circles on the outside and misses a front kick. Davis landing his punches, and he tries a flying knee. High kick for Davis. He shoots deep o a single and takes top position less than a minute in. Half-mount for Davis. Punches from the top. Nogueira scrambles free briefly, but Davis swarms the back. Nogueira rolls to his back and tries to control the wrists. Davis stays tight on the top and works in a few punches and elbows. Nogueira kicks him away, and they reset on the feet halfway in. Davis kicks the body. Punches exchanged, and Davis deep on a single again. He lets it go. Kick for Davis, punch from Nogueira as Davis was dropping for a takedown, which he gets. Davis grinding away from the top, and he's in half-mount. Crowd boos as the pace slows a bit, but Davis knows he's got this of he rides out the clock. Davis drops bacd looks to be thinking leglock. Nogueira tries to kick him away, but Davis presses in. More unrest from the crowd. Nogueira tries to trap the right arm, but Davis pulls it away and the crowd starts heading for the exit. Davis' third-round performance takes away from the drama of the first. MMAjunkie.com gives Davis the third, 10-9, and gives him the fight 29-28. Phil Davis def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)