Round 1 - Referee Chris Tognoni in the cage for this light heavyweight affair. Kingsbury opens with a low kick. Kingsbury continues to kick with his first few strikes. Kingsbury grabs a Thai clinch and knees away, but Maldonado blocks them all. Maldonado holds the center and works the body. Kingsbury works a few front kicks. Maldonado holding the center, and leaps into a jab from his foe. More knees from the clinch, and Maldonado eats a few before he backs away. Kingsbury shoots in and takes the fight to the floor. Maldonado tries to latch onto a guillotine, but Kingsbury tolls and escapes. Kingsbury still finding success with the kick. Maldonado lands a right over the top and follows with a left before returning to the body. Maldonado stays out of Kingsbury;s range. Three more lefts fore Maldonado, who is really finding his mark. Kingsbury tries the clinch. Maldonado blocks knees and peppers the stomach. Trip for Kingsbury, and he sets up on half-mount. Final minute. Kingsbury drives in a few elbows. Maldonado rolls free and stands. Kingsbury looks to be tiring, and he's cut./ More knees from Kingsbury, but Maldonado takes them until the bell. Nice opening round, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Kingsbury, 10-9.
Round 2 - Kingsbury gets an early takedown and sets up again in half-mount. Maldonado rolls and spins and winds up on top. They scramble again, this time back to the feet. Maldonado in the center, and he keeps woking the body. Kingsbury fires more knees, but Maldonado keeps punching away at the body. Kingsbury wants the Thai clinch, and he keeps finding success, but Maldonado is blocking most of the host and pounding away at the body. Kingsbury slips on a trip attempt, and Maldonado tells him to get up. Maldonado slips shortly after. Kingsbury ducks in for the takedown, and Maldonado grabs the head and sweeps to top. Maldonado's nose bloodied, and he's still taking a knee here and there. Still, Maldonado digs aways at the body yet again. Kingsbury trying hard for a takedown that won't come. Maldonado spins away from the cage with 50 seconds left. Maldonado throws a knee that largely misses. Right hand fro Maldonado. Maldonado's swings hard at the end. Moderate pace, but both fighters throwing heavy shots. MMAjunkie.com leans toward Maldonado, 10-9. Close fight.
Round 3 - Maldonado stalking again, and he's bleeding on the right side of his face Kingsbury circling on the cage. He gets the clinch again, but he can't land. Maldonado drops his hands and invites a few punches. Kingsbury instead scores a takedown, but Maldonado is right back up on his feet. Maldonado lands three punches. Kingsbury's left eye closes instantly. Maldonado continues to walk in with punches. Kingsbury rushes for a takedown, but Maldonado shows ample defense and remans standing. Both guys look like they've been through a war, and there's two minutes left. More punches land for Maldonado, and he gets his own takedown. Kingsbury works a little rubber guard, but it's more of a stall tactic right now. One minute left, and Tognoni calls for a standup. Jabs from Maldonado. Kingsbury ducks in for a takedown that doesn't come. Maldonado loses his mouthpiece, but he gets it quickly. More kicks from Kingsbury. Maldonado defends another takedown. Another takedown from Maldonado, and he'll take the final round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9,a s well as the fight, 29-28. Going to be close. Kyle Kingsbury def. Fabio Maldonado via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).