Round 1 —Ring using the Thai clinch to his benefit early. Head lands a right. Ring scoops Head up and takes him down in the center of the cage. Side control. He moves to north-south but ends up losing what he had and Head gets up. Head with a knee. Head drops Ring. He cracks him. Ring trying to hold guard but they stand. Head with knees to the body and head. Ring takes them well. Front kick from Ring stumbles Head. Right hand stuns Ring but he comes back with a takedown with 40 seconds left. Half-guard. That's the round. 10-9 Ring.
Round 2 — Ring gets another takedown to start the round. Side control. Ring has a chance at a triangle from the top here. He loses it. North-south for a second just to move to the other side. Back to north-south. Head gains half-guard. Ring stands above Head and Head gets up but is taken back down seconds later, this time against the cage. Half-guard. Now Ring starting to unleash some ground-and-pound. Head is cut. Ring is in side control and Head looks like he wants no part of this anymore when referee Herb Dead stops the fight to check on the cut. Head's face is a bloody mess. The doctor checks it and Dean asks Head if he wants to continue and he agrees. We restart back in side control. Elbows for Ring. Ring is working him over here. Into north-south and then into the mounted crucifix but there's not enough time to finish. 10-8 Ring.
Round 3 — Ring gets a takedown but Head has Ring's head but gives it up rather quickly. Full guard. Scramble puts Ring into half-guard. Elbows for Ring. Ring into side control. North-south now. Landing some shots, but nothing that's going to threaten the fight. Head rolls, though, and Ring locks in a rear choke to finish it. He wasn't even on his back.
Official decision: Nick Ring d. James Head (Submission/Rear-Naked Choke) R3 3:33