Round 1 - A rowdy crowd cheers for our first bout. Loveland chases with lunging punches, but Jabouin pushes him away. Loveland charges again but comes up short. Loveland tries another lunging right that misses. Jabouin catches him with a spinning back kick to the gut on the next attempt. Loveland charges and clinches, but Jabouin shoves him away, and we reset. The crowd wants some action. Jabouin lands a nice side kick, but Loveland answers with some dirty boxing. Jabouin throws another kick, but Loveland catches it and dumps him to the mat. Loveland works from half guard as Jabouin pulls him close. Loveland postures for better position, but Jabouin ties him up. Loveland briefly goes to his feet and delivers a few punches before returning to half guard. Loveland grabs an arm and looks for a submission, but Jabouin easily shakes him off. Loveland postures to his knees to deliver some punches and elbows, but the ref calls for a timeout. He wants an errant stitch cut from Loveland's glove. On the restart, Jabouin lands a nice low kick. Loveland moves in with winging punches and resets. Loveland just misses with a front kick. Jabouin answers with a nice kick to the ribs. Loveland moves in with a straight right, and they reset. Loveland blitzes again and partially connects on a right. Jabouin lands a nice low-kick/right hook combo. Jabouin just misses a high kick and then blasts Loveland with a right hook to the face. He follows with a flying knee before Loveland catches him and ties up the action for recovery time. The final punch was the round's most effective, but Loveland did enough damage early to narrowly win the round, 10-9.
Round 2 - Loveland shoots in immediately and works the fight to the floor. Working in side control briefly, but Jabouin quickly transitions out and to the top. He thinks briefly about a guillotine but is forced to let go and set up on top. Loveland rolls deftly for an armbar, but ultimately uses it as a sweep back to the top. He can't capitalize after a little time there, so they stand and reset. Jabouin takes the center on the restart. A kick is blocked, and a punch comes up just short. Jabouin lands a spinning kick to the gut. Halfway in. Another spinning kick catches the cup, and we have a brief break. Jabouin again on the center of the cage to restart, and the pace has slowed after a highlight-filled first. Loveland ducks in for a takedown, but Jabouin does an excellent job of first controlling the neck, then moving back to his feet. He does catch a knee on the exit, but he appears OK. Loveland finally comes alive in the final minute, but it's mostly single strikes. He shoots again, but this one is half-hearted at best. Jabouin digs to the body. Jabouin scores a late takedown and secures the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 - Both fighter looking to strike early, but neither overcommitting in the early going. Jabouin ducks a punch and lands a takedown, but the two pop immediately back to the feet. Tentative third frame. Both fighters look to have enough energy to compete, though Jabouin is the bouncier opponent. Jabouin pushes in again but is shoved away by Loveland. Jabouin lands a few creative strikes. A little tape is loose on his glove, but it's unnoticed. Lovelan tries to work the fight to the floor, but Jabouin simply pushes him away. Halfway in. The boos are coming now from the crowd, who want action. Loveland seems to be trying to time a counter-takedown, and Jabouin is likely earning him points on the judges' cards. Jabouin kicks to the body, and it slows Loveland even more. Jabouin lands another spinning kick to the body, and a punch comes up just short. Jabouin tries for a takedown, but Loveland braces himself and moves right back to the feet. Firefight in burst over the final 30 seconds, but it's Jabouin that gets the best of it. Close round, but Jabouin was the aggressor throughout and takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9, as well as the fight, 29-28. Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)