Round 1 - Kerry Hatley is the ref for this one. No touch of the gloves. Massenzio engages first, but he resets. The fighters pay jabs. Massenzio gets through a quick left. The feeling-out process begins. Cantwell lands a nice low kick. The continue pawing jabs. Massenzio's body kick is checked, and Cantwell returns fire with a couple front kicks that are a bit short. Massenzio lands a couple nice rights with a solid body punch. Cantwell charges forward, but little lands. Massenzio dips and looks for the takedown, but Cantwell stuffs it. Cantwell lands a nice left to the body and overhand right to the cheek. Massenzio lands a nice double jab but takes a low kick that briefly knocks him off balance. Massenzio presses forward with punches. Cantwell sits in the pocket and cleanly lands a big right hand that staggers Cantwell. He continues with head kicks as Massenzio still shows the effects from the punch. Massenzio looks to shoot but eats a punch and backs away. Cantwell tries a flying knee, but Massenzio is alert enough to snuff it out. Massenzio then lands an accidental groin shot, and a timeout is called. The action starts again, and Cantwell strings together nice body kicks and then tries to stuff a takedown. He goes to the mat briefly but is quickly back up. Massenzio tries a combo, but Cantell is waiting. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Cantwell thanks to the big right.
Round 2 - Both fighters jab to open, but Cantwell snaps out a high kick that impresses the crowd. Massenzio rushes forward with shots to the body and drives in for a takedown. Cantwell drops to his knees, but he punches as he works to get back to his feet. Massenzio finally releases, and they reset. Cantwell in the center, and he works the body. He jabs the head, but Massenzio answers back with a nice right. Missed takedown from Massenzio. Nice action as Massenzio tries to move in, but Cantwell stays away. Halfway into the round, and Cantwell returns to that head kick. Cantwell rattles off a combination. Massenzio works in an uppercut and a stiff hook. Massenzio turns it on briefly with the hands and then ducks for a takedown. Can't get it. Massenzio rattles off the hands and clinches again. Not sure why he does that, as the hands seem to be his biggest weapon. Left hook scores, and Cantwell has lost some zip. Two more lefts from Massenzio. Two more, and Cantwell is bloodied. Great striking from Massenzio, who takes it on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 - Big applause to open. Massenzio returns to the hands and lands two stiff uppercuts. Cantwell tries to fire back, and Massenzio pushes in yet again. Nothing there, so they back away and reset. Cantwell pushes forward, but he's immediately moved back by Massenzio yet again. However, Massenzio elects again to clinch. Still nothing there, so Massenzio backs away and lands with his hands. THis time, he does get the takedown. Cantwell spins for an arm underneath, but it's not there. Massenzio backs away. Halfway in. Cantwell still moving well, but Massenzio drives a knees to the head and unleashes yet another combo. Still, he drives for a takedown rather than fire more. He drops for a takedown, and Cantwell nearly hits a knee to the show, but it glances off. Time winding down, and Massenzio continues to blast away with the left hand. Straight punches and uppercuts doing real damage. Cantwell misses a flying knee as we enter the final minute. A scramble sees both guys hit the deck, and Massenzio is in top position on a kneeling Cantwell. Cantwell rolls, but nothing there. He spins again and gets a leg, but he runs out of time. Massenzio takes the final frame on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9, taking the fight, 29-28. Mike Massenzio def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).