Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in charge of this catchweight affair, necessitated after Hallman missed the lightweight mark. Hallman rushes in and tries for an immediate takedown. He wraps the body and works for the takedown, and Makdessi is warned for grabbing the fence. Hallman gets the takedown and moves to mount. Makdessi spons and gives up his back while trying to defend several punches coming in. Hallman flattens out Makdessi and starts to punch away. Rosenthal warns Makdessi to fight back. He does spin, but Hallman still has a firm mount. Two minutes in. Makdessi eats a big left hand. Makdessi is holding the body, hoping for a stand-up. Hallmsn grinding away from the top with punches and elbows. Makdessi rolls again, and Hallman immediately takes the choke. It's in, and Makdessi taps. Crowd immediately boos as Hallman flexes in the octagon.
Dennis Hallman def. John Makdessi via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:58.