The fighters had both stated at the weigh-ins that they knew that it would be fight of the night, and they weren't lying. Paul Taylor immediately walked over to Chris Lytle and hugged him as he entered the cage. Lytle's body shots were so devastating in the fight that afterwards it was discovered that Taylor had broken a few ribs.
The first round began. They touched gloves and immediately began striking punches and kicks aggressively. Lytle seemed to be landing the more solid shots. Taylor landed a good head kick as Lytle's head was down. Lytle landed an uppercut inside. Taylor landed another head kick. Lytle landed a body shot. They clinched. Lytle landed some knees. Lytle landed some body shots on the inside. Taylor landed a knee. The referee told them to get busy. They broke. They clinched once more and Lytle landed another knee. Taylor landed some dirty boxing. Lytle landed another knee inside. Lytle got the throw takedown but Taylor was right back up. Lytle landed more knees as they clinched. Lytle landed repeated kidney punches. They exchanged knees and body shots in the clinch. Taylor landed a left inside, and Lytle replied with a right. Taylor broke, landing an elbow as he did. Taylor landed a good combination. Lytle landed an uppercut. They clinched once more and Lytle continued punishing Taylor's midsection with knees and punches inside. Taylor landed a good punch inside. Lytle landed another pair of good knees. Taylor broke with another good elbow and they circled. They clinched and Lytle landed more knees. Taylor landed a good elbow inside and a good uppercut. Lytle continued with the knees. Lytle landed a good uppercut and body shots inside. Taylor landed a big right hand inside and nearly staggered Lytle. The first round ended.
The second round began. They touched gloves. They came out quickly again. They exchanged combinations. Lytle landed a body kick. Taylor landed a good overhand right. Lytle landed a good combination. Lytle landed a straight right. They clinched again. Lytle landed more good knees inside. Lytle got the takedown into half-guard. Taylor used the cage effectively to try to escape and made it, getting on top in north-south position. Taylor landed some hard shots to the side of Lytle's head as Lytle reversed once more to take Taylor back down where Lytle was on top. Lytle had a headlock and was landing knees from a standing position to the crouched Taylor's legs. Taylor brought it to a standing clinch and they broke. Lytle landed a combination. The pace seemed to have slowed. Taylor landed a wicked leg kick. Lytle landed another combination ending with a head kick. They clinched and Lytle landed more knees. Taylor got the takedown but Taylor brought it very quickly back to a standing clinch. Lytle landed more knees and some dirty boxing, responded in kind by Taylor. Lytle landed more knees. Taylor landed a good elbow inside. They broke apart the clinch. They both were swinging for the fences still. Lytle landed a good combination. Taylor landed a good combination and a leg kick. Taylor landed a groin kick as he went for the inside leg kick and the fight was stopped for a moment. The fight restarted and they touched gloves. Lytle landed a body shot. They clinched again. They exchanged more knees. Taylor tried for the trip takedown but failed. The second round ended.
The third round began. They touched gloves. Taylor landed a leg kick and then an inside leg kick during the exchanges. Taylor checked a high body kick. Taylor landed an inside leg kick. Lytle landed more body shots. Lytle continued to punish the body and landed more heavy, heavy combinations to Taylor's face. Lytle continued landing bombs. The crowd was roaring. They clinched. Lytle landed more bombs to the body this time from inside and a big knee. Taylor landed a short uppercut inside and again. They broke. Lytle looked gassed, and his hands were starting to fall. Taylor landed a high body kick. Taylor landed a leg kick. Taylor landed another inside leg kick now. Lytle kept punishing the body. They clinched. Taylor landed another short uppercut on the inside. Lytle landed more knees to Taylor's ribs. The referee broke the clinch. Taylor landed a good combination. Taylor landed a good uppercut. Lytle landed a good left hook and slipped. They clinched again. Lytle got the takedown. Taylor got to his feet and the crowd roared. Taylor landed an inside leg kick. Taylor landed a good right hand. Taylor landed an uppercut and a left hook and another combination. They clinched and Lytle landed another big knee. The thid round and the fight ended. They hugged and the crowd roared. Chris Lytle was the winner by unanimous decision. Taylor looked shocked and disbelieving. He broke his ribs in the fight.