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Round 1: Tentative striking to start from both men, it’s Jotko who presses in first to grapple with Barriault against the cage. Barriault fighting the underhooks and landing knees to the body, Jotko counters with an elbow over the top. Jotko ducks down again to go for the takedown but Barriault stuffs him and there’s a stalemate on the fence. They separate. Barriault throwing single strikes, an overhand right, a leg kick, then a kick to the body. Nothing landing too crisply. Jotko with a counter elbow as Barriault ducks in. Against the fence, Barriault lands an elbow of his own. Low volume encounter so far. Jotko gets Barriault off of his feet, but Barriault lands on his knees and avoids the takedown. He changes levels and gets a takedown of his own only to have Jotko end up in top position during the scramble. Exchange of knees in close at the buzzer.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Barriault.
Round 2: Barriault looking to take the center of the cage, but Jotko is able to use his reach to back him up. Another stalemate against the fence as they work for underhooks and Jotko leans on Barriault looking for a takedown. The crowd is growing restless. Jotko with an uppercut on the break. Right hand by Barriault scores down the middle. Barriault eats an uppercut to the body as he pushes Jotko back against the fence. Jotko reverses positions and he gets low for a takedown again. They break with about 30 seconds remaining in the round. A sloppy slam at the end of the round sees Jotko end up in top position.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Jotko. Overall, 19-19.
Round 3: Back against the fence they go with Jotko the aggressor. Referee Herb Dean telling them to work. They break and Barriault presses forward, Jotko ties him up immediately and clips him with a knee up the middle. Barriault walking forward, but not landing. Jotko with some slow offense, he tags Barriault with hooks. Barriault lands an uppercut. Jotko ducks under a Barriault punch and goes for a takedown, it’s stuffed. More work against the fence. Barriault lands a big elbow on the break and Jotko just eats it. Barriault trying to get loose with two minutes remaining, but neither man is throwing much still. Jotko with elbows in close. He’s looking to counter, but Barriault’s straight punches are getting through. Barriault backs up then walks into a leg kick. Jotko finally scores a takedown, with little time to work. Close, difficult fight to score.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Barriault. Overall 29-28, Barriault.
Official result: Krzysztof Jotko def. Marc-Andre Barriault via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)