Neither man was hesitant to strike early , but it was Rumble landing the better shots in the first couple minutes. He was beating Arlovski to the punch and mixing in kicks well. Arlovski landed some good shots of own and Johnson went in for the takedown. Referee Kevin Mulhall separates them after stalling out in the clinch. Almost immediately clinched back up and shortly broken up again. Johnson landed a big right hand and dropped Arlovski! He followed up and Andrei was turtling, but got saved by the bell ending the round.
They came out swinging again to start the second round and Johnson counters Arlovski's jab with a solid left hook. A good knee from the MT clinch by Andrei led to a takedown attempt from Rumble. Of course, they're separated again in short order. Arlovski finally found a home for his punches but Johnson eats them well. They clinch back up and Andrei landed an accidental low blow. Johnson threw wild hooks on the restart and ate a couple counters for his effort before getting the first successful takedown of the fight. Arlovski returned to his feet and landed some good blows to the body while Anthony struggled for the takedown.
Johnson backed up Arlovski with hooks to start the third and once again shot for an ineffective takedown. Also once again they were quickly separated for lack of action in the clinch. A spinning back kick attempt from Andrei led to another unsuccessful takedown attempt and back to a clinch against the cage. both men were completely exhausted here. The bell finally rang and everyone was happy.
Anthony Johnson won the unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) over Andrei Arlovski
Johnson came into the fight sporting a 4-fight win streak since being cut from the UFC after missing weight in a losing effort against Vitor Belfort back at UFC 142. Arlovski brought in a solid undefeated streak of his own with 5 fights. The only blemish was a No Contest to Tim Sylvia, who he knocked out with a soccer kick that was ruled illegal because ONE FC had really weird rules at the time.