The fighters clinched early in the third, when the fight went to the mat and Howard was able to take Wilson's back. From there, he locked on a body triangle. Howard worked for a choke for the next three minutes and was close to finishing Wilson on one occasion.
Howard won a split decision, 29-28 on two cards while Cecil Peoples had it 29-28 for Wilson. Some media members on press row had Howard winning 30-27.
- John Howard