Blackburn lands a good right to start things off, though he’s clearly wary of Heleno’s takedowns. Heleno shoots for a double-leg and Blackburn tries to sprawl, but is eventually taken to the mat. Blackburn gets back to his feet, only to get caught in a bodylock and put back down.
Heleno moves to side control with thirty seconds left in the round, but Blackburn recaptures half-guard. Heleno finishes the round by flipping over Blackburn with a flying punch and then raining down hammer fists before the bell.
Heleno keeps the second round mostly on the mat, landing some damaging strikes from the top position and once even securing the mount against Blackburn. Blackburn continues to show his resiliency though, struggling to get to his feet at the bell.
Blackburn tries to keep away from Heleno, striking from the outside and avoiding the takedown. Heleno shoots in and gets stuffed, with Blackburn landing a knee and a nice right hand as he gets back to his feet. A stunned Heleno is slow