Hawaiian face-puncher Brad Tavares has been winning some and losing some since TUF 11, but he’s riding a three-fight win streak, and in the middleweight division that could start to mean something.

Krzysztof Jotko is 6-3 in the Octagon, but his last two fights resulted in big, fat “L’s”, so you have to think his job’s on the line with this one.

Sadly, if that pressure has done anything for Jotko, it seems to have made him overly cautious, which means much of Round 1 is all about Tavares throwing whatever he wants and Jotko being tentative.

The second round is more of the same, although towards the end of it Jotko comes to life with a tiny bit of aggression.

That aggression increases in the third, but it matters little to Tavares, who’s stepping in close and aiming for openings. And an opening is what Tavares finds, nailing Jotko in the chops with a right hand and crumpling him. Tavares keeps up the onslaught while Jotko covers up, and when the ref jumps in it’s all over.

Results: Brad Tavares def. Krzysztof Jotko via TKO (Punches) at 2:16, R3