Even though Jarrett Hurd moved up from junior middleweight to fight natural middleweight Luis Arias, Hurd was the bigger fighter.

Despite the size disparity, Arias was the more aggressive fighter, constantly bullying Hurd to the ropes behind barrages of well placed punches. Arias landed 40% of his power punches (153 of 380). Hurd tried to work off the ropes on the inside, but a lot of his uppercuts were smothered.

Hurd scored a questionable knockdown early in the 9th round that looked more like Arias slipped on the rain-soaked canvas. After winning a split decision victory, Arias admitted during the post-fight interview that Hurd had buzzed him a couple of times.