Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
Round 1: Belcher missed a couple of leg kicks early on before landing a nice kick to the body. Akiyama landed a nice high kick before getting low-blowed, causing a break in the fight. Akiyama landed some nice shots. Belcher connected with a nice shot that dropped Akiyama, but Akiyama was quick to get back to his feet. Akiyama landed a nice combo. They had a good exchange, with Akiyama getting the better of it, although Belcher did land some big punches. Belcher kicked Akiyama in the thigh, but Akiyama caught his leg and took him down. 10-9 Akiyama.
Round 2: Akiyama took the fight to the ground early. Akiyama landed some shots from the top and controlled Belber. With two minutes left in the round, Belcher was finally able to get back to his feet. Belcher connected with a couple of nice jabs. Akiyama landed a nice jab to finish the round. Akiyama looks pretty tired at this point. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Akiyama.
Round 3: Belcher landed a nice high kick. Akiyama landed some nice shots. Both men stayed standing. Akiyama landed a spinning back kick. Akiyama continued to get the better at the standup. Akiyama floored Belcher but Belcher was quick to get back on his feet. Belcher used his foot to push off the cage and nailed Akiyama with a blow to the face. Akiyama’s left eye is swollen shut. Akiyama took Belcher down as the round comes to a close, but Belcher was able to get up. Fightline.com scores it 10-9 for Akiyama.
Winner via split decision (scores of 30-27 Akiyama, 29-28 Belcher, 29-28 Akiyama): Yoshihiro Akiyama