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UFC 120: Michael Bisping Vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Akiyama walks out as always, to Ave Maria with a bow on his way into the crowd. Bisping enters to “Song Number 2″ by Blur and the crowd’s support. Marc Goddard in charge of this bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves. Akiyama throws a big overhand right. He moves in with some big punches, Joe Rogan thinks Bisping is hurt. Bisping with a nice right. Akiyama lands a left hook as they engage. Bisping with a nice leg kick. Bisping shoots for a takedown and gets some nice punches in on the break. Bisping gets the takedown but Akiyama gets right back to his feet. They trade, Akiyama complains of a low blow but Goddard tells them to keep going. Bisping starting to settle in. Bisping with a nice right. A leg kick to follow. Akiyama tries for a spinning back fist that Bisping gives him props for. Bisping landing more frequently and with more power than Akiyama. He tries for a takedown, gets stuffed but lands punches off of it. Big flying knee to end the round for Bisping. scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 2: They touch gloves again. Akiyama with a left hook-right hand combo that lands. Bisping with a combo. Akiyama catches a body kick but he doesn’t land much off of it. Both men really throwing down but Bisping staying a bit more technical. Bisping basically calls time for a poke to the eye, the ref gets them fighting but gives them a second. They get right back to it, and it’s Bisping landing with more frequency. Bisping with a solid right and left hand. Akiyama with a right hand. Akiyama tries a judo sweep that Bisping avoids. Bisping is timing Akiyama well and using his movement to avoid most damage. Bisping tries with his own spinning back fist that clips Akiyama’s head. They smile and touch gloves. Bisping is landing cleanly on Akiyama, who is having a hard time landing at all. Akiyama with a nice body kick. Akiyama with a solid right hand. Another solid straight right for Bisping. Bisping never ceasing for long with his attack. Akiyama stuns Bisping with a big right hand. He’s pouring it on here at the end and Bisping is just trying to hold on. He makes it to the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 3: They touch gloves again to start the round. Akiyama whiffs a big right hand. Akiyama pushing forward with a combo but Bisping fires back with a head kick that slows Akiyama. Akiyama still in it though and looking to exchange. Bisping lands a right hand square. He lands another that stuns Akiyama. Bisping catches Akiyama low with a kick, he drops to the ground. They touch gloves and get back to it. Bisping with a body kick and a right hand. Akiyama looking to load up with big shots but Bisping is moving and countering well. Bisping tags Akiyama off of a missed spinning back fist. Bisping is teeing off on Akiyama here. Bisping has been working at the same pace throughout this fight and the accumulation seems to be taking its toll on Akiyama. “The Count” is landing at will it seems, even though Akiyama is constantly looking to land a knockout shot. Akiyama pours it on in the last few seconds but Bisping keeps it together. scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Michael Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bisping and Akiyama show each other tons of respect after the fight. Bisping admits to getting rocked early by Akiyama.