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UFC 122: Nate Marquardt Vs. Yushin Okami

The following is from our ongoing live coverage for UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami. To access our full coverage check the main page.

Round 1: Okami lands a stiff jab, the first strike of the night. Okami shoots and Marquardt reverses him, briefly looking for the guillotine. Okami gets out of it but is on his back working his butterfly guard. A ground scramble ensues and Okami winds up on top after Marquardt fails on a guillotine attempt. Okami is in Marquardt’s half guard. Marquardt rolls for a heel hook and gets back to his feet. Okami lands a solid left hand and then looks for a takedown against the cage. They fight for position and Okami eventually secures the takedown. scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 2: Marquardt looking to establish his jab but doesn’t have the chance before Okami goes for the takedown. Marquardt avoids and then eats a solid jab from Okami. Marquardt shoots for a takedown and Okami avoids deftly. They clinch and Marquardt eventually lands a throw. Marquardt holding Okami against the cage. Okami tries to get up, Marquardt gets him back down but then “Thunder” gets back up. After a brief exchange on the feet Okami goes for a takedown of his own. The crowd voices their displeasure with the bout’s measured pace. Okami going for the takedown against the fence relentlessly. They separate but their is little action on the feet before Okami fires off a few solid one-twos. Marquardt hammers Okami with a right hand when he tries a flying knee. They finish the round pecking away at each other. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: The exchange begins tentatively, with neither man looking to throw much. Okami is holding down the center of the cage and Marquardt, bleeding, is moving along the fence. Marquardt lands a nice left and Okami answers with a solid combination of his own. Okami still walking Marquardt down. He lands with another solid one-two. A right lands for Okami. Okami still keeping Marquardt on his heels, but a solid right hand and follow up combination land for Marquardt. Marquardt with a takedown. Okami gets back to his feet after relative inaction and walks Marquardt down again. Okami landing with more frequency to close the round. They clinch on the cage with ten seconds to go. Marquardt lands a right on the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Yushin Okami defeated Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).