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UFC 144: Takeya Mizugaki Vs. Chris Cariaso

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Round 1: The two bantamweights touch glove and settle in on the Bud Light logo. Both men finding their distance, timing. Cariaso gets in a nice right after breaking from the clinch. Mizugaki tries for a takedown and is denied, getting clipped by a right on his way in. Cariaso makes mizugaki stumble with a one-two. Mizugaki goes for and gets the takedown on his second attempt. Cariaso rolling for an omoplata; Mizugaki avoids. Mizugaki working from Cariaso’s full guard. Mizugaki postures up and lands a good left, but Cariaso is doing well at keeping from mounting sustained offense by remaining active on his back and threatening with submissions. The round ends with Mizugaki mostly stalled on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso

Round 2: Mizugaki slipping Cariaso’s punches as he moves into the clinch behind his own. Mizugaki breaks after holding Cariaso against the cage briefly. Cariaso throws the left head kick and Mizugaki avoids. Mizugaki looking to counter with the straight right. Mizugaki throws some telegraphed punches that Cariaso avoids before moving in for the takedown. They battle for position on the cage, Cariaso now looking for the takedown. They trade short knees from the clinch and Mizzugaki hits the trip. Cariaso pinned against the fence; he hits a slick sweep that Mizugaki rolls right out of. They end the fight standing in the clinch; Cariaso gets in a nice elbow before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso

Round 3: A glove touch to kick off the last round. Cariaso smacks Mizugaki in the face with a left head kick. Mizugaki initiates the clinch; Cariaso reverses and goes for the takedown, but Mizugaki avoids. Cariaso moves in behind a left straight to clinch and go for the takedown. Mizugaki avoids the takedown and they fight from the clinch, Cariaso getting in a nice short elbow. Cariaso fires off the head kick again and slips, allowing Mizugaki to take top position. Cariaso less active now, but still keeping Miugaki from getting much off. Mizugaki passes to half guard with thirty seconds left. Cariaso regains guard in short order. Cariaso gets to his feet and Mizugaki fires off a volley of punches on his way up, about half of which land. Cariaso touches Mizugaki with a right but can’t capitalize before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Chris Cariaso defeated Takeya Mizugaki via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)