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UFC 144: Hatsu Hioki Vs. Bart Palaszewski

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Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage for this contest at 145lbs.

Round 1: They touch gloves and set up in the center, Hioki touching Bartimus with a stiff jab. Hioki sits Palaszewski down with another hard left. Palaszewski pops right up and looks to be keeping his composure, but Hioki is on the hunt. Hioki feeding Palaszewski a steady diet of jabs. Hioki goes for the single and gets it. Palaszewski working for a guillotine, but Hioki frees himself and passes to half guard. Hioki immediately working head and arm control; he passes to side control like butter. Hioki trapping Bartimus’ arms, working for the mounted crucifix and peppering Palaszewski with short punches. Hioki holding it down in side control, completely stifling Palaszewski. Palaszewski working to his feet and Hioki takes his back immediately. Hioki traps an arm an transitions from a deep armbar to an omoplata. Neither submission sticks, but Hioki uses the omoplata to roll into Palaszewski’s guard. Hioki posturing and wailing away on Palaszewski with thirty seconds to go. Palaszewski is at a loss, just surviving.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Hioki

Round 2: Hioki sticks Palasszewski with a hard front kick. That jab is right back in Barimus’ face. Hioki landing nice lefts to the body. Palaszewski with a nice pair of kicks followed shortly by a solid punch combination. Palaszewski lands a leg kick. Hioki lands a right head kick, turning it over perfectly at the right moment. Hioki with a pair of solid lefts. Palaszewski si fighting back and landing some nice combos, but Hioki is staggering his timing some and landing frequently with precise left hands and front kicks. Hioki goes high with two. Hioki showing slick stand up, masking his kicks until the last second. Palaszewski lands a solid right leg kick, followed by a right hand to the body. Hioki throws a left front kick that lands low; Palaszewski shakes it off quickly. Hioki with an inside leg kick. Palaszewski comes back with an inside leg kick of his own that lands low. Hioki too shakes it off quickly. Palaszewski starting to put his hands together, giving Hioki trouble with a right leg kick, too. Hioki shoots and gets Palaszewski down against the cage, taking his back with over-under control at the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hioki

Round 3: Hioki slickly ducks a right hand and goes for the takedown. Bartimus defends and lands a nice knee from the clinch, but Hioki plants him with a beautiful trip. Hioki in empty half guard, his left leg straightened out. Palaszewski doing well to control his posture, but Hioki makes enough space to start in with peppering punches. Hioki slides into side control; he fights for mount but ends up in half guard. Hioki immediately goes to pass again. Hioki in side control. Hioki working for the mounted crucifix again, starting in with short ground and pound. Palaszewski rolls to his knees and Hioki takes his back with just under two minutes to go. Hioki works for the rear naked and Palaszewski defends. Palaszewski fighting to stand, but Hioki is controlling him well and punching him where he can. Hioki breaks down his base and pulls him back to the mat. Hioki hammers Palaszewski with elbows and rolls for a sub at the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hioki

Hatsu Hioki defeated Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)