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UFC 174: Roland Delorme Vs. Michinori Tanaka

ufc 174

Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka

The first of two bantamweight battles will see Roland Delorme (9-2) try to ruin the perfect record of Michinori Takana (9-0).

Delorme dropped a split decision to Alex Caceres last September, snapping a four-fight unbeaten streak. Tanaka is making his debut with the UFC and owns five submission wins.

Round 1: Delorme declines a touch of gloves to start and Tanaka is showing excellent side-to-side movement. Delorme loading up and looking to land a big shot. Tanaka lands a good, hard kick to the body and continues to move away from the striking of Delorme. Delorme looks a little frustrated, but he winds up and delivers, dropping Tanaka. He quickly pounces and tries to land some ground-and-pound, but Tanaka is able to reverse and is now on top. Delorme looking for a triangle from the bottom, but it gets broken up. Tanaka controlling from the top, doing damage and avoiding the submission game. He’s got him pressed up against the cage with a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 2: Delorme posturing, trying to get Tanaka into an exchange. They have a good exchange, but Tanaka doesn’t want any more of that and is back to lateral movement. Perfectly-executed takedown and Delorme pulls guard. Tanaka trying to pass inside side control. He uses a nice headlock to wind up on top. Step over into mount for Tanaka and he connects with a swift elbow. Huge cut from the elbow and Tanaka continues to attack. More punishment with short elbows for Tanaka, going after the face and body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 3: Delorme trying to cut off the Octagon and attack, but it’s Tanaka who gains the advantage. He lands a good combo, takes Delorme down and is in side control. He swiftly moves to the back, but is a little out of control and gets mounted with three minutes to go. He switches to the back, but is too high and gets mounted by Tanaka. Tanaka continues to work to finish the fight, landing vicious elbows to that open cut. Delorme trying to fight off his back, but he’s unable to get up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Michinori Tanaka def. Roland Delorme via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)