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 MIKE BUDNIK VS. RAFAEL DIAS

Round 1 - Dias lands two leg kicks before stuffing his opponent's and putting Budnik on his back. Dias frees a leg to get to half guard and then smoothly moves to sidemount. No strikes are thrown initially, and Budnik has no luck with an armbar attempt. Dias secures the mount position seconds later, but Budnik creates some distance, grabs a leg and works a heel hook. Dias survives and tries to punch his way free once he gets back standing, but Budnik refuses to let go of the hold. Dias finally escapes and works some punches before ending up in Budnik's guard. Budnik opens his guard and allows Dias again to take the sidemount position. Still, Dias is throwing few shots from the dominant position. Budnik attempts to retain full guard and then gets back to his feet while Dias locks in a guillotine. Dias falls to the mat with the submission attempt. He then switches to a modified choke with just 20 seconds remaining. Budnik hears the 10-second warning and tries to survive the round. The horn sounds before he's forced to tap. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Dias.

Round 2 - Budnik strikes first, but Dias fends off the kicks and puts his opponent on his back. Dias quickly takes the sidemount position before Budnik pulls him back into full guard. Dias finally works some punches from his dominant position, but Budnik ties him up. Dias now tries to throw some blows, but Budnik avoids those too. Budnik delivers a few short punches from below. Dias frees a leg and opens guard and looks to take the mount position. Budnik fends it off and lands a series of blows from his back. Those were the cleanest punches of the fight. Dias regroups and stalls the action. Dias gets through a right-left-right combination before Budnik tries to secure a guillotine from his back. He doesn't have the position and instead connects on a few more punches. Dias quickly moves to sidemount before moving to the north-south position looking for a choke. It's in tight, but Budnik doesn't seem the least bit worried. Budnik then reverses the position to bring the crowd alive. He tees off for a few punches while getting back to his feet before Dias charges in and puts Budnik on his back once again. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Dias.

Round 3 - Budnik charges forward with lunging punches and tries to fend off Dias' takedown attempt. He fails and is put on his back, which has quickly become a familiar position. Dias works some hammerfists but Budnik is just as busy throwing punches from below. The fighters continue trading punches before Budnik's sneaky elbows catch Dias but don't open any cuts. Dias has some luck with body-then-head combos from full guard. The punches slow, and the crowd demands a standup. Budnik looks for a triangle and nearly secures an armbar, but he's forced to pull Dias back into guard when the submissions fail. The referee finally steps and restarts the fight with 90 seconds remaining. Dias checks a kick and again puts Budnik on his back. Budnik nearly secures a triangle choke, but Dias escapes, frees a leg and takes the sidemount position. Budnik grabs an arm and then a leg looking for submissions, and blood is seen coming from Dias' face. However, with 25 seconds remaining, Budnik's unlikely to get the stoppage. Budnik fails on one final triangle choke attempt before the round comes to a close. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Dias. Rafael Dias def. Mike Budnik via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

AKITOSHI TAMURA VS. MANNY TAPIA

Round 1 - Tamura whiffs on some early kicks before landing one to the midsection. Tapia closes the distance before backing off. Tamura goes high with a kick and then low for a solid strike against the calf. Tamura then lands another body kick before Tapia counters with a right. Tamura lands a leg kick and eats a combination. Tamura clinches and eats a quick flurry of shots to the stomach before he returns some knees to the midsection. Tamura keeps the clinch position with his opponent pushed against the cage and stops Tapia as he tries to escape. Tapia finally breaks free, and we start in the center of the cage again. Tapia begins to find his range and lands some right hands to the head. Tamura charges in and eats another flurry before retreating. Tapia changes it up with a leg kick that wobbles Tamura and then follows with a few short rights. Tamura clinches again and initially eats a few body ahots, but his long legs connect with some knees to the midsection. Tapia reverses the position and shoves Tamura into the cage. Tamura explodes with five nice knees to the stomach, but Tapia refuses to break the clinch. He finally backs off and then pops Tamura with a right hand. The fighters trade flying knees before an entertaining round comes to a close. MMAjunkie.com scores a close one 10-9 for Tamura.

Round 2 - Tapia opens the round with some nice punches and an uppercut to the chin, but Tamura connects on a couple body kicks, a leg kick and then fakes another leg kick and pops Tapia with a solid right to the chin. When he attempts to clinch again, though, Tamura eats some punches. Back to the center of the cage, the fighters trade some accurate blows, which Tamura ends with a body kick. Tamura clinches again, and Tapia works short punches to the body. Tamura misses with the sporadic knee to the body. The fighters separate again and regroup. Tamura lands a leg kick, and then another, and finally another. Both fighters unload during a clinch and do damage. Tamura throws body kicks as Tapia counters with punches. The cycle continues. Tapia counters a low kick with a big right, but Tamura continues firing off kicks at all angles. Tapia has blood trickling from his nose before Tamura pops him with another body kick. The bout continues in kickboxing fashion as the fighters trade blow for blow. After a clinch, the taller Tamura lands another high knee to the chest. Both fighters trade wildly before the horn sounds. It's another entertaining and close round, but MMAjunkie.com again gives a slight edge to Tamura and scored it 10-9 in his favor.

Round 3 - The judges' scorecards could be favoring either fighter as the third round gets underway. Tapia quickly strikes with some combinations, but Tamura's kicks continue doing damage. Tamura is using his reach and height advantage to keep Tapia just out of distance while punishing him with kicks. Tamura begins matching Tapia punch for punch while mixing in the kicks. A high front kick just misses for Tamura, but he connects on a stiff jab. A pesky Tapia, though, keeps on the pressure and gets through a stiff left. Tamura lands another body kick and then throws a head kick that is only partially blocked. Tapia lands a nice left-right combo. Both fighters keep a great pace deep into the third round. Back to the center of the cage, and the fighters continue trading until Tapia snaps off a quick right-left combo that jars Tamura's head. Tapia follows with another and knocks Tamura off balance, and the quick assault continues with Tamura on the retreat. Tapia slips on an uppercut but quickly gets up and lands a flurry of additional blows before the round ends. MMAjunkie.coms scores the round 10-9 for Tapia. But the official decision could go either way. Akitoshi Tamura def. Manny Tapia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

EDDIE WINELAND VS. RANI YAHYA

Round 1 - Lots of dancing early on before Yahya shoots for the takedown. He grabs a single leg and eats an elbow before taking his opponent's back and dragging him to the mat. Yahya locks in his hooks, secures a rear-naked choke and then quickly forces the tapout from Wineland. Rani Yahya def. Eddie Wineland via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:07.

WAGNNEY FABIANO VS. FREDSON PAIXAO

Round 1 - Fabiano whiffs on a leg kick before Paixao barely checks a powerful head kick. Fabiano lands a nice combination while pushing forward and then clinches and shoves Paixao into the cage. The two fighters jockey for position as Fabiano lands a knee to the body. He then tries to escape, but Paixao pulls him back close. Fabiano has some blood on his back, and it's now apparent it's coming from the top of Paixao's head. Paixao pulls guard, but Fabiano quickly pops off and waits for his opponent to stand back up. Fabiano works some punches from distance and uses straight kicks to keep Paixao at distance. Paixao clinches and puts his opponent against the cage, but the actions slows while the two fighters fight for position at close distance. Paixao secures a leg, but Fabiano escapes, pops his opponent with a punch and partially connects on a lunging knee to the body. The round ends, and MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Fabiano.

Round 2 - After a touch of gloves, we're underway for round two. Fabiano mixes punches and kicks before Paixao charges forward and chases. Fabiano easily avoids the charge and then takes the center of the cage. Fabiano lands a low kick and then goes high, but Paixao checks the kick and shoves Fabiano into the cage and works from the clinch. Fabiano works knees to the body before Paixao reverses the position. After a stalemate, the fighters are restarted. Little action follows, and the crowd becomes a bit restless. Fabiano throws a series of leg kicks and quickly creates distance. Paixao chases, but Fabiano retreats. The fighters trade blows before Fabiano shoots and scores the takedown. He takes sidemount as Paixao clings to a guillotine choke. He doesn't have the position, though, and Fabiano goes to the north-south position before standing and allowing the action to restart. Fabiano lands a leg kick, but Paixao checks the body kick and ties up his opponent. They separate, and Fabiano drops Paixao with a quick shot to the chin. Paixao staggers, Fabiano follows with a flying knee, but the horn sounds to end the round. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Fabiano.

Round 3 - Fabiano connects early and quickly wrestles Paixao to his back. He eventually backs off and allows Paixao to stand. The fighters trade leg kicks before Fabiano lands a couple punches and knees to the body. Fabiano follows with more, but Paixao keeps pushing forward. Fabiano shoots and scores the double-leg takedown, frees a leg and works from sidemount with Paixao shoved against the cage. Fabiano postures up and pops Paixao before dropping back to the mat. Paixao works the butterfly guard, lands an upkick and forced Fabiano to back off and wait for the restart. Fabiano opens up with a combination of punches, but Paixao alertly dodges the subsequent blows. After a quick trip to the mat, the fighters are back to the center of the cage with 90 seconds remaining. Paixao absorbs an inside leg kick and another, and he then waits to counter. Fabiano blasts him with knees from distance and then shoots, but Paixao fends off the single-leg takedown attempt to close out the fight. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Fabiano. Wagnney Fabiano def. Fredson Paixao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

DOMINICK CRUZ VS. IVAN LOPEZ

Round 1 - Cruz lands an early leg kick before Lopez pops him with a wild punch to the side of the head. Cruz shoots and puts Lopez on his back and delivers some elbows from inside his opponent's guard. Lopez escapes and then batters Cruz with a left. Cruz scores another quick takedown. Cruz works for position, frees a leg and then takes sidemount. Lopez attempts to escape, but Cruz has him smothered. Cruz delivers a knee to the body but is pulled back into guard. He reclaims the sidemount position and drops some short elbows to the head. Lopez kicks his way free, gets back to his feet but is taken right back down to the mat. Cruz frees one leg, drags Lopez against the cage and delivers a quick stream of punches to the head. Cruz continues working from half guard and then postures up and rains down a combination. Lopez reverses the position, gets to his feet and fights off his opponent's takedown attempts as the round comes to a close. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Cruz.

Round 2 - Lots of dancing early before Cruz sneaks in with a right uppercut. Lopez follows with a leg kick and then connects on a solid kick to the chest and a looping left to the shoulder. Cruz pushes the pace and then powers through a quick double-leg takedown. Working from inside guard, Cruz delivers punches and elbows with Lopez pushed up against the cage. Cruz postures up and rains down three quick forearm strikes that find their mark. Cruz tries to pass guard, but Lopez pulls him in. Cruz, though, postures up and delivers another forearm strike and then wrestles Cruz back to the mat when he tries to get back to his feet. Cruz rises up and drops two lefts before passing guard into the sidemount position. The pace slows before Cruz works elbow strikes. Lopez gets to his knees before Cruz wrestles him back to the mat. Again from inside guard, Cruz delivers a steady stream of strikes. Lopez nearly kicks his way free, but the dominant Cruz smothers him. Lopez gets to his feet with 10 seconds remaining and lands two nice blows, but Cruz sends him back to the mat and rains down big forearm strikes before the round ends. It's all Cruz again. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Cruz.

Round 3 - The taller Cruz sidesteps his opponent's early-round strikes before eating a left. Lopez just misses with a wild overhand left, and the fighters then trade quick jabs. Cruz shoots, picks up Lopez and slams him to the mat - much to the delight of the crowd. Cruz quickly takes sidemount, again pushes Lopez against the cage and delivers knees to the body. Lopez frantically tries to escape, though he's in no immediate danger. Lopez finally gets back to his feet and connects on a few punches, but Cruz shoots and takes him down. As Lopez tries to get back to his feet, Cruz catches him with an illegal knee to the head. The referee calls a stop to the action. A replay shows that the blow landed flush as Lopez was on his knees, and he remains down on the mat as doctors tend to him. The bout has been officially stopped, and we'll go to the judges' scorecards to determine a winner. Dominick Cruz def. Ivan Lopez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

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BART PALASZEWSKI VS. ANTHONY NJOKUANI

Round 1 - Huge ovation for Palaszewski as things get started. After a touch of gloves, we're underway. The fighters trade jabs, but the distance is too great between them. Njokuani's long reach finally allows him to connect, but Palaszewski shoots for the double-leg takedown and finally drags him to the mat despite Njokuani grabbing the top of the cage. Njokuani gets back to his feet, but Palaszewski stays clinched and works knees to the body. Njokuani returns one of his own, and they break and return to the center of the cage. Njokuani connects on a nice combination and then keeps Palaszewski at bay with quick jabs. Njokuani keeps the jabs coming and easily avoids Palaszewski's advances. Njokuani uses his reach to continue the stream of jabs and then mixes in some low kicks. Palaszewski pushes forward but eats a big punch, stumbles and falls to the mat. Njokuani follows with a stream of blows from guard and then stands and continues raining down big blows. Palaszewski defends intitially and then forces a restart. Back standing, Palaszewski shoots and gets his takedown and works from inside Njokuani's guard. However, he can do little with the position during the final 20 seconds of the fight. MMAjunkie.com has it 10-9 for Njokuani.

Round 2 - Njokuani works the jabs again and has cut open Palaszewski's right ear. A big right instantly drops Palaszewski, and when Njokuani pounces for the finishing touches, the referee finally halts the bout. Anthony Njokuani def. Bart Palaszewski via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:27.

RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO VS. JAMEEL MASSOUH

Round 1 - Assuncao throws a high kick and connects again with a left, but it's counter by Moussah and knocks Assuncao to his butt. He quickly gets up and shows no ill effects from the knockdown. Assuncao then delivers a right and drops Moussah with a knockdown of his own. Assuncao swarms in, but Massouh's alert and quickly defends. Assuncao stands over his opponent, but Moussah grabs a leg and torques for the heel hook. Assuncao escapes, Massouh gets back to his feet, and the fighters clinch against the cage. Assuncao gets his underhooks and takes Massouh back to the mat. Working from inside guard, Assuncao delivers a couple big rights and then postures up and drops another. Assuncao does it again, but Massouh defends. Massouh gets to his knees, and Assuncao goes to the north-south position. In a scramble for position, Massouh gets back to his feet, and we start again. Assuncao counters a low kick with an overhand right. The fighters trade a few wild blows, but Assuncao continues punching right throw his reach disadvantage. Massouh catches him with a knee, but he stumbles when Assuncao hits him with a well-placed shot. Assuncao grabs a front choke as the round comes to a close. MMAjunkie.com scores an entertaining first round for Assuncao, 10-9.

Round 2 - Assuncao strikes first with a right, but Massouh counters and knocks out his opponent's mouthpiece. Assuncao connects on the tailend of a combination and then swings wildly when he clinches. Assuncao lands a vicious left-right combo, but Massouh presses on. After a clinch, Massouh dips for the takedown but eats a knee to the face. Massouh finally gets the takedown on a third attempt, but Assuncao takes a favorable position and works a front choke before moving into the north-south position. Assuncao thinks about taking his opponent's back but remains in his dominant position. Massouh gets back to his feet, and the fighters start again in the center of the cage. Assuncao  looks a bit winded and eats a jab before connecting on a low kick and overhand right. Massouh connects on a body kick that echoes through the arena, but Assuncao catches him with a right. When Massouh misses high with a head kick, Assuncao sends him to the mat, works from half guard and delivers a few punches before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.

Round 3 - Massouh checks an early head kick but can't stop a low kick that leaves him spinning. Assuncao then ducks under a right cross and clinches with his opponent. He breaks away and tags Massouh with a blow. Massouh, phased. Assuncao takes the fight to the mat and works from inside guard. Massouh ties him up to avoid damage, but Assuncao creates enough room to free a leg and deliver short punches from the side. Assuncao works patiently from guard while looking to improve his position. Massouh reverses the position, Assuncao escapes and again puts his opponent on his back. Massouh looks for the armbar but must defend from a looping overhand right. Assuncao then postures up, stands over his opponent, and defends Massouh's submission attempts from below. Assuncao then takes his opponent's back but can't secure thew rear-naked choke before the round ends. Massouh closes out the round with two big body kicks, but it's not enough to win this fight. MMAjunkie.com scores the final round  10-9 for Assuncao. Raphael Assuncao def. Jameel Massouh via unaninous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

BEN HENDERSON VS. SHANE ROLLER

Round 1 - Henderson tests his jab and then strikes with a lunging left. A front kick backs away Roller, but he quickly drops Henderson with a combination that lands flush. Henderson drops to the mat but sinks in a guillotine. Roller gets back to his feet, but Henderson secures the trip takedown, and when Roller tries to get back to his feet, Henderson batters him with a quick flurry of blows. Roller drops to the mat. He then clings to Henderson, but when the punches continue, the referee jumps in to halt the bout - much to the dismay of Roller. Ben Henderson def. Shane Roller via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:41.

JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. JEFF CURRAN

Round 1 - Benavidez goes with a kick that misses and then trades jabs with his opponent. The fighters patiently throw jabs before Benavidez backs up Curran with a front kick. Curran lands a leg kick and eats a right and then absorbs a front kick as Benavidez charges in to clinch. Against the cage, the fighters jockey for position before Curran breaks away with a parting punch. Back to the center of the cage, Benavidez lands a combination as Curran tries to cover up. Benavidez again works the front kick. Benavidez lands an overhand right but is countered with a shot from Benavidez. The fighters clinch, and Curran fires two quick knees to the stomach. Still clinched, the fighters trade knees to the body and fight for a dominant position. Benavidez backs off Curran with a blow and then lands another. Curran counters before taking a kick to the knee. Curran then catches a front kick and shoves Benavidez away. Benavidez swings wildly and catches Curran, dropping him to the mat. Curran is alert and quickly pulls guard, but Benavidez postures up and rains down a few forearm strikes. Benavidez stands over his opponent and throws some leg kicks and then jumps back on Curran when he tries to get up. Benavidez patiently stands over his downed opponent again, eats an upkick, but partially connects on a big right as the round expires. MMAjunkie.com scores an entertaining round for Benavidez, 10-9.

Round 2 - Benavidez with an early body kick and spinning back kick. He then wobbles Curran with a strong leg kick. The fighters continue trading punches before Curran knocks him off balance. Benavidez resets, and the fighters trade punches during a subsequent exhanges. Benavidez takes his opponent to the mat and frees a leg to work from Curran's half guard. Benavidez stands over him and is tagged with an upkick. He wisely dives back into guard, postures up and then drops another right. Fearless, Benavidez tries again, but Curran gets back to his feet and just misses on a wild shot. Benavidez lands a stinging leg kick before sidestepping Curran's looping right. The fight hits the mat again, and Benavidez escapes an armbar and triangle choke. Benavidez moves into sidemount and drops elbows to unprotected Curran. Curran gets to the sitting position, but Benavidez pushes his back to the mat. Curran fights his way back to his feet, but Benavidez locks on a guillotine choke and sends Curran to his back once again. Benavidez stands over his opponent and delivers a few soft leg kicks, dodges some upkicks and pounces on Curran with shots to the head and stomach. As Curran tries to get to his feet, Benavidez swarms in with big punches. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Benavidez.

Round 3 - A touch of gloves gets the final frame underway, and the fighters trade kicks with little landing. Curran knocks Benavidez off balance with a body kick and then eats a body kick. Benavidez throws one of his own, but Curran checks it and makes him pay with a punch. Benavidez pushes forward with front kicks. Curran lands a nice right, but Benavidez sends him airborne with a trip takedown. The cage-rattler gives Benavidez a dominant position, and he delivers punches and elbows before swarming in and tagging Curran again as he gets to his feet. Curran gets back to his feet and whiffs with a spinning backfist. Benavidez shoots in with an overhand right and then whifffs with a head kick. Curran shoots and gets the double-leg takedown, but only two minutes remain. Benavidez uses his back against the cage to get back to his feet and then takes the top position when the fight goes back to the mat. Benavidez postures up to rain down punches to the head and stomach before Curran ties him up. Curran desperately seeks a submission, but Benavidez gives him no options until he traps Benavidez in a triangle choke for a brief second. Benavidez escapes and trades punches before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Benavidez in what should be a unanimous-decision win. Joseph Benavidez def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

CHAMP MIGUEL TORRES VS. TAKEYA MIZUGAKI (for bantamweight title)

Round 1 - Mizugaki pushes forward but can't connect, but once he closes the distance, both fighters tee off before seperating. Back to the center of the cage, where both fighters swing and miss. Mizugaki throws an overhand right and misses but catches the champ with a knee to the head when he ducks. Torres complains of a knee to the groin, but the fight continues. Mizugaki lands a nice right and a subsequent left and then clinches and briefly takes Torres to the mat. Back standing, Torres lands a stiff left jab, but the next one is countered with a stiff shot from Mizugaki. Torres goes high with a kick that connects, but Mizugaki shakes it off. Mizugaki backs up Torres with a lunging right and then lands a nice combo with a shot to the stomach and one to the head. The fighters briefly clinch, and Torres works his jab. Mizugaki counters a leg kick with a stiff right. Torres goes back to the jab but takes a bunch to the body while covering up. Torres partially connects on a high body kic, but Mizugaki backs him up with continued accurate strikes. Mizugaki checks a kick and sends Torres to the mat, but both fighters scramble back to the center of the cage. MMAjunkie.com scores a stategic first round 10-9 for Mizugaki.

Round 2 - Mizugaki misses wildly with an early combination but connects on a nice shot to the body. Mizugaki forces Torres to retreat and knocks him off balance and on his butt. Torres charges in and then whiffs on a spinning back kick. Mizugaki makes him pay with a punch. Back to the center of the cage, and Torres lands a nice combination before clinching with Mizugaki and tagging him with a left from close range. Mizugaki, though, backs up the champ with his own strikes. The fighters reset, and Torres gets through a jab. The fighters trade blows, but Mizugaki gets the better of it with a stiff left to the nose. Mizugaki checks a body kick but eats a couple combos from Torres he may have found his range. A left gets through Mizugaki's defense, and Torres clinches with him against the cage and delivers a knee to the body. Mizugaki returns fire while still in the clinch. Mizugaki lands an uppercut as Torres throws a body kick. The bout is stopped briefly for Mizugaki to get his mouthpiece. The fighters again trade blows, and Torres delivers knees from the clinch. While the crowd cheers, Mizugaki blocks most of the shots. MMAjunkie.com scores a very close round for Torres 10-9.

Round 3 - Both fighters are slow to engage before Mizugaki lands a right hook 20 seconds into the round. Torres connects on a short leg kick, but his body kicks are checked. Torres lands a leg kick, but Mizugaki backs him up with a lugning left. The fighters trade again, and Mizugaki gets the better of it with shots to the head and body before Torres can escape and create some distance. The pace slows as the fighters take the center of the cage, but Mizugaki lands a solid left to the body. Torres counters and snaps his opponent's head back with a counter punch. The referee calls a timeout and has the doctor check a cut above Torres right eye. It's not in a good spot, but the fight continues. The fighters again trade wildly with little landing before Torres backs up his opponent using lunging punches with his reach advantage. Mizugaki clinches agains the cage and tees off with a nice combo and a knee to the face that connects clean. The cut is really bleeding now, and Torres has to wipe the blood from his eye. The pace slows in the final 30 seconds, and neither fighter lands much of anything. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.

Round 4 - Despite the cut, Torres is cleared for round four, and we're underway. Mizugaki lands a lunging left as Torres tries to retreat, and Torres is briefly stunned. He shakes it off and presses forward. He grabs a single le and looks for the takedown, but Mizugaki collapses on top of him before allowing Torres back to his feet. Mizugaki lands a solid right cross to back up his opponent. Torres shoots again for a double-leg takedown, Mizugaki stuffs it, but Torres does some damage with knees to the body as his opponent is pressed against the cage. Some elbows to the face also connect for Torres. Torres lands a combination and may have staggered Mizugaki, but he shakes it off. Torres lands a series of knees to the body, but Mizugaki counters with one to his opponent's face. Torres lands a right forearm to the kisser as Mizugaki remains pinned against the cage. Torres trips to the mat, and the fighters restart in the center of the cage. Torres connects on a left jab and then wobbles Mizugaki with a right. Mizugaki shakes it off but is slow to engage. However, he backs Torres up with a lunging left. Torres closes the distance, but neither fighter does anything in the final 10 seconds of the round. It's another close one, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Torres.

Round 5 - The final and possibly deciding round is underway, and the crowd takes to its feet. A bloodied Torres is forced to retreat when Mizugaki presses forward. Torres clinches and tries to pull guard before he opts to stand and trade. Torres lands a nice combo as Mizugaki has his back to the cage and continues the punishment with elbows and shoulder strikes. Mizugaki gets the better of the next exchange and then checks a head kick and shoves his opponent to the mat. Torres gets back to his feet, and we start again. A stalemate ensues against the cage, and the crowd grows a bit restless. Mizugaki connects first and again shoves Torres to the mat. He allows Torres to get back up and then takes a right punch to the gut. Torres then swarms in and clinches with Mizugaki against the cage. The fighters trade short punches but nothing that will win the round. Torres back up and connects on a few, and back to the center of the cage we go with a minute remaining. Both fighters are tentative, and neither lands much of anything until the fighters trade wildly against the cage with 15 seconds remaining. Another great round in a great fight. Avoiding copping out and calling it a 10-10 round, MMAjunkie.com gives the slight edge to Torres, 10-9. But the fight could go either way. Miguel Torres def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).
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