Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Round One: Mendes having a lot of success with his right hand early. Omigawa started a nice counter left and then he stuffed a takedown from Mendes. Mendes started using more leg kicks and kept scoring with the right hand. Mendes landed a beautiful left hook followed by another right bu Omigawa showing a very solid chin. Omigawa stuffed the first three takedowns of Mendes but Mendes finally scored with a takedown with just under two minutes left in the round. Omigawa went for a straight armbar but Mendes was able to get out. Omigawa much busier off his back with short elbows. Mendes ended up just backing out and up and letting Omigawa stand. Round ended with nothing happening. Good round for both guys but Mendes landed his right hand and leg kicks plus scored a takedown, even though Omigawa did more work on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mendes.
Round Two: Mendes buckled Omigawa with a right hand early, took him down, and then landed a big flurry of punches but Omigawa managed to survive and get guard. Mendes stood over him and landed some good shots but Omigawa got up after threatening with a leg lock. Things slowed down on the feet with Omigawa’s nose bloody but Mendes kept looking for the right hand. Omigawa showed some very impressive takedown defense but Mendes pressed him up against the cage and controlled him in the clinch for a short period. Mendes went back to the inside leg kicks. Omigawa landed a nice flurry and then stuffed another takedown. Mendes started mixing things up with a flying knee and a head kick but neither connected clean. After eating a right hand, Mendes landed a big takedown with 20 seconds remaining and then landed a big elbow as the round ended that cut Omigawa above the eye. Good round for Mendes, rocking Omigawa early and getting the big takedown late. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mendes.
Round Three: Mendes again landed his right hand early but Omigawa hung in there and fired back. Omigawa really picked up his aggression in this round, stuffed some takedown, and landed some short flurries on the feet. Omigawa went for a guillotine but Mendes got out and ended up on top after a scramble. Mendes stayed active with punches but didn’t do anything fight stopping threatening and Omigawa did a nice job controlling the posture of Mendes and limiting the damage. Omigawa finally managed to get up with just under two minutes remaining. Omigawa kept pressing forward and landed some good punches but Mendes got a takedown with a minute remaining. Mendes landed a nice flurry at the end of the round. Good round for Mendes on the ground and he should take a unanimous decision. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mendes and the fight 30-27 for Mendes.
Result: Chad Mendes def. Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision
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