Okami takes the center of the Octagon, Marquardt keeps circling, looking for an opening. Okami shoots, nearly getting caught in a guillotine. Marquardt goes to work from Okami’s butterfly guard, but Okami has his arms tied up. Marquardt passes to half guard and goes for a guillotine as Okami comes up, but Okami puts Marquardt on his back and starts working from half guard. Marquardt pulls Okami tight, keeping him from landing any solid punches. Marquardt goes for a heel hook, then pops up to his feet. Okami lands a straight left then drops for a takedown, but ends up clinched on the fence. Marquardt blocks another takedown attempt and lands a knee to the belly, but Okami rebounds for another takedown.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Marquardt
Okami and Marquardt trade takedown attempts, neither successfully, before clinching on the fence. Marquardt drives a knee to the midsection, then uses Okami’s momentum to plant the Japanese fighter on his back. Okami gets up, but eats a knee to the midsection. Good straight left from Okami before he starts pressing Marquardt to the fence again. Okami continues to work for a takedown, but is having a difficult time getting anywhere with it and finally separates. Good punch combination from Okami followed by a straight left. Okami jumps in, but eats a hard punch. Okami lands another straight right just before the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Marquardt
This has been a very close fight, it could swing either way at this point on the judges’ scorecards. Okami takes the center of the Octagon again, trying to find an opening. Okami lands a good jab, but Marquardt scores with a strong right hand. Okami is starting to up the frequency of his punches now, backing Marquardt into the fence at times. Okami’s jab is starting to come to life now. Marquardt appears to be waiting for the counter, but isn’t scoring much. Okami is staying busier with about two minutes left in the round. They clinch briefly before Marquardt scores the takedown and starts working from half guard. But Okami is quickly back to his feet. Solid left hand from Okami. 30 seconds left in the round. Okami presses, but eats a knee to the midsection. They separate, but nobody scores before the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Okami, but the fight 29-28 for Marquardt.
Yushin Okami def. Nate Marquardt by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3