UFC 126 Play-by-Play: Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa

January 30, 2011
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Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Chad Mendes Michihiro Omigawa

Round 1: Mendes comes out punching, looking to set up his takedowns. He’s got Omigawa keeping his distance early. Mendes shoots from too far away and Omigawa defends. They separate, but Mendes comes back with a couple solid punches that sting Omigawa. Mendes lands a leg kick and tries another shot off of it, but still can’t get the takedown. Omigawa lands a couple punches, but Mendes fires back with a couple hard straight rights that Omigawa has to shake off. Omigawa comes in punching and Mendes gets the timing right, scoring the takedown, landing in full guard. Omigawa goes for a reverse armbar from the bottom, but can’t finish the submission before Mendes escapes and stands up. Omigawa follows him to the feet. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Mendes

Round 2: Mendes drops Omigawa with a left-right punch combo and immediately follows him down, dropping punches and forearms down trying to finish. Omigawa manages to tie Mendes up to stop the onslaught. Mendes backs off and starts firing away again, but Omigawa attacks his leg, Mendes escapes, and they both return to their feet. Mendes lands a couple right hands and Omigawa’s face is now bloody, his nose appears to be busted up. Mendes lands a couple more overhand rights, but Omigawa fights through it and fends off another takedown attempt, blood flowing down his face. Mendes lands a couple hard low kicks, but Omigawa comes back firing punches to the body and sprawling on Mendes’ takedown attempt. Mendes lands a jumping knee and a head kick. He then lands a takedown just before the end of the round. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Mendes.
Chad Mendes Michihiro Omigawa

Round 3: They both come out swinging, Omigawa pressing like he knows he’s on the losing end if this fight goes the distance. He sprawls on another Mendes takedown attempt, nearing securing a choke, but Mendes escapes and lands in half guard. Omigawa is trying to find any offense he can punching from his back, while Mendes maintains control of the position from full guard now. They scramble back to their feet and trade a few shots, but Mendes quickly puts Omigawa on his back again, working from full guard. Mendes stands and lands a couple hard punches to a downed Omigawa just before the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Mendes.

Chad Mendes def. Michihiro Omigawa by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

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