Round 1: Palaszewski misses with a right hand. Hioki lands a kick to the body and a stiff jab that knocks Palaszewski down. Palaszewski quickly gets back to his feet. They exchange leg kicks. Hioki lands a stiff jab. He ducks under a punch and works for a single leg takedown. He puts Palaszewski on his back. Palaszewski applies a guillotine but Hioki gets free. Hioki advances to side control and begins to land elbows. Hioki lands a series of short left hands to the side of Palaszewski’s head. Hioki is doing damage from side control. Palaszewski gives up his back. Hioki applies an arm bar. Palaszewski powers out of it. Hioki landing elbows inside Palaszewski’s guard. Hioki lands big left hands and hammer fists. Hioki stands over him and lands punches. The bell sounds ending the round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Hioki.
Round 2: Palaszewski trying to establish his jab. Hioki lands a front kick to the body. The crowd begins to chant, “Hioki, Hioki.” Palaszewski lands a solid right hand. Hioki is the one moving forward but Palaszewski is landing with punches. Hioki lands a high kick but Palaszewski shakes it off. Hioki using his jab well. Palaszewski mixing in leg kicks. Hioki misses with a right high kick. They exchange leg outside leg kicks. Palaszewski works leg kicks to Hioki’s lead leg. He moves in with a double jab followed by a leg kick combination. Hioki lands a kick to Palaszewski’s groin. Palaszewski says he’s fine and delivers a kick below the belt of his own. Hioki says he’s okay to continue. Hioki secures a late takedown and takes Palaszewski’s back at the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Palaszewski.
Round 3: Palaszewski comes out aggressive. Hioki ties him up and presses him against the cage. Hioki lands a trip takedown. Hioki lands short punches and advances to side control. Palaszewski gets back to half guard. Hioki lands left hands to the body. Hioki traps Palaszewski’s right arm. He lands short elbows and punches. Palaszewski spins and gives up his back. Hioki gets both hooks in and works for a rear naked choke. There’s just under two minutes left in the round. Palaszewski defends. Hioki applies a body triangle. Hioki goes for a neck crank. Palaszewski defends and survives the final seconds. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Hioki.
The judges scores the fight unanimously for Hatsu Hioki. The scorecards read: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.