Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Round 1: Shields throwing a jab out there. He lands an outside leg kick. Shields looks for a takedown but Akiyama fends it off. Shields works for a single leg takedown. Akiyama defends it and turns Shields to the cage. Akiyama separates. Shields moves in looking for a takedown. Akiyama defends it but Shields lands a kick to the body. Akiyama lands a big uppercut. Shields dives for a takedown. He presses Akiyama against the fence. Shields slips around to his back. Akiyama gets free. After a moment to put Akiyama’s mouthpiece back in, we’re back to action. Akiyama steps in and throws Shields to the ground. Shields gets back up quickly. Shields lands a right hand. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Akiyama.
Round 2: Shields quickly looks to get the fight to the ground. Akiyama defends it. Akiyama lands a right hand. Akiyama lands a spinning back fist. Shields looks to get the fight to the ground again. Akiyama’s takedown defense is too much. Shields drives forward with a deep double leg takedown shot. Akiyama sprawls and gets to his feet. Akiyama goes for a takedown but Shields has none of it. Shields with an uppercut. Shields is the more active of the two fighters. Outside leg kicks lands hard for Akiyama. Akiyama lands a throw. Shields gets to his feet. Akiyama drives forward to a double leg takedown. He presses Shields agaisnt the cage. Shields works his way around to Akiyama’s back. Akiyama spins his way out. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields. Close round.
Round 3: Shields’ corner tells him he needs to win the final round between rounds. Shields uses his jab. Akiyama lands a left hand. Shields is landing more strikes but they don’t seem to be that effective. Akiyama lands an uppercut inside the clinch. Shields works to get the fight to the canvas. Akiyama turns him and presses him against the fence. Akiyama lands punches to the body and Shields lands knees to the body. They separate. Shields with two outside leg kicks. Shields goes for another takedown but Akiyama defends. Shields is controling the pace of the fight. The referee separates them from along the cage. A minute remains. Shields gets a takedown and takes Akiyama’s back. Akiyama grabs the fence twice. Shields has his back. Akiyama rolls. Shields works for the rear naked choke. Akiyama survives the final submission attempts. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
The judges score the fight unanimously for Jake Shields. All three scorecards read 30-27.