Round 1: The two fighters touch gloves and UFC 149 is underway. Clarke moves in with punches and Kuivanen lands a counter right hand. Clarke drops down for a takedown and gets it. Kuivanen works his way back to his feet only to be taken down again. Kuivanen gets up and secures a takedown of his own. He lands a right hand and an elbow. Clarke briefly looked for an arm bar but it wasn’t there. Kuivanen lands a few hammer fists. Clarke isolates an arm and lock in an arm bar. Kuivanen rolls and gets free but Clarke takes his back. Kuivanen works his way back to guard. Clarke lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Clarke.
Round 2: They take the center of the Octagon and miss with puches. Clarke works his jab. Kuivanen lands a left hook. Clarke drops down for a single leg takedown and gets it. Clarke softens him up with short punches to the body. Kuivanen scrambles out and gains top position. Kuivanen works a neck crank but Clarke defends. Clarke works for a single leg and Kuivanen holds onto the arm and reverses him. Kuivanen works some light ground and pound from inside Clarke’s half guard. Clarke isolates a leg and lands an up kick. Kuivanen is willing to play this game. Kuivanen lands a right hand on the ground from the 50-50 position. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kuivanen.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. Kuivanen lands a knee to the body and Clarke works for a single leg takedown. Kuivanen is the one that gets the takedown, though. Kuivanen lands a couple of shots before going for a guillotine choke. Clarke defends but Kuivanen is in side control. Clarke gets back to half guard. Kuivanen lands a couple of left hands. Clarke works for a kimura. Kuivanen pulls his arm out and lands a left hand. Clarke gets a leg and uses it for a reversal. They both get back to their feet. Kuivanen lands a right hand and Clarke drops down for a single leg. Kuivanen gains top position and lands a solid right hand. Clarke works for a leg and eats punches. Clarke stands and Kuivanen lands a knee to the face followed by a shot to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kuivanen.
The judges score the fight for Kuivanen by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.