Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
Round 1: They touch gloves. Hirota lands a left hand. Hirota steps in with a left hand and Damm counters with a hard right hand followed by an outside leg kick. Hirota steps in with a jab. Hirota backs Damm up with punches. Damm ties him up but Hirota pushes him away. Damm lands a left hand that knocks Hirota down. Hirota gets right back to his feet and Damm works to take him down. He does but only briefly. Damm works for another takedown but Hirota gets free. He lands a left hand. Hirota goes to the body. Damm steps in with a right hand. Hirota has his hands low. Damm delivers two outside leg kicks. Damm lands a right hand. Hirota answers with a leg kick. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Damm.
Round 2: Damm takes the center of the cage. He lands an inside leg kick. Hirota moves forward. They exchange left hands. Damm is looking to counter strike. Hirota delivers a hard outside leg kick. Damm lands a combination. Hirota goes to the body and misses to the head. Damm is timing Hirota coming in and landing left hands. Hirota moves in with a combination. Damm switches stances. Hirota gets inside and lands a right hand. Hirota starting to find his range. Damm works for a takedown but Hirota shakes it off. They exchange stiff jabs. It was a close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Damm.
Round 3: Damm lands a kick to the body. They exchange jabs. Hirota goes to the body. Damm changes levels and works for a takedown but Hirota sprawls. Damm lands to the body. Damm steps in with a right hand. Hirota lands a combination. He backs Damm up. Damm starts to mix in kicks. Hirota closes the distance but Damm pushes him away. Damm lands a hard inside leg kick. Hirota working the body of Damm with punches. Hirota is landing his jab. As he moves forward, Damm changes levels and secures a takedown. Hirota gets back up and Damm slams him to the canvas. Hirota quickly gets back to his feet and separates. Hirota presses forward. Damm lands a counter left hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Damm.
The judges score the fight for Damm by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.