Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Round 1: They feel each other out early. They exchange leg kicks. Tokudome lands a knee. Marcello lands a right hand that staggers Tokudome. Tokudome answers with a right hand. Marcello lands a right hand, and another. They exchange leg kicks. Tokudome lands an outside leg kick. Marcello throws a high kick and slips. Tokudome jumps down in Marcello’s guard. He postures up and lands to the body. Tokudome stands and drops back into Marcello’s guard. Tokudome moves to half guard. He lands a hammer fist. Marcello looks to isolate a leg. Tokudome counters it. Marcello lands elbows from the bottom. Tokudome lands punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Marcello.
Round 2: They two fighters take the center of the cage. Marcello pushes forward with punches but Tokudome takes him down. He lands in side control. Marcello quickly gets back to full guard. Tokudome peppers Marcello to the body with short left hands. Tokudome postures up and lands a couple of left hands to the head of Marcello. Tokudome lands left hands. The referee stands them up. Tokudome goes to the body. Marcello charges across the cage and secures a takedown. Tokudome stands. Marcello works fro a single leg but Tokudome gets free. Marcello lands a right hand. Tokudome answers with a combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tokudome.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. Tokudome lands a knee to the body. Marcello lands a right hand. Tokudome lands a right hand that knocks Marcello down. Tokudome dives into Marcello’s guard and lands shots. He works in Marcello’s half guard. Marcello works back to full guard. Tokudome stands and Marcello scrambles to his feet. They exchange, both landing. Marcello lands a right hand. Tokudome moves forward. He jumps in with a knee and Marcello works to take Tokudome’s back. Tokudome turns and Marcello presses him against the cage. Tokudome secures a body lock takedown. Tokudome postures up and lands a left hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tokudome.
The judges score the fight for Tokudome by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.