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UFC 100 Live Blog: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan BelcherThis is the UFC 100 live blog for the first fight of the night's pay-per-view card, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher.

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The pay-per-view show has stared and the live blog begins below.

Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Belcher is heading to the Octagon. Belcher is in the Octagon. Akiyama is on his way to the Octagon. Akiyama is in the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. A couple of leg kicks from Belcher to start the fight. High kick from Akiyama just misses. A good high kick from Akiyama connects. Belcher is notably bigger than Akiyama but Akiyama is quicker. A low blow from Belcher hurts Akiyama, and we've got a pause in the action. Touch gloves again and we're back to action. Good connection from Akiyama. Good body kick from Akiyama. Belcher floors Akiyama! Belcher leveled Akiyama with a punch but Akiyama got back up. Nice kick-punch combination from Akiyama. Superman punch from Akiyama. Akiyama tried a judo throw against the cage but couldn't get him. Now Akiyama manages the takedown at the end of the round. Belcher tries an omoplata but the round ends with Akiyama on top, and I give the round to Akiyama, 10-9. Very close first round.

Round 2: Touch of gloves and exchange of kicks, and then Akiyama takes Belcher down. Belcher is able to turn it over and almost had a leg lock but Akiyama got out. Akiyama now has Belcher in side control. Nice punch from Akiyama on the ground. Akiyama is feeling very comfortable on the ground and Belcher is trying to sweep. They work their way back to the feet with two minutes to go in the round. Akiyam lands an uppercut and Belcher lands a leg kick. The jab is working well for Akiyama. These guys are both looking exhausted. The round ends and I give it to Akiyama, 10-9. Another very close round. I wouldn't argue at all with someone who has Belcher ahead.

Round 3: Belcher just keeps going in on those leg kicks. Akiyama is impressive with his punches. Akiyama's left eye is almost swollen shut. Belcher is aiming for Akiyama's eye now, as he sees a weakness. Nice spinning back kick from Akiyama. Belcher just missed with a high kick as Akiyama ducked it. Akiyama levels Belcher! Belcher was hurt momentarily but got back up. What a close, back-and-forth fight. Belcher misses with the spinning back fist, and then Akiyama gets the takedown. But Belcher gets back up. All three rounds have been close. I'll give the third to Belcher, 10-9.

Yoshihiro Akiyama beat Alan Belcher by split decision.

Up next: Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping live blog.

UFC 100 Photos

    ** RETRANSMIT FOR ALT CROP ** Georges St-Pierrre attempts to choke Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. St-Pierre won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE OK **

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    Georges St-Pierrre, left, lands a left to Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. St-Pierre won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE OK **

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    Georges St-Pierrre attempts to choke Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. St-Pierre won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE OK **

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    Brock Lesnar, right, gets in Frank Mir's face after their heavyweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE OK **

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    Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Frank Mir in their heavyweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009.(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE USAGE OK **

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    Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Frank Mir in their heavyweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE USAGE OK **

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    Georges St-Pierrre, left, takes down Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009. St-Pierre won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) ** LAS VEGAS SUN OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES ONLINE OK **

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11: (L-R) Jon Fitch jumps on the back of Paulo Thiago during their welterweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paulo Thiago;Jon Fitch

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11: Brock Lesnar holds down Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar defeated Mir by a second round knockout. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frank Mir;Brock Lesnar

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11: Brock Lesnar battles Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar defeated Mir by a second round knockout. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frank Mir;Brock Lesnar

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