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UFC 144 Results: Hatsu Hioki Beats Bart Palaszewski

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Hatsu Hioki went back home to Japan and turned in a great performance on Saturday night at UFC 144, beating Bart Palaszewski in a one-sided unanimous decision.

The judges scored it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 for Hioki, and it easily could have been more one-sided than that. The victory improved Hioki to 2-0 in the UFC, and after that impressive performance, he may be next in line for featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

"I think I really showed what I trained for," Hioki said.

Hioki dropped Palaszewski with a hard jab just a few seconds into the first round and took control in the stand-up, although when Hioki went for a takedown Palaszewski briefly attempted a guillotine. However, Hioki had little trouble pulling free and then getting on top of Palaszewski in side control. Hioki went to town with ground and pound, and when Palaszewski finally bucked him off, Hioki then nearly finished the fight with an arm bar. Palaszewski survived the first round, but it was a dominant round for Hioki -- I scored it 10-8.

The second round was much better for Palaszewski, who started landing leg kicks and punching more effectively. It was a close and mostly even round, and a round in which Palaszewski had to feel much better about his chances.

At the start of the third Hioki clinched and threw Palaszewski to the ground, getting on top of him and then transitioning into side control. When Palaszewski bucked Hioki off, Hioki took his back and remained there for the rest of the round. It was an easy win for Hioki.