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Machida goes for a snap kick and Mousasi times a perfect takedown. Machida squirms away but eats a knee on his way back to his feet.
Back to striking range, Mousasi throws a solid leg kick. Machida dashes in on a jab and narrowly evades a haymaker from Mousasi.
Mousasi doesn't seem to have an answer for Machida at this point, and continues to come a hair short on every attempt at offense. Mousasi goes in hard for a punch and Machida lands a beautiful trip. He dives atop Mousasi into half-guard. Mousasi gets him back to guard and lands a great sweep.
Mousasi hints at a kimura but lets go and is in Machida's guard. Machida begins working for an omoplata but Mousasi slips away and eats an elbow.
Mousasi begins taking what Machida is leaving for him; pitapat ground and pound. He throws light punches to the body.
Machida escapes and Mousasi ends up taking his back. He shakes him off like nothing and moves towards taking top position. Mousasi lands an upkick on a clearly downed Machida, who had his knee down a full second in advance.
The action is stopped but no point is deducted. The round closes and while this was a great round for Mousasi, that upkick still might cost him for judges. Still, I will omit it from the record since, well, that's what you're supposed to do.
10-9 Gegard Mousasi