Strikeforce Round-by-Round Review: Pat Healy vs. Mizuto Hirota

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It's time for the prelim main event, as Pat Healy (29-17) takes on Mizuto Hirota (14-4-1) in a match that could lift Healy to the No. 1 contender spot in the lightweight division. The third man inside the cage will be Dave Hagen.

Round 1: Hirota comes right out and lands stiff jabs to Healy. Big left by Hirota misses and he goes to clinch, pushing Healy up against the cage. Hirota gets a trip takedown, landing on top of Healy and looking to move to mount. Healy doing a good job of avoiding any damage as he seems surprised by the takedown. The ref stands them up and Healy goes to the attack. Hirota with a right that lands on the chin of Healy. Hirota almost gets another trip but Healy avoids it this time. Hirota with a nice combo that lands. Healy shoots in, Hirota fights it off, Healy grabs the ankle but Hirota gets away again. Hirota throws a left and looks to land a big right hook but misses.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hirota

Round 2: Healy throwing elbows now to start the action. Hirota pushes him against the cage, getting Healy to the ground once again. Healy avoids damage and gets to his feet. Healy landing knees to the body of Hirota against the fence, but it's Hirota who lands an elbow. Healy gets a double-leg takedown with two minutes to go in the round. Healy landing elbows to the face of Hirota, remaining on top and in control. Healy latching on to the ankles, and has caused a small cut and swelling over the right eye of Hirota. To the stand-up game, which Hirota is winning by landing quick jabs. Healy shoots in and powers Hirota to the ground, connecting with quick elbows as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Round 3: The two exchange to start, with Hirota getting the advantage by pushing Healy up against the cage. Healy landing some knees in the clinch, but Hirota doing a nice job of avoiding the brunt of the damage. The ref splits them up and returns the fighters to the center. Healy eats a big left, but fires back with a right. They seem willing to stand and trade now, but Healy powers Hirota back to the fence, drops for a takedown, but Hirota fights it off. Healy with short knees and elbows, taking advantage of the dirty boxing position he's in. Over a minute to go, Hirota nails some strikes, but Healy gets a takedown and looks to move into mount. Healy in position to do damage, but Hirota is avoiding it for the most part. Healy takes Hirota's back, but the clock expires.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Pat Healy def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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