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Strikeforce: Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki Round-by-Round Recap

Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki

Round 1: Lot of feeling out early, with both fighters looking to find their range. Daley loading up the right, but decides to hold off for now. Daley with a few leg kicks here and there, but not much in terms of strong strikes to do any damage by either fighter. Misaki very hesitant to throw anything at all through the opening two minutes.

Misaki catches Daley's kick and takes him to the ground quickly, working to control Daley now. Daley fighting hard to get up, and does, eating a couple of punches on the way up. Misaki connects with a left, follows up with a big body punch. Knees and strikes to the body by Misaki, while Daley just misses a big left. Misaki with a jab and pushes Daley back. Daley up against the cage, eating more punches by Misaki. Daley seems unsure of what to do in terms of striking. Daley shoots in and gets him down, while Misaki goes for a choke to no avail. Daley lands a few big strikes to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Misaki

Round 2: Daley fights off takedown attempt by Misaki with his judo skills and the two continue to work to find the right range. Daley looking a little better with his strikes so far in this round. Misaki goes for a wild right that misses, but continues to use his jab to control where Daley goes inside the cage.

Daley gets the takedown, while Misaki works to gain a submission. Misaki holding the hands, keeping Daley from doing anything from the mount. Misaki works to get away, resulting in Daley gaining his back. Misaki takes control, gaining top position and moving into total control of fight. The ref orders them up with Misaki still working for something. Daley misses with some wild punches at the end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Daley

Round 3: Daley, again, goes for the takedown and gets it, but Misaki doesn't seem to mind working from his back and trying for submissions against "Semtex." Misaki busted open, badly, due to a strike by Daley. The ref calls for time and brings in a doctor to look as Misaki has blood all over his upper body due to the cut above his eye that looks to be about six inches long and two inches wide.

The doctor allows him to go and the fight continues with blood pouring down the face of Misaki. Daley attempts a takedown but fails and eats some knees by Misaki. Flying knee by Misaki but not much behind it. Misaki connects with a combo that rocks Daley a bit. Body kick has Daley grimace in pain, but Misaki unable to follow up. Daley with a takedown but can't keep Misaki down with less than 50 seconds left in the round. Misaki going for lefts and rights, but doesn't do much damage. Daley with a left and Misaki with a spinning kick to end the fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Misaki

Kazuo Misaki defeated Paul Daley via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

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