UFC 155 Round-by-Round Review: Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami


We remain in the middleweight division, as Alan Belcher (18-6) seeks a fifth consecutive victory vs. former contender Yushin Okami (27-7). This is the second meeting between these two, as Okami won the first. The referee will be Chris Tognoni.

Round 1: Huge head kick attempt to start by Belcher, as there is no feeling out process. Belcher with another head kick attempt. A third head kick attempt and Okami pushes Belcher down to the mat for a brief time. Okami controlling Belcher, using his size to his advantage against the cage. Body shot by Okami and Belcher seems uninterested in what is happening. Trip attempt, Belcher gets a guillotine in, but full guard. Belcher controlling the posture of Okami on the ground. Side control and Okami is using his size to squash Belcher on the canvas.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 2: Okami holding Belcher up against the fence to start the round, winding up on top as they go to the mat. Belcher looking for a guillotine, but is unable to get it and Okami is back on top, smothering him to the canvas. Belcher is in the one position he cannot win the fight in - on his back with Okami grappling him to death. In side control, the ref enlightens the fans by standing them up. Belcher with a huge right buckles Okami, and follows with a head-kick. I am sure Chael Sonnen is watching and is not-too-happy about the stand up by the ref. Okami pushes Belcher up against the cage, working for another takedown attempt. Okami moves to the back and drags Belcher down. The ref stands them back up with 20 seconds to go, but Belcher is unable to do anything.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 3: Superman punch by Belcher misses as Okami ducks. Belcher drops Okami with a big right, but Okami gets back to his feet. Belcher loading up the right again, and misses, but is able to avoid getting taken down by "Thunder." Okami grabs hold of Belcher and takes him down, but Belcher lands on top and is in full-mount. Belcher moves to the back, but Okami controls the wrist. Okami stands up, carrying Belcher, but Belcher has a standing guillotine in, drops to the ground and is unable to hold the choke. Now, Okami is in the guard with two-plus minutes to work. Okami into full-mount and working for some minor ground-and-pound. A minute to go and Okami is in control of this one, smothering Belcher.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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