Round 1 - Referee Thomas Fan in the cage. Tokudome whiffs on an early low kick. He's in the center as Marcello circle. Marcello moves forward and eats a knee to the body but scores a flush right. Another follows. No clue how Tokudome is standing, but he seems to shake it off and reset after a few crushing blows. Low kick from Marcello. Another sweeping right scores. Tokudome still walking forward. Leg kicks exchanged. Marcello slips on a kick, and Tokudome moves immediately to the top. Short left hands land from the top. Marcello wraps the neck and pulls his opponent tight. He rolls for an arm but settles on to his back. Fan calls for work. Marcello's nose bloodies. He rolls again fro an arm. It misses, and Tokudome continues to strike from the top. Marcello looking for options from his back. Nothing there, and Tokudome rides out the position. Tokudome spins and looks for a leg, but Tokudome again pulls it free and settles on top. Lot of time on top for Tokudome as the round comes to a close. Illegal upkick from Marcello at the bell isn't called. Good work from Tokudome to close, but MMAjunkie.com gives the round to Marcello, 10-9, on the early work.
Round 2 - Marcello rushes forward with punches to open, but Tokudome easily avoids them and counters with a slick takedown that sees him settle immediately into his opponent's guard. Crowd starts to cheer Marcello's name. He's looking for options underneath. Instead, it's Tokudome who rises up to punch. He scores with strikes and keeps top position as the clock continues to wind. Marcello opening his guard and turning to look for an arm or leg, but Tokudome is staying busy enough to keep the dominant position. Less than two minutes, and Fan brings them back to the feet. Tokudome the body and then avoids another Marcello flurry. Tokudome tries to score with a knee but instead allows Marcello to wrap the body and drive him to the floor. He pops quickly back to his feet. Marcello looks for a takedown, but Tokudome yanks his leg free and scampers away. Marcello misses on a high kicks. Punches traded in the closing seconds. Fun flurry, and MMAjunkie.com gives the second to Tokudome, 10-9.
Round 3 - Tokudome pumps his jab early but eats aright. He bounces right back and scores his own shot the chin, sending Marcello to the floor. Tokudome looks to pounce and finish and Marcello desperately scrambles underneath to regain his wits. Tokudome can't quite work through the defense, and he has to settle for taking the dominant position. Marcello with a closed guard underneath. He controls the wrists and opens the guard. Scramble for position, and they both roll back to the feet two minutes into the round. Front kick fro Marcello. Punches traded from both fighters, and they each score to the chin. Marcello looks tired, but he's trying to push. Tokudome looks content to hold the center and use his length to strike. He drives in with a knee, which allows Marcello to clinch up and move to the back. Tokudome breaks the hold and spins into the hold, where he scores another trip and takes top position. Final minute. Tokudome avoids a few attempts a this legs and returns fire with punches. Round ends with him on top, and MMAjunkie.com gives Tokudome the round, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28. UFC on FUEL TV 8 results: Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)