||05-25-2012 10:05 PM
Luis Nogueira (14-2) def. Hiroshi Nakamura (15-6-4) by 3rd round TKO - 1:58
Bantamweight Tourney Semifinal
R1: Both men were patient early, looking for any opening without making a big mistake. Nogueira landed a few power rights, but Nakamura got out of the danger zone quickly. Nakamura went for a takedown halfway through the round but was stopped easily. He went for another but Nogueira quickly went for a leg lock which Nakamura got out of. Nakamura eventually got his takedown but didn't do much with it. This was a dead even round, which this writer scored 10-10.
R2: After more dancing, both guys finally started to take some risks and swing a bit. Nakamura went for another takedown but was blocked. Nogueira hits a big slam halfway through the round, but Nakamura was back up quick. Nakamura has cut above his right eye. Nogueira is starting to hit more shots, but Nakamura is landing some counter shots. Nakamura has another cut on his right eye as well. Nakamura looks intimidated to initiate any offense. 10-9 Nogueira.
R3: Both men trading punches early, but Nakamura's have no steam on them. Nogueira's shots eventually caught up as a straight right knocked Nakamura down and some follow-up punches finished him off. He now moves onto the 135-pound finals against Marcos Galvao and in good shape, taking little to no punishment tonight.
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