Round 1: Otsuka rushes across the cage but stops short of Miyata. Snazzy purple version of Otsuka's usual green skirt-shorts. They clinch and Otsuka lands some sharp knees to the breadbasket. Leaping knee from Miyata and he drags Otsuka down, but they're soon back up. Otsuka sprawls under a Miyata takedown attempt but jumps back up. Otsuka slips on the mat again as he presses forward on Miyata, who's got the fence to his back. Nice diet of punches, front kicks and knees coming from Otsuka. Miyata lands another jumping knee with 40 seconds left, but Otsuka nearly takes his back in the ensuring scramble.
Round 2: Miyata trying to find his range, landing some glancing jabs and hooks but out working Otsuka in the first two minutes. Otsuka looks to be bloodied around the nose, but is doing a terrific job of defending Miyata's takedowns. Miyata bombing with the left hook, Otsuka returning fire with body kicks as his corner yells for him not to move backwards. A seemingly tiring Otsuka shoots in and presses Miyata to the cage. Miyata looks for a kimura as Otsuka kneels in front of him, but Otsuka escapes.
Round 3: Otsuka comes alive with more knees and roundhouses, catches Miyata with a hard right hook, which prompts Miyata to tie up and drag Otsuka down. They clinch in center-cage and it's Otsuka landing knees up the middle. Miyata gives him one back as they disengage. Otsuka's nose pouring blood now. Overhand right connects for Otsuka. Miyata with a teep kick of his own and Otsuka takes double underhook and leans on the fence. Miyata walks him back to the middle of the cage and tosses Ostuka down. Miyata has Otsuka's back standing, tries for a suplex but Otsuka no-sells. Miyata working hard from half guard for the last two minutes, could very well be stealing this fight. Miyata was trying to cinch up an arm-triangle for the final minute.
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Kazuyuki Miyata (9-7) def. Takafumi Otsuka (10-5-1) via split decision
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