||12-31-2010 10:40 AM
Miyata by decision:
Kazuyuki Miyata got his suplex, but more importantly, he got an impressive win over longtime veteran Caol Uno.
In desperate need of his first win since May 2008, Uno looked sharp in the opening frame. Using a combination of straight punches and crisp low kicks, Uno kept Miyata at bay in the first five minutes, but things took a drastic turn in the second.
Miyata worked twice to the back of Uno after failed takedown attempts. The second instance resulted in the suplex the former Olympic freestyle wrestler had promised at the pre-event press conference, and he'd go back to the move again on two more occasions. But in addition to the tosses, Miyata bloodied Uno's face in the second round, as well as buckling his legs with his own sharp low kicks.
In the third and final round, Uno showed his resiliency by fighting through the adversity. A desperation armbar attempt in the opening seconds missed, and an Uno haymaker did stagger Miyata briefly in the final minute, but there was not doubt as to the winner when the bell rang.
After a rocky start to his career, Miyata (11-7) has now won six straight fights. Uno (25-14-5) remains winless in his past five outings.
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