Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean in the cage for this key featherweight matchup. Palaszewski jabs early, but Hioki answers with a straight that drops him. Palaszewski pops right back up, and chants break out for Hioki. Leg kicks traded from both. Jabs exchanged, as well. Hioki slips a punch and grabs a leg. Palaszewski defends well and settles against the cage. Second effort from Hioki gets fight to floor. Palaszewski grabs a guillotine, but Hioki slips out and settles on top. Hioki controls the neck and advances to side control. He tries to secure a crucifix but settles for just punching away with short left hands to the head. Halfway mark. Hioki controlling well from top. Palaszewski rolls to a knee, and Hiokislips off for an armbar. Palaszewski rolls and stays safe, but Hioki sweeps again and takes top position. Tense moments for Palaszewski, and the crowd again erupts in chants of Hioki's name. Palaszewski in guard as we enter the final minute. Hioki postures and punches. Hioki stands and punches, and the round ends. Good start for Hioki, who takes it on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 - Hioki takes the center and again looks comfortable striking. Hioki slips an attack and punches Palaszewski to the cup, but it's not a strong blow, and we carry on. Hioki moving forward, and he just misses a high kick over the top. Jabs traded from both. Hioki punching and using his length. Palaszewski mixing in low kicks, as well. Halfway in. Close round this far. Palaszewski lands a right hand, and Hioki tells him to bring more of it. Hioki starts to kick a bit. Palaszewski finding success with the low kicks. Palaszewski much better on the feet this far. Hioki front kick hits a little low, and Palaszewski reacts, but it's only a brief stoppage. Palaszewski now lands low, and Hioki pauses momentarily. Less than a minute. Palaszewski's low kicks starting to spin Hioki a bit. Two-punch combo from Palaszewski. Hioki ducks in and gets a takedown, moving quickly to the back. No time, and the round ends. Palaszewski takes it on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 - Palaszewski starts quick with punches. Hioki slips one and ducks for a clinch. Slick trip follows, and Hioki takes top position in a beautiful transition. Palaszewski holding the body tight. Hioki breaks the grip and scores a few punches before transitioning to side control.P alaszewski scrambles back to half-guard. Hioki working hard to get back to side control, and he does. Elbows from the top as he again looks or the crucifix. Halfway in, and Hioki controlling Palaszewski. His corner calls fro him to get up, and Palaszewski scrambles to his knees. Hioki happily takes the back, sinking in his hooks. Kneeling Palaszewski defending the choke, but he's in trouble and running out of time. Hioki throws a few short elbows and looks again for the choke. Palaszewski continues with solid defense, but it's not the final minute. Hioki peels the left arm away and drops to his back. Hioki gets the left arm on the chin, but he's not going to get the finish. Palaszewski defends until the bell, and MMAjunkie.com gives the final round to Hioki, 10-9, earning him the fight 29-28. Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)