Round 1 - Hioki throws a head kick early and Room is trying to press forward and take him out of his comfort zone. Right hand by Roop lands hard. Leg kick by Roop now. Nice three punch combo by Roop. Accidental low blow by Roop leads to a break. They resume and Hioki lands a left hand. Roop lands one of his own. Hioki clinches Roop and pushes him into the cage. Roop turns him and foot stomps but it's switched right back. The clinch battle continues with Hioki continually looking for the takedown and Roop almost gives up his back standing. Nice takedown by Hioki finally and he is in side control. Scramble and Room gets guard and lands some big elbows off his back and Hioki responded a little bit like he didn't like the way that felt. Roop landing a few hard shots before the round ends. 10-9 Roop in my book.
Round 2 - Roop with a nice combination with his hands and finishes with a head kick that just misses. Roop is getting in and out very well here. Body shot by Roop and he goes to it again with the right hand. Head kick by Roop. Hioki with a trip takedown and ends up in full mount. Hioki moves to side control as Roop tried to regain guard. Back to full mount. Hioki trying to throw some short elbows. A lot of time in mount but not much offensive output by Hioki. When he finally tries to explode, Roop expodes to his feet and attacks while taunting as the round ends. 10-9 Hioki round.
Round 3 - Roop with a big takedown but Hioki bounces right back up. Flying knee just misses for Roop. Roop throwing a lot of kicks and Hioki shoots but Roop sprawls. Roop reached for a takedown which let Hioki lock him up against the cage. Roop turns Hioki against the cage and is landing some knees. Foot stomp by Roop. Roop's corner keeps telling him to go for takedowns and pressure against the cage, he's dominating the stand-up, they should want this to be a kickboxing fight as much as possible. Referee restarts them for lack of action. Roop with a takedown and he walks Hioki to the cage. Roop throwing a few short punches. Hioki working a rubber guard. Roop presses through the high guard and lands more punches. Roop finishes the round throwing a few punches. 10-9 Roop gives him the 29-28 win on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Hioki, 29-28 Roop, 29-28 Hioki. Hatsu Hioki wins by split decision.