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Yushin Okami dominated a gritty, hard fought three round affair over decorated wrestler Mark Munoz at UFC on Versus 2 to take a split decision win.
Okami came out and claimed the center of the Octagon, forcing Mark Munoz against the cage and landing punches at will. When Munoz shot in, Okami stuffed his first attempt and quickly fought to his feet on the second attempt. Munoz forced him against the cage towards the end of the round and failed with a third shot at the end of the round.
The second saw Okami once again stalking and punching. Munoz landed a body kick. About a minute in, Munoz got a single leg but Okami sprawled well and fought it off. Okami then cornered Munoz and landed a body shot before a clinch. Munoz then dropped Okami with a right but Okami immediately shot in for a take down. Munoz came up attacking, landing hard punches and forcing Okami back. Then he shot and Okami sprawled. Munoz held on for a long time but only managed to eat a lot of hammer punches to the head. He nearly got him down at the end of the round but ultimately failed.
Okami came out swinging in the final round and stuffed Munoz' first shot. He hurt Munoz and backed him against the cage. Munoz shot again to no avail. When they stood up Okami again backed him to the cage and battered away. When Munoz answered with punches he more than held his own but again he clinched to stop the exchanges. Another shot, another sprawl. Then Okami dropped him with a punch. Munoz quickly shot only to get sprawled on yet again and have to carry Okami's massive frame some more. Okami slipped on a punch and fell but Munoz couldn't capitalize. Okami again backed him up with punches and Munoz again shot to no avail. With about 30 seconds left Munoz elevated Okami briefly but got nowhere. Okami ended the fight with front headlock control.
Coming into the fight Okami had some momentum for a possible title shot. It's hard to say if this fight advanced his cause a great deal. He showed he can handle a high level wrestler, but another fight going to decision only cements his reputation as a less than entertaining fighter.