Omigawa was quick to start throwing hands right after they touched gloves, initiating a clinch against the fence that the UK Thai boxer escaped from. Young blasted a few combinations that Omigawa's busy head movement allowed him to evade and Omigawa, switching stances, entered the clinch behind a flurry of strikes and scored a trip takedown.
Working from half-guard, Omigawa ushered him to the fence which only allowed Young to boot him off with both feet and use the fence wall to stand back up. Young nailed Omigawa with a heavy right kick when they re-engaged, which the replay showed that Omigawa blocked effectively. Omigawa cooled him off with more clinch-work, then it was Young who pursued and succeeded with a takedown of his own. The crafty veteran immediately reversed and finished the round on top landing strikes.
With some serious swelling over his right eye from an inadvertent first round headbutt, Young tried to pull the trigger but was planted on his back to start the second. Omigawa took side control, attempting to isolate an arm but settled for short forearms instead. Young executed a brilliant cage-walk to free himself and stand back up, finding the mark with a left hook and uppercut halfway through the round.
Young clipped Omigawa with a clean forearm that was countered by a slick trip from the high level Judoka. Baiting Young by attacking his right arm, Omigawa advanced into full mount and kept pestering with moderate-power ground strikes, though Young got back to half guard as the horn sounded.
Omigawa seemed to get the better of the first striking exchange but was unable to hit another clinch throw. Young's left hand was his weapon of choice, but the straight knee he released allowed Omigawa to ground the fight again. There, he dropped back for a heel-hook that Young defended, bringing the fight back to the standing position.
Young started to mount offense with low kicks and more punches. Omigawa's clinch proved feisty again as he locked a strong front headlock position and dropped back, sweeping Young overhead for a crafty fall and posturing down in half-guard. "Shotgun" escaped albeit briefly, with Omigawa enforcing his clinch savvy and straightening out an arm to threaten with the armlock. Young reversed in the waning moments and finished out the third on top.
All three judges saw this evenly matched scrap as 29-28 for Michihiro Omigawa, who picks up a much needed first win in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Jason Young.