Well that was unexpected. The Royce Gracie vs. Matt Hughes match-up turned out to be an incredible nail-bitter that went absolutely down to the wire. The final score? Royce Gracie: 41. Matt Hughes: 41. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in our tournament, we have a tie. So what to do? Well, in the fine tradition of Edgar vs. Maynard, there's just one thing to do - REMATCH. Hughes vs. Gracie II will go down at the end of this round with the winner advancing. And it will be epic.
Today, #1 seed Demian Maia steps in there against #4 Masakazu Imanari. Imanari had a tough road here against Carlos Newton, while Maia stormed into the 2nd round, but I have a suspicion this could be a close, hard fought battle. We shall see.
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Thanks to June M. Williams for the tournament bracket graphic.