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Steve Juon told you yesterday why this show matters. Several of us on FGB are pretty excited about this card. And just being back at the Saitama Super Arena makes it a little more special.
1. Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Bahadurzada caught Kim with a short right and Kim had a mouse over his eye. Outside of that, it was all Kim. Kim got a takedown, got the mount, and peppered Bahadurzada with shots. He tried to get his back late in the round and was on his back like Urijah Faber last week, but didn’t get the choke.
The round was all Kim and and usual Kim. Takedown, side control, not much damage. Mount, double hammer fists, not much damage. Poor Bahadurzada. Poor us.
Kim took him down and completely immobilized Bahadurzada. He started raining down with elbows and punches from the top. Easy win for Kim.
Winner: Dong Hyun Kim by way of unanimous decision
2. Rani Yahya vs. Mizuto Hirota Continue reading
Why am I up at 6AM to watch UFC? I’m not exactly sure. This is the first ever UFC event in China and while Cung Le isn’t Chinese, I guess he is the closest thing the UFC has to someone who channels Bruce Lee’s spirit.
1. Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Mizugaki escaped a submission attempt and ended up in the top position and was throwing wicked shots from the top, going for broke. Easily his round.
It was a very similar round to the first. It lasted on the feet longer and Mizugaki threw a nice right hand that seemed to stagger Hougland, but he may also have been playing possum because after looking like he was hurt, he came right back with a right hand of his own. Round was to Mizugaki again.
Mizugaki couldn’t put him away, but he dominated round. He busted Hougland open with an elbow from the top and continued to pound away. Mizugaki should win this unanimously.
Winner: Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision
One judge gave it to him 30-25. If you were a generous judge, I could see that. But Hougland wasn’t even close to being stopped.
2. Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang