After getting robbed in his last bout against Darren Elkins at UFC 131 earlier this summer so badly that he was awarded his win bonus by UFC president Dana White, veteran Japanese featherweight Michihiro Omigawa finally scored his first official victory in the UFC on his fifth try.
Omigawa's opponent, Jason Young was very game, outlanding Omigawa in the stand-up portion with superior reach as well as mixing in solid knees and kicks, but Omigawa did a terrific job of closing the distance and scoring takedowns in the clinch with his judo.
The Japanese fighter was able to win both the second and third rounds with superior grappling, attempting submissions and throwing elbows on the ground as well.
Hopefully Young gets to keep his job as he put up a tough fight and could have won this bout had he not shot in for an ill-advised takedown at the midway point of round three at a point where he was on his way to potentially win a decision with his striking. Omigawa labeled his attack "new judo" in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
We've got the rest of the UFC 138 Facebook prelims results posted after the jump:
The final bout of the Facebook prelims was a very fun match-up between welterweights Justin Edwards from season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and UFC newcomer John Maguire. Edwards looked like he was going to run away with it in the first minute after landing a huge spinning back kick and dropping the Brit with a right hook to the chin.
When Edwards tried to swarm him with ground and pound, Maguire defended well and then reversed the position to land on top. For the remainder of the bout, Maguire dominated the bout with takedowns and superior grappling, constantly threatening with submissions, guard passes and strikes on the ground.
In the end, the judges were impressed and awarded Maguire a unanimous decision victory with a 30-27 clean sweep across the boards. It was a solid recovery for the UK grappler in what was the most entertaining back-and-forth battle of the undercard.
It wasn't the prettiest UFC debut, but Philip De Fries did enough to outgrapple and outwork "The Bear" Rob Broughton over the course of three rounds. De Fries scored takedowns in every round, and controlled his fellow Brit primarily in round one and three to win a unanimous decision 29-28 on all the scorecards.
Broughton had a shot in the second round after sweeping De Fries with a Kimura and even achieved a crucifix but couldn't put his opponent away. By the time round three started, De Fries was the fresher fighter and the Sunderland native was able to remain undefeated with the victory, moving his professional record to 8-0 with one no contest.
UFC newcomer Che Mills, a former Cage Rage welterweight champion, made extremely quick work of Ultimate Fighter season 13 veteran Chris Cope. Mills, showcasing some clearly superior technique, blasted Cope with a right cross and quickly followed it up with a knee from the clinch that dropped "C-Murder." The referee almost stopped the fight then and there, but allowed Cope to get to his feet before getting dropped by one more knee and hammered with two punches on the ground.
Mills' extraordinary display of violence lasted just 40 seconds, but it was more than enough to put him in serious contention for a "Knockout of the Night" bonus. It will be interesting to see how he performs against a more talented opponent.
In the opening bout of the night, UFC and WEC veteran Chris Cariaso took on UFC newcomer Vaughn Lee. Lee put up a fight in the first round, pressuring Cariaso with an aggressive clinch and repeated takedowns but he began to fade as the fight wore on. Cariaso turned the tides in round two, landing strong inside punches and elbows as well as scoring a big takedown and advancing to mount twice.
The third round would decide the fight and it was up in the air for the first couple minutes until Cariaso scored a takedown and attacked strongly from mount and the back with punches and submission attempts for the final 90 seconds against the clearly overwhelmed Lee.
In the end, Cariaso was awarded a split decision, but he obviously won rounds two and three. I'm not sure what fight the one judge that gave Lee two rounds was watching but he clearly has no idea what he's doing.