Before the UFC on FUEL TV 8: "Silva vs. Stann" main card kicked off on FUEL TV tonight (Sat., Mar. 2, 2013) from Saitama Super Arena in Japan, an entire five-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcasted on Facebook, respectively.
The final fight of the Facebook preliminary card saw Brad Tavares move his UFC record to 5-1 with unanimous decision victory over Riki Fukuda. Both men had a high offensive output in the middleweight bout; however, neither was able to land anything meaningful that changed the fight in a significant way. Fukuda's ability to throw power punches seemed hindered by a hand injury early in the fight, which allowed Tavares to outscore his Japanese opponent for a clean sweep on the judge's scorecards.
For the first time since joining Zuffa under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in early 2008, Takeya Mizugaki won a second consecutive fight with his split decision victory over Byran Caraway in one of the featured bouts on the preliminary card. The 135-pound contest was one of the most exciting on the preliminary card as it featured knockdowns, near submissions and several other momentum swings. The fight was extremely close, and in the end it was Mizugaki who got the nod from two of the three judges for the win. While the decision was debatable, what will be remembered most is Mizugaki's emotional post-fight interview where he burst into tears in front of everyone watching.
Kazuki Tokudome outscored Cristiano Marcello en route to a unanimous decision victory in the only lightweight bout on the UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card. Tokudome, who was making his UFC debut at the event, was the more aggressive fighter from start to finish and completely neutralized Marcello in his best position -- the ground. The Japanese fighter displayed outstanding grappling technique in the fight and with his aggressive style will be a handful for anyone at 155-pounds.
In bantamweight action, Alex Caceres and Kyung Ho Kang fought a 15-minute, grappling-heavy contest that featured many entertaining scrambles but was ultimately ruled in the favor of "Bruce Le-roy" in a controversial split decision. Despite having a sloppy third round where he allowed Caceres to score big points with strikes and dominant position, Kang's controlled the tempo of the fight in the first two rounds -- on the feet or the ground --, seemingly giving him a 29-28 edge on the scorecards. It wasn't enough in the judge's eyes, though, as the decision went to Caceres, who moves to 4-1 since dropping to 145-pounds.
The opening bout of the UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card on Facebook featured a welterweight contest between Hyun Gyu Lim and Marcelo Guimaraes. In his UFC debut, Lim was calm and composed as he methodically picked his Brazilian opponent apart until he landed a jumping knee in the second round that resulted in a highlight reel knockout. For the second fight in a row, Guimaraes looked extremely poor inside the Octagon, offering essentially no offense other than winging punches and failed takedown attempts. It certainly wouldn't hurt for Lim to work on his striking defense going forward, but he got the job done in his promotional debut with one of the best knee knockouts in recent memory.
Here are the complete results from the UFC on FUEL TV 8 preliminary card:
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares -- Tavares dedeats Fukuda via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki -- Mizugaki defeats Caraway via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome -- Tokudome defeats Marcello vis unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang -- Caceres defeats Kang via split decision
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim -- Lim defeats Guimaraes via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card.
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