There was a great chance that you were still snoring when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brought its TUF: "China" Finale online, but we've got you covered with all the "Fight Pass" action you may have missed in our "Prelims" results and recap.
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Getting underway inside Venetian's CotaiArena in Macau, China, on March 1, 2014, the early start time was pretty brutal; however, watching the fights on a Saturday morning was better than stirring up some eggs for a crabby old lady or getting your hands full of grease in a garage.
In the featured "Prelims" bout, we were treated to a slugfest from Yui Chul Nam and Kazuki Tokudome, with Nam edging his counterpart by split decision in a highly-entertaining war.
Nam bulldozed his way through Tokudome early, pouring it on with right hands. Both fighters did their best to emulate the one-round war between Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama, but Nam was really pouring it on. Nam dropped Tokudome twice with right hands, and Tokudome tried to set up a triangle choke off of his back with his left eye almost swollen shut.
Tokudome lit up Nam with some punches of his own towards the end of the round, however the stronger Nam was having his way with the Japanese fighter. Nam dropped him four times in the round.
The second round was a much better showing for Tokudome, who decided to mix it up with his wrestling and stayed on top of Nam for the entire round. He eventually took his back, and tried to weaken Nam with punches. The crowd grew restless with Tokudome's approach but his punches were connecting and he trapped Nam's arms to weaken him some more.
Tokudome landed a huge head kick to open the third round, and Nam returned the favor by hitting him with an immense right hand. Tokudome found success in the grappling department, so he did more of that in the third round. It was less eventful in the third round for Tokudome, who took Nam down to weather the storm more than anything. Nam returned to his feet and started swinging before landing a takedown of his own. With golf balls under his eyes, Tokudome traded with Nam until the final horn.
It was a tremendous showing of heart from both fighters.
The most anticipated fight of the "Prelims" card featured Nam Phan against Vaughan Lee, and not many people expected Lee to dismantle Phan for three rounds.
Lee looked amazing in the opening sequences, showing great head movement and pummeled Phan with punches and uppercuts. Credit Phan for being tough and never shying away from the action; however, his jab looked weak and he was more or less a punching bag for the entire first round.
The speedy Lee looked the best we have ever seen him.
Wooing the crown with spinning kicks accompanied by fast movement, Lee continued to pounce on Phan; connecting with almost every right hand he threw. Every time Phan would press forward, he ate solid kicks to the leg and walked right into a jab. Phan connected with a solid body shot, and that was his most significant shot of the round, after having a takedown stuffed. Phan strung together a decent combination in the last minute, and started to gain Lee's respect.
Lee's southpaw stance posed massive problems for Phan, who never let up pressuring his opponent. Lee attempted a flying knee at one point in the third round, and he never let up when it came to his flashy kicks. Phan looked uninspired and confused, and this was one of his worst showings in the Octagon ever. Lee continued picking apart Phan in the third round, relentlessly cracking Phan with punches in bunches.
Anying Wang was able to score a quick victory over Andy Cheng, needing only one round to completely shut the eye of his opponent.
With both fighters cautious and unwilling to engage in the opening minutes, Cheng did most of the damage in the first round by pressing forward with punches. Wang wasn't hurt by any of his opponent's strikes, and he was game to stand toe to toe and counter his foe. After the crowd started to boo, Wang hit Cheng with a nasty head kick and followed up with punches, with Cheng working the takedown for his survival.
The fight didn't go past the first round, as Leon Roberts decided to stop the fight due to the doctor's advice after seeing Cheng's right eye completely shut. It was a tough ending to a round for the Mongolian, and that's what sealed his fate.
Featherweight debutant Mark Eddiva thoroughly dominated Jumabieke Tuerxun during the course of three rounds, earning the unanimous decision victory in the first fight of the night.
Eddiva connected with a right hand early into the first round, and looked good in the kicking department, too. Eddiva took Tuerxun down, and softened him up in top position with plenty of strikes and knees to the body. Eddiva did hit Tuerxun with
Tuerxun did a nice job of avoiding the takedown in the second round, and started to look better with his punches. He landed a nice right hand, but he was terribly gassed. Eddiva took him down towards the end of the round with just over a minute left, and took him down once more with 0:20 seconds left after both fighters were stood up.
With both fighters exhausted in the third round, Eddiva set up another takedown with his kicks, and scored a few messy takedowns. He hit Tuerxun with another illegal strike, this time being an illegal knee that went unnoticed. Tuerxun did have a glimmer of hope by almost catching Eddiva in a triangle choke off of his back, yet he couldn't deliver the goods before Eddiva stood up and took him down again.
Tuerxun literally had nothing for Eddiva for three rounds, and his embarrassing output may not grant him another fight in the UFC because of that performance.
Here are the complete TUF: China Finale quick results for the Fight Pass "Prelims:"
155 lbs.: Yui Chul Nam vs. Kazuki Tokudome -- Nam wins by split decision (29-27, 27-28, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Vaughan Lee vs. Nam Phan -- Lee wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27x2)
170 lbs.: Albert Cheng vs. Anying Wang -- Wang wins by TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of round one.
145 lbs.: Mark Eddiva vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun -- Eddiva wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
That's it for this short installment of "Prelims" action from China.
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