Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to spark its latest Asian-inspired mixed martial arts offering, UFC on FUEL TV 8, TONIGHT (Sat., March 2, 2013) from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
"Silva vs. Stann" will feature a light heavyweight bangfest pitting PRIDE FC legend Wanderlei Silva against American war hero Brian Stann in the main event of the evening. UFC on FUEL TV 8 will also feature a lightweight contest that pits Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi, while Mark Hunt tries to dazzle the Japanese fans by trading leather with fellow heavyweight striker Stefan Struve
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on FUEL TV 8 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC ON FUEL TV 8 QUICK RESULTS:
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann -- Silva defeats Stann via TKO (punches) at 3:28 of round three
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve -- Hunt defeats Struve via KO (punch) at 1:44 of round three
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez -- Sanchez defeats Gomi via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami -- Okami defeats Lombard via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya -- Yahya defeats Hirota via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim -- Kim defeats Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
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
UFC ON FUEL TV 8 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (FUEL TV):
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Round one: Nothing like hearing Sandstorm come blasting out in the Saitama Super Arena. The absence of Lenne Hardt is saddening. Cautious start to the fight as not a single strike has been thrown and we're 30 seconds in. They both flurry like mad against the cage and Stann slips. Dirty boxing from both as both people land uppercuts. Wandy is knocked down and he shoots! Stann stuffs, and they clinch into the cage. They break and trade a bit. Stann lands a punch and Wandy smiles and said let's go. Stann moves forward, but Silva lands a 1-2 and comes forward to flurry. They swing wild at each other and Silva is landing better, but Stann hits a nice left that staggers Silva to the ground and he shoots again. They clinch and Stann misses a knee, but catches Wand in the cup causing a ref break. Silva with a jab and Stann with a 1-2. Stann with a leg kick and Silva fires over the top and lands. Two jabs for Silva. Low kick for Stann. Pause in the action a bit as they feint and circle a bit. Big leg kick for Stann. Stann comes forward and he lands a right. They flurry and wow, Silva stumbles, he gets up, knocks Stann down, Stann gets up and HE knocks Silva down! Stann on top in Silva's guard as Stann is leaking badly.
Crazy, crazy round but I'll go 10-9 Stann. By the way, apologies to Caraway/Mizugaki, but you just lost fight of the night and we're only a round into this fight.
Round two: Stalking and circling to start again. A brief flurry but they both hit the fence on their side and bounce away from each other. Stann hits the low kick again. Body jab for Wandy. Another leg kick for Stann. Aaaand another jab for Silva. Another low blow hits Wandy's cup. Goddard with a stern warning as Wandy uh... rubs the pain away? Awkward.
Stann comes forward but backs away rapidly from a big hook. Silva hits a straight right and follows up with a jab. Big right fro Stann glances. Silva just taps a head kick and Stann thuds a low kick. Jab from Stann. Lots of cautious circling and Silva lands a straight right that brick wall's Stann as he's coming forward an enormous left hook that floors Stann! He follows up with some quick GNP but Stann isn't defending and Goddard stops it! Silva's triumphant in his return!
Final result: Wanderlei Silva is your winner by TKO (punches) at 3:28 of round three
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Round one: Struve with a "high" kick. Hunt with a right to the body and a powerful low kick. Struve with a teep. Struve with a jab. They clinch and Struve pulls guard in center canvas. Struve with a half-butterfly and he uses it to sweep Hunt directly into mount. Hunt squirms a leg back and gets it to half guard. Hunt comically pushes him away as far as he can as he shrimps, but he's still in the enormous wingspan of Struve. Struve gets mount again and rains down about a dozen punches. Struve rolls for an armbar, but he's too close to the fence and Hunt stuffs it and manages to get on top. Hunt hits a good right and Struve fishes up for a triangle. You can hear his corner yelling at Hunt to stand up, but he's still playing with fire trying to land some GNP. Struve goes for the butterfly sweep again, but Hunt defends and lands in side control. He hits a couple of punches as the round ends.
Close round, but 10-9 Struve in my books, although a 10-9 for Hunt isn't inconceivable.
Round two: Big left hook from Hunt lands, butStruve circles out. Hunt is headhunting, no pun intended, and he misses. Right to the body lands for Hunt. Hook for Hunt. Jab for Hunt. Left hook for Hunt again. Teep for Struve and a body kick. Hunt with a double-jab and a hook for Hunt. Struve hits a hook as well. Struve misses a 1-2. Hunt with the Judo foot sweep and he's on top. Struve with a butterfly and a triangle attempt. Hunt fails to back out, but Struve grabs a foot and rolls for a toe hold. Hunt scrambles and Struve almost gets his back, but Hunt reverses and is in full guard. Hunt passes to side control. Struve is able to escape and keeps a body lock and takes Hunt down straight into mount. He's raining down straight GNP but switches to an armbar and slips off. Hunt in guard again. Elbows from Struve from the bottom and the bell rings.
10-9 Hunt, although he's sporting a nice shiner on his right eye.
Round three: Florian steals my "playing with fire" line as he talks about Hunt's low fight IQ so far. Jab from Struve, good body shot from Hunt and a big hook follows. Low kick from Struve. Jab from Struve lands. Hook from Hunt and a jab from Struve. Right hook from hunt lands and Struve with a head kick. They're gassing here, and Hunt is landing on Struve and... my cable freezes. Thanks, Comcast. AND IT COMES BACK IN TIME FOR HUNT TO LAND A HUGE PAIR OF HOOKS THAT FLOORS STRUVE! Holy, what an enormous left hook. Herb wasn't going to stop it, then he realized Struve wasn't defending himself and changed his mind.
Final result: WE HAVE A FINISH! Hunt wins by KO (punch) (or will it be TKO ref stoppage?) at 1:44 of round 3.
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Round one: Not exactly the house on fire we normally see from Sanchez. Coupe of kicks land from Sanchez while Gomi hits a right. Another right hits on the lefty-stanced Sanchez. Gomi stalking while Sanchez circles. Sanchez misses a big left hook and another right as Gomi ducks. Sanchez's kick hits Gomi in the cup and he takes a second to recover. Overhand right from Sanchez misses, but he follows through with a takedown. He throws some GNP, but Gomi manages to get up after just a few punches. Back to trading standing. Sanchez is hitting most of his low kicks, while Gomi is landing a few punches in ones. No combo's from Gomi. Sanchez shoots a takedown, but Gomi reverses it and is on top. Sanchez breaks away and stands up. Big body shot from Gomi hurts Sanchez. Right from Sanchez lands. Gomi tries a kick, but Sanchez catches it and plows forward as the round ends.
Round two: Gomi going back to the body as Sanchez is circling away. This is a strange Diego Sanchez so far - it's weird seeing him circle and not bull rush forward. Another low kick hits the cup and Marc Goddard issues a final warning. Gomi is outboxing Sanchez clearly so far. Double hooks for Sanchez, but neither land. Gomi still pressing forward. They exchange jabs and Sanchez staggers back. Kick from Sanchez elicits a counter from Gomi over the top. Sanchez hits the two on a 1-2. Sanchez with a series of feints and he tries a body kick and a teep to no effect. Left from Sanchez lands, but so do three jabs from Gomi. Sanchez shoots, but is unable to secure it. Sanchez switches to orthodox, but for a brief moment. Body kick for Sanchez. Gomi with a flurry and hits a few shots. Sanchez fires back. Not much else lands before the bell rings.
10-9 Gomi, but closer.
Round three: Sanchez barrels forward, but his aggression wanes almost immediately as Gomi is back to his low boxing. Jab for Sanchez. Switch kick to the leg for Sanchez. Right from Gomi glances. Gomi with a straight right while Sanchez hits a jab. Jab from Gomi backs Sanchez into the fencing and throws out a couple punches. Sanchez with a solid kick to the thigh that knocks Gomi off balance for a moment. Body kick from Sanchez. Gomi stuffs a single with ease. Sanchez comes forward with punches, but misses and Gomi gets in a left. They clinch and Gomi clubs down a right as they break. Shin kick for Gomi and he stuffs another takedown. Kick from Diego gets blocked and Gomi fires a counterpunch that brushes in. Gomi with a low kick that almost gets caught, but he's still upright. Ten second left and finally Sanchez presses forward throwing a flurry. He lands maybe half of his punches, but seeing as how he threw about twelve punches, that's a pretty good bunch. Gomi ducks out of the way off the fence finally and the fight is over.
I'll be nice and say 10-9 Sanchez, but I could see that being Gomi's round. Still a surprising 29-28 decision win for Gomi in my eyes.
Final result: Another split decision here as we've got 29-28 and... wow. Holy crap, they gave it to Sanchez! The crowd isn't happy with it, and I'm shocked. Hell, Sanchez is shocked. That was the worst decision of the year by FAR.
Round one: Thunder is getting backed down by Lightning to start off. Okami with some jabbing leg kicks. Lombard tries one of his own but Okami catches it and follows through with a takedown. Lombard explodes up with an underhook and they're back standing. Lombard parries with his left hand, misses an overhand right but lands a straight left. Two solid jabs from Okami. Knee from Okami lands partially. Jab and an uppercut from Lombard, although the UC wasn't clean. Lombard rushes forward, but Okami switches levels, grabs a single and finishes it. Lombard with a half-butterfly guard. Okami hits a few rights and passes to half-guard. A mirror image of the Siyar Baha vs Kim fight so far, except that Lombard gets up again. Okami with an over-under up against the cage. Two body-knees from Thunder. Lombard spins. Okami comes up empty on a trip and Lombard punches the liver.
Close 10-9 for Okami.
Round two: Lefty on lefty jabs for Okami. Knee from Okami. Awkward looking leg kick from Lombard. Straight lunging jab lands flush for Okami. Jab to the body for Lombard. This is the Okami of old - jabbing and top-controlling his way to the win. Okami lands a left, while Lombard counters over the top. Left uppercut from Lombard lands on the rib cage above the liver. Okami shoots and Lombard stuffs the single-leg at first, but Okami keeps on it and gets it. He's in hald guard now. Okami smothering now, not doing a whole lot, and I expect to hear Herb Dean soon. Skip that, as Okami passes to mount finally. He's doing more control and less power shots here. Finally he postures up and slams a big elbow down that doesn't land flush.
10-9 Thunder Okami.
Round three: Lombard said he was worried about getting fired if this was a boring loss. He should be very worried as he's shown no ability to stuff the single-leg. Lombard clearly recalled how Tim Boetsch went after Okami in the third and he's coming after Okami hard to open the round. He lands a bit, and staggers Okami a hair. He's pressing forward and Okami shoots. Lombard stuffs it and Okami falls to his back. Lombard follows into half guard. Okami grabs ahold and is attempting to slow the GNP. Okami uses an underhook to get close to his feet and turns it into a single-leg that Lombard finally stops. Lombard is throwing hammerfists down on Okami as he keeps ahold of that single. Finally Lombard breaks free and follows Okami down into full guard. Okami with full butterflys and gets Lombard off him. Clinch in the center with 90 minutes to go. Both men have started to slow.
Okami shoots, fails and is on his back in half-guard. Okami is doing a masterful job of eating up time, even if he's losing the round. Lombard isn't showing a whole lot of smarts here as he's wading into the ground game. 10-9 Lombard, but he's lost this fight easily 29-28.
Final result: Okami takes a shocking 29-28 split decision.
Round one: The ghost of Mike Goldberg just possessed Jon Anik, as he declared that "When Kim beats you by unanimous decision, more often than not, it IS unanimous." Well, thanks for that one, Jon. Goddard back in the cage as we view the card-carrying skills of the local ring girls. Hirota, for those that don't remember, is the fine fellow that got his arm broken by Shinya Aoki, who then proceeded to flip him, the crowd and the world off. They circle and finally Yahya gets a clinch and a scramble. He's looking for an omoplata, but Hirota is able to muscle out of it. Yahya pulls guard and they keep fighting on the ground. Hirota manages to pull away, but Yahya grabs a single-leg and manages to land on top. Yahya passes to half guard on his right (Hirota's left). Yahya with the double open-palm head strikes and a right on the GNP front. Goddard calls for an improvement on position and Yahya tries to get some more GNP, but Hirota uses the distraction to scramble up. Yahya is relentless in his pursuit and grabs a leg He gets a leg-whip takedown.
Yahya is fishing for a Kimura in half guard. Yahya passes to side and Hirota uses it to spill out to the side. Yahya tries to take the back, but Hirota holds him off as the bell sounds. Easy 10-9 Yahya.
Round two: They swing wide of each other, but clash bodies. Hirota backs Yahya into the cage. As they separate, Yahya slips. Hirota punches him, but Yahya fires forward and gets a single-leg. Yahya on top now as he looks to work up the legs of Hirota as they're up near the cage. Yahya working on a tight arm triangle that looks rough as Hirota's other arm is trapped under Yahya's body. The cage is blocking Yahya from getting the choke in fully. He realizes it and adjusts a bit, but he bails on it and goes back into Hirota's guard with 2 minutes left. Closed guard for Hirota as they exchange strikes on the ground. Yahya, who's on top, is obviously getting the best of these. Hirota works back a bit, but ends up on the fence. Yahya is heavy on the hips and legs, though, and prevents any wall-walking. Goddard gave an action warning, and Yahya attempts a guard pass to his right and then succeeds in one to his left. Light GNP ends another 10-9 Yahya round.
Round three: Yahya gets another takedown, but Hirota is able to scramble up quickly. Another TD attempt from Yahya and another stuffing. And again. And again! He's not doing much, but he's getting in some punches briefly in between attempts. Yahya finally switches to a single and gets it. They scramble, and finally Hirota is able to do a little something as he slaps on a triangle attempt. Yahya angles out of it and Hirota tries to get a straight armbar. Triangle attempt again, but all to no avail, as Yahya is out and on the back of Hirota. Less than two minutes left in the fight and Hirota is wearing a tanned-145lb backpack. Hirota manages to get a reversal and takes down Yahya. Hirota in half guard trying desperately to land solid GNP, but to no avail. Hirota backs up and tries a flying knee. Yahya shoots and gets stuffed. Hirota with punches as time winds down. Hirota chasing, but he won't land anything solid before the fight is over.
Generous 10-9 Hirota here for a 29-28 Yahya card.
Final result: 29-28 across the board for Rani Yahya.
Round one: KONICHIWA, JAPAAAAAN!!! WE ARE LIVE and Bahadurzada (thank god for copy/paste) is pacing back and forth giving Kim a stink eye as Buffer works the crowd. Kim is studiously looking up at the cheap seats as he does some light shadowboxing. The lefty Kim hits a high kick to open, but it was only a glancing hit. Bahadurzada is pumping out feeling jabs and Kim is tapping it. Reminiscent of Evans/Noguiera, actually. Bahadurzada hits a short right. Kim hits a high kick flush, but Bahadurzada eats it and takes Kim down, but lets him stand back up. Kim shoots a double and fails. Kim pops out a jab and backs Bahadurzada into the cage. He grabs a double and gets the takedown. Bahadurzada gives up mount quickly and Kim is peppering Bahadurzada's head with short lefts. Bahadurzada is holding Kim tight, but as ref Herb Dean tells them that they need to work, Kim postures up and lands about 20 very light elbows. Another warning for Kim and he proceeds to land a much bigger elbow. Bahadurzada rolls to his back but Kim latches onto him. Kim only gets one hook in and Bahadurzada is able to grab a leg and rotate him so that he's out of danger. They spend the last 30 seconds with Kim backpacked on top of Bahadurzada.
Round two: Bahadurzada misses a front kick and flips his jab repeatedly into Kim's hand. Bahadurzada runs forward with punches, but misses. Kim tries a high kick and it's blocked. Bahadurzada stuffs a double, and while Kim brawls him into the cage, Bahadurzada is able to escape. Kim is relentless, and grabs a single while eating a right hand. He gets the takedown and is in side control. He tries to flip to mount, and then slide over to mount, bot both attempts are blocked. Kim softens up the side of Bahadurzada's head with some short rights. North-South position, but Bahadurzada rolls to his chest. Kim still on top and floats over briefly. They scramble a bit and Kim ends in mount. Bahadurzada tries to tie up Kim, and Kim lands short, chippy shots on Bahadurzada's head. Elbows and punches keeps Kim active. Kim fishes for an arm-triangle choke, but it isn't there. Double-hammer fist from Kim. Elbows from Kim. Two big lefts from Kim as the round is over.
10-9 Kim, bordering on 10-8.
Round three: Bahadurzada's corner wisely told him he needs to go and go now. However, his got up and go got up and went about 30 seconds into the round, as Kim shot a double and transitioned it into a single that he succeeded on. Side control for Kim, and a brief crucifix position for Kim. As Bahadurzada defends the crucifix, Kim moves into the mount. Kim is fishing for an arm-triangle and while Bahadurzada is defending well so far, Kim softens him up with knees to the body. Kim is trying hard for this arm-triangle, and it's letting him stay on top for this whole round so far. Finally at 1:50, Kim breaks off on his attempt and starts opening up with big, big GNP. Large punches, wide elbows... wow, Bahadurzada threw a punch from his back that landed on Kim's face and Kim just told him to F his couch and hit hi again. Bahadurzada obliged but ate a big shot in return. Kim with the showboating now as he knows he has this in the bag. Double ax-handles, double hammer-fists, big punches... And that's the fight
Yea I'll give this a 10-8 - Siyar did squat the whole round.
Final result: Unanimous 30-27 for Kim across the board.
UFC ON FUEL TV 8 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE "PRELIMS" CARD COMMENTARY (FACEBOOK):
Braiterman in the house!
Round one: Before we start this fight, I would like to give a very special award to Meisha Tate and her fellow cornerman, who's name I know not. They are the recipients of the Greasy Water award for their terrible advice to Caraway after round two, telling him he easily won the first two rounds and that he could coast. Bonus points for a shrug and "OK" when he asked if he should keep it standing or wrestle.
Fukuda with an outside leg kick and then a glancing inside one. Fukuda hits a left as Tavares went for a high kick and gets the knockdown. They idle on the ground in front headlock position but Tavares gets up. Tavares tries for a body kick and that one gets caught again. Fukuda on top, but Tavares shoots up a triangle. Fukuda escapes and Tavares scrambles to his feet. Inside leg kick for Fukuda. An even exchange of 1-2's from both. 1-2-1 from Fukuda all misses. Tavares feints a leg kick and Fukuda lands his. Florian points out that Tavares is telegraphing his leg kicks a bit and Fukuda is taking advantage of it. 90 seconds left in the round. Tavares lands a front leg kick and a rear-leg body one. Tavares hits a right then a jab. Tavares with a kick that lands in the armpit and nearly gets caught, but he limp-legs out of it. Jab from Tavares. Another body kick from Tavares gets caught and Fukuda gets the sweep takedown, but Tavares is up after a few seconds.
Close round, but I'd give it to Tavares for the slight striking advantage.
Ray Sefo with the better advice telling Tavares to keep on doing what he's doing. The eagle-eyed Florian points out that Fukuda was shaking his left (power) hand out in between rounds
Round two: Fukuda tries to get a takedown but can't get it. They're up against the cage and Fukuda is working, but not succeeding. Tavares is landing his jab and a nice straight right behind it. Fukuda's inside leg kick is checked. Tavares misses a front kick but lands a jab. Fukuda feinting, but Tavares hits a solid uppercut. Tavares lands a spinning backfist. Tavares landing a nice combo which draws praise from the commentary. Another jab for Tavares. Body kick from Fukuda, but more punches from Tavares. It does appear that perhaps Florian was correct as Fukuda isn't doing much with his left hand and isn't really closing it until he throws. He does land one at the end of the round, however.
Round three: Awkward moment of the eve as we're listening to the recently fired Jon Fitch give Fukuda corner advice. A right lands for Tavares, but Fukuda lands his left finally despite the pain. Tavares hits a jab and uses it to clinch. They exchange in center cage and Fukuda finally wins a striking exchange with a body kick and a left to the head. Fukuda's kick is caught briefly and he falls, but gets back up. They clash shins with simultaneous low kicks. Tavares hits an uppercut in a clinch. Inside leg kick from Fukuda. Jab from Tavares. Body kick from Fukuda and a jab. Front high kick from Tavares as they're throwing most of their arsenal at each other with high volume. Ten second clapper sounds - Fukuda parries a jab, but doesn't land a clean counter.
Fitch thinks Fukuda won, but I'm only giving him this round on my scorecards for a 29-28 decision to Tavares.
Final result: Brad Tavares wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Round one: Marc Goddard is our ref for this '35 fight. Nice outside leg kick from Mizugaki and an inside one a bit later. Caraway hits a more, uh... let's call it a whipping leg kick, while Mizugaki's was of the thudding variety. Caraway backs Mizugaki into the fencing and is hitting some knees to the legs. Mizugaki stuffs a takedown and they circle a bit. Mizugaki actually lands on top, but neither myself nor the commentators are sure how it happened - it looks to be a slip from a failed takedown from Caraway. Caraway spins up but then does the same thing again. Caraway stands again and eats an uppercut to the body. Caraway with a single in the center of the cage, but Mizugaki escapes... and the Youtube stream dies.
We come back a minute later and they're still standing. Caraway hits a takedown and gets some back control but there's only 20 seconds left and Mizugaki is able to avoid anything. I'd say 10-9 Mizugaki, but keep in mind, we missed a minute of fight.
Round two: Standing, it appears that Mizugaki is the quicker of the two, and he's just landing a bit quicker. Mizugaki with an uppercut as Caraway ducks down. Caraway muscles Mizugaki into the cage and is transitioning a couple of times between the single and the double. Mizugaki grabs the cage and gets a warning from the ref. A few moments later as they're still scrambling against the fence, Caraway's corner complains about another fence grab. Mizugaki escapes and they're back standing. Mizugaki with a lunging hook that lands. They clash and Mizugaki falls to the ground. Hard to see if it was a strike from Caraway or a head butt, but Caraway pounces on a guillotine and tries to finish it from mount. Mizugaki escapes, but Caraway has his back and is fishing for a rear-naked choke. They scramble and Mizugaki regains guard as the round ends. 10-9 Caraway easily.
The camera is showing Meisha Tate in Caraway's corner and she seems convinced that Caraway won both rounds. She tells him she can coast. Caraway says he's really tired. They flip to a replay and they show that it was indeed a punch that felled Mizugaki.
Round three: Mizugaki is landing over and over in standing exchanges and finally drops Caraway with a left about a minute into the round. Mizugaki pressing forward and hits again. Caraway with a feeble double that is easily stuffed. Mizugaki with another lead left hook. Clinch and some dirty boxing from Caraway lands. The left hook lands again for Mizugaki. Caraway backs Mizugaki into the links and struggles to seal the takedown. Caraway leans far to his right and nearly finishes a double, but Mizugaki is up again. A knee lands to the upper chest/jaw of Caraway. He drops down again for a single and they're both on their knees. Caraway lands two big rights from close quarters as the round is coming to a close. They stand and bang at the end as Mizugaki hits a left literally at the buzzer. I'd go 10-9 Mizugaki here and say that's 29-28 to the man from Japan on my card.
Final result: I'm two for two on my calls tonight, as we've got a split decision win for Mizugaki (29-28 x2, 28-29) as he bursts into tears of joy. Mizugaki is in full on Aoki waterworks as he's interviewed by the Great Florini postfight.
Round one: Evening everybody. Walk-in speculation from Florian and Anik thinks that Tokudome will use his Judo background to keep the fight standing, and avoid the BJJ black belt's ground game. Marcello easily wins the walkout music competition with "Psycho Killer" from the Talking Heads. Tokudome whiffs on a leg kick while Marcello's head kick gets blocked. Big right hook from Marcello lands and Tokudome comes back with an elbow. Marcello with one as well and two more right hands. Great unexpected standup from Marcello to start. Another right lands on the stationary head of Tokudome. Marcello slips on a kick and Tokudome wades into his guard. Tokudome postures back and is landing some GNP. Continued closed guard from Marcello as he holds Tokudome down. Marcello throws the legs up for an armbar, but Tokudome escapes and lands some more punches on the downed Marcello. Tokudome stands and advances to side control. Marcello shoots for a leglock and Tokudome spins out and ends up back in guard with 25 seconds left. Marcello lands a kick while Tokudome was on his knees, but the ref ignores it and the round ends. I'll say 10-9 Tokudome for the dominant position and GNP for a good couple of minutes, but Marcello was easily winning the standup and I could see a judge giving it to him.
Round two: Bog takedown from Tokudome directly into side control about 30 seconds in. Marcello with mostly closed guard, which draws criticism from Florian on the mic, as there isn't a whole heck of a lot one can do in modern MMA with it compared to butterfly and open guard. Tokudome reinforces this point as he gets some posture and hits a couple of left. As if he hears him, Marcello opens his guard, but Tokudome threatens a pass and he immediately closes it back up. The ref finally breaks them at 1:43 left in the round, and Marcello charges in wildly, hitting nothing but air and almost getting dropped with a knee. However, the bull rush gets a takedown for Marcello, but Tokudome is right on the cage and is able to use it to stand up. Marcello charges again, but isn't able to complete anything. Marcello is tiring, but still is able to land a winging right. Tokudome hits a 1-2-1 and then an uppercut a few seconds later. 20-18 Tokudome.
Round three: Tokudome closes and hits a right. He hits another right that floors Marcello. Tokudome is standing up over Marcello and is raining down punches. It's a waterfall of punches but Marcello is able to get into guard before the ref does anything about it. Tokudome is much slower now, and goes to stand up over Marcello, which allows Marcello to swing to his left a bit and get up. A little under 3 minutes left and they're back to throwing punches. A right from Marcello lands, but there isn't much steam on it. Tokudome attempts a flying knee and a jab, but neither land straight and Marcello grabs his back standing. Tokudome is able to spin to face him and turns it into a body lock takedown. Elbow from the bottom and some GNP from the top. They scramble at the end, and I'll score it 30-27 for the debuting Tokudome.
Final result: All three judges agree with me, 30-27 for Kazuki Tokudome.
Round one: Caceres, afro and all, comes out with a SuperMan punch that misses. Kang gets close, cinches up a body lock and takes Caceres to the ground. He backs away and kicks Caceres while he is on his back. Kang dives back in and drops some elbows from side control. Caceres manages to get back to his feet, smiling even though he was lumped up pretty good. Kang gets another takedown, but Caceres angles for a kneebar that he abandons as Kang looks to establish a better top position. Full guard now and Caceres attempts an armbar off his back that is thwarted. Back up to their feet and back down again, with Kang angling for a rear naked choke. Caceres reverses and is now on top, but not for long as Kang switches it up. Caceres sweeps and rolls Kang onto his back and the pair scramble to their feet. Kang misses with three punches as Caceres circles on the outside. Caceres attempts a nice double switch kick and then flying knee, but neither find their mark as the fast-paced first round comes to a close.
Round two: Kang comes out and immediately scores a takedown. Trying to get to side control, but Caceres keeps him in half guard with the help of his feet. Full guard now and Caceres lands a nice punch from the bottom before escaping to his feet. Kang fakes a takedown and Caceres bites, with Kang then landing a nice hook. Caceres finally gets a takedown of his own, but Kang is able to flip the position. Caceres angles for another armbar but is once again denied. Kang continues to ride Caceres, attempting a rear naked choke, but he is too high and Caceres scoots out the back. Caceres gets top control and starts to rain down shots. Kang works his way back up and then just dumps Caceres to the canvas. Caceres responds with an elbow off his back as Kang uncorks a little ground-and-pound at the buzzer.
Round three: Caceres comes out motivated, seemingly down on the scorecards in what is a very close fight. He lands a kick to the body and Kang stumbles to the mat. Caceres opens up with a barrage of punches and Kang looks like he is in trouble. Caceres sinks in a guillotine choke and Kang struggles to defend. He does, but Caceres continues his onslaught. Knee to the body as Caceres has Kang in a bad spot. Kang is able to get to his feet, reverses and tries to do a little damage of his own. Caceres keeps him in full guard, doing some nice work off his back with a triangle attempt and some short-range shots. Caceres escapes and Kang -- while retreating -- falls down and "Bruce Leeroy" takes advantage. He soon secures full mount, attempts a triangle, but Kang manages to wriggle free and lands a nice upkick off his back. Kang, still on his back -- and visibly exhausted -- eating several punches from Caceres who is standing over him. And that's how the final round ends. Very close fight.
Final result: Caceres defeats Kang via split decision
Round one: Guimareaes opens up the action with nice inside leg kick, which Lim brushes off. Guimareaes uses his jab to keep the distance and set up a shot. He's denied. Lim nails him with a nice combination and Guimareaes once again goes for a takedown that is stuffed. Guimareaes lands a nice uppercut. He shoots for another takedown and it's just not there. Guimareaes cracks Lim with a looping overhand right instead. Lim peppers his jab and fires a straight body punch that connects. Pace slows as the round comes to a close, with Guimareaes once again failing with a telegraphed takedown attempt. Lim misses a looping shot and follows it up with a flying knee that Guimareaes uses to finally get the fight to the floor just as the first round ends.
Round two: Lim starts the second with an inside leg kick and jabs. He finally puts together a one-two combination that finds its mark. Guimareaes responds with a combination of his own and he is noticeably excited. Guimareaes attempts a takedown and Lim denies it, nailing him with a knee to the gut as the pair separate. Lim connects with a body blow and then one to the temple. Lim misses with a wild right hand and Guimareaes ducks underneath and registers a takedown. Lim rolls to his belly, gives up has back and climbs to his feet. Guimareaes can't hold on an Lim is now free. Guimareaes pops Lim with a nice stiff jab. Lim lands HUGE knee to the chin of Guimareaes, who appeared to be trying for another takedown. He is stunned -- he walked right into it! Guimareaes falls back and Lim drills him with a wide open punch to the face that compels the referee to stop the bout with about one minute left in the round. Guimareaes is still dazed and very confused.
Final result: Lim defeats Guimareaes via technical knockout in round two