Rise and shine!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its exclusive online home, Fight Pass, this Saturday (Sept. 20, 2014) with another international event that features a heavyweight headliner between portly power punchers Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson, who are always one punch away from winning the fight.
Double KO? Anything is possible!
The UFC Fight Night 52 action, which will take place inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, will begin at 12:30 a.m. ET with a six-fight "Prelims" broadcast that will air live on Fight Pass, before moving on to the remainder of main card match ups (six more), also on Fight Pass.
In addition to the headliner, the women's bantamweight division sends longtime contender Miesha Tate into hostile territory against hulking YouTube sensation Rin Nakai. Elsewhere on the card, hometown heroes Takanori Gomi and Yoshihiro Akiyama return to action against Myles Jury and Amir Sadollah, respectively.
All that and much, much more.
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 52 QUICK RESULTS:
Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson by KO (punch) at 3:00 of Round Two
Myles Jury def. Takanori Gomi by TKO (punches) at 1:32 of Round One
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Miesha Tate def. RIn Nakai by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Richard Walsh by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Jon Delos Reyes by TKO (punches) at 3:48 of Round One
Masanori Kanehara def. Alex Caceres by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Katsunori Kikuno def. Sam Sicilia by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:38 of Round Two
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Takenori Sato by TKO (elbows) at 1:18 of Round One
Kyung Ho Kang def. Michinori Tanaka by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Johnny Case def. Kazuki Tokudome by technical submission (guillotine) at 2:34 of Round Two
Maximo Blanco def. Daniel Hooker by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 52 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson
Round 1: Hunt opens with a hard right hand. Roy shoots in for a single-leg, can't get it. Overhand right from Nelson connects. One minute in. Nelson catches a finger in the eye as Hunt tries to keep distance. On the restart, Hunt lands a bottom kick. Overhand right from Nelson lands. Hunt comes up short with a right. Hard leg kick lands for him. Nelon misses on an overhand and can't complete a single-leg. Two minutes in. Uppercut by Hunt. Nelson just misses with a wide right hand. 1-2 by Hunt lands clean. Another hard right form Hunt. Hunt slips a chopping right. Two minutes to go.
Hunt just misses with a left hook. Roy misses with a right, eats a body kick. Nelson catches Hunt with another overhand right. He avoids a pair of counters as he steps in. Roy avoids a shot and briefly tries to change levels. One minute to go. 1-2 from Hunt. Nelson pressing forward. Good low kick from Nelson. Counter right by Hunt lands. They end the round at range. 10-9 Hunt.
Round 2: Hunt catches Nelson with a cross counter. Nelson shoots in and takes Hunt to the floor, latching onto his back. Hunt escapes back to his feet quickly. Both miss with right hands. Hunt with a couple jabs. One minute in. Uppercut from Hunt, right hand by Roy. Stiff jab from both. Hunt ducks a right and takes a leg kick. Hunt looking for the uppercut. Nelson avoids one and the follow-up left hook. Heavy straight by Hunt. Two minutes in. Body kick by Nelson. Nelson aborts a takedown. Uppercut by Hunt lands. Nelson uppercut fails to connect. Hunt gets Roy's attention with the left hook. Another Nelson takedown stuffed. Hunt with a right cross. HUGE uppercut forces Nelson to faceplant. Mark Hunt has done the impossible and knocked out Roy Nelson.
Final result: Hunt def. Nelson by KO (punch)
Takanori Gomi vs. Myles Jury
Round 1: Jury opens with a glancing low kick. High kick blocked. Front kick likewise. Once again. Gomi overhand left comes up short. Jury flicking out kicks. Gomi again comes up short with a haymaker. One minute in. Jury continuing to send out kicks. Gomi stops a takedown attempt. Big cross drops Gomi hard. Gomi covers his head and turns his back, prompting the referee to step in. Myles Jury is the first man to knock out Takanori Gomi.
Final result: Jury def. Gomi by TKO (punches)
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah
Round 1: Sadollah high kick blocked. Low kick lands. Counter right by Akiyama. Sadollah lands a high kick and pursues with right hands. Gorgeous throw by Akiyama puts him on top. Half guard for AKiyama. One minute in. Now he's working for side control, can't get it. Two minutes in. Elbow by Akiyama. Akiyama so far not throwing much ground-and-pound and unable to pass guard. Now a couple good right hands form Akiyama. Two minutes to go.
Elbows from Akiyama. Amir works his way to turtle position and stands. They clinch against the cage. Amir pressing Akiyama against the fence, lands some knees to the body. They separate. Spinning back kick by Akiyama. one minute to go. Counter right from Sadollah. Round ends. 10-9 Akiyama.
Round 2: Sadollah opens with a low kick and a high kick. Akiyama catches it but can't capitalize. Amir flinging out high kicks. Akiyama tries a trip, can't get it. Low kick from Amir and another. One minute in. Amir continuing to target the leg effectively. Another spinning back kick from Akiyama. Spinning backfist comes up short. Lead right lands. Glancing head kick from Amir. Low kick connects. Lead left handl ands. Akiyama blasts him with a right hand, but Amir takes it like a champ. Two minutes in. More low kicks from Amir. Jab stings Amir and he's unsteady. Akiyama catches a kick and Amir falls to his back. Akiyama trying to drop punches, Amir using his legs well defensively. Good right from Akiyama. Two minutes to go.
Akiyama standing over Sadollah against the cage. He settles down in guard. Short elbow from Akiyama. Amir looking for upkicks. Akiyama looking to posture. Amir threatens a triangle and throws an upkick afterwards. Amir protecting himself but still stuck on his back. Akiyama moves into side control. Sadollah stands before the bell. Amir's nose looks busted. 10-9 Akiyama.
Round 3: Sadollah head kick comes up short. Amir with a combination, nothing gets through clean. Low kick lands. Jab from Sadollah. High kick is short again. Akiyama combo blocked. Amir with another low kick. Akiyama lands an overhand right, takes an uppercut. One minute in. Sadollah backs Akiyama up with straight punches. Low kick connects. High kick comes up short. 1-2 from Akiyama. Sadollah left hand in return. Akiyama asks for more. high kick blocked from Sadollah. Another spinning back kick connects for Akiyama. Two minutes in. Amir pops him with a right after avoiding an uppercut. Sadollah slips throwing a high kick and Akiyama again stands over him aainst the fence. Right hands form Akiyama. Two minutes to go.
Akiyama trying to drop punches, landing consistently. Sadollah tossing his legs up for a triangle, nothing there. Akiyama dropping some hard right hands on Amir. One minute to go. More good ground-and-pound from Akiyama; he's getting aggressive in the last thirty seconds. Amir controls Akiyama's posture briefly. Akiyama spends the last few seconds winging shots. 10-9 Akiyama.
Final result: Akiyama def. Sadollah by unanimous decision
Rin Nakai vs. Miesha Tate
Round 1: Nakai very active with her movement. Good rights by Tate. Nakai catches a knee and moves into the clinch. Miesha reverses on the fence. Both land knees to the body. Tate's seem a little stronger. One minute in. Miesha trips her to the mat and stands over Nakai. Rin stands after throwing up some upkicks. Low kick from Tate. Nakai catches a high kick, can't finish the takedown. Tate denies another level change. Both miss with right hands. Two minutes in. Tate lands a right uppercut. Tate lands a high knee. Nakai tries to move into the clinch, gets reversed quickly. Miesha with some knees to the body. Short elbow. Tate separates. Two minutes to go.
Both miss with right hands. Nakai shoots in, can't quite complete the single-leg before Tate stands. Nakai uses a hand on the mat to avoid knees as she stands. Right hand from Tate. Quick exchange near the fence. Tate with a right to the body and one up top. One minute to go. Tate high kick blocked, 1-2 lands. Nakai shoots in and gets the rear waistlock. Tate avoids a suplex attempt, Nakai puts her back on the fence. Tate separates. Left hook by Rin. Right hand afterwards. Superman punch from Miesha. Round ends with a Tate leg kick. 10-9 Tate.
Round 2: Nakai might have hurt her left foot.
1-2 from Tate. She slips a punch and works for a single leg. Tate manages to fight it off and stand. Tate high kick blocked. One minute in. Tate advancing. Nakai catches a high kick and eats some punches from Tate on one leg. Nakai tries to press her into the fence. Tate reverses. Rin with double underhooks. Nakai gets the rear waistlock. Now she takes Miesha's back near the fence. Two minutes in. Both hooks in. Rin looks a little too high. Miesha manages to work her way into top position in Rin's guard. Elbows from Miesha. Two minutes to go.
Tate snuffing out armbar attempts. Rin rolls and manages to stand. Miesha with the front headlock. They move to the fence. Knees to the body from both. Now they separate. One minute to go. Rin with a right straight. Tate punches come up short. 1-2 lands. Rin ducks a standing elbow into a takedown attempt. Rin gets in on a leg. Tate landing some punches as she defends. Rin loses the takedown and takes a straight before the bell. 10-9 Tate.
Round 3: Nakai shoots in and nearly takes Miesha's back. Rin with the rear waistlock, Miesha looking for a Jimura grip. Lateral drop from Rin and she looks to get the back. One hook in. One minute in. Rin jumps onto Miesha's back as she stands. Rin is too far on the side and lets go. Miesha with a 1-2 as they separate. Slow Superman punch from Tate. Good elbow from the clinch. Knee to the body. Two minutes in. Nakai moves her to the fence. Tate knees the body. Tate avoids a takedown attempt. Rin changes levels and puts her back on the cage. Two minutes to go.
Tate moves Nakai against the cage. Rin avoids a takedown and they separate. Nakai stops another takedown attempt. Rin shoots in, can't complete a single-leg. Another attempt. Level elbows from Tate. One minute to go. Nakai avoids another elbow as they separate. Another single-leg by Rin and she finishes this one. Tate back to her feet against the fence. Tate looks to foot stomp, Nakai looks to knee. They split in the last ten seconds and Miesha snuffs out another takedown. 10-9 Tate.
Final result: Tate def. Nakai by unanimous decision
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Richard Walsh
Round 1: Walsh opens with an inside low kick to the groin. Kunimoto's back in there right away. Big left hook drops Kunimoto. Kunimoto tries to wrap him up, can't keep Walsh from standing. They trade punches near the fence and Walsh pushes him against the cage. They soon separate. Body kick from Walsh. One minute in. Kunimoto leans right into a high kick and goes down again. This time he shoots in, moving Walsh to the fence. Walsh reverses, pressing Kunimoto against the cage. Double underhooks for Walsh. Two minutes in. Kunimoto's nose is bleeding. Walsh makes space, lands an overhand right. He wades into the clinch and a body knee hits Kunimoto in the groin with his shin. Kunimoto doesn't try to milk it. Walsh marching after him. Left hook lands. Walsh body kick. Two minutes to go.
Left by Strasser. Walsh misses the high kick. Walsh stings him with a jab, then forces him to backpedal with a combination. Kunimoto tries to tie up.. Kunimoto pressing Walsh against the fence. Walsh defends well and reverses. One minute to go. They trade position against the cage. They stay in that position for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Walsh.
Round 2: Walsh lands a jab, Kunimoto stumbles a bit. Walsh body kick. Good combination against the cage. Kunimoto ties up, but it's Walsh pressing him against the cage. Kunimoto reverses after taking some short shots. Kunimoto gets in on a leg, Walsh defends well. Walsh uses underhooks to reverse position. Kunimoto's nose starts leaking again as they jockey. Good right hand from Walsh as they split. Walsh to the body. Two minutes in. Walsh denies a takedown and they move to the fence. Kunimoto changes levels. Walsh continues to defend the takedown. Two minutes to go.
Walsh makes room and they separate. Walsh plodding forward, lands a right hand. Body kick connects. Kunimoto pops him with a jab. Walsh low kick and he stops a double-leg attempt. Kunimoto lands a knee and moves him to the fence. Kunimoto trying to use over-unders. One minute to go. Walsh reverses and grabs double underhooks. Nice right from Walsh after taking a knee to the body. Kunimoto with some body knees as Walsh presses him. Kunimoto tries to change levels before the bell. 10-9 Walsh.
Round 3: Kunimoto lands a right hand early. Good jab by Walsh. Walsh initiates the clinch. Kunimoto reverse position against the cage and lands a body knee after failing a takedown. Walsh low kick. Kunimoto wades in with punches and tries to shoot. Walsh defending against the fence. One minute in. They split. Walsh whiffs on an overhand right. He tries that high kick again. Kunimoto lands a good knee after some tired-looking punches and moves back into the clinch. Walsh with a knee on the exit. Good 1-2 by Walsh. Two minutes in. Low kick lands. One more. A third. Kunimoto shoots in on the next one and finally completes a takedown. Walsh working back to his feet, Kunimoto with the rear waistlock. Walsh denying attempts to insert hooks. Kunimoto gets one in and now the other with two minutes to go.
Kunimoto with the body triangle. They hand-fight with Strasser on his back. One minute to go. Walsh warned a second time for grabbing Kunimoto's glove. Kunimoto landing short shots. He tries to squeeze on Walsh's chin, but loses it before the bell. 10-9 Kunimoto.
Final result: Kunimoto def. Walsh by split decision
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Jon delos Reyes
Round 1: Both whiff on right hands early. Horiguchi hurts him with his first body kick and Reyes falls to his back as Kyoji looks to capitalize. Horiguchi tries to pound away, Reyes controls his posture. Reyes sets up in butterfly guard. One minute in. Horiguchi gets past one hook. Back to butterfly. Reyes elevates and stands, eating punches along the way. Two minutes in. Reyes body kick and right straight. Horiguchi body kick blocked. One more body kick. Reyes catches him with a right and a flying knee. Kyoji clinches and pushes him against the fence. Two minutes to go, Kyoji with some knees.
Reyes with some knees of his own.Kyoji lands a right hand before they separate. Low kick by Reyes countered with a left hook that drops him. Horiguchi pursuing, winging haymakers as Reyes tries to fight back. Reyes pulls guard in desperation and Kyoji continues pointing away. Reyes turtles and it's not long before the referee steps in.
Final result: Horiguchi def. Reyes by TKO (punches)
Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara
Round 1: Kanehara opens with a lazy high kick. Caceres with a right jab and low kick. Counter right form Kanehara connects. Side kick by Caceres connects, as does an inside leg kick. Caceres lands a high kick. Kanehara body kick. One minute in. Kanehara low kick countered with a straight right. Caceres catches a kick and takes Caceres to the ground after landing a right. Caceres controls the wrist briefly, fighting for a triangle, but can't get it. Kanehara hops into half guard. Two minutes in. Caceres regains guard. Right by Kanehara. Caceres controlling Kanehara's posture well. Two minutes to go.
Caceres looks to stand, Kanehara uses the rear waistlock to stay on him. Caceres manages to face him and Kanehara gets in on a leg. Kanehara briefly fights for the single leg, then rocks Caceres with a right hand. Elbow connects and Caceres is unsteady as he tries to retreat. Left hook drops him. Caceres ties him up, but Kanehara continues landing as Caceres stands. Kanehara with a rear waistlock. Caceres grabs a Kimura grip.He turns to face him and lands an elbow before exiting the clinch. Lead left by Caceres. Round ends, 10-9 Kanehara.
Round 2: Kanehara opens with a low kick, then catches a high kick and takes him to the mat. Cacares looks for a guillotine on the way down but abandons it. Kanehara takes his back as he tries to stand. Both hooks in against the cage. Caceres stands, Kanehara still attached to him. One minute in. Kanehara with the body triangle in backpack mode. Kanehara landing a few short right hands. Kanehara gets the arm under the chin and fights to get his other hand free and secure it. Caceres gets free, then goes back to his knees on the mat. Little over two minutes in. Kanehara still looking for the choke. Two minutes to go.
Caceres unable to dislodge the Japanese veteran. Kanehara locks it up, but it's on the chin and he soon lets go. Kanehara with some short punches from the back. One minute to go. Caceres returns to his feet, Kanehara still holding onto the body triangle. Caceres avoids the choke until the bell. 10-8 Kanehara.
Round 3: Caceres with a side kick. Superman punch comes up short. Spinning something doesn't connect. Left straight does connect. Kanehara changes levels as Caceres advances, can't get the takedown. Kanehara avoids a lead uppercut. One minute in. Low kick lands for Kanehara. Caceres combination. Caceres moves in with punches and presses Kanehara against the cage briefly. They split. Right hand and left hook from Kanehara. Body kick from Kanehara. Two minutes in. Nice head kick by Caceres as Kanehara leans in. Lead left by Kanehara, Caceres rushes in. Both men land solid lefts as Caceres tries to continue his pursuit. Caceres leg kick. Lead right by Kanehara. Overhand left from Caceres. Good right hand. Two minutes to go.
Lead right by Kanehara. Caceres moves into the clinch against the fence. Knee to the body. Good left hook on the exit. Kanehara connects with a hard counter left straight. Low kick lands. Superman punch from Alex. High kick blocked, spinning backfist just misses. One minute to go. Leg kick lands. Kanehara kick strays low. Lead left by Kanehara. Counter right. Caceres wades in with punches, eats a few on the way. Straight left by Caceres. Straight right from Kanehara. Caceres runs in with a side kick before the ell. 10-9 Caceres.
Final result: Kanehara def. Caceres by unanimous decision
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Sam Sicilia
Round 1: Kikuno lands a front kick to the body and avoids an attempt to tie up. Kikuno leg kick. Sicilia takes a right, whiffs on one of his own. Sicilia high kick blocked. Kikuno counter right. Sicilia nearly lands a head kick. One minute in. Sicilia high kick blocked. Kikuno body kick, Sicilia low kick. Kikuno avoiding the right hand. Right by Kikuno. Sicilia low kick. Kikuno crescent kick comes up short. Two minutes in. Sicilia body kick and low kick. Kikuno answers. Sicilia counter right hand. Kikuno low kick. Quick inside exchanges. Kikuno low kick. High kick blocked, right hand connects. Sicilia with a knee in the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Kikuno ducks a right hand, kicks the body. Left hook from Kikuno. Counter right by Sicilia. Hook connects. Knee to the body. Kikuno with a pair of low kicks. Sicilia body kick. Kikuno whiffs on a right hand. One minute to go. Kikuno leg kick. Another. Spinning backfist by Kikuno. 1-2 from Sicilia. Sicilia low kick trips Kikuno up. Kikuno left hook lands. Both connect with rights. Counter right from Sam. Sicilia wades in with haymakers and lands a knee to the body before the bell. 10-9 Sicilia.
Round 2: Sicilia moving to avoid the low kick, takes one to the opposite leg. Kikuno body kick blocked, leg kick falls short. Low kick connects. Sicilia tags the leg. Kikuno cracks Sicilia with two left hooks and a cross in between. They clinch and Kikuno grabs the rear waistlock. One minute in. Sicilia tries to throw back elbows. Kikuno liafs him and tosses him down, taking the back as he does. Kikuno secures the rear-naked choke in short order and earns the tap.
Final result: Kikuno def. Sicilia by submission (rear-naked choke)
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Takenori Sato
Round 1: Sato high kick falls short. Low kick lands, Lim catche sit but lets it go. Sato shoots, comes up way short, and pulls open guard. Lim lets him back up. Lim comes up short with the right hand. One minute in. Sato shoots under a punch and grabs a single-leg, but gets blasted with Browne elbows to the side of the head when he moves him to the cage. Sato's legs go out from under him and Lim slams home more and more nasty elbows until the referee saves the limp Sato.
Final result: Lim def. Sato by TKO (elbows)
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Michinori Tanaka
Round 1: Kang looks significantly larger. They exchange and Tanaka stumbles. Tanaka shoots in after taking a right and Kang reverses right into mount. Kang hops onto his back right after. Body triangle for Kang. Kang locks it up over the chin. One minute in. Tanaka still fighting off the choke. Tanaka rolls, can't get on top but does so on the second try. Two minutes in. Kang rises. Tanaka changes levels and completes a single-leg. Kang takes his back briefly, but Tanaka reverses to top position quickly. Kang scoots to the cage. Tanaka looking for the front headlock. Two minutes to go.
Kang with his back on the cage, seated and looking to stand. Tanaka snags a front headlock as they stand. Tanaka tries an inside trip, then pulls guard as Kang tries to capitalize on the failed attempt. Kang on top in full guard near the cage. One minute to go. Tanaka tries a hip-bump sweep, can't get it and gives up half guard. Tanaka tries to stand and again Kang takes his back with the body triangle. Round ends there. 10-9 Kang.
Round 2: Kang starts with an overhand right. Front kick blocked. Right hand also blocked. Body kick connects and he avoids the counter right. Tanaka slips landing a high kick, gets to his feet quickly. Kang with a front kick and overhand right. Low kick lands. Tanaka shoots in and completes the takedown into guard. One minute in. Tanaka so far not unloading. Kang snatches a Kimura; Tanaka grabs his own shorts, but loses his grip and gets flipped over. Two minutes in. Kang in mount with the grip but so far unable to crank it. Tanaka frees his arm, tries to roll and gives up his back once again. Tanaka reverses quickly and hops into half guard. Two minutes to go.
Left hand by Tanaka. Short elbows. Kang manages to gets to a seated position and then elevates Tanaka with butterfly hooks. Tanaka manages to take his back in the ensuing scramble. One minute to go. Kang turns and gives up mount. Elbows by Tanaka. Kang alternating between giving up mount and back, eating punches and elbows from Tanaka. The round ends near the cage. 10-9 Tanaka.
Round 3: Front kick from Kang, low kick lands. Tanaka bouncing on the outside. Neither lands clean for a strtch. Left by Kang. One minute in. Kang front kick misses. Tanaka shoot in on a leg kick, can't get him down but lands a body kick as Kang is off-balance and moves him to the cage. Tanaka completes a single-leg into half guard. Tanaka looking to move into mount, can't get it. Two minutes in. Kang working to stand, Tanaka still on his leg. Kang counters the single-leg into back mount. Tanaka nearly reverses but can't get it this time. Another attempt and he makes enough space for them to stand. Tanaka with some hammerfists and completes an inside trip from the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Tanaka with the front headlock on a seated Kang. Kang looking to stand, Tanaka trying to get back in on the leg. Kang stands, then gets briefly dropped with a left hook. Right by Kang. Punch exchange. Tanaka shoots and gets sprawled on. Kang looking for an anaconda choke. One minute to go. He rolls Tanaka over, but Tanaka rolls free. Both men winging punches. Tanaka catches a front kick, shoots, and Kang tosses him into mount. Kang takes the back, Tanaka reverses him. They stand in the waning seconds. They wing punches once again in the last few seconds. Terrific fight. 10-9 Tanaka with the knockdown making the difference.
Final result: Kang def. Tanaka by split decision
Johnny Case vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Round 1: Lots of feinting early. Case avoids a right hook. Case lands a left hook as Tokudome moves in . Double-leg from Tokudome. Case avoids it but Tokudome clinches against the cage. Case avoids the first trip attempt. One minute in. Tokudome manages to trip him down thirty seconds later. Tokudome on top in side control, although Case has a knee shield in. Two minutes in. Tokudome clears the knee and is in side control proper. Tokudome possible looking for an arm triangle but it blocked by the cage. Case regains guard and eats a left hand. Two minutes to go.
Case uses the butterfly hook to elevate, can't dislodge the Judoka. Again and he manages to stand this time. Tokudome stays on him. Case briefly tries to use a Kimura grip to defend but gets stuck in the clinch again. Case exits, takes a right and lands one. One minute to go. Case high kick falls short. 1-2 from Tokudome blocked. Another high kick blocked, Tokudome retaliates. Neither can land clean before the bell. 10-9 Tokudome.
Round 2: Both whiff on hooks. Inside low kick from Tokudome strays into the cup. They restart soon after. Tokudome slips on a glancing high kick. Case kick blocked. Tokudome with a stiff jab. Case denies a double-leg. One minute in. Case right hand blocked. Another jab by Tokudome. Case comes up short with combinations. Tokudome left to the body. Case low kick connects. Nice right straight gets Tokudome's attention. Two minutes in. Low kick connects for Case. Left hook lands and a pair of rights drop Tokudome hard. Case latches onto a guillotine as Tokudome comes to his senses and it's not long before Tokudome goes to sleep.
Final result: Case def. Tokudome by technical submission (guillotine)
Maximo Blanco vs. Daniel Hooker
Round 1: Maxi opens up with a hook kick attempt. Hooker stops a takedown attempt. Maxi with a glancing left hook as he presses Hooker into the fence. Hooker reverses. Standing elbow from him as Maxi exits. Maxi with a knee to the body and both land punches. One minute in. Hooker pops him with a left and denies another takedown. Level elbow as Maxi moves into the clinch on the fence. Maxi changes levels and tries to get in on the hips, Hooker dropping elbows as he does. Maxi completes the takedown. Hooker quickly scoots his back to the fence and stands. Hooker pressing Blanco. 1-2 lands for him. Two minutes in. Left hook by Blanco. Short right by Hooker. Maxi with an uppercut to start a combo. Maxi smells blood and lands some heavy shots before ducking for a takedown. Hooker again denies it. Jockeying for position on the cage. Hooker with a level elbow as they separate. Maxi cracks him with another uppercut after some exchanges and completes a blast double. Two minutes to go.
Maxi on top in half guard by the cage. Maxi looks for an Americana, Hooker snuffs it out and eats an eblow. Maxi tries to hop into mount and Hooker stands. Maxi cracks him with an elbow and two hard punches before again changing levels. Hooker with a knee to the body and he presses Maxi into the fence. One minute to go. Maxi with two lead uppercuts and a straight after it. Hooker stops a takedown attempt. Hooker body knee, Maxi left hook. Hooker hits him with a straight and they trade punches. Hooker moves into the clinch and lands some strong blows from the plum before the bell. 10-9 Blanco.
Round 2: Hooker counters some wide swings well. Hooker pressuring Maxi and lands a straight. Maxi with a good straight. Another. Hooker low kick. Hooker stops a takedown and takes a series of uppercuts and hooks. Hooker stops another takedown and moves Maxi to the fence. 1-2 by Hooker and a level elbow. Blanco right hook. One minute in. Both land lefts. Hooker low kick, then one after a punching combo. Nice straight left by Hooker. Maxi swats him with rights. 1-1-2 by Hooker. Level elbow, Maxi right hook and right uppercut. Hooker low kick, Maxi with a wide right hook. Hooker body knee, Maxi with right hooks and uppercuts. Two minutes in. Maxi jabs the body, lands a counter right. Hooker with a right of his own. They trade right hands inside. Hooker digs to the body after taking some hooks. Hooker cut over his right eye. Hooker low kick. Blanco again with the right uppercut as Hooker advances. Uppercut by Blanco. Two minutes to go.
Maxi with a level elbow, knee, and right hook. Hooker takes another right hook and continues pursuing with 1-2s. Maxi with a six-punch combo, at least four land. Maxi escapes a clinch attempt. Right hook lands for him. Hooker low kick. Maxi with a left and right hook. Hooker pursuing unfazed. One minute to go.
They trade punches at close range and Maxi is getting the better of it by far. Hooker sneaks in an elbow. Referee pauses the fight, as the cut over Hooker's eye is now huge. Doctor tells the ref the cut's deep, but allows him to continue. They again trade punches, Blanco firing hooks and straights on the retreat as Hooker presses forward with straight shots. Both landing with power. Hooker clinches and drives knees into Blanco's gut before the bell. Hooker has two big cuts and his eye is swelling. 10-9 Blanco.
Round 3: Maxi shoots in and completes a double quickly. Hooker again scoots to the fence, giving up the rear waistlock as he stands. Hooker reverses position. Maxi tries to snag a guillotine a couple times as they jockey. The separate. Hooker lands a good head kick. Low kick lands. 1-1-2. Maxi digs into the body and lands a hard right uppercut and left hook. Maxi again jolts him with an uppercut. Now elbows from Maxi. Both landing good punches, elbows, and knees at close range. 90 seconds in. Maxi shoots in, settles for the front headlock. Hooker looking to get in on Blanco's leg. Now the Thai plum against the fence. Two minutes in. Maxi 1-2, Hooker answers. Clinch. Mxi snags the rear waistlock, can't keep it and they return to the clinch. Hooker 1-2. Body shot. Maxi knees the body, Hooker answers. Level elbows by Maxi. Hooker high kick Hooker wobbles Blanco with a 1-2. Two minutes to go.
Maxi clinches and lands a pair of hooks as they exit. Hooker with some good body shots inside. Level elbow. Another elbow. Maxi with a sequence of jabs, Hooker digs to the body. Hooker tries to get the plum, landing 1-2s in between attempts. One minute to go. Blanco is fading and Hooker is landing strong knees to the body. Hooker pressing Maxi against the cage. Maxi separates, blocks a head kick. Right uppercut by Maxi, right cross by Hooker. Hooker digs with body shots in the clinch. Hooker tries a flying knee and connects with a good standing one before the bell. 10-9 Hooker.
Final result: Blanco def. Hooker by unanimous decision