Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) back to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, this Sat. night (Sept. 26, 2015) LIVE on FOX Sports 1, with select "Prelims" on FOX Sports 2.
UFC Fight Night 75: "Barnett vs. Nelson" will be headlined by the heavyweight showdown pitting longtime veteran of "The Land of the Rising Sun," Josh Barnett, against portly-power puncher Roy Nelson. In the middleweight co-main event, international star Gegard Mousasi collides with flashy striker Uriah Hall.
All that and so much more!
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 75 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 75 QUICK RESULTS:
Josh Barnett def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 50-45)
Uriah Hall def. Gegard Mousasi by TKO (strikes) at 0:25 of Round Two
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno by TKO (punches) at 0:28 of Round One
Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara fight to a draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Keita Nakamura def. Li Jingliang by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round Three
Nick Hein def. Yusuke Kasuya by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Kajan Johnson def. Naoyuki Kotani by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Shinsho Anzai def. Roger Zapata by TKO (injury) at 0:47 of Round Three
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 75 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson
Round 1: Barnett is in the best shape I've sen him. Glancing right from Nelson, low kick from Barnett. Barnett lands a head kick, which Roy uses to go for a single-leg and wrangle Josh to the mat. One minute in. No real action from top or bottom. Two minutes in. The ref stands them up thirty seconds later. Barnett continues in the southpaw stance. Knees to the body from Barnett. Roy lands a left inside and a right to the body after absorbing a knee. Another knee by Barnett, who goes to work in the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Roy grabs the bodylock, Josh spins free. Good body kick by Barnett, then more dirty boxing. Nice uppercuts. Roy grabs the bodylock and reverses position on the fence. One minute to go. Roy manages to finish the takedown, again landing in half guard. Barnett controlling posture. Roy looking to slip his knee through. Josh keeps him locked up until the bell. 10-9 Barnett.
Round 2: Barnett leans away from a pair of 1-2s. Roy backs him up with a combination. Low kick by Barnett, inside uppercuts from Nelson. Right hook lands for Barnett, then another. Intercepting knee from The Warmaster. Sharp straight left by Barnett, right hand from Nelson, straight and uppercut from Barnett. Heavy right hands by Barnett and a pair of heavy knees. Roy's giving ground and looks winded already. Nasty clinch work from Barnett. Roy ties up, can't get the takedown and Barnett takes him to the fence. More knees and dirty boxing by Barnett. Nasty work on the inside from Barnett to the body and head. Roy looking for knees. Two minutes to go.
Hard knee from Barnett. Roy tries to dig in with uppercuts. Barnett answers with his own and more shots to the body. His clinch is just brutal. One minute to go. Hard elbow by Barnett. Knee to the body, elbow up top and a visibly winded Roy backs off. High kick lands for Roy, then a right hand. Barnett cracks him with a pair of punches that back him off. Back to the clinch and the knees. Knee and right hand from Barnett end the round. 10-9 Barnett.
Round 3: Nice uppercut from Barnett to start the round off. Nelson gets double underhooks and presses Barnett against the cage. Knees to the thigh from Roy. One minute in. More knees. The ref splits them up and Josh steps in with a knee into the clinch. Two minutes in. Roy reverses position after eating another knee. Barnett fights off the takedown and goes right back after Roy. Another knee for Barnett into the clinch. Nasty uppercut by Barnett. Knee upstairs. Right hook as Roy separates. Two minutes to go.
Roy has very little left and eats another uppercut as they tie up. Straight left by Barnett, right hand by Roy. Roy looks for another single-leg. Roy pressing him against the cage. One minute to go. Barnett manages to fight off a high crotch, Roy is still on his leg. The ref splits them up and Roy has the look of a defeated man as he makes distance. Barnett lands a body kick and a knee, then eats a right to the body before the bell. 10-9 Barnett.
Round 4: Barnett looks for a high kick, then a teep. Nice uppercut and knee from Barnett into the clinch. More knees by Barnett. Roy changes levels and grabs a leg. He manages to spin Barnett down, but Josh reverses and gets back to his feet. One minute in. More knees to the body from Barnett. Nice elbow upstairs. Short uppercuts in the clinch. Barnett opening up at close range with brutal punches and elbows. Nelson swings back. Two minutes in. Nasty elbows by Barnett. Knees, elbows, punches; Roy is taking a whooping from the clinch. Nice backfist by Roy, who takes Josh down. Josh goes for a leg, but gives up his back. Two minutes to go.
Barnett manages to stand and grabs a Kimura grip. He drops it and turns to face Roy. Roy still looking for a leg. The ref splits them up with a minute to go. Another hard combination by Barnett into the clinch. Barnett continues the clinchwork until the bell. 10-9 Barnett.
Round 5: Spinning back kick from Barnett to the belly. Roy lands a check hook, eats a left straight. Body kick by Roy, combination by Barnett into the clinch. One minute in. Barnett keeping up the punishment at a measured ace. Elbows by Barnett. Roy whacks the body and lands an elbow of his own. Two minutes in. Roy gently bonks Barnett's forehead with about six right hands. Roy gets double unders and presses Barnett against the cage. Nelson completes the takedown, Josh counters with a Kimura. Two minutes to go.
Barnett makes it to his feet and again whacks Roy with a step-in knee. Uppercut from Barnett. Roy reverses position. One minute to go. The referee splits them up. Roy fires off a pair of hard right hands, takes a body kick. 1-2 from Roy. Uppercut by Barnett and head kick attempt. Roy lands one more good right before the bell. 10-9 Barnett, and we get a good old Kimbo-Alexander double-hands-on-knees moment after the bell.
Final result: Barnett def. Nelson by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall
Round 1: Mousasi on the advance, completes a high single and scrambles into guard. Solid ground-and-pound by Mousasi. Mousasi passes to half guard, landing accurate shots. Side control now for Gegard. One minute in. Hall manages to bump him off when he tries to take mount, so Mousasi just whacks him with some more good shots from guard. Gegard looking for an arm-triangle from half guard. Loses it. Two minutes in. Mousasi slips right into mount. Hall again bumps him off and looks for a leg. Gegard out of danger and comes down with a left hand. Two minutes to go.
Gegard looking for the back. He gets his leg free and again takes top position. Hall looking for a Kimura, manages to roll Mousasi and transition to an armbar. Mousasi stacking him. Gegard gets free and again takes half guard. Now mount again. One minute to go. Hall gives up his back. Gegard drops some punches and locks up the body triangle. Mousasi softens him up with shots, then fights for the RNC. He looks like he has it, but Hall manages to get free. 10-8 Mousasi.
Round 2: Hall pops him with a jab, then rocks Mousasi with a spinning back kick to the face. A flying knee lands clean and Mousasi falls to the ground. Hall pounds away until the referee steps in, completing the incredible upset.
Final result: Hall def. Mousasi by TKO (strikes)
125 lbs.: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus
Round 1: Horiguchi lands a long right hand and body kick early. 1-2 from the Japanese fighter, right hand by Camus. Body shot from Horiguchi. Left hook lands in an exchange. One minute in. 1-2 by Horiguchi, Camus lands a right. Horiguchi shoots in, denied. Counter right from Horiguchi. Camus stuffs another shot. Horiguchi tries a wheel kick and Camus grabs the body lock. Two minutes in. Knee by Camus before they split. Horiguchi with a body kick. They clinch up briefly. Hard right by Camus. Another right by Camus in an exchange. Two minutes to go.
Lead hook from the Japanese fighter. Head kick attempt. Horiguchi lands a knee to the body, eats a right hand. One minute in. Horiguchi to the body. Another right lands for Camus, then a left hook. Both swing and miss. Camus' defense doing quite well. Horiguchi fakes a level change and lands a left hook. Close round. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 2: Good right by Camus, Horiguchi hurts him in an exchange and blitzes with punches. Horiguchi tries to take the back, can't do so and separates. Glancing counter right by Horiguchi. 1-2 by Camus, 1-2-3 from Horiguchi in return. Camus' right eye is bleeding. One minute in. Horiguchi misses a counter right, fires a combination inside. Nice check hook from Camus. Counter right by Horiguchi, left hook by Camus. Camus shoves Horiguchi down briefly. Two minutes in. Horiguchi tries to change levels as Camus advances but can't do so. Good exchange in the pocket, body kick by Horiguchi. Two minutes to go.
They exchange inside. Lean-back uppercut from Horiguchi. Nice counter right. Check hook, Camus comes back with a right hand. Horiguchi lands a knee. 1-2 lands. Both swing inside, don't land clean. One minute to go. Counter right from Horiguchi. Lead right lands for him. Camus tries to tie up, eats another hard punch before the bell. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 3: Camus comes out aggressively. Horiguchi takes him to the fence. Camus coming up short with his punches. Glancing head kick by Horiguchi. 1-2-3 from the Japanese fighter. Camus lands a jab. One minute in. Check hook by Horiguchi. 1-2 lands for him after some whiffed exchanges. Good 1-2 by Camus. Horiguchi tries a takedown, can't get it. Two minutes in. Low kick from Horiguchi. Overhand right by Horiguchi. Camus threatens a takedown. Horiguchi grabs the rear waistlock and takes him to the fence. Camus manages to separate. Two minutes to go.
Body kick by Horiguchi. Check hook lands for Camus. Counter right by the Japanese fighter. One minute to go. Camus is going for it but can't land anything game-changing. Flying knee by Horiguchi. Horiguchi shoots, lands a glancing head kick on the break. 1-2 hurts Camus and Horiguchi chases after him. Camus wings some bombs in return until the bell. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Final result: Horiguchi def. Camus by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop
Round 1: Mizugaki just whiffs on some counters. counter right by Roop as they trade on the fence. Roop presses him into the cage. Knee to the body from Mizugaki. One minute in. They trade blows to the body in the clinch. Body shot and right cross land for Mizugaki. Good right hand by Mizugaki as Roop retreats. Roop backs him up and lands a straight left before clinching against the fence. Two minutes in. Mizugaki looking for a trip, has the bodylock. Roop turns him and lands a knee to the body before they split. They swing away and Mizugaki lands a pair of hard shots before Roop presses him into the fence. Two minutes to go.
Mizugaki reverses position. They separate. Right hand by Roop. Back to the clinch. Mizugaki reverses. They split. Roop with a knee to the body. Nice overhand right by Mizugaki and Roop wades in under fire. Both men swing big shots at close quarters until the bell. 10-9 Mizugaki.
Round 2: Mizugaki looks for a counter right, eats a low blow. Hard overhand right and left hook knock Roop back. Roop ties up and takes him to the fence, where Mizugaki gets the plumb and knees the body. Mizugaki reverses. They jockey for position. One minute in. Roop changes levels, nothing there. They separate. Counter right from Mizugaki and more heavy punches land as Roop steps into the clinch. Roop separates and tries a head kick. Back to the clinch. Two minutes in. Mizugaki pressing him against the fence. Roop reverses. They split and Roop slips throwing a head kick. Low kicks land for him. Goo jab by Roop, body shot from Mizugaki, counter from Roop. Two minutes to go.
Mizugaki lands another overhand right. Roop touches the body and goes back into the clinch. They separate. Mizugaki lands a left to the body. One minute to go. Roop trying to exchange at close range and paying for it. Left by Mizugaki on the pivot. Another overhand right from Mizugaki connects. Bell, 10-9 Mizugaki.
Round 3: Body shot from Mizugaki, quick exchange inside. Hard uppercut by Roop as he enters the clinch. They split. Straight right connects for Mizugaki. One minute in. Roop ties up again. Mizugaki reverses position, Roop reverses right back. Roop slugs away and works for a takedown. Mizugaki fights it off and reverses position on the fence. Body shot from Mizugaki allows Roop to turn it around. Two minutes in. Elbow by Roop, who changes levels but can't get it. Roop digs to the body with right hands and they jockey for position. Again Roop changes levels without success. Mizugaki swings on the break. Roop tries a jumping knee and goes right bakc to the clinch on the fence. Two minutes to go.
They split and Mizugaki cracks him with a left hand. Stiff jab by Mizugaki as he clinches up this time. Roop reverses. Hard knee by Mizugaki on the exit. Roop clinches up yet again. They fight for position. Roop lands a right. They separate. Both men swing and Roop clinches at the bell. 10-9 Roop.
Final result: Mizugaki def. Roop by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Round 1: Low kick from Kikuno, Brandao tries to counter and then knocks Kikuno down with the next overhand. Brandao pummeling away and puts Kikuno away with a series of nasty right hands.
Final result: Brandao def. Kikuno by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara
Round 1: Ishihara fakes the glove touch and fires a body kick. Jerk. Low kick lands. 2-1 lands for Hirota, then a hard left hook. Head kick attempt, low kick lands for Yashabo. counter left from Ishihara. Lead left this time. Low kick. One minute in. Hirota lands a low kick, takes a long 1-2. Ishihara knocks an off-balance Hirota to the mat and cracks him with a pair of lefts on the way up. Straight left from Hirota. Counter left by Ishihara. Two minutes in. Right hook by Ishihara and low kick. Body kick. Hard lead right and left hook from Hirota. Ishihara wades in with heavy punches. Overhand left connects for him. Superman punch attempt. Ishihara tries a knee-tap. Straight left lands. Two minutes to go.
Hard left by Yashabo. Hirota tries a head kick. Lead right from Hirota and they clinch on the fence. Ishihara lands a body kick once they separate, then a leg kick and straight left. One minute to go. Straight right from Hirota, who walks into a counter. HIrota's got a chin on him. Nice left hook from Hirota. Lead right hand, then another. Straight left snaps Hirota's head back. Hirota lands a right, then gets dropped by a left before the bell. 10-9 Ishihara.
Round 2: Low kick by Ishihara. Left hook lands for him, then another one. Ishihara potshotting. Hirota runs into another straight left and briefly hits the ground. Cross counter by Hirota amidst the long punches he's taking. One minute in. Counter left by Ishihara. Straight right and left hook by Hirota. Body kick from Ishihara. Hirota lands a left hook. Good left inside by Ishihara. Hirota lands a lead right, lands and eats a left. Two minutes in. Superman punch by Hirota. Hirota lands a lead right that seems to trip Ishihara up. Nice straight left by Ishihara. Both land right hands and Hirota connects with a hook. Ishihara's punches are losing some steam as Hirota presses forward. Two minutes to go.
They clinch on the fence. Hirota changes levels and brings Ishihara to the mag. Hammerfists by Hirota as Ishihara stands and they separate. Ishihara tries a spinning back fist. One minute to go. Combination by Hirota, counter left from Ishihara. Ishihara fights off a takedown attempt, eats some punches and lands a counter left. Three-punch combo by Hirota. They slug on the fence. Great round. 10-9 Hirota.
Round 3: Hirota pressing forward, fires a left hook. Ishihara drops him with a heavy left hand. Hirota threatens an ankle pick and returns to his feet. More lefts by Ishihara and one staggers Hirota. Hirota still advancing and cracking Ishhara with some good punches. Another counter left by Ishihara. One minute in. Hirota lands a knee to the body and they tie up. Nasty elbow and left hook from Hirota, then a right hand that connects hard. Hirota changes levels, can't get him down but lands a knee. Ishihara separates, eats a left hook. Two minutes in. Low kick from Ishihara. Hirota shoots in and takes Ishihara down on the fence. Hirota looking to take the back. Two minutes to go.
Short punches from Hirota. Ishihara manages to get free and they return to the center. Hirota briefly gets the bodylock, can't get him down but ties up on the fence. One minute to go. They separate and both land their power hands before Hirota clinches up once again. Elbows and hooks by Hirota. Knee to the body. Ishihara lands a heavy left and they trade until the bell. Hell of a fight. 10-9 Hirota.
Final result: Split draw
170 lbs.: Li Jingliang vs. Keita Nakamura
Round 1: Quick start to the round and Nakamura immediately drops Jingliang with a left hook. Jingliang looks for a triangle when K-Taro goes into his guard. Nakamura gets himself free and Jingliang locks up his guard. One minute in. Jingliang mostly controlling posture at the moment. Two minutes in. Jingliang still clinging tightly. Two minutes to go.
The referee has been calling for action for two minutes and none has occurred. One minute to go. This ref is absolutely horrible. He finally stands them up with forty seconds to go. Glancing high kick from Nakamura, counter left by Jingliang. Hard right hook from Nakamura and a knee, Jingliang hurts him with a pair of right hands. 10-9 Nakamura.
Round 2: Lead hook by Nakamura. counter right by Jingliang, counter right by Nakamura. Hard exchange, favoring Jingliang. Nakamura stumbles after missing a high kick. Good punches by The Leech. One minute in. Good right hand. Stiff jab, body shot, right upstairs. Step-in knee by Nakamura. 1-2 by Jingliang, then a low kick. Two minutes in. Looping hook lands for Jingliang. Right hook lands for Nakamura. Very stiff jab and rights to the body by Jingliang. Nice punches by The Leech yet again. Two minutes to go.
BIG right hand and a hard left drops Nakamura. Nakamura hunting for a leg. The Leech dropping strikes. Jingliang stands over him and the ref waves Nakamura up. One minute to go. Both men look fatigued. Stiff right by Jingliang. Jingliang's jab continues to land. Nice counter left by Nakamura, Jingliang comes back with a pair of heavy shots himself. 10-9 Jingliang.
Round 3: Nakamura in pursuit, eats a stiff jab. Jingliang ripping off counters and continuing to land that stiff jab. He sprawls on a shot and eats a right. Nakamura's game if nothing else. Jingliang to the body. Left hook by Nakamura after eating some more jabs. Jingliang shoots and takes Nakamura down against the fence. The Japanese fighter makes it to his feet. One minute in. The ref breaks them up before long. Nakamura shoots, Jingliang sprawls. Nakmura sits through and takes Jingliang's back, immediately locking up the RNC on a standing Jingliang. The Leech goes limp and faceplants, giving Nakamura his first UFC win.
Final result: Nakamura def. Jingliang by technical submission (rear-naked choke)
155 lbs.: Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya
Round 1: Body kick from Kasuya to start things off. Low kick by Hein. Kasuya with a right downstairs and a knee tap that forces Hein to scramble up. One minute in. Another body kick by Kasuya. They clinch and Hein lands a NASTY knee to the bojangles. Kasuya looks like he's in serious pain and takes pretty much the full five minutes, but he manages to get back into the fight. Short left uppercut lands for the Japanese fighter. Hein bounces a right hook off his guard. Two minutes in. Hein whiffs on a two-piece combo. Counter left lands for the German. Switch kick from Kasuya. Two minutes to go.
Hein lands a right hook that begins a three-punch combo. Long left by Kasuya. 1-2 from Hein. No major exchanges yet. One minute to go. Kasuya lands a low kick. Lead left connects for Hein. Kasuya shoots, Hein sprawls and tries a knee on the way up. 10-10.
Round 2: Hein comes out swinging and they trade on the fence until Kasuya backs him off with a stinging right hand. Hein looking for 1-2s, so far just hitting forearm. Kasuya body kick. One minute in. More glancing 1-2s by Hein, then a left to the body. Overhand left gets just around the guard. Hein tries to tie up but cannot do so. Two minutes in. Snappy right hook lands for him. 1-2 connects. As does the next one. Kasuya tries to go high, connects with a stiff left. Two minutes to go.
Counter left by Hein, who has a mouse under his left eye. Lead right hook from Hein, body shot from Kasuya. Hein connects with a stiff jab. Hard counter 1-2. One minute to go. Check hook by Hein; he's winning on volume. Spinning back fist misses badly. Kasuya tries to trip him up at the bell but cannot do so. 10-9 Hein.
Round 3: Kasuya continues to advance as Hein circles. Hard counter left answers a Kasuya push kick. Low kick by the Japanese fighter. Stiff jab lands, switch kick nearly does as well. One minute in. Lead right hook by Hein. Uppercut and left cross snap Kasuya's head back. Two minutes in. 3-1 from Kasuya. Hein with a hard low kick. Hein low kick. Two minutes to go.
Hein circling very emphatically. Another hard low kick by the German. Kasuya whiffs on some heavy shots, does manage to land a low kick. One minute to go. Kasuya catches a low kick and takes Hein down, only to get swept immediately. Hein takes a finger in the eye in transition and they resume. Right hook rom Hein, body kick from Kasuya. They yell at each other and slug until the bell. 10-9 Kasuya.
Final result: Hein def. Kasuya by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Round 1: Johnson advancing, Kotani circling. High kick attempt by Johnson. One minute in. 1-2 from Johnson, Kotani comes back with a straight left. Front kick to the body by the Canadian. Kotani tries and fails to tie up after a two-piece combo by Johnson, who's looking for side kicks. Two minutes in. Right hook hurts Kotani and Johnson attacks. Kotani manages to tie up and survive.
Two minutes to go. Kotani shoots in and looks for a high-single, can't get it and eats a knee. Kotani circling on the fence, blocks a wheel kick. One minute to go. Lots of movement from Johnson in the final minute. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Kotani tries a high kick. Axe kick attempt by Johnson. Kotani looks for a high-single when Johnson tries to cut off his circling. One minute in. Counter right by Johnson drops Kotani. He lands another as he stands over him and Johnson unloads with ground-and-pound. Kotani somehow manages to survive. Two minutes in. Left hand by Kotani. BIG knee by Johnson crushes Kotani's body as the Japanese fighter shoots and Johnson takes top position. Ground-and-pound by Johnson. Again, Kotani somehow makes it to his feet. Two minutes to go.
Inside low kick from Kotani. Another counter right drops Kotani briefly. The Japanese fighter shoots, can't get it. Lots of movement, little action once again. One minute to go. Round ends without more action. 10-8 Johnson.
Round 3: Kotani looks to still be game, but eats a counter He lands a counter of his on soon afterwards. Low kick by Kotani. Combination by Kotani and he gets the bodylock, taking Johnson down on the fence. Half-butterfly guard. Short shots by Kotani. Two minutes in. Johnson turns for a leglock, can't get it but manages to achieve full guard. Johnson turning for an armbar as Kotani whacks away with short shots. Two minutes to go.
Johnson threatens the armbar once again, then inverts for the leg. Kotani whacks away. Johnson goes for a leg and Kotani falls back for a toe hold. He can't get it and they return to their feet. Left hand by Johnson and Kotani looks for a single-leg. No dice. Kotani again shoots in, stuffed. Again. Jumping knee by Johnson, then a hard right cross before the bell. 10-9 Kotani.
Final result: Johnson def. Kotani by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata
Round 1: Zapata looks for a high kick, eats a leg kick. Anzai leans in and very nearly eats a head kick. Anzai shoots in behind a nice overhand right and takes Zapata to the cage. They swing when he releases and Zapata backs him off with a right hook. Zapata stuffs anther, lands a left hand, and gets taken to the fence once again. One minute in. Anzai wrenches him up and completes the takedown after some difficulty. Zapata scoots his way to the cage. Two minutes in. No real ground-and-pound as of yet. Anzai makes it to half guard briefly. Zapata makes it to his feet and Anzai grabs a bodylock. Knees to the stomach by Anzai. Two minutes to go.
Zapata blatantly grabs the fence to avoid a single-leg and they separate. Low kick by Anzai. Zapata checks the next one, eats a left hand, and fights off a single-leg. Anzai leaves his head on the outside and Zapata looks for a guillotine. One minute to go. He releases it and Anzai continues grinding. More fence grabbing. They jockey for position on the fence until the bell. 10-9 Anzai.
Round 2: Body kick and 1-2 from Zapata. Anzai again shoots behind an overhand right, Zapata shrugs him off. Zapata whacks him with a few punches and Anzai changes levels. Anzai takes his head out of a loose guillotine. Zapata separates. Glancing hook by Anzai, right hand lands but Zapata comes back with a hard flurry. Anzai takes him to the fence yet again. MASSIVE fence grab by Roger Zapata, holy crap. Anzai drags him down anyway. Two minutes in. Anzai pops him with a left hand. Zapata looking for an arm-in guillotine. Anzai pops his head out and whacks the body with a right. Two minutes to go.
Anzai stands over him, comes down into side control and takes the back in short order.Zapata manages to turn and shoot in as Anzai defends with a Kimura grip. Anzai reverses position on the fence and changes levels for a single-leg. One minute to go. They separate, Anzai again wings the right and shoots in. Zapata defending the takedown well. Anzai lands some short knees and eats a left before the bell. 10-9 Anzai.
Round 3: Right hook by Zapata, Anzai rattles him with a counter right on theh pivot. Zapata drops his hands to taunt, lands a combination on Anzai. More posturing by Zapata, who throws a punch and breaks his finger as Anzai advances. That'll go down as a TKO win for Anzai.
Final result: Anzai def. Zapata by TKO (injury)