UFC Fight Night 117:
Saint Preux vs. Rua 2 Saint Preux vs. Okami
** UPDATE **
**As of Sept 19th, Mauricio Rua has pulled out of his fight due to a leg injury. Yushin Okami stepped up to take the fight last minute.**
The card starts off with all the preliminary fights going to the judges for their decisions. There were some good back and forth action between the fighters making some rounds tough to judge. The first fight on the main card between Jussier Formiga and Ulka Sasaki ended in the first round at 4:30 due to a Rear Naked Choke Submission. The fight between Henrique Da Silva and Gokhan Saki was intense! It ended in the first round at 4:49 by KO. The fight between Takanori Gomi and Dong Hyun Kim ended before it even began with a TKO at 1:30 of Round 1. The main event between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami was also over before it even began. At 1:50 of Round 1, the fight ended with a Von Flue Choke Submission. And of course, we also have to mention the 3, yes that’s right, 3 groin shots to Teruto Ishihara in his fight against Rolando Dy. The poor guy, he’ll definitely still be feeling those tomorrow.
Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.40/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 4/5. This fight card is tied for 10th place this year alongside the Fight Night on Saturday, January 28 between Shevhenko and Pena.
Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.
Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER
**Ovince Saint Preux ( ) 20 – 10 – 0 VS Mauricio “Sho Gun” Rua (Curitiba, Brazil) 24 – 10 – 0**
Ovince Saint Preux (Tennessee, USA) 20 – 10 – 0 VS Yushin “Thunder” Okami (Kanagawa, Japan) 32 – 10 – 0 Light Heavyweight
- ROUND 1 – Okami starts the round by going for a take down which he gets. Saint Preux then holding Okami in a head and arm submission. Okami does well defending it however Saint Preux is working for a Von Flue Choke. The referee comes in to take a closer look, realizes that Okami is out and stops the fight right away. Ovince Saint Preux wins by Von Flue Choke Submission at 1:50 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (Nigerio, Brazil) 16 – 6 – 0 VS Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 15 – 2 – 0 Strawweight
- ROUND 1 – Gadelha coming out swinging with a few punches towards Andrade. Andrade responds with a left hook. A good exchange by both fighters. Gadelha with a combination of her own. Both fighters swinging at each other however Gadelha seems to be giving the better of the strikes. Gadelha with multiple strikes to Andrade. Gadelha is looking to end the fight sooner rater than later. Andrade grabs a hold of Gadelha and pins her against the cage and slams her down on the ground. Gadelha then has Andrade in a Guillotine choke hold however Andrade escapes. With less than a minute to go Andrade is on top of Gadelha landing some strikes. Andrade continues to hold Gadelha against the ground and delivers strikes from the top as the round comes to an end. We give this round to Andrade for her take down and dominance on the floor.
- ROUND 2 – A hook by Gadelha to start off the second round that stuns Andrade. Gadelha gets a take down however Andrade gets up quick. Andrade then has Gadelha against the cage. Both fighters break and end up in the centre of the Octagon. Gadelha attempts a take down, doesn’t get it however Andrade lands on top and is landing strikes to Gadelha’s head. Andrade landing some body shots and elbows to Gadelha’s head. Gadelha escapes and gets back to her feet as Andrade throws some knees. Both fighters are now back in the centre of the Octagon. They continue to exchange strikes with two minutes to go. Andrade has the momentum in her favour as she is landing a lot more strikes on Gadelha. Andrade backing Gadelha against the cage and bringing more pressure. Andrade has Gadelha against the cage once more and delivering punches to Gadelha’s face. Gadelha not defending well as the referee is looking closer. Both fighters bleeding from various scrapes and cuts. Andrade once again raining down punches to Gadelha as Gadelha is up against the cage with 20 seconds to go. Andrade goes for a take down however Gadelha has her in a Guillotine Choke submission. The horn blows as Gadelha doesn’t get the submission. We give this round to Andrade once again for dominating majority of the round standing as well as on the ground.
- ROUND 3 – Gadelha going for a take down to start off the third round however doesn’t get it. Instead Andrade has Gadelha against the cage. Andrade picks Gadelha up once again and slams her down. Andrade has side control and is throwing down punches to Gadelha’s mid section. Andrade continues to land strikes from the top. The referee looking close once again as Andrade drops some elbows to Gadelha. Andrade continues to dominate Gadelha on the ground, not giving her any breathing space to get up. With 30 seconds left in the round, both fighters are now on their feet and exchange a flurry of punches. With 10 seconds to go, Andrade picks up Gadelha once again and slams her to the ground. We give this round and the fight to Andrade 30-27. Judges Decide: 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Jessica Andrade. Fight Rate: 3/5
Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (Tokyo, Japan) 35 – 13 – 0 VS “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (Busan, South Korea) 14 – 8 – 3 Lightweight
- ROUND 1 – The fight starting off slow with both fighters feeling the other out. A stiff right jab by Kim that knocks Gomi down. Kim jumps in and follows up with a few more strikes before the referee jumps in and ends it. Dong Hyun Kim wins by TKO at 1:30 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Henrique “Frankenstein” Da Silva (Benevides, Brazil) 12 – 3 – 0 VS Gokhan “The Rebel” Saki (Kars, Turkey) 0 – 1 – 0 Light Heavyweight
Fight Fact! This is Gokhan Saki’s UFC Debut.
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters start out aggressive. Punches and kicks thrown by both fighters. A high kick by Saki followed by a straight right that drops Da Silva. Da Silva edging Saki to come to the ground however Saki lets Da Silva back up. Da Silva goes for a take down and has Saki against the cage. Saki throwing punch after punch. backing Da Silva against the cage. Da Silva’s face is bleeding. Two Minutes to go in the round. Da Silva attempting a take down however Saki reverse it and takes Da Silva down. Da Silva gets up quick and delivers 3 knees to Saki. Da Silva with a spinning back fist that Saki blows. Both fighters trading strikes. Da Silva has Saki against the cage delivering strikes and kicks however Saki with a left hook that drops Da Silva. He is out! The referee jumps in to stop the fight. Gokhan Saki wins by KO at 4:49 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Rolando “Dy Incredible” Dy (Paranaque City, Philippines) 8 – 5 – 1 VS Teruto “Yashabo” Ishihara (Osaka, Japan) 9 – 3 – 2 Featherweight
- ROUND 1 – The fighters start off trading kicks with the other. Dy with a strike that gets countered with a left hook by Ishihara. Ishihara jumps on Dy and the fight looks to be over however Dy is surviving and defending Ishihara’s strikes. Ishihara now attempting a Guillotine Submission. Dy defends that well and both fighters are back on their feet. Ishihara takes Dy down again and is landing some elbows from above. With ninety seconds to go, Ishihara is still controlling Dy on the ground against the cage. More elbows from Ishihara. The round comes to an end. We give this round to Ishihara for his take down that almost ended the fight as well as his ground control for majority of the round,
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts off and gets stopped quick as Dy delivers a low blow to Ishihara. Ishihara looking for a take down however he doesn’t get it. Both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. Both fighters throwing big punches that are landing on the other. A few inside leg kicks by Ishihara. A left hook by Dy that stuns Ishihara. 10 seconds to go as Dy comes with a flurry of punches. This was a close round however we give it to Dy for pushing the pace and having more effective striking.
- ROUND 3 – Both fighters starting aggressive. Each knowing that they need to win this round to win the fight. Dy with a knee to Ishihara’s chin as Ishihara attempted a take down. Ishihara goes down to his knees however gets up quick. Another low blow by Dy has Ishihara on the ground needing a minute. The fight continues. Ishihara has Dy against the cage however Dy comes with a flurry of punches to Ishihara’s head. A head kick by Ishihara! Dy responds by a high kick of his own that knocks Ishihara down however Ishihara once again gets up quick. Another low blow to Ishihara! Ishihara is on the ground hurting. That’s the third one and should cost Dy a point. Ishihara still struggling to regain his composure. Poor guy. The referee confirms that a point will be deducted from Dy. Ishihara attempting a take down and gets it with 2 minutes to go. Dy gets up quick however Ishihara still has Dy against the cage. Dy with a high kick that misses. These fighters are going at it in the last few seconds. A head kick by Dy followed by a left hook by Ishihara. We give this round to Ishihara for his aggressive striking and for pushing the pace. We give the fight to Ishihara as well 29-28. Judges Decide: 28-27, 28-27, 29-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Teruto Ishihara. Fight Rate: 3/5
Jussier Formiga (Natal, Brazil) 19 – 5 – 0 VS Ulka Sasaki (Shizuoka, Japan) 20 – 4 – 2 Flyweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters starting out the main card fast and furious! A right hook by Sasaki that catches Formiga’s chin. A knee by Sasaki followed by a body kick. A flurry of punches in response by Formiga. Formiga goes for a take down and gets it. Formiga on top of Sasaki as Sasaki delivers some punches from below. Formiga working on a rear naked choke however doesn’t have it. Formiga changes position and attempts it again this time sinking the choke in deep and forcing Sasaki to tap out. Jussier Formiga wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 4:30 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Alex “The Great White” Morono (Texas, USA) 13 – 3 – 0 VS Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura (Toyko, Japan) 32 – 8 – 2 Welterweight
- ROND 1 – Morono coming out quick! He lunges towards Nakamura with a right hook however misses. Both fighters looking to find their range as they exchange strikes, nothing of significance. Nakamura with a body kick that hurts Morono and backs him up against the cage. With less than a minute to go, we give this round to to Morono for pushing the pace and being the more aggressive fighter.
- ROUND 2 – Both fighters coming in strong to start off the second round. A left hand by Nakamura. Nakamura seems to be taking his time throwing his shots. Morono pushing the pace and keeping Nakamura backed towards the cage. A few head strikes by Morono. A right hook by Morono that Nakamura ducks under. The round comes to an end. We give it once agin to Morono for pushing the pace.
- ROUND 3 – Nakamura starting out the third round with a few leg kicks. Nakamura attempting a take down which he gets. Nakamura fighting for side control however Morono defends well and both fighters are back on their feet in the centre of the Octagon with three minutes to go. Nakamura with a high kick. Nakamura seems to be pushing the pace in this round backing Morono up towards the cage. Nakamura with another take down. Morono attempting a Guillotine submission however with a cut on Nakamura’s head dripping down blood, Morono can’t hold it and Nakamura escapes. A flurry of strikes and head kick attempts by both fighters to end the round. We give this round to Nakamura for his take downs and aggressive strikes, however we give the fight to Morono 29-28. Judges Decide: 29-28 Nakamura, 29-28 Morono, 29-28 for the winner by split decision Keita Nakamura. Fight Rate: 3/5
Chan-Mi “Ottogi Girl” Jeon (Seoul, South Korea) 5 – 1 – 0 VS Syuri Kondo (Tokyo, Japan) 5 – 0 – 0 Strawweight
Fight Fact! This is Syuri Kondo’s UFC Debut.
- ROUND 1 – Both ladies starting slow looking to feel the other out. Jeon with a right hand that catches Kondo in her face. A right hand by Kondo as she backs Jeon against the cage. Jeon running from Kondo to bring the fight back to the centre of the Octagon. Kondo pushing the pace as she is chasing down Jeon. Both fighters exchanging strikes however none are of significance. 20 seconds to go. We give this round to Kondo for pushing the pace and being the more aggressive striker.
- ROUND 2 – Both fighters trading punches to start off the second round. A straight right from Kondo has Jeon backing towards the cage. With a minute to go, both fighters continue trading strikes, none to be of major effect to the other. Jeon running from Kondo towards the end of the round. We give this round to Kondo for pushing the pace once again.
- ROUND 3 – Once again the round starts off with both fighters exchanging a series of punches and kicks. A low kick by Kondo that buckles the leg of Jeon. Jeon recovers well and both fighters continue trading strikes. Kondo aggressively attacking Jeon and backing her up. Jeon a little wobbly but continues fighting as the round comes to an end. We give this round and the fight to Kondo 30-27. Judges Decide: 29-28 Jeon, 30-27 Kondo and 30-27 for the winner by split decision Syuri Kondo. Fight Rate: 3/5
Shinsho “Animal” Anzai (Tokyo, Japan) 7 – 1 – 0 VS Luke “The Jedi” Jumeau (Hamilton, New Zealand) 12 – 3 – 0 Welterweight
- ROUND 1 – Anzai starting off the round aggressive with a series of punches and kicks. Jumeau seems to be the calmer one waiting for his opportunity. Anzai backs Jumeau against the cage and lands a knee to Jumeau’s body. Anzai then attempting a take down that is defended by Jumeau. A right – left jab combo by Anzai that has Jumeau wobbling against the cage. Anzai comes in for some more strikes as the two struggle for position. Both fighters break and are back to the centre of the Octagon. A right jab by Jumeau that lands on Anzai. 30 seconds to go. We give this round to Anzai for pushing the pace and controlling the round.
- ROUND 2 – Anzai attempting a take down to star off the round. Jumeau jumping back to his feet quick. Anzai chasing after Jumeau with kicks however Jumeau defending well. Anzai with a take down that he finally gets. Both fighter struggling for dominance or a submission. Both fighters break and are back in the centre of the Octagon. Not much action coming from the take down with 20 seconds to go. An uppercut by Jumean that stuns Anzai to end the round. Even thought here wasn’t much action for majority of this round, we give it to Anzai once again for his aggressive striking and pushing the pace.
- ROUND 3 – Anzai attempting another take down to start off the last round however he does not get it. Anzai then backing Jumeau up against the cage looking for another take down. Nothing comes from it as both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. Anzai then attempting another take down that Jumeau reverses. Anzai reverses that and has Jumeau against the cage however the two break quick and are back in the centre of the Octagon. Anzai coming at Jumeau with some strikes which Jumean defends. Anzai then with knees to Jumeau’s chest and face against the cage. Anzai attempting another take down which he doesn’t get. Jumeau reverses it and has Anzai against the cage. Jumeau with a few uppercuts to end the round however it may be too late in the game to win it. We give this round and the fight to Anzai 30-27. Judges Decide: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Shinsho Anzai. Fight Rate: 3/5
Daichi Abe (Tokyo, Japan) 5 – 0 – 0 VS Hyun Gyu “The Ace” Lim (Seoul, South Korea) 13 – 6 – 1 Welterweight
Fight Fact! This is Daichi Abe’s UFC Debut.
- ROUND 1 – Here we go! After a touch of gloves we are off. Both fighters getting into the fight with some punches and kicks. Not much power behind the shots as it seems they are finding their range. A right hand by Lim that was countered by Abe. A hook by Abe that leaves Lim stumbling. And another! Two over the head right hands by Abe to Lim’s head. Abe with a few shots that backs Lim to the cage however he recovers quickly and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. Another series of punches exchanged by both fighters to end the round. We give this round to Abe for his more effective striking and continuously backing Lim towards the cage.
- ROUND 2 – Both Lim’s eyes are swelling from the strikes by Abe. An eye poke by Lim towards Abe has the referee calling a quick time out. The doctor clearing Abe to fight however Abe asking for another minute, the doctor asking for 5 minutes. As there is usually no time out for an eye poke the fight resumes. Another right hand by Abe. A right hook to Abe’s face from Lim had Abe backing up. Followed by another! You can tell the momentum is changing from Abe leading in the first round to Lim leading in this round. Just under a minute to go. Another right hook by Lim! A right hand by Abe that knocks Lim down just as the horn blows. We give this round to Lim for pushing the pace and for his striking.
- ROUND 3 – A right hook to start off the third round by Lim. A one two punch by Lim towards Abe. Abe seems to be playing it safe while Lim is throwing majority of the strikes. Ninety seconds to go. With 25 seconds left, Abe strikes Lim with a right hook and knocks him down! Lim gets up quickly again however Abe takes him down once again as the horn blows. Due to the take down and the aggressive striking at the end, we give this round and the fight to Abe 29-28. Judges Decide: All three judges score the fight 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Daichi Abe. Fight Rate: 3/5