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UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Rua 2 Saint Preux vs. Okami

Saitama Super Arena | Saitama, Japan
Friday, September 22, 2017

** 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.**

CARD RATING

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

MAIN CARD

PRELIMS

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

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