What were the top stories last week?
While the main event isn’t a huge draw, it’s a great fight for Fox.
It’s UFC Fight Night Japan, which is always a fun show simply because of the environment. Follow along with our live coverage. Continue reading
The telling thing about that event though is that Brian Stann won one of the night’s best fights, defeating Jorge Santiago by KO at 4:29 of the 1st round, and both fighters have gone in opposite directions since. Santiago lost a unanimous decision to Gunnar Nelson last month and was released by UFC for the third (and possibly last) time, while ‘All American’ Stann has only lost two times since then and both against top ranked fighters – Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. Stann still feels like a contender at middleweight while Santiago feels like a fighter past his prime. Continue reading
Why am I up at 6AM to watch UFC? I’m not exactly sure. This is the first ever UFC event in China and while Cung Le isn’t Chinese, I guess he is the closest thing the UFC has to someone who channels Bruce Lee’s spirit.
1. Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Mizugaki escaped a submission attempt and ended up in the top position and was throwing wicked shots from the top, going for broke. Easily his round.
It was a very similar round to the first. It lasted on the feet longer and Mizugaki threw a nice right hand that seemed to stagger Hougland, but he may also have been playing possum because after looking like he was hurt, he came right back with a right hand of his own. Round was to Mizugaki again.
Mizugaki couldn’t put him away, but he dominated round. He busted Hougland open with an elbow from the top and continued to pound away. Mizugaki should win this unanimously.
Winner: Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision
One judge gave it to him 30-25. If you were a generous judge, I could see that. But Hougland wasn’t even close to being stopped.
2. Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang