UFC Fight Night 117 Results: OSP Chokes Out Okami, Saki Debuts with a KO Win

UFC Fight Night in Japan’s Saitama Super Arena started on a good note for the Japanese fighters. Daichi Abe, Shinsho Anzai, Syuri Kondo and Keita Nakamura emerged victorious as they put on an entertaining performance for their home crowd.

 

PRELIMINARY CARD

 

Welterweight Daichi Abe defeated Hyun Gyu Lim via Unanimous Decision in his debut fight. Both the fighters engaged in back and forth action in the early two rounds landing heavy right hands and and left hooks. Abe got the better of Lim as he battered the South Korean leaving his eyes swollen by the end of round 1. After an unintentional eye poke from Lim, Abe was on the receiving end, but came back with his own low kicks and knocking down Lim in the second round and in the decisive moments of third round. With this win, Daichi Abe improves his record to 6-0.

 

What’s Next: With a stacked welterweight division, Daichi has a long road ahead. But with couple of more wins against fighters above his ranking, he can slowly and effectively build his name. As for Lim, losing three fights in a row and with a UFC record of 3-4 has put him in a bad spot.

 

Another Japanese welterweight Shinsho Anzai defeated Luke Jumeau by unanimous decision. Shinsho stepped into the octagon after two long years and relied mostly on his wrestling throughout the rounds trying to take Jumeau to the ground. He did manage to get one in the second round but could not get the most out of it. Jumeau on the other hand kept on defending the takedowns and landed many counter strikes in return, which were not enough in the judge’s scorecard.

 

 

What’s Next: Shinsho is far behind the welterweight talent pool and relying only on his wrestling would not bring him much success.

 

Syuri Kondo defeated Chan-Mi Jeon by split decision. The Japanese Kondo put on a striking clinic in the early rounds as she landed more clean shots and had Jeon on wobbly legs. More striking ensued in the second round with Kondo pushing forward with her kickboxing striking and Jeon landed her knees despite being the fighter on the backfoot. In final round, Kondo showed her precise striking skill as she tagged the tired Jeon.

 

 

What’s Next: With age on her side, the 20-year-old Kondo has a bright career ahead in the UFC if she continues to put on such performances. She could face JJ Aldrich, Jamie Moyle, Jamie Colleen or Ashley Yoder before she can move up to face high calibre strawweight’s. With two losses in a row, Jeon desperately needs a win to stay relevant in this growing division.

 

Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono by split decision in another welterweight action of the preliminary card. The veteran Nakamura put Alex in trouble in the first round as he landed a solid straight front kick that sending Alex in a back pedalling. A takedown from Nakamura progressed him on the scorecard but Alex kept on throwing counter strikes to stay relevant.

 

 

What’s Next: Nakamura has tasted mixed results in his last five octagon appearances and has only fought once this year which it difficult for him to crack in the top #15. With being more active next year and picking up straight wins, he should be well in the rankings.

 

MAIN CARD

 

Jussier da Silva defeated Yuta Sasaki via Rear Naked Choke submission. Silva bounces back to the win bracket as he submitted the Japanese Sasaki who was landing the strikes in the opening minutes of the first round. Silva took Sasaki down with a takedown and quickly took the back with a body triangle.

 

 

What’s Next: With mixed results in his last four fights and losing to top contenders Silva is still far away from any title contention. He must first defeat the likes of Wilson Reis, Joseph Benevidez to even be considered as a challenge to mighty mouse.

 

Flyweight Teruto Ishihara defeated Rolando Dy via Unanimous Decision. It took nearly three low blows to the groin of Teruto that referee eventually deducted a point from Rolando. In the early round Teruto landed a hard blow sending Rolando to the ground. Rolando came back strong in the second round, but every time he pushed the pace it was interfered by a low blow.

 

 

What’s Next: Teruto bounced back after two losses but that won’t be enough for this charismatic flyweight. He has a lot work to be done in improving his skill set and cannot only rely on his left hand. A future fight with Jussier Formiga could test his wrestling skills and a win could also rocket him up in the flyweight division.

 

Gokhan Saki defeated Henrique da Silva via KO in his UFC debut. With just 15 secs remaining in the first round, Saki landed a big left hook dropping the Brazilian out cold. Having fought a first 5 min fight, Saki looked to gassed out once it crossed the 3 mins mark. But he kept on finding the target and landed some heavy leather. Silva had a bad game plan to stand and trade with the elite striker, which eventually costed him the fight.

 

 

What’s Next: Saki can’t just rely on his striking if he wants to create a significant impact in the light heavyweight division. His takedown defence looked good against the purple belt, but he needs to work on his jiu jitsu and wrestling to outdo the higher competition. A $50K performance of the night award is a good start for the Turkish superstar.

 

Dong Hyun Kim defeated Takanori Gomi via TKO. The fireball kid got finished in 90 seconds by the Korean Kim who landed a right hand sending him to the canvas covering up. More punches from the top and referee steps in to stop the fight. It was a quick finish for Kim who now has 2 wins in a row.

 

What’s Next: With 4-9 record in the UFC and losing 5 straight fights, it’s time for Gomi to hang up the gloves. Kim getting a big name win like Gomi means nothing today but another couple of wins in the lightweight division could land him a big-name fight like Jon Tuck, Jim Miller or Myles Jury.

 

Jessica Andrade defeated Claudia Gadelha via Unanimous Decision. The co-main event saw a three-round war between the strawweight’s who slugged it out until the final ring of the bell. Andrade started to open-up from the end of first round and delivered devastating body shots to the #2 Claudia. In the second round, Claudia tried to take her down but was answered with knees and punches. Claudia only managed to hold on to a guillotine choke but was unsuccessful.

 

 

What’s Next: It’s the biggest win for Andrade who toppled the #2 strawweight. This win brings her close to yet another title fight. Claudia who suffered her third loss has to wait till the next year and get a win against another top 5 fighter to come back in the title mix.

 

Ovince St. Preux defeated Yushin Okami via Submission. Yet another big win for OSP with his trademark Von Flue Choke. Okami’s takedown attempt was the beginning of the end as OSP wrapped his hands around Okami’s neck. There was no possibility for Okami to tap out and he was put to sleep in just under two minutes of the first round. OSP gets his $50K performance of the night award.

 

 

What’s Next: A rematch with Shogun Rua. This fight has to be re-booked early next year to settle the score that the win over Rua was not a fluke and OSP can finish fights on the feet or ground. This is the only fight that makes sense for both the light heavyweights.

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