“UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le” took place early Saturday morning inside Cotai Arena in Macau.
A middleweight shootout between Rich Franklin and Cung Le headlined the Octagon’s debut in China.
Light heavyweights Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov served as the co-main attraction.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Hyun Gyu Lim vs. David Mitchell*
Riki Fukuda Defeated Tom DeBlass via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: After some jousting, Fukuda scores a takedown. DeBlass is active from off his back and manages to scramble free. Nice left hook from DeBlass. Fukuda lands a takedown of his own just before the horn blares. Close frame to score. Fukuda, 10-9.
2ndRound: Fukuda is much more active to start the middle stanza. He lands an inside leg kick and starts to go to work with a flurry of punches. DeBlass connects on a couple of power shots, but Fukuda is the more aggressive fighter and is dictating the action. Fukuda, 10-9.
3rdRound: Fukuda trips him to the mat and lands in full mount. He’s very active with his ground attack, though nothing devastating has landed. DeBlass is left with little options because his head is pinned against the fence. Despite his relentless attack, referee Marc Goddard forces a standup with one minute remaining. Not much more luck for DeBlass, as he’s eating punches there, too. Fukuda, 10-9, and should have swept the cards, 30-27.
John Lineker Defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani via Unanimous Decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Solid action from both flyweights, but Urushitani is scoring much more with his in-and-out movement. Urushitani tags him with a head kick. Lineker is throwing more power punches, though none have landed. Urushitani is doing a great job of keeping his opponent on the outside. Lineker drops him with a left hook, but Urushitani gets back to his feet. Urushitani, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lineker lands a spinning back kick to the midsection. Urushitani answers with another head kick. Lineker nails him with a body shot. Lineker senses he can finish and unleashes a flurry against the cage. Urushitani finally circles away from the assault. Urushitani takes an accidental finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Lineker gets three unanswered inside leg kicks. Lineker, 10-9.
3rdRound: This may come down to how the judges scored the opening round. Lineker floors him with a big right hand. Urushitani bounces right back up. Lineker clobbers him with his patented left hand. Lineker smells a finish and is going for the kill. Urushitani manages to avoid any major damage. Lineker gets a brief takedown and has him clinched against the fence. Lineker, 10-9, and likely rallied to win, 29-28.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres Defeated Motonobu Tezuka via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Tezuka manages to score a single-leg takedown and quickly advances to side control. Marc Goddard forces another quick standup, despite the face Tezuka was in side mount, had Careres’ arm pinned between his legs and was punching him in the dome. Caceres goes for a takedown and almost gets caught in a knee bar. Tezuka, 10-9.
2ndRound: Caceres a little too sloppy with his fancy kicks and Tezuka takes advantage by planting him on his back. Caceres gets to his feet. Nothing much to write home about, and that’s why it’s a close round to score. Caceres, 10-9.
3rdRound: Caceres slips to the mat a couple of times, the second occassions might have been due to a strike. Tezuka unable to finish a single-leg takedown attempt. Two minutes left and the scrap is up for grabs. Careres throws a double punch, very video game-esque. This could go either way. Caceres, 10-9, and may have comeback for the win, 29-28.
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Takeya Mizugaki Defeated Jeff Hougland via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Hougland was working hard for a takedown, but somehow ends up on the bottom. Mizugaki almost gets caught in an armbar, though manages to escape and givies his opponent the business. Mizugaki unleashing some vicious ground-and-pound. Mizugakim 10-9.
2ndRound: Mizugaki easily leads his opponent to the canvas. He transitions to Hougland’s back for a brief moment. They get stood up. Mizugaki drops him with a right hand, but is unable to finish. Mizugaki , 10-9.
3rdRound: Mizugaki lands a big shot, though Hougland picks him up and slams him to the mat for a second. Mizugaki ends up on top after a scramble. Mizugaki is simply smothering him on the ground. They get stood up again? Not a big deal, as Mizugaki takes him right back down. Hougland is now gushing blood from his left eye after eating a short elbow. Mizugaki, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Jon Tuck Defeated Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Zhang gets a body lock and slams him to the ground. Tuck gets him into his full guard and is working for an armbar from off his back. Zhang shows great defense by wrapping his legs around Tuck’s head. Tuck now takes his back with both hooks in and has half the round to work. Tuck, 10-9.
2ndRound: After showing off their ground game in the opening frame, they engage in a shootout to start the middle stanza. They stumble to the floor and Tuck lands on top. Tuck maneuvers to full mount, then transitions to his back. Tuck, 10-9.
3rdRound: If Zhang is fighting for his UFC life, which he likely is, at least he’s going out swinging. He clocks Tuck with a big right hand, but Zhang eats a knee in return. Zhang gave it his all, but it simply wasn’t enough. Zhang, 10-9, but Tuck probably won, 29-28.
Takanori Gomi Defeated Mac Danzig via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Danzig gets him in the clinch, but can’t score with anything significant. Gomi scores a takedown and lands in full guard. Danzig gets free. Danzig shoots forward for a powerful takedown. He’s dropping some decent shots. Close round to score. Danzig, 10-9.
2ndRound: Gomi continues to beat Danzig to the punch. Danzig should look to take this to the mat, if he can. Danzig scores a nice combo that he uses to set up a takedown. Danzig goes for an arm-in guillotine choke. Danzig, 10-9.
3rdRound: Gomi drops him with a right immediately out the gate. He fallows him to the ground and is smothering Danzig in half guard. Danzig tries a knee bar from off his back to no avail. Danzig fights to his feet, but is clinched against the cage. He takes Gomi down and tries to take his back. They are back up. Gomi egging Danzig to engage. Danzig can’t complete a takedown and eats a couple of shots for his troubles. Gomi, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28.
Dong Hyun Kim Defeated Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Kim immediately goes for a takedown and finally secures it. He instantly advances to his back, looking for a rear-naked choke on the Brazilian. Kim starting to unload some punches to loosen Thiago up. Kim slapped on a neck crank, but Thiago was saved by the bell. Kim, 10-9.
2ndRound: Kim quickly goes for a takedown, but Thiago attempts a kimura on the way down. Kim manages to fend him off and is smothering him on the ground. Kim tries a D’arce choke just as the horn blares. Kim, 10-9.
3rdRound: Kim misses on a violent spinning back fist attempt. Kim jumps on his back and drags Thiago to the canvas. Thiago is getting dominated in this fight. The good news for him is he hasn’t taken any significant damage. Kim unloading some bombs for good measure. Kim, 10-9, and easily runs the table, 30-27.
Thiago Silva Defeated Stanislav Nedkov via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:43 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Nedkov comes out fast and has the Brazilian clinched against the cage. He drops Silva with a quick shot. Silva gets to his feet and they are both headhunting. Silva is looking to work his Muay Thai clinch, but hasn’t connected with anything noteworthy. Nedkov, 10-9.
2ndRound: Nedkov takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Nedkov has him clinched against the cage, preventing Silva from doing his thang. After seven fights all resulting in decisions, the crowd starts to boo. Silva appears gassed, he can’t get Nedkov off of him. Nedkov clocks him with an overhand right and follows him to the mat. The bell saves Silva. Nedkov, 10-9.
3rdRound: Silva finally finding his groove in the stand up. Nedkov acts like he took another shot to the nads, but the ref doesn’t stop the fight. Silva takes advantage and gets a takedown. He moves to full mount. Silva locks in a arm triangle choke and Nedkov is forced to tap. Quite the rally.
Cung Le Defeated Rich Franklin via KO (Punch) at 2:17 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Franklin appears to have a significant size advantage. I guess size doesn’t matter, as Le clobbers him with a right hand. Franklin is planking on the Octagon canvas.
* – Bout canceled after it was determined Hyun Gyu Lim was medically unfit to perform