Tactical, upbeat prelims deliver four close decisions at Saitama

NAKAMURA vs MORONOFourteen years into his pro career, welterweight veteran Keita Nakamura continues to show new wrinkles in his MMA game, as he held off the charge of Texas prospect Alex Morono to win a hard-fought three-round split decision in a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at Saitama Super Arena.Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Tokyo’s Nakamura, now 33-9-2 with 1 NC. Houston’s Morono falls to 13-4 with 1 NC.Morono was in control for much of the opening round thanks to his steady pressure and thudding haymakers, but the biggest score of the round was a kick to the body with a … Read the Full Article Here
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Kevin Lee: 'His mama's gonna do a little bit more crying than mine'

As he begins the final preparations for his main event battle with Tony Ferguson at UFC 216, Kevin Lee discusses his difficult beginnings, getting out of Detroit, and providing a good life for his parents in this Fox Sports profile.

“His mama (@TonyFergusonXT) gonna do a little bit more crying than mine.” On @MoTownPhenom, #25toLife and #UFC216! https://t.co/b9wKoHEThZ
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 21, 2017

UFC 216 airs on Pay Per View Saturday October 7, 2017, live from Las Vegas, NV. Order it here.Tickets available here. Read the Full Article Here
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Rankings: Rockhold, Hall, Usman & Perry Rise

Luke Rockhold surpassed Yoel Romero this week when the official UFC rankings release was posted Wednesday evening. Rockhold now sits at the No. 2 spot in the middleweight divison behind only champion Michael Bisping and No. 1-ranked interim champion Robert Whittaker.Rockhold defeated No. 9-ranked David Branch by second-round TKO at Fight Night Pittsburgh to return to the win column after 15 months of inactivity following an upset loss to Bisping, costing Rockhold the middleweight title.CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE OFFICIAL UFC RANKINGSIt’s no secret that Rockhold and Bisping have no l … Read the Full Article Here
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Fight Week with Gokhan Saki in Japan

The UFC debut of Dutch-Turkish kickboxing icon Gokhan Saki has garnered loads of attention this week ahead of Fight Night Japan Friday night on FXX. Saki has been inactive the past few years since his kickboxing career came to a halt. He was looking for renewed motivation and he’s found it in mixed martial arts.Here’s a quick tour through his first official UFC fight week, beginning with a warning for the light heavyweight division he gave to UFC Facebook earlier this week. Want to see the power? Saki showed off some pad work on UFC Instagram this week

 
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UFC Statement Regarding Fight Night Japan

“Due to health and safety concerns, the UFC featherweight bout Hirota vs. Rosa at UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami has been cancelled, as Hirota was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami will proceed as scheduled with 10 bouts at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Moving to the main card will be the flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Ulka Sasaki.” Read the Full Article Here
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Reasons To Watch Fight Night Japan

 
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Hot off a thrilling, finish-heavy card in Pittsburgh, The UFC returns with its second event in under a week at the historic Saitama Super Arena in Japan, and this one packs as much promise as its predecessor. There is little mystery as to why this is the UFC’s fifth visit to Saitama, as the fights in this building have been nothing short of historic.Here are the reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs Okami.Brazilian Bragging Rights With both fighters firmly in the top five of the women’s strawweight division, Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade wouldn’t ideally wan … Read the Full Article Here
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Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami – Official Weigh-in Results

Fight Night Japan, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami, airs live on FXX Friday, Sept. 22 at 10pm/7pm ETPT from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Four prelim bouts will air live on FXX starting at 8pm/5pm ETPT. One fight will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7:30pm/4:30pm ETPT.Main Event – Five round boutOvince Saint Preux (206) vs Yushin Okami (203.5)FXX Main Card – 10pm/7pm ETPTClaudia Gadelha (115) vs Jessica Andrade (116)Takanori Gomi (156) vs Dong Hyun Kim (156)Gokhan Saki (205) vs Henrique … Read the Full Article Here
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Refreshed Gomi Ready To Put On A Show In Japan

Perhaps the worst thing to ask an active fighter is how he or she hopes to be remembered a hundred years from now. That didn’t stop me from posing that question to Takanori Gomi in the lead-up to his Friday bout against “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim.The answer from “The Fireball Kid” was what I should have expected.“I am pretty sure that I would be dead by then, so I don’t mind how they’re gonna talk about me,” he said.Well, if he doesn’t care, know that the fight fans of that new millennium will, and they will speak highly of the former PRIDE ch … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC Fight Night Japan: Fight by Fight

OVINCE SAINT PREUX VS YUSHIN OKAMI Yushin Okami stunned many in the fight world when he agreed to face Ovince Saint Preux on short notice after “Shogun” Rua was forced out of Friday’s main event due to injury. But is it that surprising? Okami is on a four-fight winning streak, he’s 17-1 at home in Japan and he didn’t have to go through a miserable weight cut. He already knows how to fight, and if he can upset Saint Preux, he’s off to a nice start in his second UFC run. He loses, and he goes back to 170 pounds and starts fresh there. And luckily for him, he&r … Read the Full Article Here
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Yushin Okami – Thunder Seven

This Friday, Yushin Okami returns to the Octagon for the first time since 2013 to battle Ovince Saint Preux in the UFC Fight Night main event at Saitama Super Arena. It’s a tall order for Okami, coming in on short notice to move up a weight class and face OSP, but when the call came to step in for the injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, he didn’t hesitate.“I always wanted to make a comeback to the UFC so I am just very happy,” Okami said. Winner of four in a row, the former middleweight title challenger has gone 5-2 since his last UFC appearance against Ronaldo & … Read the Full Article Here
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