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Dong Hyun Kim vs Paulo Thiago

Round 1- Kim goes for the single leg right away but Thiago is able to defend for a bit. He goes for a choke but Kim escapes and maintains his grip on Thiago and scores the takedown. Thiago gives up his back and Kim begins working on getting his hooks in. Kim is looking for some sort of choke, perhaps a modified rear naked is the best way to describe it. He releases that and begins to pound away on the face of Thiago. Thiago is able to get out of one of the hooks. Kim is now focused on getting a hold of Thiago's arm. Kim now has a body triangle in place. He works over the face of Thiago remaining in complete control of this fight. He begins work on another rear naked choke. Thiago defends well and tries to slip out the back door. Kim still has the back and is still pounding away. With 30 seconds left Kim goes for another choke. He doesn't quite have it all the way on. He transitions into a neck crank and really torques on it. Somehow Thiago survives but that round was clearly a 10-8.

Score: 10-8 Kim.

Takanori Gomi vs Mac Danzig

Round 3 - Gomi catches Danzig with a sneaky right to open the round that knocks Danzig down. Gomi is right there to get on top and start working his top game. Danzig has a half guard. Gomi starts working for a head and arm choke but Danzig defends and Gomi has to release it. Danzig finds a leg and goes for a knee lock. Gomi defends and tries for a submission of his own. It goes nowhere but Gomi ends up on top which is ultra-important in this all decisive round. Danzig stands up after about 30 seconds or so. The two grapple for position. They fight their way to the mat where Danzig slips around and almost gets the back but Gomi is sneaky and manages to stand up. Nice hook for Danzig. Leg kick for Gomi. Florian comments on how tired both of them are and I am inclined to agree Danzig tries to hurn up the heat. He goes for a takedown but is stuffed. Two uppercuts from the clinch for Danzig. Gomi responds with a few of his own. The fight ends. That was an ultra close round to end an ultra close fight. We are going with...

Score: Gomi 10-9, giving him a 29-28 advantage on our scorecard though it will be very interesting to see which way the judges fall on this one.

Official Result: Takanori Gomi def. Mac Danzig via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Round 2 - Danzig lands a leg kick but has to eat a shot to the face for his trouble. Danzig starts boxing but isn't doing much in the way of damage. Gomi is looking for the bigger shots but isn't having any more luck as far as landing is conerned. Gomi works through the defense and hits some big body shots. Quick combo for Danzig connects. Jab from Gomi lands. Gomi goes for a takedown but is shrugged off. Danzig goes for the Thai clinch, but only lands a mediocre knee out of it. Leg kick for Gomi. Gomi continues to apply pressure, throwing tough straights and hooks. Danzig comes back with a 2-1 combo and then is able to secure a double leg takedown. Gomi tries to get up but Danzig locks on a dandy guillotine. It looks tight at first but Gomi adjusts his position to relieve some of the pressure. Danzig himself readjusts and goes for the finish but Gomi is able to hold on until the end of the round.

Score: 10-9 Danzig. Total: 19-19, even

Round 1- Inside leg kick for Danzig. Kick to the body for Danzig. Danzig throws another kick, Gomi catches it and makes him pay with a straight punch. Lots of trepidation from both of them in the early stages of the fight. They exchange punches, Danzig moves in, grabs the clinch and lands a few knees. Gomi counters with a double leg takedown. Danzig grabs for the neck, Gomi escapes but it allows Danzig to stand up. Big leg kick for Gomi. Another and then a right hook to follow. Hook slips through for Danzig. Gomi with a big shot to the chin. Leg kick for Gomi. Danzig follows with one of his own. Danzig leaps forward and gets a nice single leg takedown and then lands a few shots. With a few seconds left Gomi goes for a heel hook and the round ends.

Score: 10-9 Gomi though it was close and neither of them looked all that spectacular.

Tiequan Zhang vs Jon Tuck

Round 3 - Zhang comes out swinging so I guess he knows that he's down two rounds to none. Jab for Tuck. Outside leg kick for Zhang. Tuck hits another jab and Zhang swings wildly and misses with two shots. Zhang hammers him with two massive shots right to the kisser and Tuck is stunned and off balance. Tuck tries for some funky kicks but neither of them really land and Zhang is clearly in control of this round. Tuck tries to recover and resorts to throwing some short punches. They exchange kicks. Big right hook for Zhang. Outside leg kick for Zhang. Zhang is actually pushing the action for the first time all night and Tuck is forced to fight while backing up. Inside leg kick for Zhang is checked. Zhang keeps on him with a diet of kicks and punches to the face. Flying knee from Tuck does not find a home. The round and the fight come to a close.

Score: 10-9 Zhang but we have the fight going to Tuck 29-28.

Official Result: Jon Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Round 2- Tuck opens with a straight to the face and follows it with an attempted head kick. Big left for Tuck lands and Zhang fires back and a war breaks out in the center of the cage. Tuck keeps throwing bombs but Zhang locks him up and takes him down. Zhan's offense from the top is pretty inert so far and Tuck is able to reverse and land on top. The fight slows down as the two combatants try to gain an advantage. Tuck certainly seems to be ahead on grappling points. He moves into full mount again and has a full two minutes to work with. He pins the right arm of Zhang down with his knee. Tuck transitions around and once again gets the back of Zhang. Tuck tries for a body triangle but can't get it all the way on. Not much going on near the end of the round as Tuck clings to Zhang's back.

Score: 10-9 Tuck once again.

Round 1- Very nice of the UFC to put their one Chinese fighter on their one UFC card. They start off boxing. Zhang gets a bodyslam and instantly takes side control. Tuck tries to land some elbows from the bottom ,but not much comes from it. Zhang tries to land shots from the top but Tuck grabs a big armbar that looks like it has the potential to finish the fight. They roll and and roll and Tuck keeps cranking on the arm but Zhang hangs on and escapes the hold. Tuck is able to take the back though and begins moving towards a rear naked choke. Zhang defends well but Tuck transitions beautifully into full mount. Zhang spins and gives up his back again. Tuck grabs for the neck. He looks like he might be able to lock it in but Zhang is a fighter and the battle continues. Tuck tries to soften them up with blows to Zhang's face and side. Zhang escapes and gets back to his feet with only a few seconds left in the round.

Score: 10-9 Tuck.

Takeya Mizugaki vs Jeff Hougland

Round 3 - Inside leg kick for Mizugaki, followed by a huge shot that drops Hougland for a second. But when Mizugaki comes in to take advantage Hougland grabs him and scores a big power double takedown. But, as has been the case, he can't stay in control on the ground and within seconds Mizugaki is back in the driver's seat. They stand up and Hougland tries to throw some punches for a few seconds before Mizugaki predictably takes him back down. The crowd is a little restless but you can hardly blame Mizugaki when Hougland is making it so easy for him to pitch a shutout. Hougland tries to stay active from the bottom, but he is unable to get any steam behind any of his punches. He is able to get things standing again and now he has 2 minutes to try and finish the fight. But Mizugaki quickly takes things down again. I assume we are seeing the end of Jeff Hougland's UFC career. Mizugaki is content to lay on top and run out on the clock on what could be the easiest victory of his career. Hougland is busted open bad in the final seconds which just adds insult to injury.

Score: 10-9 Mizugaki again giving him a 30-27 victory on our scorecard and if anybody saw any of those rounds for Hougland then they out of their mind.

Official Result: Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Hougland via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)

Round 2- Mizugaki lands a body shot early on in the round. He grabs the clinch and connects with a short elbow that staggers Hougland. Hougland looks for a takedown, but it isn't meant to be as Mizugaki flattens him and gets a takedown of his own. And we are right back to where we were last round with Mizugaki on top dominating the action and pasting Hougland with punches to the face. Hougland rolls backwards to escape but Mizugaki pounces and takes the back for a second before Hougland is able to turn over. However, that lands him right back to where he's been for the majority of the fight which is to stay flat on his back. He gets a reprieve though as the ref stands the action back up. Right away Mizugaki connects with a left hook and scores another takedown. Hougland has been completely useless in this fight through the first 10 minutes. Mizugaki is able to slip in a few more blows before the bell rings.

Score: 10-9 Mizugaki, easily. Total: 20-18 Mizugaki

Round 1- I guess they only hired two refs for tonight but that is neither here nor there. Mizugaki comes out throwing bombs. Hougland tries to close the distance and work from the clinch but isn't really able to. Mizugaki lands another shots that backs Hougland up. Hook for Hougland. Mizugaki backs him up again with some strikes but Hougland falls back on his gameplan and takes him down with a double leg. Mizugaki quickly reverses it though and ends up on top. Hougland grabs an arm looking for a submission but Mizugaki lands some big shots and Hougland releases the hold. Hougland has him in full guard but Mizugaki is able to get some heavy shots through. Two minutes left in the opening frame and Mizugaki is finding all kinds of success from the top as he lands shot after shot on Hougland. Hougland appears to be looking for a triangle but Mizugaki will not be stopped as he continues to beat up Jeff Hougland. Mizugaki goes a little too far into the guard and Hougland grabs a nice looking head and arm choke from the bottom that seems to be quite tight. Mizugaki is able to escape though and remains on top of the American. The round ends and things are looking good for Mizugaki.

Score: 10-9 Mizugaki

Alex Caceres vs Motonobu Tezuka

Round 3- Caceres slips in the opening seconds. Tezuka follows up with a shot that knocks Caceres backwards. They break and then come back together and tie up against the cage. Another break and Caceres tries to start working his jab. Hook for Caceres lands. Another good combo from Caceres finds a home. Some boxing from the fighters. Tezuka goes for another single leg but Caceres has gotten very good at blocking these. Tezuka throws a 1-2 combo but neither shot really lands. Caceres keeps moving and lands a few nice jabs. He also catches Tezuka with a hook on the way in. Another tough hook lands for Caceres. Tezuka starts to look desperate and begins to throw some more strikes. He then ties Caceres up against the cage trying with all his might to score a last second takedown. Instead Caceres locks on to a side triangle but the round ends before he can do anything with it.

Score: 10-9 Caceres giving him a 29-28 advantage on our scorecard.

Official Result: Alex Caceres def. Motonobu Tezuka via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Round 2 - An outside leg kick for Tezuka is the first bit of offense we see in round 2. He lands another while Caceres tries to utilize his spinning attacks. Caceres throws a sidekick but Tezuka grabs it and scores a takedown. Caceres has a modified half guard that he's working. Tezuka falls into the full guard but can't really do anything on the ground and Caceres is able to escape and stand up. Outside leg kick for Caceres. Caceres tries a flying knee but it appears to be mostly blocked. Tezuka grabs a leg and tries to wrestle Caceres to the ground. They end up against the cage. Caceres gets away and lands a good, clean punch to the side of Tezuka's face. Caceres with a short little jab. Tezuka is throwing some strikes of his own. Tezuka goes for yet another single leg but Caceres is able to blast him. Another flying knee from Caceres and this one gets through though it does limited damage.

Score: 10-9 Caceres. Total: 19-19 even

Round 1 - Caceres opens up as the aggressor trying to land some kicks to start this fight off. Outside leg kick for Tezuka lands. Tezuka goes for the single leg and Caceres tries to grab the guillotine but Tezuka is able to get things to the mat. Caceres tries for a triangle but Tezuka uses the opportunity to pass guard and get into side control. Tezuka is slow to take advantage, however, as the fight slows down dramatically. Tezuka is possibly looking for the North-South Choke but he doesn't do it fast enough as referee Marc Goddard stands them up. Tezuka goes for an ankle pick but it doesn't work. Then he tries for the single leg but Caceres does well for himself in fending it off. Tezuka tries desperately to hold on to the leg but Caceres escapes and gets a takedown of his own. Tezuka once again goes for the ankle, Caceres grabs the back but Tezuka rolls to escape. It works for a minute but Caceres grabs the back again and lands a nice short elbow. Super close round but we see it...

Score: 10-9 Tezuka

Yasuhiro Urushitani vs John Lineker

Round 3- Inside leg kick for Lineker lands followed by a big right hand that knocks Urushitani down again. He gets up quickly though and the fight continues. Inside leg kick for Urushitani. Big left hook for Lineker stuns his opponent again. A beautiful 2-punch combo lands for Lineker. Urushitani throws a kick which is blocked. Lineker comes forward and lands a flurry of punches that once again seem to have Urushitani on the ropes. He can't quite finish him though and Urushitani is able to create enough distance to collect his thoughts. Big left for Lineker lands. He goes for the takedown but Urushitani is able to sprawl away from it. They end up tied up against the cage with Lineker in control. Straight left for Urushitani finds Lineker's chin. Lineker will not stop though as he keeps throwing an insane number of punches. The round and the fight come to a close.

Score: 10-9 Lineker (which means that he is up 30-27 on our scorecard as we go to the judges.)

Official result: John Lineker def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Round 2- After a few seconds of dancing Lineker connects beautifully with a spinning back kick that seems to hurt Urushitani. After a quick recovery Urushitani lands a two kick combo. Lineker comes right back though and hammers Urushitani with a clean shot of his own. Urushitani goes for a headkick but he comes up dry. Lineker charges forward again with a series of punches and he lands cleanly with a few of them. Urushitani seems to be dazed and in danger as Lineker is having all sorts of success here. Inside leg kick for Lineker. Urushitani returns the favor. Urushitani gets poked in the left eye and the action stops for 30 seconds or so. After the timeout Lineker picks up right where he left off, pushing the action and staying in charge. Urushitani finds his range with a right hand. Massive left hook from Lineker. Nasty inside leg kick for Lineker which he follows with two more as the round ends.

Score: 10-9 Lineker, Total: 20-18 Lineker

Round 1- Lineker opens up with a series of leg kicks that land. Urushitani is staying active and bouncing around the cage trying to find his distance. He lands a leg kick of his own. Urushitani comes forward with a strong kick to the stomach of Lineker. Lineker goes back to the leg kick and finds some success. Neither man is overly eager to commit to anything which has led to a semi-uneventful opening frame. Knee for Urushitani. Stiff jab lands for Lineker. A very right hook for Lineker also finds its mark. Lineker keeps the heat on as he charges forward with a series of punches. None of them do much in the way of damage but he is certainly scoring points with them. Urushitani tries his hand at kickboxing but nothing has really worked for him thus far. Lineker lands a left hook as Urushitani leaps that floors his opponent but he is unable to capitalize on it. Urushitani finds his way back to his feet and the round ends a few seconds later.

Score: 10-9 Lineker

Riki Fukuda vs Tom DeBlass

Round 3- More boxing to open the final round. Fukuda lands a big right hook that startles DeBlass momentarily. Fukuda grabs him with a bearhug and muscles him to the ground for top position. Fukuda starts to work the mid-section of DeBlass. DeBlass seems to be out of gas and Fukuda is doing enough to keep the fight grounded. Fukuda goes for the pass but can't quite get it and is back in full guard. He fires a few more shots in towards the head of DeBlass. DeBlass tries to fight his way out but gets scolded for hitting the back of the head. DeBlass desperately trying to grab an armbar but cannot find it and Fukuda is relentless. More shots to the side of DeBlass. Goddard stands them up which is a questionable decision. DeBlass tries to land big shots after the stand up but Fukuda quickly ties him up again against the inside of the Octagon and lands some nice shots. The round and the fight come to a close.

Score: Fukuda 10-9 (once again, giving him a dominant 30-27 win on our scorecard.)

Official Result: Fukuda wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Round 2- Hook for Fukuda to open the round. They tie up against the cage and exchange some knees. Fukuda is in the dominant position and works the knees very nicely. Soft outside leg kick for Fukuda. He hits a few more leg kicks as DeBlass is unable to get anything going in round 2. Inside leg kick for Fukuda. Fukuda ties him up and grabs the clinch so that he can land a few more knees. DeBlass comes back with a combo of his own hoping to score some points. Fukuda pushes forward with some crisp shots of his own. The action slows down but Fukuda seems to be in charge as he is able to keep DeBlass moving backwards. They are back up against the cage and Fukuda is able to connect with some shots to the temple. They break and box for a good minute or so. The final seconds tick away and Fukuda has another one in the bag.

Score 10-9 Fukuda, Total 20-18 Fukuda

Round 1- Marc Goddard will be the ref for this opening contest. DeBlass opens with a leg kick and then follows it with another and another. Fukuda is keeping the pressure on and is able to score a double leg takedown. DeBlass gets his guard up and Fukuda is having difficulty landing shots on him. Fukuda works the body but DeBlass is utilizing strong defense off his back. DeBlass is back to his feet. The fighters exchange shots to the face but nothing lands cleanly. Outside leg kick for DeBlass. DeBlass lands a jab but catches an eyepoke at the same time and the action is halted for a few seconds. Fukuda goes for a single leg takedown but DeBlass is able to fend it off. Inside leg kick for Fukuda. Fukuda peppers DeBlass with some punches and kicks though is unable to do any real damage. Fukuda grabs a single leg takedown in the final seconds on the opening stanza. He keeps the action there for the duration and it is enough to steal him a round.

Score: 10-9 Fukuda

UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le - Fight Card

Main Card

Rich Franklin vs Cung Le
Thiago Silva vs Stanislav Nedkov
Dong Hyun Kim vs Paulo Thiago
Takanori Gomi vs Mac Danzig
Tiequan Zhang vs Jon Tuck
Takeya Mizugaki vs Jeff Hougland


Alex Caceres vs Motonobu Tezuka
Yasuhiro Urushitani vs John Lineker
Riki Fukuda vs Tom DeBlass

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