UFC Fight Night 75 Recap
With UFC Fight Night 75 in the books, it’s time to look back and see if the brain or the heart came out on top.
Mizuto Hirota (-235) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+195)
The Brain: Hirota (Draw)
The Heart: Ishihara (Draw)
Ishihara had quite a bit of success early in this fight. He was able to land good shots while avoiding many from Hirota. After he dropped Hirota early in the second round, it looked like Ishihara was well on his way to the victory. However, Ishihara seemed to tire as the round went on, but he continued to fight on. Hirota was able to capitalize on it and had more success landing shots on Ishihara. This was a fun back and forth fight, with both guys fighting it out until the final bell. While the result has to be disappointing, both fighters will be receiving a UFC contract. I had this fight scored 29-28, with Ishihara taking the first round and Hirota taking the last two, but that second round was pretty close and could’ve gone either way for sure. The judges had it scored as a split draw 29-28, 29-29, and 28-29. Draws are not counted in the win/loss tally. So for record purposes, this fight gets excluded.
Diego Brandao (-230) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (+190)
The Brain: Brandao (Correct)
The Heart: Kikuno (Incorrect)
Brandao landed the power shot early into the fight and clearly hurt Kikuno. Brandao never let up, and continued to pound away with right hands until he got the stoppage at 0:28 in the first round. This one was over before it ever really got started. I said I thought Brandao was faster and would land the big shot and pound away for the stoppage and that’s pretty much what happened, but a lot earlier than I had expected. The brain picks up the first victory of the night.
Takeya Mizugaki (-235) vs. George Roop (+195)
The Brain: Mizugaki (Correct)
The Heart: Roop (Incorrect)
This fight played out much like I thought it would. Roop didn’t use his range and Mizugaki was able to get inside often. A lot of this fight actually took place inside the clinch or against the cage. Neither fighter had too much success in the clinch throughout the fight, but Mizugaki was able to land some solid shots on occasion. While Roop had a few nice shots during the fight, Mizugaki seemed to be the faster and more efficient fighter. I scored the fight 30-27 for Mizugaki, while the judges all had it for him 29-28. The brain goes to 2-0 for the night. The heart is really going to have to pick it up in the last half of the main card.
Chico Camus (+275) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (-335)
The Brain: Horiguchi (Correct)
The Heart: Horiguchi (Correct)
Horiguchi seemed like the much better fighter throughout the fight. His speed played a big factor as he was able to avoid some big punches from Camus and counter with some powerful shots of his own. Horiguchi was able to land the cleaner strikes throughout the fight, though Camus continually tried to bring it to Horiguchi like I said he would. Camus just wasn’t able to ever get much going throughout this fight. I scored the fight 30-27 for Horiguchi, and all of the referees agreed (for once). Both the brain and the heart come away with the win. The heart is going to need these last two fights if he wants to tie the score for this event.
Uriah Hall (+375) vs. Gegard Mousasi (-470)
The Brain: Mousasi (Incorrect)
The Heart: Hall (Correct)
Mousasi was able to catch a kick and get a takedown early in the first round and went to work right away. He was able to get into several advantageous positions throughout the round. Hall did manage to defend with a nice armbar attempt, but Mousasi was able to escape. The round ended with Mousasi on Hall’s back trying to sink in the RNC. I scored the first round 10-8 Mousasi based on his dominance throughout the round. The start of the second round didn’t go like the first. Hall connected with a spinning back kick to the face of Mousasi. Hall then landed a flying knee that sent Mousasi to the ground. Hall immediately followed up with punches. With Mousasi unable to defend himself, the referee had no choice but to step in. That was an amazing finish by Hall. With his upset TKO win over Gegard Mousasi, the Uriah Hall that everyone was expecting to see after TUF has finally arrived. The heart picks up a much needed win and it will all come down to the final fight.
Roy Nelson (+230) vs. Josh Barnett (-270)
The Brain: Barnett (Correct)
The Heart: Nelson (Incorrect)
I didn’t expect this fight to go to a decision, but once again Nelson showed off his iron chin. I thought Barnett would wear down Nelson, and he did just that, but Nelson refused to give up and continued to plod forward to the very end. I thought Barnett would take Nelson down several times, but it actually ended up being the other way around. However, Nelson wasn’t able to do much on the ground. Barnett continually unloaded punches and knees, especially in the clinch, and landed more than twice as many strikes as Nelson. While Nelson remained game throughout the fight, the winner at the end of the fight wasn’t in question. I scored it 50-45 for Barnett. The judges had it 48-47, 48-47, and 50-45 in favor of Barnett. The brain closes out the night with another win, while the heart is a little deflated.
The brain wins this event with a 4-1 record, which makes it two straight. The heart didn’t fare near as well and only managed to go 2-3. With that win, the brain is starting to widen the gap in the overall results. Through three events, the brain has amassed an 11-5 record. The heart now trails by three fights with an 8-8 record, and will be looking to rebound this Saturday at UFC 192. Be sure to check it out!
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