The UFC made its first venture into China this Saturday for UFC on FUEL TV 6. While the card was dominated by decisions early, the action was rarely lacking in Macao. In the main event, Rich Franklin suffered the first true knockout loss of career to Cung Le. In the co-main event, Thiago Silva earned the first finish of the night over Stanislav Nedkov. In other action, Dong Hyun Kim, Takanori Gomi, John Tuck and Takeya Mizugaki all notched wins.
Le Destroys Franklin
With a single punch Cung Le gave longtime UFC veteran Rich Franklin his first true KO loss. The bout started off in very technical fashion and Le set up up a perfect counter that put Franklin out cold on the canvas. The win improves the South Vietnamese native to 2-1 in the Octagon.
Silva Finishes Nedkov
It took eight fights for a finish to be found in Macao, but Thiago Silva got it done after a rough first two rounds. Silva bounced back from a knockdown in the second to score a big submission win for the Brazilian. Nedkov took a hard shot from Silva and started walking away from Silva but Silva immediately shot for a takedown and transitioned to a choke finish. The win was Silva’s first since 2009.
Kim Devastates Thiago
Dong Hyun Kim absolutely dominated Paulo Thiago in impressive fashion Saturday. Kim’s grappling attack was simply too much for Thiago as he held dominant positions for the majority of the fight, twice ending rounds with deep submissions and finishing the third with devastating ground-and-pound. Thiago has now dropped four of his last five, while Kim improves to 7-2-1 in the UFC.
Gomi Defeats Danzig in Tough Decision
It was a tough bout for both fighters but in the end the judges gave the decision to Takanori Gomi over Mac Danzig. Danzig appeared to take the first two rounds but the two of the judges gave the nod to Gomi in at least one of those rounds. The win improved Gomi to 2-2 in the UFC and dropped Danzig to 5-6 in the promotion.
Tuck Edges Zhang in Exciting Fight
John Tuck made a successful UFC debut on Tiequan Zhang’s home turf on Saturday. The bout started off with fireworks and they just kept coming throughout the bout. Zhang had Tuck reeling in the first before Tuck attacked with a dangerously close armbar but Zhang somehow survived. Zhang would come out hard in the second but Tuck would again asert control in the round. Zhang never gave up though, and pressed hard in the final stanza to try and steal the fight but it just was not enough to earn the nod over the fighter from Guam.
Mizugaki Dominates Hougland
Japanese fighter Takeya Mizugaki steam-rolled American Jeff Hougland in the opening fight of the morning card. Hougland threatened briefly in the first with an arm-triangle from the guard but the bout was never really close. Mizugaki dominated in all phases of the fight and unloaded power shots constantly on Hougland, leaving him pouring blood at the end of the fight.
- Cung Le def. Rich Franklin via KO (punch) at 2:17 of Round 1
- Thiago Silva def. Stanislav Nedkov via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:45 of Round 3
- Dong Hyum Kim def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-26,30-27,30-27)
- Takanori Gomi def. Mac Danzig via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- Jon Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
- Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Hougland via unanimous decision (30-25,30-27,30-27)
- Alex Caceres def. Motonobu Tezuka via split decision (28-29,30-27,30-27)
- John Lineker def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27,29-28)
- Riki Fukuda def. Tom DeBlass via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)