The main card opened up with a featherweight bout between Hatsu Hioki and Ivan Menjivar. Both men were in need of a win as they entered the bout on losing streaks. This was Menjivar’s first fight since returning to the featherweight division. Check out the play-by-play and result below:
Featherweight Bout: Hatsu Hioki (27-7-2) vs. Ivan Menjivar (25-12)
Round 1: The fighters touch gloves to open up the fight. Hioki towers over Menjivar. Menjivar catches a Hioki kick but ends up with the Japanese fighter on his back in a mad scramble. Hioki trying to lock up a standing rear-naked choke! Menjivar escapes the submission but Hioki is still stuck on him. Menjivar escapes the position and puts Hioki against the fence. Hioki circles out and the fighters resume in the middle of the Octagon. Hioki ducks under a Menjivar overhand right and pushes his opponent against the cage. Hioki trips Menjivar to the ground and moves straight into half-guard. Hioki moves to side control. Menjivar tries to get to his feet but gives up his back in the scramble. Hioki looks for an armbar to end the fight but loses it and transitions to a leg lock. Menjivar tries to counter with a leg lock of his own but ends up with Hioki in his guard as the round ends. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Hioki.
Round 2: Menjivar opens up the round with a nice uppercut. Menjivar pushing forward but the height and reach advantage of Hioki is keeping him from landing anything significant. Menjivar clinches up with Hioki and pushes him against the cage. Hioki reverses position, trips Menjivar to the ground, and moves right into side-control. Menjivar tries to get to his feet but gives up his back. Hioki transitions to the back and tries to lock up an armbar, then switches to a triangle. Menjivar escapes and starts to land heavy ground and pound. Hioki sits up and powers through with a takedown. Hioki now working from side-control. Menjivar stuffs Hioki back into his half-guard. Hioki looking for a shoulder lock. Menjivar reverses position and ends up on top. Close round but SciFighting scores it 10-9 for Hioki (20-18 Hioki)
Round 3: Hioki opens up the round with a left high kick, left straight combination. Hioki throws a leg kick that gets countered by a huge overhand right that rocks him. Menjivar lands a left elbow that opens up a huge cut over Hioki’s right eye. Menjivar is taking over this round. Hioki attempts a takedown but Menjivar easily pushes him aside. Hioki shoots for another takedown and lands it with fifteen seconds in the round. Menjivar nearly locks up a kneebar as the round ends. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Menjivar and the fight 29-28 Hioki.
Result: Hatsu Hioki def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)