Heavyweight Bout: Josh Barnett (34-7) def. Roy Nelson (20-12) via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) Barnett comes out to a hoard of applause and the pair begin combat. Roy easily won the opening round with two dominate takedowns. However Barnett secured the second by utilizing superior striking and rocking Nelson on 3 occasions from knees and straight jabs mixed with right uppercuts. The 3rd was much like the second with Barnett winning the striking exchanges and Roy desperately tried for a minute in taking Josh down but to no avail, both are visibly fatigued and were breathing hard. Barnett almost finished the fight via TKO where he battered Nelson along the cage with elbows, knees and right hands but Roy survived and was able to secure one more takedown. In somewhat of an uneventful 5th round, Roy secured another takedown early but yet again Josh was able to neutralize Big Country on their feet and won the contest via Unanimous Decision.
Middleweight Bout: Uriah Hall (12-5) def. Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2) via TKO at 0:25 of Round 2. In easily the upset of the night, Uriah Hall was able to overcome an early swarm from the long time veteran Mousasi. Gegard began the contest with crisp striking and an easy takedown where he controlled the entirety of the first round. Mousasi even went for a few submissions and the only offering of offense from Uriah was a failed arm-bar attempt. Everything was going Gegard’s way until the beginning of the second round commenced. Immediately Uriah landed a spinning back kick to the face of Mousasi and Gegard’s world and equilibrium was flipped on its’ axis. Without hesitation Hall swarmed in with a flying knee that landed flush on Mousse’s face and dropped the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and finished him with punches.
Featherweight Bout: Kyoji Horiguchi (16-2) def. Chico Camus (14-7-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). The former UFC Flyweight Title Challenger, Horiguchi was able to erase the taste of that defeat from his mouth with an outstanding striking performance victory over the rugged Chico Camus. Chico has now lost 3 of his last 4 as well.
Bantamweight Bout: Takuya Mizugaki (21-9-2) def. George Roop (15-12-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Mizugaki was able to sneak away with a close victory and Roop suffered his 3rd loss in 4 fights. Was this the last time that fans get to see Roop in the UFC?
Featherweight Bout: Diego Brandao (20-10) def. Katsunori Kikuno (23-8-2) via TKO (punches) at 0:28 of Round 1. This contest was supposed to be much tighter than a TKO in less than half a minute but such was not the case. Diego decided to quickly put away Kikuno and stake his claim for being in the top 15 of the UFC Featherweight Rankings.
Featherweight Bout: Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2) vs. Teruto Ishihara ended in a Draw (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-29) These guys came out for blood in their UFC Road to Japan Finale event. The fight was an absolute back and forth carnage filled massacre that ultimately ended with both combatants hand raised. However who would go home with the coveted UFC 6 figure contract? It was later confirmed via Fox Sports 1 that UFC President Dana White decided to give both fighters contracts.
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)
Welterweight Bout: Keita Nakamura (31-6-2) def. Li Jingling (10-4) via Technical Submission (standing rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 3.
Lightweight Bout: Nick Hein (13-2-1) def. Yusuke Kasuya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight Bout: Kajan Johnson (21-12-1) def. Naoyuki Kotani (33-13-7) ( via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight Bout: Shinto Anzai def. Roger Zapata TKO (injury)