Anton Tabuena, MMA Fighting
UFC on Fuel 6 didn't offer a lot of insane finishes or incredible action over most of the card (the first seven fights went to decision) but that changed with the co-main event. This recap will look at the first five fights of the main card, that was capped off by Thiago Silva's come-from-behind submission win over Stanislav Nedkov.
Thiago Silva defeated Stanislav Nedkov via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:45 of round 3
Nedkov did some effective work in the clinch for the first two round and didn't let Silva get much going. Nedkov dropped Silva with a big shot late in the second, but ran out of time while trying to finish. Nedkov was totally exhausted by the start of the third though, and Silva took advantage with a takedown. He quickly moved into position and locked up an arm-triangle that elicited a tap and gave Silva his first win in over three years. He moved to 6-3 (1 NC) in the UFC, while Nedkov dropped to 1-1. The finish earned Silva a $40,000 bonus check for submission of the night.
Kim was in complete control of the entire fight, using his solid grappling to work over Thiago and make him have to think defense first the whole time. Kim almost sank a choke late in the first round, but Thiago was able to survive. Kim never came close to finishing the fight again after that, but it was total domination. The scores were 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27. Kim moved to 7-2 (1 NC) in the UFC, while Thiago fell to 4-5 in the organization and has dropped four out of his last five overall.
Gomi picked up his second win in a row by scraping out a close decision over the TUF 6 winner. Gomi got off to good starts in each round, but Danzig managed to control the second half of each round. After splitting the first two stanzas, Gomi dropped Danzig early in the third and that might have made the difference on the scorecards in the end. The scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28. Gomi improved to 3-3 in the UFC, while Danzig dropped to 5-6. Both men won $40,000 fight of the night bonuses.
Jon Tuck defeated Tiequan Zhang by unanimous decision
In a bout that Cung Le believed was the real fight of the night, Tuck picked up his first win in the UFC by defeating the Chinese fighter in his home country. The first round saw some fun grappling exchanges and a near-finish, and the second was mostly grappling as well. Zhang came back in the third and tried to brawl his way to a finish, but Tuck held on and took the decision. The scores were 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28. Tuck moves to 1-0 in the UFC, while Zhang drops to 1-3 and might be looking at the unemployment line.
Mizugaki stuck to his "lose one, win one" streak by dominating Hougland to take a decision win. Mizugaki spent a lot of time on top pounding away, while Hougland unsuccessfully looked for submissions from the bottom. The bout was never in much danger of being finished, but it was a solid win for Mizugaki nonetheless. The scores were 30-25, 30-27, and 30-27. Mizugaki improved to 3-2 in the UFC, while Hougland slipped to 1-2.