UFC 144: Japan Poster by Anton Tabuena
As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. Our live coverage will start with the one fight on the Facebook prelim stream (roughly 7:30 p.m. ET) to the prelim card on FX (8 p.m. ET) and through the PPV main card (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event. And don't forget! Tonight's pay-per-view is four hours instead of the standard three.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the Facebook and FX undercard. Our main card coverage can be read here.
With the event being in Japan, it's only fitting that the main bout on the FX undercard sees Japanese legend Takanori Gomi square off with Eiji Mitsuoka. Another bout, another Japanese superstar as Norifumi Yamamoto steps back into the Octagon to face Vaughan Lee in a bantamweight contest. There will be middleweight action as Riki Fukuda faces Steve Cantwell. Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Chris Cariaso face each other in the FX opener. The line Facebook fight on the evening sees Zhang Tiequan face Issei Tamura in a featherweight fight.
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Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura - Round 1 - Tamura lands a few nice shots. Now Zhan lands harder. Tamura tags him very hard and Zhang drops! Tamura is on top of him and Zhang is holding on for deal life but Tamura is landing with left hands. Tamura passes to half guard and throws some nice elbows and hammerfists. Zhang looks miserable eating these shots. Horrible stand-up by Herb Dean as Tamura had passed to half guard and was working. Zhang ends up trying to pull a guillotine (what a shocker) but Tamura is in half guard and on top so not very much danger. Tamura pops his head out. Zhang tries to lock in an arm triangle from the bottom but can't get it and he's just getting ground into the mat here. 10-9 Tamura.
Round 2 - Both men land punches early. A few leg kicks by Tiequan and a HUGE right hand by Tamura and Zhang is out cold! That was nasty. Zhang just got brutalized. Issei Tamura wins by KO (punch), 0:32 of round 2.
The FX broadcast is now live.
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki - Round 1 - Mizugaki moves out of the way of a head kick and lands a punch early. Same thing again, and a hard follow up left hand by Mizugaki. Cariaso with a nice combination as he disengages from a clinch. Nice right hand now by Cariaso. They each land a few right hands and clinch up. Takeya with a takedown and Cariaso gets guard. Cariaso throws up an omoplata and can't lock it in and now Mizugaki is back on top in his full guard. Mizugaki finally postures up and lands a big left hand. Cariaso is trying to attack off his bottom. 10-9 Mizugaki.
Round 2 - They trade nice punches and Cariaso scores better in the exchange. Mizugaki pushes him into the cage and lands an elbow. Head kick by Cariaso catches Takeya's arm. Mizugaki ends up on top on the ground again and opens up with some very nice punches. Cariaso looking for a neck crank now from full guard. Uses it to sweep and Mizugaki spins and the're back to standing. Nice little segment of the fight. 10-9 Mizugaki in another close round.
Round 3 - Mizugaki pushes him into the cage again. Cariaso ends up turning him and looking to get underhooks, but ends up breaking and landing a nice combination. Mizugaki ends up pushing him into the cage again. Elbows and knees in close for Cariaso. Mizugaki ends up getting the fight to the floor again and is in the guard of Cariaso. Mizugaki not doing a whole lot with top control here but he's riding it out. Mizugaki passes to half guard briefly but loses it. Now a few punches as they stand and Cariaso lands. 10-9 Cariaso.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Chris Cariaso wins by unanimous decision.
Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell - Round 1 - Cantwell lands a head kick and Fukuda pushes through it into a takedown. Fukuda punching to the body. Cantwell looking to take an arm. Fukuda gets his arm free and lands some punches. Fukuda is landing but Cantwell manages to get up. Fukuda pushing him into the cage. Cantwell with a knee and he gets separation. Cantwell landing a few nice punches now. Fukuda shoots and Cantwell stuffs it. Nice left by Fukuda. Fukuda landing some nice shots now. Cantwell with a few head kicks and a body kick. Good finish to the round but I'd still go 10-9 Fukuda.
Round 2 - A few nice kicks to the leg by Fukuda. Now he lands a few sharp punches and gets a takedown. Deep guillotine by Cantwell. Cantwell adjusting and really tries to lock it up but can't get it. They stand and Fukuda lands a series of punches. Cantwell is tiring. Now lands some knees to the body but Fukuda tags him. They trade punches but Fukuda is doing better in the exchange. They trade lefts and Fukuda to the body. Cantwell just covering up as Fukuda fires. this is an exciting round, but slanted pretty strong toward Fukuda after the choke attempt. Cantwell is still trying to throw back but he's getting cracked a bit. Cantwell ducks under a punch and gets a takedown and takes the back as Fukuda stands. 10-9 Fukuda.
Round 3 - Cantwell is more flat footed as the fight wears on and Fukuda keeps popping away. The uppercut is his bread and butter here and he goes right back to it. Fukuda manages to get the takedown again. Gogoplata attempt by Cantwell but he can't finish. Now Fukuda takes the back. Cantwell is to his feet but he is exhausted. Fukuda goes to the body and then the head. Now back to the body. Cantwell lands a counter but he's just done. Huge body kick by Fukuda and that hurts Cantwell. Fukuda pouring it on. Cantwell tries to fire back but he's got nothing left. Another body kick. 10-9 Fukuda.
Oficial Scorecards: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 Riki Fukuda wins by unanimous decision.
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee - Round 1 - A lot of circling early here. Nice left by Kidand now Le pushes forward. They trade right hands. Body kick by Kid now. Big right hook by Kid, Lee gets in and lands a shot but Kid bounces back up. Big hook by Kid hurts Lee. Kid opens up with a big flurry and Lee is covering up and circles away and bounces up and down, he's okay. Knee lands for Lee and Yamamoto has to clinch up. Lee lands a right hook. That knee did hurt Kid badly but he looks to have recovered. Nevermind, Lee tags him hard and hurts him badly! Yamamoto with a takedown, Lee goes to a triangle, then transitions to an armbar and Kid taps out! Wow! Vaughan Lee wins by submission (armbar), 4:29 of round 1.
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka - Round 1 - Gomi jabbing early. Uppercut by Mitsuoka gets in. Right hand for Eiji gets in and Gomi fires back. Another hard lead right and a left hand. Mitsuoka is doing very well here. Now he uses an ankle pick to get inside and Gomi lands three very hard knees to the body. Another punch gets in for Mitsuoka. Stuffing another takedown now. Body kick by Gomi, but Mitsuoka keeps landing punches here. Eiji lands again. Big right hand by Mitsuoka and Gomi is hurt badly. Gomi ends up giving the back. Mitsuoka has a mounted triangle on the back of Gomi. Gomi looked about to tap but the round ended. 10-8 Mitsuoka for 2 near finishes.
Round 2 - They're firing back and forth and Gomi is attacking and landing. Mitsuoka gets a takedown now but Gomi stands back up. Nice flurry by Gomi now and he's hurting Mitsuoka. Gomi just coming back so hard now. Gomi is firing away with Mitsuoka turtled up and the referee has to jump in. Great comeback by Gomi and a really nice moment for a Japanese fighting legend. Takanori Gomi wins by TKO (punches), 2:21 of round 2.