UFC 144 Results: Riki Fukuda Dominates Steve Cantwell To Decision

via Esther Lin

Riki Fukuda defeats Steve Cantwell by Unanimous Decision. The judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.

Steve Cantwell opened the first round with a head kick but was quickly taken to the ground by Riki Fukuda. Fukuda landed plenty of punches from the guard and didn't allow the former WEC light heavyweight champion to control his posture. Fukuda stood up and allowed Cantwell enough space to stand as well. Fukuda threw a basic 1-2 combination and then a lazy shot but couldn't complete the takedown attempt. Fukuda established his boxing well and used head movement to stay out of danger. Cantwell pushed forward with a combination but couldn't find his range. Kicks from Cantwell to close the round.

Cantwell opened the second round with leg kicks. Riki Fukuda attempted a takedown and Steve Cantwell locked in a guillotine choke on the way down. Fukuda was in a bad situation but remained calm and regained his feet. Fukuda landed three uppercuts and followed up with kicks to the legs and body. Fukuda came forward and teed off on Cantwell with punches and knees to the body. Steve Cantwell allowed Fukuda to land his uppercuts at multiple occasions. Cantwell didn't attempted to circle away, instead opted to allow Fukuda to land punches. Fukuda threw a kick that landed low which caused a stop in the action. Steve Cantwell hit a takedown as the round ended.

Fukuda the aggressor as the third opened. Cantwell resolved himself to allowing Fukuda to throw punches. Fukuda completed a takedown. Cantwell threw his legs up for a gogoplata but lost the position which allowed Fukuda to eventually take his back. Fukuda stood up and landed to the head and body. Cantwell was essentially a heavy bag as the third round entered the final minute. Cantwell essentially too tired to get knocked out.

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