Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
A recap of the results of the main card fights from UFC on Fuel 8, which took place in Japan over the weekend.
The UFC on Fuel 8 main card featured a lot of name fighters, but the action didn't really get good until the last three fights. The first four fights on the Fuel TV card all went to decision, and one was very controversial. Finally business picked up when the heavyweights got in the cage though, and the main event (which will get its own recap) definitely delivered. Let's take a brief look at each of the fights.
Struve was able to get Hunt to the floor multiple times, but his grappling looked sloppy and he whiffed on a few opportunities to end the fight. On the feet, he didn't create the space necessary and Hunt was able to get inside on him. Finally in the third, Hunt landed an absolutely brutal combination that sent Struve to the mat. It also broke his jaw and sent him to the hospital.
Sanchez picked up two takedowns in the first round and while Gomi landed a few more strikes, Sanchez wasn't looking too bad at that point. Gomi took over in the second though, outstriking Sanchez and swatting off his takedown attempts. The third was more of the same, and it looked like Gomi was going to take the decision. Unfortunately for him, two judges disagreed and gave the TUF 1 winner the victory instead.
Okami used his strong grappling to shut Lombard's game down in both of the first two rounds. Lombard reminded everyone of Okami's bout with Tim Boetsch early in the third though when he started hammering Okami with big strikes. He spent too much time trying to grapple though and ran out of time. One judge gave Lombard two rounds, which was a terrible scorecard. It didn't matter though, and Okami picked up his 13th UFC win.
Yahya's superb grappling was too much for Hirota over the first two rounds. Yahya used his wrestling to get it down and keep it there while he hunted for subs. Hirota took over in the third, trying to batter a tired Yahya. He came up short though, and Yahya took the decision on the strength of his work in the first two stanzas. Yahya improved to 3-1 in the UFC with the win.
The story of the fight was Kim's grappling. Bahadurzada just couldn't keep the fight standing long enough to get anything going, and once Kim got the fight to the floor, it stayed that way. All three rounds looked pretty similar. Kim didn't come close to finishing the fight, but it didn't matter. The win improved Kim's UFC record to a strong 7-2.