On Saturday, March 1 the UFC is returning to Macau for The Ultimate Fighter China Finale out of the Cotai Arena. Starting with the preliminary card on Fight Pass at 5:15 a.m. ET (2:15 a.m. PT), Bloody Elbow will provide live coverage and play-by-play of all the events action. The show continues on Fight Pass for the main card kicking off at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
In the night's main event, welterweight Dong Hyun Kim will face off against John Hathaway. Wang Sai and Zhang Lipeng will battle in the co-main event to determine the winner of the welterweight tourney. Rounding out the main card TUF 10 vet heavyweight Matt Mitrione will fight Shawn Jordan and featherweight Hatsu Hioki will face off against Ivan Menjivar in the opener.
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Hatsu Hioki vs. Ivan Menjivar - Round 1 - Menjivar catches a kick and does a trip take down but Hioki pops right up and gets on his back. Going for the RNC standing! Menjivar down. Menjivar gets the hooks out. Hioki still has standing back control. Menjivar spins out. Landing strikes against the cage. They move to center cage. Hioki lands a body kick. Menjivar pushes him against the cage. Hioki reverses and gets the trip take down. Hioki working to pass half guard. Hoiki rolls looking for the arm bar. Menjivar fends it off and Hioki switches to a leg lock. 10-9 Hioki.
Round 2 - Hi. Dallas here. I'm back. Nothing like a computer crash and 45 minutes of troubleshooting this early. After a dominant first round of grappling, Hioki stays upright and jousts with Menjivar in open space. Front kicks from Menjivar on the fringe and stiff, straight rights when Hioki closes range. Menjivar initiates a clinch but Hioki circles off the cage and hits another trip, falling into side mount. Menjivar turtles, giving up his back again.
Hioki brilliantly goes for an armbar from back mount and transitions to a triangle, but Menjivar pops out. Menjivar nails Hioki with a body knee as he's standing up but Hioki dumps him on his back. Close-range elbows from Hioki. Hioki tries to go knee-on-belly and Menjivar blocks it but has his left arm trapped. Hioki attacks the arm but Menjivar uses a half-butterfly to sweep him at the bell and lands another knee to the midsection. 10-9 Hioki.
Round 3 - Left straight-high kick combo from Hioki. Menjivar just misses with a step-in elbow. Menjivar clocks Hioki with a club of a right hand to counter a low kick, and Hioki takes a tumble and gets back up but he's bleeding profusely from the head. Left kicks from Hioki but there's no mustard on them. Hioki just barely blocks a right high kick. Big overhand from Menjivar, then a spinning back fist -- neither land clean.
Menjivar doubles up to the body as Hioki comes in but misses the big left hook on the follow up. Right body kick from Hioki, who's composed but in trouble. Hioki changes levels and attacks the waist of Menjivar, getting the takedown. Menjivar rolls into a heel hook and then flows into a kneebar that's tight, but escaped by Hioki. 10-9 Menjivar. I have it 29-28 for Hioki.
- Hatsu Hioki defeats Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Shawn Jordan vs. Matt Mitrione - Round 1 - Mitrione hurls a heavy right hook right out of the gate. Mitrione stays aggressive until Jordan uncorks a monster overhand left. Mitrione with a heavy leg kick. Meathead throwing heaters but getting a little sloppy on the defensive end. An accidental clash of heads occurs but they fight on. Mitrione knifes inside with more lefts. Jordan goes with a right downstairs and left straight upstairs. Same combo lands for Jordan but Mitrione responds with a right.
Another right from Mitrione. Jordan tags him with a straight left on the way in. Mitrione throws a left low kick and Jordan clinches up, looking for a single. Jordan crams Mitrione on the fence but the position is reversed. Mitrione throws a knee to break the clinch and then steps back with a nasty flurry that stuns Jordan, forcing him to jog it off. Mitrione chases him down and discharges another salvo of scorching punches ala Baroni vs. Menne, and Jordan goes down almost simultaneously with the clang of the bell.
- Matt Mitrione defeats Shawn Jordan by TKO (punches), Round 1
Wang Sai vs. Zhang Lipeng - Round 1 - The ref gives instructions in English on the mic to the Chinese contestants and audience, who stare in confusion. The contestants are eager to begin however. They exchange sharp low kicks. Sai lands an outside low kick and has a left high kick blocked. Hard low kick from Lipeng, who combines it with a takedown before transitioning quickly to back mount. Both hooks in for Lipeng, then a body triangle while alternating rear-naked choke attempts and punches. Sai is out -- he fights out of a triangle and takes the back. 10-9 Lipeng.
Round 2 - Lipeng shoots and Sai counters nicely, taking back control. Lipeng squirts loose and shoots a double leg amidst counter-elbows from Sai, who throws more when Lipeng bails on it but then connects with an illegal knee. The ref only issues a warning; in English, which Sai doesn't understand, making the advisement highly effective. Lipeng slips behind for the rear waist cinch and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Sai is feisty again and sneaks out, ending the round on top. 10-9 Sai.
Round 3 - Lipeng shoots an ugly takedown and gets countered, but the ref stands them up as he's working rubber guard. Another sloppy shot from Lipeng, who has his back taken again. Lipeng stays patient and spins out. Sai gets on top again in a scramble with Lipeng looking for another triangle.Abandoning the ineffective takedowns, Lipeng pulls guard. Sai slices in some ground and pound. 10-9 Sai for a 29-28 his way on my card. The final decision is a head-scratcher.
- Zhang Lipeng defeats Wang Sai by split decision (27-30, 29-28 x 2)
Dong Hyun Kim vs. John Hathaway - Round 1 - Our main-eventers go to town early. Hathaway lands his signature step-in knee early but Kim counters with a meatball of a right hand that has Hathaway reeling sideways. Hathaway pursues a takedown that Kim negates. Kim circles off the cage, breaks the clinch and throws a spinning back fist that misses but follows with more heaters that land flush. Hathaway clinches for respite and controls Kim on the fence, regathering himself.
Hathaway disengages and looks to counter-clinch on Kim's next combo, but eats two rugged horizontal elbows. Kim continues the striking blitz with busy and aggressive handiwork. Kim walking Hathaway down but his hands are at his waist. It doesn't matter: Hathaway gets countered on a lazy low kick with more jack-hammers from Kim, who bulldozes Hathaway over with his forward momentum. High guard from Hathaway with his head on the fence. Kim disengages and attacks with an axe kick to the prostrate Hathaway, who heaves an up-kick and almost cinches on a triangle. An absolutely feverish pace in this one. 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 - Hathaway looks a little cleaner and on-balance for his opening flurry. Kim clinches but can't control Hathaway, who slips loose and throws more long, hard punches. Kim might've drained his gas tank in the first, as he's looking winded and slow in the second. Hathaway capitalizes with a left and two rights but now he's heaving them out of exhaustion as well. Late and slow left hook from Kim, who clinches up and eats an elbow from Hathaway.
Kim wings another loopy left but his striking voracity is clearly diminished. Kim wings a straight left but chews on another elbow from Hathaway in the clinch. Kim spins out, Hathaway reconnects but it's Kim who hits a trip. Kim carves into side mount, looking to pin the arm for the crucifix position. Hathaway gets his arm out and fence-walks to get his head off the cage. Kim postures up with the classic Kazushi Sakuraba double axe-handle strike from the top. 10-9 Hathaway.
Round 3 - Jump knee from Hathaway to open the third, then a body kick. Then a right hand, followed by a tight-range elbow. I suspect Kim is horrendously gassed but hiding it well. Hathaway steps in with an elbow and, amazingly, Kim ducks it with uncanny timing and crams a gorgeous spinning elbow down Hathaway's throat, who falls limply to the canvas. The final sequence of elbows was martial arts at its finest. Kim vaults over the cage to celebrate in the crowd, flips back into the cage and is too tired to complete his celebratory back handspring.
Dong Hyun Kim defeats John Hathaway by KO (spinning back elbow), Round 3.