Four bouts down, two to go. The UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson main card featured a quick KO, a confusing draw, and two decisions. Here's how it all went down.
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Chico Camus by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This was a fun striking battle. Horiguchi's speed and evasiveness was the difference in every round - Camus was able connect with some nice counters and tried to press the action, but Horiguchi was throwing a lot more volume. He hurt Camus early in the second and late in the third, and looked fantastic taking the decision win.
Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara went to a draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
The Road to Japan final was a lot of fun, if a bit sloppy at times. Ishihara came out fast, hurting Hirota multiple times in the first round and looked to be on his way to the six figure contract. He tired out a bit in round two though, and Hirota took the fight back with some solid striking. Round three saw Ishihara drop Hirota early, but he recovered and the two men brawled for the full five minutes. Surprisingly, one judge scored the final round 10-10, and they went to the draw. It was later announced that both men won UFC contracts.
Diego Brandao defeated Katsunori Kikuno by TKO (strikes), :28 of round one
Brandao is known for his fast starts, and that's certainly what we got tonight. He stormed across the cage and dropped Kikuno with a punch pretty much immediately. Kikuno managed to get up, but got hurt again a few seconds later and Brandao was all over him. Just like that, it was over.
Takeya Mizugaki defeated George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Roop didn't fight a smart fight and it cost him. Instead of trying to fight at distance, he continued to clinch up with his shorter opponent, who invited him into his wheelhouse. Mizugaki landed the much cleaner shots over the first two rounds, with Roop edging out the third. The fight was definitely nothing to write home about, but Mizugaki got back on the good side with the W.