UFC Fight Night 117 Recap: Saint Preux ends it early, Andrade dominates

UFC Fight Night 117 did not disappoint. The card had it all… awesome finishes, upsets, and big debuts. Let’s take a look at how it all happened.

Main Card Results:

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Von Flue choke? Oh, you mean the Saint Preux choke? It’s been successfully used to finish six UFC fights and Saint Preux has now won three of those. Okami drove in for a takedown early but Saint Preux sprawled and Okami draws him into half-guard. You can tell immediately what Saint Preux wants and he set it up nicely and Okami is out. Crazy finish.

Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami via submission (Von Flue choke).

Claudia Gadelha had only lost to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (twice) in her career… before facing Jessica Andrade. Gadelha looked great early and looked dominate striking even cutting Andrade’s forehead. Andrade really started to pour on after the first half of the round, though. She slammed Gadelha to the ground and after escaping a guillotine Andrade worked some ground and pound to finish the round.

The remaining of the fight was all Andrade. She got the better of the exchanges, returning the favor and cutting open Gadelha and slamming her to the ground on a couple of occasions. She worked some great ground and pound and quite frankly took advantage of Gadelha’s poor cardio in dominating pretty much all of the last two and a half rounds. Andrade did everything in this fight and clearly proved she deserves another title shot at JJ. Back to the drawing board for Gadelha.

Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision.

‘Maestro’ Dong Hyun Kim didn’t take long to dispose of legend Takanori Gomi. Gomi tried to cut off the cage early but Kim was patient and waited for his moment. Kim drops Gomi with a straight right and follows up with hammerfists and the ref is forced to stop it. Gomi has to retire after this. Five straight fights where he’s finished in the first round.

Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (strikes). 

Kickboxing star Gokhan Saki made his MMA debut ending his fight in dramatic fashion. Saki dropped da Silva with a straight left and he tries to stay down. The ref forces him up and he shoots for a takedown but it’s stuffed by Saki. After Saki was getting the better of early exchanges it’s da Silva that’s putting it on and Saki looks like he’s in trouble after da Silva lands some knees and elbow. And then, boom! Left hook by Saki drops da Silva and it’s over. What a finish! The Light heavyweight division has suddenly become one of the most surprising with the new talent.

Gokham Saki def. Henrique da Silva via KO (punch). 

Teruto Ishihara and Rolando Dy met in a featherweight matchup and it didn’t disappoint. It was all Ishihara early as he dominated the first round. Ishihara dropped Dy with a left hand and he’s stay on top and dominates with strikes from the top. But Dy survives and momentum shifts in the second round. Ishihara gets a takedown early but Dy is able to get back up immediately and it’s Dy getting the better of exchanges with body kicks and a left hook. It’s more of the same in the third round, but Dy makes a critical mistake landing a kick to the groin and getting a point deducting. That point probably costs him a draw after losing the first round 10-8 as two judges scored the contest 28-27.

Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via unanimous decision.

Justin Formiga and Ulna Sasaki moved to the main card after the removal of Mizuto Hirota from his fight with Charles Rosa. Sasaki came in aggressive with kicks and knees but its Formiga getting the better of the exchanges with counters. Sasaki tries to land a jab and gets taken down. Formiga mounts and then takes the back of Sasaki when he turns. Rear-naked choke is there and Formiga softens up Sasaki to get it in. Sasaki rolls over and it’s over.

Jussier Formiga def. Ulna Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke)

 

Prelim Results:

  • Keita Nakamura def. Alex Moreno via split decision
  • Syrui Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon via split decision
  • Shinso Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision
  • Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision

 

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