Saitama, Japan played host to UFC Fight Night 75 Saturday evening, as heavyweights Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson rocked the Octagon.
Barnett and Nelson went the full five rounds, as the former UFC champion earned a decision victory. Barnett moved to 11-2 in his last 13 with the win, remaining right on the cusp of contending once more for the title.
Not many people gave Uriah Hall a chance vs. Gegard Mousasi, but the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up proved them wrong. Hall landed with a spinning back-kick to the face and followed up with a flying knee and several shots in stunning Mousasi and scoring a second round TKO victory.
Recent UFC flyweight title contender Kyoji Horiguchi made a triumphant return to Japan by dominating Chico Camus and earning a decision. Horiguchi picked up his 16th career win and remained on a short list of challengers to Demetrious Johnson after fighting “Mighty Mouse” earlier this year for four-plus rounds.
Takeya Mizugaki used his striking and takedown defense to turn back the effort of George Roop, claiming a decision victory. Mizugaki snapped a two-fight losing streak with the win and tied a bantamweight record in the UFC and WEC with 10 victories.
It took just 28 seconds for Diego Brandao to put Katsunori Kikuno on ice, as the former Ultimate Fighter winner floored Kikuno with a right. He continued to swarm his opponent, forcing the referee to quickly step in.
The finals of “Road to UFC: Japan” was declared a draw between Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara.
Nakamura Keita finished off the preliminary card with an incredible technical submission win over Li Jingliang. Keita was likely behind heading into the third round, but took the back and choked Jingliang out cold.
Nick Hein and Kajan Johnson picked up decision victories over Yusuke Kasuya and Naoyuki Kotani.
Shinsho Anzai kicked off the night by claiming a third round TKO victory over Roger Zapata after an injury forced a stop to the contest.
Barnett, Hall, Brandao and Nakamura all earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses and an additional $50,000 for their wins.
Complete results can be found below:
Josh Barnett def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
Uriah Hall def. Gegard Mousasi via TKO (strikes) at :25 of Round 2
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno via TKO (strikes) at :28 of Round 1
Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara ruled a draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Nakamura Keita def. Li Jingling via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 3
Nick Hein def. Yusuke Kasuya via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kajan Johnson def. Naoyuki Kotani via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Shinsho Anzai def. Roger Zapata via TKO (injury) at :47 of Round 3