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411's UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le Report 11.10.12
Posted by Mark Radulich on 11.10.2012



411's UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le Report
11.10.12
Cotai Arena
Cotai Strip, Macau PRC


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AT 11:00AM Sunday morning!

We will be previewing UFC 154, reviewing UFC on Fuel TV 6, talking The Walking Dead Strikeforce, the newly minted UFC Women's 135 division starring Ronda Rousey and TAKING YOUR CALLS!

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MAIN CARD (FUEL 9:00 AM EST)
Rich Franklin (185lbs 29-6-0, 1NC) vs. Cung Le (186lbs 8-2)
Stanislav Nedkov (203lbs 14-3-0, 1NC) vs. Thiago Silva (205lbs 12-0)
Dong Hyum Kim (170.5lbs 15-2-1, 1NC) vs. Paulo Thiago (169.5lbs 14-4)
Mac Danzig (155lbs 22-9-1) vs. Takanori Gomi (155lbs 33-8-0, 1NC)
Jon Tuck (156lbs 6-0) vs. Tiequan Zhang (155lbs 18-3)
Jeff Hougland (135lbs 10-5) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135.5lbs 15-7-2)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FACEBOOK.COM 7:40 AM EST)

Alex Caceres (136lbs 7-5) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (135.5lbs 19-4-4)
John Lineker (126lbs 19-6) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5lbs 19-5-6)
Tom DeBlass (185lbs 7-1) vs. Riki Fukuda (186lbs 18-6)





INTRODUCTION:


We are live at the Cotai Arena in Cotai Strip, Macau!

Our hosts for tonight are Jon Anik and Kenny Florian. We go to the octagon for our first fight!

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Middleweight bout: Tom DeBlass (185lbs 7-1) vs. Riki Fukuda (186lbs 18-6)

ROUND ONE: DeBlass is the aggressor to start with punches and kicks. Fukuda hits back with a hard right and follows up with a double leg takedown. Fukuda abuses DeBlass from the guard position. Fukuda works over his body with punches. DeBlass makes some space and gets back to his feet. DeBlass circles on the outside and lands more punches. Fukuda is having a lot of difficulty finding a way inside DeBlass' defense. DeBlass pokes Fukuda in the eye. Back to action, DeBlass stuffs a takedown. The fighters clash a few more times. DeBlass is landing a lot, more than Fukuda, but it's still a fairly even round. Fukuda scores a second takedown. Fukuda is unable to do much with it as time expires.

SCORECARD: Fukuda 10-9

ROUND TWO: Fukuda comes out fast. He goes for a shot and clinches with DeBlass against the fence. Fukuda lands a chopping leg kick. Straight right from DeBlass. Fukuda presses DeBlass against the fence again. He works him over with knees to the body. We have a momentary brawl before yet another clinch. They trade knees in the clinch. Fukuda is walking a tired DeBlass down and is able to increase the volume of strikes landed. That one wasn't as close.

SCORECARD: Fukuda 10-9

ROUND THREE: DeBlass is trying to pick up the pace. Fukuda pushes DeBlass against the fence. He puts DeBlass on his back. Fukuda continues to bully DeBlass from the guard position. DeBlass is desperately trying to shrimp out from underneath Fukuda. After almost 4 minutes of this, the ref stands them up. I can only assume the ref is concerned about ratings here because Fukuda was active enough. Sigh. Oh look, we're back against the fence. Fukuda nails DeBlass one more time and this fight all done.

SCORECARD: Fukuda 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28X2).

Flyweight bout: John Lineker (126lbs 19-6) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5lbs 19-5-6)

ROUND ONE: Lineker starts with a leg kick. Lineker controls the center of the octagon. Urushitani having some difficulty finding a way inside. He picks up the pace now as he floats in, lands a few shots and darts back out. Urushitani makes liberal use of his knees. Lineker is looking for a haymaker and he finally gets it. He blasts Urushitani with 20 seconds left in the round. He can't finish the fight as time runs out.

SCORECARD: Lineker 10-9

ROUND TWO: Both men try to find targets for their kicks. Lineker lands a spinning back fist. Lineker attacks the body. Lineker gets a takedown. Lineker is teeing off on Urushitani! He's going in for the kill but Urushitani runs for his life. Urushitani moves in with a knee but his chin is way too high, he nearly gets clipped. Lineker knocks him down again. We have another eye poke. Lineker lands a right hook. Urushitani lands a knee the belly. Lineker chops at Urushitani's legs.

SCORECARD: Lineker 10-9

ROUND THREE: We aren't long into this round before Lineker knocks Urushitani down with a right hook. Lineker lands another right cross. Urushitani tries for a takedown but can't lay a hand on Lineker. Lineker lands another right hook. Lineker chases him down, smacking him every step of the way. Lineker wants to finish this fight while Urushitani just wants to stay conscious. Urushitani tries another takedown but Lineker reverses and forces him back. Dirty boxing from Lineker and Urushitani gets out of Dodge. Lineker finishes the fight strong but this will go to the judges scorecards.

SCORECARD: Lineker 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER John Lineker by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28X2).


Bantamweight bout: Alex Caceres (136lbs 7-5) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (135.5lbs 19-4-4)

ROUND ONE: Caceres comes out jabbing. Tezuka seems tentative to start. Tezuka gets a takedown. Caceres defends with a triangle attempt but Tezuka passes guard and gets to side control. Tezuka attempts a North-South choke but Caceres stalls him getting the ref to stand them up. They trade leg kicks. Tezuka tries for a single leg. Caceres defends it well and gets away. Tezuka is slow to get back to his feet so Caceres jumps on him. Tezuka tries for an armbar. Caceres defends and takes his back. Caceres maintains control to end the round. Very close action from both fighters.

SCORECARD: Tezuka 10-9

ROUND TWO: Tezuka ducks a punch and tries for a takedown. Caceres attempts a spinning back kick. Tezuka takes him down. Caceres defends from his back, lands an elbow but his corner wants him to throw more. Caceres gets to his feet. Caceres lands a leg kick. Tezuka tries for a single leg. Caceres defends and rests against the fence. The separate again. Switch kick from Caceres is nearly caught. Caceres throws a double punch (no RYU-like energy comes out, which is disappointing). Tezuka tries for another single leg and gets punched in the mush.

SCORECARD: Tezuka 10-9

ROUND THREE: High kick to the head from Caceres causes him to slip and fall. Tezuka misses nd opportunity to advance. Caceres uses his jab and it is effective. Caceres is finding his range. Tezuka goes for another single. Caceres makes him pay for it with a punch in the jaw. Spinning back fist from Tezuka, spinning kick from Caceres and all either of them did was generate a lot of wind. Less than minute left and neither fighter looks for a clear advantage. Tezuka looks for a single leg but Caceres counters and ends the round with a scissor-lock of sorts on Tezuka.

SCORECARD: Caceres 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres by split decision (29-28 Tezuka, 30-27X2 Caceres).

OK, I can see why it was a split decision as that first round could have gone either way but I'm not sure how anyone gives that second round to Caceres for a 30-27 victory. Whatevs.

And that's the end of the FB prelims. We'll back back shortly on FUEL TV.

FUEL TV MAIN CARD MATCHES



Bantamweight bout: Jeff Hougland (135lbs 10-5) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135.5lbs 15-7-2)

ROUND ONE: Houghland start with a kick to the torso and eats a punch in the face. Leg kick from Mizugaki. Hougland attempts a takedown and falls flat. He recovers and takes Mizugaki to the ground. Mizugaki, no slouch to the grappling game, puts Hougland on his back. Hougland attempts an armlock and eats a bowl full of punches for his troubles. Mizugaki pounds on Hougland's face from guard. Hougland tries for a triangle but he is taking a lot of punishment for his troubles. Hougland can't complete any of his submission attempts and Mizugaki is caving in his face for trying. Hougland goes for a head-and-arm choke. Mizugaki defends. He ends the round punching in Hougland's face.

SCORECARD: Mizugaki 10-9

ROUND TWO: Hougland starts off with a takedown. They grapple agains the fence and Hougland is on his back with his opponent on top of him...again. Hougland attempts to sweep and grab an armbar. Mizugaki isn't having any of it and gets back to guard again. The ref wants action and admonishes Mizugaki (because apparently trying to actually get a submission is too boring for the Chinese audience). Hougland grinds his elbow into Mizugaki. They are stood up. They trade big left hooks and Mizugaki resumes beating Hougland senseless from guard.

SCORECARD: Mizugaki 10-9

ROUND THREE: Mizugaki drops Hougland with a hook! Hougland jumps back up and slams Mizugaki! Mizugaki once again (say it with me now) puts Hougland on his back. Hougland gets free but takes a punch to the jaw along the way. Mizugaki pursues but Hougland jumps guard. I have no idea why. They stall on the ground and are stood up. Hougland ducks a punch and tries for a takedown. Mizugaki is in his guard. In the final minute, Mizugaki is content to grind his way to a victory.

SCORECARD: Mizugaki 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision (30-27X2, 30-25).

30-25...ouch! Well, back to the FB prelims for you Hougland. Yeesh.

Lightweight bout: Jon Tuck (156lbs 6-0) vs. Tiequan Zhang (155lbs 18-3))

ROUND ONE: Tuck starts with lots of feigning. Zhang flicks a jab. Zhang gets a big takedown off of a body clinch. Tuck goes for an armbar! We could have our first finish of the night! Zhang scissors up Tuck's head to block and Tuck gives up the armbar. Zhang tries to lock up an inverted triangle but Tuck pulls out of it. Tuck takes his back. Tuck slides into full mount. Zhang defends and Tuck moves to full mount. Zhang gives up his back and nearly falls into a rear-naked choke. Tuck tries again but can't get his arm under the chin. Tuck is still fishing for a submission from the back. Zhang escapes to end the round.

SCORECARD: Tuck 10-9

ROUND TWO: Zhang is throwing some mean leather and he catches Tuck flush in the mush! It is roadhouse in there! Zhang tackles Tuck to the mat. Tuck is able to reverse position and moves to half guard. He tries for a kimura. Zhang defends but Tuck gets to full mount. Tuck tenderizes Zhang just enough to transition to the back. Tuck is looking for that elusive rear-naked choke. They grapple until the horn blows.

SCORECARD: Tuck 10-9

ROUND THREE: Tuck and Zhang trade strikes to start off round 3. Zhang is swinging for the fences. Tuck is absorbing a series of lefts from Zhang. Zhang stuns Tuck with a 1-2 combo. Tuck hits a flying knee. Tuck is rushing Zhang with his hands too low and Zhang is making him pay for it. They trade kicks. Two minute warning for this fight and it's a pretty even round so far. Tuck seems inclined to give away this round as he's not nearly being active enough. However, Zhang can't seem to close the deal either. Twenty seconds to go and we have nice little brawl to end the fight.

SCORECARD: Zhang 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Jon Tuck by unanimous decision (29-28X2, 30-27).

Not sure how one judge gave that last round to Tuck but he won so no harm, no foul.

Lightweight bout: Mac Danzig (155lbs 22-9-1) vs. Takanori Gomi (155lbs 33-8-0, 1NC)

ROUND ONE: Gomi comes out flicking his jab. He lands a glancing leg kick. Danzig catches a kick at eats a few punches. Danzig appears befuddled by Gomi's early offense. They lock up and Danzig lands a few knees. Danzig stays in the pocket and lands a 1-2 but Gomi grabs a body lock and slams him down. They butt scoot the cage and Danzig gets to his feet. They trade shots to the chin. Danzig's lead leg is taking a pounding from Gomi's kicks. Danzig throws caution to the wind in the final seconds and gets a single leg. Gomi goes for a heel hook to end the round.

SCORECARD: Gomi 10-9

ROUND TWO: Danzig sticks his jab out there and eats a left from Gomi. Danzig tries a takedown but Gomi isn't going anywhere. Gomi plants one on the chin. Gomi lands one to the body. Danzig is absorbing a considerable amount of damage from Gomi. Danzig shoots for takedown to get away from the fence. Gomi is using his left hand at will. Danzig scores with a 1-2 and ends that exchange with a takedown. Gomi could give away the round right here. Gomi stands up but sticks his head right in a guillotine. He has just over 30 seconds left to survive this round...and he does.

SCORECARD: Danzig 10-9

ROUND THREE: BLAMMO! We are barely underway and Gomi knocks Danzig silly with, "that sneaky right hand." Gomi is in Danzig's guard. Gomi moves to half guard. Gomi looks like he's trying for a head-and-arm triangle from the half guard position. Danzig tries for heel hook. Gomi attempts a figure four (WHOO) but Danzig reverses. Gomi goes back to hammering on Danzig from full guard. They get back to their feet. Gomi tries to drag him back down again but Danzig defends and goes for his back. Gomi shrugs him off and they resume standing. The ref keeps telling them don't leave it up the judges...really? Is that necessary? Anywho, the fighters are slugging it out for the final round. Danzig attempts a takedown. Danzig scores with some dirty boxing. Gomi lands a haymaker! The buzzer sounds and we are off to the judges scorecards...again.

SCORECARD: Gomi 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Takanori Gomi by split decision (29-28 Danzig, 29-28X2 Gomi).

Aw, Danzig needs a hug : (

Welterweight bout: Dong Hyum Kim (170.5lbs 15-2-1, 1NC) vs. Paulo Thiago (169.5lbs 14-4)

ROUND ONE: Kim immediately goes for a single leg. Thiago uses the fence for support. Kim presses him agains the fence and finally gets him down. Kim takes his back. Kim looks to be trying for a head-and-arm choke from the back. He has something like a half nelson on Thiago. He works his way back to a guillotine attempt. Kim is trying for a neck crank but he runs out of time.

SCORECARD: Kim 10-9

ROUND TWO: Thiago goes for a high kick and almost falls over. Kim clinches with Thiago and en route to a takedown Thiago reverses. He goes for a kimura but Kim defends. Kim takes advantage on the ground. Kim has Thiago crouched against the fence. He works on his torso with knees. Thiago reverses control and knees Kim in the face. Thiago is tripped by Kim and collapses under his weight. Kim looks for a D'arce Choke as the round ends.

SCORECARD: Kim 10-9

ROUND THREE: Kim nearly spinning back fists himself into unconsciousness as he careens into a post. Nice. High kick from Thiago. Kim shoots for a single leg. He takes his back. Kim is keeping Thiago on the defensive but at the same time he's not advancing his position. Thiago finally collapses. Kim stays on his back. Kim wails on Thiago from the back. Less than a minute and we are steadily heading to the judges scorecards as Kim finishes the fight by pummeling Thiago into oblivion.

SCORECARD: Kim 10-9

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Dong Hyum Kim by unanimous decision (30-27X2, 30-26).

If the main event goes to a decision too I will plotz.

Light Heavyweight bout: Stanislav Nedkov (203lbs 12-0) vs. Thiago Silva (205lbs 14-3-0, 1NC)

ROUND ONE: Nedkov bullrushes Silva from across the cage, throwing rights and lefts the whole way. Nedkov presses him against the fence. Dirty boxing in the clinch from both fighters. Silva drops momentarily. We have a momentary brawl. They stay clinched up as the pace slows again. Silva breaks away. Nedkov is looking for a 1st round KO (which would make him my hero with the way this night is going). Nedkov rushes forward and tries a single leg. Silva stays against the fence for support. Silva lands a knee. Nedkov tries for an uppercut and settles for clinching against the fence. We have 30 seconds left of the first round. Nedkov is smothering a lot of Silva's attempted offense.

SCORECARD: Nedkov 10-9

ROUND TWO: Silva lands a leg kick and then kicks him straight in the cup. Sigh. We're back and after a short exchange Nedkov presses Silva against the fence. The ref finally breaks them up. Nedkov brawls and mauls Silva again and pushes him to he fence. Silva needs to figure out how to stop this or he's going to lose this one for no good reason. They break a part. Nedkov lands again. Silva counters and lands a good shot but now he's held against the cage again. Nedkov walks Silva down with his hands at his waist. You know, as a man, you'd think Silva would get upset about this and take the fight to him. Meanwhile, Nedkov baits Silva in and blasts him with an overhand right that drops Silva as round 2 comes to a close.

SCORECARD: Nedkov 10-9

ROUND THREE: Silva can win this if he wants it, but that is certainly the question isn't it. Silva lands a push kick. Silva finally wakes up and throws a series of kicks. Nedkov is slowing down. Silva takes him down! Silva gets to mount! We'll see if the Bulgarian has a grappling game to speak of. Silva locks up a head-and-arm triangle! HOLY COW! Silva submits Nedkov! Silva finishes a fight! Silva is a contender for comeback of the year! Nedkov, 12-1 my Eastern European friend.

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Thiago Silva by submission (arm triangle) at 1:45 of round 3.

Huzzah! We have our first finish of the night!

MAIN EVENT


In a battle of the main event walkout music, I'm calling a draw. Baddest Man Alive Vs For Those About to Rock, everybody wins!

Middleweight bout: Rich Franklin (185lbs 29-6-0, 1NC) vs. Cung Le (186lbs 8-2)

ROUND ONE: Le with a leg kick, Ace hits him back. Le seems to be having some trouble finding a way inside due to his height vs Franklin's. Franklin has landed single leg kicks and punches at will. Le looks for a right hook to turn things around for him. Another leg kick from Franklin. Le can't find a home for his kicks but HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!! CUNG "BRONZE LION" LE JUST KNOCKED RICH FRANKLIN THE BUCGAW OUT!!! Man oh Manishevitz, what a shot! OK, so here's what happened, Franklin landed a leg kick, missed a left hand and Cung Le hit him square in the jaw. BLAMMO! Franklin just lost math.

OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER Cung Le by KTFO at 2:17 of round 1.

And so ends Rich Franklin's journey to a third shot at the MW title.

That last fight aside, my opinion of this card can be summed up with the following picture:

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I will be back with Jeff Harris Sunday morning at 11 to preview the glorious return of GSP at UFC 154 on the 411 Ground and Pound Radio show.

Until then, be well, be safe and behave.




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