The UFC’s return to Japan was a fun-filled night from start to finish.
The preliminary card was surprisingly competitive and featured local Japanese fighters going a perfect 4-0, but the main card was even better. Gokhan Saki and Ovince Saint Preux picked up impressive first-round victories, but it was Jessica Andrade who stole the show with a unmerciful bashing of #2 strawweight contender, Claudia Gadelha.
Here are the three best moments of UFC Fight Night 117:
1 Jessica Andrade gives Claudia Gadelha a brutal beatdown
Claudia Gadelha, who was thought to be the clear #2 contender in the women's strawweight division was just completely manhandled by Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night 117.
Despite Andrade being one of the toughest opponents in the division, it was crazy to think that she could do this to Claudia Gadelha who had previously steamrolled anyone not named Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Andrade survived an early onslaught from Gadelha, who looked better than ever in the first round, before turning on the heat in the second and third rounds.
Andrade's dominance was mainly in the grappling exchanges in which she was either slamming Claudia Gadelha hard into the mat or applying heavy top pressure from Gadelha's half guard while raining down strikes.
Both Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha have gained tremendous respect for their performance at UFC Fight Night 117; a bout that was awarded Fight of the Night.
2 Ovince Saint Preux does it again
Believe it or not, Ovince Saint Preux submitted yet another opponent with a Von Flue Choke.
This time around, it was Yushin Okami who would be the fool who attempted to wrap his arm around the head of "OSP", while he should have been aware of Saint Preux's choking tendencies from this position.
The fight began with Yushin Okami shooting for a deep double leg takedown, but Ovince Saint Preux stuffed the takedown. Okami pulled half guard immediately, and it seemed to be the plan all along that Okami wanted to grapple with the much larger "OSP". Saint Preux smashed Okami's half guard before setting up the beginnings of his Von Flue Choke.
It was Ovince Saint Preux's third Von Flue Choke in the UFC and just the fifth ever in the organization's history. The fight was also just the second fight in UFC history to feature zero significant strike attempts.
3 Gokhan Saki smashes Henrique Da Silva
Gokhan Saki's UFC debut was expected to be one of the most exciting moments of the UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan, and it was exactly that.
Saki uncorked a ruthless assault on Henrique Da Silva from the very first seconds of the contest. Saki sat down on his strikes and threw all of his punches with extreme power.
After Henrique Da Silva had experienced some of Saki's best shots, his facial expression had changed to one of wondering why he was even inside the UFC's octagon with this freakishly powerful striker. Regardless, he kept coming forward towards Gokhan Saki and eventually garnered some success after landing three crushing knees to the body of Saki.
Saki started to tire, and Da Silva smiled as he connected cleanly with a high kick. As Saki backed into the cage, Da Silva pressured Saki with a series of devastating strikes to the head and body all before Saki dropped Da Silva down to the mat with a picture-perfect knockout finish.
It was a spectacular knockout by the UFC newcomer and one that came at perfect timing because it looked as though Da Silva had shifted the momentum.
UFC Fight Night 117 results
- Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami via technical submission (Von Flue Choke). Round 1, 1:50
- Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)
- Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via technical knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:30
- Gokhan Saki def. Henrique Da Silva via knockout (punch). Round 1, 4:45
- Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 29-27)
- Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke). Rd. 1, 4:30
- Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Syuri Kondo def. Chanmi Jeon via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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