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UFC 135 Results: Assuncao, Mizugaki and Te Huna Win on Facebook Prelims

Posted on by Damon Martin

Takeya Mizugaki and Cole Escovedo at UFC 135

Mizugaki vs. Escovedo

Junior Assuncao earned his return to the UFC on Saturday night, while Takeya Mizugaki and James Te Huna looked impressive with knockouts for the Facebook prelims.

Junior Assuncao has been working tirelessly for the last four years to earn his way back to the UFC, and at UFC 135 he proved he belonged back in the big show.

While the early going was very slow from both Assuncao and his opponent Eddie Yagin, the Brazilian got the best of the first ten minutes with good takedowns and smart striking on the feet. 

Finally in the third round, Assuncao opened up his attack and after fending off a guillotine attempt from Yagin, he simply broke his opponent for the final few minutes.  Once he was on top, Assuncao absolutely unloaded on Yagin, blasting him in the face with punches.  Yagin showed good toughness to stay in there and not get put away, but Assuncao was clearly the dominant fighter.

It was a slow start for Assuncao, but he insists it wasn’t the returning to UFC jitters, he just had a very specific plan to employ and he was able to do that.

“I wasn’t nervous at all.  I’m pretty much climatized to the UFC scenario, it wasn’t a big thing at all.  I tried to get into his mind last night at the weigh-ins, since I knew he was a newcomer, I figured he would come a little nervous and I would gas him out faster, that was part of my strategy,” Assuncao commented.

“He’s 15-4 with several knockouts, I knew of his knockout power and I’m a jiu-jitsu guy at the end of the day, I wasn’t going to get hit in the face.”

Always known for exciting fights, Takeya Mizugaki decided to finish Cole Escovedo and leave the ‘Fight of the Night’ trophy up for grabs.

The first round between Mizugaki and Escovedo was very exciting however as both fighters were able to gain the upper hand at different moments.  Mizugaki was more aggressive and landed the more accurate strikes, but Escovedo fired back and caught the Japanese fighter with a nasty inside elbow when they were clinched against the cage. 

In the second session, Mizugaki took over with highly effective striking, picking and choosing his shots to punish Escovedo.  The former WEC champion tried to get the Thai clinch, but Mizugaki countered with huge shots coming over the top.

“I knew Cole was very good fighting off of the back so my plan was to hurt him a little bit with the low kicks and land the punches,” Mizugaki said about his strategy.

“I know he’s good at pulling guard so I was very cautious about that.  I was very cautious about guard.”

Mizugaki continued the assault and eventually Escovedor wilted under the pressure, dropping to the mat forcing the referee to swoop in for the stoppage.  The win may land Mizugaki a slot in his home country on the upcoming UFC Japan show in Feb 2012.

James Te Huna made short work of Ricardo Romero to kick off the UFC 135 prelims, ending the fight in less than a minute by knockout.

It was obvious for the opening bell that Romero wanted nothing to do with Te Huna on the feet, but the only problem was he couldn’t get the fight to the ground.  Te Huna tagged Romero early and stunned him before the AMA Fight Club member shot in again, desperate to get the fight to the mat.

Romero’s plan backfired when he got stuck under Te Huna’s sprawl and the Australian unloaded a few huge punches, as his opponent went limp.  Te Huna wins by knockout, and Romero may have seen his last days in the Octagon after two devastating knockout losses in a row.

“I wasn’t nervous at all.  I’m pretty much climatized to the UFC scenario, it wasn’t a big thing at all.  I tried to get into his mind last night at the weigh-ins, since I knew he was a newcomer, I figured he would come a little nervous and I would gas him out faster, that was part of my strategy.”

“He’s 15-4 with several knockouts, I knew of his knockout power and I’m a jiu-jitsu guy at the end of the day, I wasn’t going to get hit in the face.”


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