UFC 148 Play-by-Play: Costa Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda

July 1, 2012
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Costa Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda

Costa Philippou and Riki Fukuda at UFC 148Round 1: Philippou takes the center of the cage.  Fukuda moves on the outside.  Fukuda delivers an outside leg kick.  Philippou is looking to counter.  Fukuda is stalking him.  He quickly shoots in and lands a takedown.  He works a bit of ground and pound.  Philippou works back to his feet and pushes Fukuda away.  With two minutes remaining in the round, they’re standing in the center of the Octagon.  Philippou lands a right hand.  Philippou moves in with a left uppercut.  He throws a head kick.  Fukuda starts to attack the legs of Philippou.  Close round.  MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Philippou.

Costa Philippou and Riki Fukuda at UFC 148Round 2: Philippou lands a combination to start the round.  Philippou has found his range.  Fukuda missing and getting hit.  He quickly goes for a takedown and presses Philippou against the cage. Fukuda doing some good dirty boxing but Philippou pushes him away.  Philippou lands a left hand and Fukuda answers with an outside leg kick.  Philippou closes the distance and lands a combination.  Fukuda attempts a takedown but it is stuffed.  Fukuda lands a hard kick to the body.  Fukuda lands a low blow and the fight is stopped for Philippou to recover.  About a minute later, the fight is restarted.  Fukuda drives forward for a takedown but Philippou shakes it off.  Fukuda continues to work the legs with kicks.  Fukuda is moving forward while Philippou circles on the outside.  Philippou moves in with a combination.  Another close round.  MMAWeekly scores the round for Fukuda.

Round 3: They touch gloves for the final round. Fukuda works for a single leg but Philippou defends.  He presses Philippou against the cage.  He lands a few punches to the body and Philippou pushes him away.  Philippou looks to be slowing but lands a right hand over the top.  He lands a counter combination.  Fukuda works for another single leg takedown but Philippou shakes it off.  Fukuda lands a body kick but poked Philippou in the eye.  Philippou immediately falls to the canvas in pain.  He’s on the canvas saying, “oh my god.”  He’s being checked by a doctor.  The doctor is giving him time to see if he can recover.  The eye is visibly red.  Philippou says he can continue and the fight is restarted.  The crowd cheers.  90 seconds remain.  Fukuda lands a body kick.  Philippou is all sorts of fired up and starts unloading.  He lands a combination. Fukuda ties him up along the cage.  Philippou pushes him away.  Philippou lands a big right hand at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Philippou.

All three judges score the fight in favor of Philippou.  The scorecards read: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.

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