Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Round 1: Kikuno lands a left hand. He stalks Ferguson. He goes to the body with a front kick. Ferguson lands a jab followed by an outside leg kick. Ferguson catches Kikuno as he moved in. He lands a combination. Ferguson presses the pace. He wobbles Kikuno with a right hand. Kikuno circles away. Ferguson lands a right hand. Kikuno has his hands down. Ferguson lands another right hand. Ferguson looks for a rolling leg lock, but Kikuno moves away. Ferguson lands a combination. Kikuno runs away. Ferguson chases him and slams him to the canvas. Ferguson takes Kikuno’s back. He isolates an arm. He loses it. He applies a d’arce choke. Kikuno defends the submission attempt. He gets to his feet. Ferguson lands a right hand that knocks Kikuno out.
The official time of the technical knockout was 4:06 of the opening round.
“He’s a good sport and I enjoyed competing with him. I really didn’t want to get mesmerized by that stance and I think the low hands clearly played to my advantage. When he hit me I wanted to get up and go right back at him. In my previous fights I was missing one key element… Muay Thai. I’ve shored up that hole and now I’m a complete fighter out there. He gave me the fight that I wanted which was a close blow-for-blow stand up battle. My team and I have a great vibe going and I have a full tool box so we’re ready to make some waves at 155 pounds.”
“The stance is just part of my style. He was the better fighter tonight and landed the better blows.”