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UFC 173 Play-by-Play: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

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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.

Tony Ferguson:

“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.”

Katsunori Kikuno:

“The stance is just part of my style. He was the better fighter tonight and landed the better blows.”

Ferguson vs. Kikuno

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