Paulo Thiago vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Maybe Dong Hyun Kim should fight closer to home more often.
The veteran welterweight from Korea had a short travel to fight at UFC on Fuel 6 in Macao, and with a local crowd behind, Kim had arguably the best performance of his UFC career.
Taking on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Paulo Thiago, Kim showed absolutely no fear in taking his opponent to the ground, and entering his world at every turn. Kim consistently put Thiago down, almost grabbing a rear naked choke/neck crank in round one, and then an impressive D’Arce choke attempt in round two.
Neither got the finish, but Kim continued his offensive output in the third round, putting Thiago down and working to take his back. Kim eventually got the mount and just whaled away with strikes, playing to the adoring crowd who were loudly behind the Korean fighter.
Kim picks up a dominant victory while Thiago now goes to 1-4 over his last five fights.
Takanori Gomi vs. Mac Danzig
It’s been an up and down few years for former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi since coming to the UFC, but he’s now picked up two wins in a row with his lastest victory at UFC on Fuel 6.
Gomi battled in a hard fought, three round war with former Ultimate Fighter winner Mac Danzig on Saturday, and the Japanese star had all he could handle.
Danzig showed no fear going toe-to-toe with the fearsome striker, but also mixed in some takedowns, and almost ended the fight with a guillotine choke as the 2nd round came to a close. Still, Gomi persevered and continuously beat Danzig to the punch when the two fighters came to blows.
Gomi even managed a takedown of his own, which is something he can do from time to time, but for the most part he stuck to his regular game plan of out striking his opponent. While it was close, two judges gave Gomi the fight thus giving him the win in China.
Tiequan Zhang vs. Jon Tuck
It was a tough homecoming for Tiequan Zhang who traveled to China only to lose his third fight in a row, this time to newcomer Jon Tuck.
Tuck took control early in the fight working for a quick armbar submission, but try as he may, Zhang’s defense held up and he was eventually able to slip free.
The second round has more back and forth action to open, but Tuck was able to take over when he moved to mount, and then took Zhang’s back, although he could not get the finish. The final stanza was by far the best of the fight for Zhang, who came out looking for big punches, and possibly the knockout blow knowing he had to be down two rounds at this point.
For all he could muster, Zhang could not put Tuck away and the fight came to a close. Jon Tuck picks up his first win in the Octagon, while Zhang is left wondering if he’ll still have a job with the UFC after 3 losses in a row.
Takaya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland
Takedown, ground and pound, repeat.
That was the winning formula for Takeya Mizugaki who punished opponent Jeff Hougland for the better part of all 15-minutes on his way to a unanimous decision victory.
The two fighters were originally a part of the cancelled UFC 151 fight card, but they finally met in China on Saturday instead.
Miguzaki battered Hougland every time they fighters hit the mat, and the Japanase competitor unloaded shot after shot, and by the third round he left his opponent with more than a few bruises and a bloody face.
When it was all over Takeya Mizugaki picked up a unanimous decision victory, his third inside the UFC Octagon.