Before Heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva collide in tonight’s main event, the prelim fighters will grace the Octagon.
The entire card is stacked, including the prelims, so there should be entertaining fights throughout the night. Bantamweights, Takeya Mizugaki and Nam Phan, take center stage as the main event of the prelims in what is sure to be an epic battle. Also featured on the card are some prospects making their UFC debuts.
Bruno Santos (13-0) will take on Krzysztof Jotko (13-0) in a battle of unbeatens at Middleweight. Welterweight Alex Garcia, fighting out of Tristar gym alongside GSP and Rory MacDonald, makes his highly anticipated debut as well.
The second fight of the prelims is a battle between two new UFC Flyweights, Justin Scoggins and Richie Vaculik. Vaculik is 9-1, with all of his wins coming by way of TKO or submission. Scoggins is currently 7-0 with 6 finishes, including 3 head kick KO’s. I recently spoke with Scoggins about his debut, so check it out here.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan
Official Decision: Takeya Mizugaki defeats Nam Phan by Unanimous Decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This fight was absolutely incredible. The first round was dictated by Mizugaki’s fantastic striking and combos. Mizugaki hurt Phan to the body multiple times, following it up with big right hooks. In round 2 it was more of the same, with Mizugaki rocking Phan badly early with a big left hook. Mizugaki poured it on, but Phan showed incredible heart in surviving. Mizugaki was landing clean shots on Phan on the feet the entire round before taking him down momentarily. The third round was a great comeback round for Phan, but it was too little too late.
Here is a GIF of the action:
Nick Ring vs. Caio Magalhaes
Official Decision: Caio Magalhaes defeats Nick Ring by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The first round was all Nick Ring. He was landed hard knees in the clinch, and mixed in some takedowns. The second round was more of the same from Ring before he took Caio down and had crucifix position. Caio hit a nice sweep, and finished the round on top of Ring. In the third round, Caio got the early takedown, but the ref stood them up after only a few minutes. A minute or later, Ring’s takedown was stuffed, and the ref stood them up again. Immediately after the standup, another Ring takedown was stuffed and the fight was back to the same position. That is where the fight ended. Poor showing from both men in boring fight.
Richie Vaculik vs. Justin Scoggins
Official Decision: Justin Scoggins defeats Richie Vaculik by TKO round 1 (4:43)
This fight was all Scoggins from the opening bell. Scoggins showed off some flashy strikes before taking Vaculik down and completely dominating him on the mat. Ultimately, Scoggins got Richie’s back, flattened him out, and threw haymakers until the ref stopped it. The stoppage may have been a bit early, but it was all Scoggins from the get go.
Here is a GIF of the stoppage:
Bruno Santos vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Official Decision: Krzysztof Jotko defeats Bruno Santos by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
This fight was not very exciting. The first two rounds has a lot of clinching and not a lot of punching. A left hook dropped Santos at the end of round 2, but the bell saved him. In round 3, Santos had both hooks in fishing for the rear naked choke, but was reversed at the last second by Jotko. Jotko finished the remaining minute and a half on top landing some solid ground and pound.
Here is a GIF of the punch that rocked Santos:
Ben Wall vs. Alex Garcia
Official result: Alex Garcia defeats Ben Wall by KO round 1 (0:43)
It took only 45 seconds for Alex Garcia to show why he was so hyped coming into this fight. The Tristar athlete’s debut was more than successful, with a blistering uppercut KO over Ben Wall.
Here is a GIF of the finish: