If there is one thing you can guarantee in mixed martial arts, it is that there will always be plenty of action when the flyweights enter the cage. So, when Australia’s Richie Vaculik and Roldan Sangcha-an of the Philippines entered the Octagon on Saturday morning for UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt, fans in Auckland, New Zealand knew that they were in for a treat.
Vaculik (9-2) was looking to bounce back after losing his UFC debut to Justin Scoggins in December of last year, while Sangcha-an (4-0) was looking to keep his unbeaten record intact in his UFC debut.
It wouldn’t be easy for Sangcha-an against a fighter like Vaculik, but he was ready for the challenge in the biggest fight of his life.
Round 1: Vaculik wasted no time looking to land a flurry, but Sangcha-an quickly changed levels and landed a takedown. Vaculik quickly got out from under Sangcha-an and looked to lock in a guillotine shoke on his way back to the feet. After grabbing the clinch, Vaculik slammed Sangcha-an to the mat and immediately jumped to Sangcha-an’s back as his shorts began to fall down (someone should make sure his shorts fit next time). Sangcha-an got out from under Vaculik, but Vaculik reversed position and again put Sangcha-an on his back where he worked from half guard. Sangcha-an recovered guard, while Vaculik looked to stay active. Sangcha-an landed a sweep and got to Vaculik’s back, but was unable to get his hooks in. Vaculik scrambled and got back to top control. Sangcha-an tried to spin out from the bottom again, but Vaculik took his back and looked for the rear-naked choke. Sangcha-an fought to stay alive, but Vaculik stayed active and cranked the submission. Sangcha-an showed great resilience and continued to fight off the choke as the round came to an end. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Vaculik
Round 2: Sangcha-an started off the second round with a big head kick, but Vaculik quickly shot for a takedown and put Sangcha-an on his back. Vaculik moved to half guard and dropped some short elbows from the top. With Sangcha-an holding guard, the referee stood both of the fighters up. Sangcha-an was showing some flashing kicking techniques to as soon as the fight was back on its feet, but Vaculik closed the distance and got into the clinch. Sangcha-an threw an elbow and Vaculik changed levels, but Sangcha-an shook off the takedown attempt. Sangcha-an began working leg kicks to keep Vaculik at a distance. After a short elbow from Sangcha-an, Vaculik landed another takedown as the round came to an end. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Vaculik (20-18, Vaculik)
Round 3: Sangcha-an continued to rely on his kicking to start the final round, as he circled around Vaculik picking his shots. Sangcha-an caught Vaculik with a short hook and began to find a home for his jab, but Vaculik grabbed the clinch and landed some nice knees before connecting with a right hook on the break. Sangcha-an controlled the center of the Octagon for most of the round and kept pressing forward despite Vaculik landing some heavy rights. Sangcha-an was throwing more volume, but Vaculik was landing the bigger shots and eventually looked for a crotch lift to get the fight to the ground. Sangcha-an showed some great balance and stayed on his feet. Due to aggression and Octagon control, Sangcha-an won the final round on our scorecard and we went to the judges. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Sangcha-an (29-28, Vaculik)
Official Result: Richie Vaculik def. Roaldan Sangcha-an via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the remainder of the day for blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC’s double-header.
You can see the latest UFC Fight Night 43 results below:
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