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Robert Rousseau

Riki Fukuda Defeats Tom DeBlass By Unanimous Decision

By November 10, 2012

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Riki Fukuda vs. Tom DeBlass in the first UFC on Fuel 6 bout on Facebook. Yep, Macau, China folks. Here's how it went down.

The first round was a good one. Fukuda kept moving forward on his adversary, netting two takedowns on him during the stanza.  After the first takedown, which was pretty early on, he managed a decent amount of ground and pound (though none damaging). The second takedown occurred with only about 30 seconds to go in the round and was rather uneventful.  The rest of the round saw DeBlass win the striking battle, connecting with combinations at several junctures with lots of low kicks and straight rights finding their mark. In the end, many might give the round to Fukuda based on the takedowns. But I thought that DeBlass had the better opening stanza.

Round two was a different story. Fukuda, realizing his opponent's speed and long distance advantages, decided to push the pace and get inside. By using dirty boxing, the clinch, and general inside fighting, the Japanese fighter managed to keep DeBlass's offense to a minimum. He also slowly began to wear his adversary down, hitting to the body quite often.

In my book, this one is all tied.

Early in the third round, Fukuda landed a big right hand. Soon after, he held his opponent's head with his right hand and rattled off several left uppercuts before nabbing a takedown. For the majority of the stanza, Fukuda connected with ground and pound, mostly to the body. The referee eventually stood the two up- I can't stand when fighters are doing something on the canvas and that happens. No matter, Fukuda took the fight to his opponent for the rest of the round on his feet.

Good fight for Fukuda.

Riki Fukuda defeats Tom DeBlass by unanimous decision.

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