Japan's Takeya Mizugaki took on Jeff Houghland in the first televised fight at the UFC's first event in China. How did it go?
Keep reading to find out.
Coming in, both fighters were known for their toughness and did not disappoint. They both came out aggressively. Houghland eventually went for a takedown unsuccessfully. However, the clinch work that followed allowed Mizugaki to nab a body lock and take his adversary down. For the rest of the round, Houghland went for submissions while Mizugaki pounded on him (hard!). Both an armbar and choke attempt never really put the Japanese fighter in truly deep water. On the flip side, those ground and pound strikes were hard.
Mizugaki takes round one.
Round two started off with Mizugaki landing several strikes on his adversary. A clinch led to another body lock takedown by the Japanese fighter. He controlled things there for the majority of the round until such time as the referee stood things up. That simply led to a huge right hand from Mizugaki, which led to more ground work until the bell.
Houghland needs a stoppage in order to win.
Early in round three, Mizugaki hurt Houghland with a punch. But Houghland got up, took his adversary down, only to see him get back up. Mizugaki's opponent then pulled guard on him. And the bottom line of the rest of the stanza is that the Japanese fighter opened Houghland up with an elbow and generally controlled things.
Takeya Mizugaki defeats Jeff Houghland by unanimous decision.