UFC Fight Night 117 medical suspensions: No tapping gets Yushin Okami 45 days

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UFC veteran Yushin Okami didn’t appear to have much choice in the matter, but his lack of tap against Ovince Saint Preux brings a 45-day suspension.

The UFC has released medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 117 to Association of Boxing Commissions record keeper mixedmartialarts.com, which forwarded them to MMAjunkie.

UFC Fight Night 117 took place this past Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event’s main card and prelims aired live on FXX.

According to the notes describing the medical suspensions, Okami’s (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) term is “due to no tap on choke.” The Japanese fighter was put to sleep by Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5) in the first round with a Von Flue choke, the third such finish for Saint Preux.

All fighters on the card received a mandatory 7-day suspension, though several were given longer terms for more serious injuries. Daichi Abe (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Hyun Gyu Lim (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who led off the card with a spirited three-round fight, both wound up with 180-day suspensions for various injuries.

The list of suspensions longer than the mandatory minimum include:

  • Yushin Okami: Suspended 45 days due to no tap on choke, leaving him unconscious, with 30 days no contact.
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for forehead laceration.
  • Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 45 days for right eyebrow laceration; head CT scan was negative.
  • Takanori Gomi: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO.
  • Henrique da Silva: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for knockout.
  • Teruto Ishihara: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Rolando Dy: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Keita Nakamura: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; head CT scan was negative.
  • Alex Morono: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by X-ray for right hand, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Chan-Mi Jeon: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Shinsho Anzai: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Luke Juneau: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Daichi Abe: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial surgeon, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Hyun Gyu Lim: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for nasal laceration.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117's Syuri Kondo wants to add UFC champ to long list of accomplishments

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Syuri Kondo has just about done it all in combat sports and entertainment. But there’s one mountain she hasn’t yet climbed, and that’s in the UFC women’s strawweight division.

“I became a champ in kickboxing and pro wrestling, and when I thought about the next goal, I saw the imagery of the UFC and fighting, and I thought, ‘This is it. This is the top of the world, and that’s where I’m going to go,’” Kondo told MMAjunkie.

On Friday, Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a successful debut with the promotion, outpointing the tough Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the FXX-televised prelims of UFC Fight Night 117 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Even with her extensive experience in kickboxing, karate and pro wrestling, Kondo felt like a newcomer fighting in the octagon.

“Making a debut in the UFC is totally different than other debuts, and my goal is to become a UFC champion one day,” she said. “I think I had a great start.”

It wasn’t an easy first night of work, but Kondo showed off impressive durability and pressure against Jeon, who grunted and screamed through three rounds in the pocket with her older foe. A stinging straight helped Kondo score on Jeon, ut as the fight went into deep waters, her early pressure paid dividends and Jeon faded.

One judge surprisingly called it 29-28 for Jeon. But the remaining two gave Kondo the shutout on scorecards, announcing her entry into the world’s toughest proving ground for MMA fighters.

Kondo, 28, has a long way to go before she’s challenging the likes of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the octagon. But she’s liking her new home so far and is ready for whatever lies head.

“I was focused so much on this match, so I have no idea who I want to fight next,” Kondo said. “But whoever it’s going to be, I’m going to train hard and make sure I win.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117 post-event facts: How Saint Preux-Okami fight was a rarity in history

The UFC’s return to Japan was Friday with UFC Fight Night 117, which took place at Saitama Super Arena and aired on FXX.

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) capped off the card with a historic submission in the light heavyweight main event, submitting Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with just the fifth Von Flue choke in UFC history.

Saint Preux was one of multiple fighters who earned a big win at an event with some worthwhile footnotes. For more on the numbers behind the last of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 117.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $107,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-2.

Saint Preux, Gokhan Saki, Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 117 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 117 drew an announced attendance of 8,571, the lowest of the promotion’s five events at Saitama Super Arena. No live gate was announce for the event.

Betting favorites went 6-3 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:42:35.

Main card

Saint Preux vs. Okami was just the second fight in UFC history to feature zero combined significant strike attempts. Ilir Latifi vs. Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 6 was the other.

Saint Preux competed in his fifth UFC main event. He’s 1-3 in previous headliners.

Saint Preux has earned 16 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins.

Saint Preux’s seven stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (nine), Max Holloway (eight) and Derrick Lewis (eight).

Saint Preux’s nine victories since 2013 in UFC light heavyweight competition are the most in the division.

Saint Preux earned his third Von Flue choke submission in UFC competition, the most in UFC history.

Saint Preux has earned three of the five Von Flue choke submissions in UFC history. Jason Von Flue and Jordan Rinaldi also accomplished the feat.

Saint Preux’s two technical submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Frank Mir (three).

Okami was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC. He hasn’t earned a first victory with the promotion since March 2013.

Okami was unsuccessful in his UFC light-heavyweight debut.

Okami fell to 5-3 since his initial UFC release in late 2013.

Okami fell to 0-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2017.

Okami suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Andrade’s (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) eight UFC victories ties for the most by any female in promotional history.

Andrade improved to 4-1 since she dropped to the UFC strawweight division in June 2016.

Andrade landed 242 total strikes, the most in a UFC strawweight fight.

Andrade has earned five of her eight UFC victories by decision.

Gadelha (15-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Gadelha failed to complete a takedown for the first time in her UFC career.

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June.

Kim has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Takanori Gomi (35-14 MMA, 4-9 UFC) suffered his fifth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He’s suffered all five losses by first-round stoppage in a total fight time of 9:09.

Gomi fell to 1-6 in his past seven fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since April 2014.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was successful in his return to MMA competition after more than 13 years.

Saki earned the first victory of his MMA career.

Henrique da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since October 2016.

Da Silva has suffered three of his four career losses by stoppage.

Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) earned his first decision victory since his MMA debut on April 3, 2011 – a span of 2,364 days (more than six years) and 15 fights.

Ishihara’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (nine) and Max Holloway (eight).

Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered four of his six career losses by decision.

Jussier Formiga (20-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) six victories in UFC flyweight competition re tied for third most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Formiga’s two submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Johnson (three) and John Moraga (three).

Formiga has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Formiga has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by submission.

Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016.

Sasaki has suffered three of his four UFC losses by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) earned his first decision victory since May 18, 2012 – a span of 1,953 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Syuri Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting her career on a five-fight winning streak.

Jeon has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

Luke Juneau (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Hyun Gyu Lim’s (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 117 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14.5 million

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SAITAMA – Fighters from Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $107,500.

UFC Fight Night 117 took place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The card aired on FXX.

Leading the way were the two event headliners. Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) each received $15,000 for their main event bout, which Saint Preux won by first-round submission.

The full UFC Fight Night 117 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000
def. Yushin Okami: $15,000

Jessica Andrade: $10,000
def. Claudia Gadelha: $5,000

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $2,500
def. Takanori Gomi: $10,000

Gokhan Saki: $2,500
def. Henrique da Silva: $5,000

Teruto Ishihara: $5,000
def. Ronaldo Dy: $2,500

Jussier Formiga: $5,000
def. Ulka Sasaki: $5,000

Keita Nakamura: $5,000
def. Alex Morono: $2,500

Syuri Kondo: $2,500
def. Chan-Mi Jeon: $2,500

Shinsho Anzai: $2,500
def. Luke Jumeau: $2,500

Daichi Abe: $2,500
def. Hyun Gyu Lim: $5,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $4,250,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,573,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 117, where Limp Bizkit still was a thing

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While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Saitama, Japan, went with as their backing tracks.

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Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami via technical submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 1:50

Ovince Saint Preux: “Push It” by Rick Ross

Yushin Okami: “Rising” by Yoshida Brothers

Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

Claudia Gadelha: “Best is Yet to Come” by LuvBug

Jessica Andrade: “Cha-La Head Cha-La” (“Dragonball Z” theme) by Hironobu Kageyama

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:30

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: “You & Me (Flume Remix)” by Disclosure

Takanori Gomi: “Scream the Life” by DJ Baku feat. Kyono

Gokhan Saki def. Henrique da Silva via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:45

Gokhan Saki: “Ambitionz az a Ridah” by Tupac

Henrique da Silva: “Satisfacao Sou Franktain” by Marley Stazzy

Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 29-27)

Teruto Ishihara: “Lion No Ko (Yashabo Version)” by Spinna B-ill

Ronaldo Dy: “Tibay” by Quest

Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:30

Jussier Formiga: “O Hino” by Fernandinho

Ulka Sasaki: “Messa da Requiem: II Dies Irae” by Weiner Singverein, Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert Von Karajan

Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Keita Nakamura: “Monster” by Osuman feat. Rino Latina II

Alex Morono: “War of the Gods” by Amon Amarth

Syuri Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Syuri Kondo: “Theme of Sakura” (“Street Fighter IV” soundtrack) by Hideyuki Fukasawa

Chan-Mi Jeon: “Victory” by Yolanda Adams

Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Shinsho Anzai: “Rollin’” by Limp Bizkit

Luke Jumeau: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio

Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Daichi Abe: “He’s a Pirate” by Klaus Badelt

Hyun Gyu Lim: “Search” by Hangzoo & Young B

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Those loud noises at UFC-Japan? That was Chan-Mi Jeon screaming at the top of her lungs

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There’s a lot to like about Korean strawweight Chan-Mi Jeon. For one thing, she shares a nickname with a toy that can’t be knocked over. For another, she likes to express herself in the universal language of guttural screaming.

There was plenty of the latter in Jeon’s prelim bout against Syuri Kondo at UFC Fight Night 117, and while she lost the close fight via split-decision, she definitely made herself heard in the process.

For starters, there was her pro tennis player-esque shout with nearly every strike she threw. Then, between the first and second rounds, there was this:

The 20-year-old Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) even kept it up after the fight. Following three close rounds with an aggressive Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Jeon awaited the decision with what we’re going to guess is a scream of optimism and hope.

And how do you think she handled it when the decision didn’t go her way? Go ahead, just take a wild guess.

Actually, contrary to what you may be thinking, she handled the judges’ decision with somber and silent disappointment. Nah, just kidding. She yelled again. Because why keep all that stuff bottled up?

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117 results: Syrui Kondo takes split from Chan-Mi Jeon in slugfest

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In a back-and-forth battle, Syrui Kondo stayed unbeaten and won her UFC debut with a split call over Chan-Mi Jeon.

Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was consistent in her pressure against Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and won with a pair of 30-27 scores. A dissenting judge gave the fight to Jeon, 29-28.

The women’s strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 117 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It aired on FXX ahead of the main card on the same channel.

Kondo looked comfortable in the standup game early, though when threatened was adept at backing out from Jeon’s offense. The two came together midway through the first and traded punches, followed by a nice head kick attempt from Jeon. But Kondo continued to press forward, hoping to make Jeon uncomfortable in her debut. When Jeon landed a combo, Kondo fired off a low kick counter. Kondo pressed forward much of the rest of the round. She had to eat some kicks for it, but seemed happy with the pace.

Kondo started to gather momentum 90 seconds into the second. She put together solid surges of offense, even when Jeon tried to fire back. Kondo kept coming forward, working through Jeon’s counters. The pair kept landing on each other at close distance the full round.

The third round was close, as well – the two continued to exchange, but neither took a clear advantage. It made for another tough one for the judges, but it was Kondo who got the split call.

Kondo stayed perfect in her brief pro career and won her UFC debut. Jeon lost for the second time in her career, both of which have come in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 117 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Japan.)

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In depth main-card breakdown: 'UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami'

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 117’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Friday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The main card airs on FXX following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

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Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC)

Ovince Saint Preux

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’3″ Age: 34 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 80″
  • Last fight: Submission win over Marcos de Lima (April 22, 2017)
  • Camp: Knoxville MMA (Tennessee)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
+ 10 KO victories
+ 4 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Accurate left hand
^ Coming forward of off counter
+ Hard left kicks
+ Improved footwork
+ Underrated wrestling ability
^ Reactive shots and get-up urgency
+ Aggressive transitional grappler
^ Opportunistic strikes and submissions
– Traditionally struggles against the fence

Yushin Okami (32-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC)

Yushin Okami

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’2″ Age: 36 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 72″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Andre Lobato (July 29, 2017)
  • Camp: Wajutsu Keishukai (Japan)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Boxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Black belt in judo
+ 13 KO victories
+ 4 submission wins
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ Accurate jab
^ Checking or coming forward
+ Strong inside the clinch
^ Favors takedowns from here
+ Solid top game
^ Pressures and passes well
+ Effective ground striker
^ Works well from mount
– Fighting on one week’s notice
+/- 1-3 against UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event for UFC Fight Night 117 takes place in the light heavyweight division when Ovince Saint Preux meets Yushin Okami.

Originally slated to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury), Saint Preux will instead welcome back former UFC middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami.

A longtime 185-pound contender who has recently been plying his trade at welterweight, Okami takes this fight on just one week’s notice, and he won’t likely have to cut much weight to make the 205-pound limit.

Starting off on the feet, we have the intricate pairing of two southpaws.

Despite a matchup between two lefties opening up more options on paper, the action tends to not play out as projected given that many southpaws predicate their game on facing opponents who are orthodox, the most common stances found in the gym. For this reason, the better striker does not always win out the battles.

Nevertheless, Saint Preux should be the man who carries the on-paper edge in striking exchanges.

Although one of the bigger bodies at light heavyweight, Saint Preux’s athleticism allows him to be one of the more fleet-of-foot movers in the division, staying light while seemingly maintaining the ability to explode.

Utilizing stance shifts, Saint Preux will deceptively change the striking range and angles, while he simultaneously unloads check-hooks or intercepting uppercuts to catch and counter oncoming opponents.

Saint Preux also does well when he decides to come forward, particularly when working behind his battering ram of a left Thai kick. But whether he is going forward or countering, the former collegiate football player will still need to respect what’s coming back at him.

A steady, measured southpaw striker, Okami makes it a point to own the centerline as he chips away with straight punches in succession. At the heart of the Japanese fighter’s arsenal is an active and accurate jab.

Not only can Okami come forward behind his jab, but he also does a good job of using it as a check, which quietly helps temper his opponent’s aggression. Considering that Saint Preux is not exactly known for his defense, I would not be surprised to see Okami find some success within the counter striking department.

Still, the same can be said the other way, as Okami’s lack of head movement could prove costly against Saint Preux, who will have the more dangerous offerings both coming forward and off the counter.

Subsequently, I see this fight being sorted out inside of the clinch.

Whether it be in victory or defeat, each man has had many of their matches decided within this space, making the clinch a key factor in this fight. Though Okami is the more technical clinch fighter on paper, the Japanese fighter’s lack of urgency becomes particularly apparent here, often giving away stanzas or stretches of the match over time.

Even if Okami hits his patent outside-trip takedowns, he will need to show an immediacy above and beyond his norm, as Saint Preux’s athleticism alone is enough to equalize the situation. In fact, counter-wrestling is one of Saint Preux’s stronger suits, as the former football player has a healthy sense of urgency to his get-up game.

Furthermore, Saint Preux has also improved his wrestling fundamentals, applying more of an immediacy to his over and under-hooks, which in-turn help protect his hips. If Saint Preux can thwart the clinch offense of Okami, then it will probably end up being a long night for the Japanese veteran.

Even though Okami is an excellent grappler from topside, his skills do not shine as brightly from his back, something I do not see changing in facing a larger foe. Not only is Saint Preux an aggressive and dangerous transitional threat when on top, but his technique has also been growing, and he is becoming much more positionally aware in his approach.

With the oddsmakers opening Saint Preux somewhere north of a 5-1 favorite, I have a hard time disagreeing with them given the matchup at hand.

Due to Saint Preux’s traditional struggles with pressure against the fence, Okami’s path to victory becomes clear considering that the Japanese fighter has geared his game toward corralling opposition here in recent years.

Should Saint Preux fail to get off by sticking and moving in space, then we could see stretches of this fight play out surprisingly slow and competitive. That said, I have to imagine that the size difference and short-notice intangibles will become apparent once these two tie up in the clinch.

A crucial position on paper, I believe Saint Preux’s skillset and size will dictate the terms inside of the clinch, which will in turn help him to find a finish either standing or on the floor. Ultimately, I see Saint Preux finding success in countering with his left hand, and eventually reversing failed grappling offense from Okami to earn a stoppage from top position.

Official pick: Saint Preux inside the distance

Official outcome: To be determined

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UFC Fight Night 117 pre-event facts: Jessica Andrade 1st female with a dozen UFC fights

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The UFC makes one of its infrequent stops in Japan on Friday with UFC Fight Night 117, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama and airs on FXX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

After going through all sorts of changes, the card will feature a light heavyweight main event cobbled together at the last minute when Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) welcomes former 185-pound title challenger Yushin Okami (34-10 MMA, 13-5 UFC) back to the octagon for the first time in more than four years.

The sport has a lot of history in “The Land of the Rising Sun.” The fighters will attempt to add to that when they step in the cage, but for now, it’s time to see what they’ve accomplished so far. Check below for 40 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 117.

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Main event

Ovince Saint Preux

Saint Preux competes in his fifth UFC main event. He’s 1-3 in previous headliners.

Saint Preux has earned 15 of his 20 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his eight wins under the UFC banner.

Saint Preux is the only fighter in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce history to earn two submission victories by Von Flue choke.

Saint Preux has earned two of the four Von Flue choke victories in UFC history. Jason Von Flue and Jordan Rinaldi also accomplished the feat.

Saint Preux’s six stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in the division.

Yushin Okami

Okami returns to the UFC for the first time since September 2013. He suffered a first-round TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent appearance at UFC Fight Night 28.

Okami is 5-2 since his initial UFC release in late 2013.

Okami moves up to the UFC light heavyweight division for the first time in 19 promotional appearances.

Okami’s four-fight winning streak is his longest since April 2007.

Okami has earned eight of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Okami defends 84.6 percent of all opponent takedowns in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Krzysztof Jotko (86.8 percent).

Co-main event

Claudia Gadelha

Claudia Gadelha’s (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, tied with Randa Markos for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Gadelha’s four victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight) and Tecia Torres (five).

Gadelha enters the event on the first two-fight winning streak of her UFC career.

Gadelha’s 27 takedowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) makes her 12th UFC appearance, the most by any female in company history.

Jessica Andrade

Andrade is 3-1 since she dropped to the UFC strawweight division in June 2016.

Andrade’s seven UFC victories are third most of any female in company history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight) and Amanda Nunes (eight).

Andrade landed 206 significant strikes against Rosi Sexton at UFC Fight Night 30, the third most ever in a single UFC fight.

Andrade is one of three female fighters in UFC history to earn victories in two weight classes. Valerie Letourneau and Joanne Calderwood also accomplished the feat.

Remaining main card

Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC), who competes on his 39th birthday, is the oldest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Takanori Gomi

Gomi enters the event on a four-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He’s suffered all four losses by first-round stoppage in a total fight time of 7:39.

Gomi is 1-5 in his past six appearances overall and hasn’t earned a victory since April 2014.

Gomi is one of 12 fighters in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce combined history to earn a winning streak of 10-plus fights.

Gomi recorded the fastest knockout in the history of the now-defunct PRIDE organization when he stopped Ralph Gracie in just six seconds at PRIDE Bushido 3.

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June 2016.

Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) enters the event on a three-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2016.

Da Silva has earned all 12 of his career victories by stoppage.

Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former kickboxing champion, returns to MMA competition for the first time since July 2004.

Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) has earned eight of his nine career victories by knockout. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) has suffered seven of his eight career losses by decision.

Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career.

Rosa has been awarded three “Fight of the Night” bonuses during his five-fight UFC career.

Rosa’s submission of Sean Soriano at 4:43 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 59 marked the latest submission ever in a three-round UFC featherweight bout.

Preliminary card

Keita Nakamura (32-8-2 MMA, 2-5 UFC) has suffered all five of his UFC losses by decision.

Jussier Formiga (19-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has earned four of his five UFC victories by decision.

Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016.

Sasaki has earned all three of his UFC victories by submission.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 20, is the youngest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Jeon is the youngest active fighter on the UFC roster.

Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned his past 11 victories by stoppage. He hasn’t won a fight by decision since his first career victory.

Lim is one of two fighters in UFC history to win two consecutive fights by knockout stemming from a knee strike. Thiago Alves also accomplished the feat.

Shinsho Anzai (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) competes in just his second fight since August 2004.

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Japan's 11-bout UFC Fight Night 117 lineup finalized for FXX

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The fight card is set for the UFC’s return to Japan next week with UFC Fight Night 117.

The event airs Friday, Sept. 22, from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It airs on FXX following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

The card, which is the UFC’s ninth in Japan and fifth in Saitama in company history, features 11 bouts in all.

In the headliner, Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who’s No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, looks to build off a recent Von Flue choke win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima Mauricio, when he rematches ex-champ Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC), who’s currently riding a three-fight winning streak.

Saint Preux won the duo’s first meeting via 34-second knockout at UFC Fight Night 56 in 2014.

In the co-headliner, No. 2-ranked women’s strawweight Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC). who’s 2-0 since a loss to champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk in July 2016, takes on No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who was on a three-fight winning streak before a May title loss to Jedrzejczyk. The winner could be in prime position for another title shot.

Rounding out the main card are lightweights Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) vs. ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC), light heavyweights Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), featherweights Rolando Dy (8-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC), and featherweights Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

In the featured prelim, welterweight Alex Morono (13-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) puts a seven-fight winning streak on the line when he fights 14-year vet Keita Nakamura (32-8-2 MMA, 2-5 UFC)

The full UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FXX, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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