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 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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UFC-Japan opened with 2 guys doing major damage to each other's face

The curtain-jerker at UFC Fight Night 117 turned out to be bad news for faces.

As in, both of them.

Daichi Abe might have walked away with the unanimous-decision victory over Hyun Gyu Lim after a close fight, but he had to suffer an eye poke and a golf ball-sized hematoma on his cheek just to get it.

As for Lim (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC), he was looking relatively unscathed right up until the final minute of the fight, but a counter right hand from Abe (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) smashed his nose and dropped him to the mat, with blood pouring from his face by the time he landed.

That punch might have helped seal the fight for Abe, but let’s just say that for at least the next few days or so, neither of them will have any trouble convincing people that they fight in a cage for a living.

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: Daichi Abe impresses, hands Hyun Gyu Lim third straight loss

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It wasn’t easy for Daichi Abe down the stretch, but a late rally in the final 20 seconds of the fight likely gave him a win over Hyun Gyu Lim.

Abe (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Lim (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC), likely thanks to a big knockdown late in the fight that broke Lim’s nose.

The welterweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 117 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FXX.

Lim worked kicks early, but Abe tried to get his shots in with heavy counter punches. When Lim stepped forward a minute in for a right hand, he ate a big counter punch from the smaller Abe. They traded hard left hands not long after that, but it was Abe who continued to find success with his punches, and Lim seemed to be trying to work through some possible damage to his right eye. When Lim landed his right hand, it was with authority. But Abe consistently fired back. With about a minute left in the frame, Abe got off his best combination of the fight and backed Lim to the fence and had him wobbled.

Just past a minute into the second round, after a slower pace of low kicks and jabs, Lim pawed a left hand out with his fist open and caught Abe in the right eye with a finger. After a delay for Abe’s eye to be looked at, the action started back up. Not long after, Lim landed a big right hand that stopped Abe in his tracks with the heaviest punch of the fight to that point. With 45 seconds left, Lim again landed a big right hand that stunned Abe. He stayed patient, and it cost him. With only a couple seconds left, Abe landed a big right hand that took Lim off his feet just before the horn.

The third round was a little safer for both fighters in the first half of the frame. Neither landed anything major, but in the final 90 seconds Lim landed another solid right and stayed light on his feet on the outside. The change in strategy over the final two rounds seemed to pay off for Lim, who was less reckless than in the first five minutes.

But with 20 seconds left, Abe absolutely cracked Lim with a massive right hand. He busted Lim’s nose open, and Lim started bleeding all over the place. Abe pounced on him and landed more punches while Lim tried to get up, then landed a takedown just before the horn. The question was if it was too little, too late.

It was not. In the end, the judges awarded Abe with a unanimous decision from a trio of 29-28 scores.

With the win in his UFC debut, Abe runs his winning streak to six to start his pro career. Lim lost for the third straight time and fourth time in five fights.

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

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

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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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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Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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The lineup for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan is taking shape with a slew of new additions.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC officials recently added a handful of new matchups to the overseas card.

The biggest official addition is a previously reported fight between Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the MMA women’s strawweight rankings, and No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

Also on the card, welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim (13-6-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who’s in a must-win situation due to his current 1-3 skid, meets undefeated promotional newcomer and Pancrase vet Daichi Abe (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Additionally, welterweight Alex Morono (13-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), whose recent loss to Niko Price was overturned when his opponent failed a drug test due to marijuana, now puts his seven-fight winning streak on the line against Keita Nakamura (32-8-2 MMA, 2-5 UFC), a 14-year vet who’s 2-2 in his third and most recent UFC stint.

Also on the card are two featherweight bouts: Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa

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

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