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UFC Fight Night 111 results: Justin Scoggins dazzles early, but Ulka Sasaki gets tap

Justin Scoggins’ return to flyweight looked like it was going to be a triumphant one, but his risky style ultimately doomed him against Ulka Sasaki.

Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) survived nearly two rounds of Scoggins’ (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) dazzling offense before securing a fight-ending choke.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Things got off to an interesting start when Scoggins, who returned to 125 pounds after a brief move up to bantamweight, landed a suplex in the opening seconds of the fight.

Scoggins didn’t stop there, and he flowed through the opening round. After initially looking for takedowns on the grappler, he popped Sasaki with punches and kicks, ultimately forcing him to the mat and finishing the round with some heavy ground and pound.

The dramatics immediately continued in the second round, when Scoggins promptly dropped Sasaki with a back kick. He followed him to the mat and delivered more ground and pound that included some powerful forearm blows. Sasaki tried to scramble, but Scoggins remained in dominant position. However, late in the round, Sasaki got a reversal, promptly slapped on a rear-naked choke, and spoiled Scoggins’ otherwise dominant performance.

The tap came at the 3:19 mark of the second round.

Sasaki was stuck in a 1-3 skid before the rear-naked-choke win – his third in three career UFC wins. Scoggins falls to 2-4 in his past six fights.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)

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UFC Fight Night 111's Justin Scoggins wants to become flyweight champ, save division in process

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SINGAPORE – Now that he’s back to the UFC’s flyweight division, Justin Scoggins is looking to not only claim its title, but save the entire thing while he’s at it.

Scoggins had decided to join the 135-pound division after a botched weight cut that caused his UFC 201 flyweight affair with Ian McCall to be scrapped. The weight cut, Scoggins said, had been taking too heavy of a toll on his body. But his first UFC bantamweight affair, which had him on the losing end of Pedro Munhoz’s guillotine choke, seems to also have been his last.

Scoggins (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) meets Ulka Sasaki (19-4-2 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in his return to flyweight this Saturday. And he has some interesting thoughts on his decision to move up in the first place.

“I’m just a crazy-ass son of a (expletive),” Scoggins told MMAjunkie ahead of the UFC Fight Night 111 preliminary card scrap, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. “I was just kind of going through a weird phase, I guess.

“Just life getting at you. Holidays, thinking about eating and stuff. And it’s like, ‘You know what? I think I can beat the crap out of this 135-pound champ, so why not just move up and stop starving yourself?’”

It took reflecting, refocusing and talking to the coaches, manages and people who cared about him. It took paying attention. It took some discipline to hear instructions – “instead of trying to do (expletive) on my own all the time.” It took addressing his own shortcomings.

“You’ve been caught in a guillotine twice, you’ve missed weight once,” Scoggins said. “Obviously, there’s something wrong with you. Sit down, pay attention to what everybody is telling you, and just do it.”

But Scoggins is back, committed and ready to resume the two-fight flyweight streak he’d left behind. The goal now is quite simple: taking the division by storm. But, in order for that to happen, he knows he must first get past Sasaki. And that’s something he’s not taking lightly.

“That dude is tough,” Scoggins said. “That dude is a veteran. He’s got a good following in Japan. He’s an exciting fighter. He just had a great fight with Wilson Reis (at UFC 208), who just fought for the title. The sky is the limit to where this could go. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to beat this guy up.

“No disrespect to Sasaki, I think the guy’s an awesome fighter. Super weird for the division, too – so tall and lanky and stuff. But he doesn’t bring to the table what I bring to the table. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to abuse this guy for as long as I need to to get him out of there.”

After he’s done with that, however, Scoggins has other ideas in mind. With flyweight contender Ray Borg now seemingly a frontrunner in the rocky campaign for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next fight, he believes a rematch of their UFC Fight Night 82 encounter – which ended in a unanimous nod for Scoggins – may be in order.

“Then I’m going to go in there and I’m going to get a title shot,” Scoggins said. “Because the No. 3 ranked guy in the world (Borg), if everybody remembers, I schooled him. It was a clinic. And I’ll put a clinic again if he wants to. He’s talking like he wants this title – I’ll put a clinic on him again. But I’ve got one clinic to do Saturday, then we’ll just keep lining them up.”

And if you think Scoggins plans of a title shot are ambitious, you haven’t heard all of it. Not only does he plan on becoming the champion, but he believes he has what it takes to keep the possibly endangered 125-pound division afloat in the process.

“Don’t close that division down,” Scoggins said. “You need that division. You need that to grow the sport. Especially in the Asian market, the Mexican market. They love the small fighters. The sky is the limit for this. And I’m going to help it grow. That’s my goal – not only to grow myself, but help the UFC grow that division.

“And what I bring to the table? I’m going to go in there and I’m just going to run through this stuff. I’m going to get that belt like I should have had already. A lot of people know that, too. And I’m just going to smash my way to the top. I don’t care if it takes 10 fights, I don’t care if it takes this fight and then I get a title shot. But I’m going to run my way through this division. I’ll save this division.”

To hear Scoggins’ (very animated) interview – including a can’t-miss explanation of why a Budweiser logo contributed to his loss to Munhoz – check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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