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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Keita Nakamura 'felt a little conservative' at UFC-Japan, wasn't sure he'd get the win

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SAITAMA, Japan –  Keita Nakamura engaged in a slugfest with Alex Morono and after three rounds came away with a split-decision win at UFC Fight Night 117.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of the event, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan and aired on FXX.

It was a bloody, back-and-forth affair between Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Morono (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). But even so, Nakamura felt he could’ve done more.

“I was not going forward enough,” he told MMAjunkie through an interpreter, “and I felt a little conservative.”

Still, he got the win in front of his home fans, despite a lack of confidence that it would go his way,

Watch the video above to hear more from Nakamura.

And 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: Keita Nakamura takes split from Alex Morono in bloody fight

Both fighters spilled blood, but it was Keita Nakamura who made his home fans happy in Japan.

Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) took a split decision from Alex Morono (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC), taking a pair of 29-28 scores to a dissenting 29-28 for Morono, in yet another back-and-forth slugfest on the prelims in Japan.

The welterweight bout closed out 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.

Both fighters got some solid work done in the first round. Nakamura’s heavy left hand bloodied up Morono around his right eye. And Morono put enough pressure on his Japanese opponent to keep him backing away from the offense. Morono seemed to do more work, but it was Nakamura who landed the bigger and better strikes.

The second round was more of the same. Morono was able to sneak through a few jabs, along with some low kicks. With about 90 seconds left, Morono nearly landed big, but moments later found himself eating some kicks to the body from Nakamura. Morono led the round with the hands, but Nakamura led the round with the feet, making for another tough one to score.

A minute into the third, Nakamura got a crucial takedown and passed to side control But after only 30 seconds, Morono got back to his feet without taking any damage on the ground. Midway through, Morono landed a right hand that opened a cut on Nakamura’s left side. The gash was deep, and the bleeding was heavy. Nakamura landed another takedown, but again Morono was right back up after briefly threatening with a guillotine choke. The two slugged it out with punches and kicks down the stretch, including a late body kick from Morono. Both fighters had blood flowing nicely at the final horn.

Nakamura got back in the win column after a loss nearly a year ago. Morono lost for the second straight time after a seven-fight winning streak that included victories in his first two UFC fights.

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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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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