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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

We want your predictions for Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Japan.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 117 staff picks we release Thursday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Friday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. The card airs on FXX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Yushin Okami vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Records: Yushin Okami (34-10 MMA, 13-5 UFC), Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5)
Past five: Okami 4-1, Saint Preux 2-3
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Saint Preux No. 10
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha

Records: Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Past five: Andrade 3-2, Gadelha 3-2
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Gadelha No. 2, Andrade No. 3
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

Records: Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC), ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Gomi 1-4, Kim 3-2
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki

Records: Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Da Silva 2-3, Saki 0-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara

Records: Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC)
Past five: Dy 3-2, Ishihara 2-2-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa

Records: Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Past five: Hirota 1-3-1, Rosa 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/18/17): N/A

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

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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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UFC Fight Night 110 results: Alex Volkanovski cruises to unanimous-decision win vs. Mizuto Hirota

Alexander Volkanovski hit Mizuto Hirota with everything he had but just couldn’t put him away.

After rocking Hirota (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) early and late and dominating the fight with his pace and pressure, Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was the clear winner when the fight went to the scorecards, with every judge scoring it 30-27 to give Volkanovski the unanimous decision.

The featherweight bout opened today’s UFC Fight Night 110 main card, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Volkanovski nearly finished Hirota early in this fight after catching him with a hard right hand as Hirota exited a clinch in the opening minutes of the first round. That punch put Hirota down and Volkanovski followed to deliver some heavy strikes on the mat, but somehow Hirota collected his wits and battled back.

Unfortunately for him, however, Hirota couldn’t seem to close those holes in his striking defense that Volkanovski exploited early. Over and over he was caught with stiff punches off the clinch, and Volkanovski continued to pressure him against the fence, deftly mixing in takedowns with his sharp striking.

That kept Hirota on the defensive for most of the fight, so that even an attempt at a late rally as Volkanovski slowed down in the third came up short. After three rounds of total control and near finishes, Volkanovski was the easy pick for a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards, with Hirota having to content himself on surviving a fight that saw him take numerous heavy blows to the head.

With his second UFC victory in as many fights, Volkanovski has now won 12 straight fights. Hirota loses for the first time since 2013.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alexander Volkanovski wants to be a name you should remember after UFC-Auckland

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Alexander Volkanovski was looking dapper, sporting a bow tie during UFC Fight Night 110 media day. Perhaps it’s a sign that he’s got his eye on the future – which is not to say that he isn’t focused on the moment.

After an impressive UFC debut in November resulted in a TKO victory over Yusuke Kasuya, Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Mizuto Hirota in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main-card opener on FS1 from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. In the 36-year-old Hirota (18-7-2 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), Volkanovski knows he’ll be up against a proven veteran but simply likes his chances of earning a 12th win in a row.

“The way he fights, I really don’t think that will work for him,” Volkanovski said. “He’s a pressure fighter, and so am I. I think I’m going to be too strong and a bit too technical for him. But, I mean, he’s obviously a veteran, been around the sport. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s seen and done it all. But I just feel like I’m on another level, and I’ve really got something to prove.”

And that’s the 28-year-old’s motivation. During his 11-fight winning, Volkanovski has finished all but one opponent. With this being just his second UFC fight, he understands that simply winning isn’t how he’ll make a name for himself in the featherweight division.

“The record is a big part of how I got to the UFC, but performance is everything,” Volkanovski said. “So I’m going to go out there, set a statement and capitalize on the moment.”

To hear more from Volkanovski, check out our interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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