Charles Rosa hopes to get rebooked soon after UFC Fight Night 117 scratch

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Featherweight Charles Rosa said the promotion compensated him in spite of his canceled fight against Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 117.

“Luckily, they made it right and took care of me,” Rosa told MMAjunkie after his scratch in Saitama, Japan, which hosted the FXX-televised event Friday at the hallowed Saitama Super Arena. “I’m really happy with the UFC and the way they handled it.”

Although Rosa did not specify how he was compensated, the promotion often pays out “show money” – usually the contracted purse, albeit without any potential “win money” – to fighters whose opponents are scratched at the last minute due to medical issues.

“Obviously, it was out of their hands,” Rosa said. “It wasn’t their fault – it was my opponent’s fault.”

Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) came in four pounds over the allowed limit and teetered on the scale at the event’s official weigh-ins. Although Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) agreed to fight his heavier opponent, concerns over Hirota’s health prompted officials to cancel the bout the day of the event.

Rosa was getting in one last workout when he got the news. He now hopes to get rebooked as soon as possible.

“I told (UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby) whatever he can do to try to get me on soon, and he said he’d try to get me on a card soon,” Rosa said. “You’ll definitely see me back in the UFC soon.”

When he gets back, Rosa aims to be back in the win column after a loss in his previous outing at UFC 210. An extra $50,000 bonus check helped soothe the pain of a third-round TKO at the hands of Shane Burgos, but it left him at 2-3 in the octagon.

Rosa, an American Top Team product, has bounced between losses and wins since his UFC debut in October 2014. Momentum is his first order of business.

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

 

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Trading Shots: Was Mizuto Hirota's struggle at weigh-ins a public version of a typically private issue?

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A weight cut gone bad led to a fight getting pulled last minute from UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan, but was the struggle more of an exception or the rule for pro fighters in MMA? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss.

Fowlkes: UFC Fight Night 117 went off with one fewer fight than planned this weekend, Danny, and it was all thanks to Mizuto Hirota’s failed weigh-in attempt. Not only did he come in four pounds over the featherweight limit for his fight with Charles Rosa, he could barely stand up long enough to get weighed on the scale.

That’s not an exaggeration, either. After shuffling onstage like a hospice patient forced to move death beds, Hirota almost collapsed while stepping down from the scale and had to be saved by UFC VP of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, which naturally put the UFC in a precarious position.

There’s no athletic commission for events in Japan, so it was entirely up to the UFC whether to let Hirota fight or not. But after the guy who’s supposed to be safeguarding athlete health has to step in and catch a clearly ailing fighter, it’s not a great look to give him the thumbs up for a cage fight.

So the UFC pulled him from the fight, which was the right move. But am I the only one wondering if Hirota’s big mistake was letting us all see how bad he was struggling at the weigh-in? We’ve all heard stories of fighters who endured terrible weight cuts and still fought. Mike Pyle famously based out in the MGM Grand just trying to make it to the scales for his UFC debut, and that show still went on.

If this had happened away from the cameras, do you think Hirota would have been allowed to fight? And does something like that highlight the problem with extreme weight-cutting right before a strenuous and dangerous activity, or just the problem with weight cuts gone bad?

Downes: I can’t say for certain that Hirota would have fought if the whole episode had not been caught on video, but I’m pretty sure he would have. Imagine, though, if he decided not to fight without us actually witnessing him nearly collapse. He would have been raked over the coals like every other fighter. There is still room for criticism (which we will get to), but it takes some of the sting away when you see an individual nearly pass out.

Outside a few episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter,” most fans and members of the media have no idea what goes into a weight cut. Yeah, they know that involves saunas, sweating and maybe a sodium load, but they don’t see the process. I don’t know if a glimpse behind the curtain would change people’s minds, but they would realize the majority of fighters are severely depleting themselves on weigh-in day. Most are just able to hide it better.

When I fought Chris Horodecki on short notice, I had to cut about 25 pounds in five days. In order to reach the right number, the majority of my time was spent in the sauna cutting water weight.

My memory is a little hazy, but at some point I passed out naked in the warm-up room and remember being woken up by Anthony Pettis, who told me that I had to get back into the sauna (and that my naked corpse made a very awkward sight when Jamie Varner tried walking in with his girlfriend).

The point is, if I had stepped on the scale at that time, I would have looked just as bad as Hirota. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), I had a bus ride over to the arena to get my wits about me.

My story is nothing unique. In fact, I’ve seen a lot of fighters who looked way worse. They were just able to keep it together for a few minutes in front of the crowd.

I appreciate the concern for fighter well-being, but what’s the answer? The benefits of drastic weight cuts may be overstated, but as long as fighters see a perceived value in dropping down, it’s not going to stop. I believe that Hirota is not an extreme case. What say you?

Fowlkes: You’re probably right that there have been plenty of fighters worse off than Hirota who still managed to fight, but just because it’s not uncommon doesn’t make it a good idea. If we’re really concerned about fighter safety, at some point we have to address the fact that it’s not super healthy to drain that much water from your body just before you get hit in the head a bunch.

A big part of the problem is the culture surrounding this stuff. Fighters drop down in weight not so much to get an advantage, but to avoid giving one, since everyone else is dropping so much weight. Fighters assume that extreme weight cuts are just part of the job. Promoters and commissions generally either don’t try to find out or don’t care to know how fighters hit the mark on the scale, just as long as they make it to the church on time.

And when commissions do try to get more proactive about telling fighters which weight classes they can and can’t fight in, as California has done, it somehow comes off as regulatory overreach. As if that is not the exact type of safety precaution that you have a commission for in the first place.

These seem like entrenched problems with the culture of this sport, which is what makes them so hard to fix. So maybe what we need is more than just the occasional peek behind the curtain, Danny.

If we only seem to care about this stuff when we see the ugly reality of it, as with Hirota or back when Cris Cyborg was killing herself trying to make 140 pounds, maybe the solution is to ensure that this process sees the light of day more regularly. If brutal weight cut videos started showing up all the time, do you think fans would become horrified enough to support some serious changes?

Downes: Ben, I don’t care what all the other people at MMAjunkie say, you aren’t a one dimensional guy. I’m amazed that you can find a way to be the most cynical person in the industry and supremely naïve. I know School House Rock had a great impact on you, but knowledge isn’t always power.

First off, weight-cutting videos aren’t always great #content. Watching fighters dehydrate themselves in a hot box is boring. Fans can’t learn anything if they’re so uninterested they don’t pay attention.

Secondly, I wonder if people really want to see how the sausage is made. Making a human connection with athletes can hurt the viewing experience. How am I supposed to yell at Mike Glennon and tell him he sucks when I learn that he has a baby boy?

Thirdly, I doubt an increased view into the weight-cutting experience would have an effect. Sure, there might be a few fans who pause and say, “Wow, that’s dangerous.” The vast majority, though, would shrug it off and blame the fighters. “If they didn’t want to cut so much weight, they shouldn’t be such a fat ass!” How many people blame Cyborg for not making bantamweight?

When it comes to making weight, most fans assume it’s a lack of discipline which accounts for the extra pounds. The Johny Hendrickses of the world don’t help that perception, but I would argue he’s an exception to the norm.

Much like the throwing in the towel argument we had last week, weight-cutting is one of those issues where we’ll have to save fighters from themselves. As long as there is the perceived value of drastic weight cuts, fighters will do it.

You’re right that they’ll view any attempts to regulate weight-cutting as overreach, but it will be a necessary evil. We should be wary, however, of expanding the weight classes as a way of combating this issue.

Rightly or wrongly, one of the classic arguments for the decline of boxing is the explosion of weight classes. The talent pool is already pretty thin at certain levels. Further diluting that pool will only lead to more problems. We need to fix things, but sometimes the cure can be more harmful than the disease.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMAjunkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.

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Charles Rosa 'heartbroken' after Mizuto Hirota pulled from UFC-Japan for safety reasons

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Charles Rosa is taking the high road in response to opponent Mizuto Hirota being pulled from UFC Fight Night 117 at the last minute due to a botched weight cut.

After Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) came in four pounds over the featherweight limit for his matchup with Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), which was set to open tonight’s UFC Fight Night 117 main card on FXX at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, there was much concern over whether it was safe for the fight to go on.

Despite UFC officials originally stating Hirota was fit to compete, it was later decided that due to “health and safety concerns,” the Japanese fighter would not step in the octagon in his home country.

Although athlete safety should always come first, it’s a disappointing turn of events for Rosa, who put in a full training camp, flew all the way from Florida and made weight in a professional manner. He’s naturally upset over the situation, but Rosa chose not to kick Hirota while he was down (via Instagram):

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Unfortunately, my @UFC fight versus Mizuto Hirota was cancelled early this morning for his safety by medical doctors. After Mizuto came to weigh-ins 5lbs overweight, I accepted to fight him regardless, woke up the following morning to find out he was pulled. Obviously, I was heartbroken but all the sacrifice, hardwork and dedication I put in wasn’t for waste, I will be back in the cage soon to show the world what they pay to see! I love this sport and sometimes this is part of the game! Out of my control, so I won’t let it bring me down, just motivate me more for the next one. Thanks to all my friends, family and fans for support! Especially, the ones that flew across the world to Japan to see me fight, love you all and will be back home a in few days!

The UFC has not yet addressed whether Rosa will be paid his win and/or show money for UFC Fight Night 117, and “Boston Strong” made no mention of compensation in his statement.

Nevertheless, it appears Rosa, who has received three “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his five UFC appearances, is looking to be booked on another card as soon as possible.

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

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Mizuto Hirota pulled from UFC-Japan after scary weigh-in incident

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TOKYO – In a not-so-stunning move, the UFC has pulled Mizuto Hirota from UFC Fight Night 117.

Hirota missed weight by 5 pounds for his featherweight bout with Charles Rosa and was visibly in bad shape. He looked dazed and after a slow walk to weigh in, he stumbled a bit off the scale and needed help from officials. And as he bowed to the crowd, he was slow to get back upright.

Hirota and Rosa were scheduled to open the main card of Friday’s event, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs on FXX. As a result of the bout cancellation, Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki has been bumped up to the main card.

Below is the UFC’s full statement:

“Due to health and safety concerns, the UFC featherweight bout Hirota vs. Rosa at UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami has been cancelled, as Hirota was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.

UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami will proceed as scheduled with 10 bouts at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Moving to the main card will be the flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Ulka Sasaki.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 117 staff picks: Is anyone picking Okami to upset Saint Preux in UFC return?

Okami
vs.
Saint Preux
Andrade
vs.
Gadelha
Gomi
vs.
Kim
da Silva
vs.
Saki
Dy
vs.
Ishihara
Hirota
vs.
Rosa
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 87-65
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
(74%)
gadelha2017
Gadelha
(80%)
maestrokim2017
Kim
(77%)
saki2017
Saki
(56%)
ishihara2017
Ishihara
(78%)
rosa2017
Rosa
(76%)
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 97-55
trophy copy 2015 Champion
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
hdasilva2017
da Silva
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 95-57
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
jandrade2017
Andrade
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 94-58
trophy copy 2016 Champion
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 93-59
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 92-60
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 89-63
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
hiroto2017
Hirota
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 89-63
okami2017
Okami
gadelha2017
Gadelha
gomi2017
Gomi
saki2017
Saki
dy2017
Dy
hiroto2017
Hirota
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 87-65
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 87-65
trophy copy 2014 Champion
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
hdasilva2017
da Silva
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 86-66
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
jandrade2017
Andrade
maestrokim2017
Kim
hdasilva2017
da Silva
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa

The UFC returns to Japan this week, and a former middleweight title challenger is back in the promotion in the main event on short notice.

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.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former 185-pound title challenger Yushin Okami (34-10 MMA, 13-5 UFC) returns after a stint in WSOF to fight Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5) at light heavyweight. Okami, who will fight in front of his home fans in Japan, took the fight on a week’s notice when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua withdrew with an injury. Saint Preux is a heavy betting favorite, and he’s the pick of nine of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, women’s strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meet in a crucial divisional showdown. Gadelha is the betting favorite, and she’s getting the nod from eight of our 10 pickers.

Also on the main card, Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) meets ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at lightweight, and only one of our staff members is brave enough to pick Gomi in an upset. Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his highly anticipated UFC debut against Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and is a 7-3 pick. Only one of our pickers is taking Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to top Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) in their featherweight bout. And also at featherweight, to open up the main card, only two are taking Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) to upset Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in their catchweight fight (Hirota missed the featherweight limit earlier today).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Saint Preux, Gadelha, Kim, Saki, Ishihara and Rosa are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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

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Mizuto Hirota missed weight for UFC-Japan – and it was pretty scary

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TOKYO – Mizuto Hirota was the last fighter to weigh in today for UFC Fight Night 117, and once he finally made it to the scale, it wasn’t pretty.

Every other fighter weighed in during the first 40 minutes of the two-hour weigh-in window, but Hirota didn’t arrive and hit the scale until the final minutes.

Once there, Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC), who meets fellow featherweight Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 main-card opener, looked dazed. In fact, after a slow walk to weigh in, he stumbled a bit off the scale and needed help from the officials. And as he bowed to the crowd, he was slow to get back upright.

Check out his weigh-in above.

Officially, Hirota, a 36-year-old Japanese fighter who was on a 4-0-1 run before a recent decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski, weighed 150 pounds – four pounds over the 146-pound limit for his fight, which airs on FXX on from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The bout, though, is scheduled to go on. As MMAjunkie first reported, Hirota has been fined 30 percent of his fight purse, which goes to opponent Rosa.

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

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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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
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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
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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
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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.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 110 results:

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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