UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan loses bout due to injury

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An injury has forced a change to next week’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Japan.

A fight between undefeated 20-year-old Japanese flyweight Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Filipino prospect Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was recently removed the fight card on UFC.com.

Earlier this month, Inoue announced via Instagram that he had dislocated his shoulder (via BloodyElbow.com):

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UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It airs on FXX following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Inoue vs. Lausa was slated for the FXX prelims.

Inoue, a longtime Deep fighter, made his UFC debut in June, when the prospect scored a decision victory over Carls John de Tomas. Lausa, meanwhile, made a 2016 UFC debut and scored a decision victory over Yao Zhikui, but in April, he dropped a decision to Magomed Bibulatov to snap an overall five-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card now includes:

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

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

A contest between a pair of international flyweight prospects is the latest addition to next month’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.

UFC officials recently announced that Japan’s Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and the Philippines’ Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to the event, which takes place Sept. 23 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, but airs one day earlier in the U.S. due to the time delay. The night’s main card airs on FXX, though the full bout order has yet to be revealed.

Inoue, 20, made his promotional debut at June’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Singapore, scoring a hard-fought decision win over then-undefeated prospect Carls John de Tomas. Inoue remained unbeaten since turning pro in February 2015, a run that includes seven wins by submission – including four armbars and three rear-naked chokes.

Meanwhile, Lausa, 29, made his UFC debut in November 2016 with a decision win over Yao Zhikui. However, he returned to action in April and saw a five-fight winning streak snapped after suffering a decision loss to Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 117 now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 111 results: Naoki Inoue tops Carls John de Tomas in clash of flyweight newcomers

Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) emerged victorious in a flyweight clash of unbeaten UFC newcomers against Carls John de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The 125-pound 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 for off to a quick start with a firefight and continual scrambles, where Inoue took his opponent’s back and secured back mount. After securing the body lock, the young Japanese fighter threatened with a rear-naked choke midway through the opening round. De Tomas ultimately escaped, but Inoue kept the action on the mat and continued firing off submission attempts while both fighters scrambled. As with the rest of the fight, Inoue threatened with submissions but failed to finish them.

In the second round, Inoue got the better of the early exchanges and nearly ended the fight in the final seconds of the frame. De Tomas displayed some power with counter-punches, but midway through the round, Inoue stuffed a takedown and ultimately ended on his Filipino opponent’s back, where he battered de Tomas with ground and pound before returning to submission attempts. He then moved into a mounted triangle before also securing an arm. De Tomas continued to scramble, and he then fought off a rear-naked choke and a late-round armbar, which was spoiled by the horn signaling the end of the round.

De Tomas dodged a bullet and got new life to start the third round, but Inoue was the fresher fighter and proved quicker to the punch. Inoue ate some elbows before finally securing his takedown, where he again took back mount to rain down punches. De Tomas survived, reversed and even briefly threatened with a choke, but Inoue finished the fight on top.

Ultimately, he picked up the unanimous-decision victory with a clean sweep on the cards via 30-26 scores.

Inoue, who’s just 20, continues an unbeaten (11-0) start to his pro run. De Tomas, a five-year pro, suffers first career loss.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:

For complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Source: MMA Junkie