Teruto Ishihara started quickly, but then had to survive a fairly rough final 10 minutes – including a firecracker of a kick to the mommy-daddy parts.
Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision against Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), aided by a point deduction for Dy in the third round after a brutal low blow following a previous warning to keep his leg strikes up. Ishihara won with scores of 28-27, 28-27, 29-27.
The low blow point deduction wound up costing Dy what would have been a majority draw instead of a decision loss.
The featherweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 117 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It aired on FXX following prelims on the same channel.
Ishihara landed a massive left hand to Dy’s chin and dropped him early. Ishihara quickly followed Dy to the canvas and continued to pour on the punishment, including a big elbow. A minute in, Ishihara went after a guillotine choke, but Dy got back to his feet 90 seconds in looking as if he may have recovered. Ishihara put him right back down, though, and kept after it with the ground-and-pound. Dy had to survive a very rough first round, but he made it to the second. His big concern had to be if he lost by a 10-8 margin.
Ishihara landed a body kick early in the second, but not long after Dy landed a knee too low and Ishihara got a short reprieve. On the restart, Dy landed a big head kick, but Ishihara worked through it. Ninety seconds in, Dy landed a 1-2 combination that pushed Ishihara’s head back. The two slugged it out for the final half of the round – and it was Dy who landed some of his heaviest shots, making the frame a tough one to score, but perhaps tilting the momentum in his favor heading to the third.
Dy landed two big knees early in the third and put Ishihara on the canvas. Ishihara went after a takedown to get his composure back, and the two broke apart. But a minute in, Dy landed a knee too low and Ishihara instantly dropped to the canvas. Dy argued the knee was to the stomach, and replays showed it was – but his shin glanced too low. Dy landed a left hook, then blocked a head kick. Ishihara threw a second left head kick, but had it blocked, and moments later a Dy head kick stunned Ishihara.
But the most pivotal moment came right after that. Dy threw a kick – and this time, there was no question. His right foot was striaght up into Ishihara’s groin, and after the earlier warning from the referee, Dy found himself absent a point. To go with the potential for a 10-8 loss in the first round, Dy was put in a position to finish the fight – or lose on points with certainty.
On the restart, Ishihara wisely drove in for a takedown and put Dy on the canvas. Dy got back to the canvas with 100 seconds left to work for a finish. He tried elbows to break the clinch, then whiffed with a head kick. Ishihara landed an inside kick of his own. But Dy was too conservative down the stretch and let it go to the judges, where he really gave himself no chance.
Ishihara got a much-needed win and snapped a two-fight skid. Dy lost for the second straight time, both this year in the UFC.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 117 results include:
- Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 29-27)
- Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:30
- Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Syrui Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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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