UFC-Japan winner Teruto Ishihara definitely felt that final kick to his groin

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SAITAMA, Japan – Teruto Ishihara picked up a much-needed win over Rolando Dy on Friday night, but he had to go through a lot of pain to get it.

Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan. The win came in part because Dy lost a point in the third round for a third low blow. Absent that point deduction, the fight would’ve been a majority draw.

But after the win, Ishihara said he won’t hold ill will – even though the third kick to the groin hurt him badly.

“The first was OK, but the (third) one really affected me,” Ishihara said through his translator. “I’m a fighter, so I don’t think it was intentional at all.”

UFC Fight Night 117 took place Friday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. The card aired on FXX.

After his win, which snapped a two-fight skid, Ishihara weighed in on the fight backstage with MMAjunkie. Check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Teruto Ishihara survived not 1, not 2, but 3 (!) egregious low blows and still won at UFC-Japan

Teruto Ishihara loves the ladies, and this is a known fact. But after being kicked in the groin three times in three rounds by Rolando Dy at UFC Fight Night 117, he might not be loving them any time soon.

Here’s how egregious Dy’s low-blow fouls eventually got in this featherweight fight: In a sport that is notorious for failing to penalize people for fouls, he actually lost a point due to his repeated kicks to the groin.

That’s not easy to do in an MMA fight, and it cost Dy. After rebounding from a terrible opening round in which he was dropped by an Ishihara left and swarmed on the mat, Dy fought his way back in the second and third, but still lost a unanimous decision that would otherwise have ended up as a majority draw if not for the point deduction.

And while Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) claimed innocence on both the second and third groin kicks, referee John Sharp was not having it.

For a few seconds after the third and final kick, it almost seemed as if Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) might not be able to continue. He lay on the mat, writhing in pain, while the Japanese crowd tried to rally his spirits.

He managed to limp to the finish line, but he was clearly diminished by the illegal blows, and immediately after the fight he could be seen checking to make sure everything was still where it was supposed to be.

That’s a tough way to earn a victory, especially when you came so close to finishing it in the first, which would have avoided so many of the kind of aches and pains that can really ruin a guy’s weekend.

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: Fast start from Teruto Ishihara helps to win over Rolando Dy

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:

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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TUF 25 Finale results: Gray Maynard smothers Teruto Ishihara with wrestling for easy win

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Perhaps UFC analyst Todd Grisham summed things up perfectly when he said the fight between Gray Maynard and Teruto Ishihara looked like a big brother fighting his little brother.

And little brother simply had no answer.

Try as he might, Ishihara couldn’t combat Maynard’s impressive wrestling display, leading to a dominant unanimous-decision victory for Maynard. All three judges scored it 30-26.

The featherweight bout opened today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The preliminary-card bout streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the FS1-televised prelims and main card.

One round after the other, Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) set the tone early by taking down Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and smothering him on the mat. Each time Ishihara tried getting back to his feet, Maynard would remain on him like glue and get him back to the mat. If Ishihara did manage to escape to his feet, Maynard wouldn’t waste time before perfectly timing a takedown attempt.

“That’s the hardest way to win,” Maynard said, “with those takedowns and grinding a person out.”

Maynard twice almost finished the fight in the third round. He opened the frame with a quick takedown. While on the mat, Maynard had a kimura in deep that Ishihara managed to get out of. Not long after, Maynard locked in a guillotine up against the cage. But credit Ishihara for finding a way out.

The third round saw a little bit of controversy as Ishihara hit Maynard with illegal up-kicks to the face as Maynard postured up on his knees. The referee issued a warning to Ishihara, who also got some time to breather.

It didn’t matter, though. Maynard rode him out for the final 90 seconds to lock up the decisive victory.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

  • Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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