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UFC Fight Night 52: Myles Jury, Miesha Tate, Kyoji Horiguchi Win

Myles-Jury-UFC-on-FOX-7SAITAMA, Japan – Top contenders defended their turf at UFC Fight Night 52 as  each represented well as top contenders with victories on the night. Jury took down Takanori Gomi, Tate defeated Rin Nakai and Horiguchi got the win against Jon Delos Reyes to insure a top contender win in every fight.

The only contender to lose on the night was No. 8 heavyweight contender Roy Nelson who was knocked out by No. 6 contender Mark Hunt in the second round of their fight.

No. 9 middleweight contender Myles “Fury” Jury (15-0) remains undefeated with a first round knockout of Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (35-10, 1 NC). Jury stayed active on his feet and Gomi continued to press forward until “Fury” caught Gomi with a right hand that put him on the mat. Jury finished with a salvo of strikes that handed “The Fireball Kid” his first loss by knockout.

No. 2 women’s middleweight contender Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (15-5) got the win by unanimous decision (30-27 twice, 29-28) over Rin Nakai (16-1-1). Tate was able to impose her will through the first round and a half, mixing up her strikes and using her leverage to dominate. Midway through the second round Nakai got the fight on the ground and began to work but neither fighter was able to take advantage. Nakai owned the third round keep Tate flustered by her ground game.

The other top contender, No 14 flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) had an impressive first round win over Jon “The Heat” Delos Reyes (7-4). Horiguchi landed a powerful body kick that sent Reyes to the mat for a breather. Horiguchi took the top position and controlled the fight till the fights got back to their feet. Horiguchi landed a left hook that put Reyes to the mat for the second time in the round. Horiguchi finished the fight with a flurry of fists for the win.

Then the Ultimate Fighting Championship got a controversial decision, as it always seems to overseas, as Kiichi “Strasser” Kunimoto (18-5-2, 1 NC) got the split decision (29-28 twice, 28-29) win over “Filthy” Richard Walsh (8-3). Walsh won all the exchanges in round one leaving Kunimoto bloody for the second frame. “Strasser” mounted a grinding effort keeping Walsh on the cage in the second round. In the third round, Kunimoto got the fight to the ground and captured back control and went for a rear naked choke. He wasn’t able to hold it but it was apparently enough to sway the judges.

In the remaining fight on the card, a pair of fighters made their octagon return after a two-year layoff as Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama (14-5) with a unanimous decision (30-27 all cards) win over Amir Sadollah (7-5). Akiyama, outside of the first round, was able to control the octagon and land his strikes against Sadollah who opened the first round with a lot of energetic strikes.

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