Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama: UFC on FX 5 Results

Craig Amos@@CAABRMMAFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

Oct 5, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Darren Uyenoyama fights against Phil Harris at the UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

UFC on FX 5 got underway with a flyweight contest between Darren Uyenoyama and UFC newcomer Phil Harris.

After a competitive first frame and a relatively uneventful beginning to the second, Uyenoyama was able to get Harris to the mat and end the bout with his favorite technique—the rear-naked choke.


What We'll Remember About This Fight

Fans of the British fight scene may remember the bout for Phil Harris' failure to make an immediate impact inside the Octagon.

Otherwise, we'll remember this fight as the one that made Uyenoyama a viable competitor in the UFC's flyweight division.


What we Learned About Uyenoyama

He prefers the crane technique on the feet—not so effective—and absolute domination on the mat—more effective. 

It's true that we already knew Uyenoyama has a dangerous ground game, but this latest exhibition will probably earn him a match against a more recognizable opponent.


What we Learned About Harris

His ground game might be good enough to handle most foes, but a true high-level grappler like Uyenoyama is light-years ahead.

His performance wasn't terrible, but "underwhelming" doesn't shortchange it even a bit.


What's Next for Uyenoyama

The win doesn't quite make him a top contender, but someone like John Moraga makes sense at this point.


What's Next for Harris

Because the UFC's flyweight division isn't particularly settled just yet, Harris will likely stick around for another match. Tim Elliott, maybe?