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Hatsu Hioki should have no shame in losing last night, as he looked very good in defeat. Erik Koch, on the other hand, was brutally knocked out.
Both men took on local fighters in the form of Clay Guida and Ricardo Lamas, respectively.
Hioki showed a superior striking game to that of Guida, as well as boasting a guard that made Guida work for every inch he got. Dropping that split decision was heartbreaking, but he showed to be tough competition.
Koch was on the bottom of Ricardo Lamas's smothering top game when he succumbed to some nasty ground-and-pound. The elbows he took from his opponent were like asteroids plummeting to the earth.
Pitting Koch and Hioki against one another in their next fight seems like a logical thing. Both men need to get back in the win column and would get top competition in fighting each other.