UFC Fight Night 117 Results: Ovince Saint Preux Submits Yushin Okami

David McCracken@crackemcFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2017

SAITAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22:  (L-R) Ovince Saint Preux celebrates his submission victory over Yushin Okami of Japan in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Saitama Super Arena on September 22, 2017 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Ovince Saint Preux did it again.  

The UFC light heavyweight submitted Yushin Okami via Von Flue choke at UFC Fight Night 117 in Friday night's main event at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. 

Fox Sports shared the moment:     


King OSP! Ovince Saint Preux with the light work vs. Yushin Okami! #UFCJapan https://t.co/snaS9tGqc7

The Von Flue submission was only the fifth in UFC history and the third of OSP's career.

As soon as the fight started, Okami went for a takedown, which was stuffed by OSP. At first glance, it appeared Okami's strategy was to pull-guard, which would've been effective against any other 205-pound fighter besides OSP, who can finish opponents from any position.

The fight also marked the second time in UFC history that a bout had zero significant strikes, per Michael Carroll of Fight Metric:

Michael Carroll @MJCflipdascript

Saint Preux vs. Okami is just the 2nd fight in UFC history to feature zero significant strike attempts. The other: Diabate vs. Latifi.

It took less than two minutes for OSP to secure the choke and put Okami to sleep once he was on the ground. Fighters going up against OSP need to learn not to fall into this trap, otherwise OSP will continue to take advantage.

Coming into the Friday night as the No. 6 light heavyweight, OSP will move up the UFC rankings once again. 

Here are the final results from Friday night's main card, including full-fight analysis for each bout:

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Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via first-round TKO (1:30)

Gokhan Saki def. Henrique da Silva via first-round KO (4:45)

Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 29-27)

Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:30 of Round 1


Formiga in Fine Form Against Sasaki


Jussier Formiga locks in the rear-naked choke on Ulka Sasaki for his 20th win to kickoff the #UFCJapan main card! https://t.co/J3MxZHCZM1

In the first bout on the main card, Jussier Formiga entered the Octagon with Japan's Ulka Sasaki. After standing up with Sasaki for a couple of minutes, Formiga went for the takedown.

Formiga was able to get Sasaki's back and lock in the body triangle. It wasn't long before the Brazilian was able to overpower Sasaki, securing the rear-naked choke for the first-round finish and leaving him flat on his stomach.

It's a disappointing loss for Sasaki, who had a couple of good moments in the opening exchanges, even bloodying Formiga's nose with a couple of straights that landed flush.

But Formiga, the overwhelming favorite, was able to secure the victory in his first fight since losing to Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night on March 11. He is already a Top Five fighter at 125 pounds, and a rematch with Wilson Reis could be in his future to secure a shot at a title eliminator bout.


Ishihara survives despite multiple low blows

Fan favorite Teruto Ishihara needed a victory after dropping his last two fights to Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard, and he was able to get back to his winning ways against Rolando Dy in an impressive performance.

Things started off well in the opening minute for Ishihara, as he dropped Dy with a left hand that Dy never saw coming, via the UFC:

UFC @ufc

OHHHHH @Teruto_Ko strikes first and drops Dy!! #UFCJapan https://t.co/4ja3mEe6En

Ishihara only landed a few more clean shots flush as he kept Dy on the ground, but the pressure he kept on him was enough to stop the referee from standing them up.

Dy was clearly exhausted after being on his back for the majority of the first round, fighting off Ishihara's unrelenting pace until the horn sounded.

The fighters continued to go back and forth in the second, each landing clean strikes of their own until the third round, when Dy sent Ishihara to the ground with a combination of knees, via the UFC:

UFC @ufc

Big knee from @DyincredibleMMA drops Ishihara in round 3! #UFCJapan https://t.co/K8tabgACvc

A couple of low blows halted the action throughout the fight, but Ishihara was able to continue after Dy's right foot landed below the belt for the second time.

Unfortunately, Dy was not done hitting Ishihara in the groin, kicking him for a third time.

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Holy! That is one of the hardest groin kicks I’ve ever seen. Ishihara is on the ground, writhing in pain. Point needs to be taken. #UFCJapan

Dy ended up losing a point, which was costly. Instead of a majority draw, he lost by unanimous decision 28-27, 28-27, 28-27.


Saki Announces His Arrival to UFC

For the diehard MMA fans, this was the main event of the night.

The highly anticipated UFC debut of Gokhan Saki, one of the most decorated kickboxers in the world, against Henrique da Silva had many fight fans and pundits excited, including Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Now time for one of the more intriguing UFC debuts in recent memory: the debut of Gökhan Saki. Excited.

To no one's surprise, Saki's striking was a spectacle. He connected with da Silva at will in the opening two minutes, bloodying the right side of the Brazilian's face as da Silva defended himself against the cage.

Perhaps Saki had an adrenaline dump from the excitement of his UFC debut, but he began to gasp for breath and even put his hands on his hips.

When it looked like da Silva would take advantage of Saki's exhaustion, Saki summoned one of the most thunderous left hooks you'll ever see for the knockout, via Fox Sports:


ROUND OF THE YEAR? Gokhan Saki introduces himself to the MMA world with the Saki Bomb on Henrique Da Silva! https://t.co/nLJIuiKcgO


Kim Makes Quick Work of Gomi

Well, that didn't last long, did it?

Takanori Gomi is a legend in Japanese MMA and has been one of the more entertaining fighters the UFC has produced. But his fight against Dong Hyun Kim was a train wreck, to say the least.


The Maestro aka Dong Hyun Kim makes quick work of Takanori Gomi in round one! #TUFJapan https://t.co/czACKazLiF

Gomi didn't last more than 90 seconds inside of the Octagon as Kim landed a straight right that buckled him, and he followed that with some beautiful ground-and-pound to get the stoppage. Kim seemed to appreciate the victory, via MMA Fighting:

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Kim: I’ve been watching Gomi since I was in high school. He was my hero. #UFCJapan

Helwani summed it up best for the diehard fight fans who have seen Gomi take enough damage over his storied career:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

No mas, Gomi. Hate to see it end like this but this is just too much damage time after time. Kim def. Gomi via first round TKO.


Andrade Puts on Performance of Her Career

Fight. Of. The. Night.

When Claudia Gadelha dismantled former title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212 on June 3, many thought she would be in line for a title shot for another fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Instead, she signed on the dotted line to face Jessica Andrade, and it would be an understatement to say both fighters didn't disappoint.

Within two minutes, Andrade's forehead opened from a cut due to a barrage of straights and elbows. Gadelha then went for a takedown and got caught in a clinch. Andrade, to the enjoyment of everyone watching, picked up Gadelha and power-slammed her over head and onto the canvas, via the UFC on Twitter:

UFC @ufc

Going ⬆️ #UFCJapan https://t.co/oTka2bO5zQ

From there, Andrade kept control of Gadelha on the ground and landed some nice ground-and-pound until the first round ended.

Andrade dominated the fight in Round 2 until the closing seconds, when Gadelha wrapped her legs around Andrade and tried to secure a guillotine, via the UFC: 

UFC @ufc

OH MAN @ClaudiaGadelha_ going for the guillotine at the end of the round! Look at the exertion!! WHAT A FIGHT!! #UFCJapan https://t.co/UuI90Ny6VH

The choke was tight, but the bell saved Andrade.

In Round 3, Andrade power-slammed Gadelha again and laid down some effective yet gruesome ground-and-pound.

Andrade took over as Gadelha appeared to have gassed out. She punished Gadelha's body and wouldn't stop until the final horn sounded.

Andrade's performance was good enough to win via unanimous decision.

If you missed this fight, you missed out.


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