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Octagon announcer Justin Bernard introduces a fighter during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Official Results And Scorecards From Road To UFC Episodes 1-4, Live In Singapore

Following an opening night that saw five finishes in nine fights, including a first-round knockout that earned non-tournament competitor Zhang Mingyang a UFC contract, the action in the Road to UFC: Singapore series resumed at Singapore Indoor Stadium with the third episode of action.

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Here’s a look at what transpired.

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Episode 4

June 10, 2022 | Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Official Result: Shohei Nose defeats Wulijiburen by TKO (injury stoppage) at 1:13 of Round 1

Bantamweights wrapped up the quarterfinal round of action on Road to UFC: Singapore, as streaking 24-year-old Shohei Nose squared off with former UFC fighter Wulijiburen in the main event of the evening.

Shohei Nose Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Shohei Nose Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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It’s an unfortunate end to the opening round of fights on Road to UFC: Singapore, as Wulijiburen fell to the canvas coming out of a clinch exchange with Nose along the fence, his knee having given out. It was shaping up to be a competitive, action-packed fight, and isn’t the way Nose would have preferred to advance, but he moves forward nonetheless.

Official Result: KyeongPyo Kim defeats Asikeerbai Jinensibieke at 0:30 of Round 

The most experienced fighter in the competition, China’s Asikeerbai Jinensibieke looked to add to his 36 career victories, while South Korean finisher KyeongPyo Kim had his own plans for moving forward to the lightweight semifinals.

KA-BOOM!

KyeongPyo Kim Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
KyeongPyo Kim Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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As Jinensibieke threw a naked low kick, Kim countered with a clean left hand to the chin, dropping the Chinese fighter where he stood. Kim swarmed with a series of quick, clean, powerful punches, forcing referee Jason Herzog to step in and stop the action.

Just a perfect counter and a blistering effort overall from “Redhorse” to literally punch his ticket to the next round of the competition.

Official Result: Lu Kai defeats Angga by TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 2

The fourth contest in the featherweight tournament pitted judo black belt Lu Kai against 11-year Indonesian pro Angga in a battle of proven finishers.

After banging it out on the feet in the opening round and showcasing the diversity of his striking arsenal, Lu finished the round with a slick level change and takedown that set the stage for his efforts in the second. Almost immediately, the Chinese judoka changed levels and cut the corner, putting Angga on the deck and quickly transitioning to a scarf hold position, where Lu alternated between attacking chokes and armbars and bashing home heavy strikes.

Lu Kai Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Lu Kai Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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While Angga escape the dominant position, he didn’t make it back to his feet, as Lu postured up from inside his guard and dropped bombs, finding the target with ferocity, prompting referee Steve Perceval to step in and stop the fight.

Dominant effort and outstanding finish from Lu Kai, who advances to the semifinals in the featherweight bracket.

Official Result: HyunSung Park defeats Jeremia Siregar by TKO (punches) at 3:56 of Round 1

HyunSung Park put his unblemished record on the line against Indonesian finisher Jeremia Siregar in the final opening round bout in the flyweight competition.

HyunSung Park Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
HyunSung Park Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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It was a patient, professional effort from Park in this one, who took his time finding his range and rhythm before stepping on the gas and getting Siregar out of there before the close of the first round. After backing him into the fence with heavy strikes and chopping low kicks, Park turned a clinch along the fence into a chance to take the fight to the canvas, where he swiftly flattened Siregar out and pounded out the finish.

Clean work for the undefeated flyweight prospect, who advances to the semifinals with a brilliant effort here.

Official Result: HanSeul Kim defeats John Adajar by submission (triangle armbar) at 4:37 of Round 1

The fourth episode of Road to UFC: Singapore opened with a non-tournament bout in the welterweight division, as John Adajar of the Philippines faced off with 31-year-old South Korean HanSeul Kim.

The welterweights worked at a frenetic pace to start the contest, sling leather and stinging one another with heavy shots early in the first round. Midway through the frame, Kim dropped Adajar in the center of the cage, and from there, the South Korean refused to let this get to the second round.

HanSeul Kim Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
HanSeul Kim Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Ground-and-pound opened the door for submission attempts, with Kim getting over-eager on an armbar look before lacing up a triangle choke and securing the tap.

Quality effort from the 10-year pro, who picks up his seventh first-round finish and first win by submission in this non-tournament showcase.

*This bout was a non-tournament fight.

Episode 3

June 10, 2022 | Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Official Result: JeongYeong Lee defeats Xie Bin by submission (armbar) at 0:36 of Round 1

South Korean Jeong Yeong Lee put his four-fight winning streak on the line against former Dana White’s Contender Series competitor Xie Bin in the featherweight main event of Episode 3.

JeongYeong Lee Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
JeongYeong Lee Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Lee promised a quick finish and delivered in impressive fashion, catching Bin in a belly-down armbar in no time flat. Bin dove on a single leg early in the exchange, but ate a buffet of elbows for his troubles. After dragging Lee to the canvas, the South Korean standout quickly shifted his hips, attacked the arm, and secured the tap.

Just an outstanding performance from JeongYeong Lee, who stamps himself as the favorite in the featherweight competition with that effort.

Official Result: Top Noi Kiwram defeats Yuma Horiuchi by unanimous decision (29-28. 29-27, 29-27)

Flyweights with similar records and styles faced off in this flyweight affair as Yuma Horiuchi took on Top Noi Kiwram.

Kiwram had fun playing to the crowd and styling on Horiuchi in the opening stanza, stinging his Japanese opponent with sharp strikes while displaying a speed and power advantage. Horiuchi headed the pointed, fiery directions from Colin Oyama between rounds and turned to his grappling in the second, putting Kiwram on the canvas and controlling the action there for the duration of the frame, threatening with chokes from back mount.

Top Noi Kiwram Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Top Noi Kiwram Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Level on the scorecards after two, the fight hinged on the third round, and both men were happy to stand in the pocket and bang it out for the first three-plus minutes of the round; no quarter asked, none given. Late in the round, Horiuchi dove on a low ankle pick and worked to the back, controlling the position, but offering little effective offense, sending this one to the judges.

This was the most even, competitive, and entertaining fight of the night, and when the scores were tallied, it was Top Noi Kiwram that came with the clean sweep of the scorecards.

Official Result: Rinya Nakamura defeats Gugun Gusman by submission (Americana) at 2:34 of Round 1

Former U23 wrestling world champion Rinya Nakamura faced off with Gugun Gusman in Episode 3’s bantamweight tournament matchup.

Rinya Nakamura Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Rinya Nakamura Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Just a brilliant effort from Nakamura, as the Japanese prospect hit a pair of powerful takedowns when Gusman put himself off balance and out of position. The first produced a pause in the action, as Nakamura was penalized for blows to the back of the head, but he wasted little time putting Gusman back on the canvas and locking up a far-side Americana from side control soon after.

A tremendous effort from the standout wrestler, who looks like a real force in this tournament.

Official Result: Josephine Knutsson defeats YeDam Seo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Female fighters get in on the action in Singapore as YeDam Seo squared off with Sweden’s Josephine Knutsson in the strawweight opener.

Josefine Knutsson Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Josefine Knutsson Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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This was one-way offensive traffic throughout, with the unbeaten Swedish prospect Knutsson being economic, yet impactful with her strikes, bloodying Seo in the first and landing damage in each exchange. She shut down any takedown attempts brought forward by the South Korean, controlling the clinch and showing superior physicality in every phase, dominating every interaction.

While she wasn’t able to find a finish, this was still an impressive showing from the Allstars Training Center representative to kick off Episode 3.

*This bout was a non-tournament fight.

Anshul Jubli vs Sho Patrick Usami

Due to issues with weight management, Sho Patrick Usami has been removed from his lightweight bout against Anshul Jubli (5-0, fighting out of New Delhi, India). As Jubli made weight (155.5), he will proceed to the next round of the Road to the UFC tournament.

Episode 2

June 9, 2022 | Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Official Result: Koyomi Matsushima defeats JunYoung Hong by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Koyomi Matsushima of Japan punches JunYoung Hong of South Korea in their featherweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Koyomi Matsushima of Japan punches JunYoung Hong of South Korea in their featherweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Action shifted to the featherweight division in the final bout of the evening, as Chan Sung Jung protégé JunYoung Hong squared off with Satoru Kitaoka student Koyomi Matsushima in the second quarterfinal contest.

Good kicks out of the chute from Hong, mixing it up to the body and inside lead leg, prompting Matsushima to look to grapple momentarily. As Hong defended, the duo reset in the center and opted to get loose with their strikes, the South Korean continuing to attack with kicks and his Japanese counterpart mixing things up a little more.

Midway through the round, Matsushima made a nice read, collecting a kick attempt and closing the distance, leading to a quick clash in close between the two. He used that opportunity to secure a waist lock, and as he broke, Matsushima elevated and connected with a jumping knee in close. Hong took it well and looked to respond, showing his resolve and grit.

Late in the frame, Matsushima pulled the legs out from under Hong, spilling him to the canvas, but he failed to land anything significant from the position before the horn sounded.

Koyomi Matsushima Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Koyomi Matsushima Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Sharp outside low kick from Matsushima to start the second round, but Hong quickly fired back with a right hand that straightened up the Japanese fighter, prompting “Drunken Red” to press forward looking to build on his success. Matsushima wisely shifted to grappling, grounding Hong along the fence, scoring with a couple short knees as they got back to their feet, seemingly clearing the cobwebs from that earlier blow.

Back in space, Matsushima cracked home a left hook to the body before driving through a tackle, putting Hong on his butt against the fence. He worked back to his feet without issue, but Mastushima greeted him with punches, and each time Hong returned fire and scored, Matushima smartly looked for a takedown, putting the South Korean on the deck.

A touch of gloves to start the final stanza, which each man showing signs of fatigue, their outputs reduced to individual strikes to start. As they got into it, Hong started to have more success, connecting with good, clean shots, slipping Matsushima to the canvas, only to have the Japanese veteran reverse the position and then rise to his feet.

Road To UFC episode 2 scorecard JunYoung Hong vs Koyomi Matsushima

Seconds later, Matsushima hit a beautiful step-through throw, tossing Hong to the canvas and landing in side control. Hong rolled to all fours and stood, but was quickly returned to the canvas, with Matsushima content to stay sticky around his waist and land short knees while controlling the position.

Down the stretch, Matsushima showed his class, laying in some solid strikes while continuing to control Hong and frequently spill him to the ground.

When the tens and nines were tallied, Matsushima took home a split decision win and a berth in the semifinals.

Official Result: Qui Lun defeats Wallen Del Rosario by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Qiu Lun of China punches Wallen Del Rosario of Philippines in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Qiu Lun of China punches Wallen Del Rosario of Philippines in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former Dana White’s Contender Series contestant Qui Lun looked to have more success in his second attempt to work towards a place on the UFC roster, but Filipino flyweight Wallen Del Rosario was standing in his way, holding the same aspirations.

Patient, technical start to the fight between Lun and Del Rosario, as each worked from distance, looking to find and establish their range, neither landing too much of note through the opening three minutes. Each man were mostly throwing single strikes, with Lun attacking with kicks and Del Rosario individual punches before the Chinese athlete attacked with a combination along the fence.

Those shots opened up a cut and prompted Del Rosario to shoot for a takedown, working hard to finish and end up on Lun’s back, hooks in, for the final minute of the frame. While he wasn’t able to threaten with anything, he should draw confidence from getting the fight to the canvas successfully and landing in a significant control position.

Qiu Lun Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Qiu Lun Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Lun came out looking to land to start the second, burying a heavy kick into the midsection of Del Rosario and following it with long, clean strikes from range. The length and range striking of Lun seemed to frustrate Del Rosario more in the second, prompting the Filipino fighter to chase a takedown from too far out, leading to an easy stuff and increased aggression from Lun.

Each time Del Rosario fired or landed, Lun responded with a clean “crack back,” as Laura Sanko called it, continuing to distance himself from the 29-year-old down the stretch in the second round.

Road To UFC episode 2 scorecard Lun vs Del Rosario

Del Rosario came out looking to be more aggressive to start the second, but after he grazed Lun with a side kick, the Chinese fighter responded with a superior effort of his own, earning an acknowledgement from the Filipino. Soon after, a low blow paused the action, but the two resumed after less than a minute break and no penalty for the accidental foul.

Much like in the second, Lun was just the more active, accurate of the two as they remained standing throughout the final stanza. Though he was measured with his output, his bursts were successful and De Rosario couldn’t respond, leading to an obvious victory and a trip to the semifinals for the DWCS contestant Lun.

Official Result: Jeka Saragih defeats Pawan Maan by KO (spinning backfist) at 2:24 of Round 3

Jeka Saragih of Indonesia knocks out Pawan Maan of India in their lightweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jeka Saragih of Indonesia knocks out Pawan Maan of India in their lightweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Lightweights kicked off the tournament action on the second episode of the Road to UFC: Singapore series, with Jeka Saragih putting his tidy two-fight winning streak on the line against 36-year-old veteran Pawan Maan of India.

Saragih throwing heavy kicks right out of the chute, threatening high and stinging Maan low, prompting the Indian veteran to search for the clinch. Saragih elevated Maan and deposited him on the canvas, settling into side control, looking to isolate an arm. Maan was able to avoid the Americana, but gave up his back, prompting Saragih to bury knees into his midsection and maintain control as he rode the hips and controlled the body of Maan.

Late in the round, Saragih started to unload more offence, letting go of his hands and stinging Maan. The veteran took too long clambering to his feet when he had the opportunity, and Saragih made him pay for it, continuing to control the action and score with his hands through to the horn.

Jeka Saragih Post-Interview | Road To UFC
Jeka Saragih Post-Interview | Road To UFC
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Saragih started the second round with an immediate takedown, with Maan landing an elbow to the back of the head off his back, prompting referee Steve Perceval to pause the fight, deduct a point from Maan, and restart the fight in a standing position. Saragih took control again right off the restart, dumping Maan back to the canvas and pummeling him with standing strikes as the Indian hung out in the in-between space on the canvas, trying to coax Saragih into his guard.

Maan tried to attack a kneebar and impose his will on Saragih in the grappling exchanges, but the Indonesia defended seamlessly. The offensive output from each man slowed as the pace of the fight and adrenaline dump that comes with competing on the biggest stage in the sport sunk in, but it was still a dominant frame for Saragih, especially with the point deduction.

Road To UFC episode 2 scorecard Saragih vs Maan

Right out of the gate in the third, Saragih stung Maan and put him on the canvas, but the Indian veteran wore it well, got back to his feet, and went on the offensive. For some reason, the power hitter pressed into the clinch and looked for a takedown on the cage, despite being down on the cards and needing a finish.

As the two clinched midway through the final stanza, Saragih broke the position and stepped through with a picture perfect spinning backfist that landed flush, depositing Maan on the canvas and ending the fight in a flash. Just an absolute crushing blow to bring an end to the contest!

Official Result: Takeru Uchida defeats Shaun Etchell by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:26 of Round 1

Takeru Uchida of Japan celebrates after his victory over Shaun Etchell of Australia in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Takeru Uchida of Japan celebrates after his victory over Shaun Etchell of Australia in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


A non-tournament bout in the flyweight division got things under way on Episode 2, as 28-year-old Tasmanian Shaun Etchell squared off with the youngest fighter to appear on the series, Japanese 19-year-old Takeru Uchida.

Uchida in on the takedown attempt immediately to begin this one, but Etchell did a terrific job fighting to stay upright before landing in top position as they spun to the canvas.  He tried to work around to the back, but lost the position, with Uchida taking the opportunity work towards a back take midway through the round.

Takeru Uchida Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Takeru Uchida Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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Etchell spilled Uchida to the canvas and once again looked to take the back, but failed ot secure hooks, allowing the Japanese youngster to scramble out and take the back, throwing in his hooks and attacking the choke. Etchell tried to flip and spike Uchida on the canvas, but it only sunk the choke in deeper, prompting the tap, and giving the dynamic 19-year-old the first-round submission finish.

Huge win for the talented prospect, who picks up his sixth submission finish in his first fight outside of his home nation, pushing his record to 6-1 in the process.

Road To UFC episode 2 scorecard Etchell vs Uchida

MinWoo Kim vs Xiao Long

Due to illness with Xiao Long, his bantamweight bout against MinWoo Kim (10-2, fighting out of Nowon, Seoul, South Korea, weighing in at 135.5) has been cancelled from Road To UFC Episode 2. After making weight, Kim will advance to the second round of the Road to UFC tournament.  

Episode 1

June 9, 2022 | Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Official Result: Yi Zha defeats Keisuke Sasu by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:14 of Round 1

Yi Zha Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Yi Zha Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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The opening episode of the season came to a close with a battle in the featherweight division, as Chinese prospect Yi Zha squared off with Japan’s Keisuke Sasu.

It didn’t take long for the main event combatants to get after it, with Yi and Sasu meeting in the center and exchanging attacks 30 seconds in. Yi opted to shift to the clinch, dragging Sasu to the canvas before sweeping the feet out from under the Japanese standout, quickly lacing up a rear-naked choke and securing the tap.

Just a brilliant effort from the highly regarded Chinese prospect Yi Zha to close out the opening episode and advance to the featherweight semifinals.

Road To UFC episode 1 scorecard Zha vs Sasu.

Official Result: WonBin Ki defeats Jinnosuke Kashimura by TKO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

WonBin Ki of South Korea reacts after his victory over Jinnosuke Kashimura of Japan in their lightweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

WonBin Ki of South Korea reacts after his victory over Jinnosuke Kashimura of Japan in their lightweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


A late addition to the tournament, 20-year-old Jinnosuke Kashimura looked to secure the biggest win of his career as he stepped in opposite South Korean veteran WonBi Ki in this lightweight quarterfinal matchup.

WonBin Ki Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
WonBin Ki Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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The size difference between the two was stark, with Ki dwarfing Kashimura and looking like the far more physically imposing competitor as they met in the center to start the fight. Kashimura wisely hustled in to close the distance and initiate a series of leg lock attempts, threatening with heel hooks and kneebars that forced Ki to be defensive, limiting the South Korean’s powerful offensive output.

Kashimura looked to complete a flying triangle attempt in the final two minutes of the opening frame, failing to connect and ending up on his back, eating punishing blows from Ki. While he continued hunting for attacks off his back, Ki continued raining down blows, bringing referee Jason Herzog in for a closer look, prompting him to stop the fight.

Excellent job of avoiding danger and finishing when the opportunity presented itself by Ki, who carries a gnarly new scar over his left eye into the next round of the lightweight competition.

Official Result: Toshiomi Kazama defeats Maimaitituoheti Keremuaili by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Toshiomi Kazama of Japan reacts after his victory over Maimaitituoheti Keremuaili of China in their bantamweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Toshiomi Kazama of Japan reacts after his victory over Maimaitituoheti Keremuaili of China in their bantamweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Streaking 31-year-old Maimaitituoheti Keremuaili carried a seven-fight winning streak into the competition, where he faced off with surging Japanese prospect Toshiomi Kazama in a highly anticipated bantamweight pairing.

No feeling out process for these two, as Maimaitituoheti glanced with a pair of front kicks up the middle in the opening minute before Kazama grabbed hold of a body lock and turned him to the canvas with force. Maimaitituoheti worked his way back to the fence, but Kazama stayed sticky on top, working to mount while passing the wrist of Maimaitituoheti behind his own back. The veteran defended well, eventually working back to his feet and throwing with urgency in the waning moments of the first.

Toshiomi Kazama Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Toshiomi Kazama Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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The clash of styles resumed in the second, with Maimaitituoheti looking to throw and land in space and Kazawa giving him as little space as possible, tying him up at every turn while looking to drag the fight to the ground. Maimaitituoheti actually ended up landing in top position as the two spilled to the canvas, only for Kazama to elevate him and kick him off over the top.

Late in the round, Kazama finally connected on a trip, landing in side control and quickly climbing into mount, with Maimaitituoheti defending well through to the horn.

Road To UFC episode 1 scorecard Keremuaili vs Kazama

Maimaitituoheti came out looking to strike to begin the final round, but Kazama was keen on grappling, pulling guard early and working to stay connected to Maimaitituoheti as much as he could. A right hand crashed home from Kazama that seemed to sting Maimaitituoheti, opening the door for another grappling exchange on the canvas, with Kazama showing outstanding control to work around to a back waist lock as the two clambered back to their feet.

Kazama stayed with Maimaitituoheti as he looked to Granby roll, but the veteran continued transitioning, landing in top position. Once more, Kazama elevated him and looked to create transitions and sweeps off his back, with Maimaitituoheti firing off the odd effective shot when he could. Late in the round, Kazama hit another deft sweep, transitioning into side control and creating another scramble that persisted through to the final bell.

This was a tremendously entertaining grappling match and a big win for the 25-year-old from Japan, who advances to the semifinals with the unanimous decision victory.

Official Result: SeungGuk Choi defeats Rama Supandhi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

SeungGuk Choi of South Korea reacts after his victory over Rama Supandhi of Indonesia in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

SeungGuk Choi of South Korea reacts after his victory over Rama Supandhi of Indonesia in their flyweight bout during the Road to UFC event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


“Hellboy” Supandhi.

There was more of a feeling out process from the flyweights in the opening tournament bout, as Choi and Supandhi worked to find and establish their range, neither getting too far out ahead of the other through the opening half of the first round. Choi started having more success in the second half of the frame, smashing home a series of heavy inside low kicks and frequently calling on Supandhi to meet him in the pocket and trade.

SeungGuk Choi Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
SeungGuk Choi Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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In the second, Supandhi looked to get the fight to the canvas, shooting from far out, allowing Choi to stuff the takedown and opt to engage on his own terms, climbing into the Indonesian’s guard as he welcomed him to the ground. Over the next four minutes, Choi peppered and pressured, staying busy and landing a variety of short shots from top position while keeping Supandhi from getting anything going off his back.

Knowing he needed a finish, Supandhi closed the distance, looking to pressure Choi to start the third, but the South Korea did well to back him off with clean shots and returned pressure. When Supandhi chased a low ankle pick, Choi spun free and dropped to the canvas in top position, successfully shutting down the hips of “Hellboy” and smashing home short blows as he did in the second.

Road To UFC episode 1 scorecard Choi vs Supandhi

Supandhi worked to his feet with 90 seconds remaining and threw with urgency, but Choi met him on his terms, stuffed the last-ditched takedown attempts, and cruised to victory and a place in the semifinals of the flyweight tournament.

Official Result: Zhang Mingyang defeats Tuco Tokkos by KO (Punches) at 3:57 of Round 1

Zhang Mingyang punches Tuco Tokkos on episode one of Road To UFC. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Zhang Mingyang punches Tuco Tokkos on episode one of Road To UFC. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Business got under way in the light heavyweight division, with a non-tournament matchup between 23-year-old Chinese hopeful Zhang Mingyang and Sanford MMA product Tuco Tokkos.

Zhang Mingyang Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
Zhang Mingyang Post-Fight Interview | Road To UFC
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These two wasted no time getting after it, with Tokkos charging across the cage looking to trade right out of the chute, but Zhang meeting him head-on, stinging him and bloodying him with clean, heavy right hands. Tokkos steadied himself by clinching along the fence, but once the two men broke free, Zhang returned to be the aggressor and landing the heavier shots in space.

Late in the opening stanza, the promising Chinese fighter connected with a series of blows that put Tokkos on the deck, giving the significant underdog a massive upset victory to kick off the opening episode of the season.

Just a beautiful performance and devastating finish from “Mountain Tiger” to push his winning streak to nine.

The scorecard for Zhang Mingyang vs Tuco Tukkos on episode one of Road To UFC.

The scorecard for Zhang Mingyang vs Tuco Tukkos on episode one of Road To UFC.


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