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Bellator 120: Mike Richman Vs. Goiti Yamauchi

bellator 120

Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi

We open up the televised action with featherweights Mike Richman and Goiti Yamauchi.

Richman (16-4) is 5-3 with Bellator, including a recent decision loss to Desmond Green. Yamauchi (16-2) had his 11-fight win streak snapped by Will Martinez in February.

Round 1: Less than 30 seconds in and Richman goes down after taking a straight shot to the groin. Full-force right between the legs and this one might take up much of the five minutes Richman gets. Richman is good to go and we are back with action. Two kicks in and Richman has caused some major redness on the thigh of Yamauchi. Big knee to the body connects from Yamauchi, and they clinch. Richman gains the advantage with a body lock, forcing him against the fence and going to the body. Richman nearly lands a head kick after Yamauchi ducks, but he comes back with a left-hook and a kick to the body again. Just an incredibly quick head kick from Yamauchi is blocked. Yamauchi with a pair of lefts and Richman is retreating.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yamauchi

Round 2: Yamauchi has Richman up against the fence and goes to work, hammering away with lefts and rights. Richman grabs for a body lock, but he has blood coming from his nose after the onslaught. Trip takedown from Yamauchi scores and he postures up, pounding away with more shots. Front kick scores for Yamauchi, who looks good halfway through this round. Richman slips on a kick attempt and gets punished for it, as Yamauchi tees off with strikes. Richman goes for a single-leg but bails as we head under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yamauchi

Round 3: Richman on top with a takedown, but Yamauchi is doing well looking for a potential submission. Yamauchi is working actively off his back, but he has been on his back for the majority of the round. Richman working his ground-and-pound efficiently, making sure to not get caught in any of Yamauchi’s potential submission holds. With seconds left, the ref stands them up and Richman is pushing the pace, landing a nice left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Richman

Goiti Yamauchi def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)