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UFC 148: Costa Philippou Vs. Riki Fukuda

Costa Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda

Our next match features middleweight warriors Costa Philippou (10-2) and Riki Fukuda (18-5). The third man inside the Octagon will be Steve Mazzagatti.

Round 1: Touch of gloves and this one is on. Philippou and Fukuda trying to find the distance right now, as they exchange strikes. Fukuda goes for an inside leg kick to begin wearing on Philippou. Fukuda looks much quicker right now, throwing a pair of strikes at the head of Philippou. Fukuda comes in and shoots for a takedown, working a single-leg for the points. Philippou trying hard to stay off the mat, and he does, as Fukuda gives up the takedown. Philippou with a big right that glances off the face of Fukuda. Philippou hitting and moving right now much better, as swelling has begun forming around the eye of Fukuda. Another right by Philippou and Fukuda has no answer for that. A left by Philippou connects, and it appears that Philippou has his distance and pace set now. Inside leg kick by Fukuda, and an outside kick, as well.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Round 2: Fukuda more comfortable with his striking, as he shoots in for a takedown but is unsuccessful. Philippou appears to be waiting for his time to strike, eats another inside leg kick by Fukuda. Philippou with a pair of nasty strikes right to the face, and he appears to be ready to strike, pushing off a takedown attempt by Fukuda, who eats another punch. Fukuda remains consistent with attacking the legs with kicks. Combo by Philippou, but Fukuda goes right back to kicking the body of Philippou. Fukuda with a straight and a kick, but Philippou counters with a right. Again, kick by Fukuda, counter by Philippou; not an exchange that Fukuda can survive doing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Round 3: Philippou again with much better movement, picking and dancing around Fukuda. Another kick by Fukuda that Philippou counters with a right. Body shots by Philippou connect on Fukuda. Fukuda goes for a single-leg takedown that Philippou avoids, not a good sign for Fukuda’s win chances. Philippou faking several shots, as he looks to make maybe one big flurry to put Fukuda away. Big kic by Fukuda, but Philippou gets poked in the eye and is screaming right now. The doctor is coming in as Philippou says, “Oh my God!” The poke came right before the kick and Philippou has yet to try and open the eye back up. The doctor is waiting to see if Philippou’s vision clears back up. Philippou wants to finish the fight, saying I am ready. Just under two minutes to go, as Philippou goes right for the attack and finish. Big punches by Philippou and Fukuda shoots for a takedown but can’t get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Costa Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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