twitter google

UFC On FUEL TV 8: Riki Fukuda Vs. Brad Tavares

Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares

It’s time for the Facebook main event, as Riki Fukuda (19-6) takes on Brad Tavares (9-1) at middleweight. Tavares has won two straight, including a split decision over Tom Watson last year. Thomas Fan will be the referee in charge.

Round 1: Fukuda catches Tavares coming in off a kick, landing a left-counter and going right for control. Tavares stands up and breaks free, throwing a straight right of his own. Again, Fukuda catches a kick and takes Tavares down. Right on the inside hits from Tavares. Of interest, Jon Fitch is in the corner of Fukuda. Must feel weird to corner a UFC fight and no longer be with the company. Back to the action, and Tavares lands another jab. Tavares lands a kick and a right, but Fukuda answers back with a right of his own. Tavares likely stealing this round with his effective striking, but Fukuda gets a takedown with a sweep.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round 2: Also, current World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo is in the corner of Tavares, and that is the likely landing place of Fitch. Maybe they can announce it after the bout, inside the Octagon:) Tavares doing a great job landing his combos, as he has a big cut under his left eye that is pouring blood. Tavares continues to snap his jabs off at will, and now Fukuda is a mess – in terms of his face, that is. Uppercut lands by Tavares. Knee to the body by “BT,” who is seemingly landing anything and everything he throws. Fukuda may have an injury to his left hand, as he has not thrown it this round, according to Kenny Florian. He’s trying to throw it now, but is keeping it open and not making a fist. Fukuda is a southpaw, in case I forgot to mention that earlier.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round 3: Head kick lands, but just a glancing blow by Tavares. Some nice dirty boxing inside the clinch by both fighters. Fukuda throwing the left more this round, but leaving it open for the most part. Right jab catches Tavares coming in, as does another. Tavares appears to be the slower fighter now with just over a minute to go. Exchange of kicks by the two as the crowd starts to get into it. Tavares with a jab, and they finish the fight off without any further fireworks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fukuda

Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)