Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Our first of three straight lightweight matches is next, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson does battle with Katsunori Kikuno.
Ferguson (14-3), with one of the best nicknames in MMA with “El Cucuy,” has gone 4-1 in the UFC. His lone loss came in 2012 to Michael Johnson via decision, but he has fought just once since that time, earning a submission victory over Mike Rio last October.
Kikuno (22-5-2) made his long-awaited UFC debut by earning a decision over Quinn Mulhern earlier this year. He has won six straight since a 2012 loss to Satoru Kitaoka.
Round 1: Kikuno with an interesting stance, as he almost looks like he mocking you with his left hand way out. He hands a big shot that sends Ferguson retreating. And another for Kikuno, who is just stalking Ferguson. Big body shot lands and another, and Ferguson fires back a kick of his own. Ferguson seems to have figured out the style, landing a shot and hurting him. Blood coming out of the nose of Kikuno, as he eats another shot from Ferguson. Takedown for Ferguson, who quickly locks in hooks and transitions to an armbar. He’s got the right arm, but isn’t able to get it. Instead, he secures a D’arce choke, using the cage for leverage with 90 seconds left. He releases the choke and Kikuno is running away. Ferguson with a jab and Kikuno’s head pops off the canvas. This one is all over.
Tony Ferguson def. Katsunori Kikuno via KO (strike) at 4:06 of Round 1