Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno

The first of three straight fights involving UFC Japan fighters will take place in the featherweight division, as Diego Brandao (19-10) battles Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2).

Round 1: As many expected, Brandao comes out and immediately drops Kikuno with a right. He follows up with several more rights, forcing the referee to step in and call a stop to this one quickly.

Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno via TKO (strikes) at :28 of Round 1

Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop

The pressure to get Japan back in the win column falls on the shoulders of Takeya Mizugaki (20-9-2) next, as he takes on George Roop (15-11-1).

Round 1: Roop trying to make this a grind, using his height and knees to control the early stages. Big-time kick from Mizugaki gets a strong ovation from the crowd, as he is now trying to bring this one to the canvas. Both men are landing with power.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 2: Mizugaki lands right out the gates to start the second, but Roop has recovered. He gains the clinch against the cage in hopes of controlling the round. Roop goes for a high-kick after a long stale-mate, but Mizugaki catches it and knocks him down.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 3: Again, Mizugaki comes out the aggressor, going to the body. Finally, Roop with a power shot of his own, stopping him and gaining the clinch. Roop continues to try and use his wrestling, but Mizugaki is defending and staying upright. Roop’s corner keeps yelling to him that he’s winning the round, but that could be up for debate.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Roop

Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus

Former UFC flyweight title contender Kyoji Horiguchi (15-2) attempts to showcase his skills for his countrymen against Chico Camus (15-6) next.

Round 1: Camus quickly takes the center and we are off. Just an incredible ovation for Horiguchi, who is a huge favorite to walk out of Saitama with the win. He’s looking to counter, but is being forced to retreat by Camus. All power coming from Camus, who is teeing off with lefts and rights. Much like he did vs. Henry Cejudo, Camus is defending the takedown well. Spinning attempt misses by Horiguchi and Camus gains the clinch. He’s working for a takedown of his own, throwing knees before breaking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Round 2: Horiguchi all over him to start. He’s landing with lefts and rights, and tries to secure a back-mount. Camus survives that and the onslaught, but he has a huge cut under his right eye. Perfectly-timed combo from Horiguchi lands, and he catches Camus coming in with a counter, as well. One more 1-2 followed up by a high-kick and Horiguchi is finding his rhythm. Both fighters are standing and trading now as we approach the two-minute mark. Camus with a right and Horiguchi has some bleeding from the nose.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Round 3: Horiguchi the fresher fighter, as he is picking Camus apart. He’s using all of his tools, mixing body shots with kicks. Camus grabs the fence to avoid a takedown, but is just warned. Camus is trying ot get in close and do some damage, but he’s constantly denied by the defense of Horiguchi.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)