Watch UFC Fight Night 117 Online Replay
On Saturday early morning– Friday night on America’s East Coast– the UFC go back to the renowned Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, for the 5th time in promotional history. UFC Fight Night 117 includes a short-notice headliner and the return of No. 1 strawweight competitor Claudia Gadelha.
The original centerpiece was set up to feature sixth-ranked light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux and fifth-ranked Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. However, Shogun needed to pull out this week and was changed by UFC veteran Yushin Okami, who was released from the promotion in 2013. Okami has actually enhanced the welterweight department worldwide Series of Fighting and other regional promos for the last couple of years, however he takes this short-notice affair to eliminate OSP at light heavyweight. Often, that’s exactly what it takes to get back to the big show. OSP is coming off a win over Marcos Rogério de Lima, which was a much-needed victory after three straight losses.
Gadelha takes on versus fourth-ranked Jessica Andrade in the co-headliner for what might cause a strawweight title shot for either fighter. Gadelha still has actually only been beaten by present champ Joanna Jędrzejczyk, and Andrade was on a three-fight winning streak before losing to the champ in May. Both females are can be found in starving and all set for another shot at the strap.
Rounding out the card, world-champion kickboxer Gokhan Saki makes his UFC debut against fellow striker Henrique da Silva, veteran Takanori Gomi handles “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim, Teruto Ishihara looks to get back in the win column against Rolando Dy, and featherweights Charles Rosa and Mizuto Hirota clash.
The UFC Fight Night 117 Fight Pass prelims begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The FXX prelims and primary card start at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. Battle Press authors Zach Aittama and Dan Kuhl are here to obtain you all set for the action in this edition of Toe-to-Toe.
With an injury to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the door has actually opened for the return of Yushin Okami. Okami hasn’t battled inside the UFC’s Octagon given that 2013, however he’s gone 5-2 considering that his departure from the promo, and his only losses in that span came against UFC veterans David Branch and Jon Fitch. Okami is moving all the way approximately 205 pounds for his return against Ovince St. Preux. Is he doomed to stop working?
UFC Fight Night 117 Fight Card
Main Event Card
Yushin Okami vs Ovince Saint Preux
Jessica Andrade vs Claudia Gadelha
Takanori Gomi vs Dong Hyun Kim
Gokhan Saki vs Henrique da Silva
Rolando Dy vs Teruto Ishihara
Jussier Formiga vs Ulka Sasaki
Keita Nakamura vs Alex Morono
Syuri Kondo vs Chan-Mi Jeon
Shinsho Anzai vs Luke Jumeau
Daichi Abe vs Hyun Gyu Lim