Despite displaying a crafty ground game and an effective arsenal of punches and kicks, Hatsu Hioki came out on the losing end of a split decision to Clay Guida in the featured bout during the UFC on FOX 6 prelims on Saturday night.
The crowd inside of Chicago's United Center was clearly behind their native son in Guida, but "The Carpenter" drew scattered boos over the course of three rounds due to a stagnant offense, which saw Guida controlling Hioki on the ground, but not offering much in terms of punishment.
Hioki took the the first round on two of the judge's scorecards by making Guida miss on the feet, while scoring with a barrage of punches, kicks and knees. The second stanza saw Guida turn the tide with some hard leg kicks and a huge slam that put Hioki on his back for the majority of the round. The Japanese veteran still managed to keep things close however courtesy of a couple of submission attempts and a head kick that landed flush as the round closed.
Guida stayed on top once again during the final round, but Hioki remained active off of his back, negating Guida's attempts to improve his position. When the judges' scorecards were tallied and read, it was Guida that escaped the victor.
Bader submits "The Janitor"
Ryan Bader bounced back from a KO loss to former champ Lyoto Machida with a quick submission over former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Vladimir Matyushenko, needed only 50 seconds to coax the tap out.
Bader dropped Matyushenko with a left hook in the opening moments and then pounced on his opponent, locking in a guillotine choke that surprised Matyushenko and forced him to quickly tap after not initially defending the submission.
The finish was declared the fastest in the history of the light heavyweight division after the fight. And with two straight losses and his future with the organization in doubt, one has to wonder whether or not we will see Matyushenko fight under the UFC banner again.
Pascal Krauss showed impressive striking in his welterweight bout against Mike Stumpf, winning a unanimous decision over the tough and durable Team Curran product. Fellow welterweight David Mitchell snapped a two-fight losing streak to defeat Simeon Thoresen, outlasting the Norwegian over three rounds in a relatively sloppy bout.
Rafael Natal improved to 3-2 with one draw under the UFC banner. submitting last-minute replacement opponent Sean Spencer with an arm-triangle choke in the third round of their middleweight contest. Former LSU football player Shawn Jordan picked up his biggest career win to date, stopping Mike Russow on strikes in the second round of the event's only heavyweight tilt.
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