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One of the more notable results from Sunday morning’s card was Angela Magana failing to get her post-UFC career off to a bright start. At the start of fight week, Magana declared that her opponent Kanako Murata is on steroids… and equated her to Chong Li from the movie Bloodsport.
Well this backfired spectacularly, as Magana wound up losing by Von Flue choke late in the 2nd round. Here’s the video, via Bestrafer7.
Magana has lost six in a row, dropping her to 11-10 overall, and she hasn’t recorded a win since 2011. This is presumably the absolute last time we have good reason to pay attention to her. Murata improves to 7-1, with her lone loss coming against Rin Nakai.
On a sadder note, former Shooto featherweight champ Hatsu Hioki was once again knocked out, this time by Mikuru Asukura in the opening round.
That’s three KO defeats in a row for Hioki. I told you it was sad.
One UFC veteran who actually fared well was Kiichi Kunimoto, who was able to submit Ryuichiro Sumimura with a nifty arm-triangle choke. (via Jonnyboy)
The only other submission of the event saw co-headliner Yuki Motoya, who’d repeatedly threatened to finish Kazuma Sone with chokes, finally get the job done in round two with a rear-naked choke. (via inxxane)
In the main event, Luiz Gustavo did some really bad things to Yusuke Yachi, causing him to faceplant his way into unconsciousness. Good work by the undefeated Wanderlei Silva protege. (via Caposa)
The full results are as follows (via MMA Fighting).
Luiz Gustavo def. Yusuke Yachi via KO (punch) in R2
Yuki Motoya def. Kazuma Sone via submission (rear-naked choke) in R2
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Ryuichiro Sumimura via submission (arm-triangle) in R1
Kaitlin Young def. King Reina via unanimous decision
Mikuru Asakura def. Hatsu Hioki via KO (left head kick) in R1
Roque Martinez def. Kiyoshi Kuwabara via TKO (strikes) in R1
Kanako Murata def. Angela Magana via submission (Von-Flue choke) at 3:50 of R2
Taiki Naito def. Hannya Hashimoto via TKO (leg kicks) in R2
Kaito Ono def. Sho Ogawa via unanimous decision
Ryuki def. Naoya via unanimous decision
Shintaro Matsukura def. Takahiro Okuyama KO in R2
Takiya Shota def. Syuto Sato via unanimous decision