UFC Fight Night Japan Results (9/27): Josh Barnett Puts Over Pro Wrestling

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George Roop: He really hasn't looked good aat all in his last two fights, getting quickly starched by Rob Font (where IS he, anyway?) and then whatever his fight last night was supposed to be.

Barnett terrorized Nelson's midsection with knees to the body and caused swelling and bruising on the left side of his face with right elbows.

The win was Barnett's first since he topped UFC champion Frank Mir back in August, 2013. Barnett (34-7) soundly defeated Nelson via unanimous decision on Saturday, landing 212 strikes to Nelson's 101.

You have to dissect it and try to grow form it. You have to grow from wins. When I watched him fight, the only thing I would see is he would flinch when I threw something. Before the fight, Nelson chose to take the first shot at Barnett, when he brought up Barnett's history with PEDs over social media. While the 39-year-old Nelson is two years older than Barnett, it's the younger of the two who has more experience.

Those fights hold a special place in the hearts of many longtime MMA fans, and it's part of what makes Saturday night's bout feel like a rightful headliner, despite neither being particularly close to the heavyweight division's elite.

Hall, who has won four of his seven UFC bouts, with the only losses against Kelvin Gastelum, John Howard and Rafael Natal all coming by way of split decision, could win his next 20 fights in the Octagon, all by knockout, and there would still be critics chirping somewhere. Tonight I gave my all and I was able to win this win but it wasn't anything like my last fight. I didn't expect him to control so much of the standup action and he got me with several good body kicks.


Maybe that's why he decided make a quick turnaround after his August 8 stoppage of Oluwale Bamgbose and not take just any short notice opportunity, but one against the sixth-ranked fighter in his division, Gegard Mousasi.

Uriah Hall was undoubtedly the biggest win of the night.

It's worth noting that the emotionless Mousasi is usually a stone cold character with very little to say in the way of interviews etc. This would be very out of his modus operandi to say the least. "I'm more comfortable with this one. I don't see myself losing again", Mousasi told MMAJunkie. I will definitely match him on the ground in terms of grappling, and I think I'm just a meaner, more tenacious guy than he is.


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