TUF: China Finale Results

| March 1, 2014 | 5:39 pm | Reply

TUF-China-Main EventIf you pulled the MMA equivalent of a slumber party last night and watch Fridays two events before pulling an all-nighter for this mornings TUF: China Finale, you owe yourself a nap right about now.

Starting at the ungodly time of 3:20am Pt / 6:20am ET on Fight Pass, the TUF: China Finale preliminary card was honestly a very tough call to wake up early for. On the other hand the mornings main card, which started at 5am PT / 8am ET was more appealing and not so difficult to get out of bed when it was still dark outside. Aside from the typical poor split decision, the TUF: China main card was well worth the lack of sleep.

Featherweight Hatsu Hioki and Ivan Menjivar got the main card started with a quick paced bout. Hioki used his considerable size advantage to get the fight to the canvas multiple times. Though the combination of loose control, submission attempts and the savvy Menjivar had the two swapped top position several times. In the stand up Mejivar was at a reach disadvantage but Hioki did him a hugh favor by keeping his hands down. That nearly cost him the fight in the third round as Menjivar dropped but could not fully capitalize.

In heavyweight action Matt Mitrione beat the clock and his opponent with a first round knockout one second before the round ended. For most of the round though Mitrione looked laid back as his opponent Shawn Jordan pressed the action. All he needed though was that late flurry and the fight was over.

The TUF: China co-main event was the show’s welterweight tournament final between Wang Sai and Zhang Lipeng. The fight was, well let’s just say it wasn’t the best of the night. In the end it looked as if Sai would be crowned the winner of TUF: China but the judges thought differently. Guess spotty judging does travel.

The night’s main event was an exciting bout between the new look Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway. There was no feeling out period in this one as the two went right after each other. Kim stunned Hathaway in round one but was unable to seal the deal. Hathaway had a better round in the second though he ended the round on his back following a late takedown. In the third round Hathaway looked to land a standing elbow but missed due to Kim maneuvering for an elbow of his own. Him elbow was of the spinning fashion and brutally landed and sent Hathaway to the mat to end the fight. The nasty finish will likely be right there at the end of the year for knockout of the year.

The TUF: China Finale took place at the Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena in Macau, China and here is how the complete night of fights ended.

Main Card:

Dong Hyun Kim defeated John Hathaway by 3rd rd. KO (1:02)

TUF: China Welterweight Final: Zhang Lipeng defeated Wang Sai by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Matt Mitrione defeated Shawn Jordan 1st rd. KO knockout (4:59)

Hatsu Hioki defeated Ivan Menjivar by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card:

Yui Chul Nam defeated Kazuki Tokudome by Split Decision (29-27, 27-28, 29-28)

Vaughan Lee defeated Nam Phan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Anying Wang defeated Albert Cheng by 1st rd.  TKO [doctor's stoppage] (5:00)

Mark Eddiva defeated Jumabieke Tuerxun Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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