UFC 135 Undercard Live Blog: Romero vs. Te Huna, Escovedo vs Mizugaki, More

Mizugaki punches Escovedo at UFC 135.DENVER -- This is the UFC 135 live blog for the three Facebook preliminary bouts on tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the Pepsi Center.

The undercard fights are Ricardo Romero vs. James Te Huna, Cole Escovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki and Junior Assuncao vs. Eddie Yagin.

The live blog is below.


Ricardo Romero vs. James Te Huna

Round 1:
They touch gloves and circle away. Romero wastes no time looking for the takedown. Te Huna defends well and then drops Romero with a short right the next time he tries diving in. Te Huna adds more punches and Romero's in trouble, but he recovers and gets to his feet. Moments later Romero dives in again, looking for a low single-leg, but Te Huna avoids it and stings him with a hard right. Romero sinks face first into the mat, but the referee doesn't seem to realize he's out. Te Huna moves around to the side and lands one more nasty right. No doubt now.

James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero via KO at 0:47 of round 1

Cole Escovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Round 1:
No glove touch to start this one. They got right to work with Escovedo firing off a leg kick and Mizugaki coming back with a straight right to the body. Mizugaki presses the action early, landing a nice left hook and then another straight right moments later. Escovedo sneaks in a knee to the body in the clinch, but Mizugaki won't consent to stay there and get overpowered by the bigger Escovedo for long. Mizugaki looks for the takedown against the fence, banging Escovedo with a short right hook and then putting him on his back. Escovedo won't stay down long, however, and they're back in the clinch. Escovedo jumps into guard with Mizugaki standing, looking for a triangle perhaps, but Mizugaki shakes him off and slams him down before returning to his feet. Good two-punch combo by Mizugaki, and Escovedo goes right back to the clinch, where he's had most of his success so far. In the last minute of the round both men open up. Good headkicks by Escovedo and straight punches from Mizugaki in response. A hook to the body has Escovedo wincing in the final seconds. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.

Round 2:
Mizugaki comes forward off an Escovedo kick and puts him on his back. Mizugaki's in no hurry to climb into his guard, so he lets him back up. Escovedo continues looking for the headkick, but Mizugaki counters with a punch combo whenever he tries it, and Mizugaki is getting the better of the exchanges so far. Escovedo catches Mizugaki leaning too much and jacks him with a headkick. If it bother Mizugaki, he isn't showing it. Left hook from Mizugaki sends Escovedo backwards. It's Mizugaki's most reliable punch so far. Moments later he lands another that sends Escovedo flying back, dropping him in the center of the cage. Mizugaki won't follow him to the mat, and Escovedo is back up to eat more power shots from Mizugaki. Another liver shot from Mizugaki, and that one really hurt Escovedo. Looks like Mizugaki owes Bas Rutten a nickel. Follow-up left hook, right straight, left hook drops Escovedo. Mizugaki jumps on him, but there's no need. Referee Adam Martinez steps in and it's over. Mizugaki falls to his knees in the center of the cage and pounds his fists on the mat in triumph.

Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo via TKO (punches) at 4:30 of round 2

Junior Assuncao vs. Eddie Yagin

Round 1:
Both men meet in the center and pose for one another. Now then, who wants to go first? The Denver crowd, perhaps spoiled by the early action so far, doesn't take long to lapse into boos. Front kick by Assuncao, and a right hook by Yagin. Yagin dives in with a straight right, then the staring contest resumes. Assuncao shoots for a double-leg and gets it without much resistance from Yagin. Assuncao trying to pass Yagin's tricky guard, but it's not so easy. Assuncao sees an opening and rains some punches down from the top position. Yagin's had enough of that, so he kicks him off and gets to his feet. The stand-up stalemate begins anew, and so does the booing. Assuncao catches Yagin moving in and secures another takedown. Yagin tries some elbows off his back in the final minute. Assuncao covers up and rides out the round on top. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao, who seems confused by the boos.

Round 2:
They touch gloves to start the second and then both men try jumping kicks, with minimal success. Assuncao thinks about a takedown and Yagin punishes him with a knee to the head. The boos start up again and Assuncao looks for a double-leg before briefly jumping to Yagin's back, then giving it up. Decent left hook from Assuncao after a prolonged period of inactivity, but he doesn't follow up. Leg kicks from Assuncao and a missed head kick by Yagin. Assuncao shoots for a takedown and Yagin grabs a guillotine. The crowd gets up for it, perhaps just wanting this fight to be over, but Assuncao wags his finger to tell them it won't be so easy. They scramble back to their feet in the final seconds of the round, and the boos only intensify at the sound of the horn to end the second frame. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.

Round 3:
Whistles and catcalls start the third, and both fighters look like they're trying to be a little busier. Yagin stops a takedown, then wings a wild hook that misses. He motions Assuncao to bring it on, but it'll probably take more than that for Assuncao to stand there and get hit. Assuncao thinks about a takedown and Yagin again tries to the guillotine. This one looks closer, but it only gets the crowd's hopes up for nothing. Assuncao escapes to half-guard and peppers Yagin with punches from the top. Nice lefts from Assuncao, and Yagin is just laying there and taking them. Assuncao opens up with both hands now, and all Yagin can do is try to minimize the damage. Yagin's looking like a man who's resigned to defeat, but would just like to make it the distance so he can say he didn't get stopped. Ten seconds now. Assuncao hammers him with more blows and referee Josh Rosenthal takes a close look, but this will go to the judges. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.

Junior Assuncao def. Eddie Yagin via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)


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