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

Mizugaki punches Escovedo at UFC 135.UFC 135UFC

pay-per-view from the Pepsi Center.

Ricardo RomeroJames Te HunaCole EscovedoTakeya MizugakiJunior Assuncao

vs. Eddie Yagin.




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

MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.

Round 2:
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

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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