Lineker (20-6, 1-1 UFC) swept the scorecards by 29-28, 30-27 and
Urushitani (19-6-6, 0-2 UFC) circled effectively, stayed out of
range and scored from the outside early in the fight, but he could
not hold off his aggressive Brazilian counterpart. Lineker did some
magnificent work to the body; a spinning back kick to the liver in
the second round helped turn the tide in his favor. The 22-year-old
twice swarmed for the finish, and though Urushitani held his ground
and withstood the volleys, he could do nothing to avoid a second
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 quarterfinalist Alex
Caceres spoiled the promotional debut of Japanese newcomer
Tezuka, as he took a split decision from the Pancrase
veteran in a preliminary bantamweight affair.
Two of the three cageside judges cast matching 30-27 scorecards for
Caceres (8-5, 3-3 UFC); a third weighed in with a 29-28 judgment in
favor of Tezuka (19-5-4, 0-1 UFC).
Caceres connected with leg kicks throughout, used his length to his
advantage and remained active from his back when grounded. Tezuka
struck for takedowns in each of the first two rounds but failed to
make the most of the opportunities. Caceres closed the stronger of
the two men, countering a takedown attempt with an inverted
triangle in the closing seconds of the match.
A punishing clinch game paired with multiple takedowns and
ground-and-pound carried onetime Deep champion Riki Fukuda
to a unanimous decision in a preliminary middleweight battle. All
three cageside judges scored it for Fukuda (19-6, 2-2 UFC): 30-27,
29-28 and 29-28.
DeBlass (7-2, 0-2 UFC) held his own in the first round, stinging
his Japanese foe with leg kicks and right crosses. However, Fukuda
adjusted, dragging the bout into close quarters and battering the
former two-division Ring of Combat titleholder with punches and
knees from the clinch. DeBlass, a Ricardo
Almeida protégé, offered little resistance down the stretch as
Fukuda proved relentless with his multi-pronged attack.