Lineker (20-6, 1-1 UFC) swept the scorecards by 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 counts.
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 consecutive defeat.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 quarterfinalist Alex Caceres spoiled the promotional debut of Japanese newcomer Motonobu 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.