Former Deep lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2) had a chance to put an exclamation point on his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan. To do that, he needed get past Teruto Ishihara (7-2-2).
The brash “Yashabo” had other plans.
Right away Ishihara delivered a kick to the body. Ishihara was certainly the aggressor in the early going as Hirota looked to gauge what his opponent was doing. Ishihara popped Hirota with an uppercut. “Pugnus” threw a high kick that was blocked. The story of round one was “Yashabo” being too quick and unpredictable for Hirota to time and as a result, he kept getting tagged and was dropped in the final seconds of the round.
About 30 seconds into the second round, Ishihara dropped his opponent. “Pugnus” returned to the feet quickly. Later in the round, Hirota started to catch Ishihara, who appeared to be slowing down a bit. Hirota was able to secure a takedown briefly, but the two were back to the center of the Octagon shortly after. Hirota found much better success in round two and started to pop his opponent with combinations.
Just 15 seconds into the final frame, Ishihara dropped Hirota yet again. He then wobbled “Pugnus” momentarily. Hirota pressed forward with rights and lefts. Ishihara landed a counter right before the two tied up near the cage. Hirota popped “Yashabo” with a right hand. Hirota earned a takedown and attempted to control the back of Ishihara. The remainder of the round saw Hirota sustaining Ocatgon control and putting pressure on his opponent.
When the scorecards were read, one judge gave the fight to Hirota, while another one gave it to Ishihara. The final judge just couldn’t decide on a winner, so he scored the bout 29-29.
Final Result: Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara fought to a majorty draw