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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 75.

Set from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, tonight’s card features a heavyweight battle between Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson.

Barnett (33-7) is a former UFC heavyweight champion who had his two-fight win streak snapped last December by Travis Browne. He is 10-2 in his last 12 overall and will be fighting in Japan for the first time since a 2010 victory over Siala-Mou Siliga – where he is 12-4 all-time.

Nelson (20-11), who once claimed the title of Ultimate Fighter, is just 1-4 in his last five, losing to Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. However, each of his last 12 wins have been via knockout.

The card also features middleweights Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall in the co-main event, as Hall replaces Roan Carneiro.

Other planned FOX Sports 1 main card fights include Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus, Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop, Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao and the finals in “Road to UFC: Japan” between Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara.

Four fights kick things off at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2, as Keita Nakamura faces Li Jingliang, Nick Hein battles Yusuke Kasuya, Naoyuki Kotani meets Kajan Johnson and Shinsho Anzai squares off against Roger Zapata.

Our live play-by-play coverage will begin with the main card at 10 p.m. ET.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

Check out the complete lineup below:


Shinsho Anzai def. Roger Zapata via TKO (injury) at :47 of Round 3

Kajan Johnson def. Naoyuki Kotani via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Nick Hein def. Yusuke Kasuya via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Nakamura Keita def. Li Jingling via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 3


Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara in the finals of “Road to UFC: Japan”

We’ll begin the main card with the featherweight finals in the “Road to UFC: Japan” tournament, as Mizuto Hirota takes on Teruto Ishihara.

Round 1: Some pretty awesome blue hair being sported by Hirota, which matches his trunks. Right as they slap hands, Ishihara throws a huge kick right to the body that lands. Hirota smiles and comes back with a nice combo. It might have been a slip, but Ishihara brings Hirota down. However, he can’t keep him there and they are quickly back to the feet. Hirota catches him against the fence and lands a stiff right, but it’s Ishihara with the more productivity. Another knockdown for Ishihara to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ishihara

Round 2: Ishihara puts out his hand for another touch of gloves and this time, Hirota declines. He lands again and knocks down Hirota, as the fans voice their approval. Ishihara continues to duck and move, countering when the opening becomes available. Hirota connects, but it does nothing to concern Ishihara. Just like that, he lands a left that takes Ishihara down for a brief moment. Takedown for Hirota with 90 seconds left and he is working to take the back. Much like Ishihara did at the end of the first, Hirota finishes the second strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hirota

Round 3: Ishihara scores with a knockdown and tries to pounce, but Hirota works to his feet right away. Four straight shots land by Hirota, as he is finding his range at a much better pace than Ishihara. Another strong finish for Hirota, and it just might allow the veteran fighter to claim the decision.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hirota

Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara ruled a draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

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A key bantamweight contest highlights tonight’s Bellator 143 event, as Joe Warren battles LC Davis.

Set for the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas and Spike TV, Warren and Davis will meet in a scheduled three-round affair.

Warren, a former two-division champion, had his five-fight win streak snapped this past March by Marcos Galvao in a contest that cost him the title. Davis is 7-1 in his last eight, including three straight wins for Bellator.

Below is a fight-by-fight prediction for the night:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Joe Warren vs. LC Davis

Warren has the advantage in terms of wrestling, but Davis appears to be a step ahead in the stand-up. If this fight goes the distance, it could be interesting to see which fighter gasses first.

The former champion has fought 20-plus minutes before, while Davis was involved in an incredible 15-minute battle with Hideo Tokoro recently.

LC Davis over Joe Warren via second round TKO

Joey Beltran vs. Kendall Grove

Two former UFC fighters and veterans of the sport meet in a middleweight affair. It’s incredible to think about some of the fighters these two have met in the past.

Kendall Grove over Joey Beltran via decision

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Henry Corrales

The featherweight ranks can use some new blood, and the winner of Sanchez-Corrales has a good shot at moving on up.

Emmanuel Sanchez over Henry Corrales via second round submission

Ewerton Teixeira vs. Vinicius Queiroz

Big-boys kick-start the televised card, as heavyweights Teixeira and Queiros love to throw bombs.

Ewerton Teixeira over Vinicius Queiros via first round TKO


Ryan Couture over Nick Gonzalez via decision

Chase Gormley over Dan Charles via TKO

Darrion Caldwell over Shawn Bunch via decision

John Teixeira over Gleristone Santos via decision

Guillermo Gonzalez over Jose Flores via submission

Guilherme Farias over Jared Chaffee via decision

Abdul Razak Alhassan over Bryce Meija via submission

Abram Torres over Daniel Cervantes via TKO

Saul Elizondo over Amador Ramirez via decision

Steve Garcia over Eduardo Bustillos via decision

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The Octagon returns to Japan this Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 75.

In the main event, Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson collide in a scheduled five-round heavyweight contest. The action takes place from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and airs on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

Along with Barnett-Nelson, Gegard Mousasi faces Uriah Hall, Kyoji Horiguchi battles Chico Camus, Takeya Mizugaki meets George Roop and Katsunori Kikuno meets Diego Brandao.

The finals in “Road to the UFC: Japan” are also set, as Mizuto Hirota meets Teruto Ishihara. Barnett and Nelson were coaches on the season.

All the action starts on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET with four fights, followed by the FS1 main card at 10 p.m. ET.

FightLine will be providing live coverage of the main card and complete results, along with all your post-fight news and information.

Below is the current lineup:

Event Date: 2015/09/26
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Location: Saitama, Japan

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall

Flyweight: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus

Bantamweight: Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop

Featherweight: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao

Road To UFC: Japan Featherweight Final
Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara


Welterweight: Nakamura Keita vs. Li Jingling

Lightweight: Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya

Lightweight: Nayouki Kotani vs. Kajan Johnson

Welterweight: Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata

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Most MMA observers believe LC Davis’ upcoming Bellator 143 main event fight with former two-division champion Joe Warren is the biggest of his career.

And Davis doesn’t disagree.

However, the 34-year-old Kansas City-native sees his next fight as always being the biggest of his career – and that’s the way he’ll approach it.

Davis and Warren will headline the September 25 card from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The main card airs on Spike TV.

Following a 2014 submission win in his debut with Bellator over Tory Bogguess, Davis (23-6) scored a decision over Zeliton Rodrigues to close out the year. This past March, he went toe-to-toe with Hideo Tokoro in a battle many have called the “Fight of the Year,” earning a split decision for his third consecutive win and seventh in his last eighth.

Now, he’ll get to test his skills vs. Warren, a former standout wrestler and Bellator champion in both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

“This is absolutely the biggest fight of my career,” said Davis, during a recent interview with FightLine. “But I feel like the next fight is always your biggest fight in your career. We don’t have a season like football or basketball.

“You are only as good as your next fight, and my next fight, is the biggest fight of my career. After I win this, hopefully I will be fighting for a world title and that next fight will be the biggest fight.”

While not as famed on the wrestling circuit as Warren, Davis did wrestle his way through college. He was a standout in high school before competing for both Labette Community College and Missouri Valley College.

Shortly there after, Davis entered in the world of MMA and quickly found success. He trained under the watchful eye of Pat Miletich and fought for Titan FC, the International Fight League, Affliction and the WEC.

Wins in nine of his first fights led him to a 2007 meeting with Wagnney Fabiano, where Davis was bested via submission. He quickly got back on track, scoring four straight wins. Among his first 13 career victories, 11 were finishes – including his first eight.

“Training with the best at Miletich and being ranked in the Top-10 for most of 2009 and ’10, I was beating the best guys in the world,” he said. “I thought I had it figured out, but I plateaued, lost a couple of fights in a row.

“But that really woke me up. I realized you always have to be evolving, to prove yourself. The day you quit improving is the day people pass you up.”

Tito Ortiz

Emotions were running high inside the Bellator cage Saturday night.

And that was never-more-present than from Tito Ortiz.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion appeared to be in complete control vs. Liam McGeary as the first round was coming to an end in their Bellator: Dynamite 1 main event for the title.

Then, McGeary locked up an inverted triangle on the surgically-repaired back of Ortiz and forced the quick tap.

Like that, the fight was over and Ortiz was denied in his quest to wear championship gold once more.

“I worked really hard,” Ortiz said. “To be the champ, you gotta beat the champion. (McGeary) showed he is a real man.

“As I put that belt around his waist….I gave my best Tito Ortiz. I felt my best since 2006. You beat the best and that’s why you’re the world champ.”

McGeary remained unbeaten in his MMA career and will face Phil Davis, who won a one-night tournament on the same card, in his next title defense.

For Ortiz, it was another possible final moment in an illustrious career. He’s retired before, only to return and win fights most thought he never should be signed up for.

“I gave it everything,” he said, fighting back tears. “Thank you for pushing me this camp.”

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