On Saturday, Sept. 26, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs. Nelson from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In the night’s main event, veteran heavyweights Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson locked horns. The 37-year-old Barnett had been out of action for more than a year and a half and looked to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Travis Browne at UFC 168. The loss was just Barnett’s second since 2006. Nelson, meanwhile, entered the match-up on a two-fight skid. The Ultimate Fighter winner had dropped back-to-back bouts to Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.
The co-main event featured a middleweight match-up between former Strikeforce titleholder Gegard Mousasi and TUF alum Uriah Hall. Mousasi had won three of his last four leading up to the bout, most recently topping Costas Philippou in May via decision. Hall rode a similar wave of momentum, claiming wins in four of his last five.
The 10-fight event kicked off Saturday with four preliminary card bouts airing live on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card taking place at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Josh Barnett def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
Uriah Hall def. Gegard Mousasi by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:25
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:28
Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara is ruled a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29) – Road to UFC: Japan final
Keita Nakamura def. Li Jingliang by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:17
Nick Hein def. Yusuke Kasuya by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kajan Johnson def. Naoyuki Kotani by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Shinsho Anzai def. Roger Zapata by TKO (hand injury). Round 3, 0:47
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