Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of the Epiodes 3 and 4 of the Road to UFC Season 2 in Shanghai.
Road to UFC season 2 - Episode 3 and 4 results
In a quick turn of events, the officials have issued a timeout here as Bhatebhole is down and it looks like a concussion followed by repeated jabs from Ki on the back of his head. AND BHATEBOLE HAS BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER BY DISQUALIFICATION! Yes, Ki has been eliminated for illegal punches to the back of the head.
R1: Lee starts with a knee kick to Rana’s torso. The Indian is left gasping for breath. Capitalising this, Lee punshes him down and dishes out a couple of jabs. Lee locks Rana for a good 30 seconds, Rana tried to break free but fails in his attempt. Lee comes up with a right arm jab on to Rana’s jaw and that’s a powerful one too. Things not looking good for the Indian. As the round nears the final minute, Lee has completely overwhelmed his opponent. AND LEE POUNDS HIS WAY INTO THE SEMIFINAL! CLINICAL PERFORMANCE FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN. AND THAT’S THE END OF THE ROAD FOR INDIA IN THIS SEASON’S ROAD TO UFC
Up next is the fight that the whole of India will look forward as Rudra Pratap chases a UFC contract. The Uttar Pradesh fighter will try to replicate the path that his compatriot Anshul Jubli laid out, winning a UFC contract. Rana has enjoyed a spectacular record in professional MMA, the 26-year-old has finished all of his 11 fights so far and has 10 first-round finishes under his belt.
Next up is the lighweight fight between Haraguchi and Patilima. Haraguchi so far has claimed four first round finishes and will look to add this as his fifth. Patilima meanwhile comes into the fight with a clean 8-0 record. Haraguchi starts explosively as he rushes into his opponent and has held him on the ground. Two powerful punches from Haraguchi leaves Patilima perplexed. That’s a stalemate and this moves into the second round. Haraguchi will be happy with the way this fight has gone so far
Round 2: Similar start to this round as well for Haraguchi. He runs towards his opponent and mauls him down with a grapple. Patilima, trying to break free, commits a foul, as he pulled Haraguchi’s hair. HARAGUCHI IS INTO THE SEMIFINAL AS HE WINS BY SUBMISSION VIA STRIKES!! Sublime ground and pound action from the Japanese
Daermisi and Eperaim come into the fight with similar fight records. They both are on a six-nil streak currently and one of that will come to an end in about 15 minutes, if this goes the full three rounds. Daermisi just ambushed hsi opponent right as the whistle blew and put on a rear naked choke, whoch Epraim counters by spinning but that just delayed the inevitable as Daermisi put on yet another choke to collect a win via submission!! Two out of two first round finishes to kick off episode 4
Daermisi Zhaupasi defeats Eperaim Ginting via Submission at 0:58 of Round 1
First up in episode 4 is a non tournament bout, meaning these fighters are here just to showcase their calibre and not as a part of Road to UFC. Xiong dominated most of the first round but a spectacular flying knee kick ensures a W for Danesoe. Yet another first round win this evening!
Peter Danesoe defeats Kai Xiong by KO (flying knee) at 4:20 of Round 1
And with that comes an end to episode three. Xiao Long, SangWook Kim, Shuya Kamikubo and Rongzhu have booked their places in the semifinal with wins in their respective bouts. Up next will be the episode four, where Rudra Pratap will be in action.
Episode 4 full schedule
Rongzhu just overpowered Seong Chan with a right arm jab to his jaw and continued the momentum with consecutive punches to clinch a first round knockout win. The fight lasted just under three minutes!
Rongzhu defeats SeongChan Hong by Technical Knockout at 2:17 of Round 1
Bantamweight Bout: Xiao Long defeats Shohei Nose by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lighweight Bout: SangWook Kim defeats Kazuma Maruyama by submission at 3:08 of Round 1
Bantamweight Bout: Shuya Kamikubo (30-27, 29-28) defeats Baergeng Jieleyisi (29-28) by Split Decision
RANA RUDRA PRATAP SINGH PROFILE
India’s Sumit Kumar lost to South Korean Seung Guk Choi in the Road to UFC Season 2 flyweight division quarterfinal at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai on Saturday.
Guk Choi dominated the bout and registered a win by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a fight that lasted three rounds.
Sumit has been eliminated from the 32-man knockout tournament as a result of this defeat.
This is Sumit’s first loss in his professional MMA career, holding a record of eight wins and one loss in nine fights.
Guk Choi was part of the previous Road to UFC season, where he had won two fights before losing the flyweight final to compatriot Park Hyun Sung. The 26-year-old Choi now holds a 7-2-0 record in Pro MMA.
Choi will face Ji Niushiyue of China, who got the better of Billy Pasulatan of Indonesia in another quarterfinal clash.
Hailing from Ajroi village in Sasni, Uttar Pradesh, Sumit started training in wrestling at the age of 12 and made his first trip to Thailand, searching for a job.
The other Indian in the competition, Rana Rudra Pratap Singh, will be in action on Sunday in the bantamweight division in episode four against Chang Ho Lee of South Korea.
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