UFC 127 Prelim Results: Perosh vs Blackledge, Ring vs Fukuda

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 26, 2011

Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
Round 1: John Sharp is the referee for this 205-pound bout. Blackledge flicks out front and low kicks in the first minute before Perosh rushes in for a shot. It comes from too far out and Perosh falls on his face as Blackledge sprawls. Blackledge, in turn, slips and falls on a kick attempt. Another takedownt try from Perosh fails, and he instead rushes at the Englishman with a combo, one of which lands. Perosh goes for a double leg and gets caught in a guillotine from Blackledge, who pulls guard. It’s not very tight and Perosh extracts his head and moves to side control. Blackledge catches an arm on one of Perosh’s punches and tries an armbar, but Perosh defends well. Blackledge winds up on his belly and Perosh quickly jumps on his back. After a few punches, Perosh slips left his arm underneath Blackledge’s chin, squeezes and forces an instant tap. The hometown fighter Perosh is the winner by rear-naked choke submission at the 2:45 mark.

Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Round 1: Leon Roberts is the referee for the evening’s first televised fight. Outside leg kicks from Ring to begin. Fukuda drives forward for a double-leg and pins Ring against the cage. Ring squirms away from the fence and throws up a triangle. He’s got Fukuda’s left arm tight and the Japanese fighter is having trouble extracting himself. Ring lets it go with three minutes left and scrambles to his feet. Fukuda times a leg kick and tags Ring with a straight left. Half a dozen more kicks come from Ring to the right leg of Fukuda. The two southpaws feint and trade fire until Fukuda charges forward with a winging combo. Ring answers with a knee. He stuffs a takedown and plants another knee on Fukuda. Fukuda finding modest success with his punches inside the last minute, and he finishes the last 15 seconds with a takedown. Leon Roberts is the referee for the evening’s first televised fight. Outside leg kicks from Ring to begin. Fukuda drives forward for a double-leg and pins Ring against the cage. Ring squirms away from the fence and throws up a triangle. He’s got Fukuda’s left arm tight and the Japanese fighter is having trouble extracting himself. Ring lets it go with three minutes left and scrambles to his feet. Fukuda times a leg kick and tags Ring with a straight left. Half a dozen more kicks come from Ring to the right leg of Fukuda. The two southpaws feint and trade fire until Fukuda charges forward with a winging combo. Ring answers with a knee. He stuffs a takedown and plants another knee on Fukuda. Fukuda finding modest success with his punches inside the last minute, and he finishes the last 15 seconds with a takedown.

Round 2: Ring pawing with a jab and landing leg kicks while Fukuda hunts for power punches. Ring lands a nice right hook and Fukuda tries to shoot, but gets stuffed. The next takedown is successful, as Fukuda plows Ring right into the base of the cage. Ring shoves him off, turtles and works to his feet, where he drills a knee to the midsection of Fukuda. Fukuda scores with an uppercut and Ring retaliates with a left hand over the top. Fukuda tries to shoot on a jab and Ring sprawls. The middleweights clinch and Fukuda gets the better with knees up the middle. Ring still landing leg kicks and trying to work combos, but Fukuda is staying out of range. Fukuda is checking the leg kicks now. Fukuda comes forward and ties up to hurl a barrage of uppercuts.

Round 3: Fukuda comes out strong, flicking long right hands in Ring’s face. Nice left hook from Fukuda and another blast of uppercuts in the clinch. He floors Ring with another takedown and works from half-guard. Ring stuffs him back to guard, Fukuda stands and Ring scrambles to his feet. Another trio of uppercuts from Fukuda in tight. Another easy takedown for Fukuda in the center of the cage, but again Ring works back up. Front headlock for Fukuda, who bullies Ring into the base of the fence and slugs the Canadian to the head and body. Ring is bleeding around the inside of his right eye and isn’t doing much from the bottom with 90 seconds to go. Fukuda mashing and grinding, trying to advance, but Ring is stifling him. Ring works for a kimura and stalls out, and the fight ends just as the two are stood up.

Official scores: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for Nick Ring.


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