Saturday night live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Japan, the UFC returns to the land of Pride bringing along with it a heavyweight main event clash of monstrous proportions, and a card stacked with Japanese talents and other notables. UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs. Nelson brings two fan favorites in Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Josh Barnett, in what is in essence a battle to remain relevant in the heavyweight division. In the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi, who is on the best run of his UFC career thus far following victories over Dan Henderson and Costas Philippou, returns to take on Ultimate Fighter 17 runner-up Uriah Hall. Hall is taking this fight after with a quick turnaround following his August defeat of Oluwale Bamgbose, and is looking for a signature win in his thus-far uneven UFC career.

Also on the card, former flyweight title contender Kyoji Horiguchi takes on the gritty Chico Camus, and top ten bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki returns to face George Roop in the hopes of preventing a third straight loss.

The main and co-main events are clearly intriguing, and pose a number of questions:

How will Josh Barnett look in the cage after over eighteen months away from the sport, during which he focused on movies, his podcast, and appeared at Metamoris? Will Roy Nelson continue to rely only on his powerful right hand, and risk earning a third straight loss for the first time in his career?

What about Uriah Hall, who has struggled when stepping up in competition? Then again, will Gegard Mousasi fight his usual laid back style and risk letting the fight go to the judges?

The action gets underway with the preliminary card on Fox Sports 2 starting at 8PM, followed by the main card on Fox Sports 1 at 10PM EST.

Join us here on The MMA Corner for a main card recap and full results!

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson

Round 1 — Barnett leads with the jab. Ducks a right, lands a leg kick. Head kick by Barnett, Nelson scores a takedown! Nelson looking for a choke. Not a lot of movement, Barnett warned twice for grabbing the fence. Nelson looking for side control. In half guard. The ref stands them up. Barnett with a knee, Nelson misses an uppercut, Barnett with another knee. Nelson tries a takedown and can’t secure it. Barnett with a kick to the body. Nelson scores another takedown. Barnett’s corner on both takedowns just yelling “hold him.” Nelson in half guard. The bell sounds.

Round 2 — Nelson looking to land the right. Lands a combo. Tries a high kick. Barnett pushes forward. Knee attempt by Josh.  Good right by Nelson byut Barnett unloads on him. Nelson shoots for single. Barnett landing knees and elbows. Nelson actually picks up his mouth guard while being need and puts it back in. Nelson has eaten a lot of shots in this sequence. Body shots by Barnett. Knee by Nelson. Barnett in complete control, using foot stomps, but they break, Nelson lands a high kick! Barnett lands a right. Barnett’s round, but the kick by Nelson was new.

Round 3 — Nelson hit by a shot then backs Barnett up against the fence. Nelson with a knee to the thigh. Latches on the body lock, looking for knees. Ref breaks it up. Combo by Barnett. Nelson clinches, Barnett with the wizard. Uppercut by Barnett. They clinch and he lands another.  Nelson lands a combo. Shoots a single leg, having trouble finishing it. Nelson lifts Barnett up but can’t finish the slam.  The ref restarts the action, great body kick and knee by Barnett, Nelson misses on the counter, and we go to round four.

Round 4 — Fatigue becoming an issue. Barnett with a combo and knee. Nelson looks for a single leg again, Barnett reverses but they’re up. Good elbow by Barnett. They continue to clinch.  Barnett turns it on, Nelson swings and misses. Still against the fence.  Big elbow by Barnett. Barnett is looking gassed as well. Nelson with the eblow and back fist. Nelson shoots, overshoots, escapes a heel book and takes the back. They get back up and Nelson looks for the single leg. The ref breaks them again. Barnett with a knee. Some short shots but we go to the fifth.

Round 5 — Spinning back kick by Barnett. Body kick by Nelson. Barnett with hard shots then a clinch. Knee by Barnett. Barnett working Nelson against the cage. Good elbows. Short punches and a kick by Nelson. Nelson with a takedown with two minutes to go. Barnett looking for a kimura, Nelson reposition’s, Barnett escapes. Nelson with a body shot, Barnett with a kick as time winds down. Nelson throws a few final shots as the fight comes to an end. This one should go to Barnett.

Josh Barnett def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall

Round 1 — High single from Mousasi, who takes Hall down early. This obviously puts Hall out of his comfort zone. Mousasi moves to half guard. Now side control, looking for the crucifix. Hall with the hip escape, Mousasi landing a few body shots from above, now tries for an elbow. Back in the closed guard. Mousasi looking for an arm triangle choke but doesn’t have it. Looks to pass guard but is stopped. We’re at the halfway point of the round and Hall is in danger as Mousasi passes guard. He bucks Mousasi off and tries for a leg lock. Nothing doing. Hall is now in danger of giving up his back. Hall with a kimura attempt. Mousasi breaks free.  Hall gives up the back, not sure what he was attempting. Mousasi has a body triangle. Looking for a rear naked choke with seconds left in the round, but he can’t get under the neck. The bell sounds. Hall surprised with the kimura attempt but that was all Mousasi.

Round 2 — Jumping spinning back kick to the face by Hall has Mousasi stunned! Jumping knee! Follow-up punches, ref yelling at Mousasi to fight back but he’s too stunned, it’s over! Wow! That’s what we’ve all been waiting for with Hall!

Uriah Hall def. Gegard Mousasi by TKO, Round 2, 0:25

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus

Round 1 — Camus presses the action to start in round one, while Horiguchi takes on the role of counterstriker. Both men very light on their feet. Camus stuffs a takedown. A spinning back fist misfire leads to Camus pressing Horiguchi up against the fence. Camus with a knee as they break. Solid action in the first, with Camus looking more competitive than many might have expected.

Round 2 — Horiguchi comes right out and takes it to Camus, landing several combos. Horiguchi hops on Camus’ back but he escapes. Camus with a big cut under his eye. Great movement by Horiguchi. He lets fly with another combo. Horiguchi slips as Camus comes in with a combo, but he’s back up very quickly. Camus’ cut may come into play as far as vision is concerned. Jumping knee by Horiguchi. His volume has really been impressive thus far. Front kick from the Japanese former title challenger. Faster, crisper, more varied striking is the difference here.

Round 3 — Horiguchi continues to dominate, definitely has his range and rhythm down. Mighty Mouse is shown sitting cage side. Scouting contenders perhaps? Not in the cage, that’s for sure — Horiguchi fought for the title too recently, Camus is being dominated. Finding flyweight contenders these days is like finding Waldo. Horiguchi showing no signs of playing it safe, with seconds left in the round he presses the action, swarming in and trading blows with his opponent! Make no mistake, this was a solid fight, but really a showcase for Kyoji Horiguchi.

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop

Round 1 — Mizugaki looking to rebound coming off a couple of disappointing losses. Mizugaki looks to drag this fight to a crawl, tying up Roop along the fence and looking for the takedown. When Roop does break free, he’s able to land a couple of solid punches, but the Japanese fighter is right back on him.

Round 2 — A little change of pace sees Mizugaki come out swinging in the second and connect with a solid left. However he’s soon back to clinching against the fence looking for the takedown. Roop changes levels and nearly pays for it. Roop has been opened up. The move back to the middle and exchange. Mizugaki landing his right, leading with the jab.  As they tie up again, the ref calls for action, and may not stand for more stalling. They separate again on their own, and Mizugaki misses with a left. The round winds down, and we go to a third.

Round 3 — A little more action this round, as both fighters seem to be looking for the finish. Roop’s corner very vocal, calling for him to “strike, strike, strike!” Good punches landed by both fighters, mixed in between tying up against the fence and Mizugaki looking for the body lock takedown. The round winds down, and it looks like we’re going to the scorecards.

Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Round 1 — Brandao immediately storms out and goes right for Kikuno, connecting with a punch immediately and felling him. He follows up and has the TKO in under half a minute! Sheer violence.

Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno by TKO, Round 1, 0:28

Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara

Round 1 — Hirota’s hair matches his blue trunks. Cool. Good exchange to start the first. Ishihara looking very formidable, mixing up strikes and kicks. Halfway through, Hirota lands a right. Loving his blue hair. Superman punch by Ishihara. Hirota with an uppercut and right, but Ishihara has been more active thus far. Ishihara connects with a short left that drops Hirota at the end of the round.

Round 2 — Ishihara raring to go in round two. Stuns Hirota with a left again; he has really found his range. Hirota is opened up, but still game to go. Hirota lands some jabs up against the fence. Right to the body by Hirota, followed by a double leg. Ishihara works his way back up and the two move back to the center of the cage. Ishihara with some great movement, but some of his offense is leaving him open. Hirota connects with a combo, and Ishihara looks a tad dazed. They begin trading blows with twenty seconds left in the frame, and we go to round three.

Round 3 — Teruto Ishihara scores another knockdown with his left to open round three. Hirota answers back, Ishihara connects again and Hirota shoots for a takedown. Very entertaining fight thus far. Hirota with a knee to the body, and they clinch. Off the break, Hirota lands a shot or two more. Hirota seemed to be having more success in the clinch, but Ishihara escapes. Hirota again works the takedown. Manages to land a number of punches against the fence; Ishihara gets back up looking worse for the wear. Right by Hirota connects. He’s definitely turned it on in the third. With seconds to go in the round, Hirota pressures with an elbow and short punches. They finish the fight trading blows, and we go to the scorecards!

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

FULL RESULTS

Main Card

Josh Barnett def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
Uriah Hall def. Gegard Mousasi by TKO, Round 2, 0:25
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Takeya Mizugaki def. George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno by TKO, Round 1, 0:28
Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara is ruled a draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

Preliminary Card

Keita Nakamura def. Li Jingliang by submission (rear naked choke), Round 3, 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

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.