Jun Yong Park continued his good form at UFC Vegas 68 as he bloodied up Denis Tiuliulin before submitting him in the first round. The Korean resides outside of the top 15 at middleweight but made a statement here as he extended his winning streak to three.
The Top FC veteran came into the bout on the back of a second round rear-naked choke victory over Joseph Holmes in October and he repeated the trick here but went one better as he drew the tap in the first. Tiuliulin’s last outing was a TKO win over Jamie Picket at UFC 282 but the Russian found himself outclassed here.
‘The Iron Turtle’ stood with his opponent for roughly a minute before scoring a takedown. From there, the 31-year-old found full mount and laid down some savage ground and pound as he busted Tiuliulin open with elbows.
After absorbing several heavy strikes, the 34-year-old showed Park his back and the man from Seoul took full advantage. He sunk in a textbook rear-naked choke and within seconds had drawn the tap to lock up the fifth submission win of his career and extend his record to 16-5. Tiuliulin slips to 11-7.
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Do Ho Choi returned to the octagon for the first time since 2019 to gain a majority draw against Kyle Nelson after getting a point deducted for a clash of heads. ‘The Korean Superboy’ now stands at 14-4-1 and snaps a three-fight losing streak.
In the co-main event there was no joy for Da Un Jung who dropped a unanimous decision to Devin Clarke. The 29-year-old has now suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his UFC career as he slides to 15-4-1.
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It was also a landmark night for Japanese sensation Tatsuro Taira who submitted Jesus Aguilar to claim his third straight win since arriving in the UFC. The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the top prospects in the game and now stands at 13-0.
The young star got dropped with a leg kick early on but replied by securing a takedown and working his way into top position. Having avoided a guillotine, the former Shooto champion transitioned to mount before locking up an impressive triangle armbar to serve Aguilar only the second loss of his pro career. The Mexican’s record now stands at 8-2.
UFC Vegas 68, Las Vegas, February 4th
Sergey Spivak def. Derrick Lewis via Submission (Arm-triangle choke) at 3:04 of R1
Devin Clark def. Jung Da-un via Decision (Unanimous)
Marcin Tybura def. Blagoy Ivanov via Decision (Unanimous)
Doo-Ho Choi vs. Kyle Nelson ended in a Draw (Majority)
Adam Fugitt def. Yusaku Kinoshita via TKO (Elbows) at 4:36 of R1
Anshul Jubli def. Jeka Saragih via TKO (Punches and elbows) at 3:44 of R2
Lee Jeong-yeong def. Yi Zha via Decision (Split)
Rinya Nakamura def. Toshiomi Kazama via KO (Punch) at 0:33 Of R1
Park Hyun-sung def. Choi Seung-Guk via Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 3:11 of R2
Park Jun-yong def. Denis Tiuliulin via Technical Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 4:05 of R1
Tatsuro Taira def. Jesús Santos Aguilar via Submission (triangle armbar) at 4:20 of R1