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After The Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs Nelson

Josh Barnett outlasted a game Roy Nelson in a grueling five-round heavyweight war at UFC Fight Night 75 in the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Barnett used his dirty clinching game to wear down and pile up the points on Nelson.

The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, and 50-45.

Barnett, Uriah Hall, Keita Nakamura and Diego Brandao all secured performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman weighs in:

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland is proficient in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

UFC Fight Night 75
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MAIN CARD 

MIZUTO HIROTA VS TERUTO ISHIHARA 

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Teruto Ishihara of Japan kicks Mizuto Hirota of Japan in their featherweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TERUTO ISHIHARA VIA TKO

Wiseman: This was a battle which certainly made up for the slow prelim fights. Both fighters gave it their all, and while they gassed early due to the pace, they still kept swinging. I had Hirota connecting more and firing more, but Ishihara would counter with powerful strikes that often put Hirota in dangerous positions. I expected a split with Hirota with a slight advantage win. However, the judges called it a draw. Strange, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

KATSUNORI KIKUNO VS DIEGO BRANDAO

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SAITAMA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 27:

WINNER:  DIEGO BRANDAO VIA TKO 0:28 R1

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DIEGO BRANDAO VIA TKO

Wiseman: We know Brandao doesn’t have a deep gas tank, but tonight he didn’t need it. He came into the start of the fight swinging with a bomb, and that’s what he continued to do until he ended Kikuno’s night. Kikuno didn’t stand a chance with what Brandao was throwing. Brandao got in there and got it done within the first minute, not allowing his gas tank to be tested. Smart man.

#8 TAKEYA MIZUGAKI VS GEORGE ROOP

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George Roop of the United States of America throws an elbow at Takeya Mizugaki of Japan in their bantamweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: TAKEYA MIZUGAI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TAKEYA MIZUGAKI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: While we were on a roll, this was a fight that ended all excitement. Mizugaki had the superior striking and was trying to fight, while Roop realized that Mizugaki had the superior striking, so he decided to just clinch for the entire fight. It was slightly ridiculous! Luckily, Mizugaki got the win.

#7 KYOJI HORIGUCHI VS #13 CHICO CAMUS 

UFC Fight Night 75
Kyoji Horiguchi of Japan punches Chico Camus of the United States of America in their flyweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: KYOJI HORIGUCHI VIA UANAIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PREDICTION: KYOJI HORIGUCHI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: While it was expected that this fight would be close, Horiguchi showed that he took his loss against DJ and took it as a lesson. Horiguchi’s striking and cardio were on point tonight. He changed his footing, striking combinations, and his cardio was excellent for the entire three rounds. His most impressive match to date as he tries to show that he is still a future contender.

#6 GEGARD MOUSASI VS URIAH HALL 

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Uriah Hall of Jamaica lands a back kick to drop his opponent, Gegard Mousaasi of Iran in their middleweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: URIAH HALL VIA TKO 0:25 R2

ANDREWS PREDICTION: URIAH HALL VIA TKO

Wiseman: The first round had Mousasi showing that Hall’s ground game needs work. Mousasi limited Hall’s ability to use his most dangerous weapon, his standup. However, in the second round Hall didn’t give Mousasi time to close the gap. He went for a spinning back kick which connected perfectly, followed by a knee that landed perfectly. Incredible change of events which led to Hall with a TKO finish. Truly amazing!

MAIN EVENT

#8 JOSH “THE WARMASTER” BARNETT VS #11 ROY “NELSON 

UFC Fight Night 75
Josh Barnett of the United States of America throws and elbow at Roy Nelson of the United States of America in their heavyweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: JOSH BARNETT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSH BARNETT VIA TKO

Wiseman: This fight turned out to be a full five rounds. Yes, you read that correctly. Both fighters were gassed, but still throwing power. It ultimately turned into a grappling match with Barnett winning more in the clinch. The number of strikes for Barnett as he tried to finish Nelson, were insane. Nelson, being the usual, just stayed standing. A tough fight, but ultimately it came down to strikes which gave the match to Barnett.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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