UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson

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UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson
UFC Fight Night Hunt vs. Nelson Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 20, 2014 (2014-09-20)
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CitySaitama, Japan
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso

UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson (also known as UFC Fight Night 52) was a mixed martial arts event held on September 20, 2014, at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.[2]


The event was the third that the organization hosted in Saitama, following UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson in February 2012 and UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann in March 2013.

The event was headlined by a heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt.[3][4]

Tatsuya Kawajiri was briefly linked to a matchup at the event with Darren Elkins, but the bout never materialized as Kawajiri was sidelined indefinitely with a detached retina.[5]

Chris Cariaso was originally scheduled to face Kyoji Horiguchi at the event.[6] However, Cariaso was pulled from the bout with Horoguchi in favor of a matchup with current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 178.[7] Horiguchi faced Jon Delos Reyes.[8]

Kyle Noke was expected to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at the event, but eventually was forced out of the bout with a knee injury.[9] Akiyama instead faced Amir Sadollah.[10]

Urijah Faber was briefly linked to a bout with Masanori Kanehara at the event. However, before the bout was officially announced, Faber was removed due to injury and Kanehara faced Alex Caceres.[11]


Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson KO (punch) 2 3:00
Lightweight Myles Jury def. Takanori Gomi TKO (punches) 1 1:32
Welterweight Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Women's Bantamweight Miesha Tate def. Rin Nakai Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Kiichi Kunimoto def. Richard Walsh Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi def. Jon delos Reyes TKO (punches) 1 3:48
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Masanori Kanehara def. Alex Caceres Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Katsunori Kikuno def. Sam Sicilia Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:38
Welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim def. Takenori Sato TKO (elbows) 1 1:18
Bantamweight Kyung Ho Kang def. Michinori Tanaka Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Johnny Case def. Kazuki Tokudome Technical Submission (guillotine choke) 2 2:34
Featherweight Maximo Blanco def. Dan Hooker Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[13]

  • Fight of the Night: Kyung Ho Kang vs. Michinori Tanaka
  • Performance of the Night: Mark Hunt and Johnny Case

^ Bonus winner Michinori Tanaka had his award rescinded after testing positive for banned substances during his post fight drug screening.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UFC Fight Night 52 draws reported 12,395 attendance". MMAjunkie.com. September 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  3. ^ "Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt targeted for UFC Fight Night event in Japan". mmajunkie.com. May 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Mark Hunt Agrees to Battle of the Buldge". mixedmartialarts.com. May 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Tatsuya Kawajiri out of UFC: Japan". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  6. ^ Sean Ross Sapp (2014-07-02). "UFC Fight Night Japan adds Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chris Cariaso". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  7. ^ Staff (2014-07-15). "Champ Demetrious Johnson faces Chris Cariaso at UFC 178". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  8. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-08-08). "Kyoji Horiguchi faces Jon Delos Reyes at UFC Fight Night 52". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-08-07). "Kyle Noke Injures Knee, Pulls Out of Sept. 20 UFC Fight Night Bout vs. Akiyama". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  10. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-08-08). "Amir Sadollah returns vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC Fight Night 52". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  11. ^ Staff (2014-08-08). "Alex Caceres replaces Urijah Faber, meets Masanori Kanehara at UFC Fight Night 52". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-06-06). "UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  13. ^ Staff (2014-09-20). "UFC Fight Night 52 bonuses: Hunt, Case, Kang, Tanaka win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  14. ^ Staff (2014-12-02). "UFC statement regarding Michinori Tanaka". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-12-02.