UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami

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UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CitySaitama, Japan
Event chronology
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UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami (also known as UFC Fight Night 117) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on September 23, 2017 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.[2]


The event was the fifth that the organization has hosted in Saitama, and first since UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson in September 2015.[2]

A light heavyweight rematch between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Maurício Rua and former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux was expected to headline this event.[3] The pairing met previously at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux in November 2014 where Saint Preux defeated Rua via knockout in the fight's opening minute.[4] On September 16, Rua withdrew from the fight due to a knee injury and was replaced by returning veteran, former UFC Middleweight Championship challenger Yushin Okami.[5]

Naoki Inoue was expected to face Jenel Lausa at the event, but pulled out on September 9 due to a dislocated shoulder. As a result, Lausa was removed from the card and is expected to be rescheduled against a new opponent at a future event.[6]

At the weigh-ins, Mizuto Hirota missed the featherweight limit of 146 pounds, coming in at 150 pounds. As a result his bout with Charles Rosa was changed to a catchweight and the fight was initially expected to proceed as scheduled. Subsequently, Hirota was fined 30% of his purse.[7] Later that day, Hirota was pulled due to health and safety concerns, as he was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.[8]


Main Card (FXX)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami Technical Submission (Von Flue choke) 1 1:50
Women's Strawweight Jéssica Andrade def. Cláudia Gadelha Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Dong Hyun Ma def. Takanori Gomi TKO (punches) 1 1:30
Light Heavyweight Gökhan Saki def. Henrique da Silva KO (punch) 1 4:45
Featherweight Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy Decision (unanimous) (28–27, 28–27, 29–27) 3 5:00 [a]
Flyweight Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:30
Preliminary Card (FXX)
Welterweight Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Syuri Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Dy was deducted one point in round 3 due to repeated groin strikes.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Jéssica Andrade vs Cláudia Gadelha
  • Performance of the Night: Ovince Saint Preux and Gökhan Saki

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2017-09-23). "UFC Fight Night 117 draws reported 8,571 attendance in Japan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  2. ^ a b Tristen Critchfield (2017-05-16). "UFC set to return to Japan for Fight Night event on Sept. 23". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  3. ^ Staff (2017-07-06). "Former Pride legend Shogun Rua to headline return to Saitama Super Arena". ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  4. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-11-09). "UFC Fight Night 56 results: Ovince Saint Preux destroys Mauricio Rua in 34 seconds". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  5. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-09-16). "'Shogun' Rua out, Yushin Okami in to face Ovince Saint Preux in UFC-Japan headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  6. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-09-09). "Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa scrapped from UFC Fight Night 117 in Saitama" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  7. ^ Staff (2017-09-21). "Mizuto Hirota missed weight for UFC-Japan – and it was pretty scary". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  8. ^ Ken Hathaway (2017-09-21). "Mizuto Hirota pulled from UFC-Japan after scary weigh-in incident". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  10. ^ Staff (2017-09-23). "UFC Fight Night 117 bonuses: No-brainer $50,000 extra checks for Saint Preux, Andrade-Gadelha". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-23.