Wang Sai won a decision over Danny Mitchell in the headliner of the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 48. It was a fun contest and one in which both fighters had success, Sai particularly with his strikes and Mitchell with his leg kicks. Sai showed impressive takedown defence throughout the fight, Mitchell utilised a lot of unorthodox techniques.
Mitchell falls to 0-2 in the UFC, with a 14-6-1 record overall as a professional; however with the entertaining nature of his fighting style and his marketability in the UK, he may stick around a little longer. Sai is now 7-5-1, rebounding from a controversial loss in the TUF China Finale in March.
Here is how the bout played out.
‘Cheesecake Assassin’ looking for his first UFC win against TUF China finalist Wang Sai. Sai is the +170 underdog for this contest.
Round 1 – Mitchell with the jabs, he’s a very long fighter. Nicely done by Mitchell to disguise the overhand right. Big leg kicks from Sai. Sai with the right, then misses the body kick. Mitchell going for the takedown, Sai defending then landing the knee. Mitchell with over-under against the clinch, looking to get the fight to the mat. Mitchell going for a single now. Sai doing a good job defending, and lands a knee to the body. Mitchell has his hands clasped, but somehow Sai still staying on his feet. Sai circles away from the cage, Mitchell pulling guard and has the rubber guard from the bottom. Sai out of the rubber guard and lands some right hands from the top. 2 minutes left in the round. Sai landing some short shots, while Mitchell potentially looking for a submission from the bottom. Sai with a big right. He has Mitchell hurt here, and is relentlessly landing G&P. Sai gets to his feet, Mitchell gets the guard but Sai landing big shots from the top. Mitchell working the rubber guard once again, but he got hurt by Sai’s ground and pound. Good short shots by Sai, with Mitchell giving up his back and getting unloaded on before trying to hit a kneebar at the end of the round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Sai.
Round 2 – Body kick from Mitchell, who avoids Sai’s combination. Spinning back kick from Mitchell, then a couple of punches before trying to grab the guillotine from Sai. He has a standing guillotine but it doesn’t danger Sai, who forces him to let go and they’re back in the standing position. Mitchell with a nice 1-2 then a level change, looking for the takedown and again Sai defends, reversing the clinch against the cage. Short shot from Sai, who then lands a big combination. Front kick from Mitchell, who marches forward with a combination before Sai counters, and gets Mitchell down to the ground. Leg kicks from Sai. They’re back up. Nice knee from Sai as Mitchell presses forward. Half of the round left. Two hooks lands for Sai, and a huge overhand right staggers Mitchell! Good combination from the Brit though, but he’s hurt for sure. Mitchell with a right on Sai. Big kick is almost countered from Sai. Mitchell with the 1-2 and fails on the takedown attempt. Leon Roberts separates them after stalling in the clinch. Mitchell with a big leg kick, Sai countering with a right. Mitchell with some tired techniques now, a lot slower than the first. The leg kick is hurting Sai though. Sai with his own. Good combination from Mitchell, who avoids the counter of Sai. A big leg kick. He avoids Sai’s combinations at the end of the round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Sai (20-18 Sai).
Round 3 – I imagine Mitchell needs a finish, though the second was fairly close. Sai with the kick but good combination returned by Mitchell. Big combinations inside the clinch from both fighters, hard to see who got the better there. Sai missing with his winging punches. Spinning back fist then a kick, crazy combination from Mitchell. Sai pressing forward but countered by Mitchell. Mitchell with the right but a big left answers from Sai. Huge right buckles the head of Mitchell! Body kick from the Brit. These fighters have a lot of respect, they keep touching gloves after exchanges. Dirty boxing from Sai inside the clinch. They separate and Sai presses forward with a nice straight to the body. Walkaway right from Mitchell lands, sneaky technique there. Mitchell’s combinations are coming too slow, and Sai is avoiding them. Sai with the clinch now, nice knees by Mitchell before separating. 2 minutes left in the round. Mitchell once again with the spin, missing this time. Leg kick avoided by Sai. Mitchell’s leg kick lands but a 1-2 by Sai. Huge right by Mitchell lands and sends Sai backwards, but Mitchell goes in for the flying front kick and slips, on the ground in the guard and allowing Sai time to recover. Big shots from Sai sends Mitchell backwards! They’re both exchanging now. Body kick lands flush for Mitchell. The Brit drops down for the takedown, tough to see if he has his hands locked. Sai defending the takedowns again, that has perhaps been his most impressive trait of the fight. Mitchell gets him down just as the round comes to a close. Mitchell’s nose is badly busted up. I think this could go either way in a fun contest.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Mitchell (29-28 Sai).
Result: Sai via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Wow, is that a good judging decision? I’m amazed. I really liked that fight, both guys had their success and it went everywhere.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).