The judges would reward Shinsho Anzai for his relentless forward pressure by scoring him a unanimous decision victory against Luke Jumeau at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.
Anzai was competing for the first time since 2015 and showed no signs of ‘ring rust’ or fatigue as he continued his ferocious pace through the fight. Luke Jumeau was hoping to make it two in a row after an impressive debut victory against Dominique Steele back at UFC Fight Night 110.
Shinsho Anzai and Luke Jumeau were happily patient through round one as each fighter looked to get their timing down. Anzai was the first to land damaging blows after connecting cleanly with a combination in the middle of the first round. Anzai’s combo was the highlight of round one despite a beautifully timed counter strike from Luke Jumeau with about a minute remaining in the round.
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Anzai stepped up the intensity in round two and marched forward behind kicks and punches in combination. Strangely enough, he did this almost immediately after his corner demanded that he didn’t walk straight forward. Jumeau’s corner appropriately informed him that he should incorporate more lateral movement to stifle the forward pressure of Anzai. A double leg takedown surprised Jumeau and ended up with the New Zealander flat on his back where he stalled in half guard for over a minute. After returning to the feet, Jumeau finished the round with some hard uppercuts, showcasing that Anzai may be fatiguing as he was unable to defend these punches in the clinch.
After having success with the takedown in round two, Shinsho Anzai began round three with a takedown attempt that was immediately stuffed by Luke Jumeau. Jumeau threw in a whizzer and turned Anzai before separating. Jumeau’s renewed confidence saw him throw some heavy punches, to which Anzai answered by slipping underneath and shooting for another double leg takedown. The cage saved Jumeau this time, but it the relentless pressure was taking a toll on Jumeau. Anzai rushed forward madly with a combination of strikes and connected with four or five heavy shots in a row; this moment here would be the most telling of the round. Again, at the very end of the round, Jumeau lifted his game in the final seconds but was unable to do sway the judges.
Shinsho Anzai vs Luke Jumeau
The judges rewarded Shinsho’s forward pressure. Luke Jumeau was trying to be too “pretty” with his strikes, and instead, the more active fighter was deemed victorious at the end of three rounds. While Anzai was never able to inflict any damage after his takedowns, they did showcase some of the more dominant moments of the fight in which he was able to wrestle Jumeau down to the mat with ease.
Fight rating: 58/100
He’s just as crazy as before. “The Animal” stormed forward in an attempt to overwhelm Luke Jumeau, and it worked. His takedowns were well-timed, and he landed with strikes while rushing forward, which is often a difficult task. He showed some weakness in the clinch, as Jumeau was able to land uppercuts over and over. More than anything, Anzai’s determination was on display as he continued with a fast pace despite clearly being fatigued in the last round.
Shinsho Anzai continued his somewhat remarkable record of winning all of his fights in Japan (10) and losing each of his two fights outside of Japan.
Luke Jumeau still needs to add to his game. He seemed to be extremely confident in his abilities during this fight and was stepping into all of his punches with power rather than just trying to land his shots. Jumeau’s jab was telegraphed and he never really got off with any of his Taekwondo black belt techniques as the forward pressure from Anzai meant he was never able to plant his feet.
Jumeau’s takedown defense needs to improve if he wants to keep this fight standing. On the mat, however, he showed an impressive ability to stall Anzai’s progress and eventually work back to his feet, but it did take him over a minute of laying flat on his back before anything progressed.