‘Jedi’ Jumeau goes down at UFC Ja­pan

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT - MAR­VIN FRANCE

Luke ‘‘Jedi’’ Jumeau’s im­pres­sive win­ning streak has come to an end at the UFC Fight Night in Ja­pan.

Hav­ing won his last seven fights go­ing back to 2013, in­clud­ing an en­ter­tain­ing UFC de­but in June, Jumeau went into his bout with lo­cal fighter Shin­sho An­zai full of con­fi­dence.

How­ever, the Kiwi wel­ter­weight strug­gled to find his range on his feet and was taken down twice in the sec­ond round as An­zai claimed a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Mak­ing his re­turn to the UFC af­ter a two-year ab­sence, An­zai was full of ag­gres­sion at the Saitama Su­per Arena and tagged Jumeau with a heavy left hand in the first round. Jumeau came back in the fi­nal round but a tir­ing An­zai held out on top of all three judges’ score­cards (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

Af­ter fi­nally earn­ing a call-up to the UFC in Auck­land, Jumeau was hop­ing to use this bout to en­trench him­self in the world’s pre­mier mixed mar­tial arts or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Hav­ing signed a four-fight deal, he will have an­other chance to prove him­self and de­pend­ing on how his body pulls up, he could re­turn to the oc­tagon in Syd­ney in Novem­ber.

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