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Grading every UFC contract winner from Dana White's Contender Series, Season 6

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 30: Yusaku Kinoshita of Japan reacts after his knockout victory over Jose Henrique of Brazil in a welterweight battle throughout Dana White’s Contender Collection season six, week six at UFC APEX on August 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Weight class: Welterweight
Outcome: Yusaku Kinoshita def. Jose Henrique via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:43

Closing out the evening in type was Yusaku Kinoshita, who earns an A for taking out Jose Henrique within the third spherical.

Kinoshita confirmed educated southpaw stress and a strong hanging savvy besides for being simply 22 years outdated. The Japanese fighter additionally has a strong submission sport that he retains in his again pocket as clean-up responsibility, however didn’t must go to it tonight.

Henrique tried to remain composed and counter the place he may, however the tall fighter was getting tagged by every thing from crushing leg kicks to shifting combos (that smacked of some comparable setups to Dustin Poirier), as I had Kinoshita successful each rounds on my card.

Fortunately Kinoshita took the entire scorecards out of the equation with a picturesque pull-counter from his southpaw stance, punishing Henrique for lacking together with his energy hand. The Japanese fighter adopted up with some correct floor and pound, forcing Jason Herzog to make the decision to save lots of Henrique from additional harm (which I felt was the right determination given the fighter’s age and the earlier harm he sustained).

Kinoshita turns into the primary Japanese fighter to be signed through the Contender Collection, serving to bolster each the welterweight and Asian portion of the roster because the UFC, by Dana White’s personal admission, is severely missing in Asian illustration (which is a ball that the promotion has historically fumbled from letting expertise like Kyoji Horiguchi stroll to their continued silence throughout Asian heritage month in Could).

As for Kinoshita’s first project, I’d prefer to see him matched up with somebody like Adam Fugitt – assuming Kinoshita is wholesome sufficient for an inexpensive turnaround.

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