11/18 ShootBoxing Bushido Part 5

Saturday, 31 October 2009



ShootBoxing have announced some fights for their 18 November card. They are bringing in some good Thai fighters and also Alex Roberts is back on a ShootBoxing card.

In addition to that, some popular female fighters as well, including "V Hajime" and female champion Rena.

Fights Announced:
Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi vs. Etsu Senchaigym
Takaaki Umeno vs. Chokdee Por. Pramuk
Takeshi Ishikawa vs. Uirachai Saktui (?)
Kenji Kanai vs. Daisuke Tsutsumi
Alex Roberts vs. Masahiro Iwashita

Participating:
RENA Female S-Cup Champion

Tickets:
RS 8,000円 
SS 7,000円 
S 6,000円
A 5,000円 
B 3,000円
At the door, add 500円.

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11/1 HEAT 12 - Fight Order

Friday, 30 October 2009



HEAT will have another event in Nagoya on Sunday.

They now have finished their tournaments so there are none of that on this card, but still some exciting fights. The card also includes the always popular and entertaining Sentoryu.

Main-Event HEAT Kick Rule:
9. Heavy (100kg):Tatsufumi Tomihira vs. Yuki "Strike" Tanaka

8. MMA-Rule Heavy: Henry "Sentoryu" Miller 5-8-0 vs. 1-4-0 Lee Chang Seob
7. Kick-Rule Middle: Danilo Zanolini vs. Oh Doo Seck
6. Kick-Rule Middle: Shingo Garyu vs. Masato Uchiyama
5. MMA-Rule Light: "Armbar" Kim vs. 7-5-1 Hideki Kishimoto
4. Kick-Rule Heavy (100kg): Makoto vs. Scorpion
3. Kick-Rule 60kg: Gaku "Marry" Sakai vs. King Kohei
2. MMA-Rule Feather: Jun Kito 7-5-3 vs. Masahiro Iwasaki
1. Kick-Rule Middle: Tadamasa Tomihira vs. Marcio Matsumoto

HEAT New Age:
4. MMA-Rule 70kg: Masaomi Kamino vs. Yasutomo Katsuki
3. Kick-Rule 67kg: Yusuke Suzuki vs. Kazuto Murokawa
2. MMA-Rule 80kg: Mankey B Koji vs. Youichi Ozawa
1. Kick-Rule 58kg: Marcos Maejima vs. (Rajin) 特攻隊長雷神

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11/7 Sengoku 11 - Fight Order



Sengoku have announced the fight order for their event next weekend, they have split the main-event making it a double main-event, but Omigawa vs. Hioki is the last fight on the card.

I think this is one of the stronger card this year, and I cant wait for it. Stanislav Nedkov and Shigeki Osawa have some very tough fights and a great chance to make a name for themselves. So does the Polish fighter, Mamed Khalidov who is making his Sengoku debut against Jorge Santiago.

There are so many good fights on this card, and it is hard to pick one as the best. But I am really lookinjg forward to Yokota vs. Mitsuoka and Sandro vs. Hoshino, could really have mentioned all the fights on the main card there...

Double Main-Event:
11. Feather: Michihiro Omigawa 7-8-1 vs. 20-3-2 Hatsu Hioki
10. Middle: Jorge Santiago 21-7-0 vs. 19-3-1 Mamed Khalidov

9. Light: Satoru Kitaoka 25-9-9 vs. 18-4-0 Jorge Masvidal
8. Light: Kazunori Yokota 10-2-3 vs. 16-6-2 Eiji Mitsuoka
7. Light-Heavy: Kevin Randleman 17-13-0 vs. 7-0-0 Stanislav Nedkov
6. Welter: Akihiro Gono 29-15-7 vs. 12-4-0 Yoon Young Kim
5. Feather: Marlon Sandro 14-1-0 vs. 16-6-7 Yuji Hoshino
4. Heavy: Dave Herman 15-1-0 vs. 11-3-0 "Big" Jim York
3. Feather: Shigeki Osawa 4-0-0 vs. 16-2-1 Ronnie Ushiwaka

Opening Fights:
Fight Of The Soul:

2. Feather: Hirokazu "Bull" Konno 1-3-0 vs. 2-3-0 Tomoaki Ueyama
1. Bantam: Ryota Uozomi 9-2-2 (1NC) vs. 9-9-1 Yuichiro Yajima

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10/30 Vale Tudo Japan - RESULTS



Shooto's big event is underway in JCB Hall.

I will update the results as they become available. You can also visit the forum for a discussion HERE

What was Gomi's big surprise announcement? Well, he was planning to extend a challenge to Masato for Dynamite! However, with him not being happy with the result Gomi did not put out the challenge.

Results for the first 2 fights not yet available.

1. 62kg (2x5min): Kosuke Eda vs. Makoto Sannai Draw
2. Middle (2x5min): Jung Ming Kang Def. Yoichiro Sato by KO Round 1 2:48
3. Bantam (3x5min.): Mamoru Yamaguchi Def. Jesse Taitano by TKO Round 1 4:41

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight (3x5min):
4. Willamy Chiquerim Def. Kenichiro Togashi by TKO Round 1 2:05

There is a break and an announcement in JCB hall. On 11/23 ON revolutionary exchanges 3 there are some fights added:

Fights Announced:
Koutetsu Boku 14-6-2 vs. 19-8-6 Koji Oishi
Shiko Yamashita 10-4-3 vs. 18-8-10 Takuya Wada


VTJ-Rule (3x5min):
5. 69kg: Tito Jones Def. Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda by decision 3-0
6. 63kg: Rumina Sato Def. Corey Grant by TKO Round 1 3:20

Main-Event - VTJ-Rule (5x5min):
7. 65kg: "Lion" Takeshi Inoue Def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira by KO Round 4 2:58
8. 71kg: Takanori Gomi Def. Tony Hervey by Decision 3-0

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10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09 - Weigh-in Done!

Thursday, 29 October 2009



Shooto had their weigh in for this awesome event today, the fights are tomorrow and I cant wait (only wish I was there!).

Nightmare of Battle reports that Alexandre Franca Nogueira had some problems making weight, and there are some cool links there too.



Picture from GBR

Weigh-in results:

Takanori Gomi: 71kg
Tony Hervey: 70.9kg

Alexandre Franca Nogueira: (not there for the 1st weigh-in)
"Lion" Takeshi Inoue: 65kg

Rumina Sato: 63kg
Corey Grant: 63kg

Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda: 66.9kg
Tito Jones: 65.2kg

Willamy Chiquerim: 69.8kg
Kenichiro Togashi: 69.9kg

Mamoru Yamaguchi: 55.7kg
Jesse Taitano: 55.1kg

Yoichiro Sato: 75.8kg
Jung Ming Kang: 75.4kg

Kosuke Eda: 62kg
Makoto Sannai: 61.8kg

Fight Order:
Main-Event - VTJ-Rule (5x5min):

8. 71kg: Takanori Gomi 30-5-0 vs. 11-4-0 Tony Hervey
7. 65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

VTJ-Rule (3x5min):
6. 63kg: Rumina Sato 24-12-2 vs. 3-0-0 Corey Grant
5. 69kg: Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda 7-4-2 vs. 6-3-0 Tito Jones

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight (3x5min):
4. Willamy Chiquerim 14-1-0 vs. 10-6-5 Kenichiro Togashi

3. Bantam (3x5min.): Mamoru Yamaguchi 20-5-3 vs. 6-5-2 Jesse Taitano
2. Middle (2x5min): Yoichiro Sato 5-1-1 vs. Jung Ming Kang (?)
1. 62kg (2x5min): Kosuke Eda 7-3-3 vs. 2-1-0 Makoto Sannai

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Japan-MMA Forum

Its been a long time coming, but I deceided to give it a go. The Japan-MMA forum is now open.

Not much info yet, but the Pancrase rankings relased today is posted there.

Japan-MMA Forum

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11/8 Pancrase Changing Tour 7 - Fight Order



The fight order for the 8. November event in Azelea Taisho Hall, Osaka have been announced.

The veteran, Takafumi Ito will take on Takahiro Kajita in what will be the main event.

There are also 5 Pancrase Gate fights announced as a bonus for those who make their way there. Of course there will be goods on sale too, a bonus is that Yoshiro Maeda will be there signing and selling stuff from DREAM 12.

Tickets will be 6 500yen and 5 500yen at the door, they start selling at 14:30. If you buy upfront it is 500yen cheaper (or a beer).

Main-Event:
6. Light: Takafumi Ito 33-29-10 vs. 10-10-4 Takahiro Kajita

5. Light: Daisuke "13" Hanazawa 12-11-5 vs. 1-1-0 Koji Nakamura
4. Welter: Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto 7-3-0 vs. 1-7-1 Yoshifumi Dogaki
3. Welter: Yu Shiori 7-2-0 vs. 8-7-2 Yuta Nakamura
2. Feather: Soyu Tanabe 4-3-1 vs. 1-1-1 Hiroshi Tomita
1. Bantam: Nobuhiro "Punch" Yamauchi 6-5-0 vs. 3-6-1 Nobuhiro Yoshitake

Pancrase Gate:
Welter: Shinji Shimamura vs. Yu Kitada
Light: 普源 Morita vs. Masayuki Ino
Bantam: Ken Ishida vs. Daiki Nakahara
Bantam: Sho Nonaka vs. Yuji Ogawa
Fly: Yuya Ono vs. Hideaki Tanaka

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10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09 - Fight Order

Wednesday, 28 October 2009



Just days out from an awesome Shooto event, Vale Tudo Japan is back and they have signed some big names for this one.

This is in JCB hall, in the Tokyo Dome City.

Main-Event - VTJ-Rule (5x5min):
8. 71kg: Takanori Gomi 30-5-0 vs. 11-4-0 Tony Hervey
7. 65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

VTJ-Rule (3x5min):
6. 63kg: Rumina Sato 24-12-2 vs. 3-0-0 Corey Grant
5. 69kg: Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda 7-4-2 vs. 6-3-0 Tito Jones

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight (3x5min):
4. Willamy Chiquerim 14-1-0 vs. 10-6-5 Kenichiro Togashi

3. Bantam (3x5min.): Mamoru Yamaguchi 20-5-3 vs. 6-5-2 Jesse Taitano
2. Middle (2x5min): Yoichiro Sato 5-1-1 vs. Jung Ming Kang (?)
1. 62kg (2x5min): Kosuke Eda 7-3-3 vs. 2-1-0 Makoto Sannai

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12/19 DEEP Cage Impact 2009 - Fights Announced



Deep announced the first few matchups for the DEEP Cage Impact card. It looks like there will be a bit of a Japan vs. Guam theme.

Some very interesting fights announced, DEEP will look to get a light-heavyweight champion and the Bernard Ackah against Shunji Kosaka will have a central role in this (I am guessing it is an eliminator for a title fight).

It will be a big event for DEEP and a lot of their star fighters will participate. Announced to make his return is Hirohide Fujinuma who last fought back in DEEP 23, almost 4 years ago. If I am not mistaken the last fight ended in a very nasty armbar.

Fights Announced:
Masakazu Imanari 17-7-2 vs. 13-3-0 Justin "The Shocker" Cruz
Yusuke Kawaguchi 10-1-0 vs. 5-1-0 Roque Martinez
Bernard Ackah 3-3-0 vs. 4-1-1 Shunji Kosaka
Naoki Matsushita 11-12-9 vs. 7-4-8 Yuki Ito
Atsuhiro Tsuboi 6-12-4 vs. 4-0-1 Sadao Kondo

Participants:
Nobuhiro Obiya 10-3-1
Ryuta Sakurai 19-15-5
Koichiro Matsumoto 8-2-0
Eiji Ishikawa 17-15-2
Toshikazu Iseno 7-5-2
Takeshi Yamazaki 14-10-2
Toshiaki Kitada 10-4-2
Yoshitomo Watanabe 7-9-2
Hirohide Fujinuma
Hiryu Okamoto
Yasuhiro Kawasaki
Yasuhiro Motomura
...and more

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12/6 Pancrase Changing Tour 8 - Title Fight Announced

Tuesday, 27 October 2009



Pancrase have announced that they will close out the Changing Tour with a title fight, Ryo Kawamura, the light-heavyweight champion will take on Shunsuke Inoue. Inoue is a judoka and on a 3 fight winning streak, and he is always ready to trade. Kawamura is much the same, so this fight will be fireworks and I hope it goes the distance. I dont think this will go to the ground. Much like Kawamura's last title fight, one of the best fights of 2008.

Round 1


Round 2


Round 3


Just to get you charged up for this fight, here is Shunsuke Inoue taking on Kazuhisa Tazawa.

Round 1


Round 2



Announced:
Ryo Kawamura (Champion) 10-5-2 vs. 7-3-2 Shunsuke Inoue

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12/11 Jewels 6th Ring - Fights Announced



Jewels have announced some fights and participants for their 6th events.

Jewels are continuing to sign attractive fighters an this time former model Yumiko Inoue will take on Misaki Ozawa.

The "Rough Stone GP" have reached the finals and they will be interesting. German Alexandra Sanchez was the first to defeat Shizuka Sugiyama, earning the place in the final. In the final she will take on Tomoko Morii, who has 2 fights and her only loss was to Megumi Fujii.

The popular Mika Nagano will take on Yuko Kagoshima.
 
-48kg: Yumiko Inoue vs. 0-4-0 Misaki "Patora" Ozawa
-48kg: Yoko Yamada 5-1-0 vs. Miyoko Kusaka

Rough Stone GP 2009 Finals:
-60kg: Alexandra Sanchez 2-0-0 vs. 1-1-0 Tomoko Morii
-54kg: Mika Nagano 4-2-0 vs. 1-0-0 Yuko Kagoshima
-48kg: Asami Kodera 4-3-0 vs. 2-0-0 Kikuyo Ishikawa

Participants:
Saori Ishioka 7-4-0
Shizuka Sugiyama 5-1-0

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11/8 Pancrase Changing Tour - Fights Announced



Pancrase is finishing the year by haveing 2 events in the next 2 months. They have announced fights for both cards, but I will take the November 8 card in Osaka first. As usual, it will be in the Azelea Taisho Hall in Osaka.

The Osaka events have some regulars that are on here again, Daisuke Hanazawa and "Strasser" Kunimoto are usually on these events. Both are very good fighters and Hanazawa is still the only fighter to defeat Maximo Blanco (DQ doesnt count).

Super veteran Takafumi Ito is also on the card, he has been fighting since 1995 but is on a 2 fight losing streak.

Light: Takafumi Ito 33-29-10 vs. 10-10-4 Takahiro Kajita
Welter: Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto 7-3-0 vs. 1-7-1 Yoshifumi Dogaki
Welter: Yu Shiori 7-2-0 vs. 8-7-2 Yuta Nakamura
Light: Daisuke "13" Hanazawa 12-11-5 vs. 1-1-0 Koji Nakamura
Feather: Soyu Tanabe 4-3-1 vs. 1-1-1 Hiroshi Tomita
Bantam: Nobuhiro "Punch" Yamauchi 6-5-0 vs. 3-6-1 Nobuhiro Yoshitake

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10/25 Shooto GIG Central Vol. 19 - RESULTS

Monday, 26 October 2009



Shooto promotor Alive held the 19th Gig central yesterday. In the main-event Takesuke Kume got a good win and is undefeated in 2009. He defeated the very promising Kenta Takagi and it will be interesting to see how they do going forward.

Toshimichi Akagi got his 2nd win in a row by KO, and is also having a good 2009.

Main-event:
7. 78.0kg: Takesuke Kume Def. Kenta Takagi by Decision 3-0
6. Bantam: Toshimichi Akagi Def. Ichaku Murata by KO Round 1 4:18

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
5. Akira Hosokawa Def. Marcelo Shigeo Kobayashi by Omoplata 3:31

4. Feather: Akira Kibe Def. Shinobuy Aoyama by rear-naked choke Round 1 3:04
3. Fly: Kenichi Sawada vs. Keisuke Kurata Draw (1-1)

Neo-Blood Tournament:
2. Fly: Hiroyuki "Ron" Kondo Def. Masanobu Mori by Decision 3-0

1. Class C+ Bantam: Ayuka Hamazaki Def. Kinuka Sasaki by armbar Round 2 2:00

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10/26 K-1 World Max 2009 Finals - Results



K-1 held their World Max tournament finals today.

I was not able to see this event yet, and you might not have either, so SPOILER WARNING!

I am going to call it a small upset, but Petrosyan have been very impressive lately and it is good to see him take this home!

Main-Event: K-1 World MAX 2009 FINAL (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
10. Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Andy Souwer by Decision 3-0

Superfights (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
9. Hinata Def. Mike Zambidis by Decision 3-0
8. Artur Kyshenko Def. Toofan “Storm” Salafzoon by KO Round 3 1:50
7. Drago Def. Taishin Kohiruimaki by Decision 3-0
6. Albert Kraus Def. Kozo Takeda by TKO Round 2 2:19
5. 62kg: Jae Hee Cheon Def. Kazuhisa Watanabe by Decision 2-1

K-1 World MAX 2009 Semi-Finals (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
4. Reserve: Yoshihiro Sato Def. Yasuhiro Kido by KO (right hook)Round 2 2:23
3. Semi-Final 2: Andy Souwer Def. Buakaw Por. Pramuk by Decision 2-1 ext. Round
2. Semi-Final 1: Giorgio Petrosyan Def. Yuya Yamamoto by KO (right hook) Round 1 2:09

1. Super-Fight:Xu Yan Def. Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima by KO (left hook) Round 1 1:04

Opening Fights:
K-1 Koshien (Highschool) Tournament Final 8 (62kg, 3x3min):

4. HIROYA Def. Ryuya Kusakabe by Decision 2-1
3. Katsuki Ishida Def. Tsukasa Fuji by Decision 3-0
2. Shota Shimada Def. Hiroki Akimoto by Decision 3-0
1. Masaaki Noiri Def. Keisuke Miyamoto by Decision 3-0

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10/25 Pancrase Changing Tour - Results

Sunday, 25 October 2009



A interesting event in Differ Ariake earlier today. Pancrase legend Yuki Kondo steped into the ring against Yuji Hisamatsu. Another highlight was the flyweight title fight between champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe and Isao Hirose. The champion again defended against a very promising challenger.

In addition to that, the popular Seiya Kawahara extende his winning streak after his loss in the Sengoku tournament.

Ichiro Kanai KO'ed the veteran "Kei" Yamamiya in less than a minute, and Isao Kobayashi is still undefeated after a DQ win against Hiroki Aoki.

Main-Event:
Middle: Yuki Kondo vs. Yuji Hisamatsu Draw

Flyweight King of Pancrase title fight:
Mitsuhisa Sunabe Def. Isao Hirose by Decision 3-0

Bantam: Manabu Inoue Def. Masahiro Oishi by Decision 3-0
Welter: Takuya Wada vs. Kengo Ura Draw
Middle: Ichiro Kanai Def. Keiichiro Yamamiya by KO Round 1 0:52
Feather: Kenji Arai vs. Tomonari Kanomata Draw
Feather: Tashiro "Akai" Nishiuchi Def. Jung Jin Suk by armtriangle choke Round 2 3:39
Light-Heavy: Shunsuke Inoue Def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka by TKO Round 1 0:52
Bantam: Seiya Kawahara Def. Ryota Sasaki by Decision 3-0
Fly: Kiyotaka Shimizu Def. Takuya Eizumi by Decision 3-0
Light: Isao Kobayashi Def. Hiroki "AB" Aoki by DQ Round 1 0:50

Pancrase Gate:
Light: Nobuhito Sakurada vs.Kenta Okuyama Draw
Light: Yuta Aoyama vs. Daisuke Shimoyama Draw
Feather: Kazuyoshi "Chaplin" Kiyama Def. Taketo Noguchi by TKO Round 2 1:05
Feather: Masaaki Hasegawa Def. Kenichi Ogura by TKO Round 1 0:09
Bantam: Kazuki Itaya vs. Yuki Kishitaka Draw
Bantam: Yuta Numakura Def. Masaki Kobuchi by rear-naked choke Round 1 1:23

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10/26 K-1 World Max Final - Fight Order



FEG have had a big night with DREAM 12, and it will continue tomorrow when they hold the final of this year's K-1 World Max tournament.

In with a chance at the title are Andy Souwer, Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Giorgio Petrosyan and Japanese hope, Yuya Yamamoto. In the reserve fight are Yoshihiro Sato and Yasuhiro Kido. The winner of this year's tournament will have the honor of stepping in the ring with Masato on NYE, for Masato's farewell fight.

Main-Event: K-1 World MAX 2009 FINAL (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
10. Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2

Superfights (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
9. Hinata vs. Mike Zambidis
8. Artur Kyshenko vs. Toofan “Storm” Salafzoon
7. Taishin Kohiruimaki vs. Drago
6. Kozo Takeda vs. Albert Kraus
5. 62kg: Kazuhisa Watanabe vs. Jae Hee Cheon

K-1 World MAX 2009 Semi-Finals (3x3min, 1x3min Ext.):
4. Reserve: Yoshihiro Sato vs. Yasuhiro Kido
3. Semi-Final 2: Andy Souwer vs. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
2. Semi-Final 1: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yuya Yamamoto

1. Super-Fight: Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima vs. Xu Yan

Opening Fights:
K-1 Koshien (Highschool) Tournament Final 8 (62kg, 3x3min):

4. HIROYA vs. Ryuya Kusakabe
3. Tsukasa Fuji vs. Katsuki Ishida
2. Shota Shimada vs. Hiroki Akimoto
1. Keisuke Miyamoto vs. Masaaki Noiri

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10/25 DREAM 12 - RESULTS



The event in the "White Cage" is underway, and I will be giving you the results live here.

It will be an interesting event, personally, I am looking forward to seeing DEEP champion against Eddie Alvarez but there are lots of fights to look forward to here!

1. Feather: Keisuke Fujiwara 7-1-3 vs. 12-5-6 Tomoya Miyashita
Miyashita has been controling the fight so far, getting it to the ground. Fujiwara so far been unable to pose much of an offence. Round 3 is closer, Fujiwara close with a triangle attempt.

Miyashita gets the decision 3-0

2. Light: "Parky" Won Sik Park 7-1-1 vs. 15-6-0 Kuniyoshi Hironaka
"Parky" controling the distance in round 1. Has Hironaka damaged, but no real danger.

"Parky" throws in the towel in the break. Looks like an eye injury. Hironaka gets the TKO win!

3. Feather: Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2 vs. 12-5-0 Chase Beebe
Maeda comes out hard, Beebe is backing up and then gets the fight to the ground. Maeda is able to get up. Maeda takes Beebe down and comes out on top. Maeda gets Beebe's back and the rear-naked choke is very tight, Beebe taps.

Maeda rear-naked choke Round 1.

4. Middle: Yoon Dong Sik 4-7-0 vs. 7-1-0 Tarec Saffiedine
Saffedine takes it to the ground of the back of a Dong takedown attempt, on top but the ref stands it up. Dong is not able to take Saffiedine down and it is a very close fight so far.

Saffiedine looks in in control early in round 2, then Dong takes it down and is on top. Dong controls the fight and gets the back, Saffiedine does well to survive the round.

The final round is all standing, Dong unable to take it to the ground. Saffiedine is the better fighter standing, and it will be a close decision.

Yoon Dong Sik gets the decision 2-1! The domination on the ground is round 2 was enough.

5. Middle: Katsuyori Shibata 3-6-1 vs. 1-4-1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Fight of the pro-wrestlers.

Ishizawa in trouble early, as Shibata gets a few uppercuts through his guard. Both these fighters are giving it their all, but it looks like Shibata is in control. Ishizawa wants this to the ground. Shibata hits Ishizawa with a solid left hand, Ishizawa goes down and covers up.

Shibata by KO round 1 (with seconds to go).

Intermission.
In the cage to promote Dynamite:
Tatsuya Kawajiri
Hideo Tokoro
Shinya Aoki

6. Middle: Kazushi Sakuraba 25-12-1 vs. 9-4-0 Zelg Galesic
Sakuraba takes it down and goes for a leg lock. Galesic is managing to resist and is pounding Sakuraba hard. It looks like Galesic is going to pound Sakuraba out, but Sakuraba is not letting go of the leg. Finally he gets the leg straightened and the kneebar is tight. Galesic taps very quickly and he looks injured.

Sakuraba by kneebar round 1!

7. Welter: Myeon Ho Bae 8-4-0 vs. 12-3-0 Marius Zaromskis
Zaromskis is a huge favorite here, but I would not underestimate Bae.

Zaromskis came out running, but Bae counters with a right. Zaromskis is stunned and steps back, then comes back with a left high-kick and Bae goes down. Zaromskis is taking Crocop's reputation!

Marius Zaromskis by KO round 1.

8. Light: Katsunori Kikuno 12-1-2 vs. 18-2-0 Eddie Alvarez
As always, Kikuno comes out to "We are the world".

Kikuno is coming out in the traditional Kyokushin stands. Eddie tries a takedown, but Kikuno squashes it and has a neckcrank going. Alvarez gets out, but looks hurt. Eddie not able to take the fight to the ground, Kikuno has a small cut. Kikuno hits with his trademark bodykick just as the bell rings. Alvarez has not been able to get the fight down, and is looking a little tired.

Kikuno goes down from a right, but bounces right up. Alvarez takes it to the ground and attempts a guillotine choke. Alvarez is giving it his all, but Kikuno pops out. They stand up. Both fighters are looking tired and Alvarez takes it down again. Alvarez secures an armtriangle and Kikuno taps. Awesome fight!

Alvarez by armtriangle round 2.

Main-Event:
9. Heavy: Alistair Overeem 30-11-0 vs. 14-10-0 James Thompson
Thompson does a gong and dash, but I think it was a bit more careful than usual. Overeem gets pushed back to the cage, but gets a guilltine choke. It is a standing neck crank or guillotine that that Thompson taps to.

Alistair Overeem by submission Round 1.

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10/25 DREAM 12 - Fight Order

Saturday, 24 October 2009



FEG have announced the fight order for DREAM 12, which will take place in the White Cage in Osaka. Personally, I am really looking forward to seeing how that looks and there are some very interesting fights on the card too.

The main event this time goes to the heavyweight battle between Alistair Overeem and James Thompson. Overeem have been looking great lately, and is therefore a huge favorite, but Thompson always gives it a 100% and it will be an entertaining fight.

Personally, I am really looking forward to seeing DEEP champion Katsunori Kikuno take on Eddie Alvarez. I think it is the best matchup of this event, and it should be a very competitive fight.

It is also confirmed that Tarec Saffiedine will step in for Paulo Filho on short notice. No easy fight for Dong and it is another fight to look forward to on this card.

Heavy: Alistair Overeem 30-11-0 vs. 14-10-0 James Thompson
Light: Katsunori Kikuno 12-1-2 vs. 18-2-0 Eddie Alvarez
Welter: Myeon Ho Bae 8-4-0 vs. 12-3-0 Marius Zaromskis
Middle: Kazushi Sakuraba 25-12-1 vs. 9-4-0 Zelg Galesic
Middle: Katsuyori Shibata 3-6-1 vs. 1-4-1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Middle: Yoon Dong Sik 4-7-0 vs. 7-1-0 Tarec Saffiedine
Feather: Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2 vs. 12-5-0 Chase Beebe
Light: "Parky" Won Sik Park 7-1-1 vs. 15-6-0 Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Feather: Keisuke Fujiwara 7-1-3 vs. 12-5-6 Tomoya Miyashita

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10/24 Cage Force - Results



GCM also held a Cage Force event after Valkyrie earlier in the day, headlined by olympic medalist Katsuhiko Nagata taking on a very talented fighter in Daisuke Hoshino. The co-main event saw the very popular grappler Tetsu Suzuki take on the colourful Isao Terada.


Picture from GBR.

A fighter to look for on this card is Hideto Kondo, he is fighting out of Mach Dojo and "Mach" Sakurai himself believes he has a bright future. He won his fight here, and I am sure he will be looking to build on that in the future.

Light: Katsuhiko Nagata Def. Daisuke Hoshino by Decision 3-0
Bantam: Tetsu "Hadairo" Suzuki Def. Isao Terada by Decision 3-0
Welter: Shuji Morikawa Def. Taku Aramaki by TKO Round 1 2:04
Light: Hideto Kondo Def. Asato Hashimoto by Decision 2-0
Bantam: Takumi Murata Def. Ikuya Sasaki by armbar Round 1 2:34
Fly: Hirotaka Miyakawa Def. Hiroya Kaneuchi by Decision 2-0
Welter: Taku Aramaki vs. Naoki Akimoto Draw

Prelimiary Fights 3x3min:
Feather: Katsunori Tsuda Def. Takuya Iwai by TKO Round 2 0:57
Light: Runki Def. Daisuke Teramoto by TKO Round 1 1:18
Bantam: Atsunori Konishi Def. Ryo Taguchi Decision 3-0

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10/24 GCM Valkyrie 03 - Results



Valkyrie held their 3rd event earlier today. Not the biggest card they have had, and suffering the loss of a fight with just days to meant that the card had 7 fights.

Most of the favorites took home the win, but there were a few upsets (IMO), debutant Naoko Sugiyama defeated Paraestra Matsudo's Madoka Ebihara. Another debutant that got a good start to the career was "Ayame" Miura.

Main-event- 52.2kg: Misaki Takimoto Def. Yasuko Mogi by TKO Round 3 0:51
46kg: Naoko Omuro Def. Yukiko Seki by Decision 3-0
48.5kg: Sachiko Yamamoto Def. Maho Muranami by arm bar Round 2 2:32
48.5kg: "Sugirock" Naoko Sugiyama Def. Madoka Ebihara by Decision 3-0
45.4kg: "Happy" Fukuko Hamada Def. Yuko Takagi by arm bar Round 2 1:01
56.7kg: "Ayame" Miura Def. Masae Mori by Decision 3-0

Gi-Grappling Pro Rule (no gi...):
46kg: Yuki Sugiuchi Def. Yuki Tanaka by arm bar Round 2 0:47

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10/25 DREAM 12 - James Thompson Added - Filho out!

Friday, 23 October 2009



FEG have today announced the opponent for Alistair Overeem for the this Sundays event in Osaka. James Thompson have been rumored to take the fight, and that has now been confirmed.

Both these fighters are popular with the Japanese crowd, and I think it will be an entertaining fight.

This card has had some setbacks and are missing a few of the fighters that were announced to participate. FEG have had to face some critizism for that, but I think and hope this card delivers.

The card should now be complete, with 9 fights.

Because this card is so close to Sengoku 11, I have added a servey, which card do you think is better? (on the right)

***UPDATE***
Paulo Filho is off the card, no announcement has been made official as to who is replacing him, but the rumor is that it will be Tarec Saffiedine.

Added:
Heavy: Alistair Overeem 30-11-0 vs. James Thompson

The rest of the card:
Light: Katsunori Kikuno 12-1-2 vs. 18-2-0 Eddie Alvarez
Light: "Parky" Won Sik Park 7-1-1 vs. 15-6-0 Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Middle: Yoon Dong Sik 4-7-0 vs. TBA
Feather: Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2 vs. 12-5-0 Chase Beebe
Feather: Keisuke Fujiwara 7-1-3 vs. 12-5-6 Tomoya Miyashita
Welter: Myeon Ho Bae 8-4-0 vs. 12-3-0 Marius Zaromskis
Middle: Katsuyori Shibata 3-6-1 vs. 1-4-1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Middle: Kazushi Sakuraba 25-12-1 vs. 9-4-0 Zelg Galesic

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10/24 GCM Cage Force and Valkyrie 03 - Fight Order

Thursday, 22 October 2009



GCM will have a double header in Differ Ariake on Saturday. First up are the female fighters when Valkyrie holds their 3rd event.

The card suffered a loss though, when Izumi Noguchi had to step down from her fight with Emi Fujino due to injury. It is now a 7 fight event, and the question is if Valkyrie is fighting a losing "battle" with Jewels. They do have some popular fighters on the card though, "Sachi" will have some fans in the crowd for sure and will Naoko Omuro.

Valkyrie 03
Starts: 12:30
Main-Event - Valkyrie Rule 3x3min:
7. Misaki Takimoto 10-11-4 vs. 4-4-0 Yasuko Mogi

6. Naoko Omuro 9-7-3 vs. 5-17-0 Yukiko Seki
5. Maho Muranami 4-5-2 vs. 5-4-1 Sachiko Yamamoto
4. Naoko Sugiyama vs. 4-2-0 Madoka Ebihara

Valkyrie Rule 2x3min:
3. "Happy" Fukuko Hamada 4-3-0 vs. Yuko Takagi
2. Masae Mori 0-1-0 vs. "Ayame" Miura

Gi-Grappling Pro Rule:
1. Yuki Sugiuchi vs. Yuki Tanaka


The Cage Force card in the afternoon is looking stronger. The main event will see former Olympic silvermedalist Katsuhiko Nagata take on the undefeated Daisuke Hoshino. The co-main event should also be very good with Isao Terada taking on the very popular grappler "Hadairo".

CAGE FORCE
Starting at 17:30
Cage Force 3x5min:
Main-Event:
Light: Katsuhiko Nagata 4-6-1 vs. 5-1-0 Daisuke Hoshino

Bantam: Isao Terada 7-8-4 vs. 9-7-3 Tetsu "Hadairo" Suzuki
Middle: Shuji Morikawa 2-3-1 vs. Atsushi Hamada(?)
Light: Asato Hashimoto 1-2-3 vs. 1-2-2 Hideto Kondo
Bantam: Takumi Murata 6-11-6 vs. Fumiya Sasaki (?)
Fly: Hirotaka Miyakawa 3-6-2 vs. 0-1-0 Hiroya Kaneuchi
Welter: Ken Taisho vs. 7-9-0 Taku Aramaki

Prelimiary Fights 3x3min:
Feather: Katsunori Tsuda 1-0-0 vs. 1-0-0 Takuya Iwai
Light: Daisuke Teramoto vs. Ranki
Bantam: 淳伸 Konishi (?) vs. 1-2-0 Ryo Taguchi

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11/7 Sengoku 11 - Fights added



Sengoku added 2 fights yesterday, and I not yet updated the card for this event. Sengoku have really put together an interesting card here, especially the featherweight fights.

Also one of my favorite, Stanislav Nedkov, gets the biggest fight of his career so far. In addition to that, Mamed Khalidov gets his shot at the Sengoku champion (in a non title fight).

Almost every fight has a world class fighter, and it should be a very good event in Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Feather: Michihiro Omigawa 7-8-1 vs. 20-3-2 Hatsu Hioki
Feather: Marlon Sandro 14-1-0 vs. 16-6-7 Yuji Hoshino
Feather: Shigeki Osawa 4-0-0 vs. 16-2-1 Ronnie Ushiwaka
Light: Kazunori Yokota 10-2-3 vs. 16-6-2 Eiji Mitsuoka
Light: Satoru Kitaoka 25-9-9 vs. 18-4-0 Jorge Masvidal
Middle: Jorge Santiago 21-7-0 vs. 19-3-1 Mamed Khalidov
Light-Heavy: Kevin Randleman 17-13-0 vs. 7-0-0 Stanislav Nedkov
Heavy: Dave Herman 15-1-0 vs. 11-3-0 "Big" Jim York
Welter: Akihiro Gono 29-15-7 vs. 12-4-0 Yoon Young Kim

Fight Of The Soul:
Feather: Hirokazu "Bull" Konno 1-3-0 vs. 2-3-0 Tomoaki Ueyama

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10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09 - Joe Warren Out!



Shooto have lost a big attraction for their Vale Tudo Japan card, Joe Warren is out, and Rumina Sato will instead face another American wrestler in Cory Grant. The undefeated Team Quest fighter should be a good challenge for Rumina who needs a win.

Also added is a fight between Shooto's rookie tournament champion from 2008, Kosuke Eda. Eda is yet to win a fight in 2008, and he will be taking on Makoto Sannai, another talented fighter.

VTJ-Rule 5x5min:
71kg: Takanori Gomi 30-5-0 vs. 11-4-0 Tony Hervey
65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

VTJ-Rule 3x5min:
63kg: Rumina Sato 24-12-2 vs. 3-0-0 Corey Grant
69kg: Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda 7-4-2 vs. 6-3-0 Tito Jones

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight:
Willamy Chiquerim 14-1-0 vs. 10-6-5 Kenichiro Togashi

Bantam: Mamoru Yamaguchi 20-5-3 vs. 6-5-2 Jesse Taitano
Middle: Yoichiro Sato 5-1-1 vs. Jung Ming Kang (?)

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10/24 GCM Cage Force and Valkyrie 03

Monday, 19 October 2009



GCM are holding another double event in Differ Ariake, the day kicks off with Valkyrie around lunchtime and ends with Cage Force later in the afternoon.

You need seperate tickets, but should be a good way to spend a Saturday.

Highlight fight for the Cage Force event is Katsuhiko Nagata who will be taking on Daisuke Hoshino.

Valkyrie 03
Starting at 12:30
Valkyrie Rule 3x3min:
Misaki Takimoto 10-11-4 vs. 4-4-0 Yasuko Mogi
Naoko Omuro 9-7-3 vs. 5-17-0 Yukiko Seki
"Jet" Izumi Noguchi 5-5-1 vs. 8-3-0 Emi Fujino
Maho Muranami 4-5-2 vs. 5-4-1 Sachiko Yamamoto
Naoko Sugiyama vs. 4-2-0 Madoka Ebihara

Valkyrie Rule 2x3min:
"Happy" Fukuko Hamada 4-3-0 vs. Yuko Takagi
Masae Mori 0-1-0 vs. "Ayame" Miura

Gi-Grappling Pro Rule:
Yuki Sugiuchi vs. Yuki Tanaka

CAGE FORCE
Starting at 17:30
Cage Force 3x5min:
Light: Katsuhiko Nagata 4-6-1 vs. 5-1-0 Daisuke Hoshino
Bantam: Isao Terada 7-8-4 vs. 9-7-3 Tetsu "Hadairo" Suzuki
Welter: Ken Taisho vs. 7-9-0 Taku Aramaki
Fly: Hirotaka Miyakawa 3-6-2 vs. 0-1-0 Hiroya Kaneuchi
Middle: Shuji Morikawa 2-3-1 vs. Atsushi Hamada(?)
Light: Asato Hashimoto 1-2-3 vs. 1-2-2 Hideto Kondo

Prelimiary Fights 3x3min:
Feather: Katsunori Tsuda 1-0-0 vs. 1-0-0 Takuya Iwai
Bantam: 淳伸 Konishi (?) vs. 1-2-0 Ryo Taguchi
Light: Daisuke Teramoto vs. Ranki

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11/23 Shooto Revolutionary Excanges 3 - "Amazon" Returns!



Some awesome fights are announced for Revolutionary Exchanges 3, they were announced yesterday, but I was not sure for which event. Anyway, the specialist grappler "Amazon" Sugie returns after 4 years away to take on Paolo Milano. This fight will be a highlight for Shooto fans that have been waiting for "Amazon" to return.

I am also happy to see Yoshihiro Koyama return to Shooto after doing very well in Cage Force. He lost his shot at the title against Hironaka and will be looking to bounce back against a very experienced opponent in Tetsuji Kato.

Added:
Welter: Daisuke "Amazon" Sugie 7-6-1 vs. 8-4-1 Paolo Milano
Bantam: Ryuichi Miki 9-3-3 vs. 9-3-1 Masaaki Sugawara
Feather: So Tazawa 8-4-3 vs. 9-7-3 Shuichiro Katsumura
Welter: Yoshihiro Koyama 12-3-1 vs. 19-9-0 Tetsuji Kato

Previously Announced:
Shooto World Flyweight Title Fight:

Noboru "Shinpei" Tahara 7-3-1 vs. 6-2-0 Rambaa "M-16" Somdet

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10/25 DREAM 12 - Sakuraba vs. Galesic Announced!



FEG have announced that Kazushi Sakuraba will step in for an injured Melvin Manhoef to take on Zelg Galesic in the upcoming DREAM 12.

Returning is the DREAM champion, Marius Zaromskis in a non-title fight he is taking on Korean Myeon Ho Bae.

The very popular pro-wrestler Katsuyori Shibata is taking on Tokimitsu Ishizawa, who is returning to the ring for the first time since 2006. This should be a war of the veterans, and I am sure the Japanese crowd will be excited about this one.

Also added to this event is ZST fighter Keisuke Fujiwara agaist DEEP fighter Tomoya Miyashita.

Changed:
Middle: Kazushi Sakuraba 25-12-1 vs. 9-4-0 Zelg Galesic

Added:
Feather: Keisuke Fujiwara 7-1-3 vs. 12-5-6 Tomoya Miyashita
Welter: Myeon Ho Bae 8-4-0 vs. 12-3-0 Marius Zaromskis
Middle: Katsuyori Shibata 3-6-1 vs. 1-4-1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa

The other fights on this card so far:
Light: Katsunori Kikuno 12-1-2 vs. 18-2-0 Eddie Alvarez
Light: "Parky" Won Sik Park 7-1-1 vs. 15-6-0 Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Middle: Yoon Dong Sik 4-7-0 vs. 18-1-0 Paulo Filho
Feather: Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2 vs. 12-5-0 Chase Beebe
Heavy: Alistair Overeem 30-11-0 vs. TBA

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10/17 Pancrase Changing Tour - Results

Sunday, 18 October 2009



Pancrase held their 5th Changing tour event yesterday in front of a sold out crowd in Shinjuku Face.

The main event saw the #1 ranked welterweight in Pancrase, Tomoyoshi Iwamiya, take on the relatively inexperienced Shingo Suzuki. But on this occation youth got the better of experience. Suzuki might have fought his way into a position to be the next to challenge the champion Takuya Wada.

Main-event:
10. Welter: Shingo Suzuki Def. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya by TKO Round 1 2:26
9. Light: Keigo Hirayama Def. Eriya Matsuda by KO Round 1 0:20
8. Feather: Shigeyuki Uchiyama Def. Hirotoshi Saito by Decision 3-0
7. Middle: Kenji Nagai Def. Go Sato by foot choke Round 1 1:28
6. Fly: Yuichiro Yajima Def. Katsuo Katsuo by armbar Round 1 4:47
5. Bantam: Hayato Shimizu Def. Ryo Saito b TKO Round 1 4:25
4. Feather: Yusuke Kawanago Def. Tomoyuki Miyaji by Decision 2-0
3. Bantam: Daisuke Endo Def. Shoko Sato by Decision 2-0
2. Light: Junichi Ota Def. Katsunori Takahashi by TKO Round 1 2:09
1. Fly: Ryosuke Tanuma Def. Keiji Nakamura by TKO Round 2 2:24

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10/18 Shooto GIG Tokyo Vol. 3 - RESULTS



A very interesting event in Shinjuku Face right now. I started updating the results a bit late, and will update the early fights later. The 3 last fights will be close to live.

Okazaki defeats Ogikubo in the fight for the Shooto Pacific Rim featherweight title!

Main-Event Pacific Shooto Featherweight Title Fight:
Koetsu Okazaki Def. Hiromasa Ogikubo by KO Round 2 2:08

Welter: Guy Delameau Def. Jin Kazeta by Decision 3-0
Light: Masaki Yanagisawa Def. Kazuhiro Ito by Triangle Choke Round 2 1:07
Feather: Yuta Nezu Def. Nobuhiro "Mike" Hayakawa by TKO Round 2 4:38
Mddle: Mateus Irie Nechio Def. Yoshinori Takahashi by armbar Round 1 2:58
Feather: Makoto Sannai Def. Keita Ishibashi by armbar Round 1 3:09
Light: Yoshitaka Okigi Def. Hiroki Kita by armbar Round 1 3:28

Rookie Tournament:
Welter: Koji Matsumoto Def. Munehiro "Mike" Kin by rear-naked choke Round 1 4:28
Bantam: Yosuke "Flying Monkey No*2" Saruta Def. Jun Nagasoe by Decision 3-0
Fly: Yusuke Sato Def. Tomokazu "Kewpie" Sato by Decision 3-0

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10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09 - Rumina Sato vs. Joe Warren Announced!



Just saw this news, it was announed at Shooto GIG Tokyo vol. 3 today that Rumina Sato's opponent at Vale Tudo Japan 09 will be none other than Joe Warren. The fight will be under Vale Tudo Japan rule at 63kg.

There were also 2 more fights added:
69kg-VTJ: Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda 7-4-2 vs. 6-3-0 Tito Jones
Middle: Yoichiro Sato 5-1-1 vs. Kan Jon Min (?)

The fights announced so far for this card:
VTJ-Rule 5x5min:
71kg: Takanori Gomi 30-5-0 vs. 11-4-0 Tony Hervey
65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

VTJ-Rule 3x5min:
63kg: Rumina Sato 24-12-2 vs. 2-1-0 Joe Warren
69kg: Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda 7-4-2 vs. 6-3-0 Tito Jones

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight:
Willamy Chiquerim 14-1-0 vs. 10-6-5 Kenichiro Togashi

Bantam: Mamoru Yamaguchi 20-5-3 vs. 6-5-2 Jesse Taitano
Middle: Yoichiro Sato 5-1-1 vs. Kan Jon Min (?)

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12/19 DEEP Cage Impact 2009

One of the big news I have missed is the DEEP Cage Impact participants announced. This event will take place in Differ Ariake, not the usual Korakuen Hall.

Announced as participants are some very big DEEP names: Masakazu Imanari, Nobuhiro Obiya and Koichiro Matsumoto to name 3.

The cage for this event is a gold 8-sided cage and it will be rented out at a resonable price after his.

There are also changes to the rules in the cage: Elbows, stomps and soccerkicks are allowed except the opening fights.

Participants announced:
Nobuhiro Obiya 10-3-1
Masakazu Imanari 17-7-2
Bernard Ackah 3-3-0
Koichiro Matsumoto 8-2-0
Toshikazu Iseno 7-5-2
Takeshi Yamazaki 14-10-2
Eiji Ishikawa 17-15-2
Naoki Matsushita 11-12-9
Yuki Ito 7-4-8
Atsuhiro Tsuboi 6-12-4
Sadao Kondo 4-0-1

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Been a while...

Its been a while since I have been able to post... I have had an infection that has kept me out of anything fun for over a month. I am finally starting to recover and hope to get on top of most of the new things.

I will assume that people know most of the result, and I will just make it a new start. There are a lot of interesting things happening in Japan, with DREAM 12 being in a cage AND DEEP too jumping on the cage wagon with an awesome card!

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DEEP 44 Impact Results and Pictures

Tuesday, 13 October 2009







○Nagakura Tatsunao vs ×Hasegawa Fuhito
Early in the first round Hasegawa dislocates his shoulder after being thrown to the mat, giving Nagakura the win.

○Crazy Hill vs ×Okamoto Hiryu
Crazy Hill wins by decsision after controlling most of the fight's tempo with punches and middle kicks.

○Kitada Toshiaki vs ×Kleber Koike
Kitada submitted Koike early in rund 2 by arm-bar. Kitada was stonger, but Kleber did a good job, fighting aggressively from a standing position compared to his appearance in DEEP 42 Impact.

○Shirai Yuya vs ×Iwase Shigetoshi
Another close fight got the crowd pumped up. Both fighters stuck mainly with a hard punching gameplan with Shirai throwing in some kicks as well. Several takedowns and superior position control on the ground gave the win to Shirai.



○Kanehara Hiromitsu vs ×MAX Miyazawa
Straight out of the gate the more experienced Kanehara gets a ground and pound on Miyazawa quickly winning with a TKO.

○Sakurai Ryuta vs ×Hosea Ware
Both fighters traded off some heavy punches early in the 1st round. A little later they clinch up near the ropes and Ware sends Sakurai through the ropes. Once the fight restarts it moves to a ground game with Sakurai getting side control. Sakurai's move from an arm-lock to a straight armbar gets him the win.






○Hasegawa Hidehiko vs ×Ueyama Ryuki
Ueyama led the fight in striking with hard hitting middle kicks and some long hooks but Hasegawa was able to control the tempo of the match with his ground game. In the end Hasegawa won by decision but he came very close to getting a tap with an achilles lock.





○MIKU vs  ×Windy Tomomi
The women's co-main event was high speed action from start to finish. WINDY was able to get off some low kicks that left MIKU with some mean welts on her thighs. MIKU however was able to do some striking of her own and was able to get several takedowns. MIKU gave some big knee-drops to the WINDY's ribs before getting the win.





○Kawaguchi Yusuke  vs ×Seigo 
The crowd in Korakuen was pumped for the main event. The two heavy-weights went straight into a no-guard slugfest that seemed a little more like pro-wrestling than MMA. Kawaguchi's rushes all but took out the heavier Seigo, but he was able to gain some time clinching up at the ropes and landed a few heavy long hooks but the fight belonged to kawaguchi. By the end of the 1st round Seigo's face was bloodied and Kawaguchi barely looked tired. In the 3rd round Kawaguchi went in with low kicks that Seigo couldn't avoid and just stood there taking them. The crowd responded accordingly with a roar for each kick.



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10/6 DREAM 11 - Results

Tuesday, 6 October 2009



A very strong card from DREAM, and with 2 title fights it might be the best they have put on so far.

On the weigh-in yesterday Miyata turned some heads as the muscular former lightweight turned up with close to no bodyfat.



One of the highlights of this card is the return of DREAM champion Joachim Hansen. He is returning to defend his title, and it will be his first title defence and his first fight since winning the title in July last year.



The DREAM featherweight title holder will also be deceided today in a tournament that is looking very interesting.

Results will be updated as they become available.

Main-Event - Featherweight GP Final:
9. Bibiano Fernandes Def. Hiroyuki Takaya by decision 2-1
Very good fight to end the night!!

Lightweight Title Fight:
8. Shinya Aoki (challenger) Def. Joachim Hansen (champion) by armbar Round 2 about 4:40
Aoki gets grounded by an upkick, the ref stops the fight and gives Aoki time to recover. The judge is staying it was a groin kick first...

7. Middle: Kazushi Sakuaba Def. Rubin Williams by Kimura Round 1
*Sakuraba still wearing a bandage on his left underarm, looks like he is still suffering from the broken arm he suffered against Manhoef.

There is a break and some Dream 12 participants are announced and asked to say a few words (quick translation):
Yoshiro Maeda - "I will take Chase Beebe's head off"
Kuniyoshi Hironaka - "I am the Cage Force champion and I have a lot of experinence in a cage. " "If I win in impressing fashion I would like a shot at the title"
Koichi Kikuno - "I am the DEEP champion and it will be an exciting fight".

6. Light: Tatsuya Kawajiri Def. Melchor "Barracuda" Manibusan TKO Round 1

Super-Hulk Semi-Finals:
5. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Def. Bob Sapp by TKO Round 1
4. Ikuhisa Minowa Def. Hong Choi Man by heel-hook Round 2

The winners will meet on NYE at the FEG Dynamite! event

DREAM Featherweight GP Semi-Finals:
3. SF2: Bibiano Fernandes Def. Joe Warren by arm-bar round 1 (very early)
Warren is saying he didnt tap, Bibiano showes him the middle finger and leaves the ring.

2. SF1: Hiroyuki Takaya Def. Hideo Tokoro by TKO Round 2
1. Reserve: Kazuyuki Miyata Def. Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata by Decision 3-0

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10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09

Sunday, 4 October 2009



Shooto is going to put on one of their biggest events in years with the return of Vale Tudo Japan. Already announced is the fight between Alexandre Franca Nogueira and Shooto champion "Lion" Takeshi. This fight will be undet Vale Tudo Japan rules and 5 rounds of 5 minutes.

Welterweight champion Takashi Nakakura suffered a serious eye injuryu in his loss to Takanori Gomi in May. He has deceided to hand back his title and Williamy Chiquerim will face Kenichiro Togashi for the title.

Also unconfirmed is a fight between Jesse Taitano and Mamoru. Mamoru have been fighting in ShootBoxing lately, and this will be a return that a lot of fans have been looking forward to. But Taitano will not be an easy opponent and it will be a very interesting fight. Thanks to BloodyElbow's Chris Nelson, look for an interview posted tomorrow that will have more news from the Japanese MMA scene!

VTJ-Rule 5x5min.:
65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

Welterweight Shooto World Title Fight:
Willamy Chiquerim 14-1-0 vs. 10-6-5 Kenichiro Togashi

Bantam: Mamoru Yamaguchi 20-5-3 vs. 6-5-2 Jesse Taitano

Participants:
Takanori Gomi 30-5-0
Rumina Sato 24-14-2

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10/6 DREAM 11 - Sakuraba Added/Fight Order



This video started the speclations around wether Sakuraba will be fighting in DREAM 11. Sakuraba has not fought since Dynamite! on NYE, and even then he didnt look 100% after breaking his arm against Melvin Manhoef in June 2008.



It has now been confirmed that Sakuraba will take on American pro-boxer Rubin Williams.

This video have also been released. To me the most interesting thing here, except from the fact that "Hellboy" is fired up, is that he seems to be working with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai for this fight (and we all remeber what he did to Aoki...).



Fight Order:
Main-Event - Featherweight GP Final:
9. Winner Tokoro/Takaya v. Winner Fernandes/Warren

Lightweight Title Fight:
8. Joachim Hansen (champion) 19-7-1 vs. 21-4-0 Shinya Aoki (challenger)

7. Middle: Kazushi Sakuaba 24-12-1 vs. Rubin Williams
6. Light: Tatsuya Kawajiri 24-5-2 vs. 2-2-0 Melchor "Barracuda" Manibusan

Super-Hulk Semi-Finals:
5. Ikuhisa Minowa 42-30-8 vs. 2-2-0 Hong Choi Man
4. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou 6-4-0 vs. 10-5-1 Bob Sapp

DREAM Featherweight GP Semi-Finals:
3. SF2: Joe Warren 2-0-0 vs. 5-2-0 Bibiano Fernandes
2 SF1: Hideo Tokoro 22-16-1 vs. 11-6-1 Hiroyuki Takaya

1. Reserve: Kazuyuki Miyata 7-7-0 vs. 11-5-3 Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata

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10/25 Pancrase Changing Tour - Fights Announced

Saturday, 3 October 2009



Pancrase is putting on an awesome card on October 25 in Differ Ariake.

This card has lots of Pancrase stars on it. There will be a flyweight title fight, that should be awesome.

Also added is a very interesting fight between Kenji Arai and Tomonari Kanomata. Also added is fight between Kazuhiro Hamanaka and DEEP megaton competitor Shunsuke Inoue. The card is looking just about finished and this should be a very good event.

Flyweight King of Pancrase title fight:
Mitsuhisa Sunabe 10-5-3 vs. 6-0-0 Isao Hirose

Bantam: Seiya Kawahara 7-2-0 vs. 4-2-1 Ryota Sasaki
Fly: Takuya Eizumi 5-2-0 vs. 3-2-1 Kiyotaka Shimizu
Bantam: Manabu Inoue 7-5-1 vs. 19-11-7 Masahiro Oishi
Middle: Ichiro Kanai 9-10-3 vs. 36-24-9 Keiichiro Yamamiya
Welter: Takuya Wada 18-8-9 vs. 7-4-0 Kengo Ura
Feather: Kenji Arai 15-13-3 vs. 13-5-3 Tomonari Kanomata
Light-Heavy: Kazuhiro Hamanaka 5-6-1 vs. 6-3-2 Shunsuke Inoue
Feather: Tashiro "Akai" Nishiuchi 12-5-9 vs. 3-2-0 Jung Jin Suk 
Light: Hiroki "AB" Aoki 3-2-0 vs. 4-0-0 Isao Kobayashi

Pancrase Gate:
Light: Nobuhito Sakurada vs.Kenta Okuyama
Light: Ryosuke Togashi vs. Daisuke Shimayama
Feather: Chaplin Kiyama vs. Taketo Noguchi
Feather: Kenichi Ogura vs. Masaaki Hasegawa
Bantam: Kazuki Itaya vs. Yuki Kishitaka
Bantam: Yuta Numakura vs. Daisuke Sugishima

Participating:
Yuki Kondo

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11/1 HEAT 12 - Fights Announced



HEAT is returning to their home in Nagoya and ZEPP Nagoya after 2 straight events in Tokyo.

I think Heat always put on a great show, and I am sure this time will be no different. No clear main event is announced yet, but on the card will be K-1 veteran Tatsufumi Tomihira.

Kick Heavy: Tatsufumi Tomihira vs. Yuki "Strike" Tanaka
Kick Heavy: Makoto vs. Scorpion
Kick Middle: Tadamasa Tomihira vs. Marushio Matsumoto
Kick 60kg: Mari Sakai vs. King Kohei
MMA Feather: Jun Kito 7-5-3 vs. Masahiro Iwasaki

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The Mika Nagano Pictures *UPDATED*

Friday, 2 October 2009


At long last I got my hands on these, and for all the fuss I sort of expected more. But I gues thats just my hormones speaking. She is a beautiful girl (all I can say).

For those who needs more of Mika you can click here for the GBR free video of the event.








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