|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
I'm sure I'm not the only one here who holds Kazushi Sakuraba in high esteem. One of my absolute favorite MMA fighters of all time, Saku is rightly hailed as the God of Japanese MMA. But tonight was yet another hard to watch loss for the legend.
Facing Dream champion Marius Zaromskis, Sakuraba suffered an early ear injury that brought the fight to a close before it could get going. The owner of one of the worst cauliflowered ears in all of MMA (and that covers a lot of ground), Sakuraba took a quick shot that popped the ear, causing it to bleed. A few minutes later, he took another blow and immediately recoiled, holding his hand to his ear. Doctors stepped in, and it looked like Sakuraba's ear had been partially torn away from his skull, resulting in a much needed stoppage. The stoppage was reminiscent of Kimbo Slice v. James Thompson on CBS, but unlike the Kimbo fight, we thankfully did not get any graphic footage of Sakuraba's ear.
Overall, it was a fight that didn't say much about Zarmoskis, and once again demonstarted that Sakuraba's time is done. He's had a lot of loses recently, and sadly has looked old in those loses. The lasting image of him here, with his hand covering his bloody ear, is not the way anyone wants to keep seeing this legend.Add a comment
A year ago, the much hyped Satoshi Ishii made a dissapointing MMA debut, failing to impress at Dynamite!! 2009. Tonight, the decorated Olympian showed off his vast improvement in the last year, defeating Jerome Le Banner in a very good fight.
For much of the fight, Ishii was able to outwrestle and control the stand-up fighter Le Banner. But JLB is a far more skilled MMA combatant than many other kickboxers, and was frequently able to reverse Ishii and take advantage. In the 3rd round, Ishii took clear control of the fight, locking on a tight kimura that looked to end it. JLB gutted it out and miraculously survived, but the strong sub attempt made it clear who had won.
Ishii took the justified unanimous decision, and interestingly, the result was booed. I think that stems more from Japanese loyalty to JLB than displeasure with the decision, but it's pretty shocking to see a Japanese sports hero booed like that in Japan. It was a good reminder that, although Ishii has improved, he definitely has not caught fire with the Japanese crowd as many hoped he would.Add a comment
You knew it was a hard road for Todd Duffee. Facing the rampaging Alistair Overeem, on short notice, under MMA rules where The Reem can use his killer knee? That's a tall order, and unfortunately for the ex- UFC fighter, he wasn't up to it.
In just 19 seconds, Overeem landed a series of blows, including that murderous knee, to knock Duffee down and out. Duffee's chin has been a question mark since his UFC loss to Mike Russow, but those blows would have put almost anyone away. Such is the power of the K-1 champion.
With that win, Overeem claims the Interim Dream Heavyweight title, making him the current Dream, Strikeforce, and K-1 champion. I know he has his detractors, but that's an impressive accomplishment.Add a comment
In the odd K-1 / DREAM hybrid rules bout, it was K-1 MAX Japan champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima who stood supreme, knocking Aoki out cold in a dramatic finish.
The two men started with a 3 minute K-1 rules round that was marked primarily by Aoki's flopping and stalling. Aoki spent the majority of the 3 minutes throwing himself to the ground, shooting takedowns on Jienotsu, and using a two handed clinch - basically doing anything he could to avoid standing and exchanging with the striker Nagashima, despte the rules. It was perhaps a sound strategy, but frustrating to watch.
As they came out for round 2 and 5 minutes of MMA action, Aoki immediately went for the takedown, but was hit perfectly by a Nagashima knee and knocked completely unconcious.
Great determination by Nagashima, who came into the MMA round at a huge disadvantage, but continued to fight his fight and earned the huge victory. Good to see a bit of redemption for K-1 as well after Kyotaro's defeat.Add a comment
In one of the 2 K-1 rules fights at Dynamite!! 2010, Dream fighter Gegard Mousasi improved his K-1 record to a perfect 2-0 with an upset win over Kyotaro. The K-1 Heavyweight champion came into the fight looking to avenge fellow K-1 fighter Musashi's loss to Gegard in 2008, but instead found himself added to Mousasi's mantle.
The first round was close, with both Kyotaro effectively using his superior skills to keep Mousasi at bay. But in the 2nd, Kyotaro slowed down and Mousasi caught him, scoring a knockdown that had Kyotaro doing the proverbial chicken dance. It looked like Mousasi would stop him in the 2nd, but Kyotaro survived until the final bell. The decision was academic, as Mousasi easily claimed the victory on the judges' scorecards.
An unfortunate ending to an otherwise superb year for Kyotaro.Add a comment