Veteran Hidehiko Yoshida rains on Satoshi Ishii’s MMA debut

Photo by Sherdog - Don't give up on Ishii. His raw talent is for real.

The Japanese judoka who Michael “The Voice” Schiavello called “once the most sought after heavyweight in MMA” made his heavily anticipated professional debut last night in Japan. Satoshi Ishii, who won a gold medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, took on seasoned PRIDE and Sengoku veteran Hidehiko Yoshida in the co-main event at “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009”.

It looked as though it would  be a short night for Ishii as the fight started. In the first round, he looked tentative, nervous, and awkward, while Yoshida appeared to be completely at home in the ring. Yoshida was landing punch after punch and even dropped Ishii with a big overhand right in the opening frame. Ishii recovered and survived the round, but things were looking dim for the national hero.

Ishii settled down and began to find his rhythm in round two. He landed more strikes and worked well in the clinch with knees and dirty boxing. Yoshida appeared to be slowing down, and took a hard knee to the groin that cracked his protective cup. Time out was called and Yoshida was given time to recover. Ishii was penalized with a red card and had a point deducted.

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Ikuhisa Minowa knocks out Sokoudjou to become Super Hulk Tournament winner

Minowaman wins the Super Hulk Tournament!

In a surprise ending to DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament, Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa knocked out Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the third round of their New Year’s Eve bout at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 in Saitama, Japan.

Each fighter appeared to have won one round a piece going into the third and final round. Both fighters were very tentative in the third, and in fact were penalized with two yellow cards a piece for inactivity. However, when Minowa finally struck, he only needed one punch to land, and Sokoudjou went to the mat.

It was a short left hook that dropped Sokoudjou backward, bending his legs beneath him, and caused the referee to step in. Sokoudjou appeared to think the stoppage was early, but it was too late, the Japanese were already celebrating their hero.

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FieLDS Dynamitte!! 2009 results & play-by-play commentary

New Years is Japan’s biggest holiday and they have put together a fitting fight card to celebrate that fact. Japan’s two largest MMA organizations, DREAM and Sengoku, along with K-1, have joined forces for one amazing 18-fight event.

Whether you have HDNet or not, join us right here at ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) beginning at 12am PT/3am ET tonight, for complete play-by-play coverage of “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009″.

18. Main Event: K-1 (5×3 minutes, 1×3 ext.): Masato vs. Andy Souwer
Round 1
Body kick lands for Masato. Souwer lands a pair of hard leg kicks. Masato throws a hard straight right down the middle. He lands a three punch combination and finishes with a body shot. The fighters trade leg kicks. Another hard leg kick from Masato. Souwer goes to the head with a kick. Masato put a pretty one-two right on the money. Masato back Souwer up with a triple jab and lands a hard leg kick. Souwer responds with a leg kick of his own. Masato lands another power shot the ignites the crowd. Souwer catches a kick as the bell rings.
ProMMA.info score Masato 10-9

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Bellator’s Toby Imada receives 2009 World MMA Award: Submission of the Year

Imada’s Inverted Triangle Choke of Jorge Masvidal at Bellator V Takes Top Honors

Las Vegas, NV – Dec. 30, 2009 –Tonight, at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Bellator Fighting Championships’ Toby Imada won a 2009 World Mixed Martial Arts Award for “Submission of the Year” for his astonishing inverted triangle choke submission of Jorge Masvidal at Bellator V.

Coined as the “backpack of doom” by Sherdog’s and ESPN.com’s Jake Rossen, Imada submitted striking artist Masvidal in the third round of Bellator’s season 1 lightweight tournament semi-final in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 2009.

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Georges St. Pierre wins “Fighter of the Year” at Fighters Only World MMA Awards 2009 – winners list

Fighters Only Magazine held their World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2009 Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Many of the stars of the MMA world were there, including Dana White, Tito Ortiz, Georges St. Pierre, and Diego Sanchez, among others. A few highlights included the awkwardness of having Dan Henderson … Read more

Fighters Only World MMA Awards 2009 live tonight on Versus.com

Fighters Only Magazine is holding their World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2009 tonight at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. MMA fans can watch the event LIVE tonight on the VERSUS website (www.versus.com) beginning at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT. The biggest names in the world of MMA will be there to accept their awards. … Read more

UFC 108 pre-fight press conference quotes

Photo by Tracy Lee - Rashad and Thiago face off at the UFC 108 presser.

The “UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” pre-fight press conference took place on Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC President Dana White, along with headliners Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva, as well as Dustin Hazelett and Paul Daley fielded questions from the media. Here are some notable quotes from the presser:

Dana White

Just like 97 other fights in the past couple of months, that one has fell apart. Cantwell has some medical problems. He might not ever fight again.

I think he’s [Rashad] going to have to beat Thiago on Saturday to get that shot with Rampage.

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FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 preview & fight order

UFC 108 is this Saturday here in America, but before we get to that card, we have a major major fight card going down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, tonight. If you have HDNet, you will be able to watch “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009” starting at midnight tonight (12am PT / 3am ET).

New Years is Japan’s biggest holiday and they have put together a fitting fight card to celebrate that fact. Japan’s two largest MMA organizations, DREAM and Sengoku, along with K-1, have joined forces for one amazing 18-fight event.

Whether you have HDNet or not, join us right here at ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) beginning at 12am PT/3am ET tonight, for complete play-by-play coverage of “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009”.

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Dana White says Steve Cantwell may never fight again

Dana White says Cantwell may never fight again.

At today’s UFC 108 pre-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Steve Cantwell’s (7-3) professional MMA fighting career may be over.

Cantwell, the former WEC light heavyweight champion, came to the UFC in 2008 when Zuffa merged the WEC’s welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions into the UFC. Since then, he has gone 1-2 inside the Octagon, defeating Razak Al-Hasan, and losing to Luis Cane and Brian Stann.

Cantwell, who was a guest on ProMMA.info’s Cageside Beat Radio Show last week, was scheduled to fight Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko in his return bout to the organization, this Saturday at “UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Speculation the bout may be in jeopardy began circulating on Tuesday. However, when ProMMA.info contacted Cantwell’s agent yesterday, they felt like the bout would still take place.

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Watch today’s UFC 108 pre-fight press conference live on ProMMA.info at 4pm ET

Today’s “UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” pre-fight press conference takes place today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, and will be available in a live video stream here at www.promma.info.

UFC 108 features a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva, who are battling it out to see who gets the next shot at the title. Both fighters have only one loss on their record, and it is from the same man, champion Lyoto Machida.

Also on the card, is a welterweight match-up between Paul Daley and Dustin Hazelett, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout, Jim Miller vs. Duane Ludwig, and Junior dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel.

Stay tuned to www.promma.info for all your “UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” coverage, including a live stream of the weigh-ins on Friday, a live play-by-play of UFC 108 Saturday night, followed by a live stream of the post-fight press conference, and more. Watch the press conference video and UFC 108 pre-fight interviews after the jump…

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