SAITAMA, JAPAN — Happy New Year to all the Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) readers out there and welcome to our LIVE play-by-play coverage of DREAM and K-1’s DYNAMITE!! POWER OF COURAGE 2010, which takes place Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at the Saitama Super Arena.
This 15-fight mega-event features several bouts that should interest the hardcore MMA fan.
One of the most anticipated fights on the card for U.S. MMA fans is Alistair Overeem vs. Todd Duffee. Overeem has had a big 2010, defending his Strikeforce heavyweight title and winning the K-1 World GP. But he just fought three fights in one night only a couple weeks ago and now he is back in there fighting an MMA match against a very strong hard-hitting and hungry former UFC fighter in Duffee. This fight will not go the distance.
Shinya Aoki returns to action against Sakigake kickboxer Yuichiro Nagashima in a special rules bout. Round one is three minutes fought under kickboxing rules. Round two is five minutes and will be fought under DREAM MMA rules. If the fight doesn’t end by submission or (T)KO during the eight minutes it will be an automatic draw.
In another special rules bout, Bob “The Beast” Sapp will take on Japanese Sumo wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa. The two will fight under DREAM MMA rules but with no gloves. Closed fist strikes are not allowed. They can throw open palm strikes, but no backhand strikes.
For a complete breakdown and prediction of each fight on this card, check out ProMMAnow.com’s Mann Talk – Breaking down Dynamite!! 2010.
The LIVE HDNet broadcast of DYNAMITE!! 2010 begins Friday early morning at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT.
Get to bed early so you can get up early or have a couple pots of coffee or cans of Red Bull ready so you can stay up late. You can watch the show then go to sleep and get up in time to still celebrate the stroke of midnight. Do what you have to do, but you don’t want to miss this.
DYNAMITE!! 2010 quick results:
- DREAM Featherweight Championship bout: Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- DREAM Lightweight bout: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- DREAM Welterweight bout: Jason High def. Hayato Sakurai by split decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- K-1 MAX bout: Akiyo Nishiura and Tetsuya Yamato fight to a draw
- DREAM Welterweight Championship bout: Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 1 (2:16)
- DREAM Heavyweight bout: Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome Le Banner by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- DREAM Interim Heavyweight Championship bout: Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (0:19)
- DREAM/K-1 Special Rules bout: Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki by knockout (strikes) Rd 2 (0:04)
- K-1 bout: Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro by unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (3:00)
- DREAM Heavyweight bout: Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (1:25)
- DREAM Openweight bout: Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (2:50)
- DREAM Featherweight bout: Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe by submission (armbar) Rd 3 (2:02)
- DREAM Featherweight bout: Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- DREAM Welterweight bout: Andy Ologun def. Katsuaki Furuki by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
- IGF special rules Heavyweight bout: Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Bob Sapp
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S MMA AND K-1 FANS!!
NOTES: The word is that Bob Sapp will no longer competing; don’t have the full details yet but will let you know. Also, commentators Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and Frank Trigg have a bet going on. If Shinya Aoki submits his opponent Yuichiro Nagashima, “The Voice” will let Trigg shave his beard off on air, and if Nagashima KO’s Aoki, Trigg has to wear a pink wig and pink lipstick the remainder of the broadcast! Should be fun!! — By the way, I have my first cup of coffee ready and Red Bull waiting so we can soldier through this thing for you.
As the opening ceremony takes place, showing a mash-up of the past ten years, there’s a soundtrack of the Christian gospel classic “Oh Happy Day” playing talking about the glory of Jesus. I never cease to be amazed at what the Japanese MMA promotions put together in the way of pageantry, and Lenne Hardt is in full effect tonight! I only wish I was watching this on a giant movie screen in a theater.
UPDATE: The commentators just said it was announced that Bob Sapp “lost the will to fight” and was trying to re-negotiate his contract an hour ago. They also said we ma never see Sapp fight in Japan because of this.
DYNAMITE!! 2010 play-by-play:
Andy Ologun def. Katsuaki Furuki
Round 1 – Olgun grabs a Thai clinch and lands several big knees. Furuki went for a takedown but Ologun defended well. Furuki throws wild punches and eventually gets taken down. Furuki now on top in half guard. Furuki gets full mount. Furuki lands some decent ground and pound as he postures up with punches, still mounted. Ologun reverses, puts Furuki on his back just before the bell.
Round 2 – Furuki swings with wild punches as he backs Ologun into the corner with a body lock. Furuki is cut over his left eye. Ologun gets a takedown and starts punishing Furuki with body shots. Furuki attempts a kimura from half guard and locks it in pretty good but Ologun holds on and defends well. Furuki lays on top of Ologun, gets full mount briefly but Ologun explodes with a reversal and is on top inside full guard. Furuki locks on a triangle before the bell.
Round 3 – They clinch briefly then separate with some knee strikes from Furuki. Ologun lands a vicious body kick, then they clinch. Ref separates them and they trade punches before clinching. Furuki with underhooks and a front body lock pushes Ologun into the corner. Ref breaks them. Ologun with a body kick then clinches. Furuki turns Ologun into the corner, they trade knees. Ref breaks. Head kick from Ologun lands with little effect. Furuki grabs a body lock. Ref breaks them up. Body kick from Ologun. Furuki pushes him into the corner. Ref breaks them up. Huge right hand by Ologun and Furuki goes down with Ologun taking side control. Ologun postures up with some big shots before the bell and steals the round and fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Andy Ologun def. Katsuaki Furuki by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Caol Uno
Round 1 – Front kick to the body from Uno. Nice straight left from Uno. They trade a couple leg kicks. Inside thigh kick from Uno, then a nice left lands for Uno. Uno lands several knees to the thigh from the clinch. They separate and square up, Miyata blocks a nice shot from Uno. They trade leg kicks. Right hand from Uno. Inside leg kick from Uno. Again. Miyata fires back with his own inside leg kick, and another one. Uno gets a single leg takedown but Miyata bounces right up at the bell. Pro MMA Now scores it for Uno.
Round 2 – They trade leg kicks, then Miyata gets a body lock from the back. Miyata gives Uno his promised German suplex and about a minute later gives him another one, even better, and it’s a textbook slam for Miyata. They are back to their feet and begin trading kicks and punches. Ref calls a halt and checks Uno’s cut. Miyata jacks Uno’s leg with a nasty inside leg kick. Uno is visibly hurt, shoots, ends up on his back with Miyata on top. Uno gets to one knee, then to his feet. Big knee to the body from Miyata. A bloody Uno fires off punches and a leg kick. Pro MMA Now gives scores the round for Miyata.
Round 3 – Big leg kick for Miyata, Uno stalks and gets put on his back. Uno goes for an armbar. Miyata has side control. Uno gets to his knees. Miyata grabs a body lock from behind and gives him another big suplex, the third one of the fight. Uno gets to his knees and Miyata still holding on to him. They separate, Miyata lands a big punch and leg kick. Uno shoots but Miyata gets control and is on top. Uno trying to get out and he makes it to his feet, still clinched. They separate. Miyata with an inside leg kick. Uno shoots, Miyata takes his back. Uno gets to his feet but Miyata drags him down. They scramble and eventually separate. Uno stuns Miyata with a punch. Ref halts it as they go into the ropes. They wrestle for a bit before the bell. Pro MMA Now scores the round and fight for Miyata.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe
Round 1 – Watanabe rushes across the ring, misses. Tokoro takes him down but Watanabe gets right up. Watanabe with a leg kick but gets put on his back. Tokor attempts an armbar and has a scissors lock on his neck at the very same time. Watanabe finds Tokor’s head with his foot. The ref is pointing, waiting, but Watanabe explodes and Tokoro resets. Watanabe picks Tokoro up and slams him. They scramble and Tokoro takes his back and starts looking for more submissions. Tokoro with a body triangle and has a rear naked choke locked on tight with one arm only though. Watanabe hangs on, turns, and Tokoro is in full mount. Watanabe explodes and gets Tokoro off but Tokoro gets full mount. Watanabe gets free and stands up. Ref lets Tokoro up. Watanabe takes a big punch before the bell. Tokoro falls on his back waiting for Watanabe as the bell sounds. Pro MMA Now scores it for Tokoro.
Round 2 – Easy single leg takedown for Tokoro, passes easily to side control and starts setting up for an armbar. Tokoro mounts, and goes for the armbar. Watanabe is fighting it off and powers out. Watanabe stands up, puffs out his chest, runs and jumps up in the air to land on Tokoro but meets a foot in the air and he is shot down like a dead bird. Tokoro attacks, they scramble and Watanabe gets back to his feet. Ref lets Tokoro up. Leg kick from Tokoro. Watanabe with a jab then a lazy leg kick attempt, but Tokoro gets the takedown. Tokoro attempts an armbar as Watanabe turtles up. Tokoro takes his back looking for the choke. Trigg can’t believe Watanabe is getting out of every single submission attempt. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Tokoro.
Round 3 – Tokoro shoots, gets the takedown and full mount. Watanabe picks him up and throws him sideways attempting to throw him through the ropes. WTF? The bout is halted for a moment as Tokoro looks stunned. Ref lets him up. Tokoro has Watanabe mounted within seconds and is attempting an armbar once again. Watanabe turtles and Tokoro takes his back. Watanabe flips over and lands on top inside full guard. Tokoro reverses with an armbar attempt. He goes for another armbar and finally Watanabe taps out. Watanabe stands up, stomps the mat in disappointment. (This fight was very strange how Watanabe kept escaping these sub attempts — reminded me of how they work it in pro wrestling)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe by submission (armbar) Rd 3 (2:02)
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hiroshi Izumi
Round 1 – It’s a minute in and the guys are still circling and feeling each other out. Minowa lands a couple punches, then an overhand right and a couple stiff jabs. One, two, three punches for Minowa land as he rushes in. Izumi grabs him and gets a body lock from behind, dragging Minowa to his knees. Minowa rolls but ends up underneath Izumi who has side control. Izumi gets the mount briefly but Minowa is back to his feet. Izumi punishes him with punches, trapping Minowa in the corner. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Izumi.
Round 2 – Left jab scores for Minowa. He throws a three punch combo and rushes in, Izumi picks him up and slams him, landing in side control. Izumi lands a few hammerfists but not doing much. Izumi has full mount, Minowa scrambles and recovers half guard. Izumi stays on his back landing shots. Minowa stands up and Izumi holds on, dragging Minowa back to the mat. Minowa appears hurt and sort of just plops to the ground. Izumi pounces with punches and is on top inside guard. Minowa holding on to Izumi’s arms. Izumi grabs Minowa’s legs, twists him. Minowa gets to his knees and eats a knee. The round ends with Minowa laying on his back taking kicks to his legs. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Izumi.
Round 3 – Minowa has to do something big if he’s going to win this. Izumi gets the takedown and has side control. Trigg calls for Minowa’s retirement and The Voice says Minowaman seems to have lost a step in his past couple of fights, does not seem the same. Minowa turtles, and gets to his feet briefly, the whole time eating big punches. Minowa gets back to his knees and continues to eat punches. Izumi holding on to the turtled Minowa and punches him over and over with his right hand, hoping the ref will stop it. Minowaman is taking a ton of shots here and is not fighting back. Finally, the ref stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (2:50)
NOTES: Trigg and Voice both continue to talk about Minowa, saying something is wrong with him. Metzger says it could just be the wear and tear after 87 fights.
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Round 1 – Leg kick from Mizuno. Kharitonov is hunting with punches, he checks Mizuno’s leg kick attempt. Nice right from Mizuno. Body kick from Mizuno. Nice left, right from Kharitonov, then lands a big right, an uppercut, then a big knee to a bowed over Muzuno that drops him to his back, Kharitonov follows up with a huge right and Mizuno is out cold as ice.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (1:25)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Kyotaro
Round 1 – Front kick from Mousasi then a right hand. Kyotaro staying mobile moving back and forth. Mousasi hunting. Left hand from Mousasi. Leg kick from Kyotaro but Mousasi fires back with a right hand. Big leg kick to the back of the leg from Mousasi. Kyotaro fires back with a leg kick, he lands another but Mousasi lands a combo, left right. Kyotaro fires back with heat. Big leg kick from Mousasi and Kyotaro buckles the leg of Mousasi. Close round but Pro MMA Now scores the round for Mousasi.
Round 2 – Kyotaro lands a few leg kicks and Mousasi tags him with punches. Kyotaro stumbles to the ground and the ref lets him up. They are both unloading now. Big left hook from Mousasi. Kyotaro misses. Mousasi misses with a left hook but drops Kyotaro with the next big hook that lands on the chin. Kyotaro gets up at the nine count. Mousasi fires away, lands more big combos and Kyotaro looks rocked. He’s still alive though, they clinch and Mousasi shrugs him to the ground. The ref lets him up. Mousasi lands a couple more shots before the bell. Pro MMA Now scores the round 10-8 for Mousasi.
Round 3 – Leg kick and left hook from Mousasi. Big righ leg kick from Mousasi. Right hand from Kyotaro. Then a nice inside thigh kick from Mousasi that stumbles Mousasi. Mousasi covers up as Kyotaro throws a combo of punches. Big right hand from Kyotaro with heat. Mousasi swings big just misses Kyotaro’s chin and Kyotaro fires back. Scott Coker is ringside hoping Mousasi survives this. Mousasi not being as effective in this round. Kyotaro lands a body combo. Mousasi lands a head kick. Close round. I would call a draw on that round.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro by unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (3:00)
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagashima
Round 1 (K-1 rules) – Trigg and Voice have a BIG bet on this one. Nagashima gets tossed to the ground. Ref lets him up. Aoki clinches, lands a knee. They kick each other’s shins. Aoki shoots under punches and is warned about the rules. Aoki tries to kick and falls to the ground. Aoki with a jumping double kick and lands flat. He falls to the canvas again, grinding out the clock. Rolling heel kick from Aoki. Ref warns him. This is the kickboxing round. Aoki grabs a double handed clinch and is warned. Aoki falls to the ground with a couple of drop kick attempts and shaves off more time. Aoki runs, grabs the ropes and jump kicks in the air. The replay shows Aoki landing a knee to the body once, but for the most part he ran for his life. That was the most insane round of “fighting” I think I’ve ever seen. Now we’ll see what Nagashima’s strategy is.
Round 2 (MMA rules) – Aoki shoots right away but eats a perfectly timed knee and about four hammerfists and is OUT COLD COLD COLD. The hammerfists were moot. Poor Aoki ran the whole first round, then when the MMA round comes he gets put out. It’s been over a minute and he is still unconscious it appears. FRANK TRIGG is terribly terribly upset he will be wearing a pink wig and lipstick for the rest of the broadcast!! LOVE IT!! — Aoki finally gets to a sitting position but this was really bad for him.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki by knockout (strikes) Rd 2 (0:04)
NOTES: Nagashima after the bout says he wants to tell MMA fighters not to take K-1 lightly.
(Title) Alistair Overeem vs. Todd Duffee
Round 1 – Dangerous fight for Overeem. Well, I guess not… Duffee comes out aggressive with big punches but pretty sloppy, he runs into a brick wall. Overeem clinches him, lands a big knee, a left hook, then a right hook and drops Duffee into the ropes out cold. Overeem wins the interim Dream heavyweight champion. Official time is 19 seconds. Now Overeem is the Strikeforce heavyweight champ, the K-1 World GP 2010 champion and now the DREAM interim heavyweight champ—AMAZING!!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (0:19)
Jérôme Le Banner vs. Satoshi Ishii
Round 1 – Ishii catches a shot that stops the shot. He tries again and gets it. Le Banner lands some punches from his back. Ishii passes to side control. Le Banner recovers guard briefly, Ishii moves back to side control, the Le Banner gets a bit of a butterfly guard. Ishii gets back control as Le Banner stands. Ishii drags him down briefly. Le Banner is up and Ishii has a body lock. REf breaks them up. Ishii shoots, Le Banner stuffs it, lands a right. Ishii, still clinched lands a knee. Le Banner fires back and reverses Ishii’s takedown attempt and lands on top in half guard. Le Banner takes Ishii’s back briefly but Ishii escapes, stands up and they exchange punches. Nice left hand from Ishii that stuns Le Banner. Le Banner hunting but time runs out. Ishii is breathing very hard after the bell. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Ishii.
Round 2 – They clinch, Ishii with underhooks. Knee from Le Banner and Ishii drops levels looking for the takedown. Le Banner has a front head lock and the ref separates them. They clinch. Knee to the body from Le Banner. Again. Ishii drops levels for a single, lets go, gets a trip takedown. Ishii inside Le Banner’s guard, lands a few hammerfists to Le Banner’s jaw, more hammerfists and punches and the ref is watching close. Le Banner grabs hold of Ishii to control the attack. Ref breaks them and stands them up, moves them to the center with Ishii on top in side control. Le Banner gets butterfly guard and lands some nice punches from his back. Le Banner gets top position after Ishii flailed on a leg lock attempt. Ref stands them up. Le Banner is exhausted, throws a lazy leg kick and gets taken down. Ishii locks on a toe hold, turns it into a heel hook, and the ref is watching closely. Le Banner escapes and takes top position, lands a couple big punches. He’s tired but still swinging as the bell sounds. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Le Banner.
Round 3 – Both guys look tired. They stare each other down, feeling each other out. Ishii with a lazy leg kick. Ishii clinches up and gets the trip takedown and is on top in half guard. Ishii with some light punches as the ref calls for action. Ishii lands some hammerfists then locks on a kimura, referee is hovering as Ishii twists it behind Le Banner’s back. The Voice reminds us of the 14 steel pins in that arm of Le Banner’s. He gets out of the kimura and Ishii moves to side control, goes back to half guard and locks on the kimura again but lets it go. Ishii postures up with punches. Le Banner trying to get up but Ishii takes his back, lands some punches, they roll and Ishii looking for the finish. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Ishii and the fight for Ishii.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome Le Banner by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
NOTES: Trigg’s wig and lipstick look adorable. He gives Schiavello a kiss.
(Title) Marius Žaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Round 1 – Zaromskis lands a couple nice punches then a straight right that puts Sakuraba on his butt. He gets up. The doctor is called in to check Sakuraba’s ear which is bleeding after the cauliflower was popped. Sakuraba has no head movement, standing totally still. Sakuraba shoots for a single, something has happened to Sakuraba’s ear, apparently it was torn from his head and the fight is called to a halt. Zaromskis gets the win.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 1 (2:16)
NOTES: Sakuraba apologized after the bout saying, “I’m sorry but my ear came off.”
Akiyo Nishiura vs. Tetsuya Yamato
Round 1 – Nishiura has his hands very low, front kick. He swings big, misses. Body kick from Yamato. Again. They clinch and release. Right hand from Nishiura. Body kick from Yamato. Head kick from Nishiura. Body kick from Yamato. Right hand from Nishiura. He swings big, misses. Close round.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Yamato. Leg kick from Yamato. Left hook from Yamato. Big punch from Nishiura. Leg kick and body kick from Yamato. Leg kick from Nishiura. Nice left from Nishiura snaps Yamato’s head back. Nice big one two punch from Nishiura. Nishura lands a big left and Yamato falls to his back but it was more of a slip.
Round 3 – Yamato checks a low kick. They trade punches and Nishiura’s speed allows him to land some very quick inside leg kicks. He lands a couple big punches. Yamato drops to the mat but ref calls it a slip. Nishiura lands a couple big shots and a knee to Yamato’s head. They are both swinging away. Yamato lands a big left that rocks Nishiura, he lands an uppercut and another left. Nishiura fires back. Great round.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Akiyo Nishiura and Tetsuya Yamato fight to a draw
Hayato Sakurai vs. Jason High
Round 1 – Inside leg kick from Sakurai. High shoots but ends up on the bottom and Sakurai in side control. Sakurai in half guard, referee moves them in closer to the center. King Mo is in High’s corner shouting instruction. Sakurai doing virtually nothing but laying there. Finally, ref stands them up. High gets a yellow card which means a 10% purse reduction. Sakurai lands a right hand. Leg kick from Sakurai and High ties him up. High gets the takedown and is on top inside full guard.
Round 2 – Sakurai gets a takedown. High has a guillotine but Sakurai pops his head out, remains on top in half guard. High reverses, lands on top in full guard and lands a few punches during the reversal. High postures up with punches. Sakurai staying busy from the bottom with punches. Sakurai with a closed full guard now, still punching from his back. High lands several nice punches. Ref moves them to the center with High in half guard, now full guard. High lands a few punches from top but a fairly uneventful round. Pro MMA Now scores this round for High.
Round 3 – They clinch, HIgh lands a knee as the ref separates them and restarts them. Sakurai with a double leg takedown, lands on top in half guard. Sakurai with an elbow from the top. Sakurai gets full mount but High bucks out, and puts Sakurai on his back now, landing on top in half guard. Ref stands them up. Sakurai with a leg kick attempt and High shoots, grabs a single and puts Saurai on his back. Sakurai has full guard. Ref stands them up and gives Sakurai a yellow card. Nice left hook from Sakurai rocks High with about 20 seconds left. High goes for a takedown, eats a knee, but High gets the takedown before the bell sounds. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Sakurai.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jason High def. Hayato Sakurai by split decision Rd 3 (5:00)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
Round 1 – Thomson with a leg kick and front kick and is moving well, staying light on his feet. They clinch, Kawajiri gets the trip takedown and lands on top inside Thomson’s full guard. Thomson shrimping from the bottom, and Kawajiri gets the full mount. Thomson kicks his legs wildly trying to get free. Kawajiri puts a triangle lock on Thomson’s legs from the top and this keeps him stable in mount. Thomson gets butterfly guard but he’s losing this round. Kawajiri lands some short ground and pound. Thomson recovers full guard and lands a couple punches off his back. Thomson with an upkick before the bell. Pro MMA Now scores the round for Kawajiri.
Round 2 – Thomson gets a throw takedown and lands in full mount. Kawajiri locks on an arm triangle, but eventually lets it go. Kawajiri has Thomson’s legs in a triangle and prevents Thomson from escaping. Thomson gets out though and gets to his feet. Kawajiri clinches with a body lock and gets another trip takedown landing on top inside Thomson’s guard. Nice hammerfist ground and pound from Kawajiri. Thomson almost takes Kawajiri’s back in a scramble but Kawajiri retains control. Thomson gets to his knees, then his feet. Kawajiri picks him up for the slam. Thomson is free now and jumps on Kawajiri’s back as they stand hunched over against the ropes. Thomson has one hook in. Ref separates them and restarts in the center. Thomson lands a front kick as Kawajiri rushes in. Pro MMA Now scores that round for Thomson.
Round 3 – Nice strikes from Thomson and they clinch. Kawajiri gets another trip takedown and lands on top in half guard. Kawajiri looking to pass, and he moves to side control. Thomson gets to his knees briefly before Kawajiri gets on top in side control putting Thomson back down on his back. Kawajiri lands a couple knees to the head but Thomson gets up, he lands a head kick and throws several punches. Thomson lands a flying knee to the face, he’s trying to finish Kawajiri. But Kawajiri grabs him and puts Thomson on his back and gets full mount. Kawajiri locks on a arm triangle and squeezes. Kawajiri mounts at the bell. Wow! Impressive fight and impressive performance from Kawajiri. Pro MMA Now scores the round and fight for Kawajiri.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
(Title) Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Round 1 – Leg kick from Takaya. Fernandes gets the takedown and is on top in half guard. Takaya gets up to his feet as Fernandes goes for the mount. Leg kick inside for Takaya. Another leg kick inside. Fernandes swings and misses. Leg kick from Fernandes. Inside leg kick from Takaya. Ref calls for action. Nice counter right from Takaya, then a leg kick. Another good one. Right hand from Fernandes then he shoots. Takaya stuffs it. Two minutes to go in this ten minute first round. Takaya throws a couple of combos but nothing really lands. Ref cuts some tape off the glove of Fernandes. Fernandes shoots but gets stuffed.
Round 2 – It’s been a boxing match for the first minute-and-a-half, with both guys being more active this round. Inside leg kick for Takaya. Fernandes shoots but is stuffed once again. They clinch, knees from Fernandes. Ref splits them and restarts them. Fernandes shoots and gets the double but Takaya bounces up immediately. Fernandes lands several knees to the thigh from the clinch in the corner. Ref resets them. Leg kick from Takaya but eats a counter punch. Takaya shoots, clinched. Close round.
Round 3 – Knee from Fernandes and a right hand from Takaya. They exchange shots. Fernandes to the body, then he shoots. Ref breaks them and stands them up. Inside thigh kick from Takaya. Fernandes gets the takedown but Takaya won’t stay there and bounces right up. Takaya trips Fernandes to his back and is on top in full guard. Ref finally moves them to the center after a little work and ground and pound from Takaya. Takaya lays on the punches landing some good shots with less than a minute to go. Fernandes shrimps trying to make something happen but Takaya keeps on the heat. A final sub attempt from Fernandes as he throws his legs up but this one is over folks.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
It was a great show! Can’t believe I made it through the whole night. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Go check out some of the videos of the fights if you missed them. —- HAPPY NEW YEAR PROMMANOW.COM READERS!!!