Sengoku 4 results and play by play August 24, 2008

Valentijn Overeem-def.  Yoshiki Takahashi–KO (Flying Knee)——–1    2:42
Moise Rimbon—-def.  Peter Graham——Submission (RNC Sub.)—2    0:42
Yang Dong Yi—-def.  Pawel Nastula——TKO——————2    2:15
Mizuto Hirota—-def.  Ryan Schultz——-KO (Superman Punch)—-2    4:25
Kazunori Yokota–def.  Bojan Kosednar—–Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00
Eiji Mitsuoka—–def.  Rodrigo Damm—–Submission (RNC Sub.)—-1    3:13
Satoru Kitaoka—-def.  Clay French——-Submission (Achilles Lock)-1    0:31
Frank Trigg——def.  Makoto Takimoto—Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00
Takanori Gom—-def.   Seung Hwan Bang—Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00

Here’s the play-by-play for Trigg vs. Takimoto:

Round 1. Trigg comes out with a leg-kick. Takimoto gets the takedown. Takimoto in Trigg’s guard. Trigg gets up and looks like he is much better while standing (as expected). Takimoto pulls Trigg down and Trigg is in Takimoto’s guard. Sidecontrol for Trigg. He tries to mount but Takimoto turns and almost falls out of the ring. The ref stands them up, and Takimoto comes out swining. Nothing seems to hit Trigg who takes him down. Takimoto is able to get half guard. Round is finished, clearly in favor of Trigg.

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Sengoku 4 weigh-in results

Here are the results for Sengoku 4 weigh-ins.  All fighters made weight.

First Round of Lightweight Tournament:

  • Clay French (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (70.0 kg; 154.3 lbs)
  • Eiji Mitsuoka (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Rodrigo Damm (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs)
  • Kazunori Yokota (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Bojan Kosednar (69.7 kg; 153.7 lbs)
  • Ryan Schultz (69.8 kg; 153.9 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs)

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Taekwondo athlete kicks referee in head at Olympics in Beijing

by: Jack Bratcher

During an Olympic Taekwondo bronze-medal match, Cuba’s Angel Matos acting out in frustration, deliberately kicked a referee in the head after the athlete was disqualified. In response, the World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that he be banned for life. The head of the federation seemed very embarrassed by the incident and also called for the ban of Matos’ coach probably because he seemed unapologetic.

Matos was actually winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Fighters get one minute for injury time, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out and he was still sitting on the mat.

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Historic MMA Fights

It’s time for another edition of Historic MMA Fights. This match took place at UFC 47 in April of 2004.  It was Nick Diaz’s second fight in the UFC and he was coming off a win over Jeremy Jackson.  It was Robbie Lawler’s sixth UFC fight and he had won all his previous UFC bouts except one, which he lost to Pete Spratt when he suffered an injury.  Lawler was starting to be considered as one of the legit contenders.  Then enters the brash, Stockton native who was not intimidated by Lawler’s power and stood toe to toe with him and what happened next was nothing short of spectacular.  Watch as the cocky Diaz starts taunting Lawler.  This fight was only going to end one way; with one man left standing.

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Don Frye – An American Bad Ass

by: Cory Brady

Don “The Predator” Frye is among the last of a dying breed. A real all-American bad ass. Believe it or not, Don actually ended up fighting for nothing but the love of fighting in his first bout, when the fighters pay fell through at the last minute. Don could have just turned around and went back to where he had come from, but he stepped up to the plate and the rest is MMA history. Don has fought all over the world in every elite fighting organization including UFC, Pride FC, K-1, Deep, King of the Cage, and more.  The man is nothing short of a living legend in MMA.

As we began our conversation Don started talking about possible retirement and I wanted nothing more than to change the subject. After the countless MMA memories Don has provided for all of us, I could not fathom this man they call The Predator really stepping away for good. Don will be one of those guys that people will miss more when he’s gone, unfortunately. If Don does decide to hang up his 5 oz. MMA gloves for good, we at Pro MMA would like to thank him on behalf of countless fans for all of the timeless memories this extraordinary athlete has provided for us. Thank you Don.

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UFC 88 breaks through to Atlanta

Here’s an in-depth look at the main event for UFC 88 in Atlanta which is scheduled for September 6, 2008. Chuck talks about how he matches up with Rashad. Rashad says this fight is long overdue.  PRO MMA writer, Kelvin, makes a good case at why Rashad could beat the Iceman.   We also take … Read more

Matt Hamill: An Ace Up His Sleeve?

By: Kelvin Hunt

In a few weeks UFC 88 will be upon us, and a interesting fight that many have forgotten about is Matt Hamill vs. Rich Franklin.  This will be Franklin’s first fight at LHW since a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in 2005.  Hamill is coming off a TKO win over Tim Boetsch in April of this year.  This is an interesting fight for a couple of reasons, so let’s take a look at how each fighter matches up going into this fight.

  • Franklin likes to stand and trade, but is versed on the ground as well.  Whereas Hamill is a very good wrestler with a standup game that has improved leaps and bounds since being on The Ultimate Fighter.
  • Hamill has a very good chin and incredible strength.  Franklin has a good chin as well and good striking but doesn’t have that one punch KO ability (save the Quarry fight).
  • Hamill’s biggest question mark is his stamina, whereas there is no question about Franklin’s ability to go the distance.

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Rashad Evans Could Upset Chuck Liddell At UFC 88


by: Kelvin Hunt

I know I know…Liddell kills wrestlers and the prove is in the pudding. Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz both succumbed to ass whippings twice, as did Kevin Randleman. However, there are several factors that could possibly alter the outcome that we have become all to familiar with in this regard. First let’s take a look at Rashad Evans and what he brings to the table in comparison to the other wrestlers Liddell has faced.

Rashad brings a decent chin, adequate standup game, questionable stamina, but is a much better athlete than Couture or Ortiz. I think the X-factor for Evans will be his stamina. If he comes into this fight in shape, I think his chances of winning go up dramatically. Now let’s take a look some of the factors that could affect the outcome of this fight:

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UFC 88: Breakthrough Betting Odds

by:  Jack Bratcher

If you are looking to make a few dollars on UFC 88: Breakthrough on Sept 6, 2008, there’s a few good picks that could prove beneficial if you have some money to play with.  To start, let’s take a look at the main event which features the return of the Iceman, Chuck Liddell, facing an undefeated Rashad Evans.

Chuck Liddell    -280
Rashad Evans    210

Even if you think Liddell will knock out Evans in round one and walk right through him, you are probably not going to want to put any money on Liddell.  On the contrary, if I had a hundred dollars to throw away I would put it on Rashad Evans and on this betting line from BetUS, one would make back a healthy $210.00.  And that is just the odds from that one site; other sites have Rashad an even bigger underdog.  Even though Chuck has a style that has historically posed problems for wrestlers, there are a few factors Rashad brings to the table which could make it a long night for the Iceman.  Do not count Rashad Evans out.  Training with someone who just beat Liddell his fight before last and also having a coach who helped put that winning gameplan together are two big reasons putting some money on Evans could fatten your wallet.

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