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Dynamite!! 2010 is currently on air at HDNet. As it airs, we'll be updating all the results here. A note - the HDNet broadcast is actually on a bit of a delay from the live action, but we'll be giving results as they air on HDNet.
#1 - BOB SAPP v. SHINICHI SUZUKAWA - No Fight
This fight was cancelled shortly before the event started because Sapp pulled out. Which I guess is a new personal record for Sapp and how quickly he can get the fight over with. No slap of Inoki fighting spirit for the Beast tonight.
#2 - ANDY OLOGUN def. KATSUAKI FURUKI - Unanimous Decision
A pretty close fight, with Ologun hurting Furuki at the very end of the 3rd and maybe winning it there.
#3 - KAZUYUKI MIYATA def. CAOL UNO - Unanimous Decision
Miyata does his thing, outwrestling Uno to a win. He also threw a nice suplex in round 3, so that's something.
#4 - HIDEO TOKORO def. KAZUHISA WATANABE - Armbar, Rd. 3
This was ALL Tokoro, who tried roughly 274 submissions before finally locking one all the way in and tapping Watanabe. The MAX fighter was spirited as he always is, but didn't have much to offer except energy.
#5 - HIROSHI IZUMI def. MINOWAMAN - Ground & Pound, Rd. 3
Yeesh, not a great showing here from Minowaman. An all around somewhat lackluster fight, with Minowaman totally controlled and ineffective. Remember folks - Minowaman vs. Super Hulks? Good. Minowaman vs. regular opponents? Not entertaining.
#6 - SERGEI KHARITONOV def. TATSUYA MIZUNO - KO, Rd. 1
True to Kharitonov's new K-1 aspirations, this was all standing, with Kharitonov stalking Mizuno before crushing him with nasty punches and a kneesto put Mizuno out cold. Brutal.
#7 - GEGARD MOUSASI def. KYOTARO - Unanimous Decision
Upset win for Mousasi here as he takes out his 2nd K-1 Japanese superstar. Mousasi dropped him in the 2nd to take the win. And thanks for the shout out Voice - right back at you!
#8 - YUICHIRO NAGASHIMA def. SHINYA AOKI - KO, Rd. 2
After an awkward first round of Aoki stalling, Nagashima landed a hard knee to open the MMA round, knocking the Dream champion out. Very impressive showing from Nagashima, and a great redemption for K-1.
#9 - ALISTAIR OVEREEM def. TODD DUFFEE - KO, Rd. 1
It took The Reem just 19 seconds to stop former UFC fighter Todd Duffee with a barrage of blows, ending the American's night quickly, and earning the new Interim Dream Heavyweight title in the process.
#10 - SATOSHI ISHII def. JEROME LE BANNER - Unanimous Decision
Good fight here, but Ishii was able to control much of the action, turning in an impressive 3rd round where he almost finished JLB with a kimura. Fans booed the decision, but it seemed right to me.
#11 - MARIUS ZAROMSKIS def. KAZUSHI SAKURABA - Doctor Stoppage, Rd. 1
With Sakuraba, you knew this could get ugly, and that's sadly what happened. Saku's massively caulifowered ear first popped, then partly tore away from his skull, forcing the doctors to stop the fight before it even got started.
#12 - TETSUYA YAMATO v. AKIYO "WICKY" NISHURA - Majority Draw
This K-1 rules fight was an entertaining, if somewhat sloppy affair. Both men were even going into the 3rd round, and for this fight there were no extension rounds. Yamato connected late in the round, but it wasn't enough to get the win. One judge gave the bout to Yamato, with the other two ruling it a draw.
#13 - JASON HIGH def. HAYATO "MACH" SAKURAI - Split Decision
I have to be honest, this was a technically sound fight with a good ending, but 13 fights in, it wasn't all that memorable. High gets the split decision win using his superior wrestling.
#14 - TATSUYA KAWAJIRI def. JOSH THOMSON - Unanimous Decision
Thomson tried, but this was all Kawajiri. The Crusher turned in one of his career best performances, dominating Thomson in a way very few have ever done before and taking the definitive decision
#15 - HIROYUKI TAKAYA def. BIBIANO FERNANDES - Unanimous Decision
A good contest in the main event between two very evenly matched fighters, but it was Takaya who consistently pushed ahead just a bit, winning exchanges on the feet and on the ground to get the decision win. Takaya now claims the Dream FW championship to cap off a great 2010 for the fighter.
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Earlier today was the SRC marathon year end show, Soul of Fight. In the main event, Hatsu Hioki defeated Marlon Sandro for the SRC Featherweight title in a bout reports are calling a potential fight of the year. Hioki and Sandro battled it out for a full 5 rounds before Hioki took the unanimous decision victory. Sandro came in with incredible momentum riding a string of big KO's, while Hioki had come back strong from a controversial 2009 loss to Michihiro Omigawa. Most pundits predicted Sandro taking this one, but Hioki turned in an amazing, career-defining performance that stopped Sandro dead in his tracks. With that win, Hioki will jump into the top 5 rankings at FW, making him one of Japan's top talents right now.
In the biggest fight of the night for kickboxing fans, Buakaw Por. Pramuk faced K-1 MAX Final 16 fighter Hiroki Nakajima. Buakaw easily controlled his younger opponent, dominating Nakajima en route to a unanimous decision win. Also in stand-up action, Genki Yamamoto fell to Kanongsuk Weerasakreck via unanimous decision under Muay Thai rules in a bout that sounds brutal.
The entire card was epic, with over 20 fights, so there were a lot of highlights. A few notable results to point out:
-Maximo Blanco continued his impressive run through SRC, although he faced stiff competition from Won Sik Park. Blanco took a close decision in a tough fight.
-Yoshihiro Maeda bounced back from a rough year in Dream by defeating former SRC champion Masanori Kanehara by stoppage in the 1st round. Most reports say the stoppage was a bit early in this wild fight.
-Ryo Chonan faced late replacement Taisuke Okuno, and was unfortunately caught early, being KO'd in just 19 seconds to an Okuno punch.
No video available just yet, but MMA Fighting's Daniel Herbertson has a great breakdown of all the action.
Full results are as follows:
Sotaro Yamada def. Yi Sak Kim via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:40
Kiyotaka Shimizu def. Ichiro Sugita via Decision (Split)
Yukio Sakaguchi def. Jin Suk Jung via Decision (Unanimous)
Hitomi Akano def. Roxanne Modafferi via forfeit
Erika Kamimura def. Chiharu by TKO (Elbow) - Round 1
Fabiano Cyclone def. Andrew Peck by TKO (Elbow) - Round 2
Kazuki Osawa def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO (Punches) - Round 1
Norihiro "Musashi" Miyamoto vs. Hiroki Komata - Majority Draw
Kanongsuk Weerasakreck def. Genki Yamamoto by Unanimous Decision
Arashi Fujiwara def. Mutsuki Ebata by Unanimous Decision
Yutaro Yamauchi vs. Go Yokoyama - Split Draw
Yusuke Ikei def. Shintaro Matsukura by TKO (Knee) - Round 1
Hironobu Ikegami vs. Yuji Tanaka - Majority Draw
Misaki Takimoto def. Amy Davis via Decision (Split)
Rin Nakai def. Mika Harigai via Submission (Keylock) Round 1 - 2:09
Shunichi Shimizu def. Manabu Inoue via Decision (Unanimous)
Taiyo Nakahara def. Akitoshi Tamura via DQ (Low Blows) Round 1 - 2:07
Dave Herman def. Yoshihiro Nakao via Decision (Unanimous)
Mamed Khalidov def. Yuki Sasaki via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 2:22
Jadamba Narantungalag def. Kazunori Yokota via KO (Punch) Round 1 - 2:03
Keita Nakamura def. Yasubey Enomoto via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 2 - 3:48
Maximo Blanco def. Won Sik Park via Must Decision (Unanimous)
Taisuke Okuno def. Ryo Chonan via KO (Punch) Round 1 - 0:19
Yoshiro Maeda def. Masanori Kanehara via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:27
Megumi Fujii def. Emi Fujino via Decision (Unanimous)
Kazuo Misaki def. Mike Seal via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:15
Hatsu Hioki def. Marlon Sandro via Decicion (Unanimous)
First off, my apologies for not having this up last night. Site maintenance caused a delay in posting.
For the final entry in our Fight of the Year series, we look at something a bit different...
Pornsaneh v. Pakon (Lumpinee Stadium, May 3)
My original plan was to include just kickboxing rules fights here, but reader cacti45 reminded me of this Muay Thai contest which would be criminal to exclude. Google this fight and you'll see phrases like "the best Muay Thai fight I've seen in years" and "some of the wildest action ever". How can you leave that out? This is the consensus Muay Thai fight of the year for 2010, and rightly so. Here you have Pornsaneh in red v. Pakon in blue. Pornsaneh at the time was at 13 Coins Gym, but has since made the switch to Sitmonchai, while Pakon is at Sakyotin. This is a very atypical Muay Thai contest, as Pornsaneh in particular is an aggressive fighter. He oushes the pace here right from the start, and Pakon responds, creating an excellent fight. It all culminates in round 4 (which starts at 1:30 in the 2nd clip) - if you don't watch the whole fight, you at least owe it to yourself to watch that round, which is like the Frye/Takayama of Muay Thai.
Great stuff there. Pakon picks up the win in what also is a nice example of Muay Thai scooring techniques. If you were looking at this from a pure kickboxing standpoint, you might give the win to Pornsaneh, who lands more. But Pakon uses more kicks and knees, which score higher in Muay Thai, so he earns the decision. Hope you enjoyed this one.
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With 2011 quickly approaching, fight fans begin to look to the new year and anticipate the blockbuster matches that may come to fruition. MMA fans want Georges St. Pierre vs Anderson Silva. Boxing fans want Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather. While those matches are well and good, none compares to a third meeting between K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Alistair 'The Reem' Overeem and Badr 'Golden Boy' Hari.
For the uninitiated, let's do a quick rundown of the history between these two iconic fighters.
Alistair and Badr first fought at Dynamite!! 2008. The match was made under the assumption that Alistair would first fight Badr in a K-1 match and then they would fight again under MMA rules. This gives each party involved a fight under the rules that they're most comfortable in. Alistair had fought in K-1 a handful of times before but he didn't have a lot of success and focused mainly on MMA. The terms were agreed upon and the fight went down on December 31st. Alistair shocked the world and defeated Badr with a left hook that KO'd the Moroccan. Following the KO, Badr Hari wouldn't agree to fight Alistair in an MMA fight. In a twist of fate, Overeem was elected by the fans to appear in the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16. Alistair took full advantage of this opportunity and defeated kickboxing legend Peter Aerts to secure his spot in the Final 8. He would go on to meet Badr Hari in the semi-finals in what would be one of the most highly anticipated fights of all time. The energy inside the Saitama Super Arena was at a fever pitch for the rematch of these two giants of the sport. This fight would go differently, however, as Hari defeated Overeem with a high kick in the first round. Evening the score and giving Badr the vindication he so desperately wanted.
Fast forward a year and much has changed. Badr Hari has had multiple run-ins with the law while Alistair has methodically taken over the heavyweight landscape of both MMA and K-1. He has become a superstar in Japan and American audiences are starting to take notice of his skills with his first round dismantling of Brett Rogers in Strikeforce. Alistair currently holds the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship as well as the K-1 World Grand Prix title. The first ever combat athlete to hold two titles in different fight sports simultaneously. Badr, on the other hand, was disqualified in his last fight for stomping Hesdy Gerges while he was down just like he did to Remy Bonjasky in the 2008 K-1 WGP final. The contrast between these two fighters is apparent — one comes from relative obscurity to dominate while the other is experiencing a fall from grace. But I believe this can change.
If sports history has taught us anything it's that winning covers a multitude of sin. Ask Ray Lewis, Kobe Bryant, or Michael Vick. Sports fan love winners and while they may not absolve athletes of their off-the-field ills, they will forget them long enough to cheer heartily for the athletes they love. There's a separation of the athlete from the person that allows us to see them only as who they are when they're on the field or in the ring. Badr Hari can benefit from this same practice. Beat Alistair Overeem and suddenly fight fans the world over forget about how many bouncers you sent to the hospital.
His return is highly anticipated by kickboxing fans. Badr is one of the sports biggest figures and a return match against Alistair Overeem would send the sport of kickboxing into a frenzy. The publicity created by such an event is priceless for a promoter. The kind of buzz FEG, who is the parent company of K-1, could desperately use.
There has been much speculation as to the future of K-1, in the last year. As we saw with the demise of PRIDE Fighting Championships, when you lose the support of Tokyo Broadcasting System, your demise as a company is soon to follow. Money troubles, waning interest from viewers and the rumored loss of support from TBS had the K-1 world anxious and fearing the worst. The Ultimate Fighting Championship once found themselves in a similar situation before a fight between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin turned into a barn-burner and sent fan interest through the roof. Things only got better for the UFC after that fight and they're still enjoying the benefits. Luckily, it's being reported that the financial troubles K-1 experienced are now a thing of the past and the future is bright. Let's hope so.
Even with renewed financial backing, the need is still there for a blockbuster fight to get fans watching and talking and no fight is more anticipated than a grudge match. Two fighters that are fighting for more than a win or money. These are two fighters with a history and something to prove.
I can think of no fight that is more highly anticipated than a third match between Alistair Overeem and Badr Hari. It has every story line you could ask for and there's no question about it being an all out war. Just look at the last two fights for proof.
Dynamite!! is just two days away, and in true FEG style, we're still getting the final details figured out. One important piece of info just released is the rules for the Shinya Aoki v. Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima fight. All that was known so far is that they would be alternating rounds of K-1 and MMA, but now we have the specifics.
The bout will start with a 3 minute K-1 rules round. Round 2 will be 5 minutes under Dream rules. If there is no winner after those 2 rounds, the fight will automatically be ruled a draw and will not be scored by judges. And then there's this - regular MMA style gloves will be worn for both rounds.
That last rule adds a new wrinkle to things. We're not accustomed to seeing a K-1 fighter like Jienotsu striking with smaller MMA gloves, nor is he used to using them. This should increase the chances of a KO, but it also increases the chances of a broken hand.
I'm glad they are starting with the K-1 round. As I said when this was announced, I think Nagashima's chances of surviving 5 minutes under MMA rules with Aoki are almost nonexistent. The intrigue of this fight comes from the standing portion. Common sense says Aoki should use his reach and defensive skills to try and survive those 3 minutes. But I have a suspicion that Aoki's emotions could get the best of him, leading the Dream champion to actively engage Jienotsu on the feet. If that happens, it should spell doom for Aoki, but those MMA fighters have a pesky way of surprising their K-1 opponents. Either way, this should be interesting, and is one of my personal Dynamite highlights this year.
Also announced were the rules for Bob Sapp v. Shinichi Suzukawa, which will be DREAM MMA rules with no gloves, closed fist strikes are not allowed, and you are permitted to throw open palm hand strikes. Sounds like a throwback to the old Pancrase days to me.Add a comment