Saturday, July 16, 2011
DREAM: JAPAN GP FINAL RESULTS: Hideo Tokoro Wins Bantamweight Grand Prix, Takaya and Mousasi Defend - 7/16/11
In the main event, DREAM Featherweight Champion Hiroyuki "Streetfight Bancho" Takaya edged out Kazuyuki "Little Hercules" Miyata for a razor-thin split decision victory. The American judge, Matt Hume, scored the fight for the wrestler, Miyata, while the two Japanese judges, Akira Shoji and Hikaru Adachi, gave the nod to Takaya, who has recently become the new face of DREAM with a significant promotional push.
Hideo Tokoro has truly gone from the outhouse to the penthouse now. The former janitor hit the pinnacle of his MMA career in his 54th professional fight by winning the Japan Bantamweight Grand Prix. The "Cinderella Boy" outworked Masakazu Imanari and avoided his lethal submissions en route to winning a unanimous decision and the tournament crown. Both Tokoro and Imanari, as well as the third-place winner, Kenji Osawa, have secured spots in the upcoming DREAM World Bantamweight Grand Prix.
SHARK FIGHTS 17 RESULTS: Jake Rosholt Gets His Revenge on Matt Horwich, Ricco Rodriguez Keeps on Rolling - 7/15/11
In the main event, Jake Rosholt avenged one of his losses for the first time in his MMA career with a unanimous decision victory over Matt Horwich. Rosholt's last loss was to Horwich (by TKO at Xtreme Fight Night in November 2010). Including this rematch, Rosholt is now unbeaten in his last 6 fights. Rosholt went 1-2 in the UFC in 2009 and has been itching to get back to the big leagues since. With this win over Horwich, Rosholt is likely back on the radar of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. Alternatively, Strikeforce has a shallow middleweight division in which Rosholt could more quickly rise to the top.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
VIDEO: DREAM Japan GP Final Preview for 7/16/11 with Gegard Mousasi, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Zaromskis vs Mach Sakurai 2
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
CAGE WARRIORS 43 RESULTS: Norman Paraisy Stops Jack Mason, Joe Duffy Outpoints Francis Heagney - 7/9/11
In the main event, French middleweight Norman Paraisy dominated Jack "The Stone" Mason for over two and a half rounds, taunting and toying with him, before finally putting him away, Mortal Kombat style, in the third round. Paraisy dropped the Brit with a flying knee to the body and finished him off with vicious elbows.
Norman Paraisy did his best "Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi" impression, focusing more on mocking Jack Mason than trying to finish, which made for a bizarro fight. Paraisy did redeem himself somewhat with an exciting finish.
Top MMA trainer Greg "Yoda" Jackson presented JACKSON'S MMA SERIES V on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In the lackluster light heavyweight main event, Greg Jackson student Buddy Roberts scored the biggest win of his MMA career with a unanimous decision victory over multiple-time King of the Cage champion Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez.
Buddy Roberts, a standout college football defensive end at Howard Payne University, secured the first two rounds on the judges' scorecards by landing a couple of takedowns, for which he had to struggle against the seasoned veteran, much to the dissatisfaction of the crowd.
AX COMBAT 1 RESULTS (VIDEO): Watch Kim Couture Get Choked Out by Leg Scissors by Sheila Bird in Calgary, Canada - 7/9/11
ASSASSIN-X COMBAT 1: EXECUTION was held Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.