Tuesday, December 31, 2013

INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2013 RESULTS: Satoshi Ishii Wins IGF Title, Minowaman and Shinya Aoki Win New Year's Eve in Japan 12/31/13

The Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) presented Antonio Inoki's annual New Year's Eve combat sports event, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event featured 5 pro MMA fights, along with pro wrestling matches featuring the likes of Ray Sefo, Jerome Le Banner and Bob Sapp.

In the main event, Satoshi Ishii won the IGF Championship with a tedious unanimous decision victory over Japanese MMA legend Kazuyuki "Ironhead" Fujita. As could only happen in the Japanese sporting world, Kazuyuki Fujita originally won the title in a pro wrestling match, but defended it against Ishii in an MMA fight. This was Fujita's first MMA fight in 4 years, after getting KTFO by an Alistair Overeem knee at Dynamite!! on New Year's Eve 2009. Fujita has been participating in pro wrestling since, and won the IGF Championship from Jerome Le Banner in mid-2012.

Giant slayer Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa fought MMA-debuting heavyweight pro wrestler Atsushi Sawada in what appeared to be a sloppy MMA fight followed by an extended pro wrestling skirmish. Minowaman toyed with Sawada for several minutes, playing it safe and pot-shotting the inexperienced striker, until finally unloading on him with a barrage of punches, a knee to the head of a downed opponent (legal in Japan), and a foot stomp to the face (also legal in Japan).

Having seemingly transitioned into his pro wrestling heel character, Atsushi Sawada continued to barb at Ikuhisa Minowa after the fight, with his cornermen holding him back. Minowa laughed it off at first, but as Sawada continued, Minowa started to get mad. Now both fighters were having to be held back. Eventually the two fighters made their way to the center of the ring and butted heads, until Sawada shoved Minowa, and the cornermen and referees separated the action once again. Sawada finally made his way up the ramp, but Minowa got on the mic and provoked him, causing Sawada to run back down to the ring and Minowa to slide out of the ring pro-wrestling style. This final bit seemed to put a stamp on all of the post-fight hoopla being staged, but Sawada was legitimately TKO'd during the fight. It's hard to tell where reality began for this fight, if at all, and where it ended.

In other pro MMA bouts, ONE FC Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki submitted Toshikatsu "Toshi" Harada in a squash match, British heavyweight Phil De Fries choked out infamous American Brett Rogers, and relative unknown Russian Ramazan Esenbaev knocked out top Japanese lightweight Satoru Kitaoka for a big New Year's Eve upset.

Complete Results After the Break


{Heavyweight Championship}
Satoshi Ishii (11-2) won by UD over Kazuyuki Fujita (15-10)

[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Ikuhisa Minowa (58-35) won by TKO over Atsushi Sawada (0-1)
[3:47] - Round 1 - punches, knee and stomp

Shinya Aoki (35-6) won by SUB over Toshikatsu Harada (11-10)
[0:49] - Round 1 - triangle armbar

Phil De Fries (10-3) won by SUB over Brett Rogers (13-6)
[3:45] - Round 1 - RNC

Ramazan Esenbaev (6-1) won by KO over Satoru Kitaoka (32-13)
[5:17] - 0:17 Round 2 - punches

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = Technical Knockout


[Plus/minus] = fights currently won/lost in a row (in ANY MMA promotion)

Satoshi Ishii (6-0 IGF) [+7]

Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa (2-0 IGF) [+2]

Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki (1-0 IGF) [+5]

Philip De Fries (1-0 IGF) [+1]

Ramazan Esenbaev (1-0 IGF) [+3]

Kazuyuki "Ironhead" Fujita (1-2 IGF) [-4]

Atsushi Sawada (0-1 IGF) [-1]

Toshikatsu Harada (0-1 IGF) [-2]

Brett "Da Grim" Rogers (0-1 IGF) [-1]

Satoru Kitaoka (0-1 IGF) [-1]