Weekend Review: Shooto, DEEP, Grachan

Courtesy of eFight.jp — Yuta Nezu (left) and Keita Ishibashi (right)


Weekend Review: July 17-21



This past weekend was filled with great fights, big events and retirements.  From the top of combat sports to the rumors and announcements on Twitter, we are going to catch up on all the happenings last week.

The Japanese MMA scene was a host to stellar match-ups, large event collaborations and the farewell to Mr. Megaton.  On Friday evening, Shinjuku FACE donned the Shooto banner as the main event featured two men hungry for a shot at the Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion, Yuta Nezu.  Keita Ishibashi was able to stop 2008 Shooto Rookie Tournament Runner-up, Naohiro Mizuno, just over 3 minutes into the first round.  In the only Infinity 2014 Series lightweight match-up of the night, Hiroaki Fujita and Kazuhide Shirota fought to a majority draw.  You can catch the rest of the results here.


Courtesy of Bout Review — Daichi Kitakata taking the decision win

There were 3 events on Sunday, a Pancrase event in Osaka, ZST Swat 55 in Tokyo and a collaborated event between GRACHAN and Hayato Sakurai’s Mach Festival in Tokyo.  Daichi Kitakata was able to stop his winless streak by taking the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) win over the debuting Kohei Haruka in the main event of Pancrase: Osaka.  In the co-main event, 27 year old Kota Shimioshi stopped veteran Yoshifumi Dogaki with strikes just 15 seconds into the first frame.  In the GRACHAN 14 x Mach Matsuri main event, former UFC veteran Motonobu Tezuka was able to wrangle the GRACHAN title away from Kensaku Nakamura.  The event showcased an exhibition match between Minowaman and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai as well as wins from Yoshifumi Nakamura, Yuki Yamamoto and Shigeki Osawa.


Monday featured DEEP Cage Impact 2014, headlined by the retirement match of Seigo Mizuguchi. Seigo had the tough task of facing DEEP Middleweight Champion and UFC/Pride FC veteran, Kazuhiro Nakamura in an openweight bout.  Kazuhiro Nakamura was able to finish Seigo in the 2nd round with punches.  In the co-main event, Yuya Shirai was able to take the split decision verdict over Mach Dojo fighter Yuki Okano.  Shunsuke Inoue rebounded after his DEEP Light Heavyweight Title loss to Yoshiyuki Nakanashi, with a slam knockout of Chang Ryul Ahn just 1:45 into round one.  There were 11 other bouts on the card with notable winners Koichi Ishizuka (9-1-1) by submission over Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Naoyuki Kato (11-6-2) by TKO over Masato Kobayashi and the draw between bantamweights Ken Saotome (8-5-3) and Toshinori Tsunemura (7-3-4).



Around the Fighting World


The UFC held two exciting events this past week, UFC Fight Night 45 on Wednesday and UFC Fight Night 46 on Saturday.  UFC Fight Night 45 was headlined by a long desired lightweight fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jim Miller.  Donald Cerrone was able to land hard kicks to the body and eventually a hard right high kick that landed on the back of Jim Miller’s neck and dazed the UFC veteran.  Cowboy stepped in for the finish, cementing himself as one of the very best lightweights in the world.  Now Top Ten ranked lightweight, Edson Barboza was able to stop Evan Dunham in the first round with a body kick and follow up punches.  The eleven fight card had 9 finishes, Rick Story submitted “Macarrao”, Joe Proctor knocked out Justin Salas and John Lineker out landed and stopped Alp Ozkillilc in the finals seconds of the third round.

UFC Fight Night 46 took place on Saturday, July 19th in Dublin, Ireland.  The card was exciting from the opening bout which showcased how great the crowd was live at the event.  Patrick Holohan was able to hurt the heavy favorite Josh Sampo with an uppercut, but found himself in danger when Sampo attempted what looked like a deep armbar.  Holohan was able to escape and take Josh’s back where he was able to secure the rear naked choke submission.  This was just the beginning to the back and forth fights, “Al Capone” got another UFC win, Illir Latifi ran through Chris Dempsey and Norman Parke dominated Hiroyuki Kotani in his UFC return.  In the fight of the night, Cathal Pendred somehow came back from a first round beating by Mike King and put his opponent to sleep with a rear naked choke in the second round.  Ian McCall laid claim to his spot in the Top 5 at Flyweight with a unanimous decision win over Brad Pickett.  In the co-main event, Gunnar Nelson put on a mediocre performance against the tough Zak Cummings until he locked onto the back and the eventual fight-ending rear naked choke.  The Main Event had the UFC drop the lights and put the Irish flag on the big screens, as Connor McGregor came out to a raucous crowd to face The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner, Diego Brandao in his home country of Ireland.  Connor McGregor was able to shake off any offense that Brandao exhibited and walked away with a referee stoppage late in the first round.

Courtesy of Top Rank

Macau was home to some of boxing’s lighter weight-classes last Saturday as “Champions of Gold” featured a pair of two-time Olympic Gold medalists in Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KO).  Zou Shiming went 10 rounds for the first time in his career, as he beat Colombian Luis de la Rosa (23-4-1), winning the vacant WBO International Flyweight Title.  The judges scored the bout 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93, all for Zou Shiming to extend his pro record to 5-0.  Guillermo Rigondeaux put an end to Sod Kokietgym’s 37-fight unbeaten streak when he finished the fight in the first round after an inadvertent head butt hurt Kokietgym.  The referee restarted the fight and Rigondeaux pounced on his opponent and finished the fight with a left hand after Sod.  Rigondeaux continues his unbeaten streak and defends his WBO and WBA Super Bantamweight Titles for the second time.  Unbeaten Gilberto Ramirez (29-0) continues his impressive career with another first round knockout of New Zealand’s Junior Talipeau (20-2-1).  Gilberto knocked Talipeau down three times in the first round, the first being a right uppercut, the second was a combination of rights after a right uppercut a few seconds earlier and the final shot was a left hand that put Talipeau down in the corner of the ring.


Courtesy of K-1 — The K-1 Koshien 2014 Finalists

Monday, July 21st, back in Shinjuku FACE for the second time last week, the newly formed K-1 World League held it’s first event and the event showcased K-1’s first Koshien tournament in over two years.  The fighters faced off in a four block bracketed tournament to determine the K-1 Koshien 2014 Finalists.  2014 Krush 55kg Rookie of the Year, Sano (佐野天馬), was a heavy favorite of this tournament, but won two close decisions on his way to one part of the finals.  Shinohara had momentum going into his semifinal bout with Hiramoto (平本蓮) after a second round knockout in his previous fight, but a back and forth fight ended with a Hiramoto decision 2-1.  The two will meet on November 3rd to determine the 2014 K-1 Koshien Champion.

If K-1’s card wasn’t enough kickboxing on a Monday in Japan, New Japan Kickboxing Federation held it’s “5th” event in Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by Tetsuya Yamato defending his WBC Muay Thai International Super Lightweight Title.  Yamato defeated … by knockout in the third round.  Kunitaka Fujiwara defended his WBC Muay Thai International Super Bantamweight Title by taking a split decision (50-49, 48-49, 49-48).  TOMONORI won the WBC Muay Thai Japan Bantamweight Title by 4th round knockout.  Tae (テヨン) was able to land some devastating elbows that led to a cut under the left eye of TaCa which led to a 4th round doctor’s stoppage to win the WBC Muay Thai Japan Super Lightweight Title.



News From Around Asia

Announced on Friday’s Shooto GIG Tokyo card, a Shooto World Flyweight (52kg) Title Fight between (#1) Nobita Naito and (C) Shinya Murofushi on September 27th.


Cung Le getting ready for his main event fight with Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night Macau on August 23rd


Former Strikeforce fighters and current kickboxing/MMA fighters Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef sign with Bellator


Yodsanklai Fairtex returns at Lion Fight 18 in Las Vegas on Sept 5th


Cris Cyborg to train in Thailand?





Archived News

Grachan 14 and Mach Festival Results
Shooto GIG Tokyo Vol. 17 Results
Hyun Gyu Lim returns at UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan, Faces Takenori Sato

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