The ONE Championship: “Battleground Part II” took place on Friday (August 13, 2021) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The 'card' totally dedicated to MMA fights was broadcast by several platforms all over the world, among them, ABEMATV.
In the 'main event' of the schedule, we had a 'crucial' fight in the lightweight division between Eduard Folayang, (22-11), the celebrated hero of the Philippines, who is coming off the longest losing streak in his career, against Lipeng Zhang, (30-11-2), 'ex-athlete' of the UFC and winner of the only season of “The Ultimate Fighter: China” (in 2014). Folayang - who hails from Kung Fu - wanted to prove that he still has a lot to do, despite having helped build Filipino MMA from the start. Zhang, who has a 2-2 UFC record, is also a great fighter and didn't hesitate to attack until he achieved his goals.
Folayang tried to "get the right step" and started the fight by delivering powerful kicks to the leg of the strong Chinese who, after accepting the 'exchange', knocked his opponent down and began to work with 'ground and pound' punches until he "opened the way" to the back of Folayang. The veteran used his experience and resisted the submission, despite absorbing some powerful “blows”.
Both men landed hits right at the start of the second round. Folayang, ('former ONE lightweight champion'), showed his aggression and continued to attack with his devastating kicks, as well as defending Zhang's takedown attempts.
The "script" would be repeated at the beginning of the third round until Zhang "connected" an "uppercut" from the right. From there, Zhang showed that he's been in his best form since leaving the UFC, maintaining lateral control and taking the fight until the end of regular time. The Chinese's tactic was enough to guarantee him the unanimous decision victory and raise his 'record' to 31-11-2. Folayang, meanwhile, was down to 22-12.
After the result, Lipeng Zhang challenged Japanese 'star' Shinya Aoki to fight on an upcoming ONE Championship card.
In the 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) we saw a duel between Brazilian Alex Silva and Chinese Li Tao Miao. Silva - a 'former ONE' straw weight world champion (in 2017) - showed a sharp Jiu-Jitsu, almost got the submission, but ended up winning by unanimous decision of the judges after three rounds. Your 'record' goes up to 10-6. Miao drops to 6-4.
Another fight worthy of note on the card occurred between the Norwegian heavyweight Thomas Narmo (4-0-0 ) and the Cameroonian Alain Ngalani (4-6-0 ). The battle ended in “no contest” after an “accidental” kick to the groin at 4:07 of the second round.
The undefeated Norwegian was scheduled to face Brazilian Marcus “Buchecha” at the Jiu-Jitsu 'legend' debut at the ONE Championship, scheduled for September 24 in Singapore.
The fighter Eko Roni Saputra (5-1), in turn, applied a massive knockout in just 10 seconds over Peng Shuai Liu (6-7).
Check out the results of ONE: 'Battleground-Part II' which include:
ONE: "Battleground-Part II"
13 August 2021
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Lipeng Zhang defeated Eduard Folayang via unanimous decision after three rounds
Alex Silva defeated Li Tao Miao via unanimous decision after three rounds
Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani finished in “No Contest”
Eko Roni Saputra defeated Peng Shuai Liu by “KO” (punch) at 0:10 of the first round
Rahul Raju defeated Otgonbaatar Nergui via submission (naked choke) at 3:54 of the second round
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 14 / 08 / 2021
Caption : Eduard Folayang helped build MMA in the Philippines from the beginning.
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Caption : Lipeng Zhang overcame Eduard Folayang at ONE: “Battleground-Part II” after three rounds.
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The “Grachan 49” was held on Saturday (August 07, 2021). The cage was set up at the 176box in Osaka, Japan. The “Grachan” is the only professional mixed martial arts organization “born on the streets” and has gained social credibility in the 'land of the Rising Sun' since its inaugural event, in August 2015. The franchise has also promoted some of its 'cards' in conjunction with a US military base in Japan. As usual, Mr. Hiroyuki Iwasaki, (CEO of G. Global Co., Ltd.), provided us with a 'card' made up of excellent MMA fights.
In the 'main event' (and therefore the 'main event') of the 'schedule' we experienced a 'drama' when Takahiro Kawanaka imposed a 'TKO' on Gota Yamashita just 50 seconds into the first round. The 'scruffling' sound of the 'right left' echoed in the hallway of the 176box. With the victory, Kawanaka gained the right to challenge great welterweight champion Hiroki Nagaoka.
Already in the 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) we saw an exciting battle in the bantamweight division between Motonobu Tezuka and Takeya Takemoto. Tezuka ended up winning by unanimous decision after three rounds of a fight in which the fighters developed a lot in the solo game. With the victory, the athlete from the 'Cobra Kai MMA Dojo' team challenged Soraya Ito, champion of the bantamweight division of the “Grachan” and also 'appealed' to fight in the “RIZIN”.
Another fighter who won by unanimous decision (3-0) was Yutaka Ueda. The veteran of 'DEEP Impact', 'Wardog Cage Fight' and “Grachan” himself spent the two pre-set rounds to get past Yota Hayashi, who until then was fighting for the “Shooto” promotion.
Among the heavyweights, Hidetaka Arato beat Takahiro Tababa by 'TKO' at 1:08 of the opening round. After the fight, with a microphone in his hands, Hidetaka promised to “dominate the 'Grachan' heavyweight division until he wins the category title”.
Check out the results of "Grachan 49" which include:
07 August 2021
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
Takahiro Kawanaka defeated Gota Yamashita by “KO / TKO” at 0:50 of the first round
Motonobu Tezuka defeated Takeya Takemoto via unanimous decision at 5:00 of the third round
Yutaka Ueda defeated Yota Hayashi via unanimous decision at 5:00 of the second round
Hidetaka Arato defeated Takahiro Tababa by “KO / TKO” at 1:08 of the first round
Yutaka Imamura vs. Takakazu Ikeda (result not provided by the organization)
Takumi Nakayama and Hatsu Hioki tied after the allotted time expired
Kento Takahashi vs. Yuki Ueda (result not provided by the organization)
Takumi Nakayama vs. Yasuaki Kishimoto ( Fight Canceled )
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 09 / 08 / 2021
Caption : The 'poster' promoting the “Grachan 49” held at 176box, in Osaka, Japan.
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Caption : Takahiro Kawanaka defeated Gota Yamashita by “TKO” in just 50 seconds of the first round.
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Without promoting a single show since May 19, 2019, the 'Top Fighting Championship' (or 'Top FC') finally returned to action.
The Korean promotion became known to Asian MMA aficionados by projecting names such as Chinese Weili Zhang, who became the organization's first women's straw weight champion.
Originally from Kung Fu, Zhang would still win the belt in the category (52 kg) also in the UFC.
After nearly 22 months and several cancellations due to the pandemic, the company resumed its activities on Saturday night (July 17, 2021) when it promoted “TFC Dream 7” in Uljin, South Korea.
The schedule was full of violent fights and interruptions, with only one confrontation reaching the end of regular time. There were 13 fights in total.
In the 'main event' (and therefore the 'main event') of the card, we saw Kickboxing expert Sung Hyuk Choi show his skills also in the solo fight by submitting Byung Seok Kim in a lightweight clash.
Choi, 26, landed four kicks to the inside of Kim's thigh, who didn't respond, preferring to work with his hands. Choi "bited the bait" and was knocked down by Kim with relative ease during a punch combination.
Both struggled for dominance of the ground positions, with little damage being done. The fight was defined when Choi landed a choke on his opponent's back. As a result, Choi raised his MMA record to 4-1, while Kim, who was submitted for the third time in a row, dropped to 2-3.
The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') was a battle between two rookies in the bantamweight division, with Seo Ho Cho imposing his dominance in the 'swapping' since the beginning of the first 'round'. He “connected” a knee and a left 'hook' to Dong Hoon Choi, who responded with a nice combination of right and left 'hooks' to the face. Over the course of the 'round', both athletes continued to invest in the 'exchange' of blows, but from then on, it was Choi who put more “pressure” and Cho had no answers for the speed and change of posture of his opponent. He was only able to kick his opponent's leg sparingly.
The situation would only change when Cho took the takedown and threw some punches at the 'Team Pohang MAD' athlete. However, in the second round, Choi invested with a left hook and complemented it with a “myriad” of blows on his fallen opponent, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Choi (1-0) managed to land an emphatic stoppage victory on his professional debut, while Cho (0-1) lost in his first MMA fight.
Among women, we would like to highlight the fight of Soo Yeon Kim (1-0) and Bo Ram Han (0-2). Soo Yeon Kim is a “Kickboxer” turned YouTube personality. She made use of her track record in competitions like 'Rise' and 'DEEP Kick' to land the most effective hits and achieve unanimous decision victory in her debut in mixed martial arts competitions.
Check out the results of "TFC Dream 7" which include:
TFC Dream 7
17 July 2021
Uljin Expo Park
Uljin, South Korea
Sung Hyuk Choi defeated Byung Seok Kim via submission (naked choke) at 2:40 of the first round
Dong Hoon Choi defeated Seo Ho Cho by “TKO” (strikes) at 3:19 of the second round
Chan Soo Lee defeated Kyung Min Cho by “TKO” (punches) at 3:16 of the first round
Chang Bin Park beat Kujanson by “TKO” (punches) at 3:52 of the third round
Soo Yeon Kim defeated Bo Ram Han via unanimous decision at 5:00 of the third round
Jun Hyun Park defeated Ji Won Park by “TKO” (punches) at 1:30 of the first round
Yi Sak Lee defeated Hyo Sung Eun by “TKO” (punches) at 1:40 of the first round
Geun Hee Kim defeated Jung Kyun Kim by “TKO” (punches) at 2:48 of the third round
Jun Ho Shin defeated Young Uk Woo by “TKO” (strikes) at 4:50 of the first round
And Jin Park beat Gi Seung Ham by submission ( choke ) at 0:48 of the second round
Sang Min Park defeated Hyung Joo Seo by “TKO” (strikes) at 1:10 of the second round
Seon Kyu Jung defeated Guk Hee Lee by “TKO” (strikes) at 3:14 of the first round
No-Gi Special Match: Hyun Soo Lee vs. Seon Ho Hong ended in a draw
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 07 / 08 / 2021
Caption : Once again the highlight went to the 'Round Girls', responsible for “sprucing up” the intervals between fights.
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Caption : Top FC projected names like Weili Zhang, the organization's women's straw weight champion.
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The annual event “Tachikawa Martial Arts Fest”, which is a promotion of the 'Kingdom El Gaits' in collaboration with the Tachikawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was held in its sixth year.
The event returned last Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Tachikawa Colosseo, Tachikawa, Japan.
The first part of the tournament, dubbed 'FIGHTING DISCO 2021', became a programming centered on young people. However, since close contact with coronavirus was confirmed in the 'Kingdom' Fuchu branch, all fighters in the branch were banned from participating and the number of fights on the card was greatly reduced and changed.
In addition, the official photographer of the event tested positive, and the 'rings announcer' also showed symptoms of fever for several days and, although the latter tested negative, both were replaced.
Then MMA fighter Hidetada Irie (from 'Kingdom' Tachikawa) suddenly found himself as a 'ring announcer' ('announcer').
As a result of the setbacks, the 'Kingdom' folks lost 1-2 in the 'team challenge' with a 'KROSS x OVER' combined. Fights were held under the rules of Kickboxing and MMA.
Highlight for Keita Kaneko, who won his first MMA fight. He fought in place of Osamu Komaki, who was supposed to compete for 'Kingdom' Fuchu, but was removed from the 'card' because of the coronavirus.
The second part of the tournament was called "Tire Fight Launch Battle T-0001" ~ Tire God Advent ~ because it is dedicated to the fights of the modality 'Tire Fight' (or "tire fight", in Portuguese), where victory or defeats are decided by taking down and/or knocking out the opponent or taking your foot off the tire.
These disputes are divided into three weight classes ('absolute' or 'free weight' category, up to 80 kg category and up to 60 kg category).
At the “main event” we saw Noboru Uchida, 46, a heavyweight “Kickboxer” who debuted at 'K-1 Survival' on May 28, 2000. He was introduced as an “absolute class god” of the “tire fight ”.
His opponent was Shoichiro Nakamura, not by chance, Uchida's first opponent in his MMA debut in 2019.
Nakamura attacked Uchida right after the start. In turn, Uchida put “pressure” with a left 'hook'. However, Nakamura showed no decline and pushed Uchida. The latter showed his ferocity, but Nakamura knocked him off balance with a punch. The referee did not consider the “KO” and the fight continued. Both sides used all their strength. In the end, Uchida ended up winning the victory with a great turnaround and getting revenge for the defeat suffered in MMA.
In the interview after the fight, Uchida declared he has a grudge against Enson Inoue (the fighter Kazushi Miyamoto's coach) and wants to continue the 'fight' of 'RIZIN'.
NE: Inoue went up and tried to “strangle” Uchida, when he entered the ring in solidarity with his athlete, who suffered a “TKO”, applied by Inoue's student. Check out the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCjThNVkTbw
-“The grudge against Enson was mentioned in the post-fight 'fight' (Tsuyoshi Sudario vs. Kazushi Miyamoto) of 'RIZIN.27', in March of this year. Is it okay to solve it with a 'tire fight'?” he said, aware of having worn a T-shirt with a handwritten challenge to Enson Inoue.
Uchida thinks he can show a match between Yoshihiro Takayama and Don Frye.
Will a “tire fight” between Uchida and Inoue be held? We'll know at next year's event.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 08 / 2021
Caption : The “absolute god” of the 'tire fight', Uchida (right) won an unexpected victory.
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Caption : The fighter 'White Rice' won the fight for the under 80kg title in the “tire fight”.
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After several weeks of 'hiatus', the ONE Championship got back into action last Friday (Jul 30, 2021) with their ONE: 'Battleground' concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The event was broadcast 'live' to the US via the 'Pay-Per-View' system.
The 'card' began with a fight by young Victoria Lee, just 17 years old. It was the second fight and the second win by submission of the fighter nicknamed “The Prodigy”. His MMA debut took place during ONE: 'Fists of Fury', in February this year.
This time, the younger sister of the current ONE champions - Christian Lee and Angela Lee - submitted the Chinese Luping Wang - WLF veteran - with an armbar in the first round.
Also among the women, Ritu Phogat, from India, secured the biggest victory of her career by beating the Chinese Lin Heqin. The 27-year-old was trying to recover from a split decision loss to Bi Nguyen at ONE: 'Dangal', while the Chinese was coming off a streak of 11 straight wins.
Phogat's triumph came thanks to his mastery of the ground. After reading the judges' “papers” - which gave her the unanimous victory - the athlete from India raised her record to 5-1, while Lin went to 14-3-1, in what was her first defeat since 2016.
The only Brazilian at the event, Leandro Ataídes didn't do well against former champion Aung La N Sang. The light heavyweight fighter was coming off three straight victories before losing his last showdown against Reinier de Ridder. In turn, N Sang had lost both his titles, also to De Rider. The two athletes wanted revenge, but only one of them would have the right to a rematch.
And this will be awarded to the athlete from Myanmar, who used a brutal combination of punches to take the Brazilian to the knockout in the first round.
In the main event (held under Muay Thai rules) of the schedule, Thai Prajanchai PK Saenchai and Sam-A Gaiyanghadao competed for the organization's flyweight champion belt. The title went to Prajanchai after a fair majority decision victory.
Check out the results of ONE: 'Battleground' which include:
30 July 2021
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Muay Thai: Prajanchai PKSaenchaigym beat Sam-A Gaiyanghadao by majority decision (fly title)
MMA: Aung La Nsang beat Leandro Ataides by KO at 3:45 of the first round
MMA: Gustavo Balart defeated Ryuto Sawada by unanimous decision
MMA: Ritu Phogat defeated Heqin Lin by unanimous decision
MMA: Jeremy Papatiw defeated Rui Chen by unanimous decision
MMA: Victoria Lee beat Luping Wang by submission (arm-bar) at 3:22 of the first round
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 02 / 08 / 2021
Caption : The 17 year old girl “stole” the scene at ONE: 'Battleground'.
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Caption : The 'Prajanchai vs. Sam-A' even had the entrance of a fighter dressed as “The Flash”.
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Created in 1985, Shooto is classified as 'the father of Japanese MMA' and has already been considered the “Pride of the lightweights”, in addition to having revealed great names in mixed martial arts to the world. Already established in countries such as the USA, Finland, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Germany and England, among others, the event arrived in Brazil in 2003.
Now, again, the oldest franchise in the sport in the modern era is back in our country.
Shooto Brasil 108 was held with a strict prevention protocol against Covid-19. The rules were elaborated together with the Brazilian Athletic Commission of MMA ( CABMMA ). All athletes involved in the event were tested with a quick test on the day of the fight and at the weigh-in.
The event took place on Saturday (July 26, 2021) and took place at the Upper Arena, Rio de Janeiro-RJ.
The 'card' consisted of 26 MMA fights, 22 of which were male and 04 female. Highlight for some of the athletes from the North and Northeast regions of the country who won their fights in what is one of the most important promotions in Latin America.
Among these, we can mention the Amapá fighter, Juscelino Pantoja, who made his second fight at Shooto Brasil.
The confrontation, held in the flyweight category (+57 kg at Shooto) lasted just 1 minute and 48 seconds. As promised, the Amapá native knocked out Erick “Iguana” Gomes from Sergipe in the first round and won his second victory in the organization.
With 100% success in the sport, Pantoja climbed to 2-0, while Erik dropped to 1-1.
-“Thank you to everyone who cheered for me. I thank God for one more victory and a fulfilled promise, one more knockout ”.-said, after the victory.
It's worth remembering that, in his debut for the franchise, in November of last year, the fighter knocked out the Amazonian, Anthony “Boika” at 4m49s of the 1st round, at Shooto Brasil 104.
Among the women who entered the Shooto Brasil 108 octagon, we highlight the athlete from Valencia-BA, Flordinice Muniz, a boxing and Jiu-Jitsu fighter, who had already won an MMA belt at DM Fight 2, in March of this year, as well. in Rio de Janeiro.
She beat experienced Sergipe Anne Karoline, also known as “Karol Mutante”, by split decision of the judges after three rounds.
As a result, Flordinice moved up to 2-0, while her opponent dropped to 7-9.
After the victory, the Valencian athlete was very excited, thanking all the support she had and the fans in her city celebrated on their social networks.
-"You don't know what it's like to lose in MMA."-said the narrator of the event, after the announcement of the second success of the fighter in her beginning of her career.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 26 / 07 / 2021
Caption : Juscelino Pantoja on the occasion of his victorious debut at Shooto Brasil 104.
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Caption : Flordinice Muniz, National MMA Champion in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
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The South Korean event, 'Road FC', returned after 18 months last Saturday night, July 03, 2021, at the Changwon Gymnasium in Changwon, the ninth most populous city in South Korea.
As we previously announced, the highlight of the lineup was actually the 'co-main event' (and therefore the 'co-main event') of the 'card', in which Kim Jae-Hoon, 31, faced Geum Gwang-San, in a fight in the best 'Freak Show' style.
A curiosity about this 'bizarre' confrontation is that Kim Jae-Hoon was classified as an "ex-member" of the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) by the international specialized media, while his opponent, Geum Gwang-San, is an actor who decided to become a fighter and make his MMA debut at the age of 45.
The former entered the fight with a weight advantage of 45 kg, having used every gram to achieve victory and as a “former mobster” was forced to use a 'rash guard' to cover his Yakuza tattoos. It is worth remembering that in some countries in Asia it is forbidden to wear tattoos and the event was also broadcast to those places.
In the fight itself, both fighters attacked the legs from the start. Once that process was over, it was Kim who pushed forward and landed some punches. After a battle in the clinch, Geum was thrown over the grid (from the 'cage') and, already on the ground, was hit by a myriad of punches from the 'ground and pound'. As Geum didn't show any reaction, the referee stopped the fight to preserve the athlete's physical integrity. The “ex-member” of the Yakuza was declared the winner after knocking out his opponent at 2 minutes and 06 seconds of the first round.
Kim (1-4) fell to the ground in tears as he took his first professional victory on his fifth attempt, while Geum (0-1) lost on his MMA debut.
In the 'main event' (and therefore 'main event') of this “Road FC 058” we saw In Su Hwang become the new middleweight champion after knocking out Il Hak Oh at 34 seconds of the second round. With the title belt Hwang (6-1) got the sixth knockout of his career in his hometown. Oh (4-1), on the other hand, lost for the first time.
Another fight on the card that deserves to be highlighted was the one that marked the return of Hae Jin Park, eliminated almost two years ago in “Road FC 055” while fighting for the featherweight title. This time, the Jiu-Jitsu specialist took his opponent, Doo Seok Oh, to the ground and submitted him with a “leglock” with just 59 seconds into the fight. Park returned to winning ways and moved up to 8-1, while his opponent dropped to 3-6.
In the opening match of the main event, highly touted lightweight prospect Si Won Park (6-0) defeated Tae Sung Kim (4-1) via KO with just 1 minute and 16 seconds of the first round.
Check out the results of "Road FC 058" which include:
Road FC 058
03 July 2021
Changwon, South Korea
In Su Hwang he beat Il Hak Oh by “TKO” (punches) at 0:34 of the second round
Kim Jae-Hoon defeated Geum Gwang-San by “TKO” (punches) at 2:06 of the first round
Won Jun Choi beat Dong Hwan Lim via submission ( choke ) at 3:01 of the first round
Hae Jin Park defeated Doo Seok Oh by submission ("leglock") at 0:59 of the first round
Si Won Park defeated Tae Sung Kim by KO at 1:16 of the first round
Ji Yong Yang defeated Jung Hyun Lee via unanimous decision after two rounds
Jin Park defeated Sung Soo Lee via unanimous decision after two rounds
Sergei Choi defeated Young Han Kim via unanimous decision after two rounds
Woo Jae Kim defeated Dong Soo Seo by “TKO” (punches) at 1:45 of the second round
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 07 / 07 / 2021
Caption : “Former mobster” Kim Jae-Hoon finally won in professional MMA.
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Caption : Kim Jae-Hoon used his weight advantage to knock out Geum Gwang-San.
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Launched on January 8, 2001 by Shigeru Saeki, “DEEP Impact” is one of the most traditional MMA events in Japan and one of the most important in the world.
On Sunday, July 4th, 2021, the “DEEP 102 Impact” was held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.
The 'card' marked the franchise's 20th anniversary celebration and the fights were broadcast 'live' by 'Pay-Per-View' from 17:45 pm (local time) for customers who were unable to attend the venue due to the new coronavirus. Still, all the places made available by the organizers in the gym were sold out.
The most anticipated fight on this 'card' for us Brazilians was the dispute for the middleweight title (83,85kg) of “DEEP” between our compatriot João Batista Yoshimura and Japanese Tatsuya Mizuno. Not by chance, the duel was the 'co-main event' (and therefore, “co-main event”) of the schedule.
João Batista Yoshimura made his debut in “DEEP” in 2004. Although he stayed away from the game from 2010 to 2015, he returned to competition in September 2020, when he participated in “HEAT 47”. At the time, he beat Go Hishinuma by “TKO” (technical knockout) with a left 'hook' at 1:13 of the first round.
Tatsuya Mizuno, on the other hand, is a veteran fighter, originally from Judo, who made his professional MMA debut in 2006. In 2008, he fought world-class athletes such as Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipović, Melvin Manhoef and Gegard Mousasi in the “DREAM”, and in February 2018, he won the middleweight title of “DEEP” by defeating Taisuke Okuno.
The athletes had previously faced each other, in a fight that was not valid for the title, at “DEEP 98 IMPACT”, in November of last year, when Yoshimura won by “TKO / KO” at 4:44 of the second round.
In this rematch, Mizuno starts the first round working on the 'swap'. Batista counterattacks. Mizuno restarts with his punches, but slips and is attacked by Yoshimura with 'Ground and Pound' punches. However, the referee interrupts and the fight returns to standing. Mizuno throws punches and kicks at Yoshimura, who again counterattacks. The fight continues until the end of the initial period.
In the second round, Mizuno delivers a frontal right kick to Batista's belly. Afterwards, Batista intensifies his attacks with left and right hooks and moves forward. Mizuno falls when hit by a left “hook” and is punished by punches from the 'Ground and Pound' until the referee stops the fight to preserve the athlete's physical integrity. João Batista Yoshimura wins by knockout 32 seconds into the second round, dethrones Mizuno and becomes the new middleweight champion of “DEEP”. With the achievement, he also made sport history.
After the fight, Yoshimura dedicated the victory to his wife and children, his mentor Danilo Zanolini and his team.
-"Thank you for coming. I started in martial arts at age 12 and in the beginning I became a Karate champion in São Paulo. I came with my Father from Brazil to Japan to become a champion instead of an office worker. Mom, Dad, I was champion. And for my kids. Thank you, Mr. Danilo. Thank you Mr. Saeki. I want to fight for the title of champion under 77 kg too.”-said Yoshimura, showing that he intends to win new titles.
In the 'main event' (and therefore the “main event”) of this “DEEP 102 Impact”, we had another fight valid for a title fight, in this case, in the featherweight category. The fight was also a rematch and, this time, Juntaro Ushiku got revenge for the loss he suffered to Daisuke Nakamura, last February, beating him by split decision, after three rounds.
For additional details on “DEEP 102 Impact”, as well as the full results of last Sunday's concert and information about upcoming events, please visit the franchise's official website: http://www.deep2001.com/
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 07 / 2021
Caption : João Batista Yoshimura won the “DEEP” middleweight title.
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Caption : João Batista Yoshimura made the sport's history by winning the title of one of the most important events in the world.
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On Sunday (June 27, 2021), the Rizin Fighting Federation returned to its activities with “Rizin 29”. The card brought with it the second half of the 16-man bantamweight tournament in the bantamweight division.
“Rizin 29” also included the 'RIZIN KICK', a one-night kickboxing tournament, running the semi-final round early in the schedule, then saving the final for the main event slot.
This time, the fights took place in the city of Osaka, also in Japan.
The “opening ceremonies” began at 12:30 pm Eastern US and Canadian time. North American fans were able to watch the event 'live' via 'Pay-Per-View' broadcast on 'LiveNow'.
On the MMA side, the bantamweight GP continued, as mentioned earlier. Highlight for the participation of Brazilian Alan Yamaniha (18-8). The fighter from São Paulo faced the Japanese Kazuma Kuramoto (8-2), almost knocking him out with punches several times in the first round.
In the second period of the fight, Yamaniha almost submitted Kazuma with a guillotine. But from then on, Kuramoto began to put pressure on the Brazilian. The latter, despite the effort made earlier, used his experience in MMA to manage the advantage he built in the first two rounds and managed to win his first fight at Rizin. With the victory, Yamaniha advances towards the quarterfinals of the bantamweight GP.
All three other matches in the tournament went to the judges' decision. Takafumi Otsuka (29-18) defeated Hiroki Yamashita (8-9) while Kenta Takizawa (12-7) won a controversial victory over Masakazu Imanari (38-20).
Yuto Hokamura, a native of Osaka, won the promotion's newcomer, Kuya Ito, unanimously.
With the win, Hokamura improved to 14-9-2 and now has two wins in his three fights for the franchise, while Ito has dropped to 10-9-1, but has won many fans thanks to his performance.
In the Kickboxing tournament called the 'RIZIN KICK One Night Tournament' we saw four bantamweight fighters fighting for a symbolic belt of the organization.
This GP was won by Taiju Shiratori. To do so, he passed Chikai Iimura in the semifinals and went into the decisive fight with the popular Koji Tanaka, known to the local public as “Kouzi”.
The fight was explosive, especially in the last round, with both athletes going up and giving their all, looking for the definitive knockout. Shiratori, who had already applied a “knockdown” in the first round, dominated most of the fight and ended up winning by unanimous decision of the judges.
The day after the fight, Koji Tanaka spoke about his feelings in a video posted on his YouTube channel, the “Koji Channel.” He said he had to undergo surgery due to a fractured bone near his right eye and revealed who went directly to apologize to Genji Umeno, his opponent in the semifinals.
He also ruled out a possible retirement in a message aimed at his fans.
Genji Umeno, in turn, also wants to do another battle with the popular fighter. Will a second fight between Koji and Umeno be held?
For now, stay with the results of "Rizin 29" which include:
27 June 2021
Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka
Kickboxing: Taiju Shiratori defeated Koji Tanaka via unanimous decision
MMA: Yuto Hokamura defeated Kuya Ito via unanimous decision
MMA: Takafumi Otsuka defeated Hiroki Yamashita via unanimous decision
MMA: Kenta Takizawa defeated Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision
MMA: Alan Yamaniha defeats Kazuma Kuramoto via unanimous decision
MMA: Yusuke Yachi defeated Yuki Kawana via unanimous decision
MMA: Rikuto Shirakawa defeated Jin Aoi via unanimous decision
Kickboxing: Taiju Shiratori beat Ryo Takahashi by “TKO” (punches) at 1:37 of the first round
Kickboxing: Koji Tanaka vs. Genji Umeno finished in “No Contest”
Kickboxing: Yoshinari Nadaka beat Chikai Iimura by “TKO” (nose injury) at 3:00 of the first round
Kickboxing: Seiki Ueyama beat Josei Izumi by “TKO” (three “knockdowns”) at 0:55 of the second round
Kickboxing: Yuma Yamahata vs. Kiyoto Takahashi ended in a draw (majority)
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 28 / 06 / 2021
Caption : Taiju Shiratori and Koji Tanaka made the final of RIZIN KICK 'One Night Tournament', Rizin FF Kickboxing tournament.
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Caption : Will there be a new fight between Koji Tanaka and Genji Umeno no Rizin?
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The “Grachan 48” was held on Sunday (June 20, 2021). The cage was set up at Ota Ward Industrial Plaza (PIO) in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. As usual, Mr. Hiroyuki Iwasaki, (CEO of G Global Co., Ltd.), provided us with a card. composed of excellent MMA fights.
The 'main event' (and therefore the 'main event') of this 'Grachan 48' was a fight between Ryuta Sakurai and Hiroki Nagaoka, two experienced Japanese MMA fighters, valid for the franchise's middleweight title.
Ryuta Sakurai is a 48-year veteran who has fought for Shooto, DEEP and Pride FC, as well as 'Grachan' himself, among other MMA promotions. He is known by the nickname “Mr. DEEP” since winning the middleweight title of that franchise and because of the fierce battles that took place. Ryuta has also unified the titles of the 'Grachan' and 'Gladiator' tournaments.
Hiroki Nagaoka, on the other hand, is also a veteran who turned 40 now in 2021. He has amassed participations in DEEP, Pancrase and Demolition, as well as having won the title of champion of the DXFC welterweight division. In December of last year, he beat UFC 'ex-fighter' Will Chop.
In the first round, Sakurai is knocked down after landing a frontal kick. Nagaoka punches with fists and elbows, but Sakurai - even from below - tries to finish with a triangle and varies for an "armlock", trying to win as quickly as possible. However, Nagaoka escapes by pulling her arm, then holding Sakurai firmly.
In the second period of the fight, Nagaoka knocked Sakurai down and again held him to the ground. Sakurai tries to escape and gets up, but doesn't show much efficiency on the counterattack, such as consistency on mount and when he was strapped to Nagaoka's back.
In the third and final round, Sakurai was again knocked down after trying to counterattack his opponent with a punch. Just before the allotted time expired, Sakurai assumed the mount position and even tried an arm triangle, but time was up. Nagaoka, who took the initiative on the ground from start to finish, won by unanimous decision (28-29 x 3).
As a result, Nagaoka advanced to 29-22, while Sakurai dropped to 27-26.
In the 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) we saw the good duel between Daryl Lokoku, MMA fighter from Congo who currently lives in Japan, and Junpei Sasakawa, renowned athlete in Judo and who has also competed in MMA since 2015.
The first round kicks off with Daryl putting pressure on and Sasakawa struggling to keep his distance. Daryl unleashes left and right 'hooks' that shake Sasakawa. The Japanese falls and cannot return the attack.
The second round is almost a repeat of the first, with Daryl constantly pushing and chasing Sasakawa with punches. Sasakawa defends himself firmly, but Daryl, who kept the pace, ends up winning by unanimous decision of the judges.
As such, Daryl's 'record' goes up to 11-6, while Sasakawa drops to 6-5.
Check out the results of "Grachan 48" which include:
20 June 2021
Ota Ward Industrial Plaza (PIO)
Ota, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Nagaoka defeated Ryuta Sakurai via unanimous decision after three rounds ( middleweight title )
Daryl Lokoku defeated Junpei Sasakawa via unanimous decision after two rounds
Katsushi Kojima defeated Shun Murata via majority decision after two rounds
Kengo Fujimura defeated Angelo Shinohara via unanimous decision after two rounds
Kentaro Wada defeated Hidekazu Asakura by “TKO” (referee interruption) at 1:07 of the second round
Tetsuyuki Yoshida and Takumi Miyauchi ended in a majority draw after two rounds
Tomoya Tanaka defeated Mahiro Miyoshi with a hell hook submission at 2:40 of the first round
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 22 / 06 / 2021
Caption : Hiroki Nagaoka celebrating victory with his family.
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Caption : Hiroki Nagaoka defeated Ryuta Sakurai in the 'Grachan 48' main event.
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