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The event is scheduled to air live on HDNet on Monday, July 20 at 3 am ET (translation: really late Sunday night), so all of you hardcores be sure to take a nap because the Japanese events run looonng.
There will be the semis and finals to the welterweight tournament, appearances from “JT Money“, Melvin Manhoef, Paulo Filho; and Shinya Aoki will be in the house, rocking his trademark spandex while facing off with the extremely capable Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
Be here or be square.
We’re just about under way folks. First fight will be starting shortly.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Ikemoto Seichi (Welterweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout): We’re off. The two measure each other for a while before clinching up against the ropes. They exchange big knees in the clinch. They separate and exchange blows. Back to the clinch. They break and Seichi throws a big superman punch, which he follows shortly after with a spinning backfist. Seichi scores a takedown and begins to ground and pound. Saffiedine works back to his feet and they clinch against the ropes. The ref separates the two. Big right hand by Saffiedine. Tarec seems like he’s on to something as he throws heavy bomb after heavy bomb. Five Ounces scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine
Saffiedine starts out the second measuring Seichi with the big right hand. He continues to tee off with power shots before securing a takedown with just under two minutes left in the bout. Tarec passes to side control, and then to mount…Seichi scrambles and drops back for a heel hook but comes up empty. Back to the feet, and Seichi ends the bout with a takedown. Five Ounces scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine
Winner: Tarec Saffiedine – Unanimous Decision
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis (Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinals): They trade in the center of the ring and Sakurai has sustained a nasty gash above his left eye. Time is called while the doctors check on it. They let it go. Huge head kick by Zaromskis and Sakurai hits the deck. A couple of punches later the fight is appropriately waved off.
Winner: Marius Zaromskis – TKO Round 1
Andre Galvao vs. Jason High (Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinals): They scramble on the ground after standing briefly and Galvao locks up the left leg of High looking for a submission. He’s working hard for a kneebar but somehow High escapes. Galvao takes his back, looking for the rear-naked choke. Galvao has High’s body triangled as he punches to the side of the head looking for the strangle hold. High is doing a fantastic job defending. Galvao ends up in the mount. Total domination for the Brazilian so far with one minute to go. Galvao sinks in the choke and squeezes hard but High escapes again. The round ends with Galvao looking for an armbar. Five Ounces scores the round 10-9 for Galvao
High starts out dropping bombs in the second. Galvao falls to the floor but High wants nothing of his ground game so the ref stands him up. Galvao presses forward while High is cautious of the takedown. High moving forward now, looking for a big bomb to land and end the fight, throwing hard kicks. Five Ounces scores the round 10-9 for High
Winner: Jason High – Split Decision
Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Katsunori Kikuno: Amade starts the round throwing hard punches but nothing lands solid. The two size each other up for close to two minutes. They clinch but nothing happens and they break. Kikuno is throwing nothing, “Dida” is throwing very little. The referee stops the action and warns both men to start fighting. They restart and Amade is content to sit back and do nothing but Kikuno sure isn’t. He rushes forward and rocks “Dida” with a big kne and some hard punches. He drags the Brazilian to the canvas and takes the mount where he proceeds to beat the stuffing out of Amade for the TKO victory.
Winner: Katsunori Kikuno – TKO Round 1
Paulo Filho vs. Melvin Manhoef: Manhoef starts out quick and clips Filho bad. Filho clinches up for a bit but Melvin creates space and begins to tee away. Manhoef begans to bang away again and Filho scores a takedown out of it. The Brazilian takes the mount and transitions to an armbar for the come from behind victory.
Winner: Paulo Filho – Submission Round 1 (armbar)
Jesse Taylor vs. Dong Sik Yoon: Jesse shoots right away and ends up scoring the takedown. Taylor works to side control, then works his way to Yoon’s back. It appears as though Dong is injured and the ref stops the fight. The doctors pay close attention to the left ankle of Yoon at the conclusion of the bout. The replay shows Yoon’s leg shattering off of the initial takedown from Taylor. Brutal injury.
Winner: Jesse Taylor – TKO Round 1 (injury)
Shinya Aoki vs. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro: Aoki is sporting normal fight trunks over his trademark spandex tights. Kind of a let down to be honest.
Aoki controls the pace of the fight on the feet for the first half of the opening round using his reach to his advantage. Aoki is working some good kicks and Shaolin reaches in without much success. The referee stops the fighters and urges them to pick up the pace. They clinch but nothing happens and they break. They continue to feel each other out with nothing much happening. Aoki lands a big knee to the chin in the clinch. Aoki is consciously choosing to keep the fight standing. Five Ounces scores the round 10-9 for Aoki
Ribeiro starts out the second with a sense of urgency but Aoki throws a flying knee and winds up on the Brazilian’s back. They separate and Aoki continues to dominate the stand-up. Shaolin with the takedown. Aoki is working his trademark rubber guard but Ribeiro is doing a good job of avoiding anything dangerous. Aoki closes his guard and does nothing much else to finish out the round. Five Ounces scores the round 10-10
Winner: Shinya Aoki – Unanimous Decision
Marius Zaromskis vs. Jason High: High winds up in the top position early on but Zaromskis scramble back to his feet and scores his own takedown. Back to their feet…. HUGE right head kick by Zaromskis knocks High out cold. The Lithuanian fighter follows the kick with a couple of hard punches but High was already fast asleep.
Winner: Marius Zaromskis – Knockout Round 1 (Welterweight Grand Prix Champion)