twitter google

A new year, and already, things are looking good. Fightlinker has a lot of plans for 2008. For starters, we’ll be cranking out the merchandise you salivating fan-boys (and girls) have been begging for. Yes, we will be making Jackal shirts, so you no longer have to send me threatening emails anymore! We’ll also finally put up the long awaited and ridiculously hyped weekly cartoon, and finally, in a few days, we’ll also be launching the finalized version of More bang for your buck, bitches.

We’re always lookin to improve, and we hope you’ll continue to make Fightlinker part of your day, because honestly, we’re probably the only reason you haven’t hung yourself in your mom’s basement.


Thanks to Swedish Guy for the wicked screenshot!

Here’s Mike David aka Euthyphro’s play by play of the K1 event. He was on the floor at the Osaka Dome and for some reason was checking up on what we were doing and just kinda ended up doing play by play on his blackberry about an hour into the event. So here’s all his comments put together into one good read. It’s a pretty comprehensive view of the event!

Winners so far (in order)
HIROYA (jd r3)
YUDAI (jd r3)
Hansen (sub r2)
Manhoef (ko r1)

Manhoef with a first round ko of nishijima. He completely dominated. Minowaman zulu up next.

Kfc actually. Zulu’s on top of minowaman, minowa tries escaping but can’t. Rd 1 to zulu (if anyone cares about this fight)

Zulu like a fat wet blanket on minowaman for most of rd2. Minowa’s got nothing.

Minowa gets to his feetn but zulu drags him back down as the bell sounds. Round 2 to zulu.

Ref keeps asking if minowa wants to give upn but he refuses. Crowd chants for minowa with 3 mins left, but the ref stops it. Zulu wins (and is fat).

Hideo Tokoro vs Tamura next.

Tokoro’s trying a few flashy spinning kicks that aren’t landing. Tamura’s wearing him down with roundhouse kicks to the body with his wrestling boots. Round 1 to Tamura.

Rd 2 comes to an end. they exchanged solid punches when on their feet, but when it got to the ground Tamura controlled the wrestling. Tamura’s round.

Oh God that was nasty. Tamura won with a kimura that he locked on, but tokoro refused to tap for the longest time. I’m still cringing in my seat, tokoro’s arm must be broken after that.

We’re back from intermission. Finals of the u18 tourney. Hiroya vs yudai starting now.

Very close first round, but I’ll give it hiroya. Feg will too, since they’re pushing him to win this whole thing.

I’d say round 2 was also close, but I saw hiroya land more solid shots. The ref told a joke to start off the third, and the crowd laughed. I, not speaking japanese, sat here in silence.

2 solid kicks to the face early, hiroya attempts a windmill kick and misses. Solid body shots from hiroya. I think the fight goes to Hiroya, but yudai looked good throughout, particularly in the third as hiroya faded a bit.

Judges decision – majority draw. We’re headed to ooooooovertime!

Yudai was all over him in the third. Hiroya tired out as it went on. Judges agree:

J1 – yudai
J2 – hiroya
J3 – yudai

Yudai wins the under-18 tourney. J2 must have been watching a different overtime round.

Yukai giggles and addresses the crowd. He bows a lot, and throws in an “onegai shimas” for good measure. He’ll be the newest member of pop sensation SMAP within the week, I’m sure. More handshakes, more bows. Yukai puts his sequined vest back on, making him look like a younger, thinner, more asian Chris Jericho.

Hiroya cries, and the women in the crowd go “awwwwwww.”Back to adult fights now, please.

They’re replaying ackah’s ko over johnnie morton. As if I needed a reminder of the last k-1 dynamite event. Anyway, it’s ackah vs musashi next. Huge entrances for both. K-1, ridiculous as their matchmaking can be, knows how to run an arena show. I’m having a great time, and the visuals are spectacular.

{Regarding the women at the event}They’re actually silent during the fights. They only allow themselves to emit squeals when trophies or crying are involved. Bernard ackah’s entrance was a lot of fun – custom theme music. Then musashi’s blew him out of the water. They take care of their own in japan. I can’t wait to see what they do for saku, funaki, and kid yamamoto. Outside, kid had by far the biggest crowd at his merch booth. Surprisingly, few people looking to buy anything saku-related. The fight still hasn’t gotten underway. Musashi’s entrance is about an hour long.

Ackah looked great in the first, completely overwhelming musashi to start off. But he tired from punching himself out, and musashi was back in it by the end of the round, landing a nice leg kick just before the bell. R1 to ackah.

Musashi looked better in round 2, as he kept ackah on his heels throughout. He never really had ackah in any trouble, but I don’t think ackah even connected with a good punch until the last 10 seconds. Musashi’s round.

Ackah scored on a trip early in the third, but musashi continued to land better punches. And then, BAM! Musashi with a highlight-reel knockout! Ackah went down from a hugh punch that landed flush across the face. Solid performance from both fighters, but musashi showed he’s the more experienced fighter. He takes the mic, and says something in japanese. Crowd applauds. A small japanese man hands him a trophy.

More k-1 rules action next. Kim young hyun vs nicholas pettas. Hyun is massive, and comes out in a muay thai headdress. Pettas trains with bob sapp, so my assumption is that this is a showcase fight for hyun. Although I think pettas had a good showing in the 2001 grand prix, so maybe he had some talent back in the day. Pettas, who looks like phil baroni off steroids, has some japanese soul singer singing his entrance music with him. It’s not bad.

Round 1. Hyun rocks pettas with the kind of skill that only a brain tumor that makes you gigantic can bring. Pettas looks lost in there against this freak, but manages to land a head kick to the delight of the crowd. A solid leg kick from pettas puts a big welt on hyun’s leg. He might’ve figured this guy out! Another gets a standing 8 count, but hyun is saved by the bell. Flabby phil baroni takes round 1 on the power of solid leg kicks.

Pettas with the early KO! Hyun had no answer for the leg kicks, which made him drop his hands. With that, pettas went to work on his face, staggered him badly, and the ref waived it off. It’s a tko since the ref waived it off while he was still standing, but hyun was on his way to the canvas. Great performance by pettas, who figured out hyun’s weakness – the fact that he had no actual skill.

Masato vs young soo choi next. Choi’s out to “going the distance” off the rocky soundtrack. Excellent choice.

Great action in the first round. Masato catches choi flush with a head kick for a knockdown that would’ve stopped the fight if this were mma. He follows it up with a leg kick that puts choi down again. Choi’s still alive at the bell, but masato looks to be in another league right now. I’m amazed choi answered the ref’s count after the head kick. It was evans/salmon-esque.

Round 2 is more of the same. Masato makes choi look silly for 3 minutes, but choi survives to hear the bell.

Masato gets the tko stoppage after choi basically just stops fighting. Little girls and teenage women rush to the exit area to attempt to touch masato. He’s so dreamy – choooooo kawaii ^_______^

Masato via tko by dreaminess in the third.

15 minute intermission here in the oooooosaka dome.

By the way to clarify, the stoppage came during the third round after masato had another one or two unanswered knockdowns. Choi looked like he should’ve been fighting hirota and yukai

Yeah, we’re approaching the 5-hour mark. I don’t know how these people go so long without a smoke. I’m not a smoker myself, but everyone floods to the balconies during the intermissions to take a cig break.

Mma rules. They announce sapp as the 37th iwgp champion. Hilarious. Ologun is taller than I would’ve guessed, and jacked.

Sapp comes out slow, ologun dances around. Ologun runs away, sapp attempts a takedown. Sapp has his back but bobby wonkt let go of the ropes until the ref makes him. Sapp gets him down and lays on top a la minowaman/zulu. Sapp actually advances position to mount, then gets tired again and just lays on him. More g+p from sapp, but his punches are weak like royce gracies. Ologun isn’t doing anything down there, and now appears to be out, so the ref jumps in. Official result is bob sapp by ko in r1

That was NFL power right there, ladies and gentlemen.

Here we go, time for a good fight! Yamamoto vs Yahya up next. Intro videos up now. They could not possibly have butchered rani’s name any worse than they did.

Yahya runs out to the ring to the tune of “jammin”. He looks pumped up.

Loud reception for yamamoto. Well, as loud as the japanese get.

GREAT first round. Yahya’s standup looks much improved – he’s still wild but he held his own against kid. Some brief ground action early and some late that was met with the bell

Yahya’s wild striking caught up with him, as yamamoto was able to counter a looping punch with a vicious knockdown shot, then finished yahya off with multiple kicks on the ground. Yahya was out for quite a while, but stood up with the help of his team. Impressive ko win by kid at about 3:00 of round 2.

Time for saku/funaki! Crowd was on fire for kid, they’ll be amped up for this one too.

The hype video for this is fantastic. They show funaki getting destroyed by hickson. Now sak vs cro cop 1, with funaki in his corner. There’s a great story to tell here, and they’re telling it. Watch this video on the telecast if you’re not familiar with the backgrounds of these two. This is billed as a battle of the uwf.

Funaki’s out first. I’ve always wanted to see a saku entrance live, so I’m incredibly pumped myself. Come on speed tk remix!

Funaki’s out in a puro mask. This has a complete puro feel to it. His attire is ridiculous.

I marked like a litle girl for saku’s entrance. Video of him flying to curitaba to train with chute boxe. He’s out in a puro mask too. It’s fight time!

Long feeling out process and lots of shouts of support for sak. It’s like 75 percent sak fans here in the dome. Sak gets a takedown after a solid punch from funaki, but nothing comes of it. First 5 mins of r1 are pretty slow overall.

Sak’s attempting a kimura-..

YES! Funaki taps! Saku wins via sub around 6:00 of round 1.

Good night and happy new year everyone! Enjoy yarennoka!

Okay, it’s Yarennoka liveblogging time! I’m watching the Japanese feed so don’t expect any commentary on the dumb shit Frank Trigg says. Past that expect an update somewhere around every 5 to 10 minutes. I won’t be breaking fights down to every punch and kick like I do with the UFC events, but you’ll know exactly what’s going on after every round. Enjoy!

Saitama super arena looks pretty packed, although I think they’ve split the arena in half. Still, good crowd. Such a difference between all the screaming hooting retards in Vegas and the normal people attending this event. After 5 minutes of uber polite speaking by a voice over the PA, they’re giving shoutouts to all the Zombie Pride workers. Go Zombie Pride, go!

I’m actually really glad I’m watching the Japanese version of the show … the production values are pretty damned slick. The show opens with haunting music and shows the fighters training. Now it changes to a montage of the fighters to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. Fuck … what can I say. Pride’s got me in it’s grip again. PRIDE NEVER DIE! Haha, the intro ends with the words “WE ARE BACK”

Haha … taiko drums are going. Is that Takada? All asians look alike to me, unfortunately. Takada does a little striptease taking off his shirt, but he’s not down to a diaper yet. Fireworks go off, and the screechy bitch makes her appearance. Man … spectacle!

They’re going through all the fighter introductions while Rage Against the Machine’s Guerilla Radio plays. Beats bearing witness to the fitness of the modern warrior. Fuck … is it the fact that I’ve been up for 30 hours now or the fact that I’ve drank like 4 energy drinks? Whatever it is, I am slave to pride. Nuthug pride. Love pride. PRIDE FOREVER.

Fedor gets a massive pop when he comes out.

Roman Zentsov vs. Mike Russow
Russow comes out strong and drops Roman. Fuck … they’re both wearing identical camo trunks … I have no idea who the hell is who any more. I’m assuming the more pasty of the two is Roman. Wait, turns out the pasty guy was Russow. Russow was on top for the majority of the round and kept moving around in half guard, then slapped on a choke that made Roman tap.


Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

THe fighters rush to eachother and struggle into a clinch. After a long battle of wills Kawajiri takes Azeredo down. Kawajiri postures a lot but doesn’t do much else. The ref moves them back into the middle of the ring. Kawajiri throws some strikes which don’t do much but gets the crowd behind him.

Now he’s in stride and the punches are starting to pick up in intensity. Luiz goes for an armbar but can’t quite get it. He then lands an upkick that takes Kawajiri off him for a moment but then he’s right back on top of him throwing punches down. The punches are starting to hurt Luiz but he’s still got the presence of mind to go for armbar attempts. Luiz really has to do something because he’s getting his ass kicked.

The ref stands them up and gives Luiz a yellow card. Oh yellow cards, how I love thee.

And it takes all of 30 seconds for Kawajiri to take Luiz down and continue the biznizz he’s been running since the start of this fight. Oh, Luiz slips out from the bottom and is suddenly on Kawajiri’s back with both hooks in. There’s 1 minute left. Kawajiri reverses and is back on top! Luiz has an armbar but loses it. Kawajiri’s got Luiz hurt with strikes. 30 seconds left. Luiz is doing an okay job pushing Kawajiri off with his legs. I think he’s going to survive. And he does, end of round 1.

Winner of round 1 : Kawajiri


Kawajiri is fresh and cocky, dancing around. He throws a kick then takes down Luiz. Luiz gets back up and pushes Kawajiri into the corner. After about 45 seconds of nothing the ref splits them up. Kawajiri throws some strikes then pulls Luiz’s feet out from under him. The ref moves em into the middle of the ring and now we’re back to Kawajiri punching Luiz in the face consistantly and Luiz taking it like a bitch.

30 seconds left. Luiz goes for some kind of submission but it’s so poor I don’t even know if it’s a leglock attempt or what. Fight is over. Jeez, I wonder who won???

Tatsuya Kawajiri defeats Luiz Azeredo (Judge’s Decision, Unanimous)

Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto


Not a lot of action in the first minute … Murilo pushes Makoto against the ring and then gets a yellow card (second foreigner to get one tonight!). Oh shit! They’re swinging for the fences now! Takimoto gets the trip and is now on top in Muril’s guard. Murilo goes for an armbar and pretty much locks it in. Takimoto is struggling to save himself and DOES IT! He pushes himself back over but is now on the bottom in a weird position. And now Murilo is in Takimoto’s guard. Great exchange

Takimoto takes some upkicks and then after a weird butt scoot goes back into Murilo’s guard. He almost gets Murilo’s back but Murilo slips back into guard. 6 minutes left in the round.

Murulo goes for another armbar and Takimoto ends up on the bottom to escape it. Murilo whacks Takimoto good and Takimoto rolls over to escape more punishment. They go through a bunch of positions before Murilo bullies into side control. And now mount. Takimoto tries to escape out the back door but just ends up with Murilo hanging off his back. Murilofalls off but grabs a leg on the way down and nearly gets some kinda leg lock. Takimoto pulls out of it and ends up mounted again. But then he just stands up. And now they’re trading crazy strikes. Takimoto throws so wild he falls on his face and Murilo is back on top. 2 minutes left.

After a minute of nothing Murilo stands up and the ref forces Takimoto up too. They start slugging again until Takimoto pulls Murilo down to the canvas with a headlock. Murilo ends up in side control and then stands up to end the round.

Round 1 winner: I dunno, it was pretty close. Because it is japan I’d say Takimoto.


Oooh, Round 2 starts with a good throw by Murilo, but it’s apparent now that this fight isn’t gonna end any time soon in either of these guys’ guard. Murilo gets up and forces a stand up. They start throwing again and Takimoto lands a good one, and another! Oh Shit! Takimoto knocks Murilo flat on his ass and somehow the ref doesn’t stop it. Takimoto hops on top but is too eager and can’t finish Murilo off. He swiches to knees to the body and the crowd is going fucking nuts. Kill that fucking Gaijin, Takimoto! Break his cocksucking ribs!

Takimoto traps Murilo’s arms and pounds away but the strikes are just too weak. He gives up the position and goes back to knees to the body. Ooh, Murilo comes to and throws a nasty knee to Takimoto’s head. 1 minute left. Takimoto hunkers down and seems happy to hold Murilo down to the end, but Murilo is trying to force an armbar. He’s got the arm but Takimoto is defending. It’s a question of who’s got the strength left with 10 seconds to go. Murilo lets the armbar go and tries to pound Takimoto out but the fight ends

Winner: Takimoto because he came an inch from KO’ing Murilo. Awesome fight.

Makoto Takimoto defeats Murilo Bustamante (Judge’s Decision, Split Decision)

Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida


Melendez is left hanging by Ishida for a good minute before he taps gloves. And Ishida comes out fast, stalking Melendez. Melendez takes the middle of the rings and Ishida circles and then shoots. Ooh, he’s got Melendez’s back! Melendez stands back up but Ishida trips him and forces him down. He’s set up for a potential kimura or something. Melendez’s arm looks very vulnerable.

Ishida gives it up and they stand and seperate. Melendez bum rushes Ishida and throws some strikes. Ishida ducks under and doesn’t take much damage. Two minutes in and this is a really good fight. Ishida shoots again and puts melendez on his ass. Again he gets on Melendez’s back but Melendez bucks him off and now has Ishida’s back. Ishida escapes and they’re standing again. Three minutes done in the first round.

Ishida does that low shoot and puts Melendez down and takes his back AGAIN. Melendez stands up and DROPS ISHIDA ON HIS FUCKING HEAD. Spiked him really. And now he’s got Ishida in a guillotine but Ishida pulls out and is now on top in Melendez’s guard. Now into side guard. Melendez rolls over and presents his back, but rather than take another ride, Ishida seperates and they stand again. Five minutes left.

Ishida takes Melendez down again and stuffs him into the corner of the ring. Ishida looks to be working for a keylock or something but gives it up and they stand again. Until Ishida uses that same takedown and now has Melendez set up for a suplex. But Melendez drops down. For the first time, a minute passes without anything big happening. They stand and then Melendez throws some mean knees that seem to spazz Ishida out. He regains his compusure and goes back to his patented leg takedown. 1 minute left.

Melendez is slowly setting up for a kimura of his own but loses it. Ishida grabs his feet and again pulls them out from under him. End of round 1

Winner: Ishida. It’s a good night for the Japanese indeed.

Melendez is the aggressor now, I guess he realized waiting for Ishida to pull his legs out from under him wasn’t working. They tie up in a corner and oooh. Ishida going for his takedown but Melendez evades it. They serperate and Melendez lands a crazy knee direct into Ishida’s face …. Ishida is in trouble and Melendez hops on his back. But somehow a second later it’s Ishida who’s on Melendez’ back. Melendez again slams Ishida for his trouble and Melendz is now on top. Three minutes left in the fight.

The ref moves the fighters back into the middle of the ring. Melendez knows he needs to do better so really socks it to Ishida from the top. Nothing’s really damaging him, but all that striking looks pretty decent. The fight ends and both fighters raise their hand like they won.

The replays show Melendez’ crazy knee to Ishida’s face. Will his moments of greatness be enough so he wins the decision? No! It’s not enough – Ishida wins.

Mitsuhiro Ishida defeats Gilbert Melendez (Judge’s Decision, Unanimous decision)

Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Well shit, my computer just crashed. I think it overheated from TOO MUCH MMA ACTION. I missed everything from the flashes of Oil of Olay they kept showing to the bell ringing. Perfect timing … well, at least it wasn’t during Fedor vs Choi.


Misaka tips Akiyama over but Akiyama recovers. Misaki is throwing some kicks at Akiyama’s legs. The Japanese audience roars it’s approval. These two look like they’re showing off new ideas for the ministry of silly walks. Misaki lands two good kicks and avoids a punch.

They circle for a good minute and a half with neither doing much. Misaki continues to hit Akiyama with slapping kicks to the legs and Akiyama continues to miss with power punches. 5 minutes left in the first round.

Ahaha oh man. Misaki stuck out his chin mockingly and Akiyama tagged him. Misaki fell to the ground like a sack of potatos but has recovered and now has half guard. And now full guard. And now he’s back on his feet. The crowd roars it’s approval. 3 minutes left.

Misaki shot in and hit Akiyama with a really hard punch but Akiyama swallowed it whole. Oh, Akiyama gets tagged with a hard punch and then Misaki follows up with a brutal knee. The ref jumps in quick and the fight is over!

Kazuo Misaki defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama (KO, Round 1)

Something fucking weird just happened. Misaki was yelling and crying at Takada and then Takada hugged him, then slapped him and then pushed him over into the corner of the ring. Very odd.

Now Misaki is talking to Akiyama with a weird look on his face and is now holding Akiyama’s face tenderly. I dunno what the fuck is being said but it seems like Misaki wants Akiyama to say something. When Akiyama stays silent, Misaki says some stuff that makes the crowd applaud, and then he bows full onto the ground before Akiyama.

Japan is strange.

Misaki’s going nuts, climbing into the rafters to hug people and throwing his clothes into the crowd. He’s fucking hyped … you know this win validates him after his controversial losing win at the last Bushido tournament.

Three more fights … I hope they’re quick. As awesome as this event is, I’m fucking dying here. Damn you, time zones! YOU SUCK!

I think it’s intermission time.

They’re doing a weird montage for the Fedor / Hong Man fight. They did a ‘Choi is 1 of a kind thing’ and now they’re doing a ‘Fedor is free as a bird’ thing. And now they’re showing Fedor beating up Vladamir Putin in sambo sparring? Was that Putin? Hmmm.

And now the thing on the screen says “THE FINAL DREAM STAGE”. Is this the end of Zombie Pride?

And yep, looks like it’s time for Fedor vs Choi. Hold onto your butts, people.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong Man

Is it just me or does Hong seem to be limping? His face also looks like he’s in pain or something, and he keeps blowing into his gloves? Wierd. Nice lightning shirt, gaylord.

Fedor comes out with his kooky management team. He’s also looking rather pensive. And it’s time!


Look at the size difference. Insane. Fedor shoots in… and Hong man lands on top! Fedor manages to pull into guard and now he gets an armbar! But somehow Hong Man pulls out of it! They seperate and stand. Fedor’s face looks fucked up. Hong Man falls on him again. Fedor tries to get up but Hong Man bowls him over. He’s got a huge bruise on his face. Another armbar! And Hong Man taps

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Choi Hong Man (Submission, Armbar, Round 1)

Hey, is that Jean Claude Van Damme in the ring with Fedor, giving him a kiss on the cheek? Man … what the fuck. Fedor looks like his face is covered in birthmarks. I guess Hong Man hits hard like a motherfucker.

I dunno what he’s saying, but Japan is eating that shit up.

Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

Eugh … I’m spent. Even the shrieky lady seems spent, she barely got Hasegawa’s name out at all. I’m gonna do my best to stay conscious for these last two fights.


Hasegawa comes on hard, but Sakurai counters with some harsh lower body kicks. Hasegawa tries some soft looking muay thai, and that doesn’t phase Sakurai. Hasegawa comes in swinging, and Mach grabs him and drags him to the ground. Mach is on top in half guard.

Mach lets Hasegawa up and they circle eachother agian. They swing and it looks like Mach has hurt Hasegawa with a punch. Mach takes Hasegawa down and lands some blows. After a few hard punches, Mach again lets Hasegawa stand. Hasegawa comes in swinging but Mach is catching him with accurate striking. The fighters go down, and are moved back into the centre of the ring with Mach on top. 5 minutes left.

Mach stalks Hasegawa across the ring and lands some punches and knees. He takes Hasegawa down but then lets him stand back up. They circle and strike again. No one does any real damage as they continue to strike at eachother, although Mach is getting the better of the exchanges. Hasegawa shoots but Mach stuffs it and rolls Hasegawa into guard. They’re up against the ropes so it’s restarted in the middle. 1.5 mins left in the round.

Mach lets Hasegawa up and they strike again. That might ‘sound’ exciting, but it’s not all that great. For the most part they’re being pretty slow and methodical with their striking and most of it is missing regardless.

Hsaegawa works the rubber gard and Mach slides out the backdoor as the round ends.

Winner: Mach was sharper.


Hasegawa comes out agressive and lands some decent strikes. Mach does what he does every time Hasegawa is getting something going and takes the fight to the ground, then backs off and brings it to the feet again. Mach gets some strikes together that look okay and then tosses Hasegawa to the ground. The ref gets things standing again and Hasegawa lands some decent strikes. They lock up and Mach tosses Hasegawa like a rag and takes side control. Looks like Mach is trying to set up for some sort of armbar. Hasegawa rolls away into guard.

Hasegawa is throwing little taps to Mach’s head. I don’t get what they’re supposed to accomplish. Mach gets up and they’re standing again. 1 minute left. Nothing much happens and it’s over

Winner: Mach was sharper … again.

Hayato Sakurai defeats Hidehiko Hasegawa (Judge’s decision, unanimous)

Hey look, it’s Monte Cox. I took a piss so I missed most of that. “Look forward to M1 Global being in Japan in 2008”

Shinya Aoki vs. Jung Bukyung

They’ve got a strange crying judoka bear animation thing going on for this bout. I bet I’ve said ‘weird’ and ‘strange’ over 30 times in this liveblog. But it’s true … a lot of the shit in this event is just … strange and weird!

Shinya Aoki does a little jiggle dance to his Baka song. He seems pretty happy that he doesn’t have to take this fight seriously at all. Oh my fucking god. Look at those pants. Look at those fucking pants. They’re GOLDEN. Literally GOLDEN.


Aoki takes Jung down. Jung is going for a … something or other. Or is it Aoki that has something. I have no idea what the fuck is going on right now but whatever it was, they both escaped. If there was something to escape from. Aoki is working the leglocks now and has a heel hook or something. Jung gets out of it but finds himself pushed up against the corner.

And now Aoki softens him up with strikes. Bet the olympic hero doesn’t like that. More strikes. And more strikes. And more strikes. Jung is getting hit but isn’t getting hurt, so Aoki goes back to working the legs. It doesn’t work and he ends up in guard, where the ref restarts it in the center.

Aoki goes back to hammering on Jung, but he just sucks at striking. Soooo back to the leg locks, but with heel kicks thrown in at the same time. Jung goes back and grabs an armlock … I think he’s got it! He’s pulling … pulling. But Aoki’s got his arms locked together. Jung is still working that shit. 5 minutes left. He’s pulling and pulling and pulling. He pulls it out but slips and Aoki’s arm comes free.

Aoki is back on top now. Aoki does the old strike / leglock thing, but to no avail. The ref stops the fight for a moment because I guess Jung got poked in the eye or some junk. And the action is back on. Jung smacks Aoki and Aoki goes down. Jung runs but Aoki rolls into a leg lock. Jung escapes and the ref forces a stand up for no real reason. Hmm. Aoki catches Jung with a good punch now and jumps on him. 1 minute left. Both fighters are exhausted and not moving as they wait for the round to end.

Winner: Aoki controlled the pace completely. Although Jung did have those two near subs. Hmmm.


Jung’s eye is swollen shut. They stalk eachother around the ring until Aoki takes Jung down. Aoki now has side control. Aoki seems content to stay on top and throw a few light shots down on Jung. Oooh, Aoki’s got mount! Jung is getting pummelled … this is gonna get stopped soon if he doesn’t do something. The ref is asking if he gives up. Jung says FUCK NO. He rolls onto his back and Aoki’s up on it like a fat kid on cake. He works an armbar but Jung slips out of it. They stand up, and that’s the end of the fight.

Winner: Aoki again, especially with that ending.

Shinya Aoki defeats Jung Bukyung (Judge’s Decision, Unanimous)

And that’s it people. I’m beat. I’ve been watching MMA for 7 hours now so it’s time to go to bed. It was something special tonight, guys. Thanks for your support and your help.

If you don’t wanna know, don’t continue reading. If you do, check it out. We’ve got reader Euthyphro updating us with his blackberry live from the show. As he posts info up I’ll update this.

**UPDATE** Just so you know, Euthyphro is also doing a hell of a job with commentary after every round so it’s worth going through the comments to get his stuff. I’ll be taking all his posts and turning it into a full post once the event is over.

HIROYA defeats Tsukasa Fuji (Judge’s Decision)
YUDAI defeats Kenji Kubo (Judge’s Decision)
Joachim Hansen defeats Kazuyuki Miyata (Submission, Round 2)
Melvin Manhoef defeats Yosuke Nishijima (KO, Round 1)
Zuluzinho defeats Ikuhisa Minowa (Ref Stoppage, Round 3)
Tamura defeats Hideo Tokoro (Kimura, round 3)
Yudai defeats Hiroya (in overtime! Judge’s decision, split decision)
Musashi defeats Bernard Ackah (KO, round 3)
Nicholas Pettas defeats Kim Young Hyun (KO / Ref Stoppage, round 2)
Masato defeats Yong Soo Choi (TKO, Round 3)
Bob Sapp defeats Bobby Ologun (KO, Round 1)
Kid Yamamoto defeats Rani Yahya (KO by kicks on the ground, Round 2)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Masakatsu Funaki (Submission, kimura, Round 1)

And it’s over! Thanks again to Euthyphro who is truly a god amongst men!

Page 2,844 of 3,0991...102030...2,8422,8432,8442,8452,846...2,8502,8602,870...3,099