SRC 'Soul of Fight' Play-by-Play and Results

Dec 30, 2010
Sherdog.com's Tony Loiseleur will report from the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo at approximately 12 a.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of Sengoku “Soul of Fight”, which is headlined by a featherweight title bout pitting Marlon Sandro against Hatsu Hioki.

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Misaki Takimoto vs. Amy Davis
Round 1
Both women get to pawing at each other with jabs and low kicks rather than touching gloves off the opening bell. Cornerman Luiz Andrade I calls for Takimoto to throw the jab and right straight. Davis gets busy with low and body kicks to Takimoto's body. Davis is landing the sharper combinations as Takimoto attempts to get into range to throw her own punches. Takimoto lands a nice one-two of her own finally. Davis returns fire with low kicks, some of which Takimoto parries. Davis rebuffs a takedown attempt, charges in with punches as Takimoto covers up. Takimoto slips to the side once she gets pushed up against the ropes with punches and clinches up with Davis to stop the barrage. Takimoto lands a snapping left high kick right on Davis' chin at the last ten seconds. Davis wobbles, but remains standing. She manages to keep her distance, shaking out the cobwebs as the time expires. Sherdog.com scores the round an even 10-10.

Round 2
Davis returns to kicking, and Takimoto tries her luck again with the head kick. Davis blocks it and flurries with punches, all of which Takimoto blocks. Takimoto clinches up with Davis against the ropes, prompting a break shortly after. Davis lands some punches to Takimoto's face and evades another head kick. Takimoto catches a low kick from Davis and flurries with punches of her own. Davis blocks and circles out. Both women are connecting to the face with punches now, with neither really putting their stamp on this fight, or this round. Takimoto lands a one-two and follows up with a knee to Davis' face. Davis continues lobbing low kicks as Takimoto pushes forward with punches. In the final minute, Takimoto drops for a single and manages to drive Davis down to her posterior against the ropes. Davis scrambles to her feet and escapes in the last 30. They meet back at the center, throwing punches and low kicks with abandon, yet neither woman really steals this. Sherdog.com scores the bout an even 20-20 draw, with the Sengoku-style "must decision" to Amy Davis.

Official scores: Judge Kenichi Serizawa scores the bout 20-19 for Takimoto, while judge Tomoki Matsumiya rules it a 20-20 with the must decision to Davis. The final, tiebreaking judge, Yoshinori Umeki, has it a 19-19 draw with the must decision for Misaki Takimoto for your winner by split decision.

Rin Nakai vs. Mika Harigai
Round 1
"Hari" charges right in with low kicks and punches, which Nakai absorbs to throw overhand rights. They don't really connect, so she does the next best thing: shoot a double and pass to mount. On top, Nakai wraps her arms tightly over Hari's head as Hari throws punches up to the side of Nakai's head. Nakai posts out a leg as she hunts for Hari's left arm. Harigai pulls out the arm, but instead, Nakai goes for the right arm and locks up the keylock for the tap, and referee Kenichi Serizawa halts the bout at 2:09 of the first round.

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Hitomi Akano
Round 1
In a surprise turn, the ring doctor enters the ring to call the bout before it even begins. In her corner, Roxanne Modafferi looks to be on the verge of tears. Apparently, Modafferi has suffered a stomach illness. As such, the doctors have decided to call the bout beforehand. Hitomi Akano moves to the center of the ring then to pose for the cameras. Akano's eyes are also welling up with tears. The prognosis given is gastritis.



Intermission: With the conclusion of the Modafferi-Akano bout, Sengoku “Soul of Fight” takes a brief intermission before beginning the evening's MMA main course.


2010 SRC Asia Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Manabu Inoue vs. Shunichi Shimizu

Round 1
The southpaw Inoue starts off with some measuring punches as Shimizu stays just out of range. Inoue gets Shimizu down and starts working some body-body-head action from inside the butterfly guard of Shimizu. Shimizu switches to full guard and tries to go for Shuichiro Katsumura's "ninja choke" from bottom, but Inoue pops his head right out. Inoue continues to grind with short punches to Shimizu's head and body. Shimizu scrambles to get to his feet at the two-minute mark, but Inoue relentlessly drives forward and puts him back down against the ropes. From bottom, Shimizu starts hunting for the kimura, but when it doesn't come, he starts rubbing Inoue's ears before unleashing with double-chops to the neck. Shimizu then scrambles and gets to his feet in the last minute. Inoue throws a handful of punches and kicks to mask three takedown attempts, but Shimizu is able to keep it standing until the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Inoue.

Round 2
After one takedown evasion, Shimizu shoots himself and gets the fight down, taking top in half guard. Inoue shrimps, and Shimizu attempts to spin out and lock up the mount. Inoue defends and tries to pull Shimizu down to close the distance. Shimizu scrambles and lands sitting off to Inoue's left side, locking up the armbar. Inoue's arms are locked however, and so Shimizu drops hammer-fists to loosen his grip. Inoue leg-scissors Shimizu's head to escape the armbar. Shimizu transitions the a reverse triangle then, and Inoue reverses that to take top in guard. Shimizu fights to his feet, but Inoue takes him right back down and tries to pound him out in the last 30 seconds. Shimizu again gets to his feet, shoots a takedown of his own. Inoue reverses and takes top right at the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Shimizu for a 19-19 scorecard, but awards the must decision to Shimizu.

Official scores: Judge Minoru Toyonaga rules the bout 20-19 for Shimizu, while judges Masanori Ohashi and Takashi Kobayashi rule the bout 19-19 and 20-20 respectively. Both give their must decision to the winner by unanimous decision, Shunichi Shimizu.

2010 SRC Asia Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Taiyo Nakahara vs. Akitoshi Tamura

Round 1
They touch gloves and Tamura thows the first shot: a low kick. Given that it's his primary method of attack on the feet, it's only a matter of time until a low blow results. Nakahara is given time to recover as referee Masato Fukuda warns Tamura. Upon resuming, Nakahara attempts to corner Tamura. Tamura circles out, throws a body kick that Nakahara catches and uses to take Tamura down. It's not down long before Tamura hops to his feet and lands another low blow. This time, a doctor is called in to consult with Nakahara and his injured testes. Upon resuming, Fukuda gives Tamura a red card and a point deduction. Tamura throws punches this time and thus lands in the clinch. Tamura puts Nakahara against the ropes and is soon broken up. As Nakahara lunges for a right hook, Tamura throws another low kick that smashes into Nakahara's groin. Another brief break is called as two doctors come to ringside. After several minutes of consulting the ring doctors, head ref Yoshinori Umeki takes to the mic. He says that the doctors have deemed that Taiyo Nakahara's groin has suffered too much damage in too short a time. Thus, Nakahara cannot continue and is rendered the winner by disqualification. The official time is 2:07.

Nakahara is announced the winner (in English) "by violation."

Dave Herman vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Round 1
They touch gloves and continue to paw at each other's lead hands until Herman fires a kick to the body. Nakao lets loose a low kick of his own and goes for a single. At the center of the ring, Herman reaches over and under Nakao's farside leg to pry him off, but the Japanese fighter doggedly presses forward. Herman tries dropping elbows onto Nakao's body instead, then deftly takes his back. Nakao works wrist control, trying to keep Herman from working in the choke or throwing punches. It's just a matter of time until Herman frees his hands and tries to do those exact things. With 30 seconds remaining, Nakao finally escapes only when Herman attempts to pass to mount. The bell rings with Nakao firing a single low kick. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Herman.

Round 2
Herman stalks Nakao from the center, throwing big lunging push kicks. Those that connect stumble Nakao, but he is otherwise unhurt. Nakao drops and drives for a single again, and Herman limp legs and punches his way out of it until he can transition to Nakao's back. From behind, Herman drops several hard elbow points to Nakao's liver. Nakao winces in pain, and referee Ryogaku Wada breaks them up for no reason.

Upon resuming, Nakao shoots for another single, and Herman again spins out and takes his back. He launches several knees to Nakao's posterior before Wada breaks them again. Herman misses a "Superman" punch. A Herman teep is caught by Nakao and he again tries to take him down, and again, Herman spins out to take Nakao's back at the last 30. Ref Wada breaks them at the last ten seconds, whereupon nothing happens until the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-8 Herman.

Round 3
Herman throws a head kick that Nakao blocks. Nakao shoots for a single, but Herman is well out of the way. Nakao shoots again, and Herman shuts him down again, landing a knee to Nakao's chest for his trouble. Nakao absorbs the knee and shoots again for the single, driving Herman into the ropes. Herman hooks Nakao's far leg and throws elbows to Nakao's head, for which he is actually warned this time. Nakao desperately drives for a leg that he will not get, pushing Herman outside the ring. Wada resets them inside, and Herman lands a few hard hammerfists to Nakao's head. Nakao gets to his feet and Herman gives him a knee to the side of his head. Herman is now timing Nakao's takedown attempts and throwing knees to counter them. Nakao thus changes tacks to winging punches until the bell. He throws maybe three because of how tired he is, however. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Herman, and 30-26 for Herman overall.

Official scores: Judges Takashi Kobayashi, Masanori Ohashi, and Minoru Toyonaga all give the nod to Dave Herman. No scores are announced.

Mamed Khalidov vs. Yuki Sasaki
Round 1
They touch gloves, and Khalidov throws the first low kick. Sasaki follows this up with some punches, but Khalidov evades. Khalidov throws a low kick, and Sasaki shoots in to take him to the mat. Khalidov is works wrist control to stop Sasaki's punches. Sasaki stands to try and pass guard, but he gets pelted by upkicks. Khalidov springs to his feet and pursues Sasaki with punches until he falls to his back. Khalidov lunges to drop more punches as Sasaki shells up. Several punches get through, bouncing his head off the canvas, at which point referee Ryogaku Wada has seen enough. He lunges in for the save at 2:22 of the first round.

Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Kazunori Yokota
Round 1
Yokota gets busy with some low kicks to start off the bout. Narantungalag hunts for some big punches early, trying to walk Yokota into a corner. Narantungalag eventually gets Yokota in one and lands a solid one-two, followed by a takedown. Yokota fights to his feet and circles away. Narantungalag gets a little too close and Yokota takes the Mongolian down instead. Narantungalag quickly reverses however. Narantungalag and Yokota fight to their feet and the Mongolian swipes a huge left hand across Yokota's face, putting him instantly to sleep. Yoshinori Umeki jumps in to save Yokota at 2:03 of the first round.

2010 SRC Welterweight Grand Prix Final
Yasubey Enomoto vs. Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura

Round 1
"K-Taro" fires punches off first, surprisingly sparking Enomoto. Enomoto falls to his posterior and Nakamura dives in to finish. Referee Tomoki Matsumiya keeps a close eye, but Enomoto appears to be fine. Enomoto locks Nakamura rubber guard for a moment, but it's short-lived. Nakamura stays in close and so Enomoto tries once again to work the rubber guard. Enomoto punches from bottom in between attempts to lock Nakamura down. Enomoto is the more active party here, throwing punches from bottom and working a very active guard. Halfway through the round, "K-Taro" finally throws some short punches to the sides of Enomoto's head. Enomoto switches sides with his rubber guard but he finds less success. The bell rings. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-10.

Round 2
Enomoto grazes with a one-two and eats two hooks from Nakamura. They clash heads and Enomoto stops to protest, but Matsumiya does nothing. Nakamura clinches up and goes for the takedown, but Enomoto's arm catches the ropes. Matsumiya breaks them up and gives Enomoto a yellow card for grabbing the ropes. Both fighters begin to bang it out in the center of the ring, landing tit-for-tat. Nakamura puts Enomoto in the corner and works his way to the takedown. Nakamura postures up to throw big punches from top, Enomoto rolls, allowing "K-Taro" to take his back. It's just a blink of an eye before Nakamura sinks his trademark rear-naked choke. After a hesitant moments, Enomoto taps out at 3:48 of round two.

Maximo Blanco vs. Won Sik Park
Round 1
Park lobs a low kick and Blanco eats it, and limps a bit. Both men exchange some punches, and Blanco follows with a hard low kick that trips Park up. Blanco attempts to close in and finish with punches, but the Korean quickly circles out of danger. Blanco grazes with a one-two, then shakes his arms out as Park circles back to the center. Blanco misses a spinning back kick, but follows up by landing a jab and a right straight. Park lands a jab of his own and a knee to Blanco's body. The Venezuelan fires punches with abandon to put the Korean back on the defensive. Blanco chases Park around the ring, looking to land spinning roundhouses in the final moments. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Blanco.

Round 2
Blanco takes to the center as Park circles around the outside, throwing single punches and low kicks. Blanco begins feinting the uppercut, which keeps the Korean from engaging. Blanco charges in with some messy punches and gets countered for his troubles. UFC-bound featherweight Michihiro Omigawa yells for his teammate Blanco to attack Park's midsection. Moments later, Blanco throws a jab, right hook to the body, left cross combo. Parky responds with a hard one-two of his own that makes the Venezuelan stutter. Blanco reaches for a leg but eats a knee to the belly while doing so. Referee Samio Kimura breaks them up, and both men return to the tense measuring game at the center of the ring. Park lands two low kicks in the last thirty seconds. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Park.

Round 3
Blanco throws his whole body into a middle kick and thus, slips to his rear as it grazes Park. He pops back to his feet, and both men continue to dance at the center of the ring, not engaging. Samio Kimura warns both men for inactivity. Upon resuming, Blanco unleashes with several punches and kicks to the body. Most are blocked, but he's connecting now. Park continues to defend, circle, and throw counter low kicks or punches. Blanco opens his arms wide, inviting Park to engage and missing a big swipe of a right hook when Park does. Park racks up some kicks to the body, to which Blanco responds with a lone body punch of his own. Blanco corners Park briefly and throws a one-two-knee combo that the Korean blocks. Omigawa yells impatiently, "Go! Just Go!" It doesn't come anywhere in the final thirty seconds. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Blanco, awarding him the bout 29-28.

Official scores: Judge Masanori Ohashi scores the bout a 30-30 draw, while Takashi Kobayashi and Minoru Toyonaga have it a 29-29 draw. All three men give their must decision to the winner by unanimous decision, Maximo Blanco.

Taisuke Okuno vs. Ryo Chonan
Round 1
Okuno is given two red cards to start the bout. A late replacement for Dan Hornbuckle, Okuno came in at 176 pounds for the welterweight bout at yesterday's weigh-in. However, it doesn't matter: it takes just 19 seconds for Okuno to make Chonan sneeze brains. A single Okuno right hook renders Chonan unconscious, and he topples backward rigidly, prompting Samio Kimura to step in for the save.

Following the bout, Okuno takes the house microphone and shouts, "This is Sengoku! Thank you!"

Masanori Kanehara vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Round 1
In a wild opening exchange, Kanehara sparks Maeda with a flurry of punches and closes in to finish him. His back to the corner, Maeda fires back and dazes Kanehara with his own assault. Kanehara drops to a knee and tries to grab a leg, but the Osakan continues to drop punches. Kanehara attempts to retreat on wobbly legs, but Maeda pursues him, connecting with more and more punches. Two swiping right hooks land clean and Kanehara is sent sprawling to the canvas. He tries to dive for a leg, but it's too late: referee Tomoki Matsumiya has seen enough and halts the bout, perhaps a moment too premature. The official time is 1:27.

Megumi Fujii vs. Emi Fujino
Round 1
A southpaw Fujii lands two hard left straights and blocks a high kick from Fujino. Fujii shoots and is stuffed, but doesn't give up the attempt, driving Fujino into the corner, until referee Kenichi Serizawa breaks them up. Fujii catches a kick to the body and slams Fujino to the mat, taking top in half guard. Fujino kicks Fujii off and they return to standing. Fujii landing left straights to the body. Fujino lands a one-two up top. Fujii shoots a double, and Fujino puts her in a guillotine. Fujii pops her head right out and passes to half guard. Fujii trying to pass while dropping punches in the final 30 seconds. She gets to mount in the last moments, landing clean, hard ground-and-pound at the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round10-9 Fujii.

Round 2
Both women trade punches: while Fujii lands her single lefts, Fujino's quick counterpunches frustrate her foe. Fujii shoots a takedown and again gets top in half guard. Fujii passes to side to scattered applause from a scattered audience. She gets to mount and starts laying the punches on Fujino's face. Fujii is vicious, pushing Fujino back to the canvas so she can punch her in the face more. Fujino eventually gives up her back, and Fujii throws heel strikes to Fujino's thighs from back control. They get close to the groin area, prompting Serizawa to stand them up and warn Fujii. Back on the feet, Fujino lands a volley of punches, prompting another "Mega Megu" takedown. Fujii punches away on Fujino's ribs as the round expires. 10-9 Fujii.

Round 3
Fujino attempts to replicate the final moments of round two by chasing Fujii down with punches. Fujii gets another takedown, but Kenichi Serizawa quickly calls for the doctor to examine a cut over Fujino's right eye. Upon resuming, both women quickly get to their feet. Fujino tries again to engage Fujii on the feet, but is taken down again. On her posterior, Fujino gets back to standing thanks to having her back against the ring post. Fujii drops again for the takedown, but Fujino again catches Fujii's head in the guillotine. Fujii struggles for a moment, but finally escapes and wrangles Fujino to the canvas from the clinch. Fujii mashes with punches, forcing Fujino to grab her tight. Serizawa calls another break, inexplicably warning Fujii for stalling. On the feet, Fujino tries once more to make this a stand-up battle. Nothing significant lands. Fujii shoots and is stuffed, right at the bell. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9, and 30-27 overall for Megumi Fujii.

Official scores: Judges Tomoki Matsumiya, Masanori Ohashi, and Takashi Kobayashi score the bout 30-28, 30-27, and 30-29, all for your winner by unanimous decision, Megumi Fujii.

Kazuo Misaki vs. Mike Seal
Round 1
Misaki blocks a head kick from Seal and closes in for the clinch. He gets it, whipping Seal to the canvas, landing on top in half guard. Misaki passes to mount, and Seal gives up his back, whereupon Misaki gets busy dropping punches. Seal, flattened on his belly, covers his ears as if to block the punches. Misaki keeps it up and eventually, referee Yoshinori Umeki has no choice but to step in and call it at the 1:15 mark.

SRC Featherweight Championship
Marlon Sandro vs. Hatsu Hioki

Round 1
Hioki fires off the first low kick. Sandro attacks and is tripped to the mat, but pops back up to his feet. He chases Hioki into a corner and starts swingng with reckless abandon, missing most of his punches. Hioki returns fire and sends Sandro sprawling back into the ropes. Sandro walks back toward Hioki and windmills, until Hioki pulls him into the clinch. Hioki almost gets the trip takedown, but Sandro grabs the ropes. Referee Kenichi Serizawa gives him a yellow card for the minor infraction. On the restart, Hioki catches a low kick and briefly takes Sandro's back in the clinch. The Brazilian turns his body into Hioki and they're back at the center. Sandro lobs two hard uppercuts at Hioki who backpedals as Sandro continues his forward barrage. Hioki sucks Sandro into the clinch and puts him against the ropes, throwing knees to his thighs. The bell rings. The opening frame is 10-10 on the Sherdog.com scorecard.

Round 2
Sandro eats a right to land a jab and uppercut of his own. Hioki uses his reach to peck at Sandro with more jabs. Hioki aiming for the body now, and the Brazilian follows suit with a wide left hook to the body. Sandro almost catches Hioki in a collar tie for an uppercut, but Hioki is out quickly, racking up more punches on the champ. Hioki is snapping Sandro's head back with punches, blocking most of Sandro's huge heaters. His reach advantage is apparent and clearly beneficial. The fight has become a kickboxing match, and Hioki is pulling ahead. Sandro whiffs a few big punches, and Hioki counters him brilliantly as the round expires. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Hioki.

Round 3
Both men trade jab for jab to open the third frame. A low kick from Hioki trips Sandro up and the Nagoya native chases him into the clinch. Sandro attempts to spin out while eating knees from the challenger, and it's clear he's slowing down now. Hioki turns up the heat and throws combinations, connecting on a majority of the punches; he's got Sandro's timing down. Hioki takes the champ to the canvas and starts laying on some punishing ground-and-pound. The champion is beginning to eat copious punishment. Hioki passes to half, and begins prying on Sandro's right arm, looking for a straight armbar. Hioki gets it on and cranks it, but Sandro is able to worm out of it before there is extensive elbow damage. Hioki is still a big threat on top however, dropping hard punches with full posture. The champion guts it out to the bell. Sherdog.com scores the third frame 10-8 for the challenger, Hatsu Hioki.

Round 4
They touch gloves to begin the championship rounds. Afterward, Sandro throws his heart into flurrying on the challenger. He misses more than he connects, and eats hard punches and knees to the body as a result. Both men are tired, crashing into one another in the clinch after exchanges. Referee Kenichi Serizawa pauses the action briefly to have Hioki's bloody nose cleaned up, giving both men a much-needed breather. When they resume, Hioki begins working middle and body kicks. Sandro lands a big three-piece combo, but Hioki is unfazed. Sandro surprises by getting the single and putting Hioki on his back. From guard, Sandro tries to punch, but is brought up short when the lanky Hioki locks him down in the rubber guard. Hioki changes the rubber guard into a high guard, and Sandro uses the opportunity to knee Hioki's tailbone. Serizawa calls for a stand-up. Sandro lands a three-hook combo and barely misses with a knee to the face. Sandro gets another single-leg takedown, and again, Hioki tries for the rubber guard. Hioki nearly locks up a triangle, but the bell rings before he can get too far. The crowd roars in approval. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Hioki.

Round 5
Hioki and Sandro trade punches blow-for-blow in the middle of the ring. Hioki lands a hard kick to the body. Sandro feels it and drops for a single, driving Hioki back to the ropes. The challenger yanks Sandro's right arm behind his back in a hammerlock, and referee Kenichi Serizawa signals that it's a catch. Hioki uses the hammerlock to roll Sandro to his back, where he takes north-south position to land some knees to the side of Sandro's head. Hioki sits up and torques the arm more, but Sandro stubbornly hangs on. Hioki transitions to a kimura instead, and Sandro's veins bulge under the pressure. The crowd is chanting for Hioki, while also gasping at the near-submissions. With 30 seconds to go, Hioki switches to an armbar, and pops his hips, fully extending it. However, the champion refuses to tap. Sandro hears the final bell, and the crowd raucously applauds in admiration of both men. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-8 Hioki, awarding him the bout 50-44.

Official scores: Judges Minoru Toyonaga, Takashi Kobayashi and Masanori Ohashi score the bout 50-47, 49-47 and 48-47 for the winner by unanimous decision and the new SRC featherweight champion, Hatsu Hioki.

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