Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sengoku Raiden Championship Caps MMA Weekend

SRC 14
August 22, 2010
Tokyo, Japan

Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 provided the perfect cap for a long MMA weekend. Japanese MMA might be headed for the unemployment line, but when it comes to free fight entertainment, who's complaining?

In the main event, Jorge Santiago successfully defended the SRC Middleweight Title in a rematch against Kazuo Misaki. Santiago put Misaki to sleep in a rear-naked choke in their 2009 meeting. Their 2010 meeting would prove even more interesting. Misaki dominated the fight going into the fifth round, but when Santiago secured the mount position and proceeded to pour on the ground-and-pound, Misaki's corner threw in the towel with only about thirty seconds remaining. Weird way to close a title fight, but Santiago wasn't complaining--the championship belt is still on his waist.

Hatsu Hioki offerred Jeff Lawson (14-4) a warm welcome to the Japanese promotion in the form of a triangle choke. The Englishman's Sengoku debut lasted all but 2:09.

Some might call it an upset. Nick 'The Goat' Thompson dropped a third round knockout loss to Taisuke Okuno, who improves to 10-4-2 will advance to the next round in the SRC Welterweight Grand Prix.

On the other side of the SRC Welterweight Grand Prix tournament bracket, Swiss Yasubey Enomoto went school yard-style, pulling off a classic bulldog choke for the sub victory over Kenta Takagi.

Jae Hyun So def Hirokazu Nishimura Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
Wataru Takahashi def Tatsuya So Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 4:34
Shoko Sato def Takuya Eizumi TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2 1:38
Shintaro Ishiwatari def Kil Woo Lee Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:20
Takuya Sato def Motoki Miyazawa Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Yasubey Enomoto def Kenta Takagi Submission (Bulldog Choke) 2 0:53
Taisuke Okuno def Nick Thompson KO (Punch) 3 0:27
Leonardo Santos def Sotaro Yamada DQ (Knees to the Groin) 1 3:56
Hatsu Hioki def Jeff Lawson Submission (Triangle Choke) 1 2:09
Jadamba Narantungalag def Akihiro Gono Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Jorge Santiago def Kazuo Misaki TKO (Corner Stoppage) 5 4:31

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