Friday, December 31, 2010

Dynamite 2010 Afterthoughts in Hangover Mode (Late)

I realize I'm very late with this recap of last night's Dynamite 2010 event. Readers, please excuse my lateness with a bit of advice -- never alternate between Folgers and Budweiser Select for the sake of enjoying late night Japanese MMA. It's not worth it. The end result will be an excruciating headache and frequent visits to the potty (no wonder Four Loco was banned). I probably cut more weight on the toilet than Anthony "Rumble" Johnson during his pre-fight 50 lb. cut. To say the least, I did enjoy most of last night's fighting, but I doubt the action can compare to what I've seen of SRC's "Soul of Fight" so far. However, I'll have to hand the winner of the New Year's Japanese MMA competition to FEG this year, purely because we won't see any SRC for another week. As for the afterthoughts, refer to the bullet holes below:

  • Alistair Overeem proved that regular cycles of Winstrol beat testosterone replacement therapy any day. I expected 'Reem to take home an easy "w" against his late notice, testosterone deficient opponent Todd Duffee, but 0:19 seconds is just sick! I think 'Reem was gunning for the Duffmeister's UFC record of seven seconds. At least with the $60k payday, Duff now has more than enough money to fund his TRT prescription and health club expenses.
  • Jason High is riding high! A win over an experienced opponent like Hayato Sakurai was the statement High needed to break through on the big stage. Jason High seems to be making progress since becoming one of Marius Zaromskis' many head kick victims. The last time High fought at Saitama Super Arena was back in 2009 when he was KO'd by Marius Zaromskis in the Dream 10 Welterweight Grand Prix. Zaromskis is a common opponent for High and Sakurai. Speaking of Zaromskis, he also had an interesting night, but I'll get to him with the next bullet hole. While High has shown vast improvement, he should definitely work more on his striking and getting more active in the guard. Unfortunately for Sak, the loss to High makes four in a row since losing to Zaromskis in the same welterweight grand prix. Although he's still very much able, Sak probably needs to make a Chuck Liddell-like career move, but I think Japanese MMA needs him right now.
  • Marius Zaromskis is still one of the most feared strikers in the game. It's just too bad we haven't had a chance to see him display much of it in his last two outings. While he did collect a win last night, it didn't pack the action we would've liked to see. Zaromskis is a smart fighter though. He used accurate jabs to target Sakuraba's pressurized ears (those ears remind me of the bubble wrapping I loved to pop when I was a kid, no, I still love to pop 'em). Sakuraba, much like Sakurai, needs to contact his retirement advisor (and seek a good plastic surgeon for his ears), but with the current state of Japanese MMA, the movement needs him. Zaromskis still owns the Dream welterweight title, but needs a game opponent and a good day. Jason High might be somewhere on the horizon, but I think a John Alessio or an Andre Galvao would make sense for the foreseeable future. Even better, a Paul Daley exchange from Strikeforce would be a gift from heaven, but Z's two Strikeforce losses make that idea a long shot.
  • Josh Thomson fought the good fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri. This was an excellent fight. As much as I wanted to see fighter formerly known as "The Punk" get his hand raised in his first Dream fight, I was very much satisfied with the outcome. Kawajiri did a great job of keeping Thomson on the mat. He nullified Thomson's usually effective guard game, but Thomson did just as good a job of fending off Kawajiri's deadly gnp. This was the best matchmaking effort on the card, but I'm not sure what direction this fight will take either fighter in. I'd like to see a Kawajiri-Aoki rematch, especially now that Shinya Aoki is probably down following his embarassing loss to Yuichiro Nagashima, but I'm still doubtful that Kawajiri can take overcome the Dream lightweight champion. He should consider a return to the welterweight division where he has the strength and ability to mix it up with above mentioned fighters like Marius Zaromskis and Jason High. Josh Thomson definitely needs to work on defending and countering the hip toss. There's a throwing dummy and Bulgarian bag somewhere at American Kickboxing Academy with Josh's name on it.
  • Shinya Aoki will crawl under a rock. We probably won't see him agin until Dynamite!!! 2011. All hail Yuichiro Nagashima!!!
  • No split decision this time. Hiroyuki Takaya is a beast. But we will see Bibiano Fernandes again. Dream is doing away with its 139 lb. version of the featherweight division and converting to traditional 135 and 145 lb. bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Hiroyuki Takaya will have his choice of which division he will take the championship belt into, and Dream will organize a grand prix tournament to determine the titleholder for the vacant weight division. So expect Takaya to go 145, while Fernandes sucks down to 135 to pursue the vacant division title.
  • Frank Trigg should stick to his day job (whatever that is) and leave betting alone. One thing we know for sure, Trigg has no career as a transvestite prostitute, unless he takes his business to Cody McKenzie's trailer park. Then, maybe the meth heads will give him a chance.
On a final note, by the time most of you read this it will be a new year. Most of us will be dealing with the side effects of relentless alcohol consumption, and I will be medicating my second hangover in a twenty-four hour period, while attempting to cover the third and final major MMA event of the New Year's weekend -- UFC 125. So, until then, Happy New Year and stay tuned!!!

P.S.: Dynamite!! 2010 video and quick results can be found below...

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K-1/Dream: "Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2010"
December 31, 2010
Saitama Super Arena,
Saitama, Japan

Title Bouts:
Dream Featherweight Title
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes via unanimous decision
Welterweight Title
Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO R1 2:16 (doctor stoppage)
Heavyweight Title
Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee via KO R1 0:19

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson via unanimous decision
Jason High def. Hayato Sakurai via split decision
Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome Le Banner via unanimous decision
Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa via TKO R3 2:50
Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno via KO R1 1:25
Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe via submission (armbar) R3 2:50
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno via unanimous decision
Andy Ologun def. Katsuaki Furuki via unanimous decision

K-1 Rules Bouts
Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro via unanimous decision
Akiyo Nishiura and Tetsuya Yamato ruled a majority draw

Alternating K-1 Rules/MMA Rules Bout
Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki via KO (knee) - Round 2, 0:04

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