Akihiro Murayama (red trunks) clinched a Shooto Pacific Rim title Saturday. | Photo: Taro Irei
For the second event in a row, the Gutsman Shooto Dojo-produced series was headlined Saturday at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Face by a title bout between Shooto Pacific-Rim 167-pound champion Sato and Gutsman rep Murayama. The opening frame would prove the most competitive, as Murayama looked to pound from guard while Sato shifted below, throwing up armbar and heel hook attempts.
The challenger took control down the stretch, however, imposing his grinding clinch and top games on the Gracie Barra fighter for the better part of rounds two and three. The judges saw it unanimously with a trio of 30-27 scorecards for the 31-year-old Murayama, who afterward described the bout as “must-win” and requested a fight at Korakuen Hall as part of “Shootor’s Legacy 4” on September 23.
Hanawa (front) was stopped late.
Deep into the third period, Sugawara saw his chance when Hanawa turned to avoid a barrage of punches and knees. Leaping on Hanawa’s back, Sugawara applied a tight rear-naked choke with no hooks, prompting referee Toshiharu Suzuki to save the bloodied elder Shootor with only four seconds left on the clock.
It was Sugawara’s second consecutive finish, having knocked out Ayumu “Gozo” Shioda in October.
Watanabe choked Nakashima.
Paraestra Kashiwa represenative Kenta Sakuma scored the only knockout of the night in the show’s 132-pound curtain-jerker, turning out the lights on debuting Gutsman product Daiki Gojima with a series of brutal right hooks at 2:42 of the second round.
Guam-based promotion Pacific X-treme Combat ventured off its home island for the first time Saturday to stage PXC 24 in the Filipino capital of Manila. The main event was a rematch of a January title bout from PXC 22 in which Guamanian big boy Roque Martinez retained his heavyweight belt in a five-round draw with Saipan’s Kelvin Fitial.
Fitial, who drew looks in September by handing South Korean prospect Hae Jun Yang his first defeat, slowly dragged Martinez into deep water once again, coming alive in the third stanza with hard uppercuts and elbows in the clinch. In the fourth, after avoiding a flurry of wild haymakers and sprawling on the champion, the 6-foot-3 Fitial thumped away with punches to the head and ribs until he earned the stoppage, and the title, at the 4:52 point.
PXC bantamweight mainstay and recent “Ultimate Fighter 14” auditionee “Baby” Joe Taimanglo upped his record to 15-4-1 with his fifth consecutive submission win. The Spike 22 representative hit a takedown on Korean Top Team’s Young Jun Kim, secured a body triangle from the back, and finished with a rear-naked choke after only 83 seconds.
Ryan Ford File Photo
Ford has now won four straight.
The night before UFC
131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, neighboring Canadian
province Alberta hosted Aggression
MMA 7 “Confrontation” at Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton.
When a gap in the cage’s flooring caused the show’s co-main event
to be declared a no-contest, it was unclear whether local favorite
Ford and B.C.’s Nick
Hinchliffe would even get to tangle in their welterweight
headliner. After some delay and repairs to the cage, the
170-pounders got down to business, whereupon Ford largely
controlled the fight on the feet. The “Real Deal” recorded his
fourth straight stoppage at 0:18 of
the third after dropping Hinchliffe with a right and
pouncing with more punches.
Two-time Bellator featherweight tournament entrant Georgi Karakhanyan took just 2:01 to finish Bodyshop fighter Vince Ortiz with a rear-naked choke Saturday at BAMMA USA’s “Badbeat 2,” the 26-year-old’s second win in a row since being punched out by Patricio Freire in March. The main event at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., saw ex-WEC bantamweight Chad George halt a two-fight skid by subbing Bobby Sanchez with an arm-triangle choke from guard after just 2:32.
Unheralded Russian Musa Khamanaev made the most of an opportunity in the main event of Sunday’s Superior Fighting Championship 4 in Giessen, Germany. Stepping in on days’ notice for injured teammate Yuri Ivlev, the Russian Legion lightweight forced his more experienced German foe, Cengiz Dana, to capitulate to a rear-naked choke at 1:46 of the first round. While local fighters ultimately fell to their Russian Legion counterparts by a tally of 5-4, surging German heavyweight Bjorn Schmiedeberg did tack another win to his six-fight streak, tapping Muslim Makhmudov with an armbar 3:34 into the second stanza.
Longtime boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports produced its sixth MMA card, “Nowhere to Run,” Friday at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. Competing for the first time in 14 months, Bostonian UFC and WEC vet Alex Karalexis struggled early and ultimately lost a razor-thin split decision to Cleveland-based invader Tiawan Howard. Featherweight prospect Saul Almeida improved to 9-1, utilizing his significant size advantage to outpoint Ohioan Cody Stevens, while Marc Stevens decisioned Abe Pitrowski.• Dos Santos Outguns Carwin, Clinches Title Shot
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