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The event is set to start at 3am Eastern Time (8am UK) and is broadcast live on HDNet.
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Shinya Aoki defeats Rob McCullough by submission (neck crank) at 4.57mins of Rd1
Aoki played it safe against the striker, taking him down early where Mcullough posed him no threat. He patiently waited for his chance, throwing down hammerfists to soften him up before finishing with his second neck crank in two fights with just three seconds remaining.
Tatsuya Kawajiri defeats Joachim Hansen by submission (arm triangle) in Rd3
Good fight and a solid featherweight debut for Kawajiri. Round two was all Kawajiri with his wrestling stifling Hansen, but the first and the third were very competitive with both men having their moments. Hansen appeared to hurt Kawajiri with a strike early in the third which forced the Japanese fighter to swoop in for a takedown. That proved to be a wise decision as it lead to the arm triangle finish.
‘Lion’ Takeshi Inoue defeats Caol Uno by KO at 4.17mins of Rd1
Takeshi dropped Uno early in the round from a right hand, and then later landed a perfect high kick that landed on Uno’s neck and felled him like a tree.
Yan Cabral defeats Kazushi Sakuraba by submission (arm triangle) at 2.42mins of Rd2
– Make no mistake, as sad it is to say, Sakuraba shouldn’t be fighting any more. Appearing with heavily bandaged legs he was reeling on his feet early after a strong left hand from Cabral, and after continuing to come off second best he then found himself being submitted mid-way through the next round as the Brazilian easily took him down and worked for the arm triangle.
Satoru Kitaoka defeats Willamy Freire by split decision
– Despite a large multi-colored bruise developing on his thigh and a bloodied nose Kitaoka just edged this fight with Freire over three rounds (Freire picked up a yellow card for inactivity in the final stanza) to earn a split decision victory.
Gerald Harris defeats Kazuhiro Nakamura by split decision
– Not the most exciting fight but former UFC fighter Harris got slightly the better of it on the feet and scored a few takedowns though failed to do anything with them.
Antonio Banuelos defeats Hideo Tokoro by split decision
The first half of this fight didn’t produce much in the way of action, with Banuelos looking slightly busier, but much like his fight with Miguel Torres he was struggling with his range against the bigger man. In the latter stage of the second the fight came to life though with Banuelos briefly sitting down Tokoro with a powerful right hand, while a high kick from Tokoro in the closing stages buckled his opponents legs. The third was fought at a high tempo with Tokoro pushing the pace and working for submissions on the mat, but Banuelos used his wrestling to maintain good positions on top and would go on to get the nod from two of the three judges.
Bibiano Fernandes defeats Takafumi Otsuka by rear-naked choke at 0.41mins of Rd1
– Fernandes made short work of Otsuka, seizing his back and sinking in the choke with just 31 seconds on the clock. Otsuka looked like he may have been out for a few seconds before the referee stepped in.
Masakazu Imanari defeats Abel Cullum by submission (armbar) at 0.46mins of Rd3
Cullum had an extremely rough weight cut yesterday and things didn’t get any better for him in the ring as Imanari absolutely dominated him despite fighting almost the entire fight from his back. Imanari was chaining submission attempts from the opening round, and while to his credit Cullum hung in there until the third round Imanari would not be denied and finally locked in an armbar for the finish.
Rodolfo Marques Diniz defeats Yusup Saadulaev by unanimous decision
– The opening bout of the bantamweight GP saw both men indulging in a ground battle over all three rounds. it was relatively close stuff with each pulling off submission attempts, but in the end all three judges ring-side saw it in favor of Marques who progresses to the next round.
Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa defeats Baru Harn by submission (armlock from scarf hold) at 4.29mins of Rd1
– Minowaman gets the bigger man down early and after going for a variety of submissions finally scores with a rare scarf hold armlock.