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Satoshi Ishii defeats Jeff Monson in M-1 main event
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 October 2013 02:52
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Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Under the guise of a very busy fight weekend (OneFC and UFC), M-1 Global held what would otherwise be considered big, for M-1 standards, with Satoshi Ishii and Jeff Monson meeting in the main event.

Ishii proved to be far too much for the decorated grappler in Monson, showing how effective olympic caliber judo can be in mixed martial arts.  Using multiple throws, Ishii dominated the ground game, and the clinch game, and did enough on his feet to secure a majority decision over Monson.

Ishii now looks to his fight with Mirko Cro Cop, a fight that is slated to take place at Antonio Inoki’s annual Inoki Bom Ba Ya event.  Ishii, who has been streaking (six wins in a row) since losing to Fedor in 2011, is likely nearing a deal with a large promotion, possibly even the UFC, where he was set to make his debut at the onset of his career until he signed with World Victory Road.


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Japan’s 10 highest rated NYE matches (Nippon no Omisoka)
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:36
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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

logoJapan was once the go to for combat sports on New Years Eve.  Having a history for bringing in a number of celebrities, boxers, super heroes, true fighters, and anyone else that would bring eyeballs to a screen.

Some of the most memorable matches in combat sports occurred on New Years Eve, and yet some of the most memorable mismatches also took place.  Japan’s boxing federation was so irate with what was happening to their boxers that crossed over to K-1 (legkicks deluxe) that they told any boxer that performed within the K-1 ranks they would never be welcomed back to professional boxing if they fought with K-1.

So, we give you – the top 10 fights of Omisoka Nippon.  Enjoy.

1. BOB SAPP VS. AKEBONO  (K-1 2003) – 42.5 TV Rating (Nearly 60 million watched this fight)

This is was the one that fans will remember forever.  The legendary Akebono, a huge sumo star from 10 years before and the monster, The Beast, Bob Sapp.  The two appeared in front of nearly 60 million viewers on Japanese TV.  This Bob Sapp knocked the sumo wrestler out in the first round, scoring what was to be the most popular fight in Japanese history.


After the hype of 2003, Masato and KID Yamamoto would bill the most talented fighter from MMA against the most talented kickboxer from the lighter weight ranks.  Yamamoto, noted as the “Son of God”, and Masato would both be paid in excess of a million dollars to fight one another.  This would be the fight in which KID and Enson parted ways as the two had a disagreement in ideology, or so it seemed.  In what was the biggest night of KID’s career, he scored a first round knockdown of the legendary Masato before falling to the multiple time World Grand Prix winner.  This was the pinnacle of KID’s career and would be the brightest moment for both the Silver Wolf and The Son of God.


In an attempt to capitalize on the Bob Sapp ratings from the year before, FEG put Sapp in a mixed rules match with Jerome Le Banner.  The four round fight saw a mix of kickboxing and mixed martial arts rules.  Ultimately the fight ended in a draw and saw Sapp hanging on for dear life at the end.


Ologun became famous for having his eyes shoot out of his skull on Japanese TV.  That translated into a combat sports gig for him, which saw him make even more cash.  In what was a extremely surprise decision, Ologun took Abidi down at will and scored a unanimous decision.  This was not only a huge shock as Ologun defeated a top tier striker, but it wrote Ologun’s ticket onto future NYE cards, as late as 2010.



Shockwave 2005 marked the entrance of one of Japan’s famous television personalities in Ken Kaneko.  Kaneko, a frequent on Japanese television, has also played roles in a dozen or so movies in Japan, thus a popular face among the Japanese people.  Kaneko also had trained Brazilian jiu jitsu, which automatically qualified him to fight Charles Bennett, nicknamed “Krazy Horse”.  Bennett was just that, crazy as sin, and would often times mimic referees, pick fights back stage (Chute Boxe), and anything else he could do to get under the skin of people.  Bennett went on to easily submit Kaneko in the first round as it became apparent that mixed martial artists are just that and television personalities, well, they’re just that as well.


Billed as a match up of gold medalists, Rulon Gardner and Hidehiko Yoshida would settle a score in the ring between two of the countries most famous Olympic competitors.  Yoshida won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona games and is one of Japan’s most famous judoka to date.  Gardner lacked on the fame that Yoshida enjoyed, but quickly became a face in Pride, even with one fight.  It would later be heard that Gardner was offered Fedor Emelianenko in a PrideFC fight and offered over a million dollars for doing so.  That never happened.

Gardner and Yoshida put on one of the most boring fights in Pride history.  Gardner surprisingly kept a decent distance on Yoshida and tossed little jabs the entirety of the fight.  Yoshida was unable to capitalize and ended up on the wrong side of a decision.  This would be Gardner’s one and only pro fight and he would end up broke, looking for work after enjoying time on The Biggest Loser.  In an interview in 2012, he explained the money Pride had paid him and offered him to take fights with some of their best heavyweights, fights that he passed up on due to not being the fighter he thought he could be.  Admirable.


Quite possibly the worst match in Japanese MMA history, Akebono came into the bout at very obese 500 pounds.  That said, Ologun was quite the specimen for not being a career fighter.  Ologun was far too athletic for the sumo wrestler and threw an abundance of leg kicks and jabs to the point Akebono was physically unable to move.  That said, the referee wasn’t having it and let the bout go forward until the final bell sounded.  The judges obviously handed a decision to Ologun after the one sided affair.  Being Akebono’s second fight, he would return two more times for the K-1 promotion.  Akebono would never win a professional fight, having been submitted in 3 out of his 4 pro fights.


Olympian’s were a hot commodity during the combat sports heyday in Japan and this fight was a ground breaker.  Ogawa, the silver medalist in the 92 games versus Yoshida, the gold medalist.  Additionally, Ogawa was a successful fighter, thus the legitimacy of the fight was just that.  Prior to his last  fight with Fedor Emelianenko, one of which saw the judoka horribly over matched by the Russian, Ogawa was an undefeated fighter.  Having defeated some decent fighters in the ring, it was thought that an Ogawa Yoshida match would entertain the fans.  Entertain it did.

Yoshida and Ogawa enjoyed an exciting fight, one that saw the gold medalist arm bar the silver medalist and end any discussion of who was the better fighter.  It would also mark the end to Ogawa’s career as he proceeded onto professional wrestling, where he still is a name to this day.


Before there was the GSP Penn grease gate, there existed Akiyama and Sakuraba grease gate.  The fight matched K-1′s most famous middleweight against PrideFC’s most famous middleweight (who competed at every weight).  Sakuraba immediately went to his shoot style and was desperately going for submissions only to find Akiyama not there.  Akiyama had a snake like ability to slip away and avoid Saku’s submission attempts.  Akiyama would eventually defeat Sakuraba but that was only the beginning.

An outcry by Sakuraba’s camp and the fighter himself appealed the decision and it was still stated by the powers that Akiyama was the winner.  It wasn’t until long after the fight that officials with FEG changed the contest to a no contest.  While never outright admitted, it was apparent that Akiyama was a cheater during this fight.

This would mark Japan’s turn on Akiyama as since this fight he was boo’d horrendously by Japanese fans, even in his UFC fight in 2012.  Akiyama would have to take homestead in Korea to find a crowd that would love him.


KID Yamamoto was riding a huge win streak going into the fight and appeared to be the best lighter weight fighter in the world.  Seeing that his weight class (145 at the time) was far from popularity in the west, Yamamoto made a living in Japan, notably with his NYE bouts.  Istavan Majoros was one of the world’s best greco wrestlers, having won gold in both the Olympic games and the World Cup.  Wrestling is not MMA, however and KID had hands that were able to floor Masato.

The ending to this fight saw a Yamamoto knee to the liver, something that is not trained in wrestling.  As typical with New Years Eve, the mismatches are aplenty.  This would be KID’s final New Years Eve bout for 3 years as he suffered injury after injury.  Yamamoto would never be the same fighter again.

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Fallon Fox when she was Boyd “Woody” Burton, situation must be handled delicately
Last Updated on Saturday, 9 March 2013 04:31
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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Boyd Burton who became Fallon Fox and now competes with women in mixed martial arts, caused a recent stir in the media. Image from

Fallon Fox has taken the mixed martial arts world by storm as of late and added some huge questions to regulatory bodies and promotional big wigs alike.

Questions remain on how the situation will be handled, not just in the United States, but the entire world.  Smaller promotions lack the ability to do proper testing in situations like this and it has likely happened under the radar before.

How should the situation be handled?  Very carefully, is our opinion.  Doctors have chimed in stating that chemically, Fallon Fox is a woman and that her physical make-up is equal to that of a woman, thus she should be able to compete with women.

TMZ got a hold of Fallon Fox’s pre-operation photograph recently showing that before Fox became “Fallon”, and went as far as contacting a past girlfriend who said that Boyd was a “manly man” and had no indication he was uncomfortable with his male self.

The situation needs to be handled very delicately.  This could set a dangerous precedent in the sport and cause for some quite unnecessary backlash in the future.  The Olympic games of the 1980′s had a huge problem with this and finally got it all worked out.  Some athletes that competed in the games were actually y-chromosome positive but were able to compete within the female class.

The promotions that lack regulatory bodies are the promotions that need to be careful.  Severe injury could result if proper testing is not done on these fighters, and as we know, the United States is pretty much the only country that has real testosterone level testing.  Asia has nothing, Japan has nothing, and other countries are spotty at best.  Fighter beware.

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Aleks Emelianenko retires
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 December 2012 01:38
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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Aleksander Emelianenko, younger brother of P4P great Fedor Emelianenko, has called it a career.

The thirty-one year old Russian mixed martial artist announced his retirement via his Facebook page, stating injuries sustained over a competitive fight career were the determining factor with regards to his retirement.

Emelianenko went 21-6 during his MMA career and was one of PrideFC’s scarier heavyweights.  Winning three in a row in PrideFC, he lost to Josh Barnett in the opening round of the Openweight Grand Prix.  Emelinaneko faced off with some of the best fighters in the world, including Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, and Mirko Cro Cop, during his career.

At one point of his career, it was said he would fight with the UFC.  Due to medical concerns, of which were never actually made public, he never got that opportunity.  Many media outlets stated the reason was a positive hepatitis-c test, although that was never 100% confirmed by the fighter.

In recent years, Aleksander was unable to find a permanent home and fought wherever the paycheck was.  In what was his final fight, he was submitted by Jeff Monson, who was earlier defeated by his older brother Fedor in his last fight.  Quite fitting the Emelianenko brothers finished out their careers with the same opponent, granted the end result.

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Aleksander Emelianenko vs Jeff Monson from M-1 Challenge 35 Full Video and results
Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 04:07
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Friday, November 16th, 2012

Jeff Monson beat Alexander Emelianenko by submission (North South choke) at 3:17 of Round 2
Mikhail Malyutin beat Artem Boiko by Decision (3)
Mairbek Taisumov beat Leon Del Gaudio by Submission (Guillotine) at 3:45 of Round 1
Denis Smoldarev beat Akhmed Sultanov by Decision (3)
Marat Gafurov beat Vugar Bahshiev by Submission (choke) at 4:18 of Round 1 (for M-1 Featherweight tile)
Ramazan Emeev beat Mario Miranda by Decision (5) (for M-1 Middleweight title)
Rashid Magomedov vs Alexander Yakovlev (for M-1 Welterweight title)

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Want another insanely violent Russian KO? Of course you do!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 02:01
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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Here’s Your Insane Russian KO Of The Week!
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 09:34
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Saturday, September 29th, 2012

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