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Vale Tudo Japan 1st Results
Last Updated on Monday, 24 December 2012 10:41
Written by IQWrestler
Monday, 24 December 2012 10:41

The legendary Vale Tudo Japan has returned with a vengeance. The event had fans the world over buzzing with excitement and it apparently didn’t disappoint, receiving praise from all in attendance and those watching on PPV in Japan.

The nights main event ended in the blink of an eye. Fan favorite, Hideo Tokoro returned action for the first time since his horrifying Slam KO loss at DREAM NYE last year, and he quickly blast JMMA icon, Rumina Sato, with a flying punch after pushing him to the ground. Tokoro dedicated the win to the late Tomoya Miyashita, who passed away from leukemia at the end of last year.

The victory is very bitter sweet for many. The universally beloved Rumina Sato has now lost by KO twice in a row, to guy not known for big KO power and has been around, pretty much as long as the sport of MMA has. One has to think his legendary career is nearing it’s conclusion.

Mamoru Yamaguchi is one of MMA’s pioneering Flyweights but he may have missed his last chance at a run stateside. The Fro lost to former Tachi Palace champ Darrell Montague over three close and technical rounds of all stand up action. Montague got a split judges nod and picks up the biggest win of his career. We could see a rematch in Tachi if Montague isn’t picked up by UFC.

Shooto golden boy and one of Asianmma.com’s most highly touted fighters, Kyoji Horiguchi has finally established himself as a top global Bantamweight. Kyoji took a hard fought Unanimous Decision over Tachi Palace champion Ian Loveland. The two exchanged head kicks and Ian threatened with a few submissions but Kyoji got the better, using thudding kicks and his wicked speed to drop Loveland take a big 29-28 win.

Even though she stated in our interview with her, that she would continue to fight in big name matches. If this was the last fight of the greatest female fighter in history, from reports, it will surely go down as one of the best retirement fights MMA has ever seen. Megumi Fujii and V.V Mei went to war for 10 minutes, trading furious punches and masterful grappling the whole time.

Megumi was naturally the dominate wrestler but Mei reversed her a number of times, even scoring a sweep off the cage but Megumi locked in several very tight submissions, including an armbar and a sleeper but the ultra tough cookie that is Mei Yamaguchi simply refused to give in. Ultimately though, Fujii’s top control, gnp and slight striking advantage saw her lead on all the judges score cards.

Full results after the jump

“VTJ 1st”
Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo
(Mon) December 24, 2012

Bantamweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Hideo Tokoro defeated Rumina Sato via TKO (Punches) – R1, 0:39

Lightweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Kuniyoshi Hironaka defeated Carlo Prater via Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Darrell Montague defeated Mamoru Yamaguchi via Split Decision

Bantamweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Ian Loveland via Unanimous Decision

Strawweight bout – 2R/5mins:

Megumi Fujii defeated “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi via Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Kenji Osawa defeated “Lion” Takeshi Inoue via Unanimous Decision

Middleweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Keita Nakamura defeated Nobutatsu Suzuki via Submission (Choke Sleeper) – R1, 2:09

Welterweight bout – 3R/5mins:

Daisuke Hoshino defeated┬áKuntap Weerasakreck via Submission (Armbar) – R1, 2:19

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2 Comments
  1. CommentsVale Tudo Japan 2012 Results « Hong Kong Fight Club   |  Monday, 24 December 2012 at 12:21 pm

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  2. CommentsGrapplingman   |  Monday, 24 December 2012 at 5:58 pm

    When the video will be on the Internet?


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