D.O.G.: Fioravanti Pounds Monma
TOKYO, Sept 9 — The MMA super-weekend continues as GCM, promoters
of Japan’s only cage fighting event, the strangely named Demolition
of Octagon Gear (D.O.G), put on the seventh incarnation of the
event on the artificial islands of the Odaiba district at Differ
The promotion really seems to be improving each time out, recently
having joined with other cage fighting promotions to form an
international union, The Worldwide Cage Network, with the emphasis
being on cooperation and fighter exchange.
This event once again proved that you don’t always need big name
fighters to put on a great card. This was definitely the best
D.O.G. event that Sherdog.com has attended, yet one couldn’t help
but be struck with a feeling of déjà vu at the way the two final
match-ups played out.
The main event saw American Top Team member and Ultimate Fight
Night veteran Luigi
Fioravanti (Pictures) make his Japanese debut against
GCM poster boy Hidetaka
At the weigh-ins a day prior to the event, Fioravanti came in a
whopping 6.2 kilograms above the contracted 78-kilogram weight
limit. This figure even beats D.O.G., MARS, and K-1 HERO’s
perennial weight non-conformist Rani Yahira (Pictures) in terms of sheer size.
The start went well for Monma, who connected with a punch that sent
the American falling backwards to the mat. The Japanese fighter
then passed to side control, but was unable to capitalize on the
position before Fioravanti managed to get back to his feet.
From this point, a complete reversal of fortunes occurred.
After some jousting on the feet, Fioravanti connected with a big
right hand that sent Monma crashing backwards to the canvas. The
American Top Team fighter followed Monma and began raining down
punches from the guard.
Just as what happened to the D.O.G. veteran in his fight against
(Pictures) in K-1 HERO’s, Monma ate
too many punches on the ground and could no longer intelligently
defend himself. Seeing that the Japanese fighter was badly rocked,
the referee stepped in and put an end to the fight at 2:31 of the
This is the second time in his last two fights that Monma has been
stopped as a result of ground punches.
The other déjà vu of the evening happened in the co-main event
between Fioravanti’s teammate Paul Rodriguez (Paul Rodriguez'
class='LinkSilver'>Pictures) and GCM veteran Eiji Mitsuoka (Pictures).
After spending most of the first round in the clinch, the second
round saw the American Top Team fighter pin Mitsuoka at the fence,
looking for the takedown. Just seconds after the American’s corner
shouted “watch your neck” to their fighter, Mitsuoka caught
Rodriguez with a standing front choke in the exact same way that
(Pictures) did to Rodriguez last
With the choke on, Mitsuoka leaned back, lifting the American Top
Team fighter right off his feet, forcing him to tap at the
Early this year, Tenshin
Matsumoto, head of the well-known Japanese MMA gym SK Absolute,
made an affiliation with several ex-Spetsnaz (Russian Special
Forces) sambo practitioners, forming SK Absolute Russia. One of the
first of this new group, Salmanov Jalil, made his Japanese debut
against Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo fighter Keita Nakamura (Pictures).
To say that “K-Taro” Nakamura has been on a roll since his debut in
late 2003 would be an understatement. In fact, Nakamura has yet to
taste defeat in 12 fights and was coming off an impressive win over
No. 2-ranked Shooto middleweight Ronald Jhun (Pictures). A win here at D.O.G. could
further cement a possible fight with Shooto middleweight champion
Shinya Aoki (Pictures) for the title.
Nakamura had a decent armbar attempt from the bottom after a Jalil
takedown, but “K-Taro” really took control when he scored a strong
knee to Jalil’s head just as the Russian fighter shot in.
After securing the mount, the Japanese fighter transitioned to
back-control as Jalil bridged to escape. Nakamura held on to the
position and sank in the rear-naked choke for the tapout victory at
the 3:50 mark of the first.
Jalil’s teammate Artur Umaknanov started off his fight against GCM
veteran Takahito Iida
(Pictures) with a big, pick-up slam.
The Russian Sambo practitioner then proceeded to put on a grappling
clinic, scoring the mount and back several times. Whilst attempting
to sink in a rear-naked choke, Umaknanov often sat up to back-mount
and rained down punches from behind.
Takahito survived to hear the bell to end the first round, but it
was ruled by the ringside doctor that the Japanese fighter could
not continue into the second, thus giving Umaknanov the TKO
Perhaps the fight of the night was the grappling war between
Paraestra Hachioji’s Tomonari Kanomata
(Pictures) and Team Cloud’s Yasunori Kanehara (Pictures).
For two rounds these guys put on an absolute ground clinic. The
transitions, reversals, submission attempts and escapes were too
numerous to count. Just when it seemed like one fighter had the
upper hand, the other fighter would pull off a counter or a
reversal to turn the tables on the situation.
This was a really close fight, but when it was all said and done it
was Kanomata who walked away with the majority decision.
Shooto and GCM veteran Wataru
Miki (Pictures) connected with a great flying
knee in the opening of the second round against freelance fighter
Koji Yoshida (Pictures), but Yoshida was able to shake
off the effects of the technique and apply a strong guillotine from
the bottom that Miki really had to work hard to escape.
Yoshida scored the mount and applied an omoplata later in the
round, only to see Miki escape and pass to the north-south position
in the closing seconds of the fight.
The bout went to the judges and was ruled a draw.
Iranian Hossein Ojaghi
put the leather to Tokyo Yellow Man’s Yoshiyuki Yoshida
(Pictures) during the first
three-quarters of their bout, tagging the Japanese fighter with
hard right hands and very powerful high kicks.
Ojaghi wanted to keep this affair standing, often motioning to his
opponent to get up. The Iranian seemed to be a kickboxer who had
fairly good takedown defense and knew just enough grappling to get
things back to the feet, a la an early Mirko Filipovic (Pictures).
Ojaghi pounded Yoshida until the middle of the second round, when
Yoshida quickly turned the tide. Once he finally got him to the
ground, Yoshida secured an armbar from the bottom, rolling it out
to full extension for the submission victory at the 3:36 mark.
Freelance fighter Wataru
Takahashi (Pictures) scored the submission victory via
armbar over GCM veteran Takaichi Hirayama at the 4:37
mark of the first round.
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