Minowa Kneebars Frye in Deep Main Event
OKAYAMA, Japan -- Ikuhisa
Minowa (Pictures) defeated Don Frye
(Pictures) in the main event at Deep
“Gladiator” on Saturday at the Momotaro Arena, as the Japanese
journeyman submitted the American with a first-round kneebar.
The always entertaining Minowa (40-28-8), appearing in his 76th
career fight, was a heavy crowd favorite and entered the arena to
noisy applause. The tension mounted as the two Pride Fighting
Championships veterans met in the center of the ring for pre-fight
instructions, as it became clear both had come to win.
At the bell, Minowa brought the action to Frye, as he attempted a
takedown that his opponent initially defended. He then put Frye
(19-7-1) on his back with a beautiful double-leg takedown. Minowa
locked on to Frye’s leg and immediately went for a heel hook, and
though the American was in obvious pain, he refused to tap out.
After a few minutes and several more submission attempts, Minowa
transitioned to a kneebar and coaxed the tapout at 3:56 of the
In a pair of K-1 rules bouts, Gary
Goodridge (Pictures) dropped a unanimous decision to
Hiromi Amada, and Jan Nortje
(Pictures) finished Tom Erikson
(Pictures) in just a shade more than a
Goodridge got off to unlucky start, as Amada fired a low kick that
missed its mark and struck the Canadian in the cup. When the action
resumed, Amada was the aggressor, as he threw punching combinations
punctuated by powerful left low kicks.
Round two brought more of the same, and while Goodridge landed a
big punch that seemed to drop Amada momentarily, the referee ruled
it a slip. After absorbing another low blow, Goodridge ate a nasty
kick from Amada that floored him briefly. By the third round,
Goodridge was limping noticeably from the low kicks but continued
to push forward, though his efforts were in vain. All three judges
saw the bout in Amada’s favor.
Nortje and Erikson, meanwhile, came out swinging heavy leather.
Erikson was first to land and sent Nortje crashing to the canvas.
The 6-foot-11 South African recovered, however, and almost
immediately scored a knockdown of his own. Erikson survived the
count, but Nortje flattened him again, and the referee called an
end to the action 65 seconds into round one.
Four of the five bouts held under the Japan vs. Korea Friendship
Match theme were won by the Koreans. Jutaro Nakao
(Pictures) was the lone victor for the
Japanese side, as he stopped Yong Fun
Lee (Pictures) on second-round strikes.
In other Japan vs. Korea action, Chul Hyun Jung handed Michihiro
Omigawa (Pictures) his third straight defeat, as he
earned a unanimous decision over the UFC veteran. Meanwhile, Min
Sok Ho victimized Pancrase regular Hikaru Sato
(Pictures) with a vicious hammer fist attack
that forced the referee to step in 1:08 into round one. Lee Sang
Soo and Kim Tae Kyun were also victorious.
Matsui (Pictures) failed to damage Eun Soo Lee
(Pictures), and after three rounds, the
judges awarded Lee a unanimous decision. With it came the CMA KPW
open weight championship. In another K-1 rules bout, Bernard
Ackah (Pictures) -- a man perhaps best known for
knocking out former NFL wide receiver Johnnie
Morton (Pictures) -- was himself the victim of a
brutal KO, as he fell to Keigo Takamori 1:36 into the first
Finally, Karate prodigy Tsuyoshi Yokoyama put on an impressive
display in his K-1 rules debut, as he defeated Marcel Nascimento by
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