Sherdog.com’s Tony Loiseleur reports from the Saitama Super Arena
near Tokyo with live play-by-play of K-1 “Dynamite 2008,” which is
headlined by Kazushi
Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi
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Sherdog.com will offer live play-by-play of Dynamite's MMA bouts,
which kick off shortly after 10 p.m. PST/1 a.m. EST. Scroll down
for kickboxing-rule bouts.
Moments before the event was to begin, Gesias "JZ"
Cavalcante entered the ring and announced that his bout with
Hansen has been called off. Apparently, Hansen did not pass
pre-fight medicals, and the Norwegian is currently being
hospitalized for a "head injury."
Hansen, 29, was present at Tuesday press conference to promote the
bout with "JZ."
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MMA Bouts Play-by-Play:
Minowa vs. Errol
Zimmerman Round 1
Zimmerman gets a mid kick that Minowa catches and dives into a
takedown with. Zimmerman grabs the ropes but goes down anyway, and
Minowa begins the arduous task of securing a footlock. Zimmerman
tries to hammerfist the pro-wrestler off his leg, but Minowa
transitions until he’s got the toe hold. Zimmerman screams in pain
while tapping. The official time is 1:01 of the opening frame.
Nakamura Round 1
Tokoro dives for a takedown and gets him down with a little effort,
but Nakamura scrambles and pulls out an arm. He falls back with it,
but Tokoro defends well and escapes. Tokoro scrambles to his feet,
takes Nakamura’s back and Nakamura breaks his grip to dive for a
kimura before transitioning to the armbar. Tokoro defends and rolls
out, and is now on top with an armbar of his own. Nakamura rolls
and stacks Tokoro in defense, taking a moment to rest from the
frenetic two minutes of scrambling with the smaller fighter. Tokoro
eventually gives up the arm and scrambles to take Nakamura’s back,
but Nakamura chucks him off and manages again to get an arm for the
armbar attempt. Tokoro’s leg is tied up in an awkward angle with
Nakamura’s, but it’s not hurting his armbar attempt at all.
Nakamura is wrenching back, hyperextending the arm as Tokoro is
tangled up and unable to escape. Referee Moritaka Oshiro asks if
Tokoro wants to give up and Tokoro shakes his head from under
Nakamura’s legs. Oshiro calls the bout anyway at 2:23 in the first
Sakaguchi vs. Andy
Ologun Round 1
They touch gloves and Sakaguchi gets to circling Ologun and pawing
at him with his hands. Ologun reaches with a jab and misses.
Sakaguchi pushes his way into the clinch and gets a takedown from
the ring corner, landing in half guard. Ologun attempts to control
Sakaguchi’s wrists to keep him from punching. Sakaguchi works his
legs free and moves them up in an attempt to get a triangle from on
top, but then falls back into the triangle as Ologun attempts to
sit up. The triangle is locked in, but Ologun is able to flail at
Sakaguchi with hammers, eventually breaking his grip. Ologun stands
up out of Sakaguchi’s guard then and referee Samio Kimura stands
them both up. Sakaguchi closes to throw a right hand, but Ologun
evades, planting a solid right uppercut, left hook to send
Sakaguchi to the canvas. Ologun lunges and lands a big left hand
right to Sakaguchi’s chin, separating him from consciousness as
referee Kimura lunges in to call the bout at 3:52 of the opening
Bob Sapp vs.
"Kinniku Mantaro" Tanaka Round 1
Tanaka comes down the ramp with a chubby kid in tow, both of them
wearing Kinnikuman themed masks as the Kinnikuman theme song plays
in the background. Following them, Bob Sapp comes out to Also
Sprache Zarathustra. Sapp comes barreling forward, and Tanaka drops
for a single leg. Tanaka gets it to the ground and passes to side.
Sapp attempts to hold onto Tanaka’s head to keep him from posturing
to drop hammerfists, but Tanaka drops them anyway, freeing himself
in the process. Sapp pushes Tanaka away and gets it to standing,
pursuing with punches. Tanaka takes him down again in defense
however and resumes side mount. Tanaka transitions to north-south,
dropping punches, then moves back to side for the judo press. Sapp
throws up a single punch, and Tanaka switches back to side mount.
Sapp is almost able to sit up, but Tanaka pushes him back down and
punches him a few times in the face. Sapp frames his arms against
Tanaka’s body to push him away but Tanaka just pushes his arms
aside and continues slowly pounding away. Sapp looking anguished
and under unwanted pressure, eating the punches. Apparently having
enough of it, Sapp explodes up and reverses position on Tanaka.
Sapp gets top in a sprawl position as his corner exhorts him to use
all his weight to keep Tanaka down. Sapp delivers a knee to
Tanaka’s head, and Tanaka pulls back, stands up and backs away.
Sapp gives chase and begins throwing big, wild punches. Tanaka gets
tagged with a few and turns into the ropes, his back to Sapp. Sapp
continues punching to the sides of Tanaka’s head as referee Daisuke
Noguchi jumps in to save Tanaka at 5:22 in the first.
"Mighty Mo" Siliga Round 1
Schilt leads with a push kick and a lead leg kick to the body. Mo
engages Schilt in the clinch, and both men grapple on the feet.
Schilt lands several knees to Mo’s body before Siliga barrels him
over to take top position in half guard. Schilt, his arms still in
over under position, holds on to keep Mo from posturing. Mo
eventually breaks free though and tries to posture and punch.
Schilt tries to pull him down by controlling the head, but not
before Mo gets off a few good punches. Schilt eventually gets wrist
control, but Siliga just attempts to punch his way free rather than
break his grip. Siliga is posted up on his feet, trying to punch,
while Schilt uses the wrist control to climb his legs up for a
submission. Siliga is breathing hard, but he’s still making a good
effort of trying to land big punches, now to Schilt’s body. Mo
dives for a punch to the face, right back into Schilt’s guard.
Taking a moment to rest, Schilt is punching at Mo’s head, resting
on his chest. Schilt transitions from the armbar, but Siliga pulls
it out and lands some punishing punches on Schilt’s face before
he’s able to spin back around and get Mo back in guard. Siliga
tries to drop more punches from inside Schilt’s guard. Schilt
creeps his legs up and locks an awkward looking triangle. Panicked
and likely winded, Siliga drops to his knees and taps out at the
Sakurai vs. Katsuyori
Shibata Round 1
Shibata comes running forward and Mach attempts a spinning back
kick, looking surprised. The kick misses, and Mach tries to go for
the takedown, but Shibata sprawls on him and pushes him off.
Shibata opening up with a barrage of punches as Mach tries to press
in for the clinch. Sakurai looks surprised as he closes in to try
and get Shibata to the floor, eating punches and then knees in the
clinch. Sakurai whips Shibata to the canvas then and lands on top
in half guard, working on Shibata’s right arm for the kimura.
Shibata isn’t giving it up, so Sakurai postures up and drops
punches. Shibata tries to punch up, and so Mach takes the
opportunity to hop up into full mount, dropping the occasional
punch as his corner tell him to push Shibata’s face down and
posture up. Mach does so and starts pounding away on a shelled up
Shibata. Shibata tries to pry Mach off with a leg, but Sakurai
falls to his belly to keep the position. Shibata manages to get him
off, but Mach takes sidemount instead and drops more punches. Mach
looks cut around the vicinity of his right eye, blinking away
bloody tears. Mach drops punches and now some knees to the face of
Shibata from side position. The crowd chants for Shibata to rally
as Mach plants his knee on Shibata’s belly, still punching him in
the face. Sakurai’s pace is slowing a bit, but he’s still
delivering the punishment, locking Shibata’s arm in a crucifix a la
Matt Hughes-BJ Penn to drop small shots to the forehead. Another
big knee from Mach, followed by more hammer fists as Shibata
absorbs the beating. Sakurai goes to the mount again, then back to
knee on belly. Shibata crunches his legs up and captures Sakurai in
his guard. Sakurai stands to drop a punch before passing to half
guard, and then mount. Mach drops more punches and the referee
steps in, having seen enough, at 7:01, awarding Hayato Sakurai the
Mirko "Cro Cop"
Filipovic vs. Hong Man
Choi Round 1
Choi begins walking Crocop down, and Cropcop circles on the
outside, dropping low kicks to the legs of the Korean. Choi is
follows Mirko, trying to paw at him with non-committal jabs and
push kicks. Mirko attempts a high kick that just misses a flinching
Choi. Mirko lunges with a left hook and gets pegged in the face
with a hard jab for his troubles. More circling from both men
before Mirko throws a mid kick that Choi catches and upsets his
balance. Mirko stumbles back but Choi is unable to capitalize,
allowing the Croation to get to his feet. They return to circling,
Choi at the center, throwing small jabs as Mirko looks for
openings, throwing the occasional low kick. Mirko parries Choi’s
jabs as he retreats. Choi tries to chase Mirko down with a few
punches, but Mirko runs and only gets grazed. Choi finally corners
Crocop and pushes him into a corner. Mirko attempts to get
underhooks and knees Choi to the body once. Referee Noguchi breaks
them apart and warns both Choi and Crocop for what appears to be
inactivity. They resume the game of circling again, Crocop
backpedalling once more. Referee Noguchi stops the bout and issues
a yellow card to both men for inactivity and evasiveness. Upon
resuming, however, Mirko backpedals as Choi lumbers after him. Choi
pumps some jabs at Corcop and traps him momentarily in the corner
before Mirko spins out and lands a low kick to Choi’s groin. They
stop the bout momentarily for Choi to recover. Upon recovering,
Mirko slams a big left kick to the left leg of a forward moving
Choi, who attempts to check it, but gets hurt doing so. As Choi’s
leg drops, it cannot support his weight, and the Techno Goliath
falls. Choi grasps his knee in pain as referee Daisuke Noguchi
jumps in to call the bout at 6:32 in the first.
After the bout, Mirko announces that he will be taking the next six
months off, on account of knee surgery.
Mark Hunt vs.
Manhoef Round 1
Manhoef circles on the outside, wary, as from the center of the
ring, Mark Hunt primes himself to lunge and attack. Hunt lunges to
flurry, and Manhoef counters with a huge left and right hook combo
that land square on the Samoan Monster’s jaw, sending him crashing
to the mat at a mere 18 seconds in the first round for a stunning
Alvarez Round 1
Alvarez takes a middle kick to the ribs as he’s chasing Aoki down,
trying to close the distance to deliver some punches. Aoki shoots
for a double and Eddie sprawls and pulls away. Aoki scoots toward
him on his butt, chasing him about the ring. Aoki jumps up to try
and kick Alvarez’s head, but misses and lands. Aoki begins scooting
toward Alvarez again, chasing him on his posterior until the ref
stands him up. Eddie throws a middle kick that Aoki catches, at
which point he flies onto Alvarez’s back in the clinch. Alvarez is
quick to execute a beautiful harai-goshi to land on top in mount.
Aoki scrambles out from underneath, and puts Alvarez into guard.
Aoki then goes for a leglock, dragging Alvarez to the canvas. The
both of them still dry, Aoki is able to get enough grip to catch
and torque the heel hook for the tap at 1:32.
Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi
Tamura Round 1
Kazushi Sakuraba's ring entrance looks to be an homage to
long-running Japanese children's program, Kamen Rider. Sakuraba is
first seen being tended to by some of the action shows villain
henchman who put gloves and pro-wreslting shin pads on him as
Sakuraba protests before capitulating, saying, "wow... this is so
nostalgic." As Sakuraba emerges from the elevator, flanked by the
henchman and clad in his mask, a voice rings out saying, "wait!
stop!" Off to the left side of the stage, the real Sakuraba,
unmasked, but wearing the Kamen Rider red scarf, rides to the ring
on a small bicycle. Sakuraba evades or checks two low kicks before
dropping for the single leg. Tamura drops to his knees and tries to
defend the takedown. Sakuraba grabs Tamura’s foot on the leg
opposite from his single, attempting to take out his base. Tamura
reaches around, trying to pry Sakuraba off, but the IQ Wrestler
stays doggedly in place. Sakuraba transitions to the back for a
moment before Tamura explodes and reverses Sakuraba, landing on top
in side mount. Tamura is all tangled up in Sakuraba’s limbs for the
moment however, giving way to Sakuraba putting him into full guard.
Tamura attempts to pound from on top as Sakuraba reaches up to
control Tamura’s posture. Sakuraba climbs his legs up, looking to
lock up a sub. Tamura bursts free from a half-hearted triangle
attempt and begins hammering. Sakuraba goes for wrist control, then
briefly attempts the armbar before Tamura pops out and resumes
hammer fist assaults. Sakuraba with the occasional punch from the
bottom now, but he’s eating the majority of Tamura’s shots.
Sakuraba pushes Tamura off and Tamura stands up from Saku’s guard.
Sakuraba rolls into a leg lock on Tamura’s left leg. Tamura drops
to his haunches and punches Sakuraba’s face and the side of his
head in defense. Sakuraba half-heartedly tries to cover up, waiting
for Tamura to tire before pursuing the leg lock. Sakuraba flips
over to his back and puts Tamura in guard then. Referee Noguchi
repositions them in the ring, and Tamura drops more punches on a
weary looking Sakuraba as soon as the bout is resumed. Sakuraba’s
corner tell him that there’s only three minutes remaining, and the
veteran wearily responds “hai.” Sakuraba throws up his legs in
another half-hearted triangle, trying to pull Tamura’s left arm
out. Tamura thus pounds hammer fists down with his right hand until
Sakuraba traps both hands and hugs them to his chest. Tamura stacks
Sakuraba, and then sits back, freeing his arms. Tamura breaks
Sakuraba’s guard and stands up, looking to drop punches. The
opening doesn’t really present itself, so he settles back into
guard to grind it out with small shots. Sakuraba tries again for
the armbar, locking up Tamura’s left arm from bottom. He cannot
extend it before the bell however. If the 10-point must system were
in use (it isn't), Sherdog.com would score the round 10-9 for
Sakuraba evades a low kick, but the second low kick lands hard into
his left leg, prompting him to drop for the single. Tamura stuffs
him and Sakuraba flops to his side. Tamura drops some punishing
blows before Sakuraba reverts back to guard. The referee
repositions them in the center. Sakuraba takes both of Tamura’s
wrists, but Tamura breaks free and drops several hard punches. The
referee orders a break, eliciting an expression of depressing
futility from Sakuraba, who stays lying on the canvas. The ref
issues a yellow card to both fighters for not fighting
aggressively. Two Tamura low kicks toSak’s lead right leg, and
Sakuraba absorbs them, wobbly. Tamura throws another that clips his
left before shooting for the takedown. Sakuraba sucks him into a
loose guillotine, but Tamura pops out and resumes dropping hammer
fists. Another break and standup comes from referee Noguchi.
Sakuraba shoots for the tD and gets it this time, landing in
Tamura’s guard. Sakuraba eats a few punches from Tamura before
passing to half guard at the last minute. Tamura takes a hold of
Sakuraba’s right arm, holding him down, not allowing him to punch
or pass. Sakuraba tries valiantly to get in and ending barrage in
the final moments, but it looks like it’s too little too late.
Tamura takes Sakuraba’s hand in both of his, shaking his hand as he
gets to his feet to return to the corner for the decision. Had
standard scoring been in place for this bout, the round would go to
Judges Matt Hume, Yuji Shimada and Yasushi Miyake unanimously give
the bout to Kiyoshi Tamura.
Mousasi vs. Musashi Round 1
Mousasi gets a big right hand to start things off as he comes
charging in on Musashi, dropping him for the KD. Mousasi goes to
town, flurrying on Mushashi before pushing him off from the clinch.
Mousasi blitzes Musashi again, hitting to the face and body before
dropping him for a second time with an uppercut, hook combo.
Musashi answers the count, but a forward pressing Mousasi won’t be
denied, flurrying on a Musashi against the ropes who clearly can’t
defend himself. The bout is called at 2:32 in the first round.
Overeem vs. Badr
Hari Round 1
A huge left knee to the face, followed by a left hook knocks Hari
silly and puts him down for the knockdown. After answering the
count, Hari gets a few punches in before Overeem compresses and
explodes with a huge left hook, countering a wide Hari right,
dropping the Moroccan for the KO at 2:07 of the first round.
“For all MMA fighters, and everybody, who think respect is
important: there you go,” said Overeem in his post-fight
Kawajiri vs. Kozo Takeda Round 1
Kawajiri comes charging in with punches and sparks Takeda, dropping
him for the KD. Takeda stands up and shells up under Kawajiri’s
assault which is fierce and unrelenting. Takeda begins bleeding
from the nose and Kawajiri drops him again with a big left hook for
the second KD. Kawajiri surprises with a huge flying right
knee to Takeda’s face, putting him down for the KD a third time. A
bloody Takeda tries to meet Kawajiri in the center upon answering
the count, but goes down again with a huge left hook to the jaw.
The referee steps in and calls it there, at 2:37 of round one.
Kawajiri thanks the crowd in his post-fight, in-ring comments,
stating that next year, he’ll be aiming for the lightweight belt,
and that he’ll be the man to represent Dream -- a reference and
subtle challenge to Shinya Aoki who has been publicly saying the
same as a kind of personal catchphrase.
Kickboxing Quick Results:
Koya Urabe Def. Tatsuya Kusakabe 2:21 R3 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Hiroya Def. Shota Shimada Decision (Unanimous) R3 3:00 (30-29
Artur Kyshenko Def. Yoshihiro Sato Decision (Majority) R3 3:00
(30-29, 29-28 and 29-29)
Hiroya Def. Koya Urabe via Decision (Unanimous) after four rounds
to claim the Koshien kickboxing tournament. Hiroya needed an
overtime round, which gave him a score of 10 - 9 on all three