Dantas took it to the champ midway though the first period, rocking
Ueda with big hook combinations. Dazed, the wrestling stalwart shot
for takedowns on instinct, whereupon Dantas grabbed at the ropes to
keep upright -- so much so that referee Toshiharu Suzuki deducted a
point from him. Dantas held on despite Ueda's best efforts to take
him down, however, arguably winning the round to earn an even 9-9
due to the penalty.
The pace became frenetic in the second frame, with Ueda hitting
takedowns despite continued rope grabbing from Dantas. Though the
young Brazilian bucked and heaved, Ueda worked various grips on
Dantas' upper body to control him and keep him down, switching from
Nelsons to Brabo grips and back again before hitting a
harai-goshi to take top in side mount. Dantas reversed into
Ueda's guard to finish out the last 30 seconds on top, but the
round soundly belonged to Ueda, 10-9.
In the final round, things looked a little more even as Dantas was
able to keep the fight standing. While the Brazilian was game to go
tit-for-tat with the champ, Ueda landed hard low kicks followed by
single punches that a tiring Dantas was hard-pressed to defend.
Ueda also took Dantas' back in the clinch, kneeing him to the body
and face, before Dantas stole a single-leg to take Ueda's back in
the final 10 seconds.
Thanks to the penalty Dantas earned in the first, referee Suzuki
and judge Tadashi
Yokoyama scored the bout 29-28 for Ueda. Judge Hiroyuki
Kanno scored it 30-28 for Ueda to give him the unanimous
All three rounds started more or less the same with Kojima pursuing
a conservative standup game, snapping off low kicks and grazing
high kicks. When da Silva worked up enough courage to press in
close for dirty boxing, knees and takedown attempts, he succeeded
in stealing the first and third rounds, getting BJ down on the
canvas. In the third, da Silva took Kojima's back and threatened
with chokes and punches. The performance earned him a unanimous
decision with two 30-27 scores on referee Taro Wakabayashi and
judge Yokoyama's cards, while judge Suzuki scored the bout 30-28
for da Silva.
After dropping a dismal first round, Atsushi
Takeuchi looked well on his way to being crushed by Takeshi
Sato in the evening's sole 115-pound bout. Sato controlled
Takeuchi in the first round, pummeling him with punches and an
arm-triangle attempt from top, but Takeuchi rallied in the second
and third, throwing big combinations on the feet. Takeuchi had Sato
rocked by the end of the second round with two big left hooks. The
dizzying blows sapped Sato to the point that Takeuchi was able to
steal the third round in similar fashion, winning a 29-28 unanimous
Sugawara got an early stoppage over Yasuhiro
Akagi courtesy of referee Wakabayashi. Akagi had been eating a
fair amount of punishment as he pressed forward, looking to land
big right hooks followed by takedown attempts. Sugawara stayed
calm, stood up whenever taken down and continued to punish the
forward-pressing Akagi with combinations, sweeping his leg twice
and landing big knees to the face. After one particularly vicious
knee made Akagi sit on his haunches, referee Wakabayashi jumped in
to stop the bout at 3:50 of the first period.
Tamura took a solid majority decision over Shinji
Sasaki, despite initially looking like the lesser man on the
feet. Tamura stole the first round from his back, where he
repeatedly hammerfisted an inert Sasaki's face for approximately
two minutes. Tamura then stole the second round with slick southpaw
counterpunching to fluster Sasaki en route to earning 20-18 nods on
Ito almost had a repeat of the face-plant KO loss that made him
into a viral video sensation in February 2008, but he managed to
Tsuchiya's slam attempt to survive. For all the good it did,
however, Ito was smashed from bell to bell on the feet and on the
canvas by Tsuchiya, who looked like a man possessed. Judges
Watanabe and Suzuki both scored the fight 20-17 while referee
Wakabayashi scored it a brutal 20-16, all for Tsuchiya.
Okigi was doing well against Tsuneo
Kimura in his 143-pound rookie tourney bout. He was scoring
with sharp singles and counterpunches until the second round at
1:48 in, when Kimura swung with a big overhand right to put an
unceremonious KO end to Okigi's night.
Kin got off to a rocky start in his 154-pound rookie tourney
fight against Hiroki Kuga.
After dropping the first round on the feet, Kin stole a dominant
second period, smashing Kuga on the ground with punches before
earning a catch from a mounted reverse triangle-keylock combo. Kin
earned 19-18 scorecards all around.
Harada took a majority decision over Koji
Nishioka, a product of Takanori
Gomi, in a 154-pound rookie tournament bout. Harada countered
with big punches and knees on Nishioka, throwing up frequent
submission attempts to keep the wrestler on the run. Judges Suzuki
and Kanno scored the bout 20-18 for Harada while judge Yokoyama
scored it 19-19.
In a 132-pound rookie tourney bout, Kota
Onojima winged big punches on Kenjiro
Inagaki to earn a majority decision on judges Kanno and
Wakabayashi's cards, who scored the bout 20-18 Onojima. Judge
Suzuki scored the bout a 19-19 draw.