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Round 1The international class wrestler Murata opens up with a power double-leg takedown, slamming Denisova to the mat. Murata winds up in full guard and so Denisova looks to figure-four her arm and look up a straight armbar. Murata stays strong on top, powers out and moves to side control. From side, Murata doesn't do much in the way of pounding, but looks to isolate the Russian's far arm and lock up a Murata. Murata takes her time, eventually wrenching the tight kimura and looking for the submission. Denisova guts it out, rolling through and escaping the kimura just before the first five-minute round expires.
Round 2As expected, Kanako begins the second round with another power double, clinching the Russian's legs and and dumping her to the mat. Murata postures up and lands short hammerfists with her right hand, then opens up with punches. Denisova looks for an armbar, but it's not especially close, so Murata pulls out and hammers down shots with her left hand before moving back into side control. Murata fights her way into the top crucifix position a la Matt Hughes, first looking for a keylock on Denisova's far arm, then landing more hammerfists to her foe's face. She briefly squats on Denisova's face, looking for an armbar from north-south. Kanako tries to rip her arms apart to finish, but the gong sounds.
Back standing, Denisova lands a clean straight left cross, wobbling Murata briefly. Naturally, Murata hits one more power double, putting Denisova on the mat just before the final bell. Sherdog.com scores the bout on the whole for Kanako Murata.
The Official ResultKanako Murata def. Natalya Denisova via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00
The Official ResultHisaki Kato def. Yuta Watanabe via TKO (Punches) R1 1:04
Round 1The heavyweights start out feinting. Barnett lands his right hook, followed by Sidelnikov returning fire with one of his own. Barnett lobs a right low kick. He goes back to it, so Sidelnikov steps in and counters with another right hook. “Baby Fedor” relying on that punch until he steps into another right hook from Barnett, with the American's finger slipping up into his eye, causing a brief pause from referee Yoshitaro Niimi. On the restart, Sidelnikov pumps his jab out to keep Barnett at bay, then hits him with a surprise flying knee to the body, running him into the corner. Barnett escapes and goes back to leg kicks. Barnett touches the Russian with the jab, but can't land the right cross behind it, then Sidelnikov tags him with a left hook. Barnett probing with the right jab but missing, then Sidelnikov lands two crisp left jabs. Barnett throws another low kick, but Sidelnikov catches this one and drivesh im out of the ring, causing another pause in the 10-minute opening round. “Huggy Bear” keeps pawing with his jab, but can't land, while Sidelnikov steps forward, glancing with his left hook. Barnett chases his foe down with jabs and rights but can't reach him as Sidelnikov stays just out of range. More jabbing up until the bell ends the first 10 minutes.
Round 2“Baby Fedor” opens up with his jab again, so his American opponent charges him with a pair of hooks to wardh im off. Barnett the charges into a double-leg takedown, putting Sidelnikov on the mat. He moves to half guard and opens with ground-and-pound to the body before Sidelnikov retains full guard. Barnett keeps pounding away, but his bloody nose is now dripping onto Sidelnikov's body and torso. Referee Yoshitaro Niimi calls for a doctor check to examine Barnett's nose, but the bout is restarted quickly. On the restart, Barnett resumes pounding to the body, moving to side control and alternating between hammerfists and kimura attempts on Sidelnikov's far arm.
After 20 minutes, Sherdog.com sees the close bout for Chris Barnett.
The Official ResultKirill Sidelnikov def. Chris Barnett via Decision (Split) R3 5:00
Round 1Cruickshank opens the bout circling to his left, using his kicking offense. He looks for a right side kick to the body, then puts his right shin upstairs, but Sasaki blocks it.
The Official ResultDaron Cruickshank def. Shinji Sasaki via TKO (Punch and Soccer Kick) R1 4:36
Shoot Boxing Rules Bout:
Kubota vs. Cyndi
Round 1Kubota takes the outside of the ring, looking to counter Alves as she swoops in with punches in their Shoot Boxing rules contest. Kubota lands a counter right on the kicking Alves, then headlocks her and looks for a standing throw, but can't seem to land it clean to get the shoot point. Nonetheless, referee Katsumi Omura calls for the Shoot point, which should give Kubota at least a point advantage. They take their feet and Kubota lands a pair of teeps to the body, then a pair of hooks. Alves tries to lunge with punches and grab the clinch, walking into another set of hooks before the bell goes after the first three minutes. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-8 Kubota.
Round 2Alves opens up with a bevy of low kicks until Kubota catches her left leg and trips her to the mat. The Brazilian keeps pressing forward with kicks to the body, Alves keeps swarming while Kubota tries to back her off with hooks. Finally, Kubota ducks low, gets a hold of her opponent's waist and elevates and drops her with a high-amplitude back suplex. Referee Katsumi Omura calls for two Shoot points on the takedown, which should make it at least a two-point round if Kubota continues onward. After taking their feet, Alves keeps swarming, but to no avail as Kubota punches her away. With the suplex, it's likely a 10-8 Kubota round under Shoot Boxing rules.
Round 3Kubota lands a straight right then a teep to the body on the hard-charging Chute Boxe product. Alves lands a glancing pair of hooks, but Kubota lands a teep, then moves inside looking for a headlock throw, which gets denied. Left head kick from Alves is blocked, then a pair of spinning back kicks miss before Kubota tags her with a right.
The Official ResultRena Kubota def. Cyndi Alves via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-28) R3 3:00
Tag Team Grappling Rules Bout:
Sakuraba & Hideo Tokoro
Silva & Kiyoshi
Round 1The famous rivals Sakuraba and Silva start the tag team grappling bout. “The IQ Wrestler” starts with his trademark single, but Silva sprawls. Sakuraba tries to switch off to a waistlock and tackle Silva to the mat, but the much larger Brazilian sprawls out. Amusingly, Silva almost reflexively knees Sakuraba in the head, but stops short, rousing the crowd. They stand again and get into a collar tie, where Silva controls the neck, and Sakuraba tags to Tokoro. Silva, however and tags out to Tamura, switching up the in-ring combo.
Tokoro starts with a leaping guard attack on the larger Tamura, looking for a leglock attack a la Masakazu Imanari. Tamura shuts down Tokoro's leglock antics and both of them tag out again to Silva and Sakuraba respectively. Silva chases Sakuraba around the ring until he latches onto a rear waistlock, allowing Sakuraba to show his back-to-front kimura, as he submitted Renzo Gracie. Silva breaks the grip and both men tag out again.
Once more as they enter, Tokoro tries to initiate a leglock game with the head of U-File Camp, but Tamura is having none of it. Tamura escapes and is forced to fend off a Tokoro armbar. Tamura escapes and then hand-fights with Tokoro from the bottom man's active guard. Tamura stands, which allows Tokoro to stand, then tag out to Sakuraba.
The Official ResultKazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro draw Wanderei Silva and Kiyoshi Tamura R1 15:00
Round 1Malyukova tries to stand her ground against the gigantic, all-world grappler, but the minute she throws a left hook, Garcia tackles her to the mat. Garcia immediately moves to mount, then looks for a keylock. Malyukova is able to escape, largely due to a referee repositioning as they creep too close to the ropes, but Garcia retains full mount, bashing away. Garcia is methodical, punching away and whacking the Russian two or three dozen times while sitting on her chest. Malyukova is finally able to hold on to the Brazilian and slow her assault before the bell sounds to end the first five-minute period.
The Official ResultGabi Garcia def. Anna Malyukova via Submission (Armbar) R2 2:04
Round 1From the opening bell, Aukstulous runs into the clinch, drops to Singh's waist and tackles him to the mat. Without any real effort, the Lithuanian passes right into full mount. Singh holds on to stop Aukstuolis from pounding away, but eventually, Aukstuolis breaks his posture and lands a series of hammerfists. He keeps landing short shots until the K-1 veteran is able to tie him up from the bottom. Singh turns and goes belly down horizontally, eating more punches until he is able to bridge and somehow sweep to top position. Singh pounds for a minute before Aukstuolis escapes to his feet. Standing, Aukstuolis lands a left hook, then a Singh left head kick is blocked. “Heart” tries to land a lunging right cross but misses before the bell ends the opening 10-minute period.
Round 2Aukstuolis starts round two by diving at Singh's waist for a double, but the Indian fighter sprawls. Aukstuolis changeso ff from a single to a double and runs his target through the ropes, which results in referee Yoshitaro Niimi resetting the pair in the middle of the cage. Somehow during the tussle, Aukstuolis has been lacerated below his left eye. Upon the restart, the Lithuanian moves into side control, but after a few punches, Singh rolls into a defensive single-leg takedown. Aukstuolis sprawls and they take their feet, but Aukstuolis tackles “Heart” right back to the mat and takes mount. Singh holds on, then bridges and to escape. In the scramble, Aukstuolis re-affirms to position, takes mount and keeps pounding away until Singh, once more, sweeps him but the Lithuanian looks for an arm-triangle choke just before the second-round bell.
The Official ResultTeodoras Aukstuolis def. Jaideep Singh via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00
Round 1Both men come out throwing low kicks to gauge the distance. Nemkov glances with a pair of hooks, so Albrektsson counters by dropping low for a double. Nemkov ends up on his back, but quickly uses the ropes to slide back to his feet. Nemkov again lunges forward with strikes, but Albrektsson ducks low and puts him on his back. Nemkov stays down only a second, getting back to his feet before being suplexed by Albrektsson. Not to be outdone, Nemkov escapes to his feet once more, then takes Albrektsson down, kneeing him in the head on the floor. The Swede tries to bridge to his feet, but Nemkov swings for an armbar. Albrektsson is able to avoid it, but when he takes top position, Nemkov rolls into a single-leg that allows him to push his foe away and get back to his feet. Nemkov glances with a left hook as the 10-minute opening round is winding down, then puts Albrektsson on his back with a double. The Swede again is able to scramble back up, but Nemkov takes his back standing until the gong.
Round 2Nemkov opens the middle frame with a right hook-right low kick. Albrektsson tries to return fire with his left but hits only air, so he steps inside for knees, but accidentally hits Nemkov low, prompting a break from referee Kosuke Umeda. On the restart, Nemkov lands his left jab clean, so his oppoennt tries to return fire with his left head kick upstairs, but gets blocked. Albrektsson moves into the clinch, secures a body lock and takes Nemkov back to the ground, moving to side control with idle ground-and-pound before threatening with a kimura on the far side. The Russian appears tired as the second-round bell sounds.
The Swede tries to escape, but winds up rolling out of the ring. They end up restarted on the feet, and Albrektsson avoids Nemkov's jab and shoots at the final bell. Sherdog.com sees the bout for Karl Albrektsson on the whole after 20 minutes.