Sengoku VIII Live Results & Commentary

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And we're live! Ron Kruck and Bas are our announcers for the evening and it sounds like we've got a bit of previewing to go before we hit the opening ceremony.

Play-by-play and results hidden after the jump for those waiting for the replay.

 

FWGP: Hatsu Hioki (18-3-2) vs. Ronnie Mann (16-1-1)
FWGP
: Michihiro Omigawa (5-7-1) vs. Nam Phan (15-5)
LW
: Kazunori Yokota (8-2-3) vs. Leonardo Santos (6-2)
LHW
: Xande Ribeiro (1-0) vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya (34-23-9)
FWGP
: Masanori Kanehara (12-5-5) vs. Chan Sung Jung (3-0)
FWGP
: Marlon Sandro (13-0) vs. Nick Denis (7-0)
WW
: Makoto Takimoto (4-5) vs. Michael Costa (9-4)
LHW
: Travis Wiuff (54-12) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (5-0)
LW
: Maximo "Makishi" Blanco (2-1-1) vs. Akihiko Mori (6-6-1)

Sengoku VIII Quick Results
Hirotoshi Saito def. Yoshitaka Abe via Submission (Armbar) at 2:52 of Round 1
Shigeki Osawa def. Kota Ishibashi via Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-19, 20-19)
Akihiko Mori def. Maximo Blanco via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 4:20 of Round 1
Stanislav Nedkov def. Travis Wiuff via TKO (Punches) at 0:42 of Round 3
Makoto Takimoto def. Michael Costa via Submission (Heel Hook) at 3:31 of Round 1
Marlon Sandro def. Nick Denis via KO (Punches) at 0:19 of Round 1
Masanori Kanehara def. Chan Sung Jung via Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 29-28)
Xande Ribeiro def. Keiichiro Yamamiya via KO (Punch) at 2:20 of Round 1
Kazunori Yokota def. Leonardo Santos via Split Decision (30-29 Yokota x2, 29-28 Santos)
Michihiro Omigawa def. Nam Phan via TKO (Punches) at 4:52 of Round 1
Hatsu Hioki def. Ronnie Mann via TKO (Strikes) at 3:09 of Round 1

The Sengoku FWGP semifinalists are Marlon Sandro, Masanori Kanehara, Michihiro Omigawa and Hatsu Hioki.

 

LW: Maximo "Makishi" Blanco (2-1-1) vs. Akihiko Mori (6-6-1)

Round 1: Maxi ties up and shoots knees from the clinch immediately, backs Mori into the corner and takes him down with ease into full guard. Mori nearly snares an armbar but Blanco rolls out. Mori on all fours now with Blanco on his side, bombing what look like pretty solid shots to Mori's face but Mori seems fine as the ref stands them up. Blanco's nose is bleeding and gets cleaned up in the corner before they restart. Blanco connects with a big shot and follows with a right foot stomp to Mori's head that barely misses. Blanco pounds away from the top for a moment before deciding to back out. Mori winging huge looping shots that don't connect. Blanco rushes in with a flying knee and eats a fist for his trouble. Spinning back kick connects for Blanco to Mori's midsection. Blanco collapses Mori with a big right hook but tries to finish the fight with an illegal soccer kick. In an eerily familiar scene, Blanco jumps on the turnbuckle to celebrate and the ref motions for him to come down. Mori is still wide-eyed but conscious on the canvas and the doctors are attending to him. The ref is waving the fight off now and Blanco does a celebratory backflip which I think may be premature. The ref gets on the mic and announces that Mori wanted to continue but could not due to the kick. He's awarded the win on a disqualification. Blanco's wildness continues to cause him major problems in this early stage of his career.

Akihiko Mori def. Maximo Blanco via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 4:20 of Round 1

LHW: Travis Wiuff (54-12) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (5-0)

Round 1: Wiuff rushes in to clinch early and tosses Nedkov, who bounces right back up. Nedkov shoots a low knee from the clinch and Wiuff takes 30 seconds to recover. Now Nedkov clinches with overhooks, but the bigger Wiuff bullies him into the corner and Nedkov low-blows him again. They're restarted... and they clinch once more in the corner. Nedkov knees him in the pills yet again, and this time Wiuff lets out a scream and falls to the canvas. After a few minutes on his back, Wiuff rises to his feet to a roar from the crowd. Stanislav Nedkov is issued a red card, which is a one point deduction. After some more clinching against the post, Nedkov throws another knee which elicits a yelp from Wiuff. Nedkov throws his arms up, then looks at Wiuff and smiles wryly, wagging his finger - it sounds like he says "my friend, no!" A replay shows this shot connected just as hard as the last. Nedkov is issued a second red card. A third will be a DQ. One minute left in this drawn-out round. Nedkov swinging away wildly, one shot appears to catch Wiuff and "Diesel" pulls guard. Nedkov closes out the round throwing body shots from guard which is not gonna win him this fight.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 9-8 Wiuff

Round 2: Wiuff scores a takedown and smothers Nedkov while raining hammerfists. The fighters are stood up and Nedkov complains to shots to the back of the head. The ref isn't having it. Nedkov connects with a right which doesn't faze Wiuff. Travis back on top, controlling the head and neck of Nedkov as the Bulgarian ties up his forearms.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Wiuff

Round 3: Nedkov blasts Wiuff with a right hand that sends the veteran's head swiveling, then pounds away with hammerfists as a dazed Wiuff tries to escape punishment under the bottom rope. The ref finally sees enough and steps in. What an ugly win. After the fight, Nedkov slumps against the ropes and thanks God for a beautiful victory. Ugh.

Stanislav Nedkov def. Travis Wiuff via TKO (Punches) at 0:42 of Round 1

WW: Makoto Takimoto (4-5) vs. Michael Costa (9-4)

Round 1: Costa slapping away with leg kicks, then a high kick followed by a flying knee and Costa pulls guard. Takimoto escapes a dangerous guillotine and moves to side control. Unable to get off any shots from the top, Takimoto transitions to an armbar but Costa rolls out and now both are looking for heel hooks. Costa looks to have the better position, but Takimoto switches from an inverted to a standard heel hook and forces Costa to tap immediately. The Olympian brings his record to .500 with an impressive first round win. Afterwards, Takimoto says he did not expect to win this fight and even considered retirement.

Makoto Takimoto def. Michael Costa via Submission (Heel Hook) at 3:31 of Round 1

FWGP: Marlon Sandro (13-0) vs. Nick Denis (7-0)

Round 1: Sandro drops Denis with one shot, a devastating lead right uppercut. The half-dozen strikes on the floor afterward are academic as the Canadian is out cold and stiff-limbed on his back.

Marlon Sandro def. Nick Denis via KO (Punches) at 0:19 of Round 1

FWGP: Masanori Kanehara (12-5-5) vs. Chan Sung Jung (3-0)

Round 1: After exchanging leg kicks early, Kanehara charges in for a takedown and begins pummeling the body of Jung. The Korean looks to isolate Kanehara's left arm as Kanehara tries to pass, keeping him close and lessening the impact of shots from the top. Kanehara in half guard now, trying to extract his left leg, but Jung has him tied up and the ref stands them, warning Jung for stalling. Kanehara shoots again but Jung sprawls into the ropes and hits a nice knee to the body. Kanehara completes the takedown with a minute left, backs out in an attempt to improve position but eats some upkicks and heels to the head from Jung, who then sweeps and stands. Kanehara slugs Jung with a left as the Zombie charges forward to end the round.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kanehara

Round 2: Both men eat big shots in a wild exchange to open the frame, followed closely by another Kanehara takedown. Jung nearly reverses and tries briefly for an omoplata, but Kanehara is back to guard. Jung grabs an arm and attempts to straighten out an armbar, but Kanehara's hands are clasped firmly. Jung breaks them apart, but Kanehara rolls with it and escapes! Great stuff. Back in guard, Kanehara drops back for a toehold with :40 left, allowing Jung to regain his footing. Kanehara forcing Jung to sprawl into the ropes but Jung won't close out the round that way and gets mount with just seconds left. Kanehara sweeps and straightens out a heel hook, but it's too late and Jung doesn't even attempt to escape before the bell rings.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Jung

Round 3: Jung misses and slips on a kick and Kanehara pounces into guard, then side mount. Knees to the head of Jung make him improve his position and Kanehara is back in full guard. Jung cracking Kanehara in the back of the head with his heel, then smashes the Japanese fighter in the jaw with a knee as he tries to stand. Back on the feet, Jung lands another knee and a gassed Kanehara can only turtle after a weak takedown attempt. Jung on top now, stands above Kanehara and eats a partially blocked upkick to the grill. Jung lunges forward with a right-left combo to Kanehara, followed by a stomp.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Jung

BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 29-28 Jung

Masanori Kanehara def. Chan Sung Jung via Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 29-28)

LHW: Xande Ribeiro (1-0) vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya (34-23-9)

Round 1:After a minute of feeling out, Xande shoots low and grabs a single leg. Kei sprawls well in the corner but Ribeiro won't relent and the ref restarts them in the center with 3:00 to go in the frame. Xande winging shots that don't land flush, but grabs a waistlock this time and takes Yamamiya down with ease. Xande passes from half guard to full mount with two minute left and begins punishing Yamamiya with right hands. Kei covers up and they're restarted in the center with Xande in mount. Yamamiya rolls and Xande takes his back immediately, softening him up with heels to the inner thigh. 0:30 remaining. Xande gets off Kei's back and transitions to an armbar on the Japanese fighter's left arm. The BJJ expert straightens the hold, but Yamamiya somehow hangs in until the bell sounds.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-8 Ribeiro

Round 2: Xande bullying Kei again to begin the round, backing him into the corner. Yamamiya is actually showing some offense this round, though, landing a few knees and attempting a takedown which doesn't go anywhere. Ribeiro far less active now, just covering up as Kei moves forward with standing shots to the head. Xande's hands are down, winging shots from the hips. Yamamiya winding up the left hand, but Xande responds with a kick. Kei with a flying knee, but Xande catches him in mid-air, takes him down and mounts him with just seconds left.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Yamamiya

Round 3: Both men have to know they need this round, and both look spent as it begins, but they exchange solid blows nonetheless. Yamamiya jumps forward with a pawing right, but but Ribeiro answers with a devastating right hook of his own which ends the Japanese veteran's night. The ref pulls the Brazilian off his downed opponent after a follow-up shot on the mat.

Xande Ribeiro def. Keiichiro Yamamiya via KO (Punch) at 2:20 of Round 1

LW: Kazunori Yokota (8-2-3) vs. Leonardo Santos (6-2)

Round 1: Slapping leg kicks from Yokota, who tries to stay out of the lanky Brazilian's range. Santos drags him down and immediately moves to mount, who gives up his back, then escapes only to relenquish it again a moment later. Yokota keeping Santos' hands tied up, then sweeps impressively into Santos' full guard. Minimal shots from the top by Yokota, but the ref shouts for action as Santos is keeping the distance tight. Yokota postures up and dives back into the same position, and the fighters are dragged away from the ropes, eating up 20-25 seconds of the last minute. The round ends with Yokota in open guard, blasting away with right hands. The clock is off the screen, but seems the round should be over by now, yet the bell isn't ringing. Yokota is looking up at the ref to say as much, and finally it ends.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Yokota

Round 2: A hard knee to the body of Yokota from Santos begins the second, but Santos soon finds himself under Yokota again. Yokota moving between half and full guard as Santos grabs for an arm. Yokota stacks Santos up and delivers two left knees to the head, then tries to pin Santos' arm under a knee but Santos ties up. Santos escapes out the back and gets mount in the corner, but Yokota's head is through the ropes. They're repositioned and Santos gets active with punches from the top. Yokota gives up his back and Santos sneaks hard punches under the armpits. Yokota sweeps to full guard with 30 seconds left, trying to tag Santos with short punches but he's audibly winded.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Yokota

Round 3: A right head kick and right straight from Santos frustrates Yokota, who clinches against the ropes. Yokota trying to drag Santos down, to no avail, and Santos reverses him into the post. Yokota chopping away with more leg kicks, but eating rights as he digs in for them. Quick takedown by Santos, who lands in half guard, moves to mount, then nearly takes the back of Yokota. Santos tries to soften him up with some shots, and the ref warns him of hitting to the back of the head. One minute left and Yokota sweeps into full guard. Another 10-15 seconds eaten off the clock as Santos' head is between the ropes. Santos keeping active from the bottom with punches, but both men are beat and there isn't much on them. This one goes to the judges.

BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Santos

BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 29-28 Yokota

Kazunori Yokota def. Leonardo Santos via Split Decision (30-29 Yokota x 2, 29-28 Santos)

FWGP: Michihiro Omigawa (5-7-1) vs. Nam Phan (15-5)

Round 1: Phan pawing with jabs, but Omigawa shoots underneath and drags him down. Phan looks for a heel hook, Omigawa for a guillotine but neither come to fruition. Back on the feet, Omigawa is fighting like a man posessed, absolutely teeing off on Phan with both hands blazing. Another takedown and Omigawa is clearly too much for Phan to handle, though the American is defending well. Omigawa pounds away and the ref steps in, but the replay shows that it was a premature stoppages. Still, I didn't see Phan complaining.

Michihiro Omigawa def. Nam Phan via TKO (Punches) at 4:52 of Round 1

FWGP: Hatsu Hioki (18-3-2) vs. Ronnie Mann (16-1-1)

Round 1: Hioki hits an early takedown and is immediately in side control. Mann working back to his feet, latching on to the left leg of Hioki underneath. Hioki puts Mann on his back again and starts working for an anaconda choke. Hioki gives it up and takes mount, sets up a triangle and slides under Mann. Hioki pounding away at the unprotected face of Mann with left hands. Mann is still conscious but simply not responding as Hioki continues to blast him. The ref puts an end to it and Mann does not disagree. Another impressive win for the tournament's poster boy.

Hatsu Hioki def. Ronnie Mann via TKO (Strikes) at 3:09 of Round 1

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