View from inside Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan tonight via ryuto14 on Twitter.
Although HDNet has seen fit to delay its broadcast until next weekend, and the promotion has even barred reporters inside the arena from giving updates during the show, BloodyElbow.com is up late, scouring the interwebs in order to bring you live results and updates on Sengoku Raiden Championship 12.
For the benefit of those waiting for Friday's broadcast, results are hidden after the jump.
UPDATE, 4:19 A.M. ET
During intermission, there were a few announcements:
- Lightweight champion, Mizuto Hirota, is vacating his title. Hirota's right arm was, of course, severely mangled by Shinya Aoki on New Year's Eve. Arm still in plaster, Hirota told the crowd that he hopes to return in September.
- Featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara will defend his title at SRC 13 on June 20th, most likely against [the winner of bout #5 below].
08 : MW Title Bout : Jorge Santiago (22-8) def. Mamed Khalidov (20-4-1) via unanimous decision R5 5:00
In the first round, Santiago stifled some flashy offense from Khalidov (Superman punch! flying knee! spinning backfist!) and finished the round with the challenger fighting off a kimura. In the second, Khalidov controlled the top game, but nearly had his arm snapped in the closing seconds of the round as Santiago wrenched an omoplata. Third round swung in Khalidov's direction as the KSW fighter put Santiago on his back and mashed with punches (and missed stomps) from above. Penultimate round saw a fading Khalidov still able to drag Santiago down, but Santiago keeping more active in looking to finish with submissions (specifically, another kimura). In the final frame, a large cut opened over Khalidov's right eye, but with just three minutes remaining he was allowed to continue. Santiago turned it on with clinch work and landed clean punches on a tired Khalidov to seal the deal. The judges' scores read 48-47, 48-47 and 49-47.
07 : WW : Akihiro Gono (32-15-7) def. Diego Gonzalez (13-4, 1 NC) via unanimous decision
After two evenly matched rounds in which Gonzalez got the better of the boxing and Gono did damage with low kicks, the flamboyant Japanese fighter scored big with rapid-fire combinations and a few hard knees from the clinch. Two judges saw the bout 30-27 for Gono, with one awarding him a more narrow 30-29 victory.
06 : LW : Maximo Blanco (5-2-1, 1 NC) def. Chang Hyun "Armbar" Kim (15-6) via KO (soccer kick) R1 1:10
Pancrase's lightweight king didn't even give his opponent a chance to go for his namesake submission, rushing Kim with flying knees, teep kicks and wild punches from the bell. After a brief respite, Blanco surged again, backing Kim into a corner and doubling him over with a punch before soccer kicking him into oblivion. Kim's left leg twisted underneath his body unnaturally (think Cro Cop, Nelmark) and he became the second fighter in as many bouts unable to leave the ring under his own power. The only real question now is: who does this Venezuelan menace face for the newly-vacant title?
05 : FW : Marlon Sandro (16-1) def. Tomonari Kanomata (15-5-5) via KO (punch) R1 0:09
It was a
one-punch two-punch night for the featherweight King of Pancrase, who blew up Kanomata's spot with a right uppercut (plus a cheap punctuation mark after the fact) which left the Japanese fighter motionless on the canvas and subsequently stretchered out. I do believe Sengoku's judges created a monster when they dicked Sandro over in his FWGP bout against Omigawa. If I were a Japanese featherweight, I'd run. Fast.
03: FW : Yuji Hoshino (17-7-7) def. Nick Denis (9-2) via submission (guillotine choke) R2 0:47
Despite a first round in which the smaller Denis utilized rubber guard on the mat, Hoshino snared him with a guillotine and forced a quick tap in the second frame.
02 : LW : Leonardo Santos (7-3) def. Kiuma Kunioku (34-23-9) via submission (rear-naked choke) R1 3:06
Wagnney Fabiano's brother notches his first Sengoku win, easily mounting and then taking the back of Kunioku.
01 : FW : Shigeki Osawa (5-1) def. Kyung Ho Kang (4-3) via unanimous decision R3 5:00
As expected, a steady diet of takedowns, suplexes and ground 'n' pound got the job done for Sengoku's blue chip prospect, who gets back on track after catching his first loss to Ronnie Mann this past November.