Sengoku airs live on HDNet tonight for the first time in eight months, so stay up late and celebrate with BloodyElbow.com and the night crew as middleweight champ Jorge Santiago puts his belt on the line against Kazuo Misaki in a rematch of 2009's inaugural title bout.
Other notable action includes Akihiro Gono's lightweight debut against Mongolia's Jadamba Narantungalag, and current Shooto 143-pound champion Hatsu Hioki going up against British submission artist Jeff Lawson.
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Round 1: They circle and clinch along the ropes, where Santiago lands a few glancing knees to the body and Misaki answers with foot stomps. They disengage and Santiago jumps in with a knee, which Misaki uses to drag him to the mat. Misaki working from half guard on the right side of Santiago, leaning across the champion and elbowing him in the thigh. Misaki seems unsure of what to do next, stalls out and stands up. Another takedown and Misaki moves straight to side control. Misaki gets stuffed back and stands over Santiago with a minute left. He dodges upkicks and dives back into Santiago's guard, where the round ends. 10-9 Misaki.
Round 2: Misaki lands a couple kicks to the midsection of Santiago then stuffs a long single-leg attempt. Santiago trying flying knees and head kicks, but Misaki is blocking everything well. Misaki charges in with a one-two to the guts of Santiago. Now it's Santiago who rushes Misaki, and Misaki grabs a guillotine and jumps guard! It looks tight for a moment, but Santiago pops his head out. Misaki gets full mount, though, and is putting a hand over Santiago's mouth to smother. Santiago rolls for a heel hook underneath, and the referee stands them up mid-submission attempt because they're under the ropes. There were only a few seconds left in the round, but still an odd call. 10-9 Misaki.
Round 3: Santiago backs Misaki into the corner and lands a solid knee to the jaw from the clinch. They move along the ropes and Misaki grabs a guillotine, then connects with a knee of his own. Santiago sends Misaki crashing down with a nasty head kick and pounces with hard punches on the floor. Ref Yoshinori Umeki giving Misaki every chance. He survives and Santiago looks for a heel hook that doesn't materialize. Santiago standing over Misaki, still punching away. Misaki escapes to his feet but is soon taken down, where he closes up guard. Misaki has a bad cut on what appears to be his right eyelid from the head kick. Misaki otherwise doing well to tie up and minimize space between himself and the Brazilian on the floor. 10-9 Santiago.
Round 4: Misaki spends the first part of the round clinching with Santiago in the corner, then attempts a throw which fails. Misaki cracks Santiago with a one-two and the champion goes down, but Misaki can't finish him off. Santiago gives up his back momentarily and Misaki tries for the rear-naked choke. No dice. North-South position for Misaki now, kneeing the head of Santiago. Misaki tries a guillotine and rolls Santiago over. More knees to the face. Santiago turtling up and goes through the ropes. Referee Umeki issues him a red card! Completely uncalled for. While this is happening, Misaki is resting against the neutral corner, looking a bit worn. Both men throwing haymakers in the final seconds of the round. Santiago connects, dropping Misaki, but Misaki rolls through. The round ends with Santiago pounding Misaki's face. They show Marlon Sandro in the crowd as the bell rings; the featherweight champ clearly thought the fight should've been stopped in his countryman's favor at the end of that round. 10-8 Misaki after the red card.
Round 5: Santiago comes straight forward and blasts Misaki with several flush punches. Misaki falls and the fighters become entangled in the ropes. Santiago gets full mount right at the edge of the ring. Santiago working on the right arm of Misaki, but never spins out for the armbar. It's looking dire for Misaki, who's now fending off an arm-triangle attempt. Santiago relents and Misaki sweeps! Two minutes left. Santiago works a kimura on Misaki's arm and uses it to sweep and take the Hitman's back. Misaki twists and Santiago is in half-guard, then steps over to mount. Hammerfists from high mount and this looks close to being over! Umeki watching closely. Misaki gives up his back and Santiago briefly looks for the RNC. More and more unanswered punches coming from Santiago now, Misaki turtling, and Misaki's corner throws in the towel with just 30 seconds left! What an incredible fight! Jorge Santiago (23-8) def. Kazuo Misaki (22-11-2) via TKO (corner stoppage) R5, 4:31
Round 1: Tentative opening minutes. Gono slapping with leg kicks, Narantungalag looking to come over the top with his right hand. Spinning back kick connects for Narantungalag. Gono tries to come inside and Narantungalag dumps him down, but they're quickly back up. Another kick and some nice knees to the body from Jadamba. They move along the ropes in the final minute and Narantungalag lands more nice offense from the clinch. 10-9 Narantungalag.
Round 2: Narantungalag catches a Gono kick and sweeps the leg, but doesn't follow him to the mat. The referee tells Gono to get up, where they repeat the sequence... only this time, Narantungalag kicks him in the groin on the way down. Seriously. Not a good night to have testes at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Gono recovers and they restart with the bulk of the round still remaining. They clinch and Narantungalag knees to the gut, then drags Gono to the mat and begins sending hard punches from guard. Gono pushes him out and Narantungalag stands over him landing some leg kicks. He dives down into Gono's guard and closes the round strong. Really impressive stuff from the Mongolian. 10-9 Narantungalag.
Round 3: Another lunging knee to the body from Narantungalag begins the round, then some more from the clinch. He catches Gono's kick and sweeps the leg again, but can't do much and eventually opts to have Gono stand. Gono steps in and grabs underhooks in the clinch, but Narantungalag uses the position to put Gono down with a lovely throw. Narantungalag grabs a guillotine with a minute left and wrenches it from half-guard as he elbows Gono in the body. The bout ends with Narantungalag standing over Gono. 10-9 Narantungalag.
Bloody Elbow scores the bout 30-27 Narantungalag.
Jadamba Narantungalag (6-2) def. Akihiro Gono (32-16-7) via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-29, 30-28)
Round 1: Lawson rushes Hioki at the bell with a jumping kick that mostly misses its mark. Hioki pushing Lawson away with front kicks to the breadbasket, but Lawson keeps coming forward with looping haymakers. Lawson tries a takedown, but it's Hioki who winds up on top, then on Lawson's back, then in full mount. Hioki tries to wrench Lawson's arm. Lawson rolls and Hioki slaps on a triangle which forces Lawson to tap. Hatsu Hioki (22-4-2) def. Jeff Lawson (14-4) via submission (triangle choke) R1, 2:09
Round 1: The pair clinch in the corner early on until Yamada catches a low knee from Santos. Almost as soon as he's recovered, Yamada returns the favor with a kick to the Brazilian's groin. They finally get going and Yamada catches a Santos low kick and rushes him into the ropes... where he knees him in the groin. Santos collapses to the mat. That one looked bad. Referee Kenichi Serizawa issues Yamada a red card, deducting 10% of his purse and one point from him in this round. Santos connects with a head kick which sends Yamada shooting again. They clinch and Yamada knees him low yet again. Yamada is issued a second red card. One more and he's disqualified. They resume once more and Santos stuns Yamada with a straight, then cracks him with a knee as he's sitting on the mat. Serizawa stands them up. Yamada rushes Santos into the corner one more time and does the inevitable - knees him squarely in the balls. Yamada gets a third red card, loses the fight and 30% of his purse. Leonardo Santos (8-3) def. Sotaro Yamada (6-5-1) via DQ (knees to the groin) R1
Round 1: Thompson enters to his usual "Kung-Fu Fighting," while Okuno appropriately walks to Sly & the Family Stone's "Underdog." Thompson looking light on his feet, pawing the smaller Okuno with his jab. "The Goat" muscles Okuno into the corner and lands a few soft knees to the midsection before referee Kimura breaks it up. Okuno, now bleeding from the nose, wobbles Thompson with a hard right hand and follows him down to guard. Thompson wiggles under the bottom rope and Kimura restarts them in center ring, but not before having Okuno's nose wiped down. Okuno stands over Thompson and chops away with about ten unanswered kicks to Thompson's left thigh. Thompson stands and blasts Okuno with some nice uppercuts to the body. The American scores a takedown and mounts Okuno as the round ends. 10-9 Okuno.
Round 2: Thompson tries for a takedown but instead takes Okuno's back standing. Thompson has a single hook and eventually drags Okuno down, but Okuno's defending the RNC ably. Okuno whips around and into Thompson's guard, then scoots him into the corner and lands a hard flurry as Thompson scrambles to his feet. Thompson leans on Okuno in the corner and trips him down. As Okuno pops back up, Thompson snares a guillotine, but Okuno is able to extract himself. Back on the feet and Okuno has a huge grin on his face until Thompson dumps him with a double-leg. No, strike that, Okuno's still smiling as Thompson works from his closed guard. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 3: Okuno catches Thompson rushing in and drops him with a hard right, then lands about 20 short hammerfists to the back of Thompson's head. Referee Kimura doesn't stop it, so Okuno briefly thinks about choking Thompson as he stands. Okuno abandons the choke and puts Thompson to sleep with a perfect left hook. Thompson falls over like a tree and is still unconscious minutes later as he's stretchered from the ring. Taisuke Okuno (10-4-2) def. Nick Thompson (38-13-1) via KO (punch) R3, 0:27
Round 1: Enomoto showing his unorthodox stance and slapping at Takagi with body kicks early. Takagi responds by pressing Enomoto into the corner and hugging him for about a minute before Samio Kimura breaks them up. More kicks to the body, then Enomoto stuffs a shot and lands a hard right straight. Takagi lands his best combination of the fight before another right hand from Enomoto floors him. Enomoto tries send punches and a head stomp through Takagi's guard to finish, but runs out of time. 10-9 Enomoto.
Round 2: A few more Enomoto round kicks to the guts of Takagi open the round. When Takagi whiffs on a spinning back-fist, Enomoto immediately snares a tight, tight bulldog choke and wrests him down to force the tap. Yasubey Enomoto (5-1) def. Kenta Takagi (6-3) via submission (bulldog choke) R2, 0:53
SRC Welterweight Grand Prix - Reserve Bout
Motoki Miyazawa (6-2) vs. Takuya Sato (5-3-2)
Miyazawa appeared to expend much of his energy out-grappling Sato in the first five minutes, and the fresher Sato spent the next two rounds pouring on the punches. Sato's crisp boxing bloodied the nose of Miyazawa and eventually won him the bout on Bloody Elbow's and all three judges' cards. Takuya Sato (6-3-2) def. Motoki Miyazawa (6-3) via unanimous decision
SRC Asia Bantamweight Tournament 2010 - Round Two
Shintaro Ishiwatari (8-3-3) vs. Kil Woo Lee (1-1)
The underdog Lee swarmed tournament favorite Ishiwatari with hard punches from the opening bell, but the third low blow of the evening turned the tides. After quickly recovering from a knee to the groin, Ishiwatari locked up a tight standing guillotine and earned his spot in the tournament semifinals. Shintaro Ishiwatari (9-3-3) def. Kil Woo Lee (1-2) via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 2:20
Shoko Sato (8-3) vs. Takuya Eizumi (7-5)
Usually a flyweight in Pancrase, Eizumi gave up about ten pounnds and six inches to Sato and ran into all the troubles you'd expect him to against So. The bout was halted in the second after Eizumi's nose began gushing blood from the steady diet of Sato strikes. Shoko Sato (9-3) def. Takuya Eizumi (7-6) via TKO (doctor stoppage) R2, 1:38
Tatsuya So (6-4-1) vs. Wataru Takahashi (11-13-4)
So got the better of the boxing exchanges which permeated round one, but the Kazushi Sakuraba-trained Takahashi took the driver's seat with his grappling in the second frame and forced a tap in the waning seconds of the match. Wataru Takahashi (12-13-4) def. Tatsuya So (6-5-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 4:34
Jae Hyun So (5-8) vs. Hirokazu Nishimura (4-3-1)
After locking Hirokazu Nishimura in a tight triangle for much of the first round (and winning it 10-9 our unofficial scorecard), Jae Hyun So was on the receiving end of a brutal kick to the groin in the first minute of round two. After laying prone on the mat for several minutes in obvious pain, So was somehow able to recover and the fight resumed. He came out on fire, securing a body triangle and threatening Nishimura with rear-naked choke attempts to the end of the match. Jae Hyun So (6-8) def. Hirokazu Nishimura (4-4-1) via unanimous decision