BE's Baddest Greatest Submission Fighter Tournament: #1 Demian Maia vs #4 Masakazu Imanari

June M. Williams

Vote now in the Bloody Elbow Baddest Tournament to determine the Greatest MMA Submission Fighter of All Time. Today's match-up: #1 Demian Maia vs. #4 Masakazu Imanari. Vote now!

Well that was unexpected. The Royce Gracie vs. Matt Hughes match-up turned out to be an incredible nail-bitter that went absolutely down to the wire. The final score? Royce Gracie: 41. Matt Hughes: 41. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in our tournament, we have a tie. So what to do? Well, in the fine tradition of Edgar vs. Maynard, there's just one thing to do - REMATCH. Hughes vs. Gracie II will go down at the end of this round with the winner advancing. And it will be epic.

Today, #1 seed Demian Maia steps in there against #4 Masakazu Imanari. Imanari had a tough road here against Carlos Newton, while Maia stormed into the 2nd round, but I have a suspicion this could be a close, hard fought battle. We shall see.

In order to vote, simply leave a comment. In the subject line make sure you follow these guidelines:

To vote for Demain Maia write: Vote - Maia

To vote for Masakazu Imanari write: Vote - Imanari

Voting is open for 24 hours, so get your votes in now.

Updated tournament bracket (click to enlarge):
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Thanks to June M. Williams for the tournament bracket graphic.


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