Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Kazunori Yokota def. Mizuto Hirota via Decision (Unanimous)
Satoru Kitaoka def. Eiji Mitsuoka via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:17 of Round 1
MWGP Reserve Bout
Joe Doerkson def. Izuru Takeuchi via TKO (Punches) at 4:13 of Round 3
LWGP Reserve Bout
Jorge Masvidal def. Seung Hwan Bang via Decision (Unanimous)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Moise Rimbon via Decision (Unanimous)
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal def. Fabio Silva via TKO (Punches) at 0:40 of Round 3
Sergey Golyaev def. Takanori Gomi via Decision (Split)
Middleweight Grand Prix Finals
Jorge Santiago def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via TKO (Punches) at 0:56 of Round 3
After two rounds of relative inaction, the American Top Team product used a left jab to set up an absolutely devastating right hook which left Nakamura prone throughout the post-fight speech and awarding of the oversized novelty check for ¥5,000,000 (approx. $51,000 US). After the fight, Santiago told Kazuo Misaki "you can't hide anymore."
Lightweight Grand Prix Finals
Satoru Kitaoka def. Kazunori Yokota via Decision (Unanimous)
Despite some terrible refereeing (break from standing back mount?) and a near troubling addiction to looking for heel hooks, Kitaoka ground out a sloppy win and will now move on to face... Sergey Golyaev? A little slapstick comedy to round out the evening, as Kitaoka leapt with joy at the sight of his ¥5,000,000 check and the medal fell from around his neck. Yokota was awarded a check for ¥2,000,000 (approx. $20,300 US).
UPDATE: As the broadcast ended, Kitaoka was addressing the crowd on the mic and Gomi could be seen entering the ring. So perhaps that's still the fight for New Year's.
- Red Devil's Sergey Golyaev just toppled World Victory Road's damn apple cart, taking an extremely questionable split decision over golden boy Gomi, who controlled all but a few minutes of the fight. Golyaev did nearly mount a TKO in the second round, which might have seen the fight stopped if Gomi wasn't Gomi and this wasn't Japan, but that alone could certainly not have been enough to earn him the victory. It was stunning and somewhat ironic to see Gomi robbed by the judges in his home country. Since this was simply a tune-up fight as Gomi awaited his title match with the winner of the LWGP on New Year's, it will be interesting to see how WVR proceeds from here. One would think the opportunity would now have to go to Golyaev, dubious win or not.
- "King Mo" looked impressive once again as he handed durable Chute Boxe product Fabio Silva only his second TKO loss. (The other was at the hands of Melvin Manhoef.) Though it took him significantly longer to accomplish than his first round destruction of Travis Wiuff, Lawal did get a chance to utilize his ridiculous wrestling skills and definitely grew his legend with the Japanese fans via another over-the-top entrance, "queens" and all.
- Hard to tell for sure from the stream I was watching, but Saitama looked absolutely empty tonight and sounded even deader.
Videos after the jump.
Jorge Santiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka