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Beyond the Octagon, pt 1: Caol Uno, Minowaman, and The Techno Goliath

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In part 1 of this week's BtO, former UFC title challenger Caol Uno takes to the ring and Riki Fukuda looks to keep his win streak alive. Plus, action from PRIDE veteran Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa, the 7'2" kickboxer and Korean pop star Hong Man Choi, and the continuing heavyweight success of a former middleweight TUF washout...

This weekend yielded up a nice selection of big-name fights for hardcore fans, with UFC veterans and stars of the JMMA golden age throwing down all over the world. Results from the Asian circuit follow, beginning with a monster card from South Korean organization Road FC.

For it's 24th event, Road FC headed to Tokyo where, in the headlining attraction, Riki Fukuda (23-7, 2-3 UFC) faced Uh Jin Jeon (3-3-0) for the organization's vacant middleweight title. Fukuda, who's fought exclusively for Road FC since his arguably premature release from the UFC in 2013, made short work of Jeon, folding him up with a barrage of uppercuts and knees before finishing him with strikes on the ground half-way into Round 1. Since his final appearance in the Octagon, which yielded a unanimous decision loss to Brad Tavares, Fukuda is 4-0 (1NC). All of those wins have come by TKO.

Watch Fukuda vs. Jeon here.

The night's co-main event saw the return of "The Techno Goliath" Hong Man Choi (1-0 Your Heart and Mine), who faced Carlos Toyota (6-6-1). Choi hasn't competed in MMA for six years.

During his fighting career, Choi compiled a kickboxing record of 12-6-0, a run that includes victories over Bob Sapp, Gary Goodridge, Mighty Mo, and, improbably, K-1 legend Semmy Schilt. His MMA career was rather more brief and less successful: within his first three MMA bouts, he found himself in the ring with both Mirko Filipovic and Fedor Emelianenko, the latter of whom he put a scare into early before succumbing to one hell of a photo op. Choi went on to compete in the Dream Super Hulk Tournament, clubbing former Simpsons guest star Jose Canseco into nigh-unconsciousness before submitting to a leg-lock from eventual tournament winner Ikuhisa Minowa. Toyota, meanwhile, is a long-time journeyman on the JMMA scene. He fights out of Carlos Toyota BJJ, whose mascot appears to be a ripped King K. Rool with a black belt. It's still better than grapplin' Taz.

Toyota stepped into Friday's bout with momentum on his side, having notched two TKOs on his belt in the last year. He'd keep things rolling against Choi. The pair engaged in a lengthy feeling out process before Toyota lunged forward with a series of haymakers, finally sleeping Choi with a wild right hook. The knockout drives Choi's overall MMA record down to 2-4-0. Toyota has won three straight following a three-year hiatus.

Check out Toyota vs. Choi here. Things get rolling at 11:00.

Also on the card, the 45-year-old Mu Bae Choi (12-4, 4-1 PRIDE, 1-2 Sengoku) continued his successful career resurgence, putting away inaugural DEEP Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi (17-10, 1-0 Dream) via TKO in the second. The fight ground to a halt in the round's closing seconds after an exhausted Choi delivered a prolonged series of strikes from mount to the yet more exhausted Kawaguchi. Choi, who owns victories over Soa Palalei and Dave Herman, is 3-0 since returning to competition. Kawaguchi is 1-4 in his last five, with three of those losses coming by (T)KO.

Choi vs. a slimmed-down Kawaguchi can be seen here.

And earlier in the night, JMMA hero and lunatic-of-note Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa pulled himself out of a three-fight skid with a decision-winning performance against relative novice Dae Sung Kim (2-4-0). Minowa, who has in large part made a career of zestfully throwing himself against gigantic, if sometimes inexperienced, opponents, sees his record improve to 61-38-8.

Watch Minowa vs. Kim here.

But wait! There's more!

Former One FC champion Soo Chul Kim (11-5-0) continued his assault on the bantamweight division, putting the guillotine to Taiyo Nakahara (14-8, 2-0 Sengoku, 0-1 K-1) late in Round 1. Kim is now 4-0 since dropping his bantamweight title to Bibiano Fernandes in 2013. All of those victories have come by finish, and all in the first round (and three of them against former UFC talent in Issei Tamura, Motonobu Tezuka, and Wagner Campos).

Kim vs. Nakahara can be seen here. Action starts immediately, Kim's hairline starts somewhere around his fontanelle.

Finally, Dong Sik Yoon (9-8, 2-3 Dream, 4-0 K-1, 0-4 PRIDE) settled some unfinished business with fellow former PRIDE fighter Daiju Takase (12-15-2, 5-4 PRIDE, 0-3 UFC). The pair were scheduled to meet last March, but the bout was called off when Takase missed weight and then reportedly announced his retirement. After so much theater, Yoon would come out on top of their closely contested match, receiving the split-decision victory. He's 4-1 since his 2013 return. Takase has last two straight after a six-fight unbeaten streak.

You'll find Yoon vs. Takase here.

And on Saturday in China, in the main event of Way to M-1, TUF 7 cast member Jeremy May (13-8-0) scored a major upset against Alexei Kudin (20-9, 0-1 Bellator). In the opening minutes of the fight, May dove from range and pulled Kudin into his guard, shrugging off some ground-and-pound while threatening with a triangle choke before locking up a fight-ending armbar. May, who competed on The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight and compiled a mediocre 9-8 record at 185 pounds, is 4-0 since moving to heavyweight in 2013, all by submission. It's an impressive turn from May, who came off as more of a reality TV personality than a legit talent during his time on the show.

May vs. Kudin is here.

Also on the card, Wang Sai (10-5-1, 1-1 UFC) dispatched Aleksey Badyukov (1-1-0) with a rear-naked choke in the first. Wang is 3-0 since his departure from the UFC early this year.

Last but not least, as part of Shooto's latest event on Sunday, former UFC title challenger Caol Uno stepped into the ring in search of a rebound win against bruiser Shigeki Osawa (15-6-3). From 2013 through 2014, Uno underwent a major career resurgence, compiling his longest winning streak in over a decade with six straight victories. The unexpected run led him into a fight for Shooto's vacant featherweight title earlier this year, but he would lose that bout by unanimous decision. And with Sunday's bout, a possible return to the UFC for Uno retreated yet further into unlikelihood: late in Round 2, Uno was finished with ground-and-pound. He falls to 0-2 for the year. Osawa is riding a three-fight win streak.