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K-1 TV 3/12/05 WORLD MAX 2005 Japan Representative Tournament taped 2/23/05 Tokyo Ariake Colosseum
-1hr 45min. Q=TV Master

Reserve Fight: Akeomi Nitta vs. ASH-RA R2 2:20

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 Japan Representative Tournament Quarterfinals:

Takayuki Kohiruimaki vs. Kazuya Yasuhiro 4R

TOMO vs. Kojiro 3R

Kozo Takeda vs. Kazuyuki Miyata R3 0:39

Takehiro Murahama vs. HAYATO R3 1:15

Super Fight Special Mixed-Martial Arts Rules: Caol Uno vs. Serkan Yilmaz R1 1:50

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 Japan Representative Tournament Semifinals:

Takayuki Kohiruimaki vs. Kojiro R2 1:13

Akeomi Nitta vs. Takehiro Murahama 3R

Super Fight: Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Albert Kraus 4R

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 Japan Representative Tournament Final: Takayuki Kohiruimaki vs. Akeomi Nitta R1 0:36

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in SEOUL 3/19/05 Seoul, Korea Olympic Gymnasium 1
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master (better VQ than other version). 2 DVDs

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Quarterfinals:

Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Zhang Quin Jun

Lee Myun Ju vs. Hiraku Hori

Akebono vs. Nobuaki Kakuda

Hong Man Choi vs. Wakashoyo

Super Fight: Semmy Schilt vs. Montahna Silva

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Semifinals:

Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Hiraku Hori

Akebono vs. Hong Man Choi

Super Fight: Peter Aerts vs. Carter Williams

Super Fight: Remy Bonjasky vs. Ray Mercer

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Final:Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Hong Man Choi

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in SEOUL 3/19/05 Seoul, Korea Olympic Gymnasium 1
-4hr 45min. Q=TV Master (worse VQ than other version). 3 DVDs

Reserve Fight: Yong Seok Ko vs. Jong Man Kim. Final minutes

Reserve Fight: Tatsufumi Tomihira vs. Min Ki Kang R1 1:21

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Quarterfinals:

Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Zhang Quin Jun

Lee Myun Ju vs. Hiraku Hori

Akebono vs. Nobuaki Kakuda

Hong Man Choi vs. Wakashoyo

Super Fight: Semmy Schilt vs. Montahna Silva

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Semifinals:

Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Hiraku Hori

Akebono vs. Hong Man Choi

Super Fight: Peter Aerts vs. Carter Williams

Super Fight: Remy Bonjasky vs. Ray Mercer

K-1 ASIA GP 2005 Final:Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Hong Man Choi

K-1 HERO'S 1 3/26/05 Saitama Super Arena
-2 1/2hr. Q=TV Master

Shungo Oyama vs. Valentijn Overeem R1 1:28. Overeem landed some crisp low kicks early, so Oyama pulled guard. Overeem tried a heel hold, but Oyama countered with one of his own for the tap out.

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Ian Schaffa 3R. Schaffa is very quick, but wasn’t able to utilize his standup skills all that much as Miyata kept him on his back. The match quickly became stale and repetitive. Schaffa landed a good shot here and there before being planted, particularly a clinch knee near the end of round 2, but for the most part Miyata lied on top of him without doing much damage. Miyata wasn’t really active in ground and pound until the final minute, and he wasn’t trying for submissions. Schaffa tried a few submissions from the bottom, but never got past the setup. I was surprised Schaffa got the split decision, but he was at least aggressive when he had the advantage. Miyata wasn’t completely passive, he even tried a risky move or two such as a jumping stomp, but overall certainly too content to simply control the opposition.

Caol Uno vs. Joachim Hansen R3 4:48. Probably the best match in the HERO’s series, three back and forth rounds of rounds of non-stop action with tons of escapes and reversals leading to a shocking climactic finish. Obviously the skill level is incredibly high, but rather than negating each other their advanced level led to some rarely seen techniques and positions. Both fighters were able to take each other down, but keeping their opponent down was another story. Though Hansen is the stronger fighter, and certainly had the takedown of the night with a belly to back suplex, Uno seemed to get about 2/3 of the takedowns as he understands the leverage game so well he won most of the clinch battles. Hansen is skilled in defending standing attacks with the up kick, but Uno took advantage of Hansen having his legs up in the air, dropping down on him and using his weight to fold Hansen in half. Uno kept one of Hansen’s legs down by leaning on it and held his other ankle with his arm, repeatedly punching his prone bent in half opponent. Though Uno appeared in worse shape as his face was marked and bloodied, he clearly won the first round, so the fight was likely even going into round 3. Hansen took Uno down into side mount at the start of the 3rd, but Uno swept Joachim when he tried to transition into full mount. Uno tried a cartwheel guard pass, and though he didn’t succeed he came down on top of Hansen’s legs, again folding him at the waist with his weight and landing a few free punches. Uno passed and took Hansen’s back , but Hansen shook Uno off when he stood up. Uno quickly leveraged another takedown, but Hansen trying to prevent Caol from passing was a war in itself. Uno scored again with a Kimura takedown. Obviously there wouldn’t be all these takedowns if it wasn’t so difficult to keep the opposition down, but it got to the point where all Uno had to do was hang on for another 15 seconds to get a decision win. However, he gave up on the ground and backed off when Hansen began to escape to his feet. Hansen pursued Uno and within a second landed a huge knee for the KO. It’s hard to describe just how improbably this finish was. I mean, one second they are on the ground, the next Hansen walks over to Uno and smashes his chin with a knee. Excellent match.

Ramon Dekker vs. Genki Sudo R1 2:54. Sudo lulled everyone to sleep running away then dancing as if he’d accomplished something beyond postponing the action. Eventually he caught the kickboxer off guard, exploding for a takedown and working an Achilles’ tendon hold. Dekker countered with a heel hold and took the top. He stood so he could punch down on Sudo, but as Genki never released Dekker’s leg he tripped him up reapplying the heel hold for the win.

Alan Karaev vs. Gary Goodridge. Karaev is so fat you fall when he leans on you. Goodridge slipped around his back when Karaev was working an arm lock and smothered him with a forearm choke for the win

B.J. Penn vs. LYOTO (Machida) 3R. Penn is one of the biggest names in MMA, but Machida has the potential to be on his level. What he lacked in experience, he gained in size, as B.J. is one of the few who still likes a challenge enough to agree to take a fight against someone who naturally has 50 pounds on him. They delivered a chess match of the most patient variety, one where both refused to even surrender a pawn. The kind of people who want to see Melvin Manhoef throwing wild haymakers will be bored to death, but from a technical standpoint, this is MMA at its finest. It was a stalemate with a lot of clinching, but due to both being so good they can counter everything their opponent attempts before it get beyond shifting their weight. Though they are well conditioned, both were gassed in round 3 due to the difficulty of succeeding in anything. Machida got a takedown into side mount, but gave it up to strike his downed opponent, trying a jumping stomp only to have Penn display his quickness in scrambling back to his feet. The fight was extremely close. I agree Lyoto did a little more than Penn as he had a few takedowns and landed some low kicks. I was surprised he got a unanimous decision if only because Penn is such a big name and this was Machida’s first big test. Good match.

Heath Herring vs. Sam Greco R1 2:24. Herring was manhandling Greco early, but suffered one of the most bizarre injuries when he missed a low kick. Herring lost his balance on the follow through and did a little hop to try to remain standing, but his knee buckled and blew out.

Bob Sapp vs. Min Soo Kim R1 1:12. The most credible of Sapp’s worked wins, there’s even a slight chance it was actually legitimate. Though Kim landed a flurry of punches to Sapp’s shoulders despite Sapp standing right in front of him with his humongous head down, Mr. Shark at least managed to get some juice out of Juice. I’ve never seen a lamer cut induce a doctor’s check. Not only wasn’t there much blood, it was from the nose, so it’s not as if it was going to hamper Sapp in a manner that might enduce a stoppage. After a pause long enough to bandage the actually wounded, they walked toward each other and Kim tried a left straight at the same time Sapp tried the right that knocked Kim out. I know Kim’s head hit Sapp’s shoulder on the follow through, but miraculously no camera managed to provide an angle that would allow the audience to tell if the one punch KO even connected. Hmmm...

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jerome Le Banner R1 2:24. Le Banner has little experience in MMA, but he’s a huge man, almost a super heavyweight, while Akiyama is a light heavyweight. Akiyama quickly closed the gap and leveraged a takedown, but Le Banner actually reversed when Akiyama tried to finish with the cross armbar. Akiyama got caught with a hard knee when he was looking to shoot, so he tried to shoot before he sustained any more damage only to eat a second knee for the KO.

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in Las Vegas Battle at the Bellagio IV 4/30/05 Las Vegas, NV Bellagio Hotel & Casino
-2hr 45min. Q=TV Master

Mark Selbee vs. Tsuyoshi Nakasako

Gary Goodridge vs. Sean O'Haire

Glaube Feitosa vs. Dewey Cooper

Carter Williams vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

Super Fight: Musashi vs. Rick Roufus

Scott Lighty vs. Gary Goodridge

Glaube Feitosa vs. Carter Williams

Super Fight: Remy Bonjasky vs. Mighty Mo

Final: Gary Goodridge vs. Glaube Feitosa

K-1 TV 5/29/05 WORLD MAX 2005 Best In The World Tournament Opening taped 5/4/05 Tokyo Ariake Colosseum
-2 1/2hr. Q=TV Master

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 WORLD TOURNAMENT OPEN: Kasuya Yasuhiro vs. Jadamba Narantungalag 3R

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: Takayuki Kohiruimaki vs. Darius Skliaudys R2 1:29

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: John Wayne Parr vs. Shane Chapman R3 2:08

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: Andy Souwer vs. Marfio "The Warrior Tiger" Canoletti 3R

Super Fight: Yasuhiro Sato vs. William Diender 3R

Super Fight: Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto vs. Mike Zambidis R3 0:39

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: Albert Kraus vs. Virgil Kalokoda 3R

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: Buakaw Por.Pramuk vs. Vasily Shish 3R

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION: Masato vs. Chi Bin Lim 3R

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in PARIS -EUROPE GP- 5/27/05 Paris, France
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Alexey Ignashov vs. Noburu Ichida

Aziz Khattou vs. Naoufal "Iron Leg"

Semmy Schilt vs. Petr Vondracek

Nobu Hayashi vs. Freddy Kemayo

Noburo Ichida vs. Naoufal "Iron Leg"

Semmy Schilt vs. Freddy Kemayo

Super Fight: Nobuaki Kakuda vs. MAVRICK

Super Fight: Jerome Le Banner vs. Cyril Abidi

Final: Semmy Schilt vs. Naoufal "Iron Leg"

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in HIROSHIMA 6/14/05 Hiroshima Green Arena
-2hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

K-1 JAPAN GP Quarterfinals:

Hiromi Amada vs. Tatsufumi Tomihira

Yusuke Fujimoto vs. Hajime Moriguchi

Bob Sapp vs. Yoshihiro Nakao

Tsuyoshi Nakasako vs. Hiraku Hori

Super Fight: Hong Man Choi vs. "Green Beret" Tom Howard

K-1 JAPAN GP Semifinals:

Tatsufumi Tomihira vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

Bob Sapp vs. Hiraku Hori

Super Fight: Ray Sefo vs. Ruslan Karaev

K-1 JAPAN GP Final: Tatsufumi Tomihira vs. Bob Sapp

K-1 HERO’S 2 Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament 7/6/05 Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Taiikukan
-1 1/2hr. Q=TV Master

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Carl Toomey R1 0:59. Akiyama had an immediate leg trip into mount. Toomey used his arm to try to push Akiyama off when he bucked, but Akiyama transitioned into the armbar he’d been setting up for the win.

Bob Sapp vs. Alan Karaev R1 3:44. They decided to have Juice actually try to fight a legitimate match, so they came up with the lamest opponent possible, a man who was quickly smothered by master of mediocrity Gary Goodrige in his MMA debut at HERO’s 1. Sumos are the most useless mixed martial artists, as their background provides them with zero offense and their obesity makes it difficult for them to even last a round. Karaev is no mere sumo, as he’s also had success in arm wrestling, and we all know how deadly Bull Hurley would be in MMA. If not, EliteXC will be glad to sign him up to come on after the real fighters and get knocked out by Kimbo Slice in 30 seconds. In any case, the result of the latest Sapp experiment was the world’s most awful bungle of clueless no stamina giants. If this isn’t the ugliest MMA match I’ve ever seen, my memory is shorter than I think. Karaev was very aggressive and had Sapp turning and running from his early punches, similar to Sapp’s recent laughable loss to Jan “The Giant” Nortje at Strikeforce at the Dome except Karaev lacks any of Nortje’s striking ability. Karaev sloppily took Sapp down into side mount, quickly passing to full where he did little as he was already blown up. Sapp gave his back and Karaev tried perhaps the worst choke and armbar in MMA history, not bothering to control Sapp’s body in the least on either submission attempt, and thus allowing Sapp to take the top and mount. Sapp did nothing and was swept by Karaev, so Sapp again gave his back. Karaev repeated his earlier mistake, doing nothing to control Sapp’s lower body, so Sapp was able to regain the top. At this point the ref was probably getting embarrassed at how atrocious the match was, so he called for a restart. Karaev managed to stand up, but was so exhausted Sapp probably could have won by blowing him over. Karaev certainly lacked the energy to attempt a legit shot, so Sapp quickly KO’d him with 3 mediocre left jabs. Worst shoot match of the year candidate.

Ray Sefo vs. Min Soo Kim R2 0:30. They fought 3 minute rounds so it would be more similar to what Sefo is used to in kickboxing. Sefo fought just as aggressively as he does in K-1, not striking to avoid the takedown as so many kickboxers do. He was all about the knockout, and if Kim took him down so be it. Many kickboxers have employed this strategy, but Sefo actually had takedown defense and could scramble, so he wasn’t going to be pinned on the mat by any old opponent, which is about the best praise one can give to Mr. Shark. Sefo landed some powerful right hands, not getting taken down until the final 2 seconds of round 1. The fact that Kim was dropped in similar fashion to his HERO’S 1 loss to Bob Sapp - trying a left straight but getting knocked down by a right hook - adds to the potential legitimacy of the Sapp fight. On the other hand, Sefo is one of the most powerful punchers in the world and he connected cleanly at say 85% of the deadliest punch he could possibly throw yet Kim, who was clearly far more worn down given Sefo had landed several quality strikes in round 1, still managed to get up at 8. It’s hard to imagine how Kim could withstand this punch and not the one Sapp maybe hit him with. In any case, Sefo quickly followed up with a spectacular right high kick KO. Granted Kim isn’t exactly Fedor Emelianenko, but Sefo was really impressive here. He could probably be a Mirko Cro Cop level fighter in MMA if he made the transition full time.

Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament Quarterfinal: Takehiro Murahama vs. Remigijus Morkevicius R1 1:14. Two quick strikers who kept it in standup. Morkevicius leveled Murahama with a left hook he never saw coming for the KO.

Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament Quarterfinal: Hideo Tokoro vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira R3 0:08. Fast-paced action packed ground match with several submission attempts. Tokoro is HERO’S most exciting fighter, as his fights consist of super fast technical ground work. He’s a fighter who is willing to risk losing to for the chance to win, so decisions are extremely rare. Nogueira got a guillotine out of a scramble, but Tokoro made him pay with ground and pound when he got his neck out. Nogueira had a nice slam into side mount, but Tokoro was content to be on his back, escaping an Achilles’ tendon hold and remaining there even though it meant Nogueira would always start with the advantage. Though Tokoro is dangerous with submissions from the bottom, this strategy was unnecessary with Nogueira, who is also much more of a ground fighter. When Tokoro actually began striking he proved to be the better of the two at it. This didn’t occur until the ref stood him up late in the second round when Tokoro hurt Nogueira with a right hand and brought a jumping knee, but Nogueira caught his leg and slammed him. The fight was even so they called for a third round. Tokoro came out with an uraken for the knockdown then flurried with punches for the win. Very good match.

Peter Aerts vs. Wakashoyo R1 1:36. Aerts tried to strike, but the sumo got hold of him, drove him into the corner, and shifted his girth for the takedown. Wakashoyo didn’t know what to do with Aerts once he got him there, so he settled on nothing, resulting in a quick standup. This time when Wakashoyo did his sumo charge Aerts knocked him out with a tight right hook. The ref didn’t stop it, so Aerts had to land a few punches to his down and not moving opponent before he was granted his victory.

Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament Quarterfinal: Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Shamil Gaydarbekov R1 2:49. Miyata shot immediately, getting the takedown out of the clinch on the second try. The kickboxer was far from clueless on the ground, but Miyata didn’t wrestle at the Sydney Olympics for nothing. Still, Gaydarbekov was getting close to getting back to his feet, trying to stand when Miyata had his back, but Miyata got him back to the ground and finished it with the rear naked choke.

Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament Quarterfinal: Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto vs. Ian Schaffa R3 1:23. Certainly one of Yamamoto’s toughest matches with Schaffa making a good enough showing he would have had a chance for the decision. Tempers flared early, which is no surprise considering Yamamoto is an out of control hothead. He kept his cool after the first low blow, a knee that had to be painful, but the middle kick Schaffa landed after the recovery break (which appeared to be at the waist at worst) set him off. Both were swearing at each other back and forth and Schaffa got a yellow card. Schaffa landed a legal shot here and there, bloodying Yamamoto’s nose. He was clearly the better standup fighter, as he’s accurate. He could land one shot and avoid Yamamoto’s or win an exchange as Yamamoto threw little beyond wind full force hooks. Of course, since Yamamoto swings for the fences, he’s always a threat to knock you out if he actually makes contact. Yamamoto was mainly scoring with the ground game, taking Schaffa down and dropping punches and hammerfists that swelled Schaffa’s right eye while Schaffa failed with up kicks. Schaffa stopped a single leg, but Yamamoto held on, lifting Schaffa over his shoulder and slamming him. Yamamoto was unable to capitalize on the ground, but partially landed a wild uppercut early in round 3. Schaffa backed away seeming fine, but basically just collapsed when Yamamoto pursued and began a combination of punches. It was truly a bizarre KO as though no one will deny the power behind Yamamoto’s punches, none of them seemed to be more than a grazing blow. Good match.

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 Best in the World Tournament DVD 7/20/05 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena
-3 1/2hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Reserve Fight: Kazuya Yasuhiro vs. Darius Skliaudys 2R

Masato vs. Mike Zambidis 3R

Andy Souwer vs. Takayuki Kohiruimaki 3R

Albert Kraus vs. John Wayne Parr 3R

Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Jadamba Narantungalag 3R

Semifinals

Kazuya Yasuhiro vs. Andy Souwer R1 2:24

Albert Kraus vs. Buakaw Por. Pramuk 3R

Final: Andy Souwer vs. Buakaw Por. Pramuk 5R

Super Fight: Akeomi Nitta vs. Kotetsu Boku 3R

Super Fight: Ramon Dekkers vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig 3R

Super Fight: Virgil Kalakoda vs. Yoshihiro Sato 3R

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in HAWAII 7/29/05 Hawaii Aloha Stadium
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Gary Goodridge vs. Wesley "Caggage" Correia

Carter Williams vs. Nobu Hayashi

Butterbean vs. Marcus "XL" Royster

Scott Junk vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

Super Fight: Musashi vs. Rickard Nordstrand

Gary Goodridge vs. Carter Williams

Marcus "XL" Royster vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

Super Fight: Akebono vs. Hong Man Choi

Final: Gary Goodridge vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

MMA Rules Super Fight: B.J. Penn vs. Renzo Gracie

K-1 HERO'S 3 9/7/05 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-1hr 45min. Q=TV Master

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals

Genki Sudo vs. Kazuyuki Miyata R2 4:45. The wrestler Miyata controlled the first round with his takedowns, including a head and shoulder throw that was very similar to a suplex. Sudo figured out Miyata's shot, stopping the takedown toward the end of R1 and effectively ending Miyata's advantage. R2 saw Sudo get a takedown, but with 1 1/2 minutes left neither had done any damage, or anything of note beyond the takedowns. It figured to be a too tough to call decision, but sensing they needed to do something to steal the fight both let fists fly. This quickly proved disastrous for Miyato, who took a high knee and a few good punches before resorting to a desperation shoot Genki again stuffed. Miyata had no interest in returning to the standup game, but made the mistake of giving his back. Fair.

Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Remigijus Morkevicius R2 4:16. Morkevicius had an edge in standup, but possesses no ground defense. He stayed on his feet most of R1, but was saved from mount punches by the bell. R2 started with the best exchange of the fight, but Takaya learned not to give Morkevicius distance, tying him up and eventually getting the takedown. Takaya did whatever he wanted on the ground, passing immediately and punching from his chosen distance as Morkevicius simply used his arms to protect his head. Decent.

Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto vs. Royler Gracie 2R 0:38. Gracie ate a punch to take Yamamoto down, but Yamamoto used his feet to push Gracie off and keep him gaining control, allowing him to quickly scramble back to his feet. Gracie tried to take KID right back down with a guillotine choke, but Yamamoto shook his neck out and took Gracie down. Most of R1 was standup, controlled by Yamamoto though he failed to land any good shots. In R2, Yamamoto nearly ducked into a high knee, but avoided it enough that it only grazed, allowing him to fire back with an overhand right, knocking Gracie cold. Gracie fell like a ton of bricks, so Yamamoto didn't even have to move toward him, much less pounce on him, to attain the ref stop.

Caol Uno vs. Hideo Tokoro 2R. Good fast-paced bout. Success rate was low, but they fought hard, throwing what they had at each other in R2. Uno controlled the fight, not doing much damage in R1, but his punches increasingly got through in R2, bloodying Tokoro. Tokoro knew he was losing so he took more chances in R2, even pulling out the kneel kick. Tokoro had a standing Kimura late, but lacked the leverage.

Middleweight Tournament Semifinals

Genki Sudo vs. Hiroyuki Takaya 2R 3:47. Takaya wasn't fooled by Genki's dancing and stance switching, but Genki has more weapons and gets off faster. Genki would jog away from Takaya when he engaged, but then he'd launch his own attack. Genki didn't have a lot of success in standup, but he landed some, while Takaya was inaccurate and didn't wind up throwing half the time he intended to because Genki retreated. Genki got a few takedowns, but generally preferred standup. Still, a key is Genki would actually try a series of submissions, transitioning to a different one as soon as Takaya blocked the first, while Takaya didn't really do ground and pound or attempt submissions when he had top position. Average bout.

Caol Uno vs. Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto 2R 4:04. A standup fight where the defense was ahead of the offense. Yamamoto was a bit more accurate, while Uno was more aggressive. It was pretty much an even fight with Yamamoto's punches against Uno's low kicks until Yamamoto landed good right hook late in R2, cutting Uno's left eyebrow. Uno initially continued, but despite the blood mainly dripping down his cheek, the ref saw how quickly it was coming out and stopped the fight. Yamamoto probably would have won the decision as the one punch essentially accounted for the damage done during the fight, but with less than a minute left it seemed a weak stoppage.

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in OSAKA 9/23/05 Osaka Dome
-5hr. Q=Ex. 2 DVDs

Super Fight: George the Iron Lion vs. Nobuaki Kakuda

Super Fight: Remy Bonjasky vs. Alexei Ignashov

Jerome Le Banner vs. Gary Goodridge

Musashi vs. Francois Botha

Semmy Schilt vs. Glaube Feitosa

Peter Aerts vs. Mighty Mo

Ray Sefo vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing

Hong Man Choi vs. Bob Sapp

K-1 WORLD MAX 2005 ~World Elite Showcase~ DVD 10/12/05 Tokyo National Yoyogi Stadium 1st Gym Disk 2
-1hr 5min. Q=Perfect

Albert Kraus vs. Akira Ohigashi R2 1:31

Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Yoshihiro Sato 3R

Andy Souwer vs. Kozo Takeda R2 0:31

K-1 HERO'S in Seoul 11/5/05 Seoul, South Korea Olympic Gymnasium
-2hr 45min. Q=Near Perfect. 1 DVD

Un Sik Song vs. Michihisa Asano R1 3:40. Song had a considerable reach advantage, but seemed comfortable fighting from his back. Asano was fiery with good takedowns, but a bit impetuous. Song hurt him with an up kick, but Asano recovered with a takedown before he could secure his back for the rear naked choke. Asano exposed his arm punching to set up a pass into side mount. He withstood the ensuing triangle for a while, leading to one of the wickedest submissions ever. Song transitioned into the arm bar, essentially flipping Asano over with a headscissors. As Asano didn’t cooperate with the momentum, his arm dragged his body in a brutal manner that looked sure to dislocate something.

Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Do Hyeong Kim 2R. Takaya had good hands, but Kim was forced to stand with him if Takaya wanted. Though Kim kept looking for the takedown, Takaya would stop it and either fall on top for his own takedown or back up and keep it standing. Takaya did most of his damage in R1 with ground and pound, busting Kim’s nose up badly. Kim got his only takedown at the outset of R2, but Takaya popped back to his feet when Kim got off him preparing to strike. After that it was really all downhill for Kim, as Takaya mixed punches and clinch knees, further opening the cut, which now seemed to engulf his face as blood was smeared everywhere for the proverbial crimson mask. Average match.

Jong Man Kim vs. Atsushi Yamamoto R2 4:25. Yamamoto got the takedown, defended a triangle and arm bar, and took Kim’s back after slipping out of a headlock. Yamamoto tried for a rear naked choke for the final three minutes, but Kim defended his neck at all costs, which meant taking punch after punch until the bell gave him a reprieve. Boxing is Kim’s secondary skill next to judo, so when he started R2 with a flurry of punches (that largely missed) Yamamoto shot for the takedown, but was guillotined. Once Yamamoto slipped his neck out it could have been another round of eating punches for Kim, but he swept Yamamoto when he tried to mount. The Korean crowd went nuts for Kim’s ground and pound, which was quite effective as Yamamoto didn’t bother to control his upper body, simply allowing him to drop towering hammerfists on him until he completed the dramatic comeback by attaining the stoppage. Good match.

Shungo Oyama vs. Sub Kwak Yun 1R 1:14. Oyama got the takedown and went for the Achilles lock. Yun saw it coming and tried to kick Oyama with his free leg, but Oyama exploded into the submission when the kick was coming, causing it to miss and Yun to have to tap almost immediately.

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Jung Hwan Cho 1R 2:01. Textbook win for Kunioku, taking his opponent down, passing into rear mount, flattening them out and choking away.

Kristof Midoux vs. Jun Soo Lim R1 0:50. Thankfully it was short, as a Kristof match of any length is rarely even Midouxocre. Midoux rocked Lim with a few knees from the clinch until he fell then punched his downed opponent for the stoppage.

Yushin Okami vs. Myeon Ju Lee R1 4:14. Lame fight. Okami scored the quick takedown and once he mounted that was it for Lee. Lee repeated bridged - apparently this technique was the only one he knew - as if that was going to buck Okami off.. In the meantime, Okami landed punch after punch until Lee’s corner threw the towel in.

Min Soo Kim vs. Sean O’Haire R1 4:46. O’Haire looked like a fighter in his second pro fight, at best. His technique was really sloppy and he had no stamina, but he got by on size and strength for a little while. Kim got off to a quick start as O’Haire was trying to lock him too high, landing several punches before O’Haire tied him up and took him down. O’Haire landed a number of knees, but Kim took some to get back to his feet, and by that point O’Haire was too blown up to continue bringing them. Kim landed a few wild punches, so O’Haire shot, but he exposed his next and Kim took him out with the standing guillotine. Kim isn’t a bad fighter, but this was very much out of 1994.

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Chalid “Die Faust” 2R. Quality wrestler vs. kickboxer match. Kanehara had the quick takedown, but Chalid held onto the ropes on the way down and reversed. The ref caught him, but put them back on their feet where Chalid rocked Kanehara with a right straight. Kanehara scored the takedown, mounted, and set up the arm bar. He had a hard time setting his feet on the submission, but I was sure Chalid was dead. Apparently Chalid has extremely flexible shoulders and elbows, as he was able to roll to his knees and take the offensive with punches in a manner that more muscular fighters would never pull off without tearing something. Kanehara was smart, dropping to his back when his takedowns failed, which forced Chalid to either let him back up or oblige him with ground fighting. That being said, Chalid’s takedown defense wasn’t that great given everyone knew what Kanehara was going to try. What allowed him to win the fight is he was able to reverse Kanehara twice. The second time came with about 90 seconds left, allowing him to make an impression on the judges with some ground punches. I thought Kanehara won a close decision, though a draw may have been fairest. Chalid is a striker who landed one good punch to a fighter who has a propensity for getting pummeled. Meanwhile, Kanehara would have beat most fighters with the arm bar and had some success with takedowns even though Chalid defended on the mat. Pretty good match.

Bob Sapp vs. Jong Wang Kim R1 0:08. Juice charged in and kind of connected with one punch and a knee to the neck or collarbone, obviously too much for any fighter to deal with know whatahmean, nudge nudge.

The Predator vs. Mu Bae Choi 2R. Ugly match. If they had a tough man contest for MMA it might look something like this. It couldn’t be any slower or more boring. The Terkay who thinks he’s Bruiser Brody got busted for an eye gouge early. Otherwise, Choi got off to a good start landing some solid hooks. He faired well when he had distance, but that didn’t last long as he did nothing to keep Predator from tying him up and leaning his 300 pounds on him. Predator would pin him in the corner and throw punches and knees, busting Choi’s nose open with an uppercut. The match slowed as both were blown up before the end of round 1. Predator took Choi down at the start of R2 and from there the match almost came to a standstill. I’m probably exaggerating, but it seemed as though Predator would go 20 seconds between pounds, yet there was no standup. Terrible match.

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masakatsu Okuda R1 3:31. Akiyama got the takedown and stood over Okuda punching down. Okuda tried to make him pay, hooking an arm bar. However, before he could straighten the arm Akiyama slammed free, smashing the side of Okuda’s head to the canvas hard enough to knock him out, though Akiyama got a few punches in before the stoppage.

K-1 WORLD GP 2005 in TOKYO -FINAL- DVD 11/19/05 Tokyo Dome
-3 1/2hr. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 Quarter Finals

Remy Bonjasky vs Hong-man Choi 3R

Ray Sefo vs Semmy Schilt 3R

Jerome Le Banner vs Peter Aerts 4R

Musashi vs Ruslan Karaev 4R

Reserve Fights

Glaube Feitosa vs Gary Goodridge 3R

Stefan Leko vs Badr Hari R2 1:30

Semifinals

Remy Bonjasky vs Semmy Schilt 1R 2:08

Glaube Feitosa vs Musashi R2 1:05

Final: Semmy Schilt vs Glaube Feitosa R1 0:48

K-1 HERO’S Lithuania 11/26/05 Vilnius, Lithuania Siemens Arena
-2hr 20min. Q=VG

Erikas Petraitis vs. Takayuki Okouchi 2R. Very one-sided contest with Petraitis failing to really hurt Okouchi, but Okouchi being completely blanked offensively as he was always on defense and unable to counter. Petraitis blitzed Okouchi in standup, with Okouchi trying to run, but Petraitis pursuing to keep the heat on. Okouchi fell throwing a high kick while retreating, but while Petraitis dropped some punches down on him he was unable to pass guard. Petraitis landed some good clinch knees and ½ clinch punches. Petraitis kneed Okouchi low, but the ref didn’t see it, so Okouchi took a few knees while standing there holding his unit before the ref gave him his breather. They actually played some cheesy mystery music while Okouchi was verging on tears, slumped over rubbing his scrotum. Petraitis immediately took Okouchi down after the restart, this time succeeding with his standing guard pass only to give up on the position and stand again. Okouchi finally had a takedown midway through round 2, but even if his ground and pound wasn’t short lived it probably would have been too little too late. Average match.

Ido Pariente vs. Mindaugas Smirnovas R1 0:39. Smirnovas used ground and pound, but Pariente caught him in the kneebar for the win.

Valdas Pocevicius vs. Konstantin Uriadov R1 3:10. Uriadov got a double leg takedown and mounted off a standing guard pass, but Pocevicius reversed when Uriadov tried to take his back, only to quickly succumb to a triangle armbar that appeared to break Pocevicius’ arm.

K-1 Rule: Darius Skliaudys vs. Janas Kacenovskis 3R. Kacenovskis basically boxed, while Skliaudys fought Muay Thai style, scoring with low kicks and knees. Kacenovskis tried to be aggressive, but would eat kicks coming in. He hoped to rough Skliaudys up in the corner, but Skliaudys rocked him with a clinch knee as he was slipping out and landed a high kick when he turned the corner to elicit a standing 8 count. Skliaudys landed a nice high front kick. He simply had too many weapons for one-dimensional Kacenovskis, securing a unanimous decision. Average match.

Tadeushas Chilodinskis vs. Evert Fyeet 2R. A very active match with regular position changes and submission attempts. Chilodinskis dominated Fyeet with his wrestling, but showed excellent effort to finish the fight, using his takedowns to set up submissions. He tried a heel hold, various armlocks, and rolling Fyeet into a guillotine choke. Fyeet was the superior striker, but right from the outset Chilodinskis didn’t give him much opportunity, catching Fyeet’s first kick and getting him to the ground with a short right straight. Fyeet switched to wrestling in the second round, getting 3 takedowns of his own including a nice counter with the wizard. Cholodinskis won a unanimous decision. Good match.

Jair Goncalves vs. Egidijus Valavicius R1 2:55. Goncalves got a double leg takedown and used ground and pound to open up the guard pass, soon taking Valavicius’ back and finishing him with the rear naked choke.

Tadas Rinkevicius vs. Keigo Takamori R1 2:41. This matchup of seemingly unskilled bangers produced the desired heavy hitting. Both came out slugging with Takamori quickly dropping Rinkevicius, though perhaps to some extent Rinkevicius was escaping to his back. Rinkevicius kept Takamori from passing, so Takamori opted to allow him to stand back up. This time Rinkevicius landed an overhand right that sent Takamori running, pursuing him and finishing Takamori off with a couple more right hands. I guess it was good if you enjoy this “style” of fighting.

Kestutis Smirnovas vs. Hiromitsu Miura R1 4:30. These two were well matched with neither being able to get anything going early due to the defense being ahead of the offense. Smirnovas got a single leg takedown, but Miura tried a heel hold only to have Smirnovas break it with punches and mount. Miura gave his back, so Smirnovas choked him out. Pretty good match.

Valerijus Golubovskis vs. Yurij Kiseliov R1 0:22. Golubovskis missed a spinning heel kick, but followed with a spinning backfist that flattened his opponent for the KO.

Mikhail Illoukhine vs. Jordanas Poskaitis R2 1:10. Poskaitis is a good standup fighter with particularly nice kicks. His spinning strikes are difficult to defend if you don’t back off quickly, as he holds off the revelation of kick or punch as long as possible. He had Illoukhine on the run early after landing a spinning heel kick. Illoukhine soon learned to back away from Poskaitis’ strikes though, then set about shooting for the takedown, willing to eat a kick in the process. There was major controversy when the ref called for a quick standup after Mikhail’s first takedown, as Poskaitis punched Illoukhine after he’d stopped his ground and pound attack to break. Illoukhine showed a serious case of temporary insanity, heaving the ref out of the way and trying to attack his opponent who hadn’t had a chance to stand up yet. Illoukhine got a stomp in before being tackled by a group of refs who rushed the ring, leading to a double yellow card. Though provoked, I would have DQ’d Illoukhine as you cross the line when you touch the ref. Illoukhine was able to take Poskaitis down after the first few minutes, but Poskaitis would guillotine him or hold him close to eliminate the action, hoping for the standup. Illoukhine finally pulled out one of his favorites from the old RINGS works, catching Poskaitis’ leg and dropped into an Achilles’ tendon hold for the win. Illoukhine didn’t want to break, with the ref having to tackle him to get him to release the hold, resulting in Poskaitis being hobbled. Illoukhine was simply out of control, and his craziness probably has a lot to do with why he hasn’t fought since. Good match, though more memorable for the unfortunate antics.

Remigijus Morkevicius vs. Ramazi Jakharydze R1 0:09. Morkevicius cracked Jakharydze at the bell with a left high kick for the KO.

K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! 12/31/05 Osaka Dome
-2hr 20min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

HERO'S Rule: Peter Aerts vs. Shungo Oyama

HERO'S Rule: Jerome Le Banner vs. Alan Karaev

K-1 Rule: Remy Bonjasky vs. The Predator

K-1 Rule: Musashi vs. Bob Sapp

K-1 Rule: Masato vs. Akira Ohigashi

K-1 Rule: Ernesto Hoost vs. Semmy Schilt

HERO'S Rule: Heath Herring vs. Yoshihiro Nakao

HERO'S Rule: Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Remigijus Morkevicius

HERO'S Rule: Hideo Tokoro vs. Royce Gracie

HERO'S Middleweight Championship Tournament Final: Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto vs. Genki Sudo

 

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