N/A
TKO (Finger Injury)
7:26
(Unaired)
N/A
KO (Punch)
7:38
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision (Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO (Punches)
3:36
(Unaired)
86.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes in the first round, and then they clinched, and Yoon pressured Saffiedine against the fence for the rest of the round. That was a pretty lame round, but I scored it for Yoon. Yoon continued to grind the shit out of Saffiedine in the second round, taking him down, grabbing his back, and he finished the round digging for a rear-naked choke. The first round was close, but the second round clearly goes to Yoon. Saffiedine had a slightly more competitive third round, as he worked a little more offense, but in the end, I thought Yoon pretty clearly won this fight, and two judges agreed, so they gave the win to Yoon. It's also worth noting that Yoon looked roided up for this fight, a lot more muscular than he usually looks, so... Props to Saffiedine for hanging in there with him at least.
87.2
Submission (Foot Injury)
1:02
      Taylor immediately shot in for an aggressive takedown, he threw Yoon to the ground multiple times in the first 30 seconds, he secured a solid side control, he took Yoon's back, started working for a rear-naked choke, Yoon was getting absolutely dominated, and then he called for a timeout a minute into the opening round, and pointed at his ankle, which was apparently fucked up or something. Great performance by Taylor, and a pretty terrible performance by Yoon.
87.3
TKO (Punches)
10:30
     These guys traded a few random strikes, but it was clear that Yoon wanted the fight on the ground, as he shot for multiple sloppy takedowns, before eventually just pulling guard one minute into the opening round. Nakahara stood up and kicked his legs a few times before Yoon stood back up. They clinched again, fell to the ground, and Nakahara went for an omoplata, but Yoon escaped and ended up back on top. Yoon passed to full mount, and then smothered Nakahara with his gi. Yoon threw a few decent punches from the top, but he wasn't really dealing much damage for a guy in full mount. Nakahara finally fought his way back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. He spent the rest of the round picking apart Yoon with random strikes. Yoon shot for a takedown with 10 seconds left, and Nakahara sprawled, and blasted Yoon with some big knees on the ground. Round one goes to Yoon, but Nakahara was making a comeback late in the round.
     Nakahara started the second round with a leg kick, followed it up with some wild punches, Yoon collapsed, and Nakahara continued to batter him with big punches on the ground until the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight just 30 seconds into the second round. Really nice way to earn his first MMA victory for Nakahara.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a pretty good grappling match, with a lot of back & forth action. Mousasi started the first round looking really strong, technically, his grappling skills were outworking everything Yoon could throw at him, but by the end of hte first round, Yoon was looking for an armbar, and Mousasi was in 100% defensive mode. They were tangled up in an insane position with one minute left in the round, where Yoon was cranking on that armbar, and Mousasi was fighting it by throwing hard knees & kicks to the head of Yoon on the ground. Really interesting chess match in that first round, and Yoon almost scored a draw in that round, but Mousasi escaped with a few seconds left, and was able to secure the round with a few more unanswered knees to the head of Yoon. Really great round by both fighters. Mousasi pretty much dominated Yoon again in the second round, riding his back for most of the round, while delivering punches to the back of the head. So yeah, I would give this fight to Mousasi, and all 3 judges agreed.
84.1
Decision
15:00
      Yoon scored a takedown one minute into the opening round, and he beat up Oyama with some short punches from inside his guard. Yoon eventually passed to side control, and continued to beat up Oyama with short strikes, but he really wasn't doing much damage. He passed to full mount halfway through the round, and continued to smother Oyama. Oyama swept him with 3 minutes left in the round, but it didn't really make much of a difference. They stood back up with around 2 minutes left in the round, and traded strikes at a basic sparring pace. Yoon then scored another basic takedown with a minute left in the round. That first 10 minute round was boring, and it goes to Yoon based on top control.
     Yoon scored a couple more takedowns 90 seconds into the second round, and basically just held Oyama down some more. I wasn't that excited coming into this fight, and I'm even less excited now that it's over. All 3 judges gave the fight to Yoon for the unanimous decision, but it really wasn't a very impressive performance at all. He secured full mount with 30 seconds left in the fight, and landed some pretty decent punches at that point, but it was too little too late, as far as my interest in this fight was concerned.
90.5
Submission (Armbar)
6:17
      Holy Crap! This could be the fight of the night. Melvin Manhoef is easily the most explosive fighter I've ever seen. The entire first round consisted of Manhoef attacking Dong-Sik Yoon, with INSANE strikes, punches, knees, and a kick that literally looked like it should have decapitated Dong. Just, FUCKING NUTS. Manhoef is the MAN!!! The only offense that Dong-Sik Yoon had at all, was when he kind of wrestled Manhoef to the ground, and tried to work his submission game, but he couldn't do anything with it in the first round. The second round consisted mostly of Dong-Sik Yoon taking Manhoef to the ground, completely schooling him with the submission/judo/wrestling game, and he ended up winning the fight by locking on a technically BAD ASS armbar... Good shit... Dong-Sik Yoon pulls off the huge submission upset, over in my opinion, the best fighter of the night so far. GREAT fight!
86.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight felt like one of those long, 15 minute, boring stalemate Jiu-Jitsu grappling matches, where both guys just kind of stay in one place, waiting for the other guy to make a move on the ground, and nothing ever happens. Bustamante probably landed the better strikes, showed a little bit better grappling overall, and controlled most of the fight, but really, no damage was done to either guy, and neither guy really went for any significant submissions. Bustamante wins via unanimous decision.
91.1
Decision
20:00
      Damn yo, Yoon Dong Sik actually went the distance with Rampage. Everybody was saying that Yoon Dong Sik didn't stand a chance in this fight (and I agreed), and it was supposed to be a squash match, where Rampage runs right through Yoon Dong Sik like a freight train. Well, apparently Yoon Dong Sik has been training with Sakuraba, and he really put on a good show, showing off that he has some decent Judo takedowns, as well as a strong submission game. That wasn't quite enough to hang with Quinton Jackson though, because Jackson was just a little bit too aggressive, and his striking game was a bit too much for Dong to handle. I definitely thought that Rampage deserved to win the fight, and so did the three judges. Rampage wins by decision.
88.1
Decision
20:00
      This match was a really solid MMA fight. Both fighters had a lot of great submission attempts (especially Takimoto). And both fighters were swinging for the fences with their fists of fury (especially Takimoto). Takimoto also had a GREAT Judo takedown at the beginning of the fight, so hands down, in my opinion, Takimoto won the fight. And according to the 3 judges at the end of the fight, he was declared the winner. The crowd for some reason did not support that decision apparently, but I thought he did an amazing job, and really deserved to win the fight. Congratulations to Makato Takimoto!!!
87.9
KO (Punches)
0:38
      This was a pretty lame debut for Dong. He didn't really have any offense at all, and Sakuraba just punched him a few times, Dong randomly fell to the floor, Sakuraba punched him a few more times, and the fight was stopped, and then Dong got back up. Not a very good fight, but congrats to Sakuraba for moving on in the tournament.