N/A
TKO (Punches)
1:55
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission (North-South Choke)
6:19
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO (Retirement)
9:46
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO (Punches)
1:59
(Unaired)
86.8
Decision
10:00
      Fujita is a big dude, and Baruto is nearly twice his size at 401 pounds. Baruto immediately pressed Fujita into the corner, and battered him with heavy leg kicks and body punches. The referee split them up 90 seconds into the opening round. Baruto slowly walked in circles around Fujita, while throwing big punches every few seconds. Baruto pounced on him around the halfway mark of the opening round, and then he pressed Fujita into the corner again. Baruto threw some heavy punches, and Fujita basically just stood there, like he was waiting for the fight to start. Round one very clearly goes to Baruto.
     Fujita landed some big punches early in the second round, and he busted up Baruto's right eye in the process. Baruto circled around Fujita for a couple of minutes, and then he clinched, pressed Fujita against the corner, and landed some big grizzly bear punches and heavy kicks. Baruto beat up Fujita with some dirty boxing and some heavy knees from the clinch. The referee split them up with one minute left in the fight. Baruto continued to chase Fujita, while throwing 400 pounds of weight behind his big punches. His accuracy sucks, but he's clearly strong as hell. Baruto clearly won both rounds, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Baruto the unanimous decision victory. I have to ask, why is Fujita still fighting at 45 years old?
87.6
KO (Punch)
3:33
      Fujita just stood there like a big boulder for a good portion of the fight, while Prochazka threw random strikes at him, but Fujita decided to explode randomly, knocking Prochazka on his ass, and he nearly finished him, but let him back up for some reason. Prochazka then jumped in, landed a couple of massive punches, Fujita collapsed in an ugly fashion, and the fight was stopped. Decent KO victory for Prochazka, but I can't help but feel like I just watched someone's grandpa get knocked out. I really don't think I'm as into this Rizin stuff as I thought I was going to be.
86.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys mostly just circled around each other while trading leg kicks, and looping punches. Ishii beat up Fujita with some decent punch combinations, and some hard knees in the second round, but he dropped Fujita with a possible groin shot. The final round had Ishii beating up Fujita for another 5 minutes or so, pressing him against the corner, while battering him with knees and punches. Pretty decent performance by Ishii, as he takes out another legend via unanimous decision.
89.2
KO (Knee)
1:15
      These guys both danced around for a minute or so, with Fujita circling around the outside, and Overeem just standing in the middle waiting to strike. Overeem clinched, and threw a knee to Fujita's head, and then they broke away from each other. Overeem landed another knee to the head of Fujita. Fujita continued to circle, and then Overeem knocked him out with a big knee to the head. Solid win for Overeem I guess, and a very poor performance for Fujita.
88.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      That first round was wild. Both guys clashed heads multiple times, going in head first, while throwing overhand combinations, trying to take each other out. Ivanov rocked Fujita about halfway through the first round, knocking him to his knees. Fujita sort of went for a takedown, Ivanov sort of went for a guillotine, and shit just looked clunky and weird, but wild all the same. Fujita laid on top of Ivanov for a good portion of the round, but they spent the last 15 seconds of the first round back on their feet, swinging for the fences. I guess that first round could have gone either way, depending on how you scored Fujita's wrestling, but I gave the first round to Ivanov, based on the way he knocked Fujita to the ground in the first place. The second round started with both guys swinging for the fences again, until Fujita took Ivanov to the ground, in a clunky fashion, ending up in a loose side mount. They stood back up, and Ivanov beat up Fujita with his boxing for a couple of minutes, but both guys were looking pretty tired. Fujita struggled to get another takedown in the third round, but didn't really do anything once he finally got Ivanov on the ground. In the end, this was a close fight, but I'm glad that Ivanov won, via split-decision.
88.8
KO (Punches)
1:24
      Holy shit... Fujita is sort of invincible, and Wiuff just knocked him the fuck out with a big left right combo. Once they fight hit the ground (with Fujita unconscious), Wiuff smashed him with some bonus hammerfists, before the referee realized what was going on, and was able to stop the fight. This was a really huge victory for Travis Wiuff.
89.0
Submission (North-South Choke)
1:23
      This was another one-sided fight, but I didn't really care, because I'm just glad to see some of these Pride fighters fighting again. Kazuyuki Fujita came out at the start of the fight, shot for a few takedowns, kept missing, and eventually he grabbed a leg from Graham, and followed through with a nice driving takedown. Once they were on the ground, Fujita quickly passed to side-mount, and was then able to quickly secure a North/South Choke, for the submission victory early in round one. I've always liked Fujita, so I'm glad to see him back with a win.
91.4
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
6:37
      YES! Jeff Monson is one of my favorite fighters, as long as he's fighting a guy close to his size (he's really short). So this fight with Fujita was pretty much perfect for him, since they're only a couple of inches apart in height, and they both weigh around 235-240. With that being said, this was a great fight. Both fighters showed great wrestling skills, both fighters showed quite a bit of heart, and both fighters really wanted to win this fight, since it was dubbed the "UFC vs. Pride" fight. Monson took the advantage early by grabbing Fujita's back, but Fujita countered by punching Monson, and throwing a soccer kick to his head, then Monson countered by taking Fujita down again, and eventually he grabbed Fujita's back, locked on a slow but secure, rear-naked choke, for the submission victory in the first round going to Jeff Monson. Solid fight to end the night with.
86.7
Submission (Punches)
2:09
      Oooooh, poor Eldari... Eldari made his MMA debut tonight, fighting against the famous Japanese wrestler/striker, Kazuyuki Fujita. Eldari threw a couple of takedown attempts, but didn't even come close to taking Fujita to the ground. Fujita threw a couple of punches, and Eldari turned his head, ran across the ring & dove head first towards the ropes, while tapping his hand against the ground, while his other hand covered his face. Eldari (olympic wrestler? or judo guy? Can't remember)... But yeah, Eldari looked like a 10 year old kid, getting picked on by a 27 year old bully with a baseball bat. Fujita wins by TKO.
96.0
TKO (Punches & Soccer Kicks)
9:21
      FUCK YES!!! Wanderlei Silva came out of nowhere to replace Fedor Emelianenko, since Fedor is out with an injury right now. So even though Silva is the only 205 pounder in the tournament, he still came in, and absolutely dominated Fujita. Previously, Fujita had never been knocked out, because his skull is 20x's the size of a regular man's skull, or something crazy like that (it's scientifically been proven). The point is, Silva came out throwing combos, and nearly knocked out Fujita several times throughout the fight, he also almosted locked on several submissions throughout the fight as well. Fujita is a big bad ass motherfucker, and he's a scary guy, who seems to be nearly invincible, but Silva just walked right through him... (took him almost the entire first 10 minute round)... But yeah, Silva won by a thunderous KO. I am extremely excited about seeing Wanderlei return for the next round of this tournament. I'm VERY glad that he won this fight. Fucking brilliant!!!
90.9
KO (Punch)
8:25
      James Thompson looks like a monster, but he throws punches like marshmallows. Kazuyuki Fujita has a head made out of iron, and that's about all I can say about this fight. They both came out swinging like monsters, but James Thompson literally looked like he was holding back his punches, and just lightly tapping Fujita. James Thompson looks bad ass, but he pretty much sucks, and he has no business fighting in Pride. Fujita wins by a brilliant barrage of punches, leading to the KO.
88.3
KO (Punch)
1:07
      Here we have Fujita fighting another guy making his MMA debut, I would have to assume to try to pad the record of Fujita. With that being said, Ibrahim looks very physically fit, but his technique is very poor, as he just kind of wildly ran face first at Fujita, until Fujita knocked him the fuck out with a big punch in just over one minute of the first round. Nice win for Fujita, but Ibrahim had never fought before, and hasn't fought since. Apparently he's an Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco-Roman Wrestling, but he didn't show any wrestling skills in this, he just showed awkward striking, and a lack of a chin.
86.5
Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
5:15
      This fight was strange, with the first round only lasting 3 minutes for some reason. Fujita dominated Mayfield with his wrestling, which Mayfield didn't seem to have any sort of answer for, allowing Fujita to take him down repeatedly in the first round. The second round had Fujita locking on a standing arm-triangle choke, finishing the fight by putting Mayfield to sleep. Nice win for Fujita, considering it was a unique spin on a standard submission, but considering this was Mayfield's first & only MMA fight, I have a hard time believing this wasn't another work of some sort.
91.8
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
4:17
      Fujita is the closest thing I've ever seen to a rock, in human form. You can hit him in the head repeatedly, and he just kind of stares at you, like he's wondering whether or not you broke your hand in the process. Fedor slammed some pretty hard punches into the face of Fujita, and barely moved him. Fujita then punched Fedor in the face, and gave him chicken legs, almost finishing him pretty early on, ending with Fujita on top in Fedor's guard. They stood back up, and Fujita picked up Fedor, and dumped him on the ground. It looked like Fujita was well on his way to winning this fight, until Fedor launched a barrage of punches, that knocked Fujita to the ground, where Fedor was able to jump on his back, and submit him with the rear-naked choke. Awesome win for Fedor Emelianenko.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a little bit slow paced. I gave the first round to Fujita for securing a takedown. Fujita secured another takedown in the second round, but Cro Cop ended up getting him in sort of a front choke position, where he blasted Fujita's head with knees. Cro Cop also did some pretty serious damage to the lead leg of Fujita. Cro Cop beat up Fujita in the third round as well, until the very end of the round, when Fujita finally secured another takedown. In the end, I gave this fight to Cro Cop, 29-28, and all 3 judges gave him the fight as well.
90.5
Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
13:10
      The first round was pretty close, with both guys landing some good shots, and both guys showing comparable grappling skills. The second round though, Fujita took the fight to the ground, landed some of the heaviest knees to the head I've ever seen on the ground, and then eventually executed a brilliant trip, landing immediately in the arm-triangle choke, where he put Takayama to sleep. Awesome win for Fujita, and pretty impressive MMA debut for Yoshihiro Takayama.
88.7
Decision
20:00
      This was a pretty decent fight between a couple of big guys. Yvel clearly wanted to keep the fight standing, but was only able to land a few solid flying knees in the second round. Most of the fight consisted of Fujita taking him to the ground, and going for random arm locks from the top position. Fujita also executed a nice single leg pickup & slam to start the second round, and then continued to beat up Yvel on the ground for the rest of the fight. In the end, I gave the fight to Fujita, and the judges agreed.
90.5
TKO (Corner Stoppage)
6:46
      This was a pretty badass fight, with Ken Shamrock bringing the fight to Fujita, and pretty much beating the fuck out of him for 5 minutes or so. Fujita kept coming forward though, and it didn't look like there was going to be any quit in him, but Shamrock started to get exhausted, so he randomly started signalling to his corner to throw in the towel, so they did, so Fujita wins via TKO, because Shamrock asked his corner to throw in the towel. Lame / weird ending, to an otherwise amazing performance by Ken Shamrock.
86.2
TKO (Corner Stoppage)
0:02
      What the fuck was this? This SHOULD have been a HUGE fight, I was really looking forward to it, because it's two more legit heavyweights, going head to head. The fight basically consisted of Fujita shooting for a takedown, and his corner threw in the towel after 2 seconds. So... There you have it, Mark Coleman moves on to the tournament finals, after not REALLY having to fight anybody legit at all tonight. Congrats to Coleman for the fastest win I've ever seen I guess? Even though he had zero offense.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Mark Kerr started this fight strong, in the first 2 minutes or so, beating up Fujita a little bit, and taking him to the ground, but ultimately, Fujita outlasted him, ended up dominating Kerr with his wrestling (which was kind of surprising), and then Fujita beat the living fuck out of Kerr with punches, and giant knees on the ground. So yeah, congrats to Fujita for possibly the biggest win of his career so far. Pretty good fight overall between a couple of true heavyweights.
88.8
Submission (Scarf Hold)
2:48
      This was a nice debut by Fujita, taking Nijman to the ground pretty quickly after getting hit with a couple of punches. Once they were on the ground, Fujita slowly worked his way to side mount, where he was able to lock on sort of an arm-triangle / neck crank type of hold, forcing Nijman to tap. Fujita looks like a solid addition to the Pride roster.