N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
87.4
Draw
15:00
      Absolutely nothing happened for the first minute of this fight. Finally they blasted each other with some punches, and then Kim pressed Sandro against the cage in the clinch, and the referee had to reset them a minute later. Kim had a few moments where he was moving forward, throwing punches, and he scored a takedown as well, but Sandro stood back up immediately. Sandro then took down Kim with 90 seconds left in the round. They stood back up 30 seconds later. Round one ended with some clinching, and I'm scoring that round a draw.
     The second round had some back & forth clinching. Sandro tried to takedown Kim, and finally got him down halfway through the round. Sandro beat him up a little bit against the cage with some short punches. The referee stood them back up out of boredom. Kim took down Sandro with 90 seconds left in the round. Kim then beat up Sandro with some short punches against the cage. This fight really is even. Sandro ended the round by cranking on a Kimura, which he used to sweep Kim. I'm giving that round to Sandro, mostly based on that one sweep.
     Kim started the final round by grabbing Sandro's back and taking him to the ground. He went for a choke, but Sandro spun out of it, ending up on top. They stood back up a few seconds later. Kim then shot for another takedown, landing inside Sandro's guard. Sandro fell back for a leg lock, but Kim wrestled his way out of it, keeping top position. Sandro finally got back on top with 90 seconds left in the fight. Kim spent a minute or so punching Sandro in the side of the head, while Sandro just held him down. The referee had the doctor check on some blood on Kim's face with 30 seconds left. The fight continued, and it ended up going to a draw. I really can't argue with that. This fight was extremely even. I gave the fight just SLIGHTLY to Kim, and since he moved up a weightclass to take this fight, I'm going to give him the victory points.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Sandro spent most of the first round beating Horodecki up with his boxing, while stuffing his takedown attempts repeatedly. Horodecki was coming forward a lot, but Sandro seemed to be landing the harder strikes. The second round was more of the same, with Sandro outlanding Horodecki, and stuffing his shots, and then Sandro shot for a late takedown, couldn't quite get it, but he almost took Horodecki's back in the process. I have Sandro ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, but this time they actually hit the ground for a little while, with Sandro looking to end the fight with an arm-triangle choke. He wasn't able to finish the fight, but he ended the round still trying to rip Horodecki's head off. In the end, I scored the fight 30-27 for Sandro, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, with only one judge giving a single round to Horodecki.
89.8
TKO (Punches)
12:38
      These guys clinched for a minute or so to start the fight, until Sandro dropped Khasbulaev with a knee to the groin. After several minutes to recover, Khasbulaev took Sandro to the ground, and they ended up in an awkward grappling exchange, before splitting up and resetting on the feet. The fight went to the ground again, and Khasbulaev slapped on an armbar, but Sandro spun out of it. Khasbulaev cranked on a Kimura near the end of the round from full mount, and then finished the round by punching Sandro in the face a lot. Round one goes to Khasbulaev.
     The second round was another round full of wild scrambling, with both guys rolling around on the ground like maniacs, trading top position, with Sandro ending up on top for a good portion of the round. He grabbed Khasbulaev's back, turned that into an arm-triangle choke, and then Khasbulaev stood back up. By the end of the round, Khasbulaev mounted Sandro, and went back to looking for a variety of arm locks, ending the round on Sandro's back, throwing punches at him while he turtled up. I have Khasbulaev ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Khasbulaev taking the fight to the ground again, landing in half mount. He moved to side control while throwing short punches. He was kind of teasing with a mounted crucifix, while punching Sandro in the face. Khasbulaev eventually opened up, mounted Sandro, and continued to punch him in the head for a minute or so, he grabbed Sandro's back again, they stood up clinching, with Khasbulaev on Sandro's back, he threw him to the ground, mounted him again, unloaded with some heavy punches, and the referee stopped the fight. Great win for Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.
86.9
Decision (Majority)
15:00
      Stepanyan threw a nice head kick in the first round, and then Sandro tried to power him to the ground with a back clinch, but Stepanyan did a good job staying on his feet. Stepanyan threw a body kick, and Sandro caught it, and tried to take him down, but failed. They traded a few punches, and then Sandro took Stepanyan down at the end of the round. I scored that round for Sandro, but it really could have gone either way.
     Stepanyan spent the second round teeing off on Sandro, rocking him in the first minute, and then he took him down with a body lock. Stepanyan eventually stood back up. They traded some strikes at a moderate pace for most of the second round, and then in the final 30 seconds, Sandro grabbed a body lock, took Stepanyan down, and slipped back for a leg lock of some sort, but Stepanyan was saved by the bell. Solid round by both fighters, but I probably would have scored it for Stepanyan based on the damage done early in the round. As the final round was starting, the referee randomly took a point away from Stepanyan for grabbing the cage at the end of the second round to avoid the leg lock. Weird call, but whatever. So I guess that round is a 9-9 round.
     Sandro took down Stepanyan to start the final round, and beat up his body with short punches. The referee got bored and stood them back up with 3 minutes left in the round. Sandro took Stepanyan down again, pinned him against the cage, and basically held him there until the end of the round. That final round clearly goes to Sandro. In the end, this fight could have easily been declared a draw, which would have given them an overtime round since it's a tournament fight, but two of the judges gave the fight to Sandro, for the majority decision victory.
88.4
Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
2:05
      These guys traded a few shots, Sandro blasted Neace with a big punch to the face, Neace grabbed for a guillotine, Sandro slowly took him down and landed in side control. From there, Sandro got caught in a heel hook, but was able to stay calm, until he quickly grabbed Neace's back, locked on a rear-naked choke seemingly out of nowhere, Neace tried to stay calm, ended up being a little bit too calm as he fell asleep, and Marlon Sandro wins via a really slick technical submission, against a guy that I've never personally seen win a fight.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys started the fight by trading a couple of kicks before Straus kicked Sandro in the balls. He was down for a while, it was a pretty hard shot. Once the fight started back up, Straus clinched with Sandro, and then threw him to the ground. They stood back up and traded strikes for the rest of the round. Straus tried to slam him again late in the round, but Sandro held onto the fence. The second round took place standing, with both guys boxing with each other, and I think Straus probably landed the better strikes, so I have Straus ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had some more back & forth striking, until Sandro clinched and locked on a standing arm-triangle choke. Straus looked like he was sort of in panic mode, but he did a good job defending. He broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, and then slammed Sandro to the ground, grabbed his back, went for a rear-naked choke, and ended the round clinging to his back. I was going to give that round to Sandro, but Straus's explosion at the end fo the round, lead me to scoring this fight, 30-27 in favor of Straus, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part. This was a really big win for Straus.
89.7
Decision (Split)
15:00
      They stood and traded strikes for most of the first round. Sandro kicked Bezerra in the balls halfway through the round. Once the fight started back up, Bezerra started looking for the takedown, but Sandro did a good job stuffing it. The striking was pretty even, so I guess I'm going to give that round to Sandro, based on his takedown defense.
     The second round was another round full of striking, with both guys looking similar on the feet, but I would give the slight edge once again to Sandro, for landing the better shots. It's a pretty close fight so far though. Bezerra went all out for the takedown in the third round, throwing Sandro around like a ragdoll, and slamming him to the ground, but Sandro was still able to end up on top in Bezerra's guard. The referee stood them back up, and Bezerra was able to spend the rest of the round picking apart Sandro on the feet. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Sandro, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
88.9
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
3:35
      These guys traded some pretty wild strikes in the opening round, with Vargas looking good early, but Sandro started blasting him with bombs 90 seconds into the first round. Vargas was forced to shoot for a takedown to save himself, but Sandro was able to stuff it, as he continued to beat the shit out of Vargas on the feet. Sandro knocked Vargas to the ground with some wild punches again, this time he mounted his back once they hit the ground, he slowly locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission just halfway through the opening round. Another awesome performance by Marlon Sandro.
89.4
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
3:56
      These guys traded some strikes for a minute or so, and then the fight was paused after Sandro poked Dias in the eye. Once the fight started back up, Dias rocked Sandro, Sandro fell down, Dias chased him to the ground, they clinched, and Sandro ended up on top after a brief scramble. Things slowed down for a minute or so, as they grappled with each other on the ground, but Sandro eventually locked on a standing arm-triangle choke from the clinch, he brought Dias to the ground with it, and finished the fight via submission with a minute or so remaining in the opening round. Solid submission victory for Marlon Sandro.
91.1
KO (Head Kick)
9:00
      The first round was a pretty good standup battle, with both guys landing some solid punches & kicks, but I would probably score that opening round in favor of Marlon Sandro. They continued to trade hard punches in the second round, with Sandro still delivering more damage I think. I thought I was going to score this fight in favor of Sandro, 2-0, going into the final round, but with one minute left in the second round, Curran BLASTED Sandro with a massive right head kick, knocking Sandro the fuck out. Curran then pounced on him, punched him with a few crisp punches to the face, before the referee was able to pull him off. AWESOME comeback KO for Pat Curran. That was a brutal head kick, and an amazing finish for Pat Curran against a tough competitor.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Sandro did a good job keeping his distance in the first round, picking apart Malegarie with his strikes, while avoiding Malegarie's takedown attempts. The second round was basically a repeat of the first round, and Sandro even took Malegarie to the ground 3 times, and then got back up quickly, avoiding the actual ground game of Malegarie. We go into the third round, with Sandro ahead 2-0 on the rounds. The second round was a pretty competitive striking match, and it could have probably gone either way, but it's not even worth arguing over, as Sandro clearly won this fight, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round of this fight was a pretty fun striking match, with both guys landing some decent shots, and about halfway through the round, Sandro blasted Silva with some massive punch combinations, which laid him out on the floor, where Sandro continued to demolish Silva's face with huge punches, before moving into a guillotine attempt, followed by a triangle attempt, followed by a crazy scramble with Silva grabbing Sandro's back, Sandro slipped out of that, and ended up back in top position against the cage. Pretty crazy round, with both guys looking violent, but I'd give that first round to Sandro. The second round was another pretty good round, but I thought Sandro was more active, and therefore, won a second round with his aggression. Silva kicked Sandro in the nuts pretty hard to start the third round. Once the fight started back up, Silva tried his hardest to secure a takedown, but Sandro showed some outstanding takedown defense, and continued to pick apart Silva with his boxing. Sandro secured a takedown near the end of the final round for good measure. I'm kind of shocked that this fight went to a split-decision, since I thought Sandro clearly won all 3 rounds, AT LEAST two of them, but yeah, good fight overall, and I'm glad that Sandro got the victory.
90.9
Decision
25:00
      Sandro came out throwing bombs in the first round, but Hioki fired back and hurt him a minute into the round. Hioki clinched, and almost took down Sandro, but Sandro was saved by the ropes. Hioki punched Sandro in the face a LOT, while clinching with his back. The first round goes to Hioki, for controlling the clinch.
     The second round was a decent back & forth kickboxing match, where both fighters landed some solid shots, but neither fighter took a clear advantage. I'd probably say that round goes to Hioki too? The third round was another round where Hioki controlled the clinch, and was slightly more aggressive with his striking. He took down Sandro halfway through the round, and beat him up on the ground until the end of the round. I have Hioki ahead 30-27 going into the Championship rounds. Hioki looks strong tonight.
     The doctors checked out a cut on Hioki's right eye early in the fourth round, but the fight continued. Sandro scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, and found himself stuck in Hioki's rubber guard. Hioki will win this fight unless Sandro can finish him in the final round. Sandro tried to work some more takedowns in the final round, but Hioki did a good job sprawling over the top of him. Hioki finished the final round with a tight armbar attempt, but Sandro was saved by the bell. In the end, all 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Hatsu Hioki, the new Sengoku Featherweight Champion.
92.3
KO (Punch)
0:38
      OH SHIT! I like Kanehara, and I've been really impressed with him over the past couple of years, but he got fucking DESTROYED by Sandro in this fight. The fight started slow, not much action in the first 30 seconds, but then Sandro blasted Kanehara in the face with some BRUTAL punches, breaking his jaw, and knocking him completely unconscious. That was fucking brutal. Marlon Sandro is the man! And that was one of the most brutal knockouts that I've seen in a while. Amazing win, and congrats to Sandro for winning the title in this fight.
87.9
KO (Punch)
0:09
      Kanomata threw a few punches, moved forward, threw a kick, Sandro threw a clean right uppercut, and knocked Kanomata the fuck out in just 9 seconds of the opening round.
88.4
KO (Punches)
2:33
      These guys traded some big strikes to start the first round, and then Sandro clinched 45 seconds into the round. They split up, traded a few more punches, Sandro clinched again, pressed Hoshino against the corner, and the referee reset them again. Sandro blasted Hoshino with some bombs, and knocked him the fuck out halfway through the opening round. That was a fantastic finish by Sandro.
86.2
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round mostly consisted of Omigawa clinching and pressing Sandro against the ropes. They split up in the final minute of the round, and traded some big strikes, but I'm giving that first round to Omigawa, based mostly on control.
     The second round was mostly a boxing match, where they both threw some decent shots, but neither fighter did much damage. Omigawa shot for a takedown with 45 seconds left in the round, and Sandro caught him in a guillotine choke. I was leaning toward giving that round to Omigawa, but I guess I'll give it to Sandro for ending the round with a submission attempt.
     The final round was another 4 minutes of boxing, followed by another takedown attempt by Omigawa, as he clinched, and pressed Sandro against the ropes. This was a really close fight, neither fighter looked great, but I'd probably score this fight 29-28 for Omigawa. Two judges scored this fight a draw, one judge gave a 30-29 decision to Sandro... soooo... they gave the split-decision victory to Omigawa? Because he tried harder? Japan is so fucking weird. This is also the first loss of Sandro's career.
87.4
KO (Punches)
0:19
      Sandro blasted Denis with some big punches 15 seconds into the opening round, Denis went down, Sandro continued to unload on him, and Denis went to sleep. That was a fantastic showing for Marlon Sandro, as Denis didn't have any time to work any offense at all. Marlon Sandro apparently has some heavy hands.
86.2
Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
7:57
      These guys clinched 30 seconds into the opening round, and Sandro dumped Jaggers to the ground, landing inside his guard. Jaggers scrambled back to his feet 2 minutes into the round, they traded a few punches, and then Sandro took him down again halfway through the round. Jaggers swept Sandro with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Sandro swept him, passed to side control, full mount, and then Jaggers swept him again with 30 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Marlon Sandro.
     The second round started with a few punches going both ways, they circled around each other for 30 seconds or so, and then Sandro took Jaggers to the ground again. Sandro worked his way past the guard of Jaggers, he secured side control, threw a few knees, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, Jaggers scrambled back to his feet, Sandro continued to squeeze the arm-triangle choke from the clinch, and he put Jaggers to sleep. That was a decent finish for Marlon Sandro.