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GREAT RETURN TO JAPAN

  • Mar 4, 2014
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UFC 144

This was the UFC’s first time back in Japan since UFC 29 in 2000 so this was a big deal. There were so many fights I was looking forward to on this card. There were a lot of guys on this card that I am a huge fan of so this was a big event for me. I was looking forward to seeing Edgar lose the Lightweight title to Ben Henderson, but there was a guy I loved in every fight so this was going to be great.

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1.ANTHONY PETTIS VS JOE LAUZON-I was looking forward to this fight because I knew both of these guys come to fight. Joe is one of the most skilled guys out there and Pettis is a killer. It turns out I was right as both guys go straight into it and it does not last a round. After trading for most of the time Pettis lands a huge kick to Joe’s head and drops him. He finishes it with punches and gets the win that set him on his path to the Lightweight title.

2.HATSU HIOKI VS BART PALASZEWSKI-the first round here is dominated by Hioki as he dropped Bart early and then got him to the ground. He spends the rest of the round on top and goes for some close submissions. The second round was all on the feet with both guys landing every now and then. The final round looked much like the first with Hioki getting the fight to the ground and dominating. Towards the end he gets Bart’s back but is unable to finish, he wins by UD.

3.TIM BOETSCH VS YUSHIN OKAMI-this was another fight I was looking forward to since I am a huge fan of Okami. I wanted him to beat Anderson Silva in his fight before this but he fell short on that one. This was the rebound fight and Okami took the first round with the crisper strikes. Boetsch does hold his own and land some good shots as well though. The next round was another one for “Thunder” as he landed the cleaner strikes. There was one point in which Boetsch tried to sink in a guillotine choke but Okami fought out of it and dominated on top. He landed big shots and threatened with a kimura. Going into the third Boetsch knew he was down two rounds and had to go for broke, and that is exactly what he did. He came out throwing some big shots with hooks and head kicks, but once on the cage he lands some HUGE uppercuts that end the fight. Watching it live I was very upset but Boetsch is a cool dude, great fight.

4.JAKE SHIELDS VS YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA-I am a huge fan of both of these guys so this one was going to hurt me regardless. My girl on the other hand although she is a fan of Akiyama she LOVES Jake Shields. Shields is a top level Jiu-Jitsu guy and Akiyama is an elite Judo guy so this fight was going to be good. This was Akiyama’s Welterweight debut and he looked excellent. The first round was great as both guys landed and Akiyama got off some great trips. The second round was another great one with Shields and Akiyama traded shots throughout the round. Akiyama landed a huge throw towards the end making that the biggest moment of the round. The final round is another good one with Shields finally getting that takedown. He would end the round on Akiyama’s back and ends up getting the UD.

5.MARK HUNT VS CHEICK KONGO-my brother’s main guy Mark Hunt was going against big Kongo here. I am also a huge fan of Hunt so I was excited about this one. This fight showcases how great of a kick boxer that Hunt is, he is a K-1 champion. His strikes are so pin point it is amazing, there is a left that is so well timed and drops Kongo. It is shortly thereafter that Hunt lands some BIG rights that put Cheick out, we loved it.

6.QUINTON JACKSON VS RYAN BADER-the story going into this fight was that Rampage missed weight and this was one of the last fights on his contract with the UFC. Rampage came out to the “Pride” theme that this crowd remember him for from those days. With that we all thought for sure this fight was going to be fireworks. But the first round was mostly a feeling out thing and battles for position. The second round has one of the scariest looking moments ever. Jackson goes vintage Rampage and SLAMS Bader and Ryan lands so awkward on his neck and arm, looking like both might have been broken. But Bader fights back and ends up getting the takedown and controlling the rest of the round. The final round is mostly Bader as he gets the takedown and stays on top. Bader gets the UD here in a fight that upset us all since Quinton lost.

7.BEN ENDERSON VS FRANKIE EDGAR-this was the fight for the Lightweight title and based on these guys’ styles we knew it would be a good one. Of course all of us were behind our boy from the WEC Benson Henderson. The first round is great with both guys constantly moving and striking. Edgar does well catching Henderson’s kicks which leads to a cool looking moment. This was a close round but Edgar got a few takedowns. The second round keeps the fast pace with Edgar ending up on top on Ben. The big moment of the round is when Edgar stands Ben lands a nasty up kick to end the round that bloodies Edgar. The third round sees both guys going at it fast again and constantly moving. It would be Henderson that gets the first takedown this time but Edgar answers with one of his own at the end. We follow that with another fast pace go round with Ben almost sinking in a guillotine choke here. Edgar battles out of it and the round ends close again. The final round is just as close with both guys keeping that crazy pace. Ben gets dropped here but comes back at the end to almost finish Frankie, in the end my pick became the new champ. Ben Henderson gets the belt and defeats Edgar for the first of two times.

DISC 2

1.TIEQUAN ZHANG VS ISSEI TAMURA-this opening fight of the night was a great one especially for Tamura. He controlled the first round with relative ease as he landed some big shots and also controlled from the top when it went to the ground. The second round lasts only 32 seconds as Tamura blasts Zhang with a right that knocks him out cold.

2.TAKEYA MIZUGAKI VS CHRIS CARIASO-one of the fights I was looking forward to since I am a big fan of Mizugaki. The opening round was a great one with both guys looking good but I think Mizugaki took the round getting the takedown and controlling a bit more. The second round sees both men come out hard but it is Mizugaki who gets the takedown again and keeps it there until Chris is able to reverse it but Mizugaki gets right back up after spinning out. The third round was a completive one with Chris looking a little better here but Mizugaki still ends up on top. This one ends with Chris getting the decision although I still feel Mizugaki won this.

3.RIKI FUKUDA VS STEVE CANTWELL-we get a great first round with both men landing some great shots and Fukuda getting a takedown and letting loose some ground and pound. We follow that up with a great second round with Fukuda getting put in a guillotine as he went for the takedown. Once on the feet they both land some good shots but Cantwell takes the harder ones there. He ends the round on Fukuda’s back. The final round was mostly Fukuda as he let loose some bombs on Cantwell. He hit him with some sick body kicks, he takes the UD.

4.NORIFUMI YAMAMOTO VS VAUGHAN LEE-“Kid” Yamamoto is a heavy hitter and was expected to take this fight in spectacular fashion. It turns out that no one told that to his opponent and this turned into one of the best fights on the card. The legend in “Kid” came to fight and rocked his opponent but that was given back to him as Lee nailed him right back. This led to “Kid” taking him down only to get trapped in an armbar after Lee transitioned to that from a triangle. This was an excellent fight although it lasted only one round.

5.TAKANORI GOMI VS EIJI MITSUOKA-Gomi is absolutely one of my all time favorite fighters so you know who I was behind here. This like the last was a great fight and very competitive as it was back and forth. Mitsuoka who is also a great fighter started to land more as it went on and even had a mounted triangle from the back on Gomi to end the round. The second round is all Gomi as he rushes in and just starts swinging and landing knees. He ends up getting the TKO victory after finishing the very tough Mitsuoka on the ground.

This was a great event full of some great fights and it was cool to see the UFC back in Japan. With this DVD you get behind the scenes, weigh-ins and of course the Countdown show. This is an excellent DVD and worth the purchase.

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Quick Tip by . March 04
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This was a great event full of some great fights and it was cool to see the UFC back in Japan. With this DVD you get behind the scenes, weigh-ins and of course the Countdown show. This is an excellent DVD and worth the purchase.
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