(Lawson goes Karate Kid on Hioki. Photo by S. Nagao. Check out the full gallery here.)
Jorge Santiago retained his Sengoku Middleweight Championship, Hatsu Hioki held on to his top-20 ranking, and Nick Thomson continued his skid last night in Japan.
Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki by TKO (corner stoppage) at 4:31 of Round 5 to retain the Sengoku Middleweight Championship.
Jadamba Narantungalag def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision.
Hatsu Hioki def. Jeff Lawson by submission (triangle choke) at 2:09 of Round 1.
Leonardo Santos def. Sotaro Yamada by DQ (illegal groin shots) at 3:56 of Round 1.
Sengoku Welterweight Grand Prix First Round
Taisuke Okuno def. Nick Thompson by KO (punch) at 0:27 of Round 3
Yasubey Enomoto def. Kenta Takagi by submission (bulldog choke) at 0:53 of Round 2
Takuya Sato def. Motoki Miyazawa by unanimous decision. (Reserve bout)
Sengoku Bantamweight Grand Prix Second Round
Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kil Woo Lee by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:20 of Round 1.
Shoko Sato def. Takuya Eizumi by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 1:38 of Round 2.
Wataru Takahashi def. Tatsuya So by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:34 of Round 2.
Jae Hyun So def. Hirokazu Nishimura by unanimous decision.
(And boom goes the dynamite. Okuno cracks Thompson. Photo by S. Nagao. Check out the full gallery here.)
Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago kept hold of his title at Sengoku 14 and moved from #22 to #19 in our Middleweight Rankings with his victory over Kazuo Misaki, who fell from #42 to #51.
In welterweight action, Akihiro Gono continued his slide, dropping a decision to unranked Jadamba Narantungalag and dropping from #33 to #62 in our Welterweight Rankings. Nick “The Goat” Thompson got dropped harder by unranked Taisuke Okuno, suffering a quick knockout loss and falling from #97 to #105.
The only other ranked fighter appearing on the card was Hatsu Hioki, who held on to the #16 spot in our Featherweight Rankings. Leonardo Santos earned his ranking the hard way, entering FIGHT!’s Lightweight Rankings