Thursday, May 11, 2006

PrideFC Total Elimination Absolute Round 1

Round one of this open weight tournament had some of the best mixed martial arts action I've seen in a while. And the fact that none of the eight fights went to decision made it that much more exciting. For my money the two best fights were Mark Hunt vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka, and Kazuyuki Fujita vs James Thompson.

Results:

Roman Zentsov def. Gilbert Yvel - TKO 4:55 rd 1 (match up to determine the alternate for the tournament.)

Fabricio Werdum def. Alistair Overeem - Kimura 3:43 rd 2 (Overeem's first ever loss via submission.)

Mark Hunt def. Tsuyoshi Kosaka - TKO 4:15 rd 2

Josh Barnett def. Aleksander Emelianenko - Americana 1:57 rd 2

Kazuyuki Fujita def. James Thompson - TKO 8:25 rd 1

Mirko (Crocop) Filipovic def. Ikuhisa Minowa - TKO 1:10 rd 1 (I'm a Minowa fan, but knew he was severely over matched in this one.)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Zuluzinho - Armbar 2:17 rd 1

Hidehiko Yoshida def. Yosuke Nishijima - Triangle Choke 2:33 rd 1

The match ups for the second round of this tournament haven't been announced yet, but I have some ideas as to who I'd like to see.

Hunt vs Fujita - This is almost a must have fight. Two heavy hitters that are next to impossible to knock out.

Barnett vs Fedor Emelianenko - Fedor was given a bye in the first round. Some bad blood has been brewing between these two, and now that Barnett has defeated the younger Emelianenko Fedor deserves a little vengeance.

Crocop vs Yoshida - Striker vs grappler. Styles make matches, and these two always do best in this type of match up.

Nogueira vs Werdum - Two guys that are both very well versed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Would make for a very interesting fight.

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