Sengoku 10: Well Worth The Price

By Steve Smith

Last night I was treated to a show of knockouts and finishes. I was very impressed with the way these fighters put it all out to show us, the MMA fans what they’re made of. Many don’t know or care to watch Sengoku. I’m here to say it was worth the $0 I paid to watch it live. Here’s may take on each of the nights fights from Sengoku: Tenth Battle.

Maximo Blanco defeated Tetsuya Yamada via TKO (Strikes) at 1:11 of round 2

Great fight lots of action to begin with. Second round, pure domination by Blanco ending with a knee to the rear then referee stopping due to strikes.

Joe Doerksen defeated Takenori Sato via KO (Punches) at 1:30 of round 2

Doerkson was easily the better fighter on this night. Sato making the cardinal mistake of holding his head high and hands down. Can you guess how he was finished? I thought so.

Dan Hornbuckle defeated Nick Thompson via TKO (Strikes) at 2:28 of round 2

One of the more entertaining fights of the night. Nick seemed to be doing well in this fight, even winning. Then he got caught. Dan landing a left to Thompson’s chin. Then a Nasty Leg kick, finishing with a flurry to the chin. I guess it happens to all fighters sooner or later. The more I see of Hornbuckle the more I like him.

Fabio Silva defeated Ryo Kawamura via TKO (Strikes) at 4:27 of round 1

Silva dominated in this fight. Deserved to win.

Kazunori Yokota defeated Ryan Schultz via KO (Punches) at 2:31 of round 1

Wasn’t I saying that Sato made the cardinal mistake and got knocked out for it? Yokota was doing the exact same, only he knocked shultz clean out. Yokota kept his hands low and chin high for the whole fight. He was still landing at will with very fast hand speed. I was not expecting this to end in a vicious right hand to separate Shultz from his senses. Sending Yokota running full speed to his corner in amazement. Biggest win of Yokota’s career.

Makoto Takimoto defeated Jae Sun Lee via decision (unanimous) after 3 rounds

This was 15 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Very boring grappling match. Both fighters were technical, but this made a yawn fest.

Antonio Silva defeated Jim York via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:51 of round 1

This fight started standing. Both fighters trading punches. Silva looks to be the better striker. Silva takes York down and quickly applies an arm triangle choke and submits York. York was clearly out classed and out skilled in this one. Even though Silva has said now that his Suspension for steroids in America is over, he would like to fight in the U.S. Does this set up Barnett vs. BIGFOOT? Or Bigfoot vs. King Mo?

Antz Nansen defeated Hiroshi Izumi via TKO (Punches) at 2:56 round 1

Both fighters making their MMA debuts. The Japanese Judo Olympic hero’s MMA debut did not go as planned. He wanted to stand and trade with a world class kickboxer and got his world rocked Izumi looked tentative throughout this short fight. Nansen appeared to be a MMA vet. Nansen’s stiking was very crisp and clean. Making his opponent look like a amatuer.Had to be the ko of the night. It was vicious.

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