Bad Night for World Victory Road: Khalidov and Omigawa Take Wins
In Toyko, this morning all hell broke loose in a card wedged betwween Strikeforce events, as Michihiro Omigawa defeated consensus top-five featherweight, Hatsu Hioki via split-decision in a bout many had going the other way.
The decision was so heinous it forced usually even tempered Guy Metzger to proclaim the decision "highway robbery."
The result throws Sengoku's featherweight division into a tailspin, as now Hioki has defeated champion Masanori Kanehara, but has lost to Omigawa, who in turn went through on a shoddy draw against Marlon Sandro, and then lost to champion Masanori Kanehara.
Good luck, WVR, untangling that mess you made for yourself.
In the co-main event of the evening Mamed Khalidov, defeated Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago via "superior genetics" in Round One.
The champion took Khalidov down, where he on paper should have been the better fighter, but the unbelievable power of Khalidov melted Santiago from off his back before pounding out his helpless opponent.
However, this was a non-title bout. So Jorge Santiago is still Sengoku's paper champion.
Jorge Masvidal put his inverted triangle defeat to Toby Imada past him as he dominated Satoru Kitaoka before crushing him in the second.
In another shaky decision, undefeated Stanislav Nedkov, snuck a split decision victory from over-the-hill Kevin Randleman. The loss drops Randleman to 3-9 over his last 12 fights, 17-14 overall. Nedkov however, has a lot of wrestling work to do to continue his climb up the LHW rankings.
Akihiro Gono couldn't finish game Yoon Young Kim, but won a fairly easy 30-26 decision.
Marlon Sandro got back on the horse smashing Yuji Hoshino in the first, and Dave Herman pulled off KO of the Night with an impressive Upkick KO, that might show up on some year end awards listings, in his victory over "Big" Jim York.
Overall a good show. And an excellent appetizer for the Strikeforce main course tonight.
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