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Gomi Loses Again, Santiago and Silva Score Wins at Sengoku “Rebellion 2009″

(Kitaoka vs. Gomi)

Not that Sengoku lightweight grand prix winner Satoru Kitaoka was some scrub that Takanori Gomi was going to run over, but few people expected Kitaoka to give the Fireball Kid the quickest loss of his career. Yet that’s what happened today at Sengoku’s "Rebellion 2009" card in Saitama, Japan, as Gomi found himself on the painful end of a heel-hook before the two-minute mark. That makes it five impressive wins in a row for rising star Kitaoka — who is now Sengoku’s lightweight champion — and the third loss in five fights for Gomi, whose legendary reputation takes another tough hit.

In the event’s middleweight championship bout, Jorge Santiago put Kazuo Misaki to sleep with a rear-naked choke at the 3:26 mark of the fifth round; if Misaki made it to the bell, he would have likely won the decision after a grueling war that saw the "Grabaka Hitman" dominate Santiago with his striking.

In heavyweight action, Antonio Silva‘s suspension-defying matchup with Yoshihiro Muhammed Lawal def. Yukiya Naito via TKO, 3:54 of round 1

— Antonio Silva def. Yoshihiro Nakao via TKO 1:42 of round 1

Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev via armbar 4:22 of round 1

— Mu Bae Choi def. Dave Herman via TKO 2:22 of round 2

— Maximo Blanco def. Seigo Inoue via KO 0:38 of round 1

— Hidetada Irie def. Minoru Kato via TKO 4:21 of round 2 

(Silva vs. Nakao)

(Choi vs. Herman)

(Lawal vs. Naito)

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Anonymous- February 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Not only are you a complete moron to say that, but anyone can see that at the end of the fight both fighters were completely gassed... your an idiot. In what part of that fight did it ever appear to you that it was fake????
Douchebaggery- January 5, 2009 at 11:13 am
that was tough fight for Herman. CHoi has a serious chin
Jeffro- January 5, 2009 at 7:10 am
He's from Team Tackle. Thats how they roll.

Choi has one hell of a chin. Great fight. Pee Wee wore himself out beating on that Buckethead.

How can anyone say that fight was a work?
AussieJosh- January 5, 2009 at 1:58 am
Silva looked good! I like watching The Jap comps and the freak shows. good entertainment that is.
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm
Somebuggy Mumbuddy better lay off of his weed stash. It's really affecting his senses!
The Somebuggy Mumbuddy- January 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Farthammer- January 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm
Someone educate me - tights are not allowed in UFC, right? I have no idea it due to traction issues? Could this be why there seem to be more heel-hooks/leglock subs in Japan?
Sodak- January 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm
haha i think his corner guy does knock him out, I didn't catch that.
B- January 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Seems like Gomi should have been more prepared for those leglocks seeing as how Kitaoka has a decent amount of victories from them. He didn't seem too upset about it though. He just gave that "Gay Brah... but watevah" look.
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 6:11 pm
"Goog" Says "This has UFC written all over it. As long as UFC stands for Uninteresting Fight Card". Yeah Goog that's what the UFC gives you at all of the Fight night SpikeTV events. An uninteresting fight card!
Crocop's Testicle Juice- January 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Did you guys catch on to Choi Mu Bae's corner knocking him out after the fight ended? I still can't believe it.
Krazy Pony- January 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm
Kitaoka VS AOKI please.
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm
What the fuck was Herman doing
Goog- January 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm
This has UFC written all over it.

As long as UFC stands for "Uninteresting Fight Card".
Higgz- January 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Maybe Kitaoka will have a massive amount of weed in his system...oh, wait, didn't this take place in Japan? They were both probably hopped up on goofballs!
Jugger- January 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Santiago is on a tear. Props to that guy for really turning his career around. First Nakamura and now Misaki... those are respectable Ws.

I'm a Gomi fan and hate to see him stringing together these losses. After every loss I think, "He'll be back with a vengeance." Well, maybe not.

Dave Herman? Never knew of him, and after watching that fight, I wish I could un-know him. Wow, that was bad.
Cro Cup Deez Nuts- January 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Did I hear Miley Cyrus?
vrane- January 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm
Damn that Herman fight was bad.
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Gomi is still a great fighter. He still has power in his hands. This fight could've easily ended in a KO win for him and I could see that maybe happening in a rematch.

But Kitaoka is a great champion, I must say. You can see it in his eyes how much he wants it. His resume is very impressive and I'd love to see him come tear through the UFC lightweight division en route to a title match with BJ Penn. Could be a great fight.

Also, Spank Mir is a humorless bag of douche. ;)
Criminally Negligent - January 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm
I've always thought that Gomi was slightly overrated. He was a top ten lightweight for awhile no doubt but never should have been #1.
Sodak- January 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm
a lot of people think anderson silvas the best he got heel hooked by chonan shit happens
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 11:13 am
Herman looks like Jason Statham albeit way lamer.

Also they both might want to invest in strength and conditioning coaches.

Finally Gomi needs to stop getting owned so hard, although I do appreciate the leg locks I have been seeing out of Japan lately as I train sambo. (Aoki v Alvarez).
Old, Bald and Irish- January 4, 2009 at 11:08 am
Gomi looks like he's wearing makeup!

Seriously! Look at the beginning of the vid.

It's a shame to see Gomi losing some more of his luster. But if Bob Sapp can still get fights in Japan, I don't think Gomi will have to worry about not getting a paycheck for quite a while.

I have to agree with "Anonymous" that this show is another example of how the UFC dominates other MMA organizations. I wish that wasn't the case, but it is.

God, I miss PrideFC.
skates- January 4, 2009 at 10:58 am
its kind of joke there, spanky. calm down, itll be alright
Anonymous- January 4, 2009 at 10:05 am
I really gotta remember to train those footlocks.