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Spoilers after the jump to protect your delicate feelings. Click through for full fight results and a rundown of some notable moments from today’s World Victory Road: Soul of Fight event at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. Videos to come.
- Hatsu Hioki (new featherweight champion) def. Marlon Sandro via unanimous decision
- Kazuo Misaki def. Mike Seal via TKO, 1:15 of round 1
- Yoshiro Maeda def. Masanori Kanehara via TKO, 1:27 of round 1
- Taisuke Okuno def. Ryo Chonan via KO, 0:19 of round 1
- Maximo Blanco defeated Won Sik Park via unanimous decision
- Keita Nakamura def. Yasubey Enomoto via submission (rear naked choke), 3:48 of round 2
- Jadamba Narantungalag def. Kazunori Yokota via KO, 2:03 of round 1
- Mamed Khalidov def. Yuki Sasaki via TKO, 2:22 of round 1
- Dave Herman def. Yoshihiro "Kiss" Nakao via unanimous decision
- Taiyo Nakahara def. Akitoshi Tamura via DQ (low-blows), 2:07 of round 1
- Shunichi Shimizu def. Manabu Inoue via split decision
- Sotaro Yamada def. Kim Yi Sak via TKO, round 1
- Megumi Fujii def. Emi Fujino via unanimous decision
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Hitomi Akano did not take place
- Misaki Takimoto def. Amy Davis via split decision
- Rin Nakai def. Mika Harigai via submission (keylock), 2:09 of round 1
- Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Hiroki Nakajima via unanimous decision
- Erika Kamimura def. Chiharu via TKO, round 1
- Fabiano Cyclone def. Andrew Peck via TKO, round 2
- Kazuki Osawa def. Chang Seob Lee via TKO, round 1
- Norihiro "Musashi" Miyamoto and Hiroki Komata fought to a majority draw
- Kanongsuk Weerasakreck def. Genki Yamamoto via unanimous decision
- Arashi Fujiwara def. Mutsuki Ebata via unanimous decision
- Yutaro Yamauchi and Go Yokoyama fought to a split draw
- Yusuke Ikei def. Shintaro Matsukura via TKO, round 1
- Hironobu Ikegami and Yuji Tanaka fought to a majority draw
- Hatsu Hioki shocked the Tokyo crowd by not just outgrappling Marlon Sandro, but controlling most of the striking exchanges as well. Sandro couldn’t seem to find his range, and fell victim to takedowns, ground-and-pound, and submission attempts from the Japanese fighter. In particular, two fully-locked armbar attempts in the third and fifth rounds seemed like they would tap any other fighter, but Sandro managed to hang on until the final bell. The final scores were 50-47, 49-47, and 48-47. Hiroki snatches the belt.
- Sengoku’s bullshit "must decision" rule struck again in the Blanco/Park fight. All three judges originally scored the fight a draw (30-30, 29-29 x 2), but in case of draws under Sengoku MMA rules, the judges who scored the fight a tie must choose a winner. Unsuprisingly, they all went with the rising star over the Korean who was making his promotional debut. It’s a shame that this counts as a loss on Parky’s record.
- Roxanne Modafferi caught a case of food poisoning the day before the event, and a ringside physician called the fight before it even started. As she told Sherdog, "I feel like this was my big chance to not only make a name for myself in Japan, but finally face Akano, who I’d been wanting to fight for years. My body betrayed me and left me quaking with fever and chills. I pray I get another chance."