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Unique Technique of the Week: Imanari’s Omoplata-Neck-Crank-Choke-Thing @ Deep: Cage Impact 2009

(Fight starts at the 3:48 mark. Props: NelsaoCB)

Whenever Masakazu Imanari steps into a ring, there’s always a good chance that something crazy will go down. Case in point: His fight against Justin Cruz at Deep’s latest event in Tokyo on Saturday. After getting the crowd in the right spirit by walking out to Sade’s "No Ordinary Love," Imanari stalked Cruz around the cage until he had an opportunity to pull guard. Once on the ground, he quickly set up an omoplata, then climbed around to Cruz’s back and cranked his neck, stretching out his opponent’s body in a very unpleasant-looking way. Imanari then hooked an arm under Cruz’s neck and immediately forced the tap. Boom — add it to the Ashikan Judan‘s highlight reel.

Imanari then accepted his trophy from a schoolgirl who looked like she was randomly pulled from the audience (see the 7:25 mark), and pretended that it was enormous penis, turning to each side of the arena so that everyone could see how clever he was. If a fighter did that in the UFC, it would be considered extremely offensive. But with Imanari — well, it’s a Japanese thing, and you just wouldn’t understand.

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Shatski- December 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm
That highlight reel had some crazy shit on it. Some of it looked like he spent a lot of time watching The Legend of Drunken Master, then put it to use.

Imanari- He Who Hyper-Extends Knees.
RustyShackleford- December 23, 2009 at 10:30 am
He coulda ripped his arm off as well... It was a nice, versatile submission.
geamma- December 23, 2009 at 10:03 am
apparently he is holds 2 belts in guam... im sure going from guam's shows to fighting a master of leglocks was a big step up for cruz
geamma- December 23, 2009 at 10:01 am
hahaha im sure you do... your post shows 1. youre a hater (these guys suck arse, why exactly?) 2. a xenophobe (look it up) 3. and a racist so fuck you
btw i am an american, just not a retard like you
NECROPHYTE- December 23, 2009 at 9:56 am
Fkn Badd-ass submission! At least in the top 8 submissions of 2009.
meanfinger- December 23, 2009 at 9:50 am
nice transition.. but where did they find his opponenet? he needs to go watch the karate kid trilogy again to sharpen his skills
NOTSOB- December 23, 2009 at 9:33 am
how about you call up Imanari and set it up. i eat japs for a living.......... you silly non-american. thanks for your not incredible insight, we dont need commentors on how other ppl comment...... you idiot.
geamma- December 23, 2009 at 9:21 am
@NOTSOB thanks for your incredible insight, little Imanari would make a pretzel out of you, silly american
@momoplata nothing new? cause you see that shit every day in fights... riiiiight
Da Spied Her- December 23, 2009 at 9:18 am
Seems to me he noticed the tiny little screw hole at the bottom of the trophy, and decided to show everyone what he was going to do with it later.
Wyatt- December 23, 2009 at 8:57 am
Pretty cool to pull that off in an actual match though.
Momoplata- December 23, 2009 at 8:44 am
nice but nothing new, there is a nice variation of this choke with a gi too
peanutbuttter- December 23, 2009 at 8:13 am
I thought it was awesome, personally.
NOTSOB- December 23, 2009 at 8:07 am
Wow these guys suck Arse, hes showing us how he wishes he had a big pee pee,
silly japs....