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Video Evidence: Japanese Fighter KOs Ref, Appears to Suffer Very Minor Consequences


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The Japanese MMA scene might be slumping into the second decade of the 21st Century, but the Land of the Rising Sun is still the industry leader in unrestrained mayhem and total batshit craziness. Props to MMA Fighting.com’s resident gaijin Daniel Herbertson for passing along the above video of a lightweight fight last week in the Grachan organization … and the unexpected rampage that occurs immediately following it. If we only knew word one of Japanese – instead of spending all four years in high school and two years in college studying German, which turned out to be a waste of everyone’s time – we could give you a bit more context here. Just being big, dumb white guys, we’re going to have to take Herbertson’s word for a lot of it.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest condensed version: According to DH, Grachan is a Japanese promotion that (as you can see) uses a cage and prides itself on its "hardcore" image. In the vid, the dude in tights (Takeo Shiina) gets clowned by the dude in board shorts (Jung Hyun Lee) during their prefight stare down at Grachan 5. Lee does some head-waggling and kiss-blowing and then comes out of his corner at the opening bell with a Mitrione-esque grin on his face. Shiina doesn’t take too kindly to it. At all. Just a minute or so into the fight he KOs Lee with a left and then goes absolutely ape shit. When veteran referee Samio Kimura dives into the line of fire to call for the stoppage he gets a hammerfist to the back of the head and a knee to the ribs for his trouble. Shiina is eventually restrained and in the aftermath we can’t help but notice some important cultural differences …


Actually, this whole exchange is handled so weirdly by Grachan – an organization that also apparently thinks it’s totally cool just to blast that one Pitbull song throughout the fight – that we almost want to call bullshit and say this whole thing is a work. But we won’t, because the punching and kicking looks mostly on the level. Now, we all know if this happened in our beloved Octagon, Shiina would be staring down the barrel of a lifetime ban personally delivered by a very pissed off Bald Father. In Gachan, he’s allowed to parade around the cage smiling and getting his hand raised and then climb atop the fence to celebrate while the audience cheers his exploits. Check out that grin at the 2:11 mark. Pretty strange, right?

At 2:27, Shiina kneels down to get a final taunt in on Lee, which apparently draws the ire of CMA Korea teammate and Dream veteran Won Sik Park. This is certainly the most staged-looking part of the video, where it appears that Park and Shiina hammer out a bout agreement for a future meeting between the two. Shiina is eventually disqualified – the news is delivered by a man we can only assume is the organization’s senior referee, judging by his blond Mohawk – but then he is allowed to address the crowd on the mic. Maybe, despite the fact that he so clearly doesn’t give a fuck, he’s apologizing. Unknown.

Anyway, the whole thing is either rigged or makes Strikeforce look like they’re running a very tight ship. If you have five minutes, it’s worth a look. If you’re really interested, stick around to the very end to witness Shiina’s halfassed handshake and bow to Kimura as if to say, “Dude, it’s whatever.”

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Kayo- November 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm
is there another link?
ashkenaziTROLL- November 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm
fucknig wow .. the KO looks real and quite nasty, but theys may be up to a little something .. fuck yews
disastras- November 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm
The Asian version of Johnny Richie?! Ball-o-Hate, I hope you read this :)
jeanclaudetransam- November 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm
All I'm sayin is...men with faux-hawks get what they deserve!!
GSP for Prime Minister- November 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm
crack @ 2:30
BackbaconBilly- November 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Gay boy who got knocked out deserved it, other than that this promotion sucks bigtime, seen more class in a Kimbo backyard brawl...
Merlin- November 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm
why do all Japanese have such horrible hair cuts?

I have a hard time believing they look in the mirror after a trim and are like 'Kampai' !!??

busted_cranium- November 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm
First of all: So. Fucking. Worked.

Second, those wacky Japanese love a good mind fucky. I'd be willing to place a pretty heft wager that Asian #1 wasn't supposed to bomb Asian #2, and when he realized he just turned Asian #2's jaw into his own private Hiroshima he had to make it look like shit was getting out of hand.

And watch the ref. I've seen 5-year-old girls get hit harder than that and dude reacts like he was chopped down with a fucking Katana.
J-Dog- November 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Considering Lee was left crying and bleeding on the mat I think it was real enough. Look closely and you'll see the tears.
2DaDeath- November 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm
This video was cut short actually. At about the 5:10 mark, just as Shiina makes he way to the dressing room, Aoki comes out from the crowd and bashes Shiina in the back of the head with a folded steel chair. Aoki then makes his escape to the locker area, while Baka Survivor plays on the speakers. It was pretty hardcore, you guys!
doowm- November 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm
I think it was all pretty much on the level.
One was scared and the other was proud of it. The one who expected to lose the most got in a lucky shot and used the opportunity to inflict as much pain into his opponent as he had fear in his heart! His emotions overwhelmed him. And when the ref interfered,......well stupid motherfucker shouldn't have gotten in the way of such an obvious letting of built up anger!!!! LMFAO!
I read the comments first, btw, and almost didn't watch (thinking it was definitely a work).
Viva Hate- November 16, 2010 at 11:44 am
My favorite moments of the video.

1:20- The overzealous bastard falling on his face jumping in the cage.
2:07- A weak DX style crotch chop, proof it is at least semi staged.
LOKI- November 16, 2010 at 11:30 am
Thats what that douche bag gets for the ghay serpentine shit durring the stare-down.

BadBoy for Rife Bitches!
Fried Taco- November 16, 2010 at 11:28 am
It looks to me like Shina didn't like Lee's bad Nick Diaz impersonation. But this kind of stuff happens in MMA. Right Bob?
ccman- November 16, 2010 at 11:22 am
was only half as staged as a CAVC contest

ok i gave the actors fighters too much credit, they looked much more up and up

Braces for Deletion admonishment
Kid Clam Curtains- November 16, 2010 at 11:20 am
TARK SHIT NOW!
Almost North- November 16, 2010 at 10:42 am
Shina was scheduled to take on The Undertaker next week, but WWE doesn't want to mar its good name with this kind of clownish behavior. This is despite the fact that they employ several actual clowns.
RSparrow- November 16, 2010 at 10:39 am
They try to mix wrestling aspects in, his after-the-ko blows look a little embellished imo
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