6. Kimo Leopoldo vs. Dan Severn
Another battle of UFC veterans... what will be victorious, the Tash or the gelled back-sweep? This one, for some reason, is just 1 round of 30 minutes. The rules seem to be a bit all over the place.
Kimo rushes in and a few punches are traded. Kimo has his chin so high that it might as well have a target painted on it. Severn lands a hook to the head, but they both miss a few slapping, girl punches and Severn goes for a takedown. He drives Kimo against the corner but Kimo breaks and some crazy hooks miss by miles. Kimo seems to be staring at Severn's feet at this point for some reason.
They throw some more girl punches (I shouldn't be calling UFC veterans much tougher than I am on their striking, but deary me, watch the fight and try to disagree). Kimo's hands are very low, and Severn throws some jabs but at sub-sparring strength. Kimo is landing some low kicks here and there but not much else. Severn goes for a single off a low kick but is again stuffed. Kimo throws another low kick which, from the sound of it, smacks Severn's cup, but he doesn't seem bothered. Another couple of low kicks bruises Severn's leg, which he counters with a few more slapping type punches. Anothe takedown stuffed... would like to say it was impressive defence but the shots were just telegraphed and sloppy in all honesty. Yet another stuffed takedown into a bit of a staring contest... the crowd begin to boo... in Japan!
Kimo lands a not bad body kick but doesn't follow it up... lands another low kick after a spell but Severn is not concerned by these. He throws some strikes and ties Kimo up in the corner and lands a nice knee to the body. Kimo has a cut on his head when he breaks, must've been from exchange before the tie-up. A few more weak punches exchanged and Kimo goes for a leg-kick again, which Severn checks! Severn lands a right hand which sends Kimo backwards, but he's arlgith.
Another stuffed takedown from Severn, and is punched a bit on the way to his feet. Kimo lands a punch and a low kick but again doesn't follow up. Severn ends up on top after another low kick but they tangle in the ropes and are restarted in a standing position.
Quadros and Bas are in disbelief at the strategy and lack of technique. Begin making fun of the fight ('Kimo's K-1 low kicks' and 'Severn's mighty hooks'.)Severn shoots again but Kimo sprawls and they end up standing, exchanging a few on the break. There's more circling, and Severn is adjusting his knee pads every now and then (while Kimbo stands near by and lets him). Severn presses (in relation to the rest of the fight) but the technique is still pretty poor. He body locks and goes for a takedown but Kimo grabs the ropes. Severn is angry for the first time in the fight!
He trips Kimo to the mat and lands some GnP and knees to the head, but it's too little too late and the fight ends. Severn screams like he's just killed a gorilla with his bare hands, but it was a pretty shameful performance from 2 UFC veterans. The fight is declared a draw but I wouldn't have been disappointed to see both guys get a loss on their record for this snoozefest.
7. Rickson Gracie vs. Nobuhiko Takada
The main event... we are told that Takada is the Japanese Hulk Hogan, and Rickson is 400-0-0 in closed door competition, and savagely beat up some guy who came with cameras to his gym and demanded a fight with him. The guy he savaged is in Takada's corner.
The national anthems are played which is quite cool.. Rickson has his hand on his heart and is mouthing the words. A lady with crazy bedraggled black hair comes in and sings the Japanese anthem. Takada gets a lot of applause after.
Rickson has an emotionless stare, very flat stance, very little body movement... staring deep into Takada's eyes (for the entire fight actually). Quite intimidating really. There's a lot of circling, and Rickson goes for a jab, and a low kick. He lands a sort of stomping low-kick, body locks and lands a knee. They are seperated as Takada is caught in the ropes.. Rickson looks pretty pissed off about it.. but he's looked really pissed off, in an intensely focused way since the fight began.
Rickson lands another stomp kick to the knee, and slams Takada to the mat with a nice double. He ends up in mount and lands some digging shots to the ribs. Rickson is cross-facing Takada continuously and grabbing high at the triceps looking for an armbar. Takada is bucking, but Rickson barely moves.. Rickson lands some more body shots and then gets the arm-bar he was looking for. Loads of Gracies flood into the ring and start celebrating, while Takada leaves quickly, looking upset before the winner is announced or anything.
Best Fight of the Night: Renzo Gracie v Akira Shoji (pretty back & forth, unexpectedly good performance from Shoji)
Worst Fight of the Night: Kimo Leopoldo vs. Dan Severn (minimal action the whole time, really terrible striking from both)
Fighter of the Night: Rickson Gracie (seemed the most composed, with the best gameplan, and best execution of that gameplan)