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Full Yarennoka! Results From the Super Saitama Arena in Japan

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 31st, 2007
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Fedor Returns was how the Yarennoka card was being touted in all the press releases from HDNet and HDNet Fights, but all MMA experts are in agreement that the Yarennoka card was more than just Fedor Emelianenko. If you don’t have HDNet or couldn’t wake up in time to watch the event, don’t worry because 5thRound.com has you covered with the full results of the Yarennoka card that took place in Japan earlier this morning.

Main Event:
Fedor Emelianenko (26-1-0) (#1 Ranked Heavyweight) vs. Hong Man Choi (1-0-0)

Round 1: This fight was pushed up to follow after the Misaki/Akiyama fight, but it still the main event of the evening, because of the timing for the Russian live feed. The biggest applause in the evening was reserved for Fedor Emelianenko as the 14” size advantage was on display during the pre-fight instructions. Fedor shot in for a takedown from the start, but Choi kind of just fell on him and ended up in Fedor’s half-guard. Fedor worked to get a tight arm-bar but Choi fought out of it and the fight was back up to their feet. Fedor already had welts on his face as Choi fell on top of Fedor again during a failed takedown attempt. Choi tried to posture up and land punches but Fedor locked in another arm-bar which finally forced Choi to tap out. That was a lot more competitive than anybody could’ve imagined. It looked like Fedor was Wanderlei Silva’s son holding on to Silva’s arm during the UFC All Access show.
Result: Fedor Emelianenko (27-1-0) def. Hong Man Choi (1-1-0) by Submission (Arm-bar) in the 1st Round at 1:54

Shinya Aoki (11-2-0) (#9 Ranked Lightweight) vs. Jung Bu Kyung (0-0-0)

Round 1: Aoki sported some flashy gold spandex-like pants to start the fight, and ended up in Bu Kyung’s guard where Bu Kyung was able to sink in a very nice arm-bar attempt that Aoki fought off very well and went for a couple of leg-locks himself. When that failed Bu Kyung ate some of Aoki’s ground and pound before going for another submission attempt that Bu Kyung was able to fight off once again. The fight was moved to the center of the ring where Aoki teed off with some nice hammer fists before going for another leg-lock. Bu Kyung was able to get another deep arm-bar attempt that Aoki fought off from his back and slipped out once again. The fight was stood up and Bu Kyung landed a nice right hand but Aoki dropped to get another submission attempt. It should be noted that Bu Kyung’s left eye is swelling up and he can’t really see out of it. Aoki landed a right hand of his own before getting taken down and sweeping Bu Kyung to get off of his back.

Round 2: Jung Bu Kyung’s left eye is completely shut to start the second round, not clear as to what caused the swelling but if Aoki goes for anything on that side, Bu Kyung would not be able to see it. Aoki actually shot and got a takedown and moved to side-control. Aoki took a very low full mount. Not a lot going on in the first half of the second round, but Aoki is controlling the fight. Aoki slides into a full-mount and Bu Kyung is defending the punches from Aoki. Aoki continues to rain down punches and strikes before Bu Kyung escapes back to his feet.
Result: Shinya Aoki (12-2-0) def. Jung Bu Kyung (0-1-0) by Unanimous Decision

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (30-7-2) (#2 Ranked Lightweight) vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa (14-8-4)

Round 1: Hasegawa came out firing, but Sakurai had none of that as he landed some loud smacking right kicks to Hasegawa’s leg and body. Sakurai got two takedowns early, but wanted to stand the fight back up instead. Both fighters landed some good punches during the exchanges, but it seemed like Sakurai’s punches did more damage. Towards the end of the first round, the punches and kicks got a lot sloppier as fatigue started to set in on both of the fighters.

Round 2: Began with wild exchanging of punches but nothing really damaging. It’s clear that Hasegawa wants the fight on the ground, but Sakurai wants it on his feet. Not a lot of action in the fight, but Sakurai controlled the fight and was able to fight his fight.
Result: Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (31-7-2) def. Hidehiko Hasegawa (14-9-4) by Unanimous Decision

Kazuo Misaki (18-8-2) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (10-1-0)

Round 1: The crowd was ready for the fight as Misaki was the huge fan favorite. Both fighters were trying to size the reach as they attempted kicks and punches. Misaki caught one of Akiyama’s punches and threw him down, waiting for Akiyama to get back to his feet. Misaki landed some nice right-leg kicks, while Akiyama landed a couple of good right jabs. Nothing of significance took place in the first half of the 10-minute first round. It’s clear that both fighters are swinging with bad intentions, but only landing small shots, until Akiyama landed a right hook that dropped Misaki, but Misaki was able to hold on and recover. Misaki was able to land a huge left hook himself that knocked Akiyama down and he followed it up with a right kick to the face that did Akiyama in. WHAT A FIGHT! The crowd was going NUTS!!!
Result: Kazuo Misaki (19-8-2) def. Yoshihiro Akiyama (10-2-0) by TKO in the 1st Round at 8:12

Mitsuhiro Ishida (15-3-1) vs. Gilbert Melendez (13-0-0) (#3 Ranked Lightweight)

Round 1: As the much anticipated bout began, both fighters were sizing each other up with Melendez begin the aggressor. Ishida was able to get the fight onto ground but after a short ground exchange the fight was back up to the feet. Ishida was able to get a single-leg takedown on Melendez, but Melendez was able to transition to Ishida’s back, but Ishida was able to escape and get it back up to his feet. Ishida once again got Melendez’ back, but Melendez stood up and slammed Ishida’s head straight down to the mat. Ishida was able to get his own slam in on Melendez and end up in Melendez’ half-guard, but Melendez scrambled back up, but a relentless Ishida kept chasing a takedown on Melendez. When Melendez finally got space to land some knees and punches, it was Ishida who again got a single-leg on Melendez.

Round 2: Ishida went for the takedown again, but Melendez fought hard to get it back up, and when he did he landed a great knee to Ishida’s head, and ended up in Ishida’s guard. Melendez landed some peppering punches and hammer fists from Ishida’s guard, Ishida was able to attempt and arm-bar like submission from the bottom, but Melendez held on and landed more ground and pound. Melendez tried to flurry hard at the end of the fight, but it looked like Ishida was trying to stall to get the decision.
Result: Mitsuhiro Ishida (16-3-1) def. Gilbert Melendez (13-1-0) by Unanimous Decision

Makoto Takimoto (3-3-0) vs. Murilo Bustamante (14-6-1)

Round 1: Busatamante’s huge height advantage was apparent from the pre-fight stare down. Bustamante quickly got into the clinch but was given a yellow-card after multiple warnings for grabbing the ropes. After the stand-up, both fighters were exchanging punches with Bustamante landing the better bunches but when they were clinche, Takimoto was able to take Bustamante down. From there Bustamante transitioned into an arm-bar position, but Takimoto was able to get out. Both fighters were able to sweep each other and be on top, but the only significant events were Bustamante’s arm-bar attempts which got him into better positions. Bustamante was able to get into the full mount which prompted Takimoto to give up his back to stand it back up, but he went for a failed Judo head throw that allowed Bustamante to end up in side-control. Takimoto was able to get it back to his feet and both fighters exchange some wild punches and kicks.

Round 2: Both fighters were tentative to exchange to begin the final round and again Takimoto went for another failed Judo throw which gave Bustamante top position once again. Bustamante wanted to stand the fight back up though. Takimoto’s wild punches were putting Bustamante of his game enough to score a big knockdown that Bustamante was trying to recover from by holding onto Takimoto. Bustamante went for another arm-bar attempt to end the round, but Takimoto was able to defend it beautifully. What a great showing for the inexperienced Takimoto against an MMA legend like Murilo Bustamante.
Result: Makoto Takimoto (4-3-0) def. Murilo Bustamante (14-7-1) by Split Decision

Tatsuya Kawajiri (19-4-2) (#6 Ranked Lightweight) vs. Luiz Azeredo (11-6-0)

Round 1: After a quick exchange on their feet where Azeredo attempted a right high-kick, both fighters got into the clinch where Kawajiri was able to take Azeredo down with a leg sweep. From there Kawajiri landed some decent ground and pound from Azeredo’s guard for the bulk of the opening round. When the fight slowed down and with neither fighter really being in danger, the referee stood the fighters up. Azeredo was given a yellow-card when they were stood up for stalling, Azeredo will have 10% of his purse taken for the infraction. Kawajiri got back into the clinch and took Azeredo down with the same leg sweep, with more of the same ground and pound. In the middle of the exchange on the ground, Azeredo was able to get Kawajiri’s back and get both hooks in but Kawajiri was able to turn into Azeredo and end up back on top position and land some more ground and pound.

Round 2: As the second and final round began, Kawajiri tried a high-kick of his own, which gave him a chance to shoot for a takedown but Azeredo fought it off and got back up to his feet. Both fighters exchanged and Kawajiri was able to drop levels and get another takedown on Azeredo. Kawaijiri was able to open up a cut over the left eye of Azeredo during another ground and pound exchange. It was a dominating fight for Kawajiri as he was never in danger, although he never had Azeredo in a position to stop the fight either.
Result: Tatsuya Kawajiri (20-4-2) def. Luiz Azeredo (11-7-0) by Unanimous Decision

Roman Zentsov (16-11-0) vs. Mike Russow (6-1-0)

Round 1: This fight was actually two five-minute rounds, as the fight began Russow had a nice slam takedown to start the fight. Russow attempted a front head and arm choke early which gave Zentsov a tough time breathing, but he was able to hang on. As the fight moved to the center of the ring, Russow reapplied the front head and arm choke which finally forced Zentsov to tap out.
Result: Mike Russow (7-1-0) def. Roman Zentsov (16-12-0) by Submission (Front Head and Arm Choke) in the 1st Round at 3:00

* Rankings based off of Inside MMA Rankings

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