Monday, July 16, 2007

A not so great night for HERO's

Tanigawa had teased with a big announcement, believed to be the signing of former PRIDE lightweight Takanori Gomi. But the event came and went with no Gomi announcement at all. This should be promotion 101, don't say and hype things you can't deliver on, you'll only make fans angry and create unrealistic expectations. The only "surprise" that came out of this event was that apparently Pancrase veteran Masakatsu Funaki will return on New Years Eve, something I can't imagine anyone being really excited about.

All in all it was a bad night for HERO's and the Japanese fighters. Newly signed Kyoshi Tamura lost a pretty lackluster decision, Hideo Tokoro and Kazuyuki Miyata lost and where eliminated from the 154 lbs tournament, and Ralek Gracie armbarred Katsuyori Shibata in the first round (Ralek Grace vs Funaki anyone?).

Full results, winners in bold:

  • Alexandre "Pequeno" Franca Nogueira / Shuichiro Katsumura (KO, R2)
  • Andre Dida / Artur Oumakhanov (TKO, R1)
  • Ralek Gracie / Katsuyori Shibata (Armbar, R1)
  • Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro / Kazuyuki Miyata (Arm Triangle Choke, R2)
  • Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill / Hideo Tokoro (TKO, R1)
  • Caol Uno / Katsuhiko Nagata (Unanimous Decision)
  • Melvin Manhoef / Bernard Ackah (KO, R1)
  • Taiei Kin / Kiyoshi Tamura (Unanimous Decision)

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