December 31, 2009
Masanori Kanehara, the Sengoku featherweight champion, helped the Sengoku team continue to dominate over the Dream team today in Japan. Kanehara eeked out a close decision over Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto.
Kanehara (pictured on left) showed off wrestling skills throughout the fight, taking down Yamamoto, who came to the fight with the better wrestling credentials. Kanehara was particularly strong in the second round, controlling Yamamoto.
If Yamamoto had a shot to win the match, it was in the third round. He dropped Kanehara with a left with less than a minute left in the fight. Yamamoto tried a guillotine, but fell through the ropes. The two were brought back to the middle of the ring, and Yamamoto lost his chance.
Overeem knees his way to knockout of Fujita
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem pulled out a quick win over the aging fighter Kazuyuki Fujita. Overeem, who has apparently grown in size even since his last fight in October, threw a vicious left knee to the temple of the 39-year-old Fujita, knocking him clean out.
Though Overeem seemed impressive, his lack of competition is becoming a farce. Fujita hasn't won a fight since March of 2008. His previous opponent, James Thompson, had five losses in a row before the fight with Overeem, including a loss to Kimbo Slice. Overeem needs to come to the United States and defend his belt against some of Strikeforce's top competition, or he will not be take seriously.
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