September 23, 2009
One American and one fighter, who was making a name for himself in the states got easy wins last night at Sengoku 10 in Japan. Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, fighting for the second time since a steroid suspension in California, manhandled Jim York. After some lackluster work on the feet, Silva (13-1) got York to the ground where he worked to an arm-triangle choke. York tapped at 3:51 of the first round. If California chooses to reinstate Silva, the former Elite XC heavyweight champ would be a nice addition for Strikeforce. This win may set up a fght against Josh Barnett, who is currently suspended for a positive steroid test in California.
Even more impressive was the dominate win by Dan Hornbuckle over Nick "The Goat Thompson". Thompson, who's got wins over guys like Paul Daley, Eddie Alvarez and Chris Wilson, looked timid throughout. He's a big guy for the weight but looked small against the 6-foot-2 Hornbuckle. Hornbuckle won the grappling battle in the opening round and then took it to Thompson (38-12-1) on the feet in the second. Hornbuckle stunned Thompson with a nice combination in the corner and then used a knee to essentially finish Thompson. The referee jumped in to save Thompson at 1:30 of the second.
Hornbuckle, who had former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres in his corner, is now 19-2. It's time an American promotion takes a look at the 28-year old as a prospect in the welterweight division.
Cage Potato has all the results. Check out the knockout of American Ryan "The Lion" Schultz. The only fighter to defeat Chris Horodecki, Schultz got caught with a huge overhand right (11:05 mark) and was out cold for a few minutes, as officials struggled to remove his mouthpiece. The aftermath was bizarre with Kazunori Yokota speaking on the house microphone as the unconscious Schulz was being tended to.
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