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Final Preparations! Vale Tudo Japan 09

#5: A Look Back

SKILL MMA – Look back Vale Tudo Japan with 5 fights
Bloody Elbow – Top 10 Moments From Vale Tudo Japan

#4: Fighters Gathered

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Fighters gathered - GBRing.com

#3: Champion Vs. Champion

Alexandre Franca Nogueira had a tough time making weight today. He didn’t appear in the first weigh-in and was absent from the press conference. He made the weight when he weighed-in alone after the weigh-ins/interviews.

Lion said that he’s looking forward to the fight. He says himself that he doesn’t know who will win and thinks that discussing the fight is also interesting. He has a lot of respect for Nogueira: “(Before) I thought I couldn’t become champion since Pequeno was around. I’m grateful for this chance to fight him in a big event like Vale Tudo Japan, if I don’t defeat Pequeno I can’t be called a champion.”

Lion will fight while being very cautious of Nogueira’s guillotine choke. He is so cautious of it that he thinks that he won’t be able to get out of it if Nogueira locks it in. However, he thinks that if he exhibits his own skills, the outcome will naturally come forth.

About the VTJ rules Lion says that anything is OK. Him and Pequeno fighting is what’s important. No matter the rules, if you win, you win, and if you lose, you lose.

“Right now I’m the world champion but I haven’t defeated Pequeno so I intend to fight as the challenger and beat Pequeno to become the true champion.”

Nogueira, who is happy to be back in Japan, says that the trouble to make weight today won’t influence the fight. About the height of Lion, Nogueira says that he has fought many tall people like him and he has also trained with many similar fighters in Brazil. He wants to get close and take the fight to the ground. Of course he will also try his strongest weapon, the guillotine choke, in the fight.

#2: Gomi Surprise

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Gomi X Hervey - GBRing.com

Gomi (71kg) and Hervey (70.9kg) both made weight today. Hervey was very humble, saying that Gomi is a wonderful fighter. However, he also said that he doesn’t think Gomi knows anything about him. Though to this Gomi said: “I have carefully studied him.”

Gomi also left an advance notice: “I want to win tomorrow and, in the ring, say something which will please/delight everyone.”

Does it have something to do with him previously saying that this might be his last fight in Japan?

#1: Fight Order Announced

Vale Tudo Japan 09
Date: October 30th, 2009
Place: JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan

VTJ Rules, 71kg, 5×5 mins:
8. Takanori Gomi vs. Tony Hervey

VTJ Rules, 65kg, 5×5 mins:
7. Lion Takeshi vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira

VTJ Rules, 63kg, 3×5 mins:
6. Rumina Sato vs. Corey Grant

VTJ Rules, 67kg, 3×5 mins:
5. Tenkei Fujimiya vs. Tito Jones

Shooto Welterweight Title Fight, 3×5 mins:
4. Willamy “Chiquerinho” Chiquerim vs. Kenichiro Togashi

Shooto Bantamweight Fight, 3×5 mins:
3. Mamoru Yamaguchi vs. Jesse Taitano

Shooto Middleweight Fight, 2×5 mins:
2. Yoichiro Sato vs. Jung Ming Kang

Shooto 62kg Fight, 2×5 mins:
1. Kosuke “Jukucho” Eda vs. Masato Sannai

  1. whomever
    October 29, 2009 at 8:36 am | #1

    Gomi signed with DREAM. I think that would please everyone.

  2. CSKit
    October 29, 2009 at 8:57 am | #2

    whomever :
    Gomi signed with DREAM. I think that would please everyone.

    Although Gomi stated this is possibly his last fight in Japan, I would like it if he signed with DREAM.

  3. Anonymous
    October 29, 2009 at 9:00 am | #3

    gomi

  4. October 29, 2009 at 9:40 am | #4

    whomever :
    Gomi signed with DREAM. I think that would please everyone.

    that would be dope as hell. plus, maybe the can set up Gomi vs Masato next years Dynamite k1 rules

    : )

  5. kawa’s boy toy
    October 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm | #5

    I’ve been waiting for this moment for a looooong time!!!

  6. cacti
    October 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm | #6

    Gomi X Alvarez NYE!!!!!!!

  7. ShootJunkie
    October 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm | #7

    Did you mean “IF Gomi signed with DREAM”, or did Gomi really sign with DREAM? Don’t get my hopes up…

  8. October 29, 2009 at 11:38 pm | #8

    ShootJunkie :
    Did you mean “IF Gomi signed with DREAM”, or did Gomi really sign with DREAM? Don’t get my hopes up…

    He means, IF. It would be on every news site if so.

  9. kawa’s boy toy
    October 30, 2009 at 1:47 am | #9

    ^^Then for all we know, Gomi’s big announcement is that he signed w/ UFC. I mean, that’s what most ppl want out of him.

  10. October 30, 2009 at 2:41 am | #10

    kawa’s boy toy :
    ^^Then for all we know, Gomi’s big announcement is that he signed w/ UFC. I mean, that’s what most ppl want out of him.

    That’s true, but I don’t think if he signed w/ UFC they would let him fight at VTJ, the whole exclusivity thing…

  11. kawa’s boy toy
    October 30, 2009 at 3:09 am | #11

    CSKit :

    kawa’s boy toy :
    ^^Then for all we know, Gomi’s big announcement is that he signed w/ UFC. I mean, that’s what most ppl want out of him.

    That’s true, but I don’t think if he signed w/ UFC they would let him fight at VTJ, the whole exclusivity thing…

    Maybe he had an agreement that he would sign after the VTJ event

  12. October 30, 2009 at 3:33 am | #12

    kawa’s boy toy :

    CSKit :

    kawa’s boy toy :
    ^^Then for all we know, Gomi’s big announcement is that he signed w/ UFC. I mean, that’s what most ppl want out of him.

    That’s true, but I don’t think if he signed w/ UFC they would let him fight at VTJ, the whole exclusivity thing…

    Maybe he had an agreement that he would sign after the VTJ event

    Damned speculation! I was going to goto sleep and watch tomorrow! Now I must stay awake!!

  13. S
    October 30, 2009 at 5:04 am | #13

    I would not be suprised if Gomi Takanori signed UFC after this event. But if he looses to Tony Hervey then that will be bad for him.

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