Explosion! Dynamite!! 2009

The biggest event of the year is over and it was very enjoyable.

I’m someone who has been impressed with Izumi since his debut fight. His toughness and stand-up skills for someone who has such a build and only trained MMA for a month or so was very impressive in his debut fight (think how Yoon Dong Sik turtled up against Sakuraba).

He had another good fight tonight and I was most impressed with how he handled himself when he knocked down Shibata, smoothly going to mount. He won’t ever be a top ranker if he stays in the LHW division with his height, but I think he’s a natural.

Very impressive by Omigawa. When the fight was announced I thought it was quite even but leaned towards Omigawa before the fight started. Takaya got dropped by Tokoro and with Omigawa’s head movement and chin I thought Takaya would have a tough night. Very impressive by Gono as well, slick armbar.

The stoppages in the Super Hulk final and Misaki/Manhoef were really bad. I understand that it’s on national TV on NYE but that’s very unfair to fighters in such important fights. Great performances by Manhoef and Minowaman though.

Tokoro and Kim was one of the most entertaining fights of the night. Not surprising how it turned out. Before the fight I thought Kim could take Tokoro out if he landed, and he almost did in the third. Tokoro’s stand-up was once again impressive though and he was the clear winner.

Kawajiri/Yokota went as I thought. Yokota won’t be able to stop Kawajiri’s takedowns, Kawajiri will look more tired the longer the fight goes but will take it clearly in a three rounder.

An impressive performance by Kanehara, I didn’t think he would pull it off. I’m a little surprised at the commentators though, first round was either even or Kanehara’s (he actually dropped KID in the round), second Kanehara’s, and third KID’s. Kanehara is tough and hard to finish. He also hits hard which I don’t think people were very aware of before the fight.

Nothing surprising in the Overeem/Fujita fight, Overeem is really good right now as most know.

Impressive performance by Shinya Aoki. I’m not his biggest fan and didn’t like how he handled himself after the fight but he keeps beating top LWs.

I thought the referee in the Ishii/Yoshida fight was horrible, separating the clinch so quickly. He’s always horrible. Ishii looked very bad in the first, in the second he was successful in the clinch, and in the third it looked like his punches had more power behind them than earlier in the fight. He has a chin though and looked good the few seconds the fight was on the floor.

Masato went out in style. He didn’t say anything about what his future activities will be after the fight though.

FEG’s Tanigawa said after the event that he wants to go forward with a 60 kg K-1 tournament. DREAM EP Sasahara gave Aoki a stern warning after the event for his behavior. He thinks that it’s OK to provoke before a fight but as a pro such things shouldn’t happen when a fight is over. Kawajiri and Yokota also had some heated words before their fight but were very respectful afterward, with Kawajiri saying after the event that he is happy to have defeated a strong fighter like Yokota.

As for injuries, Hirota suffered a bone fracture in his right upper-arm, I believe Fujita suffered a strong concussion, and Kim Jong Man and Hiroyuki Takaya received some fracture on their right eyes. It doesn’t look like Yokota got injured from Kawajiri’s armbar.

The planned date for the first DREAM event in 2010 is the end of March. Look out for big-shot fighters at Featherweight and Welterweight. Sasahara said that they want to implement a title fight between Aoki and Kawajiri early this year. Minowaman asked Sasahara why there is no belt and prize money for the winner of the Super Hulk Tournament.

Kanehara said that there will probably be an SRC event in March and he wants to defend the belt against Omigawa there. We’ll see if there will be any Yoshida Dojo fighters fighting in SRC in the future though.

  1. cacti
    January 2, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Shibata should have gotten the decision over Izumi, or at worst a draw. He clearly won R1, and imo won R2.

    Yoshida clearly won R1, and I thought Ishii took 2 and 3. So was it just a 1 point deduction?

  2. January 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

    cacti :

    Shibata should have gotten the decision over Izumi, or at worst a draw. He clearly won R1, and imo won R2.

    Yoshida clearly won R1, and I thought Ishii took 2 and 3. So was it just a 1 point deduction?

    I’m still not sure what system the judges used to scored.

    Don’t know about the deduction either.

  3. whomever
    January 2, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Dynamite was sweet. Disappointed with KID, but what can you do, he’s had a terrible past two years.

    I’d like to see Gono vs. Takimoto at the last Sengoku event, and then have him move to Strikeforce, DREAM, or SRC.

    Welterweight and Featherweight fights at DREAM.13? Interesting…I wonder if they’ll start a GP, or only run the LHWGP in 2010…

  4. Nelson
    January 2, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Ref for Ishii-Yoshida was Yoshinori Umeki, if I recall. Worst ref in Japan.

  5. January 2, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Nelson :

    Ref for Ishii-Yoshida was Yoshinori Umeki, if I recall. Worst ref in Japan.

    Yup, he’s horrible.

  6. cacti
    January 2, 2010 at 1:13 am

    He’s guy Mezger’s favorite ref, hahaha

    Any word on ratings?

  7. Carter
    January 2, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Dynamite!! was a great event but they should have awarded Ishii with the victory. I think the last two rounds were for him. And strategically it would have been better to promote the new guy.

    Off subject but Gomi is reported to have signed with the UFC.

  8. Andy
    January 2, 2010 at 3:48 am

    16.7% Rating

  9. cacti
    January 2, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Andy :
    16.7% Rating

    source?

  10. Beast
    January 2, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for the great coverage in 2009 NOB, hope you keep it up in 2010!

  11. S
    January 2, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Carter :
    Dynamite!! was a great event but they should have awarded Ishii with the victory. I think the last two rounds were for him. And strategically it would have been better to promote the new guy.
    Off subject but Gomi is reported to have signed with the UFC.

    Not suprised if he did sign with boofc

  12. kawa's boy toy
    January 2, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I heard next tournament is Super Hulk 2.

    Source: http://www.k-1.co.jp/en/news/2010/0101_dynamite_01.html

  13. silver wolf reigning king!
    January 2, 2010 at 7:22 am

    From Sports navi/fightopinion:

    Detailed numbers: Part 1 for Dynamite, 11.8%. Part 2, 16.7% (main fights). Part 3, 10.6% (over-run). Those numbers in terms of pattern fall in line with past NYE MMA events for ratings as far as the low-up-down.

  14. wentz
    January 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Carter :
    Dynamite!! was a great event but they should have awarded Ishii with the victory. I think the last two rounds were for him. And strategically it would have been better to promote the new guy.
    Off subject but Gomi is reported to have signed with the UFC.

    You mean signed the death certificate on his career.

  15. Rictor
    January 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Were you able to catch TBS broadcast?

  16. Ziggy
    January 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Wow, Minowaman did it! Good for him, but his fights with Hong Man Choi ad Soko looked suspicious to me…
    In the semi-finals fight, HMC had couple of occasions to finish Minowa with strikes from the top, but didn’t go for it and let Minowa escape…
    In the finals, at the end of round 2 Soko practically gave that kneebar to Minowa by exposing his leg and then didn’t even tried to escape it! I know, there were only few seconds to the end of the round, but still – it looked suspicous…
    Soko’s career is over.

  17. kawa's boy toy
    January 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Ziggy :
    Wow, Minowaman did it! Good for him, but his fights with Hong Man Choi ad Soko looked suspicious to me…
    In the semi-finals fight, HMC had couple of occasions to finish Minowa with strikes from the top, but didn’t go for it and let Minowa escape…
    In the finals, at the end of round 2 Soko practically gave that kneebar to Minowa by exposing his leg and then didn’t even tried to escape it! I know, there were only few seconds to the end of the round, but still – it looked suspicous…
    Soko’s career is over.

    to the ppl who think minowaman’s fights were suspect, you guys are retarded.

  18. Ziggy
    January 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    kawa’s boy toy :
    to the ppl who think minowaman’s fights were suspect, you guys are retarded.

    Check out last 25 sconds of round 2 (Minowaman vs Soko). That remainds me of the infamous finish of Takada vs Coleman fight…
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Minowa’s style and really hope this wasn’t a work.

  19. BRTLZT
    January 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I cant believe people are still surprised about the stopages.
    That shit was obviously the station instructing the refs to not let dudes get bitch beat if they got dropped.

  20. June 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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