UFC and K-1 veteran Genki “The Neo-Samurai” Sudo has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
He later explained to reporters that a neck injury suffered earlier this year forced him to rethink his future, and said he now plans to spend some time traveling the world and writing.
If Sudo is serious this is definitely disappointing. Sudo was one of the sports most charismatic fighters. He brought it all, exciting entrances, an unorthodox fighting style and a great personality.
Here are the full results from K-1 - Premium 2006 Dynamite!!
- Yukiya Naito def. Kim Dong Wook - TKO (Punches)
- Andy Ologun def. Ken Kaneko - Decision (Unanimous)
- Katsuhiko Nagata def. Shuichiro Katsumura - TKO (Punches)
- Taiei Kin def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa - KO (Head Kick)
- Hideo Tokoro def. Royler Gracie - Decision (Unanimous)
- Paulo Cesar Silva def. Chad Rowan - Submission (Kimura)
- Genki Sudo def. Damacio Page - Submission (Triangle Choke)
- Norifumi Yamamoto def. Istvan Majoros - TKO (Punches)
- Hong Man Choi def. Bobby Ologun - TKO (Punches)
- Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Kazushi Sakuraba - TKO (Punches)
UFC and K-1 veteran Genki Sudo will make his return to the ring on New Year’s eve against Greg Jackson-trained fighter Damacio Page.
The 2006 edition of Premium Dynamite!! will take place on December 31st at the Kyocera Osaka Dome
Norifumi Yamamoto and Genki Sudo have pulled out of the August 5th, 154-pound HERO’s tournament.
Kid Yamamoto has taken an indefinite leave an absence from MMA to pursue his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. Yamamoto will work towards entering the 2007 Emperor’s Cup and then he’ll attempt to enter the 2008 Beijing Games.
Genki Sudo was forced to withdraw due to a recuring neck injury. The replacements for Sudo and Yamamoto will be Hiroyuki Takaya and Kazuya Yasuhiro. Also the final fighter that will be on the card is Hideo Tokoro.
The card now looks like this…
187-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Carlos Newton vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kestutis Smirnovas
-Rodrigo Gracie vs. Shungo Oyama
-Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kin Taiei
154-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Caol Uno vs. Kultar Gill
-Hideo Tokoro vs. Ivan Menjivar
-Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
-Rani Yahira vs. Kazuya Yasuhiuro