Inoue Returns to Action at Saturday’s X-1

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Former longtime Superbrawl/ICON Sport middleweight champion and two-time PRIDE veteran Egan Inoue will come out of a five-year retirement this Saturday to take on HDNet Fights veteran Hans Marrero at X-1’s “Legends” event at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Inoue has not fought since being stopped by fellow former ICON Sport title holder Jason “Mayhem” Miller in December 2003. Before the loss, Inoue had won six out of his past eight bouts, including submission wins over Joe Doerksen and John Alessio.

Marrero, who requested the matchup against Inoue on his behalf, has not fought since being defeated by current “Ultimate Fighter” participant C.B. Dollaway at HDNet Fights inaugural show last October. Marrero has lost his last three fights.

The co-main event will see current X-1 welterweight champion and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chad Reiner defend his title against Brandon Wolff. Local favorite Ray Cooper will also be returning to active competition after a two-year hiatus against Richie Whitson for the vacant X-1 lightweight title.

The complete fight card for the event is as follows:

Hans Marrero vs Egan Inoue
Chad Reiner vs. Brandon Wolff
Richie Whitson vs. Ray Cooper
Dylan Clay vs. Ronald Jhun
Michael Brightmon vs. Kolo Koka
Kana Hyatt vs. Albert Manners
Brandon Visher vs. Lorenzo Moreno
Sean Sakata vs. Johnavan Visante

X-1: Champions Quick Results

Ikaika Moreno def. Aaron Steele - TKO (Injury) 
Luke Cadina def. Brennan Kamaka - Unanimous Decision
Lolohea Mahe def. Desi Miner - TKO (Strikes)
Rich Anderson def. Cheyanne Padeken - Submission (Verbal)
Doug Hiu def. Eric Edwards - Unanimous Decision
Wesley Correira def. Jacob Faagai - TKO (Injury)
Michael Brightmon def. Anthony Torres - Split Decision
Ricky Shivers def. Kenny Ento - TKO (Strikes)
Falaniko Vitale def. Joey Guel - Unanimous Decision
Eddie Yagin def. Dave Moreno - Unanimous Decision
Shane Nelson def. Kaleo Kwan - Split Decision
Mia St. John def. Rhonda Gallegos - KO (Punch)
Chad Reiner def. Mark Moreno - TKO (Strikes)
Ron Waterman def. Analu Brash - Submission (Keylock)
Falaniko Vitale def. Ricky Shivers - TKO (Cut)

X-1: World Events Results

Analu Brash def. Doug Hiu - Submission (Americana)
Brennan Kamaka def. Curtis Pedro - TKO (Strikes)
Kana Hyatt def. Ed Newalu - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Chad Reiner def. Mark Moreno - Submission (Kimura)

Wes Sims Beats Kimo; X-1 Results

Wes Sims… Yes, that Wes Sims stopped Kimo Leopoldo by doctor’s stoppage last night at X-1. An pretty big amount of blood that continously streamed from Kimo’s nose caused the doctor to stop the fight in the first round.

The rest of the X-1 results…

Steve Byrnes defeated Joshua Ferrera - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Justin McCully defeated Derek Thornton - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ed Newalu defeated Dave Moreno – Unanimous Decision
Sally Krumdiack defeated Brittany Pullem – KO
Alex Steibling defeated Auggie Paddeken – Unanimous Decision
Scott Junk defeated Corrie Salter – Unanimous Decision
Eric Pele defeated Vince Lucerno - Unanimous Decision
Adam Lynn defeated Mark Moreno – Unanimous Decision
Niko Vitale defeated Timmy Williams – KO