Antz Nansen. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen used superior striking skills to spoil the anticipated professional debut of 2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi, knocking Izumi down three times en route to a first-round TKO win at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event on Wednesday.
Izumi (0-1) did surprisingly well in the loss. Willing to stand with a dangerous Nansen (1-0) on the feet, Izumi caught his opponent on multiple occasions with a few straight left hands. The tide turned when Nansen hurt Izumi with a right hand midway through the round. Izumi stumbling backwards prompting Nansen to stalk his foe, dropping him twice before finishing him off with a final combination that left Izumi bloodied and seated in a corner.
The win was also the first for Nansen as a professional in MMA. Both fighters are expected to compete again before the end of the year, most likely at Sengoku’s scheduled New Year’s Eve show in Japan.
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva picked up his sixth consecutive win in the show’s co-main event, submitting rugged brawler Jim York with an arm-triangle choke just short of four minutes into the first round.
With neither fighter landing much on the feet, Silva scored a takedown in the fight’s opening moments, only to get caught in a guillotine choke. Silva (13-1) was eventually able to escape and rocked York (11-3) with a left hand on the feet before taking York down for the second time. Silva, a member of American Top Team, rained down a flurry of hammerfists before locking in the submission with relative ease.
Dan Hornbuckle (19-2) will continue his rise up the welterweight rankings with a dominant performance handed in against former BodogFight welterweight king Nick Thompson (38-12-1), which saw Hornbuckle earn a second-round TKO of “The Goat”.
In other action, former IFL lightweight champ Ryan Schultz suffered a scary KO loss to Kazunori Yokota, who put Schultz to sleep with an overhand right that caused his head to bounce off the canvas. Yokota (10-2-3) was then able to get in a few more unanswered punches on the ground before the referee stepped in to save Schultz (20-12-1), who stayed down for several moments before eventually being helped from the ring.
Seasoned veteran Joe Doerksen (43-12) also earned his fourth win in a row and second straight Sengoku victory with an impressive performance in a tough fight against Takenori Sato (9-6-5), whom Doerksen finished in the second round via strikes.
Complete results from the event:
Antz Nansen def. Hiroshi Izumi - TKO (Punches), R1
Antonio Silva def. Jim York - Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke), R1
Makoto Takimoto def. Jae Sun Lee - Unanimous Decision
Kazunori Yokota def. Ryan Schultz - KO (Punches), R1
Fabio Silva def. Ryo Kawamura - TKO (Corner Stoppage), R1
Dan Hornbuckle def. Nick Thompson - TKO (Strikes), R2
Joe Doerksen def. Takenori Sato - TKO (Punches), R2
Maximo Blanco def. Tetsuya Yamada - TKO (Strikes), R2
Ikuo Usuda def. Baek Woo Hyun - TKO (Strikes), R1
Shigeki Osawa def. Kim Ki Hyun - Unanimous Decision
So Jee Hyun def. Ryosuke Komori - Unanimous Decision
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