Yarennoka! Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 AM EST with live results of Yarennoka!, which is taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Yarennoka! features the return of Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on K-1 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. The undercard includes Gilbert Melendez going up against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuo Misaki battling with Yoshihiro Akiyama. Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, and Murlio Bustamante will also be competing.

For those that are interested, the event is being shown live on HDNet starting at 6 AM EST.

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Live results and commentary are shown after the jump.

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Remember again, for those that are interested and have HDNet, this event is airing live as we speak.

The compete card for the event is as follows:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
Shinya Aoki vs. Bukyung Jung
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto
Roman Zentsov vs. Mike Russow

The set-up of this entire thing is just like PRIDE. Old PRIDE announcer with the crazy voice too.

I have no idea how the scoring system is set up for this event since they went with 10 minute first rounds and then 5 minute second rounds but I’ll still try to score them

Time to kick things off. The first bout is Roman Zentsov going up against Mike Russow.

Roman Zentsov vs. Mike Russow

Round 1: They exchange on the feet for a bit before Russow takes Zentsov down. Russow moves to side control and then moves to the north-south position. He works for a reverse arm-triangle but there’s nothing there. He goes for another and partly gets it but Zentsov is able to get out of the hold. They scramble and end up in the same position. Russow works for a north-south choke and gets it. Zentsov fights it for a bit but is forced to tap out.

Winner: Mike Russow - Submission (North-South Choke)

A quick start to the event.

Next up is Tatsuya Kawajiri taking on Luiz Azeredo.

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

Round 1: Azeredo connects with a high kick to start things off but Kawajiri shakes it off. Kawajiri takes Azeredo down. They are too close to the ropes so the bout is restarted in the center of the ring. Kawajiri works some successful ground and pound, landing numerous strikes. Azeredo tries for an armbar but Kawajiri pulls out. Kawajiri continues to pound away. Azeredo is handed a yellow card for stalling by the referee. The fight starts back up on the feet and Kawajiri trips Azeredo to the canvas once again. Azeredo sweeps Kawajiri and ends up taking his back. After not being able to get a rear naked choke, Azeredo tries for an armbar but Kawajiri flips out of it just before the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the first round for Kawajiri.

Round 2: Kawajiri shoots in for a takedown to start the round. Azeredo works his way back up to his feet and then scores a takedown of his own. They are too close to the ropes again so the fight is restarted in the center of the ring. Kawajiri lands a couple of combinations before taking Azeredo down again. Kawajiri starts to work some ground and pound. Azeredo is cut. Azeredo tries to sweep Kawajiri but is unsuccessful. Kawajiri continues to work some ground and pound, this time at a slower pace compared to the first round. Kawajiri continues to control his opponent from the top position until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Kawajiri and the fight for Kawajiri as well. The judges agree.

Winner: Tatsuya Kawajiri - Unanimous Decision

Time for the third bout of the morning. (Evening if you are overseas) Here’s Murilo Bustamante challenging Makoto Takimoto.

Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

Round 1: They exchange strikes to start the bout. They clinch and are given a yellow card for stalling. The pace picks up. Bustamante lands a crisp combination. Takimoto takes Bustamante down but winds up in a Bustamante armbar. He eventually works his way out of it. They scramble and Bustamante winds up on top. They scramble again and once again Bustamante winds up on top. Bustamante works his way to mount and causes Takimoto to roll to his back. Instead of looking for a rear naked choke, Bustamante opts for a knee bar but Takimoto gets out of it. They stand up and exchange before going to the ground again. Bustamante pulls guard but the two are quickly stood up due to a lack of action. They exchange on the feet until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Bustamante.

Round 2: Bustamante connecting with shots to start the round. They clinch and Bustamante takes him down but they are quickly stood up. They jab away at each other. Takimoto knocks Bustamante down with a right. Takimoto pounces on Bustamante and starts to pound away. The referee looks like he is close to stopping it. Takimoto moves to side control and continues to land strikes. Bustamante eventually regains full guard. They scramble and Bustamante takes Takimoto’s back. Bustamante punches from behind and works for a rear naked choke until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Takimoto and the fight a draw. The judges give Takimoto a razor close decision.

Winner: Makoto Takimoto - Split Decision

It was a much more entertaining bout than according to the description. Unfortunate for Bustamante but he was dangerously close to being stopped in that second round.

Time for the next fight. Lightweight phenom Gilbert Melendez taking on Mitsuhiro Ishida. This should be a good one.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida

Round 1: After a brief exchange on the feet, Ishida takes Melendez down and takes his back but Melendez quickly gets back up to his feet. They exchange on the feet until Ishida scored another takedown. Impressive wrestling by Ishida thus far. They scramble and Melendez takes Ishida’s back. They scramble again and end up back on the feet. Ishida takes Melendez down yet again. Ishida takes Melendez’s back for a second time after a scramble. Melendez stands up and throws Ishida to the mat. They stand back up and Ishida quickly takes the fight back down to the floor. Melendez attempts a triangle but Ishida gets out of it. Melendez grabs Ishida’s arm as they are standing up and tries a kimura but Ishida gets out of it. They go back and forth with takedowns but Ishida is putting Melendez is dangerous positions everytime. Melendez tries another kimura but can’t hold on to it. Ishida picks Melendez up and slams him down. Melendez stands up but gets caught in a guillotine. Ishida squeezes but the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Ishida

Round 2: Ishida shoots in for a takedown to start the round but Melendez is able to stuff it. Melendez landing combinations on the feet. Ishida shoots in for another takedown but is denied again. Melendez picks Ishida up and slams him to the canvas. They are too close to the ropes so the fight is moved to the center. Melendez works some ground and pound until Ishida locks in an armbar. It’s pretty deep. Melendez fights it and eventually gets out of it. Ishida ties up Melendez’s arm and lands some shots from the bottom. Melendez frees his arm and works some ground and pound. Melendez stands up and then lands a jumping right just as the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Melendez but the fight to Ishida based on the dangerous positions he put Melendez in.  The judges are split but Melendez suffers the first loss of his career.

Winner: Mitsuhiro Ishida - Unanimous Decision

Here comes a fight with serious meaning when it comes to the middleweight rankings - Kazuo Misaki taking on Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Round 1: They exchange leg kicks and jabs to start the fight. They clinch and end up pushing up against one of the corners of the ring. They separate and go right back to exchanging leg kicks. The pace is picking up now. Akiyama lands an overhand right. Misaki comes back with a nice left. Misaki then connects with a body shot. They clinch and Misaki lands a knee before they break. Misaki continues with the leg kicks. Akiyama lands a right that rocks Misaki. Misaki stumbles to the ground and Akiyama pounces on him. Misaki pulls guard and eventually works his way back to his feet after suffering very little damage on the ground. Right back to exchanging leg kicks. Misaki then lands a left hook that stuns Akiyama. Akiyama goes down to his knees but gets back up. Misaki follows up with a right high kick while his opponent is standing up that knocks Akiyama out cold.

Winner: Kazuo Misaki - KO (Head Kick)

Impressive knockout by Misaki.

It seems that they are switching things up. It’s Fedor time already.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi

Nice video package pre-fight. Big ovation for Fedor. Choi is towering over Fedor.

Round 1: Fedor moves in for a takedown right from the start but Choi muscles him to the ground. Fedor tries an armbar and it looks like Choi is in pain but he is able to get out of it. Choi then uses a reach advantage to connect with punches from the top. It was only about 5 or 6 shots but Fedor’s face is already badly bruised. They stand back up. Fedor rushes Choi and lands a jumping left. They clinch and Fedor pulls Choi down to the mat. Fedor goes for an armbar again and this time it forces Choi to tap out. Fedor wins again.

Winner: Fedor Emelianenko - Submission (Armbar)

I really thought they were going to save Fedor-Choi for the main event but I guess not. Sakurai-Hasegawa is next so it looks like Shinya Aoki will end the event.

Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

Round 1: Hasegawa rushes Sakurai with punches and kicks to start things off. Sakurai lands a body kick and then takes Hasegawa down. He works some ground and pound before standing back up. They exchange leg kicks. Sakurai takes Hasegawa down again. Hasegawa pulls guard but Sakurai stands up. Hasegawa does too but is taken down again. They scramble and stand back up. They exchange with punches and kicks. They clinch and exchange knees. Back to exchanging leg kicks. Sakurai trips Hasegawa down yet again but quickly chooses to stand back up. They clinch in the corner. Sakurai lands a couple of knees and short punches. Hasegawa pulls Sakurai down to the mat but the round ends. Hasegawa walks back to his corner with a cut around his mouth.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Sakurai.

Round 2: Hasegawa again comes out aggressive to start the round. They exchange on the feet and Hasegawa lands a couple of combinations. Hasegawa follows up with a hard body kick. Sakurai shakes it off and takes Hasegawa down. Sakurai is smart in terms of constantly going for the takedown, it’s gotta be scoring him points. Sakurai stands back up and then lands an uppercut that rocks Hasegawa. Sakurai judo throws Hasegawa to the ground. Sakurai yet again wants to stand up and does. Sakurai lands a couple of combinations once Hasegawa returns to his feet. Sakurai throws Hasegawa down once again and this time chooses to stay down. Hasegawa looks for a triangle but Sakurai escapes. Sakurai is now bleeding as well. Sakurai controls Hasegawa on the ground until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Sakurai and the fight for Sakurai as well. The judges agree.

Winner: Hayato Sakurai - Unanimous Decision

Time for the last fight.

Shinya Aoki vs. Bukyung Jung

Round 1: They go to the ground right off the bat. Jung tries for an armbar and partially gets it. Aoki gets out of it and drops back for a heel hook. Aoki then tries for a heel hook with the other leg but Jung gets out. Aoki takes Jung’s back and pounds away from behind. Jung pulls guard and Aoki continues to work some ground and pound. Aoki drops back for another heel hook but Jung gets out of it. They are too close to the ropes so the fight is restarted back on the ground in the center of the ring. Aoki stands up and kicks Jung in the head twice while Jung is still down. No call from the referee. Aoki jumps back into Jung’s guard. Jung locks in an armbar and it is deep. Aoki cringes in pain. Aoki eventually works his way out of it and Jung pulls guard. Aoki accidentally pokes Jung in the eye while working some strikes. No stoppage from the referee. They stand up and Jung sends Aoki to the mat with a right hand. Jung pounces on Aoki but Aoki maintains his composure. Aoki tries a kneebar but can’t get it. They stand back up and exchange on the feet. Aoki lands a right that rocks Jung. Aoki takes Jung down and works some ground and pound until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Jung.

Round 2: Aoki scores a takedown right from the start. Aoki moves to side control and then mounts Jung. Jung’s right eye is completely shut. Aoki works some ground and pound. Jung is just covering up. Aoki continues to pound away with short, nagging punches while Jung holds his hands over his head. Jung isn’t defending himself but the referee lets the fight go on with the exception of a few questions to Jung in terms of whether or not he wanted to continue. Jung gives up his back and Aoki tries for a rear naked choke. He can’t get it so he moves to an armbar. He locks it in but Jung squirms out of it. They get back up to their feet and exchange until the end of the round. Dominating round for Aoki to make up for losing the first.

MMA on Tap scores the round for Aoki and the fight for Aoki as well. The judges agree and award Aoki with a unanimous win that was a lot closer than the end result tells

Winner: Shinya Aoki - Unanimous Decision

Solid all-around event.

Various fighters are now in the ring to address the crowd, Akihiro Gono. No sign of Cro Cop though. I wonder if Dana and company know about Gono speaking…

The fighters in the ring include some that didn’t compete like Aleksander Emelianenko and Sergei Kharitonov.

Everyone’s exiting now. End of live blog. Thanks for following everyone.

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