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Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 2491 p4p, 289 weight class) and Royler Gracie (ranked 3655 p4p, 388 weight class). Gracie comes into a darkened arena with his song building. Olha a Explosão kicks in, the lights come on and the crowd goes wild! What a showman! The key to victory for Norifumi Yamamoto has got to be keeping the fight on the feet.

168 cm
25
161 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
171 cm
25
162 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Big heart
Good takedowns
Basic striking
Experienced

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the lightweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 1 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Royler Gracie!
The judges for this bout are Bart Greer, Daniel Franklin and Santiago Holmes.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yamamoto misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Gracie.
Yamamoto throws a jab when Gracie was well out of range.
Gracie changes levels for a counter takedown but doesn't follow through with his attempt.
Gracie shoots in and drives through. Yamamoto sprawls well.
Gracie misses with a body shot.
Yamamoto listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Donk. Yamamoto catches Gracie right on the button with a cross.
Royler Gracie seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Gracie shoots in for a double leg but Yamamoto sprawls well. That's going to sap some energy.
Yamamoto missing with a left hand there. Gracie was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Yamamoto definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Yamamoto misses with a takedown attempt. He shot from a bit too far out.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto ducks under a wild hook from Gracie.
Yamamoto digs a good body shot into Gracie's ribs.
Gracie's coach down at ELITE Island Gym - 19 Elite Coaches was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Gracie's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Gracie shoots in and drives through. Yamamoto sprawls well.
Norifumi Yamamoto has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Royler Gracie.
Yamamoto moves out of range as Gracie strikes.
Yamamoto changes levels looking for a counter takedown but doesn't commit.
Gracie throws a lazy right hand but Yamamoto sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
A punch lands to the side of Gracie 's head but he takes it in his stride.
Gracie misses with a right hand

and Yamamoto decides to take the opportunity to score a takedown. He's landed in Gracie's guard.

Gracie is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Yamamoto is fighting to break Gracie's control of his arms but Gracie is doing a good job of controlling the position at the moment.

Gracie looking for a guillotine here but Yamamoto defends easily.
Gracie controls Yamamoto momentarily but Yamamoto frees himself.
Yamamoto wants to control from the top but Gracie keeps moving.
Gracie seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gracie working a defensive guard but Yamamoto manages to pass into side control anyway.

Yamamoto is looking to finish here, going for an Americana. Gracie knows the correct defense though, so he's OK.
You can see the frustration on Gracie's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
Gracie manages to work his way to half guard, despite Yamamoto's best efforts.

Yamamoto wants to work for an arm triangle but Gracie is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.
Gracie is doing well to avoid being mounted. He's controlling the position at the moment.
Gracie is refusing to be controlled, as Yamamoto sits in half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto sitting and controlling from the half guard.
Gracie is trying to maintain the position but Yamamoto is very close to passing his half guard.

Gracie is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Yamamoto pulls his head out easily.
Yamamoto is looking to take a break and control but Gracie is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Gracie regains full guard. Nicely done.
Yamamoto pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Gracie is keeping the position for now.

Gracie is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Yamamoto is aware though and is defending well.

Gracie is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.

Gracie looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Yamamoto has to be careful here, sitting in the guard of a superior BJJ player.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Gracie trying to keep a closed guard but Yamamoto is proving a slippery customer.
Gracie keeping full guard, as Yamamoto tries to pass.

Yamamoto thinks about going for a leg but decides against it, in order to maintain the position.
Gracie seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.
Gracie is trying to control the position from the bottom.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Gracie keeping full guard, as Yamamoto tries to pass.

Gracie has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Yamamoto can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Norifumi Yamamoto dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Yamamoto shoots in with a takedown attempt and he has Gracie pinned against the cage. Gracie gets the underhooks and manages to circle away.
Gracie fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Yamamoto manages to avoid it.

Yamamoto bobs and weaves into range and then changes levels and scores with a nice takedown into side control.
Yamamoto is looking to take a break and control but Gracie is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Gracie sneaks a leg under to get back to half guard.
Gracie is looking to control Yamamoto's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Gracie avoid being mounted?
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Gracie tries to get to full guard but Yamamoto has control of the leg.

Yamamoto is looking for a kimura. It's going to be difficult to finish that from half guard though and Gracie defends it well.
Gracie is looking for a sweep. Yamamoto is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Gracie is looking to control Yamamoto's leg but it's slowly edging free. Can Gracie avoid being mounted?
Yamamoto tries to pass the half guard into mount. Gracie knows what he's doing though and prevents the attempt.
Yamamoto is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that Gracie can do to turn this around?
Gracie slips a foot under and gets full guard. Nice work.
Gracie not looking particularly offensive just at the moment.
Yamamoto won't allow Gracie to sweep him here.

Gracie working away from the bottom but not quite defensive enough there because Yamamoto has passed into half guard!
Yamamoto looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.

Yamamoto is working for a submission of some sort.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Gracie tries to get to full guard but Yamamoto has control of the leg.
Gracie desperately trying to maintain half guard.
Yamamoto trying to pass the guard but Gracie defending well.
Gracie is concentrating on defense, preventing Yamamoto from advancing position.
Gracie is looking to improve his position.
Gracie is trying to maintain the position but Yamamoto is very close to passing his half guard.
Yamamoto looking to pass the half guard. Not this time.
Gracie regains full guard. Nicely done.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Gracie pulls Yamamoto in to control the position.
Yamamoto controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Gracie working a defensive guard here.
Yamamoto trying to control but Gracie is working from the bottom.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up.
Yamamoto getting the better of the striking in that exchange.

Yamamoto throws the overhand right but ducks down into a quick takedown attempt. Gracie was covering up waiting for the punch and Yamamoto finishes the takedown easily into guard.
Gracie is pulling down on Yamamoto's head to control his posture.

Gracie has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Yamamoto can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto wants to control from the top but Gracie keeps moving.

Gracie looking for a guillotine here but Yamamoto defends easily.

Gracie working for submissions but it's allowed Yamamoto to get to half guard.

Yamamoto in half guard on the top. He's looking for a kimura... He's got it locked and he's managed to free his trapped foot. Gracie tries to escape but it's on too tight and he has to tap! Great BJJ skills there from Yamamoto!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:56 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
Norifumi Yamamoto decided to thank the fans in attendance for making a great atmosphere. It seemed to go down pretty well.
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hype
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pop
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FIGHT
RATING
33%
 
 
 
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