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Event: The Island Season 9, 155 lbs, Round 2     
Date:   May 05, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1315 p4p, 150 weight class) and James Smith (ranked 1183 p4p, 0 weight class). The key to victory for Norifumi Yamamoto has got to be keeping the fight on the feet.

168 cm
26
161 lbs
8 - 4 - 0
176 cm
27
164 lbs
9 - 3 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Good wrestler
Basic striking
Granite chin

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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 8 wins, 4 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 9 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, James Smith!
The judges for this bout are Winston Alpacca, Santiago Holmes and Sandra Marshall.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Yamamoto shoots in for a takedown! He's got it and he's managed to land in side control! That's better than Yamamoto was expecting from the takedown attempt, I'm sure!
We've been hearing good reports from Yamamoto's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Smith tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Smith is still trying to improve position.

Yamamoto thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.

Yamamoto goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Smith has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Yamamoto but great work by Smith.
Yamamoto is looking to regain half guard here but Smith keeps moving and retains side control.
Yamamoto gets back to half guard.
Smith scores with a couple of good hammerfists.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Yamamoto gets full guard.
Smith works over Yamamoto with some ground and pound from guard.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yamamoto is looking for a triangle but Smith pushes his legs off easily.

Yamamoto had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Smith defends it easily.
Smith working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Yamamoto's head.

Yamamoto working for a triangle but Smith defends it easily.

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

Yamamoto had isolated an arm as going for a kimura. Smith defends it easily.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Smith content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.
Smith working in close now, lands a nice elbow to the side of Yamamoto's head.
Smith is in close to Yamamoto's body, working some short punches and elbows.
Smith scoring with punches to the head and body.
Smith distracts Yamamoto with his right hand and drops a big elbow with his other arm.
Smith trying to control but Yamamoto is working from the bottom.

Smith avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Smith chips away with some ground and pound.
Smith postures up and lands a big shot to Yamamoto's brow.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Smith working from the guard for now, landing some ground and pound.
Yamamoto is working an open guard here, looking to improve his position. No doubt that will leave him open to counters but at least he's being more offensive.
Yamamoto is working hard here to advance position.
Smith with a couple of shots to the head there. Not particularly brutal.
Smith looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Smith sneaks a leg through and gets to half guard. That was like a knife through butter how easily he passed Yamamoto's guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Smith working the head and body with strikes.

Yamamoto actively working from the bottom here.
Yamamoto is staying active underneath Smith, who seems content to just control the action from this position.
Yamamoto wants to improve his position but Smith is controlling well.
The two fighters exchange a few words. I couldn't hear what they were saying but maybe it's more fun if you make it up yourself. Smith connects with a nice short shot to Yamamoto's temple.
Smith trying to control the action but Yamamoto is working from the bottom.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto has hold of Smith's hands but Smith slips his arm to the side and lands an elbow.
Smith seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Smith working Yamamoto over with strikes.
Smith seems to be taking a bit of a break to think of his next move. He lands a short punch in the meantime.
Smith is just sitting in half guard, waiting for something to happen.
Ground and pound from Smith.
Smith drops an elbow to the side of Yamamoto's head.
Smith is scoring with some nice ground and pound from the dominant position.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Smith working over Yamamoto with some ground and pound. Yamamoto looks like he wants out of this position, which is understandable.

Yamamoto looking for submissions off his back.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

James Smith dominated that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Smith shoots in looking for a takedown. Yamamoto tries to sprawl out of it but Smith keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Yamamoto manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Smith tries to drive through with a takedown attempt but Yamamoto defends well and Smith ends up having to push Yamamoto into the cage where they will battle it out in the clinch.

Smith drives through with a takedown into Yamamoto's guard. Let's see what he can do from the top position.

Yamamoto escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Smith gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

Smith got a little sloppy there for a moment and Yamamoto has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Smith has managed to get both his arms back between Yamamoto's legs - danger averted.
Yamamoto has momentary wrist control but Smith slips an elbow through the middle.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yamamoto is active off his back here, looking for submissions.
Smith content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.

Yamamoto is looking for a triangle but Smith pushes his legs off easily.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Smith landing with the ground and pound.
Yamamoto has momentary wrist control but Smith slips an elbow through the middle.
Hammerfist, elbow! yells Smith's corner. There ya go! There ya go!

Yamamoto is looking for a triangle but Smith pushes his legs off easily.
Smith lands a couple of decent looking shots.
Smith is sitting in guard, working some ground and pound.
Smith content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.

Yamamoto is rocked!

Yamamoto has a loose triangle. He'll be looking to tighten that up but Smith can see exactly what he's planning and manages to posture up and free himself.
Oh Yamamoto is still in real trouble! Will he be able to recover?!!
Smith content to strike from guard, landing some decent shots.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Smith scores with a decent looking elbow strike.
Smith postures up and lands a big shot to Yamamoto's brow.
Smith keeps in close for a moment and lands a decent shot to the side of Yamamoto's head.
Smith loads up on a big left hand. Yamamoto felt that one! He's just covering up now, not defending himself intelligently - Smith looks towards the ref and unloads with 3 more big shots and the ref has no choice but to stop the fight! Yamamoto can't hide his disappointment, as Smith celebrates the victory.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:39 of round 2, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). James Smith!
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hype
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RATING
40%

 

Event: The Island Season 9, 155 lbs, Round 1     
Date:   May 04, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1375 p4p, 154 weight class) and Ronald Garnier (ranked 2879 p4p, 300 weight class). Norifumi Yamamoto had a look across the cage there at his opponent. He definitely means business

168 cm
26
161 lbs
7 - 4 - 0
175 cm
25
164 lbs
2 - 1 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Decent wrestler
Solid Muay Thai
Heavy handed

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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 7 wins, 4 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 2 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Ronald Garnier!
The judges for this bout are Peter Branson, Bart Greer and Daniel Franklin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!

Yamamoto dives in and scores a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Garnier trying to keep a closed guard but Yamamoto is proving a slippery customer.
Garnier seems keen to control rather than go for a submission, at least for now.

Yamamoto drops back, looking for a kneebar! Garnier looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Garnier looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Garnier!

Yamamoto tries to improve position but can't.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Garnier taking a breather here.
Yamamoto sneaks back into half guard.
Garnier looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto wants to improve his position but Garnier is controlling well.
Garnier looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

Yamamoto actively working from the bottom here.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Well. There's a bit of a lull in the action here and the crowd are starting to get restless.

Yamamoto looking for submissions off his back.
Garnier trying to mount his opponent but Yamamoto defends it.

Yamamoto looking for submissions from an awkward position here.
Garnier wants to free his trapped foot but Yamamoto is holding on for dear life with his legs.

Yamamoto looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Garnier really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Yamamoto. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Garnier stalling.
Garnier is trying to control. Yamamoto wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.
Garnier prevents Yamamoto from improving his position.
We may be looking at a referee standup if the pace doesn't pick up soon.
Garnier looks over to his corner - he wants some instructions but his corner are not responding.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.
Garnier tries to clinch up.
Garnier steps to the side to avoid the strikes from Yamamoto.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A lull in the action here being met with boos from the crowd.
Nice shot by Yamamoto.
Nice body punch from Garnier.
Ronald Garnier seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Yamamoto misses with a body shot.
Garnier tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Garnier misses with a looping right.
Yamamoto half commits to a counter takedown before pushing away, out of range.
Nice uppercut there from Garnier.
Garnier ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Garnier just misses with a punch to the body.
Yamamoto just misses with a punch to the body.
Garnier throws out a powerful jab.
Yamamoto moves forwards but Garnier connects with a nice, crisp jab.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Yamamoto scores with a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Garnier looking to hit a scissor sweep but Yamamoto is one step ahead there.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Ronald Garnier will probably get the nod.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Yamamoto connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.

Yamamoto closes the distance and after a bit of a stuggle, scores a takedown into Garnier's guard.
Yamamoto passes easily into side control. Nice work.

Yamamoto wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Garnier, who protects the arm well.
You can see the frustration on Garnier's face, being in this tough position on the bottom.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Garnier is looking for a sweep.
Norifumi Yamamoto overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Garnier manages to get one leg in to regain half guard.
Garnier wants to get back to full guard.

Yamamoto is working for a kimura but Garnier is defending it quite comfortably.

Yamamoto is looking for a kimura here.
We've been hearing good reports from Yamamoto's training camp. Apparently he has been rolling around with some good quality BJJ practitioners and has been sharpening his skills. Let's see if that has an impact on the fight today.
Garnier is trying to maintain the position but Yamamoto is very close to passing his half guard.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Garnier preventing any damage for now, controlling his opponent's head.
Garnier is looking to improve his position.

Yamamoto has hold of the far side arm. He's working for the Kimura, can Garnier defend it? Yamamoto steps over the head and cranks it - Garnier is tapping out! That was textbook stuff right there - nice submission victory for Yamamoto!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:48 of round 2, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
Our winner, Norifumi Yamamoto, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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pop
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mgr
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RATING
31%

 

Event: SPARTA 48: THE ISLAND FINALE     
Date:   Apr 30, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1048 p4p, 121 weight class) and Royler Gracie (ranked 961 p4p, 111 weight class). Gracie has chosen Olha a Explosão as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. Royler Gracie will no doubt be trying to keep this one on the feet, where he has a distinct advantage.

168 cm
26
161 lbs
7 - 3 - 0
171 cm
26
162 lbs
6 - 3 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Powerful takedowns
Basic striking
Powerful

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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 7 wins, 3 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 6 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Royler Gracie!
The judges for this bout are Santiago Holmes, Peter Branson and David Hoff.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Gracie just misses with a punch to the body.
Gracie keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Gracie feints the counter takedown.
Gracie takes a swing at Yamamoto's ribcage but misses.
A looping hook to the body misses from Gracie. Yamamoto does a little dance to reset his feet.
Yamamoto shoots for a double leg takedown but Gracie sprawls well. He's pushed Yamamoto's face into the mat and manages to get back to his feet relatively easily.
Yamamoto ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Yamamoto drops down looking for a counter takedown but Gracie sprawls and moves away.
Gracie has been spending a lot of time sparring his boxing in the run up to the fight, trying to sharpen up those hands and look for a knockout.

Yamamoto feints and as Gracie raises his hands in defense, Yamamoto changes levels and drives through with a takedown into guard.

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

Gracie is looking for a triangle but Yamamoto pushes his legs off easily.
Gracie keeping full guard, as Yamamoto tries to pass.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Gracie looking for a guillotine here but Yamamoto defends easily.

Gracie has managed to work for a loose triangle. I think Yamamoto should be able to defend this one pretty easily though. Oh, Gracie has tightened it up now! Yamamoto should have reacted faster there - he's in big trouble and yes, he's tapped out! This one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:18 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Triangle). Royler Gracie!
A very excited looking Royler Gracie made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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hype
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pop
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RATING
62%

 

Event: SPARTA 43     
Date:   Apr 19, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1522 p4p, 185 weight class) and Nevzorov Stepanovich (ranked 1703 p4p, 206 weight class). Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

168 cm
26
161 lbs
6 - 3 - 0
170 cm
25
162 lbs
3 - 1 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Good takedowns
Basic striking
Solid chin

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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 6 wins, 3 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 3 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Nevzorov Stepanovich!
The judges for this bout are Michael Johnstone, Dirk Anderson and David Hoff.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Stepanovich avoids the body shot from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto swings widly with a right hand

and Stepanovich counters with a takedown into side control.
Yamamoto has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Yamamoto is trying to get back to half guard.
Stepanovich wants to lay and pray for a moment but Yamamoto keeps working.
Yamamoto is looking to reverse the position.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Stepanovich thinks about going for a far side armbar but bails out and retains the dominant position instead.
Yamamoto tries to bench press Stepanovich off him but Stepanovich keeps the position.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Stepanovich's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.

Yamamoto is defending against the submission attempts here by Stepanovich.
Stepanovich has been taking part in the yoga sessions down at Temp Spar Gym. Presumably he's going to look for a slick submission... Or maybe he's looking to avoid one.

Stepanovich is trying to work for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.

Stepanovich is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are hurling abuse towards the fighters... You can hardly blame them though because there isn't a lot going on in the fight.
Yamamoto tries to get to full guard but Stepanovich has control of the leg.

Yamamoto looking for submissions from an awkward position here.

Yamamoto is looking to sinch up a guillotine here but Stepanovich pulls his head out easily.
Stepanovich is trying to control. Yamamoto wants to improve his position but can't escape this time.

Stepanovich is looking for a kimura here.
Yamamoto is refusing to be controlled, as Stepanovich sits in half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Stepanovich is working for submissions here but there's nothing on.

Stepanovich looking for a kimura but he'll have to free his other leg if he wants to finish that. Perhaps he's just using it as a distraction technique.

Stepanovich wants to work for an arm triangle but Yamamoto is really keeping half guard well and defending the submission attempt.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Yamamoto is refusing to be controlled, as Stepanovich sits in half guard.

The referee has motioned to the fighters to stand back up. He just wasn't happy with the level of activity.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Yamamoto misses the shot to the body.
Stepanovich tries a counter takedown but it's more of a dummy move, and he uses it to push himself away.
Stepanovich shoots in and drives through. Yamamoto sprawls well.
Stepanovich tries for a takedown but Yamamoto sees it coming a mile off and avoids it easily.
Stepanovich looks to land a left hand but Yamamoto moved out of range nicely.
Stepanovich jabbing away but nothing is landing.

Yamamoto scores with a nice takedown into half guard. Let's see what he's got on the ground.
Boooooooooooooooooooo!!! God, this has been a terrible round. Come on you two, sort yourselves out!

Stepanovich looking for a kimura from the bottom but Yamamoto passes into side control!
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.
Stepanovich wants to control but Yamamoto postures up.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Nevzorov Stepanovich will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Stepanovich doesn't succeed with the takedown

and Yamamoto counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.

Yamamoto drops back, looking for a kneebar! Stepanovich looks panicked! The fighters roll across the mat, one looking to finish, one looking to escape. Stepanovich looks to have wriggled free... Yes, he's got his leg free and he's dived into side control! Good work there from Stepanovich!

Stepanovich has knee on belly and now moves to full mount! Trouble for Yamamoto!
Yamamoto really trying hard to get back to half guard here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto is working hard here to advance position.
Stepanovich can't quite control the action as he would like just now, as Yamamoto is looking to escape.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Stepanovich is working on an americana here. Ooh, that looks pretty nasty! Nope, Yamamoto has managed to escape the submission attempt.

Stepanovich goes for an armbar but he's fallen flat on his backside there and now Yamamoto is on top in guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Yamamoto passes easily into side control. Nice work.
Stepanovich is trying to improve his position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

Yamamoto wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Stepanovich, who protects the arm well.

Yamamoto goes for an armbar here - this could be all over! But no, Stepanovich has escaped beautifully and is now on top in side control! Oh, that's unlucky for Yamamoto but great work by Stepanovich.
Yamamoto is looking to reverse the position.

Stepanovich tries for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.
Yamamoto is moving his hips around well on the bottom and has managed to get back to half guard.
Yamamoto works his way to full guard. Good work.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Yamamoto has his foot on Stepanovich's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Stepanovich works his way back into a safe position though.

Stepanovich got a little sloppy there for a moment and Yamamoto has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Stepanovich has managed to get both his arms back between Yamamoto's legs - danger averted.
Yamamoto keeping moving, preventing Stepanovich from controlling successfully.

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

Stepanovich got a little sloppy there for a moment and Yamamoto has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Stepanovich has managed to get both his arms back between Yamamoto's legs - danger averted.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Stepanovich stands and throws Yamamoto's legs to the side, diving into side control.
Yamamoto is trying to improve his position.
Stepanovich trying to control the position but Yamamoto is working away.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.

Stepanovich tries for a kimura but Yamamoto is defending well.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Norifumi Yamamoto will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action! This is the final round!


Stepanovich throws a jab but it's blocked by Yamamoto.
A telegraphed right hand from Stepanovich misses the target.
Yamamoto looks to score with a jab to the body but Stepanovich is just out of range.
Stepanovich waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Yamamoto.
Yamamoto feinted with a counter takedown.
Stepanovich blocks a jab.

Yamamoto scores a trip takedown into side control. Nice.
Stepanovich tries to work a leg under to get back to half guard but Yamamoto wriggles his own leg back out and remains in side control.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Yamamoto tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.
Norifumi Yamamoto overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

Yamamoto tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Yamamoto has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yamamoto is trying to get an arm triangle but Stepanovich is defending well.
Stepanovich is looking for a sweep.
Stepanovich is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.
Stepanovich wants to control but Yamamoto postures up.

Yamamoto looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

Yamamoto wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Stepanovich, who protects the arm well.
Stepanovich can't do much from the bottom here.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Stepanovich tries to get back to half guard but can't.
Stepanovich is trying to get back to half guard. He's pushing on Yamamoto's leg. He's managed it. Nice work.
Stepanovich is pressing down on Yamamoto's left leg trying to get back to full guard. He's managed it.

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
Yamamoto trying to pass the guard but can't manage it just yet.

The referee has decided to stand the fighters back up, so we'll restart on the feet.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
A few boos can be heard. I'm sure they will multiply if the fighters don't pick up the pace.
Yamamoto misses with a looping left.
A big right from Yamamoto misses.
Stepanovich throws a big shot that misses.
Yamamoto uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Stepanovich.

Yamamoto gets a double leg takedown into Stepanovich's guard.
Stepanovich tries to land a sweep but no joy.

Yamamoto drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Stepanovich manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Yamamoto has Stepanovich in his guard.


Stepanovich drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Yamamoto manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Stepanovich has Yamamoto in his guard.


And that's the end of the fight!
Norifumi Yamamoto showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Yamamoto has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Michael Johnstone scores the fight 29:28
Judge Dirk Anderson scores the fight 28:29
Judge David Hoff scores the fight 29:28

In favor of your winner, by split decision... Norifumi Yamamoto!

Our winner, Norifumi Yamamoto, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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RATING
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Event: SPARTA 38     
Date:   Apr 07, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1017 p4p, 129 weight class) and Kenshi Kimura (ranked 2291 p4p, 258 weight class). Over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

168 cm
26
161 lbs
6 - 2 - 0
165 cm
26
162 lbs
4 - 4 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Powerful takedowns
Basic striking
Granite chin

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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 6 wins, 2 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 4 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Kenshi Kimura!
The judges for this bout are Santiago Holmes, Michael Johnstone and Sandra Marshall.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Kimura takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Yamamoto misses with a body shot.
Yamamoto fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Kimura manages to avoid it.
Yamamoto misses with a hook

and Kimura counters with a nice double leg into side control. Yamamoto won't be happy with that.

Kimura looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.
Yamamoto has improved his flexibility recently so we will have to see if he can use that to his advantage.
Kimura controls the position from side control.

Kimura is looking for a kimura. He might have it! No, Yamamoto has escaped the position, nice work there.
Yamamoto tries to get back to half guard but can't.

Kimura tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Kimura has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!

Kimura looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto is letting Kimura control him for a moment.

Kimura has worked his way into a potential kimura here. Yamamoto is trying to get out of the position but his squirming has just got him deeper into trouble. Kimura yanks on the arm and Yamamoto is forced to tap due to a very painful looking submission! Nice work by Kimura.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:30 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Kenshi Kimura!
An out of breath Kenshi Kimura thanked his loyal fans in his post fight interview, giving them credit for his success over the course of his career.
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RATING
57%

 

Event: SPARTA 32     
Date:   Mar 24, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 693 p4p, 82 weight class) and Juan Luna (ranked 1063 p4p, 132 weight class). Luna has chosen Noypi by Bamboo as his entrance music. The atmosphere really building for this one as we go over to our ring announcer for the fighter introductions!

168 cm
26
161 lbs
6 - 1 - 0
171 cm
26
162 lbs
5 - 1 - 0
Powerful takedowns
Counter fighter
Very strong
Good wrestler
Decent boxing
Good gas tank

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BEAST



Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 6 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Juan Luna!
The judges for this bout are Peter Branson, Winston Alpacca and Santiago Holmes.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Luna stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Luna wants it to stay on the feet.
Yamamoto misses with a telegraphed body shot
and Luna counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Yamamoto has been talking about how he's improved his wrestling in the run up to the fight so let's see if that's enough to sway the balance.
Luna keeps his opponent at a distance with a nice jab.
Luna has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Yamamoto is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Luna throws a body shot but no joy.
Yamamoto takes one to the side of the head.
Luna misses with an uppercut.

Luna moves into the clinch.
Luna prevents Yamamoto from breaking the clinch.
A body shot lands from Luna.
Luna gets through Yamamoto's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Luna scores with an uppercut up the middle.

Yamamoto breaks the clinch.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Luna lunges at Yamamoto with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Yamamoto's hand.
Juan Luna seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Donk. Luna catches Yamamoto right on the button with a cross.

Yamamoto is rocked!

Luna closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.

That's one minute gone in the round.
An uppercut to the body lands inside from Luna.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Luna.
Yamamoto goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Yamamoto displaying some good clinch control by pressing Luna up against the cage.
Yamamoto tries to jump guard but he falls flat on his backside. Luna smiles and moves away.

Luna moves into the clinch.
Luna throws a head punch that misses.
Yamamoto is trying to maintain a safe position but Luna gets an underhook and turns Yamamoto into the cage.
Stalling in the clinch from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto tries a body shot but Luna blocks it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Yamamoto or not.
Luna lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.
Luna lands an uppercut.
A short right from Luna on the inside.
Yamamoto jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Luna walks away with a smile on his face. Yamamoto gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Norifumi Yamamoto. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Luna throws a jab when Yamamoto was well out of range.
Luna ducks under a wild hook from Yamamoto.

Luna takes the fight into the clinch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Yamamoto's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Yamamoto throws a punch but it's blocked by Luna.
Luna misses with the head strike.
Luna lands with a short shot to the head.
Yamamoto tries to pull guard but Luna forces him back to his feet, against the cage.
Yamamoto fails to pull the fight into his guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Luna lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.
Luna lands a right hand that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.

Yamamoto decides to pull guard.
Yamamoto wants to sweep but no luck.
Luna controls the pace of the fight for a moment.
Luna must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Yamamoto escapes his hips to the side and looks to be working for an armbar. Luna gives him a little smile and shakes his head. No chance.

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

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Yamamoto working from the bottom, still in full guard. He's managed to get a loose triangle. Luna doesn't seem to be doing much to defend here, obviously he feels comfortable in the position. Luna manages to throw the legs off his shoulder and he's back into guard - no problem.
Luna controls from within his opponent's guard.

Luna got a little sloppy there for a moment and Yamamoto has worked his way into a loose triangle - can he finish it?! No, Luna has managed to get both his arms back between Yamamoto's legs - danger averted.

The fighters are starting to get a bit slippery now, which will make submissions a bit more difficult.
Yamamoto looking for submissions off his back, moving his hips, looking for an opening.
Luna stays in close to Yamamoto's body and controls the position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Juan Luna dominated that round.
That's time! Back to the action!


Luna throws a body punch but Yamamoto moves out of range.
Luna looks to throw the jab but Yamamoto is out of range.
Yamamoto tries to counter with a takedown but Luna is quick to defend against it.
Yamamoto ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Luna moves away.

Luna gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Luna lands a nice uppercut.
Luna has been the more effective fighter overall so far.

Yamamoto successfully pulls guard.

Yamamoto has his foot on Luna's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Luna works his way back into a safe position though.
Luna controlling from the guard. I say controlling but really, he's stalling.

Yamamoto throwing his legs up looking for a triangle.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Luna sitting in guard, not really doing much.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna stands up and looks to throw the legs aside to pass to side control. Yamamoto swivels though and keeps the full guard.

Yamamoto is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Luna defends well.

Luna avoids a guillotine attempt easily.
Luna is taking a break and basically stalling. The referee will not allow him to do that for long.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

The ref stands the fighters back up due to a lack of activity.
Yamamoto scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Luna throws a body shot but no joy.
Luna lands a jab.
Yamamoto thows a left - swing and a miss!
Luna throws a hook but Yamamoto blocks it.
Yamamoto tries to counter with a takedown but Luna is quick to defend against it.
Yamamoto avoids the body shot from Luna.
Yamamoto takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Luna bobs and weaves and unloads with a good uppercut.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Luna misses with a body shot.
Yamamoto attempts a counter takedown but Luna avoids it well and moves away.
Yamamoto throws an ugly left hook that misses
and Luna counters with a nice body shot.
Luna cracks a nice hook into Yamamoto's ribs.
Yamamoto lands a nice shot to the body.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Luna throws a jab when Yamamoto was well out of range.

Luna closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Yamamoto throws a punch but it's blocked by Luna.
A short uppercut from Luna.
Nice body punch from Luna - that landed with a thud.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
A short left from Luna.

Yamamoto pulls Luna into guard.
Luna advances position into side control!
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Juan Luna showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Yamamoto with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling Luna to score with a decent uppercut.
Yamamoto misses with a left hand
and Luna makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Luna swings for the body but Yamamoto moves out of range.
Luna jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Yamamoto dives in for a single leg takedown but Luna sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Luna throws a looping overhand right but Yamamoto ducks down to avoid it.
Yamamoto looks for a takedown here. Will he get it? Luna is fending him off so far but Yamamoto persists. Nope, Luna circles away and we're back to standing.
Luna throws a couple of head shots and lands with the final one - a decent hook, which struck Yamamoto on the side of the head.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.

Luna has Yamamoto up against the cage in a clinch.
A shot in the inside from Luna.
Luna lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.
Luna working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna lands a body shot in the clinch.
Luna scores with a shoulder strike.
Luna lands a nice shot to the body.
Luna working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Luna lands a body punch.
Luna makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
A right hook to the body lands for Luna.
Luna gets through Yamamoto's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
Luna blocks an uppercut.
Luna lands a right hand that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.
Luna lands a body punch.
Luna softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Luna lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Oh Yamamoto is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Luna lands a hook that snaps the head of Yamamoto backwards.
Yamamoto seems to have got his legs back now.
Luna throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Luna is working Yamamoto over against the cage.
Yamamoto working hard to break the clinch.
Luna lands a left hand.
Yamamoto trying to stall but Luna improves his position.
Yamamoto fails to pull guard.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Norifumi Yamamoto. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Luna is leaning against Yamamoto and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Yamamoto goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Nice body punch from Luna.
Luna scores with a shot to the side of Yamamoto's head.
Luna working some nice short punches in the clinch.
Yamamoto misses with a hook to the ribs.
Luna scores with a hook to the body.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Luna lands an uppercut.
Luna throws a blind hook that connects with the side of Yamamotos head.
Yamamoto jumps guard but his hands slip and he falls flat on his back. Well, he's made himself look a right mug there, as Luna walks away with a smile on his face. Yamamoto gets slowly back to his feet and shakes his head.
Juan Luna is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Yamamoto closes the distance and clinches up with Luna, looking for a takedown. Yamamoto pushes Luna against the cage but Luna circles to the side and manages to break the clinch.
Luna ducks down and throws a big overhand right - it lands flush on the jaw, knocking Yamamoto out cold! The fight is over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:26 of round 3, we have a winner by way of KO (Punch). Juan Luna!
Juan Luna is the new lightweight champion!
A very excited looking Juan Luna made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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FIGHT
RATING
48%

 

Event: SPARTA 25     
Date:   Mar 08, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Samson Wills (ranked 745 p4p, 95 weight class) and Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 1639 p4p, 197 weight class). These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

164 cm
25
162 lbs
4 - 1 - 0
168 cm
26
161 lbs
5 - 1 - 0
Good wrestling
Basic striking
Very strong
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Determined

BEAST

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 4 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Samson Wills!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 5 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
The judges for this bout are Peter Branson, Bart Greer and Sandra Marshall.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yamamoto dives in for a single leg takedown but Wills sprawls and the fighters end up clinched against the cage.
Wills tries to counter with a takedown but Yamamoto is quick to defend against it.

Wills darts in and lands a nice takedown into half guard.
Yamamoto keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.
Yamamoto works his way to full guard. Good work.

Yamamoto working for a triangle but Wills defends it easily.

Yamamoto is working actively from the bottom, looking for submissions. He's escaped his hips to the side and he's going for an armbar! Wills has his hands clasped together but Yamamoto extends and breaks Wills's desperate grasp, forcing a tap out due to armbar! Nice BJJ displayed there by Yamamoto.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:48 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Armbar). Norifumi Yamamoto!
Norifumi Yamamoto is the new lightweight champion!
Norifumi Yamamoto seemed lost for words in his post fight interview but he remembered to thank his fans and directed everyone to his website.
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100%

 

Event: SPARTA 14: Yamamoto vs. Knives     
Date:   Feb 06, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 2050 p4p, 242 weight class) and Denzel Knives (ranked 3008 p4p, 331 weight class). Knives is bouncing up and down as he enters the arena, backed by Remember The Name. Norifumi Yamamoto has the edge in experience - let's see if he can make that count tonight.

168 cm
25
161 lbs
4 - 1 - 0
180 cm
25
160 lbs
2 - 1 - 0
Good takedowns
Basic striking
Big heart
BJJ White Belt
Excellent MT
Granite chin

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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 4 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 2 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Denzel Knives!
The judges for this bout are David Hoff, Dirk Anderson and Santiago Holmes.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Yamamoto takes one on the button.
Knives pushing out the jab but it's not landing.
Yamamoto takes a jab right on the kisser.
Yamamoto definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
A punch combination from Knives misses.
Knives misses with a straight left.
Yamamoto tries for a takedown but Knives circles away easily
and Knives cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Knives scores with a hook.
Yamamoto looks for a takedown but Knives sprawls well.
Yamamoto shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Knives counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.

Yamamoto is rocked!
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Norifumi Yamamoto. That's going to take a lot out of him.

Yamamoto shoots in from a long way out. He's driving through with the takedown attempt and he eventually gets it, landing in Knives's guard.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Yamamoto drops back looking for a heel hook - he quickly realises he's not going to get it but Knives manages to dive on top of him before he can escape and now Yamamoto has Knives in his guard.

Knives controlling from the top position.

Knives is trying to tuck his arms in to keep them safe but Yamamoto has managed to isolate one of them and has got a loose triangle. Knives is looking to defend but Yamamoto has done well to lock his legs together - this could be big trouble for Knives! Yamamoto pulls down on the head and a little smile comes across his face - he knows he's got it. Yep, Knives taps out and this one is all over!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 1:44 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Triangle). Norifumi Yamamoto!
A very excited looking Norifumi Yamamoto made sure he remembered to thank all the fans both in the arena and on the internet. He said all the coolest people spend all day on MMA websites, which got a big reaction.
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FIGHT
RATING
61%

 

Event: SPARTA 9: Aguinaldo vs Duke B.     
Date:   Jan 20, 2019

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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Event: SPARTA 7: Yamamoto vs. Luna     
Date:   Jan 13, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 2038 p4p, 246 weight class) and Juan Luna (ranked 1672 p4p, 204 weight class). Luna has chosen Noypi by Bamboo as his entrance music. Both fighters look fresh as a daisy as they make their way towards the cage.

168 cm
25
161 lbs
3 - 0 - 0
171 cm
25
162 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Big heart
Good wrestler
Counter fighter
Tends to cut

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the vacant lightweight championship of the world!
Introducing the fighter to my left.
With a record of 3 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Norifumi Yamamoto!
And introducing the fighter to my right.
With a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Juan Luna!
The judges for this bout are Daniel Franklin, Peter Branson and Winston Alpacca.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Luna misses with a looping right.
Yamamoto tries to counter with a takedown but Luna is quick to defend against it.
Yamamoto rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Luna counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Luna uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto misses with a takedown
and Luna counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Yamamoto fakes high and shoots in for a takedown but Luna avoids it really well and circles away.
A countering left hand to the body from Luna misses.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Yamamoto misses the shot to the body.
Yamamoto has been working on his balance at Temp Spar Gym, so perhaps that has help him stuff some of the takedown attempts by Luna.
Luna keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Luna appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Yamamoto throws a right hand that misses
and Luna counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
A big left from Luna misses.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Luna lands a lovely overhand right.
Luna uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto takes a shot to the nose. Hopefully that hasn't broken it.
Yamamoto shoots for a takedown but Luna saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
That's three failed takedown attempts in the round for Norifumi Yamamoto. That's going to take a lot out of him.
Yamamoto walks into a straight right hand from Luna.
Luna throws a nice hook to the body that draws an oooh from the crowd.
Yamamoto ducks right into an uppercut from Luna.
Yamamoto throws a body punch but Luna moves out of range.
Yamamoto waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Luna.
Nice shot lands for Luna.
Luna is landing a lot of head punches in this opening round! Yamamoto had better start moving his head a bit unless he wants his face to turn into pâté.
Luna takes a swing at Yamamoto's ribcage but misses.
Luna ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto swings away with a body shot that misses
and Luna counters with a stiff right hand.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Luna looks to land a left hand but Yamamoto moved out of range nicely.
Yamamoto misses with a takedown
letting Luna counter with a right hand.
Luna might want to mix his strikes up a bit more. He's just going for head shots at the moment and that can become a bit predictable.
Luna lands a nice looking body shot.
Luna misses with an uppercut. Yamamoto saw that one coming.
A shot to the liver by Luna. Beautiful body shot.
Luna looks more muscular than last time we saw him. He must have been on the weights.
Luna lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Yamamoto on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
Yamamoto looks shocked there as he takes a right hand to the temple.
Luna cracks Yamamoto with a right hand to the side of the head.
Juan Luna is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto looks for a takedown but Luna sprawls well.
Yamamoto misses with a takedown attempt
and Luna counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Yamamoto with a poor takedown
and Luna connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.

Yamamoto is rocked!
Yamamoto misses with a right hand
and Yamamoto takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Oh Yamamoto is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Luna comes forward and lands a shot to the body, then darts back out of range.
Yamamoto is breathing heavily.
Luna jabs Yamamoto to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Yamamoto seems to have got his legs back now.
A telegraphed right hand from Yamamoto misses the target.
Luna connects with a looping right hand.
Yamamoto with a poor takedown

and Luna counters with a crisp right hand that drops Yamamoto! Luna lets Yamamoto back up to his feet, looking for a finish!
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Luna throws a jab to the body, straight down the pipe. Boom. That sent Yamamoto stumbling backwards but he manages to regain his composure quickly.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Yamamoto takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Yamamoto takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Luna smiles there as he lands a nice right hand right on the button.
Luna connects with a crisp jab.
Luna throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Luna connects with a body shot.
Luna misses with a jab, cross combination.
Luna works Yamamoto's body with a nice hook.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.

Oooooh!!! Luna has knocked Yamamoto down with a huge combo! Luna steps away and waves a wobbly Yamamoto back to his feet! This one might not go much longer!
Luna throws a series of punches but Yamamoto moves out of range.
Yamamoto appears to be looking for a counter takedown.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Juan Luna dominated that round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin!


Luna plants his feet and throws a brutal three punch combo that sends Yamamoto swiftly into unconsciousness! Right, left, right! Boom, boom, boom! Yamamoto face plants, battered and bloodied! He might never be the same again after that finish!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:05 of round 2, we have a winner by way of KO (Punches). Juan Luna!
Juan Luna is the new lightweight champion!
Our winner, Juan Luna, made sure he spent some time buttering up the crowd during his post fight interview, which will no doubt bring him a few more fans.
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RATING
54%

 

Event: MAYWEATHER vs. YAMAMOTO     
Date:   Jan 06, 2019

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 3352 p4p, 372 weight class) and Floyd Mayweather (ranked 2481 p4p, 283 weight class). Floyd Mayweather is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.

168 cm
25
161 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
173 cm
25
159 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Big heart
BJJ Blue Belt
Decent boxing
Prefers standup

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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 2 wins, 0 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 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Floyd Mayweather!
The judges for this bout are Santiago Holmes, Dirk Anderson and Daniel Franklin.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Mayweather misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Yamamoto.
A low kick from Mayweather misses

and Yamamoto counters with a nice shoot takedown that brings the fighters to the ground.

Mayweather has butterfly guard. He's looking to stand up here. He pushes Yamamoto off him and springs to his feet nicely. The crowd applauds.
Yamamoto throws an overhand right that lands on Mayweather's shoulder, as Mayweather tries to avoid the shot.
Mayweather appears to be waiting to throw a counter punch to the body.
Yamamoto uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Mayweather.
Yamamoto tries to shoot in for a takedown. He's got hold of a leg but Mayweather swivels and escapes.
Yamamoto looks to score with a jab to the body but Mayweather is just out of range.
Yamamoto misses with a wild body shot.
Mayweather throws a body shot but no joy.
Yamamoto misses with a looping right.
Mayweather doesn't fully commit to the body shot counter.
Mayweather misses with a right hand

and Yamamoto counters with a shoot takedown into half guard.
This has been an exciting period of action!

Yamamoto seems to be working for a kimura but Mayweather defends the submission attempt.
Mayweather is working for an escape here. He's hooked one of Yamamoto's legs and he's managed to sneak out and take Yamamoto's back!
Mayweather really doesn't want to stay on the ground with Yamamoto. If he can't get it back to his feet, it's only a matter of time before he'll be tapping out.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto rolls, trying to escape but Mayweather keeps control of the position.
Yamamoto definitely looks more muscular than last time we saw him fight.
Yamamoto is working hard here to advance position.
Mayweather somehow managing to miss with a strike from the back.
Mayweather just keeping the dominant position. He can't wait too long though, otherwise the referee will stand them back up.
Yamamoto trying to control the hands but Mayweather breaks the grip.
Yamamoto tries to roll but Mayweather sticks to his back.
Mayweather has good solid back control here.
Mayweather is trying to stick to Yamamoto's back but Yamamoto is turning into Mayweather. He's managed to reverse the position - now he's in Mayweather's guard. Polite applause from the crowd in appreciation of some nice Jiu Jitsu by Yamamoto.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Mayweather trying to control the position here.
Mayweather keeping moving, preventing Yamamoto from controlling successfully.

Mayweather is working actively off his back, looking to secure an arm or perhaps work for a triangle.
Mayweather looking to sweep here. No luck so far.

Mayweather is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Yamamoto defends well.
Mayweather is striking off his back. Yamamoto thinks nothing of it though and passes easily into half guard.

That's three minutes gone in the round.

Mayweather looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Yamamoto trying to control from half guard but Mayweather is working away.

Yamamoto is working for a kimura but Mayweather is defending it quite comfortably.
Yamamoto keeping composed on the top, looking to control the action.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The crowd are showing their displeasure at the lack of action as loud boos ring out around the arena.

Yamamoto is working for a submission here. He's got hold of the far side arm and he's looking for a kimura. He's cranking on the arm and he's got it! Mayweather is tapping out! Ouch, that looked like it hurt!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:29 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
During a confident post fight interview, Norifumi Yamamoto thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
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A | B
pop
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RATING
37%

 

Event: SPARTA 2: Smith vs. Ribeiro     
Date:   Dec 26, 2018

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 4037 p4p, 432 weight class) and Ray Diaz (ranked 5601 p4p, 513 weight class). Diaz has chosen Represent - Nas as his entrance music, which hasn't gone down very well with the crowd. The fight MMA fans around the world have waited their entire lives for!

168 cm
25
161 lbs
1 - 0 - 0
189 cm
18
165 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Big heart
Good takedowns
Decent boxing
Tends to cut

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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 1 wins, 0 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 0 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Ray Diaz!
The judges for this bout are Sandra Marshall, Winston Alpacca and David Hoff.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Diaz lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Yamamoto circles away quickly and effectively.
Yamamoto swings for the body but Diaz moves out of range.
Diaz throws out a powerful jab.
Diaz throws a left and a right that both miss

and Yamamoto counters with a nice double leg into guard.
We could do with one of the fighters taking the initiative a bit more on the ground - they're both waiting to capitalize on a mistake.

Yamamoto is trying to work a guillotine from the top, or something like that? Don't know how he thinks he's going to get a finish from there.
Diaz wants to stand and escape but Yamamoto is having none of it.
Yamamoto passes Diaz's right leg, so he's now in half guard.

Yamamoto is looking for an arm triangle, whilst trying to pass to side control. Diaz doesn't seem that keen to cooperate though. No luck this time Yamamoto.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.

Yamamoto is thinking about going for an arm triangle but he can't free his leg.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Yamamoto works his way into side control.

Yamamoto tries for a kimura. Not really close to a finish though.

Yamamoto looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

Yamamoto has hold of Diaz's arm. He's looking for a kimura. Diaz seems comfortable defending it but Yamamoto has shifted his position slighty and is cranking on the arm! Diaz is real pain and he's forced to tap out! Diaz is disgusted with himself for not defending it better but Yamamoto couldn't care less - he's delighted!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 2:59 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
During a confident post fight interview, Norifumi Yamamoto thanked all his fans. He seemed very genuine when describing how motivated his fans keep him.
Ray Diaz spoke after the fight, saying 'They can't have a motherfucker like me win. I'm too real for this shit. '.
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hype
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pop
A | B
mgr
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RATING
55%

 

Event: Quick Fight Championship     
Date:   Dec 14, 2018

Coming up we have a lightweight MMA rules bout between Norifumi Yamamoto (ranked 5346 p4p, 487 weight class) and Pipin Took (ranked 3474 p4p, 375 weight class). Pipin Took is the more experienced fighter, so let's see if that makes a difference tonight.

168 cm
25
161 lbs
0 - 0 - 0
180 cm
25
160 lbs
2 - 0 - 0
Good takedowns
Counter fighter
Big heart
BJJ Blue Belt
Brawler
Determined

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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 0 wins, 0 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 2 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of The Island, Pipin Took!
The judges for this bout are Sandra Marshall, Winston Alpacca and Dirk Anderson.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Took plants his feet and lands a nice head kick!
Took rushes forward with a series of wild hooks but Yamamoto moves out of range and avoids them all easily.
Took's coach down at Cozad The Island was telling us pre-fight that they have been working on Took's balance. Obviously they view that as a key factor in the outcome of this fight.
Yamamoto avoids the head kick by Took.
Took throws a head kick that misses

and Yamamoto counters with a nice double leg into half guard.
Took keeping his head moving to avoid the ground and pound.

Yamamoto is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Took has managed to free his arm - good work.

Yamamoto is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Took has managed to free his arm - good work.

Yamamoto is working for a submission here. He's got hold of the far side arm and he's looking for a kimura. He's cranking on the arm and he's got it! Took is tapping out! Ouch, that looked like it hurt!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 0:55 of round 1, we have a winner by way of Submission (Kimura). Norifumi Yamamoto!
A relieved looking Norifumi Yamamoto thanked the fans for their support and gave the usual line about them being amazing. They seemed to believe that he actually meant it.
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hype
A | B
pop
A | B
mgr
A | B
FIGHT
RATING
100%

 

 
 
 
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