At the fabled sumo arena, Ryogoku Kokugikan, a new SRC featherweight champion was born, as Marlon Sandro blasted the inaugural and defending champion, Masanori Kanehara, in just 38 seconds.
Sandro -- a product of the famed Nova Uniao team -- wasted no time in closing the distance and unleashing a flurry of punches in the opening frame. Having forced Kanehara to retreat with the onslaught, he uncorked a devastating right uppercut that collapsed the 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix champion to the mat.
With four first-round knockouts in his last five fights, Sandro has continued to leave a trail of destruction behind him, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.
In the promotion’s welterweight grand prix, UFC veteran Keita Nakamura finished the Bellator season one welterweight runner-up, Omar de la Cruz, in the second round via technical knockout. The former welterweight King of Pancrase, Takuya Wada, also advanced to the second round of the tourney with a close decision victory over Jae Sun Lee.
Elsewhere, Venezuelan wild man, Maximo Blanco, earned a high-profile victory with a second-round stoppage of Rodrigo Damm. Former ADCC winner and Grabaka founder, Sanae Kikuta, faltered in his welterweight debut against the unheralded Swiss national, Yasubey Enomoto.
Sengoku 13 quick results:
- Ye Won Nam def. Ikkei Nagamura via Submission (rear naked choke), 3:03 Rd. 1
- Kazuki Tokudome def. Yuma Ishizuka via TKO (punches), 3:22 Rd. 1
- Ryo Kawamura def. Hidetaka Irie via TKO (punches), 3:00 Rd. 2
- Doo Ho Choi def. Ikuo Usuda via decision (split)
- Shigeki Osawa def. Katsuya Toida via DQ, 1:35 Rd. 3
- Takuya Wada def. Jae Sun Lee via Decision (split)
- Keita Nakamura def. Omar de la Cruz via TKO (punches), 3:53 Rd. 2
- Maximo Blanco def. Rodrigo Damm via TKO (punches), 0:45 Rd. 2
- Yasubey Enomoto def. Sanae Kikuta via TKO (punches), 3:57 Rd. 1
- Hiroshi Izumi def. Chang Seob Lee via TKO (punches), 4:37 Rd. 1
- Marlon Sandro def. Masanori Kanehara via KO (punch), 0:38 Rd. 1