Can Fedor Emelianenko (left) notch his second straight win when he takes on the dangerous Judo stylings of Satoshi Ishii?
Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) recently put the finishing touches on its massive New Year's Eve fight card from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, for Sat., Dec. 31, 2011.
FieLDS presnts Genki Desu Ka!! will bring fight fans a whopping nine straight hours of mixed martial arts (MMA) action beginning Saturday (Dec. 31) at 1 a.m. ET on HDNet (Friday night into Saturday).
Here is the current Genki Desu Ka!! fight card and line-up.
155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki def. Satoru Kitaoka via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya def. Takeshi Inoue via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Hayato Sakurai def. Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Kazuyuki Miyata via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:55 of round 2
115 lbs.: Megumi Fujii def. Karla Benitez via submission (armbar) at 1:15 of round 1
DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix:
135 lbs.: Bibiano Fernandes def. Rodolfo Marques via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Antonio Banuelos def. Masakazu Imanari via split decision
135 lbs.: Yusup Saadulaev def. Hideo Tokoro via knockout (slam) at 0:42 of round one
135 lbs.: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Antonio Banuelos via TKO at 1:21 of round 1
Mixed Rules Bout:
140 lbs.: Yuta Kubo def. Nils Widlund via knockout at 1:10 round three
140 lbs.: Masaaki Noiri def. Kengo Sonoda via unanimous decision
Pro Wrestling Bouts:
Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata def. Shinichi Suzukawa and Atsushi Sawada via submission (neck crank)
Kazuyuki Fujita def. Peter Aerts via submission (ankle lock)
Josh Barnett def. Hideki Suzuki via pinfall
Jerome LeBanner def. Tim Sylvia via TKO
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE results and real-time updates of the Genki Desu Ka!! fight card beginning with the HDNet telecast at 1 a.m. ET on Dec. 31.
Hemmi here, I'll be giving you the live play-by-play of the main card.
265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
Round one: Fedor stands still, but tries to land big combinations but Ishii has a high guard. Ishii shoots in looking ot take Fedor down but he gets fended off. Fedor throws some big combinations but Ishii is unfazed. A nice right hand connects for Emelianenko and Ishii is stumbled. Fedor presses forward and blasts Ishii with a huge right hand that drops Ishii and he's out cold. It's all over.
Final Result: Fedor Emelianenko defeats Satoshi Ishii via knockout at 2:29 of round one
155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Round one: Aoki shoots in early on Kitaoka and gets stuck in a guillotine but he passes to side control so he should be fine. Kitaoka releases the hold and Aoki takes his back. Kitaoka turns into Aoki and Aoki locks in a triangle choke. Aoki also attacks Kitaoka's arm but Kitaoka escapes. Aoki presses forward with a takedown attempt in the corner. Kitaoka again attacks Aoki's neck but lets go. Aoki drags Kitaoka to the ground but he can't keep him there as they clinch in the corner. The ref resets them and Kitaoka lands a pretty nice right hand. Aoki scores another takedown and lands in half guard. Nothing eventful happens until the end of the round. 10-9 Aoki
Round two: Aoki scores a quick takedown and sits in Kitaoka's half guard. Aoki stands up and looms over Kitaoka before dropping back down into his guard. Aoki is still on top, but not much is going on as he's being very patient. He occasionally looks to pass but changes his mind. The ref stands them up and Aoki lands a series of body kicks and throws a knee as he takes Kitaoka down. Aoki rides out the round in top position. 10-9 Aoki
Round three: Aoki scores another takedown early and takes Kitaoka's back with ease. He locks in a body triangle and transitions to a single hook. It appears he might be in position for a twister, but we'll see where he goes from here. Aoki puts his second hook in and uses it to throw a pair of heel kicks to Kitaoka's abdomen. Aoki throws his legs up for a triangle but Kitaoka slips free and drops a nice right hand from above. The ref resets them and Aoki throws a nice combination before dropping down for a single leg takedown. The get reset again and Aoki lands a nice right hand before taking him down at the end of the round. 10-9 Aoki
Round four: Aoki puts Kitaoka in the Muay Thai clinch and lands a big knee then takes him down into mount. Aoki drops some punches and he takes Kitaoka's back with both hooks in. Kitaoka's face is bleeding profusely. Aoki sneaks on a rear naked choke but Kitaoka somehow slips free although he was gurgling pretty heavily. Kitaoka has wrist control and he attempts another rear naked choke. Aoki has a tight body triangle but Kitaoka again survives. Aoki gives up a hook and Kitaoka is just surviving here, nothing else. Somehow Kitaoka makes it to the end of the round. 10-9 Aoki
Round five: Kitaoka comes out strong but Aoki presses him into the corner and takes him down once more. Aoki passes to side control and again takes Kitaoka's back. Kitaoka is breathing very heavily, as heavily as I've ever heard a fighter in MMA before. Aoki is plastered to Kitaoka's back but just can't slip his arm underneath his opponent's neck. Kitaoka turns into Aoki and pops to his feet, taking Aoki's back standing. Aoki reverses him and presses Kitaoka into the corner, spinning him to the canvas. They get stood up with 45 seconds left and Aoki is dancing away as Kitaoka stalks him looking for a Hail Mary. Kitaoka latches onto a head lock and throws repeated knees to the top of Aoki's skull until the final bell sounds. 10-9 Aoki.
Final Result: Shinya Aoki defeats Satoru Kitaoka via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue
Round one: Takaya throws a nice body kick but Inoue is dancing away well on the outside. Inoue throws a nice right counter which catches Takaya on the jaw. Takaya is really reaching with his punches but he can't land anything significant with his hands. Takaya clinches and throws a nice pair of knees before they separate. Takaya throws a nice hook up the middle that lands. Inoue has been on the defensive for much of the round and Takaya shoots, taking him down with 15 seconds left in the round and stays on top. 10-9 Takaya
Round two: Inoue gets cornered and dances away from trouble. Takaya lands a nice chopping leg kick as he side steps away. The referee halts the action and warns Inoue for not being aggressive enough. Takaya charges forward and lands a salvo of left hands. Both men exchange, trading big blows and Inoue staggers Takaya. Takaya keeps pressing forward and he throws a leg kick, eating a pair of straight counters from Inoue. Takaya lands a crunching body kick and then a leg kick and he lunges forward throwing a combination which is avoided. Takaya again shoots and scores a takedown, riding out the final 10 seconds. That was a closer round but still 10-9 Takaya
Round three: Takaya shoots in early, scoring a takedown within the first 30 seconds and looking to drop some punches. Inoue threatens with upkicks and he closes his guard, grabbing wrist control and then exploding to his feet. Takaya dives forward with a right hand but Inoue ducks out of the way. Takaya connects with an outside leg kick as Inoue continues to circle on the outside. Inoue is finding a home for his lead left hand and Takaya's nose is bloodied up. Takaya connects with a jab followed by another outside leg kick. Takaya lands a big right hand and finishes the round in the clinch. 10-9 Takaya
Round four: Inoue needs to do something drastic but he seems content to remain on the outside and try to pepper away with jabs and counters. Takaya lands a nice combination which backs Inoue into the corner. Takaya turns up the heat, landing some heavy blows to Inoue's head. Inoue gets stuffed on a toss attempt and Takaya is once again in control of the round, connecting with a leg kick and forcing Inoue to back away. Takaya lands a big outside leg kick and follows it up with a front kick. Inoue is issued a yellow card for backing up and not fighting. Takaya backs Inoue into the corner and unloads on him with huge combinations. He snaps Inoue's head back repeatedly in his most dominant round of the fight. 10-9 Takaya
Round five: Inoue is still backing away as Takaya stalks him. Takaya wants a finish while Inoue seems content to just survive. Takaya shoots and scores a takedown in the corner but Inoue pops back up and hops back on his bicycle. Takaya continues to press forward and Inoue just has nothing for him. We're down to a minute left and Inoue needs a miracle. He isn't doing anything here and this fight is almost over. Both men open up with a big exchange in the final 20 seconds, but it's too little too late. Takaya is going to easily keep his title. 10-9 Takaya
Final Result: Hiroyuki Takaya defeats Takeshi Inoue via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
Round one: Both men whiff with some leg kicks early as they feel each other out but Sakurai comes in hard and drops Chonan with a left hand. Sakurai pounces into Chonan's half guard and drops some ground and pound frove above. Chonan appears to have recovered and he's defending well. Sakurai appears content to remain on top and he now passes to side control. Chonan turns into Sakurai and pops back to his feet. Chonan wades in aggressively with punches and kicks, but he's leaving himself exposed. Sakurai responds with a takedown attempt but he can't secure it. They spend the remainder of the rounds with Chonan pressed against the ropes. 10-9 Sakurai
Round two: Chonan throws a big pair of looping hooks and connects with one. Sakurai clinches and reverses him, pressing Chonan into the corner. The ref resets them in the center. Sakurai lands a nice left hook, then a body shot and a right hand. Chonan throws a big hook and misses and Sakurai grabs a body lock taking him down into side control. Sakurai throws a few knees to the body from side control, and the ref repositions them towards the center. Sakurai attempts to pass to mount but gets stuck between Chonan's legs and trapped in half guard. Sakurai finishes the round inside Chonan's full guard. 10-9 Sakurai
Round three: Sakurai drops for a nice left hook to the body and eats a counter hook from Chonan. Sakurai closes the distance, temporarily pressing Chonan into the ropes before they reset. Chonan throws a nice uppercut and a left hook followed by a stiff jab and a head kick. Both men are stepping up the aggression with their strikes and Chonan has Sakurai on the defensive. Sakurai latches onto Chonan and again presses him into the ropes before the ref separates them. Chonan has two minutes to get a finish. Chonan lands a nice left hand and then another straight left. Chonan scores with a big right hand and he charges in directly into a double leg takedown from Sakurai. Chonan boxes Sakurai's ears from bottom and Sakurai passes to side control. Sakurai passes to mount and he takes Chonan's back. Chonan tries to turn into him but Sakurai retains his position. Chonan reverses at the bell but he's out of time. 10-9 Chonan
Final Result: Hayato Sakurai defeats Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Round one: Kawajiro throws an inside leg kick early followed by a jab. Kawajiri shoots in and drops Miyata to the canvas along the ropes. Kawajiro slowly creeps up Miyata on the ground, passing to mount finally but Miyata holds him tight. Kawajiri flattens Miyata a bit and drops some palm strikes from above. Kawajiro wraps Miyata in a choke and squeezes tight, eventually moving to side control to make it even tighter but the bell rings before Miyata could tap. 10-9 Kawajiri
Round two: Kawajiri comes out in round two with some swagger but he eats a pair of strikes. When Miyata extends himself, Kawajiri shoots in for a double leg. Miyata fends it off temporarily and looks to hit the switch for a reverse but Kawajiri stays with it and takes top position in Miyata's full guard. Miyata pops back to his feet as both men clinch and they trade knees. Miyata drags Kawajiri to the ground and has his back, but no hooks. He sneaks in a single hook. They separate and reset and Miyata throws a nice kick. Kawajiri shoots in for a double and puts Miyata on his back again, this time into his half guard. Kawajiri passes to side control and he latches on an arm triangle. He keeps squeezing and time is running out in the round but Miyata turns the wrong way, tightening up the choke and he's forced to tap with seconds remaining in the round!
Final Result: Tatsuya Kawajiri defeats Kazuyuki Miyata via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:55 of round two
115 lbs.: Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez
Round one: Fujii opens with a front kick and shoots in but backs off. Fujii shoots in wildly again, somehow twisting and turning to take top position on the ground. Fujii passes to side control and grabs an arm, she stretches it out and Benitez taps out to the armbar. That was quick. Megumi Fujii is a monster.
Final Result: Megumi Fujii defeats Karla Benitez via submission (armbar) at 1:15 of round one