Dream is supposedly dead but that doesn't stop Deep from putting together high calibre cards in Japan and Friday night saw some of the top fighters in the country get a chance to actually fight. Satoru Kitaoka's four fight win streak was snapped by Shinya Aoki on New Year's Eve but he responded in style to defeat Katsunori Kikuno by unanimous decision in Tokyo.
Earlier in the evening Daisuke Nakamura beat Yasuaki Kishimoto, also by unanimous decision, while Won Sik Park's comeback after 18 months out did not go according to plan as he was decisioned by Kosuke Umeda. The entire event was reportedly witnessed by a sell out crowd proving that regardless of what you might read about Japanese MMA there are positives to be found.
Another promotion which is going from strength to strength is Road FC and the eighth card in the Korean's promotion's two year history featured the conclusion of the Bantamweight Grand Prix as well as a cameo appearance by the now notorious Bob Sapp.
Pre tournament favourite Kyung Ho Kang became the first ever 135 lbs champion submitting both opponents by rear naked choke including Andrew Leone who he faced in the final. Denis Kang got back to winning ways by knocking out Haw Suk Son and, in something of a surprise, Bob Sapp made it as far as the second round before being stopped with strikes by Kim Dong Jae (video here).
The rivalry between the two main promotions in China is hotting up, with Legend FC bantamweight champion Jumabieke Tuexan recently leaving the promotion to sign with Ruff. The right to fight for his recently vacated belt was on the line in the Hong Kong based promotions latest offering in Macau.
Honggang Yao, who has twice lost to Jumabieke, and Taiyo Nakahara will meet in the tournament final after prevailing over Augustin Delarmino and Nam Jin Jo respectively. In the main event Joji Ando defeated Rob Hill by unanimous decision while Jingliang Li beat Dan pauling, also by decision.
There is an MMA event taking place in Bandung this evening which will feature some up and coming Indonesian fighters and I will have results for you when I get them. After a weekend of intense domestic action all eyes in Asia are now turning to ONE FC: 'Destiny of Warriors' which is taking place in the 10,000 capacity Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur next Saturday and I will be previewing that over the next few days.