Rizin Fighting Federation 2 happened a few days ago in Japan. Hopefully marking the return of a full time player in Japanese MMA. This marked the return to the ring for The Emperor Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh after a 3 year lay off. Singh an unknown in the MMA world is an experienced K-1 kickboxer.  The next big fights were  Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto, Bob Sapp vs. Akebono, Gabi  Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa, and Muhammed Lawel vs Jiří Procházka. This was night two of the extravaganza. Night one was capped off by the loss of one of my favorite fighters of all time. Shinya Aoki dispatched kazushi Sakuraba.

Lets start with the fight that caught my attention.  I have not heard a lot about this card except it was to mark the return to action of Fedor. Fedor looked to be in his usual shape never an opposing physical specimen. Singh an experienced kickboxer looked out classed from the bell. Fedor in usual fashion rushed his opponent finally taking him to the ground and finishing the fight. Fedor was never in trouble and looked to be the Fedor of old. No one would expect him to jump back into a top ten heavyweight fight. It was a nice tune up. The big question is what is next for the Emperor.

The next is one I was really excited to see. Kron Gracie vs  Asen Yamamato. Kron the son of Gracie Jiu Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie is seen by some as the next MMA wunderkind. This fight showed a few holes in Krons game, but from someone known for their ground prowess,  he didn’t look to bad. Yamamto  also new to professional fighting put up a very good fight and looked to be a game fighter. Kron looks to be improving with his standup, but a few holes were definitely exposed. Kron took control as soon as the fight hit the ground. Yamamoto was able o reverse position a few times, but was ultimately caught in a triangle finish by Kron.

Here is the first of the traditional Japanese Pride style fights. And what I mean are the fights that border on freakshows. It is Bob Sapp vs. Akebono. Sapp a giant of a man had made a pretty good run in MMA and K-1 has been relegated to the freak show matches in MMA. This was fought under shootboxing rules. So basically it is an MMA match with no groundfighting. You can do standing submissions and takedowns just no fighting on the ground. This is a weird fight to say the least. The fight is stopped most of the time to work on a cut on Akebono. The even weirder thing is the cut is behind his ear.

The next one is Gabi  Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa.  This fight was just plain awful. Gabi Garcia came in with a highly touted jiu jitsu career winning multiple world championships. She showed in this fight to have no stand up game at all.  Granted this was Garcia’s first pro fight she looked horrible. She has a long way to go to look to be a credible MMA fighter outside of her jiu jitsu. Her opponent didn’t have much of an answer either. This fight was amateurish at best. Garcia slimmed down for awhile but seems to have bulked back up for this fight at 205lbs. Garcia wins after knocking her opponent down with a flailing backfist and following up with some ground and pound.

The next is Rizin’s Light heavyweight tournament finale between King Mo Muhammed Lawel vs Jiří Procházk. This was definitely a more exciting fight than the semifinal matches. King Mo ended this with a straight right after some wild exchanges on the feet from both men. Mo also controlled the fight on the ground also.

The last and most heartbreaking for me came from night one of Rizin. It was Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba now 48 is past what would consider a fighter’s prime. Aoki controlled the fight from the start, taking mount and back mount finally finishing the fight by strikes. Sakuraba has been and will always be my favorite fighter, but it breaks my heart seeing him take a beating like that. Please stick to grappling. His Metamoris match was awesome to watch. I just don’t have the stomach to watch him take those beatings anymore.

All in all the card was not a bad one. It had some definite highlights, but also a few lowlights. I am for a return of Japanese MMA, I just hope it isn’t built on the sweat and blood of MMA legends. Japanese fans are do for a new crop of MMA superstars. Lets hope Rizen can pull that off.

 

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With the dethroning of Jose Aldo, Connor McGregor is the latest to best a giant. It only took him 13 seconds to accomplish this feat. Holly Holm being the last one before that. The one thing I have learned over the years is that MMA is so unpredictable. You are never safe in a MMA fight. The greatest champs on paper might not make it out of the fight with gold.

Lets break down what little of the fight there is to break down. Aldo came out aggressive, looking to take the fight to Connor. Connor timed a perfect hook to the jaw of Aldo. He was caught being aggressive and over extended. Aldo actually caught Connor with his own hook in the exchange. But fate was on Connor’s side on this night. Not to say it wasn’t skill that finished the job, but anytime a fight is finished in such a quick time questions are still left to be answered.

I would say a rematch would be in the works if it is not already signed. I know as a fan I want to see the questions get thoroughly answered. I want to see if Aldo’s skills can really exploit holes in Connor’s game. Mendes showed that Connor was human. This only adds more questions that need to be answered.

Aldo was a great champ and will be back for sure. Now we will get see if the Irishman will live up to the hype.

Image  —  Posted: December 15, 2015 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA
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Back in the swing of things

Posted: August 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

     It has been a little while since I made an entry. Well I have had a few things going on. First I just moved me and the family to St Louis. I am now a full time student. I have not been able to train in awhile. Just too much going on. I have finished my book and it is available on amazon. I do plan on getting alot more writing down so here is my vow to make it happen.

Donny

 A Beginners Guide to Becoming Mixed Martial Arts by Don Davis

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Frustrated

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have not had a lot of time to post here lately. I have been super swamped. I got accepted into medical school and my life has been moving at a 1000mph since. I am so busy with school work the wife and the kids I cut myself down to two days a week at jiu jitsu. Now I am working even more overtime for the next month I can’t even do that. It is definitely frustrating. Plus I was frustrated with my training anyway. I don’t feel like I am improving very much and it sucks. I know I am a decent grappler, but I am so frustrated training in the gi right now. I don’t feel like I could handle myself with a class of ten year olds. Maybe a few weeks away from the mats will help. We shall see. Until next time OSS.

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my jiu jitsu brothers and sisters out there OSS