Co-Main Event | Catchweight · 73 kg | MMA
Brian Cobb defeats Kazunori Yokota via 3 Round Decision
|16-6-0||Pro Record At Fight||12-3-3||Climbed to 17-6||Record After Fight||Fell to 12-4|
|+400 (Heavy Underdog)||Betting Odds||-550 (Heavy Favorite)|
|Bakersfield, California||Fighting out of||Funabashi, Chiba, Japan|
|30 years, 1 month, 6 days||Age at Fight||32 years, 6 months, 6 days|
|161.6 lbs (73.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||154.8 lbs (70.2 kgs)|
|5'11" (181cm)||Height||5'8" (172cm)|
|Eric Nolan's Xtreme Training Center||Gym||K-Clann|
- Bout Information
- Event: Sengoku 15
- Date: Saturday 10.30.2010 at 03:00 AM ET
- Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
- Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 9 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 73 kg (160.9 lbs) (re-scheduled from 154.324)
- TV Commentary: Michael Schiavello, Frank Trigg, Hans Thomson
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Yokota Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Cobb Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Yokota vs. Cobb Wiki Update Wiki
The 9th bout and co-main event of Sengoku 15 matched up American UFC veteran Brian Cobb against Japanese fighter Kazunori Yokota.
The initial exchange saw Cobb look to strike and Yokota plow forward looking for a takedown. Cobb applied a choke that briefly looked to have Yokota in trouble. Yokota escaped and ate a powerful low kick from Cobb on the feet. Cobb moved forward for a double leg takedown and quickly moved around to Yokota's back. The pair stood with Cobb still having Yokota's back, and the bearded American pulled him back down to the mat. The remainder of the round saw the fighters change positions rapidly with Yokota now holding his own and scoring takedowns. The close round favored Cobb, who had landed more strikes and threatened with a submission attempt.
Yokota started the second round with a vicious leg kick but was then taken down by Cobb. Yokota escaped and then landed a takedown himself and began to play in Cobb's active guard. The pace remained high with neither fighter looking winded. Yokota stacked Cobb up against the ropes and the two went back and forth in a dynamic grappling exchange. The round finished with Yokota standing over Cobb, and likely evened the match at one round apiece.
Cobb looked to be the more worn of the two to begin the third round and Yokota outstruck him to start. Cobb maneuvered to Yokota's back and had dangerous rear-naked choke attempt locked on. Yokota survived only to find himself back in the same position in the corner of the ring up against the ropes. Cobb couldn't elicit the tap from Yokota but had the Japanese fighter mounted. Restarted in the center of the ring, Cobb looked to take Yokota's back, with the two then scrambling back to a standing position. Yokota's striking was more effective whenever the two were at a distance, however Cobb continually was able to use his wrestling to neutralize the striking and control the fight. The exciting round appeared to be won by Cobb.
One judge scored the fight scored the fight outright for Yokota, while the other two scored the fight a draw. Cobb had reportedly been docked one point for having missed weight for the fight, putting him in a precarious position heading into the decision. Under the scoring rules for Sengoku, the two judges initially scoring the fight a draw were then required in a "must-decision" to lean towards and select an overall winner. Both selected Brian Cobb, who was named the split-decision victor despite coming in as a heavy underdog to Yokota.