Main Event | Sengoku Featherweight Championship | 66 kg
Hatsu Hioki defeats Marlon Sandro via 5 Round Decision
|22-4-2||Pro Record At Fight||17-1-0||Climbed to 23-4||Record After Fight||Fell to 17-2|
|+170 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-210 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Nagoya, Japan||Fighting out of||Santo Amaro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|27 years, 5 months, 5 days||Age at Fight||33 years, 9 months, 1 day|
|144.8 lbs (65.7 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||144.2 lbs (65.4 kgs)|
|5'11" (180cm)||Height||5'8" (172cm)|
|70.0" (178cm)||Reach||67.0" (170cm)|
- Bout Information
- Event: Sengoku: Soul of Fight
- Date: Thursday 12.30.2010 at 12:00 AM ET
- Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
- Venue: Ariake Coliseum
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 14 of 17)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 66 kg (145.5 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Michael Schiavello, Frank Trigg
- Broadcast: No Broadcast
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Sandro Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Hioki Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Title on Line: Sengoku Featherweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Sandro
Sandro vs. Hioki Wiki Update Wiki
The main event title match at Sengoku Soul of Fight pitted the champion, Marlon Sandro, against the challenger, Hatsu Hioki.
Sandro was tripped to his back early but popped up to his feet and began swinging hard at Hioki. Hioki remained calm and tagged Sandro in return. Sandro received a warning from the referee for hanging onto the ropes. A small trickle of blood came from Sandro's nose, while a small cut was opened above Hioki's right eyebrow. Hioki caught a Sandro kick and backed him into the corner of the ropes, peppering Sandro's face with annoying short punches. Sandro unleashed a trio of uppercuts that mostly missed their mark. Hioki remained aggressive and established by the end of the round that he would not be steamrolled like so many of Sandro's prior opponents.
Hioki landed a counter-right to start round two, as well as a series of low kicks as Sandro missed with power punches. Sandro landed a pair of body shots as he kept hunting for a big uppercut. Sandro sprawled out of a Hioki takedown attempt, but increasingly had a difficult time dealing with Hioki's tighter technique and variety of kicks and counters.
Hioki connected first to begin round three, then Sandro landed. The next minute saw the fighters battling in the clinch with Hioki unable to bring the fight to the ground. Hioki backed Sandro down with punches and kicks, bringing him to the ground and relentlessly pounding away from half guard. Hioki couldn't secure an americana armlock but snaked his way to full mount, dominating the round and leaving Sandro slowly slumping into his corner at the end.
Sandro started round four quickly, landing several nice punches to begin. The fight was paused to look at the widening cuts over Hioki's right eye, but the fight was allowed to continue. Sandro again landed and then tripped Hioki to the ground and moved into top control. Hioki transitioned to a high guard, tying up Sandro's head and arms until another stoppage was called to look at Hioki's cuts. A verbal warning was given to Hioki for inactivity off of his back. The fight resumed on the feet only to have Sandro dive in for a double leg takedown and bring it back to the mat. Hioki immediately latched on an omoplata, lost it, but then a dangerous-looking triangle choke as the round expired.
Hioki continued his effective striking attack in round five and then sprawled out of Sandro's single-leg takedown attempt. Hioki took advantage of an awkward position of Sandro attempting to complete the takedown by tightening a deep kimura. Sandro freed himself from the kimura, but ended up on his back eating knees to the midsection and head. Hioki reapplied the kimura as Sandro desperately tried to survive. Hioki moved to full mount and then a fully applied armbar as the round ended. The exhausted Sandro, who looked like he may finally have been caught at the end, had no answer for Hioki's superb final round.
All three judges scored the bout for Hioki, decisively upsetting Marlon Sandro to become the new Sengoku featherweight champion.