Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 93 kg | MMA
Hiroshi Izumi defeats James Zikic via 3 Round Decision
|2-1-0||Pro Record At Fight||18-6-2|
|Climbed to 3-1||Record After Fight||Fell to 18-7|
|-105 (Near Even)||Betting Odds||-130 (Slight Favorite)|
|Shimokita, Aomori, Japan||Fighting out of||Watford, Hertfordshire, England|
|28 years, 4 months, 1 day||Age at Fight||33 years, 6 months, 1 day|
|203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||202.4 lbs (91.8 kgs)|
|5'8" (173cm)||Height||6'2" (188cm)|
- Bout Information
- Event: Sengoku 15
- Date: Saturday 10.30.2010 at 03:00 AM ET
- Referee: Ryogoku Wada
- Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 93 kg (205.0 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Michael Schiavello, Frank Trigg, Hans Thomson
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Izumi Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Zikic Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Izumi vs. Zikic Wiki Update Wiki
The tenth bout and main event of Sengoku 15 pitted Judo Olympic medalist Hiroshi Izumi against British MMA veteran James Zikic. The Judo pedigree of Izumi had made him a hyped prospect for MMA, yet to date he had a difficult start to his career and looked for a much needed win over Zikic to avoid bringing his record to 2-2.
A right straight punch from Zikic opened up a cut over the right eye of Izumi in one of the opening exchanges to begin the bout. The fight was halted to check the cut, but Izumi was permitted to continue in the fight. Zikic landed a handful of powerful strikes, testing Izumi's chin, until Izumi managed to score a takedown and end up in Zikic's half-guard. Izumi scored with some ground and pound with Zikic in the butt-scoot position, but the frame likely went to the British fighter due to his more effective striking on the feet.
Zikic began to pick his shots to begin round two, with Izumi missing on his attempt to clinch up and take the fight to the ground. Izumi scored with a nice overhand right to set up a clinch yet was unable to capitalize, with Zikic breaking and continuing to box. Izumi was able to find some success again with the lunging right, yet overall in the round it was Zikic landing more regularly and cleanly.
Izumi, at a significant height disadvantage to Zikic, came into the third round clearly needing to bring the fight to the ground. Zikic wanted none of it, breaking free from the clinch and popping back to his feet when Izumi briefly brought him down. Izumi landed in Zikic's guard with 90 seconds remaining in the bout and passed to side control in perhaps his best chance yet to finish the fight. Izumi looked to transition to mount, stood, and delivered a good strike down to Zikic's head. The last sequence may have been enough to steal the round for Izumi.
While Zikic appeared to control the majority of the fight with his superior boxing technique and takedown defense, only one judge scored the bout in his favor. Two saw it for Hiroshi Izumi, making him the winner by split decision in somewhat controversial scoring, and bringing his record to 3-1.