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Vale Tudo Japan 2009

By Zach Arnold | October 30, 2009

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Update (10/30): Event results here.

A big MMA show is coming on October 30th at JCB Hall in Tokyo. Fighters from Japan, North America, and Brazil will be booked. Lion Takeshi vs. Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira is booked, along with Takanori Gomi and Rumina Sato (seperately).

Four days prior to VTJ ’09, Kozo Takeda will have a retirement fight for K-1 at Yokohama Arena likely against Albert Kraus.

Update (10/13)Here’s the updated fight card:

Also booked: Rumina Sato & Yoichiro Sato

Topics: Japan, K-1, Media, MMA, Zach Arnold | 8 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

8 Responses to “Vale Tudo Japan 2009”

  1. Zack says:

    It’ll be interesting to see what rules they use.

  2. Jonathan says:

    What is this? 1995?

    Cool to see a throwback to the Vale Tudo Japan days.

    I wonder if Enson Inoue will be defending his Shooto Heavyweight title.

  3. Dave says:

    You know, I am all for shows like this. The card already looks like a ton of fun.

  4. Dave says:

    Now if only there were photos from this event, as well as some vids. Is it just me or has sportsnavi got pretty bad over the past few years?

  5. Chuck says:

    From what I read, it seemed like the Hervey/Gomi fight was close, and Hervey probably should have gotten the win. It looked like, from a picture that I saw over at Bloody Elbow, that Hervey probably should have won via TKO. That’s what I got out of the picture.

  6. smoogy says:

    I watched Gomi vs. Hervey, it was pretty clearly a 48-47 for Gomi. He dominated the first round, controlled the second, and almost finished in the third. But after the third and again after the fourth he was so tired that he couldn’t even get back to his corner initially. Hervy somehow came back in the fourth and almost finished the fight, dropping Gomi with a punch and then following with knees on the ground. Both of them were spent in the fifth, but Hervy landed slightly better punches, including some surprising work to the body.

    The story on Gomi is the same; his boxing is hard to match but he once he gets tired, he seems content to eat punches rather than keep moving. With that in mind, it was still a breakout performance for Hervy. He has good size and plenty of confidence in his striking skills.

  7. henning says:

    Yeah, have to agree. the first three rounds went clearly to Gomi. 4th clearly to Hervey and the fifth was closer, but still Hervey took this one.

    But still, what a great fight. And man, no one gets as tired as Gomi 🙂


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