UFC IX: The Battle of the Rising Sun
May 17th, 1996
The Tokyo Dome
Japan... The Land of the Rising Sun.... The birthplace of modern martial arts....
Over 100 years ago a man named Jigaro Kano revolutionized the martial arts world.
Kano's vision of the battlefield arts went beyond just self defense, it was a way of life...
A lifestyle of honor... discipline... and respect...
Now, over a century later, Kano's vision of the martial arts lifestyle has produced the ultimate modern day warrior...
Over 100 years of martial arts evolution has led to this, the ultimate proving ground in hand to hand combat...
The Ultimate Fighting Championship...
Tonight, Rings, Shooto, Pancrase, and UWFI all converge on the Olympics of the martial arts world, the UFC
Three Superfights.... and.... The Battle of the Rising Sun TOURNAMENT!
It's time to open up the gates.... OF THE OCTAGON!"
The show opens up with a big elaborate ceremony in the cage with the four figureheads standing on the four opposite sides of The Octagon. Satoru Sayama of Shooto, Nobuhiko Takada of UWFI, Masakatsu Funaki of Pancrase, and Akira Maeda of Rings. The lights in the Tokyo Dome go out and four spotlights kick on to highlight the four figureheads in the cage A voice comes over the speakers in Japanese saying that tonight the UFC has brought together Shooto, Rings, Pancrase, and UWFI to unite and celebrate the shared lineage that goes back to the UWF, where the mixed style martial arts competition has strong roots, strikers vs grapplers, Kickboxers vs Wrestlers, Judo vs Boxing, Ali vs Inoki. The spirit of UWF lives on through Pancrase, UWFI, Shooto, and Rings, each of the four have carried the legacy on in different directions but tonight they unite under the same direction, the spirit of the UWF lives on tonight in the UFC, in The Octagon. The speech is translated in English for the pay per view broadcast as the owner of the UFC enters the cage and gives flowers to each of the four figureheads before shaking their hands and bowing. Each of the four men salute the fans and shake each other's hands to end the opening ceremony.
Bruce Beck, Jeff Blatnick, and Don "The Dragon" Wilson take over the show at the English commentary table. The Tokyo Dome is packed with roughly 48,000 people. The commentary crew breaks the news that Dave Beneteau has withdrawn from the tournament after doctors found a broken bone in his hand at the physical exam last night. Beneteau was trying to hide the injury and fight through it but the doctors caught it and refused to clear him to compete. So we will have a late minute replacement. Dave Beneteau's training partner Mark Shultz will enter the tournament with just 24 hours notice!
Mark Shultz will enter the tournament at 5'10" and weighing in at 210 pounds. Mark along with his brother Dave Shultz are two of the most decorated American wrestlers. Both Mark and Dave won gold medals in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The wrestling community was rocked just 4 months ago when Dave Shultz was tragically shot down by John duPont, the owner of the Foxcatcher wrestling team where Dave was coaching. Now after the loss of his brother just 4 months ago Mark Shultz will enter the UFC 9 tournament with just 24 hours notice as a replacement for the injured Dave Beneteau. Shultz was training with Beneteau for his preparation for tonight's event and Shultz also crossed paths with Rickson Gracie along with his brother Dave, where they learned about Brazilian Jujitsu back at BYU University in the early 90's
The trio of commentators go over the rest of the card briefly before Bruce Beck goes over his usual disclaimer about the seriousness of what you are about to see. Bruce Beck tells the fans that this is not an exhibition, this is not scripted entertainment ladies and gentleman, this is live, this is real, this is brutal. The team goes over the rules as they flash across the screen on a computer graphic...
The Rules of The Octagon
- No Biting.
- No eye gouging.
- The first and second round of the tournament will have a 20 minute time limit, the finals and the Superfight will have a 30 minute time limit.
- Fights are won by knockout, submission, referee stoppage, or if a fighter's corner throws in the towel. If the fight goes the time limit three judges will declare a winner.
- Referee Big John Mccarthy has the right to stand the fight up if there is a stalemate on the ground.
The Japanese ring announcer gets the show under way and passes it along to referee Big John Mccarthy, who gets the first fight started with his intense, "LETS GET IT ON!" opening!...
Tank Abbott(Street Fighting) vs Hans Nijman(Karate/Hybrid Wrestling)
Tank and Hans converge on each other in the center of the cage and Hans fires with a front push kick that hits Tank in the gut! Tank barrels in with haymakers but Hans circles away and covers up. Tank rushes up against Hans and pins him against the fence. Both men tie up in a clinch against the cage. Hans hits Tank with a light headbutt but Tank digs in with sickening body shots. Tank hits Hans with two brutal shots to the ribs before breaking away from him and unloading with a wild flurry of punches! Hans tries to circle away from the fence but Tank CLIPS HIM ON THE CHIN! Hans Nijman collapses and hits his head on his own knee as his legs give out from under him! Tank flattens Hans out with two more ruthless shots before Big John violently tackles him to stop the fight! It's over! Hans Nijman is knocked out cold. Tank is fired up. Tank stands over Hans' unconscious body and flips him off as he lays lifelessly on the canvas. Hans cornermen swarm the cage and a scuffle breaks out as they try to back Tank away from Nijman! Big John keeps everyone apart until security rushes into the cage to break everyone up.
Mark Hall(Moo Yae Do) vs Yuki Nakai(Judo)
Mark Hall rushes across the cage and immediately shoots in to tie up with Yuki Nakai in a mad dash! Nakai tries to throw Hall during the scramble but Hall manages to lift him up off of his feet and slam him hard on his back! Nakai immediately locks Hall into a closed guard with overhooks tying up both of his arms. Hall struggles and fights to break out of Nakai's guard but he's stuck. The two men lay deadlocked in the same position for a while. Hall hits Nakai with occasional headbutts but Nakai holds on and keeps him tied up in the guard. Hall digs his chin into Nakai's eye until referee Big John McCarthy warns him for eye gouging. Nakai works his legs into a Butterfly Guard position and suddenly sweeps Mark Hall over to his back out of nowhere with a quick burst! Hall scrambles around like a fish out of water, rolling over and giving up his back! Nakai stays clung to Hall's back as Hall turns back over to face him. Nakai slowly works his legs up high and slips one of them around Hall's shoulder in the full mount. Nakai begins locking his legs around Hall's neck and shoulder from the top mount position. Mark Hall gradually goes limp and stops moving. Nakai motions to the referee that Hall is unconscious. Big John reaches in and checks Hall's arm then immediately stops the fight! It's over! Mark Hall has been choked unconscious by Yuki Nakai with a Triangle Choke from top mount! The crowd in the Tokyo Dome cheers Nakai with a standing ovation, applauding the impressive technique.
Mark Shultz(Wrestling) vs Hiromitsu Kanehara(Catch Wrestling)
Kanehara comes out wearing wrestling shoes and 4 oz. fingerless gloves, with Nobuhiko Takada in his corner. Shultz has bare fists and wrestling shoes and has Dave Beneteau backing him in his corner. Shultz comes out with a Jujitsu stance similar to Rickson Gracie's, with his hands out and his head back. Kanehara keeps his distance at first but eventually closes in and takes a shot with a stiff leg kick. Shultz shoots in on the kick and scoops Kanehara up into the air for a violent slam! Kanehara locks Shultz in the half guard and holds him at bay. Shultz stays conservative on the ground, landing only occasional punches and hammer fists as he stays in tight to avoid any submission attempts. The crowd goes quiet as the two men lay deadlocked on the ground, with Shultz on top of Kanehara inside his half guard. Shultz pushes Kanehara up against the cage wall and postures up to land punches! Kanehara uses his feet to push off of the fence. Shultz stays on top of Kanehara but Kanehara manages to get his other leg around to move into full guard position. Kanehara locks Shultz's wrists up and keeps him tied up in the guard as the crowd goes silent again. Both Takada and Beneteau stand up on the apron of The Octagon and are heard shouting instructions to their fighters. Takada talks calmly to Kanehara in Japanese as Beneteau screams out, "C'MON MARK!".
Finally Big John stops the fight and restarts the men standing up due to the lack of action. Both men cautiously come out circling once again. Kanehara unloads with a hard leg kick that lands on Shultz's thigh! Shultz fires back with a strait right hand that grazes across Kanehara's face! Kanehara backs out of range but Shultz follows him and shoots in for a Double Leg Takedown. Shultz scoops Kanehara up into the air again and VIOLENTLY slams him into the canvas! Kanehara quickly scrambles for a kneebar on Shultz but Mark defends it and hammers his fist into Kanehara's face until he breaks the hold! Kanehara locks Shultz into his half guard and weathers a storm of punches to the body and head. Shultz stays patient and picks his shots, eventually working his way past Kanehara's half guard into the FULL MOUNT! Shultz postures up and rains down punches! Kanehara covers up and tries to roll over but he's trapped! Kanehara locks his arms around Shultz's waist and manages to pull him down. Kanehara tries to work his legs up to pull Shultz off of him but he can't manage to pull it off. Shultz begins dropping elbows to the top of Kanehara's head as he holds on for dear life. Kanehara manages to push Shultz off and scramble out from under him, only to get scooped up and slammed back into the canvas once again!
Hiromitsu Kanehara rides out the rest of the fight keeping Shultz in his guard, occasionally going for leg submissions only to sacrifice position. Shultz stays on top of Kanehara for the final minutes peppering him with ground and pound, moving back and forth from full guard to half guard as he defends Kanehara's desperation submission attempts. The clock winds down and Shultz smiles from ear to ear as he raises his arm, confident that he's won the fight. Beneteau and the rest of Mark Shultz's cornermen swarm into the cage and surround him in celebration as the judges render their decision. All three judges raise up their cards to reveal a unanimous decision for Mark Shultz! Shultz has won his UFC debut after taking the fight on only 24 hours notice! Shultz moves on to the second round of the tournament.
Gary Goodridge(Kuk Sool Wan) vs Masakatsu Funaki(Hybrid Wrestling)
The crowd in the Tokyo Dome is electric and lively for this fight as the announcer goes over the intros in Japanese. Goodridge is not wearing any gloves or footwear but he is sporting his black gi. Funaki is not wearing any gloves but is wearing shin pads and wrestling boots. Funaki is madly popular with the fans and they swell with cheers as Big John gets the fight under way. Goodridge comes out with his hands low around his waist, taunting Funaki and challenging him to hit him in the chin. The crowd pops huge when Funaki lunges in and lands a palm strike to Goodridge's face! Goodridge immediately fires back and explodes with HUGE punches! Funaki circles away and covers up as Goodridge chases him down firing away with SHOTS! Goodridge hits Funaki with huge uppercuts and slugs as Funaki covers up! Funaki desperately shoots in and ties up with Goodridge in the clinch! The crowd ooh's and aah's and gasps with every movement as Goodridge violently scrambles around trying to kill Funaki. Funaki clings to Goodridge's gi and keeps tight in the clinch, eventually working him against the fence! Goodridge wails away mercilessly trying to hit any body part he can reach in the clinch as Funaki keeps him tied up. Goodridge reverses Funaki around against the fence and manages to break away enough to unload with HUGE UPPERCUTS! Funaki drops to his knees, then falls to his back and keeps Goodridge away from him by kicking up at him! The crowd is DEAFENING! Goodridge fires down with shots but Funaki covers up and survives! Funaki locks onto Goodridge's leg as he stands over him, going for a kneebar submission! The entire Tokyo Dome collectively gasps as Funaki brings Goodridge to the canvas with the kneebar! Goodridge works his way back up and muscles through the kneebar, posturing over Funaki and BLASTING him with shots! Funaki scrambles away and gets to the turtle posiition! Goodridge stays on Funaki's back in the turtle position and keeps punching! Goodridge fires down at Funaki's neck with elbows! Funaki quickly rolls under and goes for another kneebar! Goodridge scrambles out of the kneebar and the two men frantically return to their feet and back away from each other for a moment, both of them completely out of breath, gasping for air.
The crowd continues blowing the roof off of the Tokyo Dome as Funaki circles Goodridge. Funaki connects with a leg kick but Goodridge immediately storms him trying to knock his head off of his body! Funaki shoots in low for a takedown and manages to trip Goodridge down! Goodridge scrambles with Funaki on the ground and Funaki manages to take his back! Goodridge rolls over on top of Funaki still clung to his back with his legs wrapped around him! The crowd swells with loud cheers as Goodridge gasps for air and fights to defend Funaki's choke attempt. Finally Funaki works his arm through Goodridge's defense and locks on a rear naked choke! Goodridge immediately taps out! It's over! The crowd goes WILD! Funaki has defeated Gary Goodridge by submission after almost getting killed!
Tank Abbott(Street Fighting) vs Yuki Nakai(Judo)
Yuki Nakai gives up about 100 pounds in this fight against Tank. Tank comes out and steadily marches the smaller man down. Nakai hits Tank with a front jab kick to the knee. Tank unloads with a brutal strait punch but Nakai ducks under and shoots in for a tie up! Nakai pulls guard but Tank keeps him lifted up into the air! Tank scoops Nakai up and pushes him up OVER THE TOP OF THE CAGE WALL! Nakai clings to the top of the cage but Tank pushes him over and OUT OF THE OCTAGON! The crowd gasps in disbelief as officials swarm around The Octagon in a crazy moment. Nakai lands on his feet and drops down to a seated position as Tank looks on at him from inside the cage with an intense look. Big John backs Tank away and cusses at him with intensity, warning him not to do it again. Tank laughs and tells Big John, "Fuck you!". Big John threatens Tank to disqualify him, screaming at him, "GET YOUR ASS BACK IN YOUR CORNER!". Nakai is helped back into The Octagon and the crowd swells with loud cheers as he fearlessly puts his hands back up and readies to fight. Big John restarts the fight and Tank smirks at Nakai as he circles in on him again.
Tank closes in on Yuki and unloads with a hard looping punch! Nakai quickly shoots in on Tank and locks onto his leg for a single leg takedown attempt. Tank starts hammering down heavy punches and Nakai rolls upside down onto his leg going for an ankle lock! Tank drops down and tries to fight off the submission! Tank goes to lift Nakai up off of the canvas but Nakai seizes his arm and extends it while still clutching his ankle! The crowd gets loud as Nakai has Tank in trouble! Tank sticks his thumb inside Nakai's mouth and fishhooks him! Nakai fights to extend Tank's arm in the armbar but Tank rips his cheek with a fishhook! Nakai releases the hold and Tank hammers him with an overhead BOMB! Nakai covers up and Tank rears back for another hard shot! Nakai is visibly bleeding from the mouth. Tank postures up for another heavy punch but Big John steps in and calls it off, he's seen enough. Nakai protests the stoppage even though he's bleeding from the mouth and has severe swelling on his forehead. Tank has won and advanced to the finals of the touranment for the second time in his career!
Mark Shultz(Wrestling) vs Masakatsu Funaki(Hybrid Wrestling)
Funaki comes out with his right eye completely swollen shut from his previous fight. Funaki comes out in a low grappling stance with his hands up as Shultz comes out with his Jujtisu style stance once again. Funaki keeps his distance from Shultz and stays ready to defend the takedown. Shultz stays conservative and plays it safe with his head back to avoid any strikes. The two men circle each other for a solid minute before either man takes a chance. Shultz lunges in with a sloppy punch that misses. Funaki stays away from Shultz and chooses not to engage. Shultz begins stalking Funaki down across the cage as Funaki continues backpedaling away. Shultz closes the distance and throws another sloppy strait right hand punch that misses again. Shultz follows it up with a quick takedown attempt! Funaki throws a knee but it barely misses! Shultz scoops Funaki up and charges him down into the mat against the cage! Funaki works to get Shultz in the closed guard but Shultz nails him with a hard elbow across the face! Funaki's swollen eye begins bleeding. Shultz puts the pressure on Funaki and hits him with punches to the body. Funaki opens up his guard and tries to go for an armbar but Shultz fights it off and hits him with hammer fists to the face! Funaki transitions back into the guard. Mark Shultz pushes Funaki against the fence and batters him until Funaki's corner men throw in the towel! It's over! Mark Shultz advances to the finals!
Shultz helps Funaki to his feet and shakes his hand before both men are swarmed by their cornermen. Funaki's eye is worked on by doctors to stop the bleeding as Shultz's cornermen douse him with water and fan him with towels while he glows with pride over his win. The commentators hype up Shultz's Cinderella story tonight so far, saying that he's come out of nowhere and is now in the finals of the Battle of the Rising Sun tournament after entering as a last minute replacement just 24 hours ago. The finals for later tonight are now set, it will be Tank Abbott vs Mark Shultz!
Celebrities in attendance in the Tokyo Dome are highlighted during the intermission. Antonio Inoki is shown in his seat watching and enjoying the show. Many other Japanese singers and actors are on hand for tonight's mega match between Rickson Gracie and Akira Maeda. The commentary team hypes up the match and recaps the amazing amount of publicity it has generated here for tonight's show. Semaphore Entertainment Group C.E.O. and UFC owner Robert Meyrowitz joins the commentary booth during the break and goes over the upcoming schedule for the UFC. Meyrowitz announces that UFC 10 will take place in the USA at a location yet to be determined. UFC 11 will also take place in the United States but the UFC has made inroads to Japan tonight and we will return in December 1996 with The Ultimate Ultimate 2: Ultimate Japan. Nobuhiko Takada has already been signed to fight Dave Beneteau at this event and we are hoping to secure licensing deals in the future with Shooto, Rings, UWFI, and Pancrase to use these promotions as the feeder leagues to provide the UFC with the world's best talent in this sport. The UFC is truly the Super Bowl, the Olympics of the martial arts world, tonight's show is the first step in making that dream a reality. We will return to Japan in December and again with 2 more shows in 1997.
Some other celebrities in attendance are highlighted next, Rickson Gracie's family. Renzo Gracie, Royce Gracie, and Royler Gracie are all shown in attendance. The commentators state that we could see these men in the UFC someday soon. Renzo Gracie has a knockout win over Oleg Taktarov outside of the UFC and Royce Gracie has won both of the Vale Tudo Japan tournaments hosted in 1994 and 1995 by Shooto.
Don Frye(Wrestling) vs Marco Ruas(Luta Livre)
Frye comes out with 4 oz. fingerless gloves and wrestling shoes. Ruas has bare fists and bare feet. Both men come out with their hands up, bobbing and weaving around each other. Frye comes in with a left hook and Ruas counters with strait right and left punches! Frye eats Ruas' punches and goes toe to toe with him in a violent flurry! Ruas clinches up with Frye and double underhooks him! Ruas tries to take Frye down but Frye keeps the fight upright and breaks Ruas' double underhooks. Frye tries to whip Ruas over into the canvas with a throw but Ruas keeps his ground. The two men struggle against each other in the clinch and end up against the fence with a hard impact. Frye drives Ruas into the fence and hits him with headbutts! Ruas reverses Frye around and headbutts him back! Frye and Ruas tire out momentarily in a stalemate against the fence until Ruas begins stomping Frye's feet! Frye lands punches to Ruas' body but Ruas fires back with another foot stomp followed by a hard headbutt that staggers Frye! Frye quickly regains his senses and rips Ruas round into the canvas with an explosion of energy and force. Ruas pulls guard and hammers his heels down into Frye's back. Frye keeps his arms in tight to avoid Ruas' submission game and begins dropping hard knees into Ruas' tailbone! Ruas holds Frye in his guard and is battered with repeated knees to the tailbone and headbutts that gradually swell his eye shut. Ruas explodes with a sweep attempt but Frye keeps him down on his back and unloads with heavy punches and elbows.
Ruas gets dominated on his back by Don Frye for several minutes. Frye begins to tire out and Big John is forced to restart the fight standing up due to the lack of action. The two men circle around each other with their hands up. Frye hits Ruas with a stiff jab that knocks him back! Frye chases after Ruas and unloads with punches but Ruas backs away and circles away from them. Ruas circles around Frye and lands a HARD leg kick, followed immediately by a vicious strait right hand! Frye's nose instantly begins trickling blood but he keeps plodding towards Ruas. Ruas continues backing away and countering Frye, feinting punches to set up another sickening leg kick! Frye eats the kick and lunges in with a right hook that drops Ruas to his butt! Ruas scoots away from Frye and tries to hit him with an upkick! Frye catches Ruas' leg and tries a strait foothold! Ruas hammers Frye with his loose foot! Frye gives up the foothold and drops down on top of Ruas, landing in his guard. Ruas holds Frye down and survives the rest of the fight. Frye stays cautious and keeps Ruas down for the final minutes, peppering him with rabbit punches to the back of the head and occasional body shots. The clock winds down and both men are stood up by Big John. The judges render their decision as a unanimous decision for Don Frye! Marco Ruas is adamant about the decision, shaking his head and saying "NO!". Frye is hoisted up by his corner men to celebrate the win. Frye remains undefeated and moves his UFC record to 4-0!
Tank Abbott(Street Fighting) vs Mark Shultz(Wrestling)
Tank comes out more cautious than his previous two fights, keeping his hands up and keeping his distance from Mark Shultz at first. Shultz and Tank circle each other in an intense stand off as they feel each other out. Shultz throws a quick jab and shoots in for a takedown all with one fluid motion, dropping levels under Tank's counter-jab and driving him up against the fence with hard impact and scooping his legs out from under him to put him on his butt. Tank stays upright in a seated position and fires away at Shultz's body with punches as Shultz fights to pin him. Tank uses the fence of The Octagon to try to get back up but Shultz pulls his legs out from under him and puts him on his back! Mark Shultz quickly gets on top of Tank in the full mount! Tank rolls over and exposes his back. Shultz tries to go for a choke but Tank rolls over on top of him and fights it off. Both men scramble back up to their knees in a grapple, with Shultz quickly transitioning around Tank's body and keeping him broken down in the turtle position. Shultz peppers Tank with hammer fist strikes from the turtle position before breaking his posture down even further, forcing him down flat on his belly. Shultz takes Tank's back and starts raining down punches to the back of his head, his ears, and his neck! Tank tries to cover up but Shultz keeps hammering down on him! Tank manages to roll over and push Shultz off balance but Shultz stays on top of him. Shultz continues hammering down punishing blows to Tank. Tank covers up and again rolls over to expose his back as he tries to get up. Shultz sinks his hooks in and manages to get a choke around Tank's neck! Tank rolls over on top of Shultz again and tries to break the choke but he can't! Tank taps out! MARK SHULTZ WINS THE TOURNAMENT!
Mark Shultz has won the 9th UFC tournament. Dave Beneteau and the rest of Shultz corner men lift him up in the air and parade him around the cage in their celebration. Shultz is presented with a huge cardboard check for ¥12,000,000 as well as an 8 foot tall trophy and a bouquet of flowers as confetti falls down from the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome. Mark is humble during his post fight interview, at a loss for words. Mark tells the interviewer that he doesn't know what to say, thanking his training partners and dedicating his performance tonight to his brother Dave.
Kimo comes out to The Octagon wearing the UFC Undisputed World Championship belt. Severn has a bruised up Don Frye in his corner as well as Becky Levi his strength and conditioning coach. Kimo is not wearing any gloves or footwear but Severn is wearing wrestling shoes, knee pads, and 4 oz. fingerless gloves. Both men pick up right where they left off in Puerto Rico, in a cautious stale mate. Severn and Kimo keep their distance from each other and throw light, conservative strikes from long range. A hushed silence falls over the Tokyo Dome as the crowd watches Severn and Kimo dance around each other for several minutes of the fight. Severn lands a grazing right hand that wobbles Kimo's knees but he doesn't follow it up. Kimo recovers his senses and stays away from Severn. The two men cautiously circle around each other jabbing for several more minutes. Kimo scores with a leg kick that knocks Severn off balance but he doesn't do anything to follow it up, choosing to play it safe. Severn circles Kimo and opens up with a hard strait right hand that gets Kimo on the chin! Kimo fights back with a punch but Severn immediately drops levels and takes Kimo down!
Kimo locks Severn in the guard but Severn pounds away on him, unloading with heavy shots to the face. Severn gradually scoots Kimo away from the center of the ring and slowly works him closer and closer to the cage wall as he continually pounds away at him. Severn pushes Kimo against the fence and grabs him by the neck as he postures up and hammers him over and over again. Kimo works his legs up high to go for an armbar but Severn rolls Kimo up into a ball and drops heavy leather down into his face! Kimo scrambles to all fours in the turtle position and Severn takes his back! Severn sinks his hooks in and goes for a choke but Kimo fights it off and survives. Kimo locks Severn's hands up as he's pinned face down on the mat. The two men lay in the same position until Big John restarts the fight standing up. Both men show signs of exhaustion as they begin circling each other once again. Kimo unloads with a leg kick but Severn shoots in and takes him down as soon as he throws it! Severn again works Kimo up against the cage wall and mauls him with unrelenting ground and pound. Kimo again goes for an armbar but Severn slips out of it and drops a KNEE ON HIS FACE! Kimo is immediately cut open with a gash across his forehead. Severn stays on Kimo and continues hammering him with ground and pound. Kimo bleeds profusely as Severn grinds his forearm across the cut, making it worse. Kimo scrambles to his hands and knees in the turtle position and Dan Severn begins driving knees into his ribs while holding the fence. Kimo covers up and Big John steps in and calls the fight off! It's over! Severn wins the UFC title back from Kimo with a TKO!
Kimo lays flat on his back clutching his ribs with his face bloodied as Severn runs around the cage screaming and holding his belt up. Severn cuts an interview after the fight saying that he is ready for whoever the UFC wants to put in front of him. Severn says that he feels like he never lost the title, tonight he proved himself as the true Undisputed Champion of the World.
Rickson Gracie(Brazilian Jujitsu) vs Akira Maeda(Karate/Catch Wrestling)
The crowd in the Tokyo Dome comes alive for tonight's main event with the loudest cheers of the night. The tension and atmosphere is unbelievable as Big John brings Maeda and Gracie to the center of The Octagon to go over his final instructions. The crowd chants "MA-E-DA, MA-E-DA" as the two men back up and get ready to get it on. Rickson comes out with intensity in his traditional stance. Maeda keeps his distance and circles Rickson. Rickson stays locked on Maeda with an intense look, never taking a step backwards as he stalks Maeda down. The entire Tokyo Dome collectively gasps when Maeda throws a high kick at Rickson! Rickson blocks the kick but is staggered! Rickson immediately shoots in and takes Maeda down with a BIG SLAM! The crowd's cheers are deafening as Rickson lays in side control on top of Akira Maeda! The crowd begins chanting Maeda's name again as he fights to keep Rickson Gracie from advancing to the full mount. Maeda hits Rickson in the back of the head with punches and keeps his knee raised to keep him from mounting him. Rickson patiently lays in side control as Maeda peppers him in the back of the head with repeated shots. Finally Rickson slips his knee onto Maeda's belly and passes into the FULL MOUNT! The crowd gasps!
Gracie stays down and tight on top of Maeda in the full mount as Maeda tries to buck him off of him. Maeda explodes to try to roll Rickson over but Rickson catches him in an armbar during the scramble! Rickson rips on Maeda's arm and straitens it out!! Akira Maeda taps out!!!! It's all over! Rickson Gracie has tapped Maeda out!
Confetti instantly begins raining from the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome as the Gracie family swarms The Octagon and celebrates Rickson's victory. Rickson Gracie has returned to the Octagon and defeated Akira Maeda. Maeda recovers and shakes Rickson's hand before making his exit and getting patted on the back by the fans on his way out. A huge fireworks display explodes over the ring to close out tonight's Tokyo Dome spectacular. Rickson Gracie is BACK!