In the headliner of an inaugural GRAND SLAM event, Victory Henry brutally defeated Tokoro Hideo via 2nd round TKO.
Seven months later, in the headliner of the GRAND SLAM 2, Henry displayed a swift Russian Sambo move and submitted Bellator MMA / ONE FC veteran Masakatsu Ueda with a kneebar.
For Ueda, this was a first fight since he fought Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE FC 135 lbs title in May 2014. He must have been anxious to fight. And that probably is one of the reasons why Ueda was aggressive from the beginning. Threw many punches, and series of kicks to the body. Ueda scored a take down too. He kept a top position most of the time and also attempted head triangle choke so Ueda probably won this round.
However, Henry was calm from the beginning. Responded to all of Ueda's attack. He also did land couple of stiff right straight punches and one of them wobbled Ueda as well. When he was on the bottom, Henry was also able to reverse the position once. So, the first round was close.
In the beginning of second round, Henry landed a solid right straight to Ueda's face. This one shot busted Ueda's nose. Blood started to pour ferociously. Ueda didn't back off though. He kept coming forward with punches and kicks, shot in few times but Henry defended every single one of them. Finally, at the very end, Ueda scored a take down but in overall Henry controlled the majority of this round.
Cardio made the big difference in the final round.
Ueda landed kick to the body then took Henry down to the mat. It took a while but after calmly listening to the instructions of his master Josh Barnett on the blue corner, Henry escaped and stood back up. Ueda was visibly tired at this point but he was able to get around on Henry's back.
This is when Henry executed "Victor Throw" from Russian Sambo and snapped on a kneebar.
It was in deep. And Ueda really had no cardio left to escape and he eventually tapped out.
After the fight Barnett stepped into the ring and expressed that Henry's hunger to fight for Pancrase. Japan's oldest MMA promotion where Barnett still holds an open-weight title.
Reversal Yokohama Grandslam Presents
GRANSLAM 2 – way of the cage
Sunday, February 8th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
THE MAIN EVENT – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakatsu Ueda (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo) vs Victor Henry (USA / CSW – Hybrid Fighter)
Winner: 3R 3'22" Victory Henry by Submission (kneebar)
Co-Main – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yosuke "Sarutobi No. 2" Saruta (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Hayato Suzuki (Japan / BRAVE)
Winner: 3R Hayato Suzuki by Decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29)
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team ROKEN) vs Kenichi Ito (Japan / CARPE DIEM)
Winner: 2R 4'06" Masakazu Imanari by Submission (rear naked choke)
Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Takahiro Ashida (Japan / BRAVE) vs Tatsuya Adachi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Winner: 3R Tatsuya Adachi by Decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29)
Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Ikuya Sasaki (Japan / T-PLEASURE) vs Daichi Takenaka (Japan / Paraestra Waizumi)
Winner: 1R 3'38" Daichi Takenaka by Submission (rear naked choke)
Middleweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yusuke Sakashita (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Bob Armstrong (New Zealand / ALIVE)
Winner: 2R Yusuke Sakashita by Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yuichi Miyagi (Japan / FIT & KICKBoXINg DROP) vs Kenta "Hachiouji of the Dead" Nagatsuka (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji)
Winner: Yuichi Miyagi by DQ (Nagatsuka failed to make contract weight)
Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Daisuke Hoshino (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs Yuki Ito (Japan / ALLIANCE – TEAM Yude Tamago)
Winner: 2R 0'17" Daisuke Hoshino by TKO (punches)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)