Kazuki Tokudome went back and forth between mount and half-mout positions to dominate JJ Amborse to score two wins in a row since he got released from UFC.
Ambrose tried to control the fight in the beginning though.
He came out with punches. Tokudome backed off but slipped and lost his balance.
Ambrose took an advantage of this, chased with punches, grabbed Tokudome and executed a neck throw. Then, from the top, Ambroise went for a guillotine choke.
But that was about it though.
When Ambrose tried to lock in the neck for a guillotine, Tokudome used this timing to reverse the position. And the rest of the round, about four minutes, Tokudome utilized mount and half-mount to control the ground battle.
In the second round, Tokudome started to take over, first, in the standing department.
He landed hard left punch to the body, then kicks to inside the leg, followed by a high kick.
Since he got cut from UFC, Tokudome has been training at the Silver Wolf, a renown kick boxing gym founded by K-1 MAX champion MASATO. And, back in March, he knocked out Yoshihiro Koyama in just 94 seconds so he must be feeling confident in his striking game now. The improvement in his striking made Tokudome a better grappler in MMA. In this fight, Tokudome was able to establish his pace with striking then scored more than few take downs.
In second and third rounds of this fight were just like that. After damaging or backing off Ambrose with punches and kicks, Tokudome shot in, took a Bellator veteran down. Then, he kept a top position by being on the mount or the half-mount position.
This was a hands-down complete domination by Tokudome, and apparently, all three judges felt the same. The judges score cards were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, an unanimous decision win for Tokudome.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 14:00
The Main Event – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kazuki Tokudome (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs JJ Ambrose (USA / Knox MMA)
Winner: 3R Kazuki Tokudome by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Co-Main – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Victory Henry (USA / CWA – Hybrid Fighter) vs Taichi Nakajima (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)
Winner: 3R Victory Henry by Decision (28-29, 30-27, 28-29)
13th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kotetsu Boku (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Juntaro Ushiku (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE)
Winner: 2R 4'49" Kotetsu Boku by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
12th Match – Welterweight Non-Title Bout 5 miin / 3R
Let's Gota (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs Shingo Suzuki (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Winner: 2R 2'22" Shingo Suzuki by TKO (referee stoppage – right straight punch)
11th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Akitoshi Tamura (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs Satoshi Inaba (Japan / Akimoto Dojo jungle junction)
Winner: 3R Akitoshi Tamura by Decision (29-28, 282-9, 29-28)
9th Match – Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Kenta Takagi (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Kousei Kubota (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo)
Winner: 2R 1'55" Kenta Takagi by TKO (referee stoppage – right straight followed by g n p)
10th Match – Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yasutaka Koga (Japan / Lotsu Setaga-ya) vs Masatsu Ueda (Japan / Ogata Dojo)
Winner: 3R Yasutaka Koga by Decision (28-29, 292-8, 29-28)
8th Match – Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Yukitaka Musahi (Japan / Freelance) vs Tatsuya So (Japan / Toushin)
Winner: 3R Yukitaka Musashi by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
7th Match – Super-flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Shunichi Shimizu (Japan / Uruno Dojo) vs Hiroaki Iijima (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R Shunichi Shimizu by Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
6th Match – Super-flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
SENZO (Japan / FREEDOM@OZ) vs Naoyuki Kato (Japan / SPLASH)
Winner: 3R SENZO by Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
5th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Junpei Chikano (Japan / Rodeo Style) vs MIKE (Japan / AACC)
Winner: 3R MIKE by Decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29)
4th Match – Light-Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Takuya Eizumi (Japan / Bumon-kai) vs LITTLE (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R Takuya Eizumi by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
3rd Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
CORO (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai TLIVE) vs Ryo Iseki (Japan / GRABAKA)
Winner: 3R CORO by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2nd Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
J-taro Takita (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Daiki Gojima (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: Daiki Gojima by Decision (27-30, 26-30, 27-30)
1st Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Genpei Hayashi (Japan / HEAT) vs Shohei Yamamoto (USA / CWA – Hybrid Fighter)
Winner: 3R Shohei Yamamoto by Decision (27-30, 27-30, 29-28)
Report by Shu Hirata
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