Apparently the crowd was cheering for Hirota, which instigated Aoki's heated celebration (yes, he is that insecure). He apologized at the post-fight presser, but didnt seem very sinsere. Even though it was an impressive win, to me it doesnt give Aoki the right to act like a jackass. If he thinks he's so great, bring um stateside so he can prove it against Penn, Melendez, or whoever.
I personally thought a gamer like Hirota would atleast take him to a decision, so it was definately one of Aoki's more impressive wins. Ive never even heard of that sub.
The Overeem, Mousasi, Kawijiri, and Tokoro fights went down as expected, though I was surprised at Kim's toughness, that was fotn for sure. I thought the ref could have let Mousasi pound on Goodridge a bit longer, but I guess it wouldnt have changed much.
Misaki-Manhoef was another story imo. I may be bitter just because I picked Kazuo, but I thought that was stopped way too early. He was rocked for sure, but his eyes never rolled back and he was defending. Given some time, I bet he would have caught Manhoef in something.
Was surprised to see the improving Shibata lose too, though I think that decision could have gone either way. Izumi stole it in those later rounds, but props to him for stepping his game up.
Thought Gono looked very impressive. I dont know where Sakurai's head was at coming into this fight and fighting a friend but I was surprised and disapointed to see him get dominated like he did. Props to Gono though, hopefully he can build himself back up again after that Hornbuckle KO.
Omigawa may have had the most surprising win of the night imo. I thought Takeya would outclass him on the feet but Omigawa showed some serious power and finish ability for once.
Sad to see Kid continue to fall from grace. Like most I thought he atleast had enough left to get past Kanehara but he shocked once again with a great mix of wrestling and striking. I think maybe it may be that Kanehara was being underated then Kid being overated. Hara could be one to watch in 2010.
Another surprise was Yoshida pulling a Couture on all of us and taking a decision over the younger version of himself. I didn't think the fight was all that entertaining, especially with the illegal knee, but atleast both guys tried to stand and bang. Japan's goldenboy Ishii is off to a bad start.
MINOWAMANN!!! Even though I had Sokoudjou picked, I was so happy to see Minowa take this. After all these years, he's finally starting to get some notorioty in this super hulk tournament. And to KO him like he did, it was awesome for sure. I think the stoppage was justified too, maybe a tad early, but meh. Was a good thing too because that fight was boring as **** before the KO.
All in all, Dynamite did not disapoint. Another great show turned in despite a few controversies. Wasnt surprised Dream beat out Sengoku, but I was surprised how close it was