Any hopes World Victory Road had that Olympian Hiroshi Izumi would make an immediate impact in the MMA world were dashed today when the Judo standout suffered a first-round TKO loss to fellow MMA newcomer Antz Nansen.
Antonio Silva, meanwhile, picked up his sixth consecutive victory with an efficient first-round submission victory over Jim York.
The two fights co-headlined Sengoku 10th Battle at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
WVR officials had grand expectations for Izumi, Japan's 2004 Olympic silver medalist. However, as Nansen, an accomplished kickboxer from New Zealand, began unloading a series of punches in the night's headliner, Izumi made the ill-advised decision to stand and trade.
Nansen (1-0) successfully mixed in punches and kicks and tagged his opponent high and low. One punch, though, connected flush and knocked Izumi's legs out from under him. After hitting the mat, Izumi (0-1) attempted to defend and fight back, but Nansen's continued assault and heavy right-left combination ultimately forced the TKO stoppage.
The referee halted the bout at 2:56 of the first round.
Izumi looked really bad they put a lot of hope into this guy and imo he let them down big time I liked how Nansen called out the olympic gold medlest right after the win
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