by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Jorge Santiago has got to be tired of seeing the same old faces. In his past four fights, he’s fought just two opponents, Kazuo Misaki and Mamed Khalidov.
That should be about to change. The Sengoku middleweight champion already avenged a loss to Khalidov earlier this year, and on Sunday in Japan he defeated Misaki for the second time in less than two years.
Santiago had to battle back and forth through nearly five full rounds with Misaki before the Japanese fighter’s corner finally threw in the towel with just under 30 seconds left. It was a tough battle for both men, but it showed the American Top Teamer’s resilience as Sengoku’s titleholder.
“I proved to everybody here what a champ is made of,” said Santiago after the fight.
He doesn’t have a strong roster of opposition to display his wares against, but Hatsu Hioki again showed why he is considered one of the top featherweight fighters in the world. He handed British fighter Jeff Lawson just the fourth loss of his 18-fight career.
Hioki wasted no time locking on a triangle choke that had Lawson tapping just over two minutes into the first round.
SENGOKU 14 FULL RESULTS:
-Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 4:31, R5
-Jadamba Narantungalag def. Akihiro Gono by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Hatsu Hioki def. Jeff Lawson by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:09, R1
-Leo Santos def. Sotaro Yamada by DQ (Knees to Groin) at 3:56, R1
-Taisuke Okuno def. Nick Thompson by KO (Punch) at 0:27, R3
-Yasubey Enomoto def. Kenta Takagi by Submission (Choke) at 0:53, R2
-Takuya Sato def. Motoki Miyazawa by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kil Woo Lee by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:20, R1
-Shoko Sato def. Takuya Eizumi by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 1:38, R2
-Wataru Takahashi def. Tatsuya So by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:34, R2
-Jae Hyun So def. Hirokazu Nishimura by Unanimous Decision, R2