by MMAWeekly.com Staff
It’s pretty obvious that Nova Uniao knows how teach their fighters to strike.

Current WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has proven to be one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet with his hands, knees and feet, and now his teammate Marlon Sandro can join him as a champion and fellow knockout artist as he finished off Masanori Kanehara in only :38 seconds with a vicious uppercut at Sengoku on Saturday night.

Sandro’s only career defeat came by way of split decision to Michihiro Omigawwa last year, and apparently that loss left more than a sour taste in his mouth as he’s wiped out his last 3 opponents by knockout in just over 3 minutes of total time.

Facing Kanehara, Sandro came out strong tagging the Japanese fighter early, before following up with a big uppercut that floored his opponent, and left him unconscious on the mat. Kanehara was eventually taken out on a stretcher in a scary moment after laying motionless for several minutes.

The Sengoku welterweight tournament opening round also kicked off with two fighters making it through to the next round. Keita Nakamura picked up a TKO win over Omar De La Cruz, while Takuya Wada got the nod by split decision over Jae Sun Lee.

Lightweight prospect Maximo Blanco dispatched of one-time Strikeforce lightweight Rodrigo Damm with strikes in the 2nd round of their bout in Sengoku.

Also on the card was King of Pancrase in the light heavyweight division Ryo Kawamura who picked up an impressive TKO win over Hidetada Irie in the 2nd round of their fight. The win was the 2nd in a row for Kawamura.


Marlon Sandro def. Masanori Kanehara by KO at :38 seconds, R1
Keita Nakamura def. Omar De La Cruz by TKO at 2:53, R2
Takaya Wada def. Jae Sun Lee by split decision, R3
Maximo Blanco def. Rodrigo Damm by TKO at :45 seconds, R2
Ryo Kawamura def. Hidetada Irie by TKO at 3:00, R2
Hiroshi Izumi def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO at 4:37, R1
Shigeki Osawa def. Katsuya Toida by DQ (strikes to the groin) at 1:53, R3
Yasubey Enomoto def. Sanae Kikuta by TKO at 3:57, R1
Doo Ho Choi def. Ikuo Usada by split decision
Kazuki Tokudome def. Yuma Ishizuka by TKO at 3:22, R1
Ye Won Nam def. Ikkei Nagamura by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:03, R1