by MMAWeekly.com Staff
On Sunday night in Japan, Pride veteran Hidehiko Yoshida wasted no time in finishing off former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith, submitting him with a neck crank little more than two minutes into their bout. The fight was the headliner of Sengoku 3 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Travis Wiuff returned to action as well, winning his ninth straight fight. In doing so, he accomplished no small feat, knocking out the iron-jawed Kazuyuki Fujita. It was an impressive victory for Wiuff.
Currently ranked No. 6 in the world at middleweight, Kazuo Misaki won his second straight fight of the year, scoring a unanimous decision over Logan Clark.
Nick Thompson continued to make his case to be considered one of the top fighters in the world by submitting Chute Boxer Michael Costa in running up his winning streak to 12 straight.
World Victory Road also announced several of the fighters for its upcoming lightweight tournament, the winner expected to get a shot at Takanori Gomi. Five of the fighters included in the tournament are Duane Ludwig, Rodrigo Damm, Yokota Kazunori, Mitsuoka Eiji, and Satoru Kitaoka. It is expected to be an eight-man tournament, likely beginning in August.
-Hidehiko Yoshida def. Maurice Smith by Submission (Neck Crank) at 2:23, R1
-Travis Wiuff def. Kazuyuki Fujita by KO (Punch) at 1:24, R1
-Kazuo Misaki def. Logan Clark by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Nick Thompson def. Michael Costa by Submission (Kimura) at 4:13, R2
-Sanae Kikuta def. Chris Rice by Submission (Armbar) at 3:54, R1
-Marcio Cruz def. Mu Bae Choi by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:37, R1
-Rodrigo Damm def. Jorge Masvidal by TKO (Strikes) at 4:38, R2
-Fabio Silva def. Yoshiki Takahashi by KO (Knee) at 0:24, R2
(Results courtesy of Sherdog.com)