RAPID FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN IN TOKYO 32 PREVIEW
Xavier: Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Rapid Fighting Championship preview of Showdown in Tokyo 3! I’m your host, Esiah Xavier, and as always, joining me in the booth is the capricious Furious Styles!
Styles: Capricious? I suppose so but when I make up my mind, that’s it! We’re broadcasting from a new location for us, Hayashi’s Lounge, and though there are a good number less than the usual number, there are still 2,000 crazed MMA fanatics that have packed the house and are raising the roof!
Xavier: We absolutely appreciate the passion, noise and borderline insanity that these fans bring each and every time we see them! Tonight will feature one Light Heavyweight fight, one Super Heavyweight fight, which happens to be for the Super Heavyweight title, four Featherweight fights, two Lightweight fights, and two Welterweight fights!
Styles: That’s a solid representation of various weight classes and there’s a major chance for some movement to happen in the Featherweight division, especially!
Xavier: Absolutely! Four fights tonight opens the door, potentially, for some of the fighters who are trying to climb the ladder towards a title shot to do exactly that! The pressure is on to take advantage of all of these battles plus some of these fighters will have time to scout the competition, and that can be very advantageous!
Styles: If you want to be the best, you have to do your homework and see who’s capable of doing what in that cage! Speaking of capable, our first two warriors are Jackson Trigger and Alojz Sanel, and both of these fighters have shown that they’re capable of doing damage in that cage! “Bang Bang” Trigger of LEGION OF DOOM steps into this fight with an impressive 10-2 overall record and looks to overcome a recent loss to Giuseppe Hopkins at RFC 47 by unanimous decision! Trigger has shown that he can dent some skulls with his punching ability and power, so Sanel’s punching defense will need to be fluid and quick or he’ll find out the hard way just how hard Trigger can hit! However, let’s not overlook the fact that one of Tigger’s losses is at the hands of his opponent! When they crossed paths at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 15, Sanel landed a series of strikes that was too much for Trigger to withstand, so that’s in the back of both of their minds, no doubt!
Xavier: Trigger is definitely impressive and has that very key championship experience as well! However, don’t overlook Sanel! Although he’s a good amount shorter than his fellow LEGION OF DOOM teammate, he obviously knows how to get the job done as proven in their previous clash! Sanel is seven years older and that maturity is definitely an advantage, especially physically, because he’s 11-3 overall so the in-cage experience is relatively the same! Very much like his teammate and opponent tonight, Sanel brings a lot of explosive power in his punches so Trigger will need to keep his hands up and his head moving, or he may very well have a repeat of history against Sanel, and he definitely does not want that to happen! Sanel lost a hellacious battle against Gok Won Khun at RFC 48 so he, too, is looking to get things turned around tonight!
Styles: One thing I can guarantee, X! This fight will be fast, nasty and punishing! Neither one of these guys plays around! They get into the cage and they attack with ferocity and a high energy output, so fans will definitely be provided with intensity in this fight! Either they win by knockout or they get knocked out, and that’s an exciting style! Whoever lands the big shot tonight walks out the winner, plain and simple! My pick to land that big shot is Trigger! He’ll have vengeance on his mind from the last time these two locked horns and he was staring up at the lights! Young fighters hold onto memories longer, in my opinion, than older fighters, and that will be the x factor in this fight because that’s big-time motivation!
Xavier: I’ll select the more experienced fighter, especially because he won the last fight, so he obviously knows how to get through Trigger’s defenses to land that vicious shot that can turn the lights out quickly! Yes, that was some time ago and their abilities have changed, but knowledge is indelible and knowing how to handle youthful aggression is a feather in his cap! Sanel wins by knockout!
PREDICTIONS: Xavier – Sanel by KO; Styles – Trigger by KO
Xavier: Up next we have the battle of the bulls as the Super Heavyweight title hangs in the balance between the champion, Ryo Takuma, and the challenger, James Fusi! “Red Dragon” Takuma brings his red mohawk and an 11-3 overall record into this title defense! The champ brings some nice momentum as well as he’s riding a 4-fight win streak, so his confidence is sky high and that makes him especially dangerous! The champ is a first-round knockout specialist as evidenced by his numerous first-round victories! He’s taller and heavier than Fusi so look for him to use that as leverage for his massive punching power! It’s quite possible that Takuma will use more counter-striking against Fusi because Fusi may feel he has to be very aggressive in hopes of ending this fight as quickly as possible and Takuma can take advantage of that approach!
Styles: “Relentless” Fusi is 8-6 overall, a winning record, obviously, but one that would hold more water per se if he added a championship to his accomplishments! He’s had his opportunities to win gold previously, but he’s fallen short each time, so you have to wonder what affect, if any, that has on this young fighter! If used properly, that’s major motivation because I’m certain he’s heard people say he falls short when the lights are shining brightest on his fights! First-round endings are the primary modus operandi for Fusi so I definitely expect to see him bring as much pressure as he can in this fight! He may even opt to keep this fight in the clinch if he can get close enough to lock one in! If he can, he can pick apart the champ with body shots and timely elbows and knees! He may even be able to slow the champ down and take some sting off of his power punches by using his various kicks to chop away at his legs and ribs!
Xavier: Like last fight, I’ll take the more experienced fighter in this battle! I think he’ll be able to sustain the pressure and avoid taking serious damage from Fusi’s kicks while he does! I don’t think Takuma will want to get into a clinch battle against Fusi because that potentially eliminates some of his punching power because he can’t fully extend his arms, plus it slows the pace down that he wants to establish! Look for Takuma to stay on the outside and let his fists fly as soon as Fusi is in range! Takuma wins by knockout!
Styles: Fusi’s punching power is underrated and I think part off that is due to his age and fighting style! People look at his overall record and tough luck in championship fights, and they mistakenly write him off! I don’t think the champ will overlook Fusi but he may underestimate his improvement overall! If Fusi can get in close to Takuma, he can take the wind out of Takuma’s sails with body work and maybe even open up a cut with some well-placed elbows! I think Fusi slows this fight down in the clinch and frustrates the champ enough to cause him to take more risks with trying to finish this fight early, and Fusi lands that jaw cracker to win the title!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Fusi by KO; Xavier – Takuma by KO
Styles: Darrel Hill and Balagot Liu bring the heat after the championship fight! “Hitman” Hill and the odd, sporadic red lights that flash around him is 10-1 overall and recently overcome a loss to Martin Eugen by defeating Ludwig Mandrill at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 28 by unanimous decision! He looks to continue that momentum here tonight and his ability to win by submission or punches makes him a fighter to be wary of in all facets of fighting! Liu definitely has his hands full and this is a way for him to gauge himself against top-notch competition!
Xavier: Sporadic red lights?
Styles: Don’t act like you haven’t seen them before!
Xavier: I have but I don’t recall you speaking about them before! In fact, you gave me crap about seeing them previously!
Styles: That’s my business! Anyway, Liu has the height advantage in this fight and for him to have his best chance of keeping his record unblemished, he’ll have to keep this fight on its feet at all costs! Liu has the thunder in his knuckles to end this fight quickly and I have no doubt that Hill is very keen to that! Some members of The Stepdads I’m sure have told him to get this fight on the ground as soon as possible, and Liu is well aware of Hill’s ground skills! I think Liu has to avoid getting into the clinch with Hill because that may make it easier for Hill to take this fight to the ground! By staying on the outside, that will allow Liu to see Hill’s shoot attempts at takedowns!
Xavier: Staying outside does give him the best chance, but Hill has shown his ability to strike suddenly with a well-placed punch, and if Liu doesn’t keep his chin down and footwork on point, this fight will end quickly! I think Hill has too much ability in all facets of fighting, but he’ll take this fight to the ground and wear Liu down until he can lock in the submission for the win!
Styles: Liu hasn’t tasted defeat yet and the confidence he has from that will carry him to his sixth victory in a row! He’ll be able to dance around the takedown attempts from Hill and land solid shots to his jaw while doing so, plus he could surprise Hill with a counter-punch or kick to the head when Hill attempts a takedown from distance! Liu gets the biggest win of his young career tonight against an excellent opponent by knockout!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Liu by KO; Xavier – Hill by Submission
Styles: Up next we have Thiago Neves against Demetrious Waters! “Boah” Neves steps into the cage with a 13-4 overall record but has dropped his last two fights, so the proud Brazilian of The Stepdads is looking to get off the snide and back into the win column tonight! His last fight against James Smith ended in the first round with a TKO loss at RFC 48, and that memory may very well provide the extra fuel Neves needs for this fight against Waters! With younger fighters, the concern over their morale is brought to light, but with a veteran like Neves, that’s not even a concern! He’s accomplished too much for him to be shaken by that loss so confidence won’t be an issue. Neves has always shown a high level of aggression and I don’t expect that to be any different here tonight, but he is three years older than Waters so that energy output may end up backfiring if he doesn’t end the fight quickly!
Xavier: I don’t think that’ll be a concern, Styles!
Styles: Why do you say that?
Xavier: I met with Waters earlier this evening, and “No Mercy” looks like he wants the exact opposite of that! I’m sorry to say that the people of Trinidad and Tobago who support this man will be highly disappointed by his lack of fighting spirit tonight! Bottom line, Styles, is he wants none of Neves! I don’t even know why he accepted this fight if he wasn’t going to handle business properly and train like he should and get himself together, but be that as it may, Neves wins this by a landslide, hands down!
Styles: All right, X, I’ll trust you on this one! Though you don’t have the contacts I do, because my people are top notch, you’ve proven yourself enough to make me feel comfortable in ridin’ with your perspective and taking Neves to win this fight by submission!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Neves by Submission; Xavier – Neves by Submission
Styles: Chief Navajo and Third Eye square off and I hope this fight is a hell of a lot better than what may potentially happen in the previous fight! Navajo steps into the cage with a 6-5 overall record and recently had a 2-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Martin Eugen at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 29, a man he has now lost two fights to! Looking to prevent his record from dropping to an even .500 winning percentage here tonight, Navajo will undoubtedly look to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible! Navajo is the shorter fighter tonight and that may be an advantage because submissions will be easier to lock in on longer limbs! Naturally, Navajo will have to win the battle of positioning against Eye, and that’s no easy task!
Xavier: That is definitely not an easy feat to achieve! The very talented and skilled Third Eye is an impressive 6-1 overall and this cool dude with a Prince swagger with the LEGION OF DOOM has been on a major roll since dropping his first fight! A 6-fight win streak brings serious momentum, confidence and capability, so Navajo will know he’ll be in for one hell of a fight tonight! Eye’s last two victories have gone the distance and he’s obviously won by unanimous decision, so he can go the distance if need be, though he certainly prefers to end the fight prior to that if at all possible! I don’t think Eye will shy away from going to the ground in this fight at all if that’s where it ends up, but due to his height advantage tonight, he may opt to try and keep this fight in the standup and could look to try his luck in the clinch game to wear Navajo down and seek a knockout!
Styles: I think that’s exactly what he does tonight, X! There’s no reason for Eye to go to the ground against Navajo where he could possibly absorb unnecessary damage in the ground and pound, or even get caught in a submission predicament! Eye can stay on the outside and use his excellent boxing and muay thai skills to focus on footwork, landing combinations that keep Navajo at bay, and prevents him from taking any damage from Navajo in the meantime! I say Eye wins this fight by knockout!
Xavier: I know this is a scary thought, Styles, but I’m actually going to concur with you on this fight as well!
Styles: What!? Oh man, is there a full moon out tonight or something!? We’re agreeing on more than one fight tonight? Definitely scary!
Xavier: All right, that’s enough! Eye wins by knockout!
PREDICTIONS: Xavier – Eye by KO; Styles – Eye by KO
Xavier: Gustav Ahr and Theodore Jasper keep the madness going as they step into the cage! “Peep” Ahr beings his red Mohawk and 10-10-1 record into this fight, and he’s dropped his last two fights, so expect him to be a bit more aggressive tonight because that potential third loss is no doubt hanging over his head a bit! Against Jasper he’s the shorter and lighter fighter, so look for him to try and use the assumed speed advantage he’ll have over Jasper to stick-and-move initially until he’s able to land a takedown and keep this fight on the ground! Various LEGION OF DOOM members say that they generally feel he’ll be able to take this fight to the ground, but there’s a slight trepidation in the confidence they have that Ahr is completely ready and focused for this battle! They said he’s waned a bit in training and they’re not sure if his morale is where it should be. That, obviously, could be his downfall against Jasper tonight!
Styles: Jasper has fought his way to a solid 6-3 overall record, and various members of The Stepdads have said they’re not concerned that Jasper is nine years younger than Ahr because the experiences he’s had in the cage have made him formidable beyond his years, plus he’s skilled enough to keep this fight on its feet where they feel he has his best chance of victory! A point of concern, however, is the fact that he’s lost three fights in a row by unanimous decision! He has the cardio and strength to make it through a fight completely, but does he have enough skill and will to step up the level of energy and outpoint his opponents if the fight goes the distance? That’s the real question! If he can lock in and get his fists to connect against Ahr’s chin then he may be able to land the knockout punch to end this fight!
Xavier: I’ll play it safe and go with the younger fighter because true, he’s much less experienced than Ahr, no question, but I have no doubt his confidence and desire to fight is greater than Ahr’s! I know that I say, Styles, and I can’t go against it! Jasper wins this fight by knockout!
Styles: You know, X, I’m going to go against conventional wisdom here and I’ll say that Ahr surprises you, Jasper, and a lot of other people by the focus he brings along with the top notch ground game he possesses! Ahr will catch Jasper off-guard with a counter takedown and float right into mount position to drop bombs from the ground-and-pound until Jasper either taps out right there or gives up positioning to protect himself and allow a submission to get locked in!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Ahr by Submission; Xavier – Jasper by KO
Styles: The next two fighters to grace the cage will be Daquan Bowman and Del Werthers! “Deebo” Bowman from Compton, and member of The Stepdads, has earned a 9-4 overall record! His last outing against Theodore Jasper at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 28 saw him earn a unanimous decision victory and snap a 2-fight losing streak in the process! Keeping this fight on its feet is the name of the game tonight against Werthers, at least from my perspective! He’s eight years younger than Werthers but has basically the same amount of experience in the cage, so that’s not a disadvantage for him!
Xavier: Werthers has a slight height and weight advantage over Bowman so don’t be surprised to see him stand toe-to-toe with him and be willing to trade strikes to see who can withstand them better! Werthers may also opt to take this fight into the clinch and try to methodically take the wind out of Bowman’s sails while decreasing his speed and power! Very much like his opponent tonight, Werthers recently snapped a 2-fight win streak! Defeating Reijo Halli at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 29 allowed that to happen and like his opponent, he wants to add to that win! He’s currently 7-7 overall so he’s right on that .500 winning percentage cusp! I think that’ll provide extra motivation because like many fighters, having a losing record is something that he simply doesn’t want to experience! You’d be surprised how motivational that can be, Styles! It’s almost as if having an even record is a gauge of success versus failure in this industry, and for young fighters, that can weigh very heavily on their psyche!
Styles: I’m rollin’ with Compton’s Most Wanted in Bowman! I think this fight will be a toe-to-toe battle and “Deebo” will be able to avoid being locked into the clinch that I feel Werthers wants to put him in! Timely punches, speed and footwork will be Bowman’s best tools to avoid that clinch and put him in position to check Werthers’ jaw with his explosive punching power! Bowman wins this battle by knockout!
Xavier: I think the veteran will be able to exactly what you think Bowman wants to avoid, and that’s lock Bowman into a clinch, wear him down with body shots, and set him up for a chin check himself! Werthers wins by knockout!
PREDICTIONS: Xavier – Werthers by KO; Styles – Bowman by KO
Xavier: The next combatants to lock horns will be Craig Wius and Yves Trudeau! Wius steps into the cage with an overall 7-4 record but had a 3-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Third Eye at RFC 48!
Styles: Hey, X, do you know that Wius’ manager’s name is Bruce Leroy!?
Xavier: Bruce Leroy? Why does that name sound familiar?
Styles: You’ve seen The Last Dragon, right? You know, you are the last dragon, you have the power of the glow!?
Xavier: Oh yeah, that’s right! Classic old school movie!
Styles: Grandmaster Sho’nuff cracked me up in that movie!
Xavier: Yeah, he was great! And let’s not forget how sexy Vanity looked!
Styles: How can I!? She was smokin’ hot in Action Jackson, too!
Xavier: Big time! However, I digress! Wius has shown that he can make an opponent tap out or go the distance if need be, but tonight I don’t think he wants to test his endurance and constitution against Trudeau! He’s older, taller and heavier, but not by much. However, his age advantage may be the most important factor because he has more life and in-cage combat experience, so he’s had to deal with more adversity! This battle boils down to yet another classic standup fighter versus ground fighter, and whoever keeps the fight in their relative comfort zone walks away the winner, plain and simple!
Styles: That’s the truth, Ruth!
Xavier: Who’s Ruth?
Styles: It just rhymes, man, so go with it! “The Mad Bumper” Trudeau is a solid 4-2 overall, and similar to Wius he lost his last fight! However, Mama Tosen knocked Trudeau out in the first round and I have no doubt that Wius and his training team paid very close attention to that fact! There’s no doubt that Trudeau’s tremendous standup skills are far more advanced than Wius’, but Wius could try and surprise Trudeau with a haymaker or even a head kick out of nowhere that could test Trudeau’s chin! I’m sure The Devil’s Rejects have prepared Trudeau for that possibility but I don’t think they’re worried about it because from what we’ve seen, Wius doesn’t pack jaw-splitting power so I think Trudeau feels comfortable there and may very well be inclined to be more aggressive in testing Wius’ jaw each and every time he gets a chance! Obviously he wants to keep this fight standing so the stick-and-move tactics we speak of so often will no doubt be employed!
Xavier: I think Trudeau manages to keep this fight in the standup and he may even take a bigger risk and try to clinch Wius against the cage to both decrease the chances of a takedown plus increase his ability to land numerous strikes with his more educated hands! In addition, he could try to open up a cut with his elbows or punish Wius’ body with knees! Either way, I think the younger fighter wins this battle by knockout!
Styles: Wius knows Trudeau will be very aggressive in this fight and he’ll use that aggression against him! Counterattacking the energy that Trudeau will throw at Wius will enable him to avoid being chin checked, primarily, and two, it’ll let him take this fight to the ground where he can control the pace, frustrate Trudeau, and make Trudeau spend energy trying to get up and out of being controlled on the ground! Wius can transition from half guard to full mount or even opt for side control to land some elbows as well as ground and pound! Either way, Wius wins this fight by submission!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Wius by Submission; Xavier – Trudeau by KO
Styles: Bosse Severus and Ryan Landry are up next into the cage of destiny! Severus is a perfect 1-0 in his young career, a great start, obviously, so we’ll see if he can make it 2-0 against a very game opponent! Severus and his purple Mohawk brought plenty of excitement to his fight against Juanito Ferguson at RFC 49! One nasty head kick and the LEGION OF DOOM were in the cage to celebrate his thirty-five second victory! He’s shorter and lighter than Landry so he may opt to lean more on his punching ability as opposed to going for high kicks and possibly being counterattacked if he misses them! I expect this to be a standup battle between two very good and young up-and-comers!
Xavier: Agreed! The pace of this fight should be very fast as both fighters are eager to prove themselves in different ways! Landry is a perfect 2-0 so his start is obviously very good as well, but both of his victories were by unanimous decision, causing whispers around the locker room area to question whether or not he’s able to finish an opponent before reaching the distance! A win is still a win, but a young fighter looking to prove himself wants to be known as having the ability to finish an opponent because that alters an opponent fight plan! Severus wants to prove that his knockout win wasn’t a fluke and fighting another undefeated fighter is an opportunity to do just that!
Styles: The Stepdads definitely have confidence in Landry that he’ll be able to avoid being blasted by any nasty kicks Severus may attempt plus he has the ability to counter any misses with his own sharp kicks! I think both fighters will rely more upon their punches than anything else, but Landry may try to clinch to slow down Severus and see if he has an advantage in landing knees and elbows as well! I think Landry will silence the critics tonight and win this fight by knockout to prove he can finish a fight!
Xavier: Severus wants to show his capabilities in the cage and there’s still the unknown about his punching power! I think that unknown, coupled with his physical abilities, will be the key to victory for him tonight! Landry may be a bit more cautious and keep a more watchful eye on Severus’ kicks which could open up a slight window of opportunity for Severus to move in and land a power shot to test Landry’s chin! I don’t know if Landry’s chin can stand up to that so I’ll choose Severus to win by knockout in this battle of young tigers!
PREDICTIONS: Xavier – Severus by KO; Styles – Landry by KO
Xavier: And that brings us to the final confrontation of the evening! Oh, Styles, I should let you say this one since you’re Mr. Names over there!
Styles: Hell to the naw! Go right ahead, X! You got this one!
Xavier: Somehow I knew you’d say that. Aslambek Marowadoigowiegow…whew, battles Juanito Ferguson in the final fight!
Styles: X, seriously, how long do you think it took Aslambek to learn to spell his last name, let alone say it!?
Xavier: I’d assume it took some time but you never know! Maybe he has a propensity for language and picked upon it rather quickly!
Styles: I give him props for even being able to spell his name correctly! Good lord!
Xavier: Aslambek is 5-6 so the chance to even out his record is right in front of him tonight! He lost his previous battle against Doko Dokov at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 28 by unanimous decision so his may go for the gusto against Ferguson! These two fought previously at RFC Showdown in Tokyo 24 where Ferguson won by unanimous decision, and I have no doubt that victory is the in the minds of both men as they enter the cage tonight!
Styles: Hold the phone, X!
Xavier: What’s up, Styles?
Styles: My very reliable sources are texting me and they’re indicating that Aslambek has been more worried about if Chick-fil-A or Popeyes has a better tasting chicken sandwich than he’s been preparing for this fight!
Xavier: Wow, how sad!
Styles: Hey, to each their own! Hell, “La Alimana” Ferguson doesn’t look like he’s ready to fight either, X! I saw dude in the back and he was more worried about his phone being able to stream reruns of American Dad than he was with focusing on Aslambek!
Xavier: Unbelievable! How the hell are we supposed to pick a winner if neither fighter wants to actually fight!?
Styles: To hell with it! Flip a coin and pick one!
Xavier: All right! My coin flip is Aslambek!
Styles: I’ll take Ferguson, then! See? That was easy!
PREDICTIONS: Styles – Ferguson by KO; Xavier – Aslambek by KO
Xavier: And that wraps our preview show, ladies and gents! As always, Styles and I are very grateful to you for giving us your time and energy, and we always hope that we’ve been able to provide you insight and entertainment, in the very least!
Styles: Of course we provide them entertainment, X! How can they not be entertained when I’m talking!?
Xavier: I’m not even going to justify that question!
Styles: I don’t need you to because I know the truth! Thank you good people and wild MMA fans out there! We look forward to see your reactions to the action tonight and we’ll see you at the fights!