Quite a few of the guys took a break from Jiu-Jitsu this Sunday as the UFC came to town – if you’re going to miss a day’s training, then missing it to go and watch the fights looks to be acceptable – 15 + Triforce guys ended up with tickets!
I guess we need to do a better job of communicating with each other just who wants to go the next time the UFC comes to Japan – we all ended up sitting apart from each other for the most part – I could have done with some extra support to drown out the some of the noise coming from the 8 or so extremely loud Ozzies sitting behind me….
The card was stacked and the fighters really delivered – we had submissions on the prelims, the first fight on the main card ended up being a knockout, and the championship fight was a 5 round war, with Frankie Edgar again putting his face first when trying to come up with the win (How many breaks can his nose take anyway??) The most enjoyable fight of the night for me however was Hatsu Hioki V Bart Palaszewski. After seeing Hioki have a luke warm debut a few months ago, I thought he would be in for a hard time against Bart, but he did everything but finish him – it was really enjoyable to see his deep ground game on show.
The fights finished 3pm ish Tokyo time, which meant the big rush back to the train and to Ikebukuro was on. Phone calls were made and mails sent, meaning we all managed to meet up in an Ikebukuro bar – all without having to wait for trains – job well done!