||05-29-2011 10:26 AM
Inoue wins by TKO:
Matsumoto tests the waters with low kicks as "Lion" pushes forward into range. Matsumoto explodes with a one-two, sparking Inoue and putting him momentarily on his posterior. Inoue pops to his feet resets. The Deep vet lobs low kicks again, while Inoue puts in a few low kicks of his own. Inoue lunges in and they clash in the clinch. Both men mash each other to the body with punches in the clinch. Shimada breaks them up just as Lion launches a high knee to Matsumoto's face. He isn't seriously hurt, but he is a little annoyed.
Inoue walks Matsumoto down into the corner but doesn't throw anything. Matsumoto, on the other hand, throws punches before circling out and away. Inoue lands a snapping one-two and smashes Matsumoto against the ropes. Matsumoto shucks him off and throws a jab-uppercut that graze. Inoue shuffles forward and narrowly avoids two big Matsumoto punches. Inoue plants two hard low kicks that has Matsumoto tripping up some. Matsumoto throws a big three-piece that Lion blocks. Referee Yuji Shimada steps in to warn both men that their tactical affair won't be tolerated. So, Lion comes back from this with a big right straight that rattles Matsumoto and puts him on his back. Inoue falls to the canvas to finish with punches, and Matsumoto covers up and rolls to his side. It's here that Shimada steps in for the stop, however, Matsumoto gets to his feet and protests the stoppage when he realizes that Inoue isn't hitting him anymore. The official end comes at 6:51 of the first round, giving Inoue the stoppage win.
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