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dudeabides 09-22-2011 09:14 PM

DREAM 17: Antonio Banuelos vs Hideo Tokoro

dudeabides 09-24-2011 01:56 PM


Round 1: Banuelos and Tokoro start hesitant, exchanging single blows here and thee but not landing. Tokoro attempting to use his height and reach to stay on the outside. Banuelos ducks under a jab, misses an overhand. This could be a long night with this type of stale action. Tokoro moves around the ring, landing a jab here and there, evading Banuelos' rushes. Tokoro isn't doing definitive damage, but enough to win each round. Banuelos lands a straight, but it doesn't affect Tokoro. Referee stops the fight to talk to both fighters. Restart, and Banuelos goes to town. Lands a few blows, a kick, then an overhand. Tokoro counters, and the action explodes for a moment. Seconds left in the round, and Tokoro shoots. Banuelos defends. scores the round 10-9 Tokoro.

Round 2: Tokoro starts where he left off with a bevy of jabs to Banuelos' chin. Banuelos lunging at Tokoro, but he can't reach him, and Tokoro is adding a few leg kicks to mix it up. Banuelos rushes, misses, and gets countered by Tokoro. Three minute mark passes, and Tokoro continues an effective ranged attack with kicks and strikes. Banuelos missing most of his attacks. Referee barking at fighters to fight. And Tokoro attempts a flying knee. Banuelos puts Tokoro down with an overhand right, although it was more of a pushing shot that a heavy punch. Back to center, and both men exchange, Tokoro getting the better of it. Two minutes remaining, Tokoro lands a nice outside leg kick, evades the counter from Banuelos. Banuelos comes forward, lands a booming overhand right, then glances a front kick off Tokoro's midsection. Oh... Banuelos pops Tokoro with a right hand with fifteen seconds left, then Tokoro comes forward and wobbles Banuelos at the very end of the round with a head kick. scores the round 10-9 Tokoro

Round 3: Tokoro shoots to start the round, and Banuelos defends easily, landing in top control. Two minutes pass, and Banuelos is stalling out on the top. Tokoro squeezes out from the bottom and escapes to his feet. Tokoro now going on the prowl, chasing Banuelos around the ring. Knee attempt misses, he resets at center. Tokoro with another head kick attempt, Banuelos returning massive overhands but missing. Tokoro lands a few straight blows, and Banuelos can't answer. They hit the ground, and Tokoro nearly catches Banuelos in a kneebar in the scramble. Banuelos takes Tokoro's back as the crowd begins to chant for Tokoro. Tokoro back up to his feet in the corner. Banuelos latching on and maintaining the lock on Tokoro's body, throws knees to Tokoro's body. scores the round 10-9 Tokoro, 30-27. Under Japanese scoring, I think he wins as well, although Banuelos' larger blows may swing it his way.

Antonio Banuelos def. Hideo Tokoro via split decision.

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