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More in the link.Dave Walsh makes the case for Gomi:
The main story we've been hearing for the bulk of 2010 in relation to anything in Japan is how Japan is dead. Well, it might not be dead yet, but it will be dead, and all of the main stars who fought in Japan and are stars in Japan, well, they aren't as good as their American counterparts and probably can't hang against the elite of the UFC. With one crushing right hook at UFC on Versus 2, Takanori Gomi declared war on this school of thought and showed he isn't ready to be considered "done" yet.
Many feared for what would happen to Gomi going into tonight's fight, and just about everybody was proven wrong when Gomi's right hand connected flush on the jaw and Griffin hit the canvas. Gomi pounced but it wasn't even necessary, as Griffin was out of it and Gomi had just shocked the world. This win for Gomi serves as a beacon of hope and validation that not everything related to Japan is dead and maybe, just maybe the naysayers will have to take a step back and re-evaluate what we all think about Japanese MMA.
Ken Pishna at MMA Weekly talks up Okami:
There were no surprises out of Munoz, a national champion in collegiate wrestling at Oklahoma State University, when he worked for the takedown from the opening bell and throughout the fight. He was intent on putting Okami on his back to pound him out.
The problem being that Okami didn't get the memo.
He blocked all but one of Munoz's takedown attempts and used his striking to pick away at him over the 15-minute duration. Okami rocked Munoz on a couple of occasions, but never came close to finishing.
He did, however, stuff Munoz's game, and proved that he is one of the most durable fighters in the UFC middleweight division.
Now 9-2 in the Octagon, his only losses to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and possibly incoming champion Chael Sonnen, Okami has set himself up to make good on White's words of a title shot.
Griffin and Munoz are exactly the sort of wrestling-based, weight-cutting American fighters that are supposedly driving Japanese MMA to extinction.
But Gomi showed that his winging haymakers remain kryptonite for wrestle-boxers like Griffin. Griffin has worked hard to develop a solid stand up game and he actually landed some hard shots on Gomi. But none of them were kill shots and Gomi paid them no heed. When Gomi hit back though, Griffin face planted like Ric Flair selling a work. Over and out.
Yeah but what about when these 2 get older?? It doesnt seem like Japan is creating many more MMA Stars unless they move to America and train here full time. In which then im not sure they can be considered Japanese MMA.