American Top Team middleweight Jorge Santiago won for the second time in the fifth round against Kazuo Misaki at last night’s Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 event after weathering yet another early storm in the bout to ultimately emerge victorious. The bout saw both men on the verge of defeat throughout the first four frames and even involved Santiago willingly being penalized for rolling out of the ring to escape follow-up damage after being dropped late in the fight.
The finish came with less than a minute left in the final round when Santiago put the “Grabaka Hitman” on the mat with a knee, then eventually took his back and rained down enough punches to merit a stoppage from Misaki’s corner. The win was Santiago’s eleventh in twelve fights since parting ways with the UFC in late 2006 and his second successful defense of the SRC Middleweight Championship.
SRC 14 also provided a night of disappointment for fans of Akihiro Gono. Gono, who had won three fights in a row prior to his bout against underdog Jadamba Narantungalag, was out-pointed and lost a unanimous decision. The win brought Narantungalag’s record to 3-2 and came after more than yearlong layoff from the sport.
A full list of results for SRC 14 can be found below:
Jae Hyun So def. Hirokazu Nisimura via Unanimous Decision
Wataru Takahashi def. Tatsuya So via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Shoko Sato def. Takuya Eizumi via TKO Round 2 (Doctor Stoppage)
Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kil Woo Lee via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Takuya Sato def. Motoki Miyazawa via Unanimous Decision
Yasubey Enomoto def. Kenta Takagi via Submission Round 2 (Bulldog Choke)
Taisuke Okuno def. Nick Thompson via KO Round 3
Leonardo Santos def. Sotaro Yamada via DQ Round 1 (Knees to Groin)
Hatsu Hioki def. Jeff Lawson via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Jadamba Narantungalag def. Akihiro Gono via Unanimous Decision
Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki via TKO Round 5 (Corner Stoppage)