HEAT 43 took place in Nagoya, Japan and four championship belts were awarded not without drama and upsets.
The welterweight title winner was decided on the scale since Michel Pereira (20-8) did not make weight. Mongolian Batmunkh Burenzorig (8-4) was determined to get and keep the belt, no matter the outcome of the fight. Pereira lived up to his name of “Showman” but it took him almost five rounds to make an impact on his tough opponent, and interestingly, it was a submission finish by rear naked choke.
Bantamweight champion Kim Myung-Gu (9-3) made his first successful title defense after a very tough battle with flyweight champ Takeshi Kasugai (22-5-1). The momentum was in Kasugai’s favor by way of takedowns and control until the third when he was cut by Kim. The fight continued, but Kasugai was exhausted, and in the fourth round Kim was able to deal out the double legs and finish with a back choke.
The heavyweight title stunningly changed hands from champion and Korean OG Lee Sang-Soo (18-11-1) to relative unknown Callyugibrainn de Oliveira (2-0). Lee dominated the opening round with takedowns and grappling, and came close to a finish in the second. The third saw Lee gassed and when his shoots failed, de Oliveira was able to get the win with punches to a desperately clinging Lee.
A second belt was claimed for Korean Top Team when Jung Da-Un (8-2) smothered and beat up Yuto Nakajima (0-3), getting the TKO on the second round.
HEAT 43 results
17 September 2018
Michel Pereira vs Batmunkh Burenzorig – NC
Kim Myung-Gu def Takeshi Kasugai by RNC, R4 3:42
Callyugibrainn de Oliveira def Lee Sang-Soo by TKO, R3 1:53
Light Heavyweight Championship
Jung Da-Un def Yuto Nakajima by TKO, R2 1:33
Super Heavyweight Kick rules bout
Jairo Kusunoki def Mighty Mo by Decision