It was Silva’s second first-round stoppage in two tries at Sengoku; and, there are whispers Silva and eighth-ranked “Babyface Assassin” Josh Barnett (20-5) are on a collision course.
Welterweight “Handler” Dan Hornbuckle (15-2) has hit Japanese shores like a typhoon, first knocking out Akikhiro Gono (30-14-7) at Ninth Battle in Tokyo August 2 and following-up Tuesday with a TKO of former BodogFight champ “Goat” Nick Thompson (38-12-1). The end came at 1:30 of round two due to a Hornbuckle barrage of punches that split open Thompson.
In the main event, Kiwi kickboxer “Notorious” Antz Nansen (1-0) ruined Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi’s (0-1) MMA debut TKOing Izumi at 2:56 of round one.
Lightweight king of Pancrase “Makishi” Maximo Blanco (4-0) TKO’d Tetsuya Yamada (1-2) at 1:12 of round two.