March 2017, Day 8, Ikioi v Takayasu

Ikioi has had a rough tournament, dropping to 1-7 with today’s loss against Takayasu, but he’s a tough out for anyone. He gives Takayasu fits, fighting through the initial tsuppari attack to lock up at the center of the ring. Ikioi wants the right-hand overarm belt grip, but Takayasu keeps his left arm high under the armpit of Ikioi and his hips back out of reach, so Ikioi’s repeated attempts to grab the belt fall short. Takayasu uses the left-handed underarm grip to work Ikioi to the edge, but Ikioi does a fantastic job of surviving with his feet on the tawara, then slips to the side and clamps onto Takayasu’s left arm, almost taking him down with an armlock throw. Takayasu drops his hips to avoid going down, and the two reset back in the middle. After catching his breath, Takayasu cranks with the left-handed belt grip and Ikioi finally hits the clay. Takayasu stays perfect at 8-0.

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