HDNet Fights Video Vault: Masanori Kanehara vs. Yoshiro Maeda at “Soul of Fight”

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:15 am ET
In this week’s installment of HDNet Fights Video Vault, we take a look at a year-end fight between Masanori Kanehara and Yoshiro Maeda.

The fight took place at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku: Soul of Fight” event in Japan.

And the featherweight scrap provided one of the year’s most entertaining, back-and-forth slugfests.

Each week HDNet and MMAjunkie.com release a new and exclusive fight from the ever-growing HDNet Fights video library. Stunning knockouts, slick submissions, shocking finishes and legendary brawls are the norm for this weekly feature. Kanehara vs. Maeda is no exception.

Kanehara (16-9-5 at the time), the former Sengoku featherweight champion, was coming off a loss to Marlon Sandro. With the 38-second knockout defeat, Kanehara lost both his belt and consciousness; he was strapped to a stretcher and wheeled out of the arena in a scary scene. But prior to the vicious knockout, the fighter won the Sengoku featherweight grand prix as a staggering 17-to-1 underdog.

Maeda (27-9-2), meanwhile, had been dealing with inconsistency following stints with the WEC and DREAM. A victory over Kanehara would’ve given him back-to-back wins and his fourth victory in six fights.

Would Kanehara rebound from his loss, or would Maeda continue his resurgence?

Check out the embedded clip for the answer.

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