Polaris 8 Recap - Nicky Ryan Taps Imanari!!!
Recapping the stacked card...
One of the matches that I was most excited about at Polaris 8 was the bout between Nicky Ryan and leg lock legend Masakazu Imanari for the featherweight title.
Nicky initially tested Imanari’s legs with several well placed attacks. He opted for the back and won by rear strangle.
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This victory is another exciting accomplishment for the young Nicky Ryan. Masakazu Imanari is called a “Tenth Dan in Leg Locks” by the Japanese. He is best known for the Imanari Roll, a technique of rolling from a standing position into a leg lock. This technique has garnered wide spread use in the grappling community. In addition to this victory, he holds notable wins over 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Geo Martinez, Marvin Castelle, Phil Harris and Hideo Tokoro. Like everyone on the Danaher Death Squad, Nicky Ryan show cases an impressive leg lock arsenal in addition to a well-rounded game. This is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering his age of 17.He is a purple belt under the famed John Danaher and brother to Gordon Ryan.
It will be interesting to see what is next for the young grappling prodigy. It was definitely a pleasure to watch the bout between the legend and the prodigy.
Here are the results of the Polaris 8.
Main card (UFC Fight Pass, 2 pm ET)
Craig Jones def. Keenan Cornelius via split decision
Vagner Rocha def. Ben Henderson via submission (rear-naked choke)
Mansher Khera def. Lachlan Giles via unanimous decision
Daniel Strauss def. Satoshi Ishii via split decision
Nicky Ryan def. Masakazu Imanari via submission (rear-naked choke)
Santeri Lilius def. Pedro Bessa via unanimous decision
Preliminary card (SportsJoe Facebook, UFC Fight Pass 12 pm ET)
Tom Halpin def. Brett Johns via submission (heel hook)
Bryn Jenkins def. Harry McKnight via submission (rear-naked choke)
Ed Ingamells def. Jamie Hughes via submission (heel hook)
Paul Redmond def. Craig Ewers via unanimous decision
Frederic Vosgrone def. Lew Long via unanimous decision
Matty Holmes def. Kieran Davern via split decision
Jay Butler def. Ben Robson via decision
Ash Amos def. Shane Price via submission (arm triangle)
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