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Instructor Victor Henry Takes Out Tokoro

If Victor Henry was brought to Japan to become a “W” on someone else’s record, nobody told the Californian.

Henry gunned down local Japanese favorite and 60-fight veteran Hideo Tokoro on Sunday in the bantamweight main event of Grandslam MMA “Way of the Cage.” Entering the fight at Differ Ariake arena in Tokyo, Henry had just seven professional bouts on his ledger.

Cornered by UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett, Henry looked to have the edge on Tokoro in strength and speed as he rebuffed takedown attempts and scored with straight right hands. Early in round two, a right cross sent Tokoro to the canvas, where he struggled to survive on his knees. Henry jumped on his wounded opponent’s back, flattened him out and unloaded with a dozen or more big punches until the fight was halted at 1:52 of the second stanza.

By way of celebration, Henry donned a pair of zebra-striped Zubaz pants and took a spin on the purpose-built stripper pole attached to the outside of the cage. The CSW fighter’s record now stands at 7-1 with five finishes, while Tokoro falls to 32-27-2.
By Chris Nelson
July 13, 2014