TAPE 839

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 2 hrs (DVD)

RINGS FIGHTING INTREGATION 1ST - 3/28/98 (Good show if you leave out of the awful Zaza fight. The Kanehara fight is a definite keeper. I've got a VHS master convert, so VQ is EX.)
Kenichi Yamamoto vs Valentin Overeem (Absolutely AMAZING no-sell by Yamamoto of a knee straight to the face. The damage from that knee - a broken nose, it appears - would eventually result in the fight being stopped, making the no-sell even more incredible.) Grom Zaza vs Bob Gilstrap (Clipped - terrible, boring fight that goes 30 minutes. THANK YOU for editing it!) Masayuki Naruse vs Sander Thonhauser HIROMITSU KANEHARA VS MIKHAIL ILIOUKHINE (Fantastic fight between two very much underappreciated guys. As expected, there's lots of good matwork here.) Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs Nikolai Zouev (In one of those "oh yeah, it's a work" moments, Zouev taps out to a hold rather than grabbing the ropes that are RIGHT NEXT to him.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Dick Vrij (While in a choke, Vrij rakes Tamura's eyes, legit pissing off Tamura A LOT. They restart the match and IMMEDIATELY go to the finish to avoid any further problems.)