Some side observations on the 100+ category.
It was somewhat disappointing to see Shichinohe drawn against Riner in the third round, as I was hoping to see them matched in the final. But, I noticed that Shichinohe was accompanied in the coach box by none other the Kosei Inoue. Indeed, Kosei only accompanied Shichinohe until after this match, while Keiji Suzuki accompanied the other Japanese male fighters.
So, Shichinohe was touted as a real threat to Riner already before the tournament, and his first two fights certainly backed that claim; his second elimination match , before the Riner fight, added a lot of promise. Riner on the other hand looked slow and didn't show much at all during his second elimination fight, when his opponent cumulated four penalties for a hansoku-make.
So, there it was, the highlight of the heavyweights for me! Kosei took his boy to the mat, bowed ceremonially to the French coach and the referee table, the fight started. It took 13 seconds for Riner to bury Shichinohe with that Uchi-Mata, and you knew whom it was meant for even before he pointed at Kosei..
After the loss, Kosei stopped accompanying Shichinohe for his next matches. Did anyone notice that?