Bellator’s Toby Imada breaks out a move that’s an immediate candiate for instant classic.


Dayton, Ohio – May 1, 2009 – A shocked silence befell the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio Friday night when Toby Imada made MMA history. Considered an underdog in the lightweight tournament,  Toby Imada came out of nowhere to lock an inverted triangle choke to Jorge Masvidal in the third round.

As the favorite Masvidal collapsed to the ground, the arena exploded in shock and awe of what they saw.   A move Imada claims to practice all the time yet has never been seen in a pro MMA event, ended what was a strong performance by Masvidal (Masvidal was ahead on 2 of the 3 cards) and secured Imada’s place in the Bellator cage for the chance to be the Bellator Lightweight World Champion.

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  1. L.J.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    This sub ranks up there with Rumina Sato’s flying armbar and Ryo Chonan’s flying heel hook on Silva!

  2. Matt

    May 6, 2009 at 6:44 am

    No doubt. Should be great fro Bellator too.

  3. edwardo timoteo

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    This was no ordinary fight. Toby Imada has risen to every challenge in this tournement. Jorge Masvidal cannot be discounted in any way, either. But the sheer spectacle of this come-from-behind effort by an unknown may be not only the fight of the year, but the most brutally beautifully awesome disposal (Knock-out, TKO, Submission?) of a top calibre fighter ever seen. Metaphysical in every respect! What a privilege to see this! WOW! …May not happen ever again.

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