Time for the MYC quarter finals featuring Meiko Satomura/Lacey Lane, Io Shirai/Purrazzo, Tegan Nox/Rhea Ripley and Mia Yim/Toni Storm.
Quarter Final 1 – Meiko Satomura vs. Lacey Lane
Decent little match. Kept it simple with Lacey being the underdog, hit trying to use her agility and spirit to stay in things whilst Meiko kept knocking her down witth some vicious kicks. In the end though Lacey just didn’t have experience and skills to overcome the veteran and death valley driver puts Meiko in the semi’s. Was difficult to see this going any other way though Lacey still had a pretty good run in the tournament so fair play to her.
Winner: Satomura (via death valley Driver) ***
Quarter final 2 – Io Shirai vs. Deonna Purrazzo
Really solid match. Early on Io looks to have an advantage but things quickly turn back and forth with good displays of athleticism from both women. Purrazzo manages to lock in the Fujiwara armbar at a couple of points and came very close to the win on the second one, which i did manage to buy into, but Io managed to reverse it into a crossface which she struggled to keep locked in with her hurt arm(a nice touch). By the end though she manages to get Deonna down and hits a slightly overshot moonsault to win and advance to the semi’s.
Winner: Shirai (via moonsault) ***1/4
Quarter final 3 – Tegan Nox vs. Rhea Ripley
Awwh man this was very difficult and upsetting to watch. At the beginning of the match Tegan hits a suicide dive and badly injures her good knee, they have a doctor check on her and she tries to continue on, but the pain is too much for her and they are forced to stop the match, so Rhea advances by forfeit. Such a heartbreaking thing to witness especially with all the work Tegan has put in to make a come back. Fair play to Rhea too managing to stay in character which must have been really tough for her.
But I wish Tegan a speedy and successful recovery and know she’ll be back stronger than ever.
Quarter Final 4 – Mia Yim vs. Toni Storm
Pretty solid match. was expecting a little more but instead they went for something a little more standard and formulaic. There’s a lot of feeling out in the beginning with not a lot going on and then Mia gets some control before Toni makes a come back and ends up winning the match with Storm Zero. It was well executed and enjoyable but felt a bit more like a round 1 match than a quarter final.
Winner: Storm (via Storm Zero) ***
Tegan injury stuff aside, found the other matches to be a bit of a step down from the round 2 ones, they were still solid but quite skippable compared to some of the other matches that have occurred in the tournament. Guess they may have been holding back a bit for the semi-finals, still pretty good stuff overall.
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