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Kimura lands the dragon fish blow for the second time, and sends a bloody Mashiba flying back. Before falling, Mashiba wraps his arms around Kimura, and Takamura reveals that Mashiba swayed his head back in order to nullify the damage. The referee breaks up the fighters and resumes the match, but Kimura knows that Mashiba is on shaky legs and is about to be finished. Despite his physical condition being critical, Mashiba remains mentally strong, with burning desire to retain the belt. He launches several flickers that keep Kimura away. However with only speed an no power behind the jabs, Kimura is able to push through and land a third dragon fish blow, this time Mashiba grabs on to his opponent as the punch lands and remains standing as he remembers Kumi (his reason for fighting). Mashiba keeps clinching while the audience expresses their disliking for the tactic, and the referee ends the seventh round.
In his corner, Mashiba has fallen into a state of shock, while Kimura is closer than ever, and seeing the belt within his reach. Before leaving for the ninth round, Kimura promises to return as the champion.