British-born Sensei Buchwald travelled to Japan for the event of the year as far as Goju Ryu karate is concerned – the Budo Sai. He was invited to take part in full contact competition, which he agreed to.
The fight started with strikes scored by both competitors, including a kick to the head by Mirko which knocked his opponent down. Soon afterwards Mirko ended up on the mat but scrambled back to his feet before his opponenent took advantage.
Later on there was some serious grappling where Mirko attempted an armbar before changing to a triangle hold, forcing a submission on 3 minutes 52 seconds.