Results From K-1 World Grand Prix Japan Super Bantamweight Tournament

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K-1 Japan put forth another solid effort this weekend with their Super Bantamweight (55kg) tournament that saw Yoshiki Takei walk away victorious in the eight-man field with a decision victory in the finals over Kenji Kubo. Takei pulled off a TKO victory over Antonio Orden in the quarterfinals, followed by a first round TKO of Keisuke Ishida to lock his position in the finals. Kubo defeated Suen Takchuen in the quarters and knocked out Nobuchika Terado in the semi-finals to lock in his place before he fell to Takei. 

Kaew Weerasakreck defended his Super Lightweight title against the very tough Hideaki Yamazaki with a decision victory while Takeru provided that trademark Takeru violence against a very game Victor Saravia, putting Saravia down in the third round. Saravia was relatively fearless, in the second round the two taunting each other, wagging tongues in the other's direction before they both just threw down in a crazy exchange to finish out the round. The action kicked off quickly in the third, Saravia landing a left hook only to wake Takeru up and somehow make him more aggressive. An unintentional low blow to Takeru left a brief pause in the action before Takeru's left hand starting to hit its target. Saravia became more tentative and it was only a matter of time before a Takeru flurry sent him reeling, with a right and left connecting while Saravia's body went limp and fell to the canvas. 

Tournament Final: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - Decision) Kenji Kubo by unanimous decision

Super Lightweight Title: Kaew Weerasakreck(C) (R3 - Decision) Hideaki Yamazaki 

Takeru (R3 - KO) Victor Saravia 

Tournament Semi-Final: Kenji Kubo (R2 - KO) Nobuchika Terado 

Tournament Semi-Final: Yoshiki Takei (R1 - TKO) Keisuke Ishida 

Tetsuya Yamato (R2 - KO) Hiroya 

Koichi (R3 - KO) K-Jee 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Kenji Kubo (R3 - Decision) Suen Takchuen 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Nobuchika Terado (Ext.R - Split Decision) Jamie Whelan 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - TKO) Antonio Orden 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Keisuke Ishida (R2 - KO) Charles Bongiovanni 

Tournament Reserve: Namito Izawa (R3 - Split Decision) Yuya Suzuki

Hiromi Wajima (R1 - TKO [cut]) Kazunari Kimura 

Seiya Ueda (R3 - Decision) Masa 

Yuma Saikyo (R1 - KO) Hiroki Kokubo 

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

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