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Hero Legends Results: Gabriel Varga Wins Title

Hero Legends once again showed the world that China is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of professional kickboxing with a huge card featuring some of the biggest names in the world of kickboxing and muay thai. They blended together Chinese fighters as well as international favorites, with the big, banner fight of the evening for the Hero Legends 64kg Championship between Liu Wei and Gabriel Varga. The bout saw Varga do what Varga does best, which secured him the Hero Legends Championship after three rounds.

Chinese hero Xu Yan picked up a win over Asami Zaurus and Saenchai was in action defeating Meng Qinghao via decision. In their 70kg tournament both Wen Jindu and Xu Tiehan moved on to the finals only for Jindu to land a body punch KO in the first round.

Hero Legends 64kg Championship: Gabriel Varga (R3 - Decision) Liu Wei

70kg Tournament Final: Wen Jindu (R1 - KO) Xu Tiehan

Xu Yan (R3 - Decision) Asami Zaurus

Saenchai (R3 - Decision) Meng Qinghao

Kang En (R3 - TKO) Soner Sen

Lerdsila (R3 - Decision) Tang Yao

Feng Xingli (R3 - TKO) Kim Insu

Yukiya Nakamura (Ext.R - Decision) Yang Haodong

Jia Aoqui (R3 - Decision) Saksurin Kiatyongyut

Armen Arutyunov (R3 - Decision) Zhuang Shusong

Zou Gongyi (R3 - Decision) Eamon Cramb

70kg Tournament: Xu Tihand (R3 - Decision) Xu Haichao

70kg Tournament: Wen Jindu (R3 - Decision) Liu Weiquan

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Rizin Night 2 Results: Fedor is Back, Souwer Power in MMA and RENA is the GOAT

My god, what a show. 

If you were reading Twitter throughout the Rizin FF broadcast you'll either be under the impression that this was the greatest show to ever grace this good Earth or the biggest monstrosity to ever happen to mankind. That's the kind of divisiveness Japanese fight sports brings to the table. What I can say is that this was one of the most entertaining nights of fights in perhaps years. As someone who gave up watching MMA after the UFC's homogenization went into full force I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of just how exciting that MMA really can be. 

Jiki Prochazka vs. Vadim Nemkov was perhaps one of the most exciting and active MMA fights that I've seen in a very long time, a stark contrast from the weekly fights that turned me away from the sport over the past few years. 

Of course, kickboxing was represented in quite a few ways throughout the show as well. In fact, the show began with Shoot Boxing superstar RENA making her MMA debut against the very tough Jleanna Valentino. Many quickly wrote off Valentino, but she is a decent muay thai fighter who trains in Italy with Giorgio and Armen Petrosyan, which has to count for something. What we got was a really good striking display from both women before RENA pulled off a flying armbar for the amazing win. 

On the K-1 front K-1 55kg champion Takeru came in and destroyed Yang Ming just like you thought that he would. Peter Aerts stepped in on two days notice against sumo wrestler Kaido Hoovelson in what was an ugly bout, especially considering the kinds of injuries that Aerts has been suffering from and having to watch this behemoth of a man just fall on Aerts and put him in all sorts of awful circumstances. That being said, Aerts went for a choke and an armbar, which was entertaining. 

Speaking of entertainment, Cesar Takeshi, the founder of Shoot Boxing, was out in full force to be the special guest referee in a Shoot Boxing rules bout between Bob Sapp and Akebono. Yes. This happened. Sapp hit Akebono so hard in the back of the head that a cut literally exploded open and Sapp spent the rest of the fight hitting him in the back of the head and Takeshi pausing the fight to let Stitch Duran work on Akebono. This happened like eight times. Sapp eventually won and nobody understood how or what happened to make that happen. 

Andy Souwer, after years of waiting, finally made his MMA debut and he did it against Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Nagashima was looking for submissions against Souwer but Souwer had a pretty solid ground game, all things considered, and was pounding and kneeing Jienotsu in the face. When they got back up to their feet Souwer landed a crazy combination and knocked Jienotsu out with body shots. Damn.

The main event saw Fedor Emelianenko make short work of former K-1 and GLORY fighter Jaideep "Heart" Singh. Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star and current Minister of Education Hiroshi Hase came to the ring to present Fedor with the WCW International Heavyweight Championship. I'm not kidding. He presented Fedor with the big gold belt from when NJPW had a working relationship with WCW and Hase briefly held WCW's kind of world championship. Anyway, he gave that belt to Fedor and it was weird but it owned. 

Seriously, that was an amazing night of fights. 

Rizin FF GP Final: King Mo (R1 - TKO) Jiri Prochazka
Fedor Emelianenko (R1 - TKO) Jaideep Singh
Kron Gracie (R1 - Submission) Asen Yamamoto
Andy Souwer (R1 - KO) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima
Kaido "Baruto" Hoovelson (R2 - Decision) Peter Aerts
Shoot Boxing Rules: Bob Sapp (R3 - Decision) Akebono
Gabi Garcia (R1 - KO) Lei'd Tapa
K-1 Rules: Takeru (R2 - TKO) Yang Ming
Soo Chul Kim (R2 - Decision)
Bellator Rules: Brennan Ward (R2 - Submission) Ken Hasegawa
Rizin FF GP: Jiri Prochazka (R1 - TKO) Vadim Nemkov
Rizin FF GP: King Mo (R2 - Decision) Teodoras Aukstuolis
RENA (R2 - Submission) Jleana Valentino

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Rizin Night 1 Results: HIROYA and Hinata Win Big, Sakuraba Says Goodbye

Last night marked the triumphant return of Japanese kakutougi in the Saitama Super Arena after what felt like a long hibernation. Yes, there have been other MMA and kickboxing shows to happen in Japan over the past few years, even a few UFC events that did pretty well, but none could compare to the absolute insanity that was Rizin FF's first night. Rizin FF's first night was nothing short of a throwback to the Dynamite!! events of old, with freakshows, a legitimate tournament and some kickboxing to add some seasoning to the whole thing. 

On the kickboxing front the former K-1 Koshien star and current K-1 and KRUSH star HIROYA bounced back after two tough losses in K-1 over the last year or so with a big win on one of the biggest stages that kickboxing has seen in Japan in a long time. That win was against MMA and kickboxing veteran "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura and it happened via KO in the third round. Wicky was a mainstay in Japan for DREAM in their twilight years and this win was a rather high profile win for both HIROYA and K-1 Japan.

The other big bout was Hinata Watanabe fighting Kazuyuki Miyata, the former K-1 HERO*s and DREAM star in a mixed-rules bout. Think Aoki vs. Jienotsu from a few years ago, only they never made it out of the first kickboxing round because Hinata put a hurting on the 39 year old Miyata and won via TKO by knockdowns. 

On the MMA side the tournament didn't provide many big surprises, unless you thought that Satoshi Ishii could possibly win, because he didn't. Hideo Tokoro beat up our beautiful friend in Kaizemon Saiga, who was best known from his work in K-1's 65kg division before swapping over to MMA, showing Saiga that he still has a lot of work to do on his ground game before he can hang with the likes of Tokoro. The main event was a brutal beatdown from Shinya Aoki against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who should be sticking to wrestling in New Japan from now on since this was his retirement, but you know how that works out. Sakuraba has done a lot for fighting in Japan and he's always been willing to lay it all on the line for fans and the sport. In a way it was fitting for Sakuraba to lose to a Japanese submission specialist on a night that many are seeing as the rebirth of Japanese fighting, isn't it?

Rizin FF GP: Vadim Nemkov (R1 - TKO) Goran Reljic
Rizin FF GP: Jiri Prochazka (R1 - KO) Satoshi Ishii
Rizin FF GP: Teodoras Aukstuolis (R1 - KO) Bruno Cappelozza
Rizin FF GP: King Mo (R1 - KO) Brett McDermott
Rizin FF GP Reserve: Valentin Moldovsky (R1 - Sub) Yuta Uchida

Hiroyuki Takaya (R3 - Dec.) Dalki Hata
Hideo Tokoro (R1 - Sub) Kizaemon Saiga
Anatoly Tokov (R1 - KO) AJ Matthews
Felipe Efrain (R1 - KO) Yuki Motoya (ruled NC due to Efrain missing weight)
Kirill Sidelnikov (R2 - TKO) Carlos Toyota
Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (R2 - TKO) James Thompson

K-1: HIROYA (R3 - KO) Akiyo Nishiura
Mixed Rules: Hinata (R1 - TKO) Kazuyuki Miyata

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Kunlun Fight 35 Results

Kunlun 35 is in the books and now we patiently await the videos to be released. This card featured some of the best in the world against each other and even though Yodsanklai had to pull out against Sittichai it sounds like Marat Grigorian gave him a tough fight but ultimately fell short in the judges eyes. Enriko Gogokhia beat Davit Kiria by decision, now im really hoping we see him fight Sittichai next. Also Artur Kyshenko became the kunlun 80kgs world champion with a vicious overhand right KO.

Here are the results via Kiksie

Full Results

Tournament Reserve Fight - 80kg

Artur Gorlovs (Latvia) def. Deng Ningning (China)

Tournament Semifinal #1 - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) def. Eyevan Danenberg (Netherlands)

Tournament Semifinal #2 - 80kg

Dmitry Valent (Belarus) def. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 64kg

Wei Ninghui (China) def. Kim Dongsu (South Korea)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #1 – 70kg

Victor Nagbe (Australia) def. Kong Lingfeng (China)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #2 – 70kg

Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) def. Davit Kiria (Georgia)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #3 – 70kg

Superbon (Thailand) def. Zhang Chunyu (China) by KO

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #4 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Marat Grigorian (Armenia)

Tournament Final - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) def. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

 

 

 

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Shootboxing 30th Anniversary "Ground Zero Tokyo 2015" Results

Shootboxing 30th anniversary "Ground Zero Tokyo 2015" took place on December first in Tokyo, Japan. 

Kuniyoshi Hironaka wanted revenge on Andy Souwer for their last fight around this time last year when Andy beat him by TKO. Hironaka did not get it but he did at least finish the fight this time but lost by unanimous decision.

Zakaria Zouggari also wanted revenge on Suzuki Hiroaki since last time they fought was in the 65kgs tournament final which Zakaria had easily won the first 3 rounds but the judges decided to give an extra round, Zouggari also won it that round my opinion, again the judges gave another round until he was so exhausted that Suzuki dropped him and the ref called the fight.

Zakaria got his revenge this time, the judges had it right and gave Zouggari the win over Suzuki which will now skyrocket Zakaria up the rankings.

Full Results

Andy Souwer def. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Unanimous Dec)

Zakaria Zouggari def. Suzuki Hiroaki (Unanimous Dec)

Hvyweight Tournament final - Kengo Shimizu def. Southern Superman (KO Rd 1)

Kamisako Hirohito def. Hiroki Shishido (Unanimous Dec)

Akihiro Gono def. Sakamoto Yuki (Unanimous Dec)

Takahashi Ai def. Mizuki Inoue (Split Dec)

Mizuochi Yosuke def. MASAYA (Unanimous Dec)

Gray Char Aki def. Union Akari (Split Dec)

Ueyama Tadashiosamu def. Fushimi Kazuyuki (TKO Rd 3)

Fukada, Kazuki def. Murata Hijiriakira (Unanimous Dec)

Hvyweight Tournament - Kengo Shimizu def. Shakaru Peterson (TKO Rd 1)

Hvyweight Tournament - Southern Superman def. Sato light distillate (KO Rd 2)

 

 

 

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K-1 WGP 2015 The Championship Live Results

Join us for the K-1 WGP The Championship Live Results at 12am EST/ 9pm PST. I'll also be Tweeting Live @JayJauncey 

FULL CARD

65kg Title - Kaew Fairtex def. Minoru Kimura by KO Rd 1(overhand left, and left head knee)

60kg Title - Hirotaka Urabe def. Koya Urabe by KO Rd 3 (flying knee)

55kg Title - Takeru def. Charles Bongiovanni by KO Rd 2 (left hook)

65kg - Masaaki Noiri def. Yasuomi Soda bu Unanimous Dec

70kg - Hiroki Nakajima def. Dmitrii Grafov by Unanimous Dec

60kg - Leona Pettas def. Taiga by Majority Dec

60kg - Fumiya Osawa def. Kotaro Shimano by Unanimous Dec

65kg - Massaro Glunder def. Ren Hiramoto by Majority Dec

65kg - Yuta Shinohara def. Kensei Kondo by TKO Rd 3 (body punches)

55kg - Haruma Saikyo def. Tatsuya Tsubakihara by Split Dec

PRELIMS

60kg - Taishi Hiratsuka def. Yuki Miwa by KO Rd 3

70kg - Jin Hirayama def. Daisuke Fujimura by KO Rd 2

65kg - Daiki Matsushita def. Kazuhiro by KO Rd 1

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Kunlun Fight 32 Results: Buakaw Victorious with Video Inside

Buakaw is back and this time it is inside of the Kunlun ring in China. This marks yet another new promotion for Buakaw to fight exclusively in, just one of many over the past few years. The hype is, of course, will Buakaw finally fight Yodsanklai now? My answer is a firm "no," but don't stop believing. 

Results by Kiksie.

Women's 52kg Tournament Semifinal #1

E Meidie (China) def. Isis Verbeek (Netherlands)

Women's 52kg Tournament Semifinal #2

Anissa Meksen (France) def. Xu Zhurong (China) by Decision

Women's 52kg Tournament Final

E Meidie (China) def. Anissa Meksen (France)

Kickboxing - 60kg

Wang Kehan (China) def. Michaela Michl (Germany)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Top 16 – Group B - 70kg

Davit Kiria (Georgia) def. David Calvo (Spain)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Top 16 – Group B - 70kg

Victor Nagbe (Australia) def. Dzianis Zuev (Belarus) by Unanimous Decision After an Extra Round

Kickboxing - 65kg

Bai Lishuai (China) def. Jisoo Jung (South Korea) by Decision

Kickboxing - 70kg

Wang Weihao (China) def. Ievgenii Shevchenko (Ukraine) by Decision

MMA - 66kg

Mourad Ennaceri (France) def. Yan Xibo (China) by Decision

MMA - 77kg

Burenzorki (Mongolia) def. Nosherwan Khanzada (Pakistan) by TKO

Kickboxing - 100+kg

Yang Yu (China) def. Takeshi Kodaira (Japan) by KO in Round 1

Muay Thai - 70kg

Buakaw Banchamek (Thailand) def. Gu Hui (China) by TKO in Round 2

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K-1 Survival Wars Results: Minoru Bests Ren

The hottest ticket in town for kickboxing is still K-1 World GP Japan and last night was no exception with Survival Wars. Preceding the event the day before was an announcement that K-1 World GP Japan would be airing on broadcast television in Japan starting this fall, airing on TV Tokyo in a weekly 25-30 minute block on Thursday evenings at 1:30am. That may not be the best time slot, but it's a start and will hopefully draw some attention to the promotion in the future.

Now, onto Survival Wars. The main event of the night saw Kimura "Philip" Minoru against hot prospect Hiramoto Ren, a battle that raged on for all three rounds and eventually saw Minoru get the nod. He'll now go on to face Kaew Fairtex in what should be an awesome fight. In the co-main event the 55kg Challenger finals came to a dramatic conclusion when Charles Bongiovanni scored a knockout over Daniel Williams in the first round.

Results courtesy of Kiksie, the best kickboxing database online.

65KG Fight

Minamino Takayuki def. Waki Mitsuharu by Unanimous Decision

Heavyweight Fight

Hitoshi Sugimoto def. Hidekazu Kimura by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Namito Izawa def. Satoshi Katashima by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Taisuke Degai def. Yuichiro Ito by TKO in Round 1

70KG Fight

Kazuya Akimoto def. Keiji by Unanimous Decision

Super Exhibition (2x2)

Koya Urabe vs. Takeru

70KG Fight

Shintaro Matsukura def. Tian Xin by Unanimous Decision

Co-Main Event - 55KG Challenger Finals

Charles Bongiovanni def. Daniel Williams by KO in Round 1

Main Event - 65KG Super Fight

Kimura 'Philip' Minoru def. Hiramoto Ren by Unanimous Decision

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Hinata Defeats Andy Souwer in Rematch at REBELS.38

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Almost exactly five years ago Andy Souwer stepped into the ring against Hinata Watanabe as a two-time K-1 World MAX Champion who had the previous year stood with Giorgio Petrosyan in the K-1 World MAX Finals in a fight that saw Petrosyan win the World MAX Championship and cement his legacy as the top dog. Hinata Watanabe was an up-and-comer in Japan that was looking to make a name for himself and called out Andy Souwer. Not only did he call out Andy Souwer, but he did it on what was arguably Souwer's home turf of Shoot Boxing.

Shoot Boxing, for the uninitiated, is a hybrid of kickboxing and judo. Not only are kickboxing techniques involved, but throws, trips and standing submissions are all legal within the realm of Shoot Boxing. When they two stepped into the ring many had seen Hinata on the rise and Souwer on the decline. The only thing was that Hinata wasn't expecting the standing choke. How could he?

Souwer made use of Shoot Boxing's unique rules to handily defeat Hinata in under a minute. Needless to say, Hinata was humbled. Since then Hinata has continued to toil throughout Japan, making a name for himself as one of the best and most active fighters at 70kg. He never forgot that loss to Souwer, though, which reared its ugly head again in 2013 when he met Andy Souwer's chosen successor to the throne of Souwer Power in Canadian Josh Jauncey, picking up the win over Souwer's star pupil. 

The rematch between Souwer and Hinata would have to happen sooner or later and almost five years to the day after their first meeting in a Shoot Boxing ring they met in Japan again, this time in the REBELS ring. What followed was an entirely different fight. Both men have had their ups and downs over the past few years, but the rematch still meant something. The two met yesterday afternoon in the legendary Korakuen Hall right next to the Tokyo Dome, a venue that has seen some of the most memorable fights in MMA and kickboxing history, as well as historical moments in professional wrestling history -- all of it is simply kakutougi in Japan -- and this time Hinata was able to pull off the decision victory over the 32 year old Souwer, avenging one of the most embarrassing losses of his career. 

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KRUSH.58 Sees Hirotaka Urabe Victorious

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On September 12th Krush ran their 58th event that saw two titles on the line, one of which was Hirotaka Urabe's 60kg championship. Urabe fought Zhuang Shuson, eventually finishing him in the third round. Shuson was nothing short of a mess after the bout while Urabe looked unscathed. The Urabes continue to be a whirlwind force in Japanese kickboxing, that's for sure. 

Results from Kiksie.

Krush -58kg Fight

Araki Toranosuke def. Mitsuru by unanimous decision

Krush Womens -55kg Fight

Morita Kazumi def. Mizuno Shiho by majority decision

Krush Womens -50kg Fight

Kana def. Hiraoka Koto by KO in round2

Krush -60kg Fight

Shinozaki Sumito def. Ochiai Jun by KO in round 1

Krush -63kg Fight

Harada Yoshiki def. Kitai Tomohiro by split decision

Krush -67kg Fight

Hirayama Jin def. Saito Takehiko by KO in round 2

Krush -60kg Fight

Kato Go vs. Matsuno Yuki - Draw

Krush -58kg Fight

Otaki Yuta def. Tanaka Masashi by KO in round 1

Krush Womens -52kg Title Fight

Syuri def. Tomoko by unanimous decision

Krush -60kg Title Fight

Urabe Hirotaka def. Zhuang Shuson by TKO in round 3

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