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Buakaw Banchamek and Shane Campbell Advance in K-1 World MAX Tournament

K-1

Honestly I'm really not sure what happened here, but the official start time was listed on Epicentre.tv at 20:00 AEST, which is Australian time, which translated to 6am Eastern time. Then it was magically changed to 15:00 or so, which is significantly earlier so if you are like me, you missed a good chunk of this show. The big news from the portions that I didn't get to see as I had no clue that the show was airing was that Saenchai has apparently lost, but I'm not sure the means in which it happened.

The bigger news is of course the two K-1 World MAX Quarter Final bouts, where Buakaw Banchamek and Zhou Zhi Peng squared off and Shane Campbell met Christopher Mena from Colombia. The first bout to air was Buakaw Banchamek vs. Zhou Zhi Peng, which served as the main event on Thai and Chinese television as both men were very hyped up in the local markets, as they should be. It was a knock down, drag out affair that saw Zhou fight up to Buakaw's level and the referees deciding that it should go to an extra round. There was some controversy as Buakaw was potentially injured and couldn't go on, but he sucked it up and got back in the ring, only to suffer an accidental headbutt from Zhou that opened him up. Buakaw went into full beast mode after that and walked away with the decision and Angry Buakaw was a sight to behold. Props to Zhou for a great fight, though.

Then in the second Quarter Final Shane Campbell showed the world that he's perhaps the most slept-upon talent at 70kg in the world as he just made Christopher Mena look like an amateur with his strikes. Campbell's hands and kicks were just too much and the body shots did most of the damage. Campbell dropped Mena twice, once in round two and once in round threebefore the bout went to a decision with Campbell taking it.

  • Han Kai Hu (China) (R3 - Decision) Chengrob (Thailand)
  • Kong Hong Xing (China) (R3 - Decision) Saenchai (Thailand)
  • Zhang Kai Yin (China) (R2 - KO) Rachen (Thailand)
  • Li Ning (China) (R3 - TKO) Suthin (Thailand)
  • Xie Lei (China) (R3 - Decision) Pasol (Philippines)

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GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers

Glory 13

GLORY 13 went down last night in the wee hours of the morning, I thank those of you that stayed up to watch the PPV here on LiverKick and apologize for my absence, but sometimes a man gets sick and things happen. Then sometimes you guys overload the site with traffic, which is really cool. Bravo (except for the downtime!). So I'm sure you are wondering who won what, right? Here is a rundown of both the GLORY SuperFight Series and GLORY 13 Tokyo.

If you are waiting for Spike TV later tonight then obviously you should not read the GLORY 13 section, which I'm going to place after a jump for those on the main page.

  • SuperFight Series Tokyo:
  • Sergei Kharitonov (R3 – UD) Jerome LeBanner
  • Hesdy Gerges (R3 – UD) Ewerton Teixeira
  • Anderson Silva (R3 – UD) Remy Bonjasky
  • Aleksandr Stetcurenko (R3 – UD) Karim Ghajji
  • Artur Kyshenko (R3 – UD) Masayuki Kenmun
  • Mosab Amrani R3 – UD) Yuta Kubo

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MAX Muay Thai Results: Buakaw Beats Kehl, Sagetdao Wins Tournament

Sagetdao

MAX Muay Thai held their last event of the year, MAX Muay Thai The Final Chapter in Thailand today, which saw a huge main event featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl, which always struck me as odd knowing that both Buakaw and Kehl will be fighting for K-1 on December 28th in separate fights, but hey, the more fights featuring these two the better, I say. There was also a 4-man tournament featuring Sagetdao, Andrei Kubelin, Victor Ngabe and Dylan Salvador.

Buakaw and Kehl fought a very tough fight, with Kehl looking good at first, but Buakaw really running away with the fight as it went on, opening up a nasty cut on Kehl's forehead which almost stopped the fight, but the doctors decided that he could continue. Kehl still landed some solid blows throughout, but Buakaw seemed to be on form and had an answer for everything Kehl threw at him.

 

  • Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Decision) Enriko Kehl
  • Tournament Final: Sagetdao (R3 - Decision) Victor Ngabe
  • MAX Ultimate: Ekapracha (R1 - TKO) Tomoyuki Nishikawa
  • Tournament: Victor Ngabe (R3 - Decision) Dylan Salvador
  • Tournament: Sagetdao (R3 - Decision) Andrei Kubelin
  • Khem Sitsongpeenong (R3 - Decision) Vahid Roshani

 

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Hiroaki Suzuki Wins 2013 65kg Shoot Boxing S-Cup

Shoot Boxing

Shoot Boxing Battle Summit Ground Zero Tokyo 2013 went down in Japan today, crowning a 2013 65kg S-Cup Champion while also pitting Andy Souwer against Australian Steve Moxon. There were a number of bigger fights on the card, including Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima against Shoot Boxing legend Hirooki Shishido, Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Toby Imada in a special attraction MMA rules bout, a retirement ceremony for Satoru Suzuki, Ai Takahashi and RENA were also in action.

(Note: if you see a name mistranslated please email or leave a comment, thanks.)

 

  • Shinsuke Hirai (R1 - TKO) Kazuki Tamagawa
  • 65kg S-Cup Reserve: UMA (R1 - TKO) Rood
  • Ai Takahashi (R3 - Dec.) Miyo Yoshida
  • 65kg S-Cup R1: Hiroaki Suzuki (R2 - TKO) Mohan Dragon
  • 65kg S-Cup R1: YUKI (R1 - TKO)  Seiji Takahashi
  • 65kg S-Cup R1: Michihiro Omigawa (R3 - Dec.) Yuki Hiroshi Kimaya
  • 65kg S-Cup R1: Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (R3 - Dec.) MASAYA
  • HINATA (R3 - Dec.) Josh Jauncey
  • Kuniyoshi Hironaka (R2 - TKO) Bovy Sor. Udomson
  • RENA (R3 - Dec.) Wei-Ting Chen
  • 65kg S-Cup R2: Hiroaki Suzuki (R3 - Dec.) Yuki
  • 65kg S-Cup R2: Michihiro Omigawa (R3 - Dec.) Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura
  • MMA: Hiroyuki Takaya (R3 - Draw) Toby Imada
  • Yuichiro Nagashima (R3 - Dec.) Hirooki Shishido
  • Andy Souwer (R3 - Dec.) Steve Moxon
  • 65kg S-Cup Finals: Hiroaki Suzuki (R2 - TKO) Michihiro Omigawa

 

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Saenchai Victorious at Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5

Saenchai

After the last minute change of not only venues but continents, Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5 went down without a hitch yesterday in Thailand. The event would have been considered a success even if it wasn't moved on one week's notice, but it really is amazing to look at how they had to move the entire event from Europe to Thailand that quickly and that everything went smoothly. The main event saw a bout between Saenchai and Singdam with both guys trying to win the KO bonus, but Saenchai was just overwhelming and won by points.

  • Saenchai MuayThaiGym won by points vs Singdam Kiatmoo9
  • Sinsamut Sor Klinmee won by points Kom Kop Pechthroungrang
  • Andrea Masini lost by KO ( 2nd round ) Crice Boussoukou
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee won by KO ( 1st round ) vs Samuel Andoche
  • Iwmiset Pornnarai won by points vs Suedam Kauanjai
  • Namphon PK Muay Thai Gym won by points vs Geofrey Rivière
  • Silvia La Notte lost by points Lommanee Sor Hirun
  • Emmanuel Ulrich lost by points vs Florent Kaouachi
  • Vichanlek Sitpholek won by points vs Loecklong Fhonchaanchonburi

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Buakaw Victorious Over Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Muay Thai IV

MAX

MAX Muay Thai IV: Sendai went down over the span of last night in Japan in a night that promised some big action with Buakaw facing his stiffest challenge in years by the way of Yoshihiro Sato. They have met three times previous, with Buakaw holding two victories and Sato holding one. That one victory that Sato held was a third round knockout over Banchamek, which made this rematch all the more enticing for fans. Sato showed flashes of brilliance in the first round, but after Banchamek got warmed up he took control over the fight, with Sato not having an answer for Buakaw's sweeps and throws throughout. For many fans, this was an important fight for Banchamek, as his last loss was to Andy Souwer in 2009, but since then the level of competition has been called into question for his fights in Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai. With Sato being a benchmark it is clear that Banchamek is still in top form against a solid opponent.

Jingreedtong walked away as the victor in the one-night tournament, as well as Aikpracha and HIROYA picking up big wins as well.

MAX Muay Thai IV: Sendai

Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Decision) Yoshihiro Sato

Final: Jingreedtong (R3 - Decision) Dylan Salvador

Aikpracha Meenayothin (R3 - Decision) Tomoaki Makino

HIROYA (R3 - Decision) Sapanpetch Sit-Itisukato

Semi-Final: Jingreedtong (R3 - Decision) Alessandro Campagna

Semi-Final: Dylan Salvador (R3 - Decision) Yuya Yamato

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MAX Muay Thai in China: Buakaw Victorious

MAX

MAX Muay Thai held their last big event on August 10th in China, where newly-signed K-1 fighter Buakaw Banchamek made his return to the ring in actual competition. MAX Muay Thai has picked up the mantle of Thai Fight by having Thailand vs. the World as a running theme and this show was no different, with the Thai fighters facing off against some formidable competition from far away lands. Of course, these fights were a bit more competitive, but the Thai fighters were able to walk away victorious in the end.

Fans might have wanted more fireworks or finishes, but these were some solid fights. You have to remember that Buakaw hasn't fought a real fight in a while now, consider this a tune-up fight.

67kg Tournament: Saketdao (R3 - Dec.) Liam Harrison

Kem Sitsongpeenong (R3 - KO) Maiki Karatanasis

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (R3 - Dec.) Jordan Watson

Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Dec.) Dong WenFei


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Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai

MAX Muay Thai

Man, I picked a pretty packed weekend to go on vacation, didn't I? Then again, most of the weekends are packed and I've been working 60 hour weeks for the past few months, so maybe any weekend would do in that case, right? I kind of agree, just because I needed to not do any work for an extended period of time or else I was fearing that I'd be seeing my walls made out of gold bricks because the Federal Reserve is a conspiracy and driving axes through doors while my girlfriend looks not-so-pleased.

So this weekend there were two bigger events, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai, both of the Muay Thai persuasion and both featuring some solid names and solid fights. Thai Fight was the standard Thai Fight fare of bigger name Thais against some okay competition which sees the Thais walk away with some cool looking wins and everyone goes home happy.

MAX Muay Thai gave a bit more by the way of competitive fights to fans, including a one night, four man tournament. There were some legitimately interesting bouts on the card such as Aikpracha against Warren Stevelmans as well as Sitthichai against Juri Jehl and already fans went home with a bit of a better feeling than they did from the Thai Fight card, or, well, at least we all did.

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Weekend Results: Andy Souwer Wins at ShootBoxing, Plus K-1 MAX Brazil Results

Souwer

This was a pretty good weekend for Kickboxing fans across the world as there were events in all corners of the world for fans to get excited about. I feel as thought we've shown that GLORY 9 New York was the big event this weekend, but there were two other events of note this weekend, one being ShootBoxing in Japan and the other being K-1's World Qualifying Tour in Brazil event, which held a K-1 MAX Selection Brazil tournament to find a fighter to move on to the K-1 World MAX Final 16 later this year.

Shoot Boxing 2013 Act.3 - Tokyo, Japan - June 23, 2013

Andy Souwer (R1 - KO) Okazawa Hirota

Shisido Hiroki (R3 - Decision) Hayashi Genta

Suzuki Hiroaki (R3 - Decision) Simizu Shyunichi

Utagawa Akifumi (R2 - TKO) Kizaemon Saiga

Makino Tomoaki (R3 - Decision) Sakamoto Yuki

Hinata (R2 - KO) Kanai Kenji

Masaya (R1 - TKO) Syau Kraun

Lorena Klijn (R3 - Decision) V.V Mei

K-1 MAX Brazil results after the jump.

 

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Saenchai Wins at the Hoost Cup - Will He Go to K-1?

Hoost CupThe Hoost Cup went down this weekend, featuring a few interesting fights, namely Saenchai's first "Kickboxing" fight, which has sparked all sorts of speculation as to what his future might be and if he might be headed to K-1 as his sponsor Yokkao has insinuated at on Twitter. It doesn't hurt that K-1 head Mr. Kim has been seen visiting with Stefania, the mastermind behind Yokkao Extreme, either.

The results are as follows;

Yoshihiro Sato (R3 - Dec.) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Saenchai (R3 - Dec.) Yosuke Mizuochi

Souta Ichinohe (R1 - TKO) Ryuya Kusakabe

Shu Ogawa (R3 - Dec.) Hiroki

Hukashi (R3 - Dec.) Yuto Tsujide

Satoko Sasaki (R3 - Dec.) Maria Pantazi

Now, as for Saenchai and K-1, it is no secret that K-1 is looking to re-establish itself with a new set of stars, and who better than one of the most famous Thai fighters alive today in Saenchai? Saenchai's flashy style has won him tons of fans all over the world and it would make for a perfect and entertaining fit for K-1. Seeing as though Saenchai's natural weight class is around 60kg and his tendency to fight up in weight it wouldn't shock me to see him at 65kgs.

As for Saenchai's relationship with K-1 right now it is still too early to predict what will happen, but LiverKick has been able to confirm that there have been preliminary talks between the two parties, although it is not clear how far these talks have gone.

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