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J-Network Results: Undefeated Otake Claims Welterweight Title

On the 16th at Korakuen Hall, J-NETWORK held an event which featured a Welterweight title fight as well as a Super Bantamweight title unification fight.

In the night’s main event, undefeated Masato Otake improved to 9-0, capturing the J-Network Welterweight title from former champion Atsushi Sasatani by unanimous decision on scores of 50-47(x3). Sasatani won the title against Tomo Kiire in October of last year and this was his first defense. Otake earned the right to fight for the title by defeating former K-1 Koshien fighter Kohei Nishikawa in August. Otake should be an interesting fighter to watch going forward as he has faced little resistance on his path to the title. I would liken him, as a prospect, to Takafumi Morita as he captured a major promotional title within 11 fights and they have a common opponent in Nishikawa. However, Morita took a big step up in his following three fights as well as knocking out Nishikawa in the first round while Otake took him to a decision. Otake has a few options going forward as he could defend his title against #1 ranked Tomo Kiire or he could set his sights on the WPMF or WBC Japan titles.

In a Super Bantamweight title unification bout, reigning champion Hiroaki Mizuhara defeated interim champ Hidemaru by split decision on scores of 49-47, 48-50 and 50-48. Mizuhara was a part of the Krush 55kg tournament and made it to the semifinals, losing to Ryuya Kusakabe by decision and this win is his first successful defense. Hidemaru won the interim title back in June by unanimous decision. Next could be a rematch between the two, but with a relatively strong weight class, Mizuhara could find himself fighting WPMF Japan Bantamweight champ Ichinohe Sota while a good matchup for Hidemaru would be against Takayuki Umehara in a fight that would have J-Network and WPMF Japan implications.

Finally, in a matchup of Krush regulars, Junpei Aotsu defeated DYNAMITE Yuta by unanimous extension round decision on scores of 10-9(x3) after a majority draw with scores of 29-28 and 29-29(x2). In the past 2 and a half years, Aotsu has fought 17 times, going 9-8-1 against a who’s who of Japanese Lightweights the likes of Masahiro Yamamoto, Fire Harada, Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, TaCa, Arita Tsukahara and TURBΦ. Aotsu is currently on a 2-fight win streak. DYNAMITE Yuta scored a big upset in the quarterfinals of the Krush 63kg tournament with a first round knockout of former K-1 63kg posterboy Daisuke Uematsu, but lost to Koya Urabe in the semifinals. {jcomments on}

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Krush Supernova Tournament Results: Urabe, Noiri, Hiroya, Takahashi Advance to Semis

Earlier today at Shinjuku FACE, Krush held the first two rounds of their Under-22 Supernova Tournament to determine the 4 semifinalists with blocks A and B competing in the afternoon and blocks C and B at night.

During the day in Block A, 2010 K-1 Koshien quarterfinalist Sho Ogawa was able to edge out an extension round decision over Tang Tang Fight Club's Fumiya Osawa, winning the extension round 10-9 on all 3 cards. In the other half of Block A, 2008 K-1 Koshien champion and one of the tournament favorites HIROYA ran through his opponent, Hiroshi Hoshikawa, scoring a knockout just 1:35 into the first round. In the Block A final, HIROYA dominated Sho Ogawa, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x2) and 29-26 to advance to the semifinals.

In the other half of the matinee portion of the event, Block B favorite and 2009 K-1 Koshien champion Masaaki Noiri scored a knockout at 1:25 into the 3rd round over Violence. In the other half of Block B, Team Dragon's Daizo Sasaki also scored a 3rd round knockout at 1:24 in the round over Silver Wolf's Shota Fukuda. In the Block B semifinal, Masaaki Noiri scored another knockout, this time 1:42 into the 2nd round to secure his spot in the semifinals against HIROYA.

This fight is a rematch from the 2009 K-1 Koshien semifinals where Masaaki Noiri shocked nearly everyone and made a name for himself with a dominating, entertaining win over HIROYA. The win would be huge for either fighter.

In the night portion of the event, RISE #6 ranked Super Lightweight Shimpei Keita cruised past J-NETWORK's Hiroshi Matsui to take a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28(x2) and 30-27. In the other half of the bracket, tournament favorite Koya Urabe also cruised past Yuta Otaki, taking a unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-28. In the Block C final, Koya Urabe faced more resistance than one would have thought from Keita, but was still able to defeat Keita on scores of 30-29(x2) and 30-28.

In Block D, Yukimitsu Takahashi edged out Kazuma in an extension round, winning 10-9 on all 3 cards. In what could be considered a bit of an upset, former K-1 Koshien fighter Kengo Sonoda edged out J-NETWORK Flyweight champion Tsukasa Fuji on scores of 30-29, 30-30 and 30-28. Size was likely a factor as Fuji fights about 10kg under the 63kg weight limit for this tournament. In the Block D final, Takahashi caught Sonoda with a hard head kick 25 seconds into the 3rd round and Sonoda was unable to recover, giving Takahashi the KO win.

This sets up a semfinal between Koya Urabe and Yukimitsu Takahashi. Urabe, already the tournament favorite before the brackets were announced, should have his status as tournament favorite bumped even higher. Takahashi showed he is no slouch and Urabe struggled a little with Keita, but Urabe should be able to cruise into the finals while the winner of Noiri-Hiroya will likely be dinged up from the semifinals. However, if the pattern of the Krush tournaments of favorites losing in the later rounds hold, Takahashi could see himself with a big upset win, though I find it more unlikely as Krush tournament champions Shota Takiya, Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and Kenta were more overlooked talents while the focus was on fighters like Ryuya Kusakabe, Masaaki Noiri, Koya Urabe and Hiroki Nakajima.

The tournament's conclusion will take place on December 9th and if Naoki Ishikawa gets his way, he will fight the winner of this tournament at some time after that.

Quick Results after the break

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Lucrative Wins for Sam A and F16 at Lumpinee Stadium

It's been a good year for Sam A who has beaten all comers with the only exception a dubious draw with Konsak (pretty much everyone except the judges thought Kongsak won) but it got a whole lot better on Friday night.

Like a lot of the best Muay Thai fighters Sam A hails from Buriram in the rural north east which is one of the most impoverished areas in Thailand. As one of the most in demand fighters on the stadium circuit in Bangkok he can expect to receive in excess of 100,000 Baht per fight, more than most people in Buriram earn in a year, but on Friday night he had the prize of a Toyota pick up (valued at 1.7 million Baht according to the announcer) awaiting him if he could defeat Ting Tong.

Ting Tong is sponsored by Isuzu and not wishing to be outdone they also offered him an Isuzu pickup meaning that the winner would be driving home in one of two trucks parked outside the stadium. Sam A won the last time these two fought and Ting Tong the underdog was allowed to weigh in 2 lbs heavier. If the extra weight was an advantage it didn't show as, after the traditionally slow start, Sam A dominated proceedings to win a one sided decision victory.

Sam A ia a very intelligent fighter, who is good at making his opponents miss and then pubishing them with a vicious left body kick. He was up against another southpaw in Ting Tong but the strategy remained the same and was effective enough for him to be awarded the fight 50-47 on all three judge's scorecards.

In the main event 2010 fighter of the year Nong O took on F 16 who was coming off a big win over 2009 fighter of the yeat Kongsak which you can see here (check out the handspeed from F16 as he knocks Kongsak down twice in round two). 2011 has not been a vintage year for Nong O who has lost a few fights and this one had a two million baht bet riding on it.

 F16 looked to be the bigger of the two fighters but Nong O was able to hold his own for the first few rounds. It seemed to be anyone's fight but Nong O faded badly in rounds four or five allowing F16 to outwork and outmuscle him to the extent that the outcome was a foregone conclusion long before the final bell sounded.

A stellar card also saw Singdam and Petboonchu do battle for the third (i think...) time this year. Petboonchu's clinch work has made the difference in the previous two fights but this time it was the turn of the 'black lion' who was able to consistently land body kicks and even managed to more than hold his own in the clinch.

In the fight of the night  Detnarong Wor Sangprapai and Tryjak Sitjomtry went toe to toe right from the opening bell. Most Muay Thai fighters like to star slow but these two started unloading straightaway and it looked set to be a classic until Detnarong got swept in round two and then hit with a knee on the way down which cut him badly and left him needing a ten count to recover.

It seemed that the momentum was with Tryjak but instead Detnarong came storming back, taking the fight to his opponent to win every remaining round despite being covered in blood from a gash above his left eye. A full house at Lumpini erupted and Detnarong celebrated long and hard, even the referee was on the receving end of a kiss much to his surprise.

The first fight of the night saw Ponsanah on the comeback trail. He made a name for himself sue to his aggressive style and solid low kicks which are the trademark of fighters from the Sitmonchai camp but has been out of action for a while after briefly becoming a monk (most Thai men do this at some stage in their lives).

He was up against Yuttachai and took less than a round to destroy his opponent's leg, showing just how effective low kicks can be as a weapon. It was one of the best cards of the year, put on by Petchyindee promotions. A match up between Saenchai and F16 must surely be on the cards soon as the two have never previously met while a rematch between Kongsak (who beat Pakorn Sakyotin recently) and Sam A would also be interesting.

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October 7th Petyindee Fights Results And Videos

As I mentioned earlier this week there was a nice card coming up, and it delivered with a ton of great action. 

A few of the fights were scrapped, or some fighters were replaced for others.

Ponsaneh Sitmonchai defeats Yuttachai Kiatpatarapaan by TKO in R1

Macki Sor. Suriyunnunchok defeats Phetchartshy Chaoraiooy by KO in R2

Dejsakda Wor. Sangprapai defeats Aekmongkol Kaiyanghadaogym by decision

Detnarong Wor. Sangprapai defeats Trijak Sitjomtrai by decision.

Pamonrunglek Kiatmuu9 defeats Pompean Kiatchonkao by decision.

Singdam Kiatmuu9 defeats Petchboonchu FA Group by decision.

Sam-A kaiyanghadaogym defeats Tingtong Chor. Koyuhaisuzu by decision.

F16 Rajanont defeats Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym by decision.

Sam-A now improves to 7-0-1 on the year and has to be the favorite for fighter of the year at this point in time. F16 is making a great case for fighter of the year as well. 

 

F16 vs. Nong-O

                 

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Hiroki Ishii Defeats Aphisak KT Gym for Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight Title

At Korakuen, Hall on the same night that Jomthong Chuwattana defeated Tetsuya Yamato, another high profile Thai vs Japanese fight took place as Hiroki Ishii took on Aphisak KT Gym for the vacant Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight title.

In Ishii's fourth attempt at the title, he was able to defeat Aphisak by unanimous decision and become only the 4th Japanese fighter to win a Rajadamnern Stadium title, with Toshio Fujiwara, Hitoshi Ogasawara and Kozo Takeda being the other 3 to do it before him. Ishii won on scores of 49-47(x2) and 49-48. Reports show that Ishii was able to effectively pressure Aphisak in the later rounds, as Aphisak spent a lot of time going backwards in rounds 4 and 5 especially as Ishii was able to establish his offense. This is Ishii's 4th straight win and puts him undefeated on the year.

The historic win comes in what has been a rather successful year for top level Japanese fighters taking on Thai fighters. Although Yamato lost to Jomthong on the same night, he picked up a TKO win over Coke Chunhawat in back in August in Los Angeles. Genji Umeno managed back to back wins over Thai fighters this year, first a 3rd round KO of Windy Kaiwana Sit-Or at It's Showtime Japan 1 and more recently a 4th round KO of Wutidej Lookprabaht at It's Showtime Japan 3. Finally, Yasuhito Shirasu scored the biggest win for Japan with an upset win over Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The next major Thai vs Japanese fights are at the M-1 Muay Thai event on 11/13 where Genji Umeno takes on Dekkamon Himarai Gym(?) for the WPMF World Super Featherweight Title while Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his Light Welterweight WPMF title against WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara.{jcomments on}

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WBC Japan Results: Jomthong Defeats Yamato; Rashata, Takahashi Defend; 4 New Champions Crowned

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, WBC Muay Thai Japan held one of its biggest events to date in which Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion and WBC World Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana took on K-1 -63kg 2010 tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato, along with 5 WBC Japan titles and 1 International title up for grabs.

In the main event, Tetsuya Yamato looked to defeat a second straight Thai and prove that his somewhat embarrassing loss to Saenchai was not a statement of how much better Thai fighters are. Unfortunately for Yamato, Jomthong Chuwattana was the much better fighter, making himself hard to hit for Yamato while producing his own offense. Jomthong won on scores of 50-47(x3) and has now won 8 of his last 9 with a loss in August being the only blemish on his record in 2011. Yamato is now 3-2 on the year with losses to Jomthong and Koya Urabe. Although Yamato won last year's K-1 tournament, he took a lot of criticism for his loss to Saenchai, as well as a dominating decision loss to Koya Urabe after the tournament and it seemed to diminish his K-1 tournament win completely. A draw with MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura at Dynamite and another loss to Urabe haven't helped stop the criticism, but it is interesting to note that since 2007 Yamato has only lost to Urabe, Saenchai, Jomthong, Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Densiam Lookprabaht.

In the co-main event, Japanese sensation Erika Kamimura claimed another title in defeating WBC International Light Flyweight champion Denise Mellor by knockout at 1:49 into the 1st round. The 18 year old is now 23-1 (12 (T)KOs) and scores another quick, impressive knockout over a foreign fighter. Kamimura is set to take on fellow Shootboxing star RENA on November 23rd at RISE 85.

Former NJKF champion and defending WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata continued his reign of terror over former AJKF Featherweight champions, this time defeating Hiromasa Masuda by 5 round unanimous decision on scores of 49-46, 49-47 and 48-47 and defending his WBC Japan strap. In 2010, Rashata defeated 3 former AJKF champions in Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto and Masahiro Yamamoto, with the last of those three netting him the WBC Japan title. He took a loss to the rampaging Kanongsuk earlier this year, but has now added another former AJKF champion to his list of wins. Up next for Rashata is likely another title defense against the young Keijiro Miyakoshi. For Masuda, it's a 4th straight fight without a win and with Genki Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda retiring, as well as Naoki Ishikawa's sudden retirement announcement, the 38 year old may see it fit to call an end to his 15 year fighting career.

WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato got revenge for a 2010 loss by besting WBC Japan Flyweight champion Naoki Otsuki over 5 rounds on scores of 50-47(x2) and 49-46 to capture the WBC Japan Flyweight title. Otsuki had been riding high in 2009 and 2010, winning 4 straight and capturing the vacant WBC Japan title with a win over Kato. However, his 2011 has come to an abrupt halt as he is now 0-2 after being upset by Team Dragon's Hiroyuki Yamano back in July. For Kato, there aren't a lot of options for a next fight, though a superfight with WBC Japan Bantamweight champion TOMA could be very interesting.

Speaking of TOMA, he also managed to pick up a WBC Japan title, defeating #2 ranked NJKF Bantamweight Kojiro by unanimous decision for Arashi Fujihara's recently vacated Bantamweight title. TO-MA has now won 6 of his last 7 in which he picked up the WPMF, M-1 and J-NETWORK Super Flyweight championships. His only loss was to former WBC Japan champion Arashi Fujihara at It's Showtime Japan 1, so a rematch, although interesting, could probably use a few months more in between. In the mean time, a defense of any of his titles could keep him busy, though a super fight with Ryuji Kato would be the most interesting.

WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi continued his reign as champion with a unanimous decision win over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champ Yusuke Sugawara. Sugawara was just upset at Shootboxing by MMA fighter Shigeki Osawa and this loss doesn't help ease that wound. For Sugawara, a third attempt at beating Koji Yoshimoto will likely be in his future. With a lack of challengers, Takahashi could see himself fighting a Krush regular, possibly Hideaki Yamazaki some time in the future.

In the night's final title fight, 19 year old Ryuya Kusakabe knocked out #1 ranked NJKF super bantamweight Rookie in the 5th round to capture Genji Umeno's recently vacated WBC Japan Super Bantamweight championship. This was Kusakabe's first fight since having his 7-fight win streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament. After vacating his Shootboxing title, I cannot imagine Kusakabe wants anything more than a rubber match with Takiya in Krush. Rookie still has a chance to capture the NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym.

Finally, talented prospect and NJKF Lightweight champion Keijiro Miyakoshi picked up another win, this time a 5 round split decision over J-NETWORK Lightweight champion Akihiro Kuroda. The fight was supposedly for the right to face current Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato, however both fighters fight at a lower weight, and it could have been for the right to face Rashata. Either way, Miyakoshi would probably opt for the shot at Yamato, as Yamato recently defeated his brother Soichiro Miyakoshi for the WBC Japan title. {jcomments on}

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Krush 12 Results: Team Dragon Victorious; Naokick Defeats Takeuchi

With the K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament taking place the following day, September 24th's Krush 12 was largely forgotten about. The event was headlined by a triple main event of Team Dragon's Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and Hideaki Yamazaki facing off against Chinese Sanshou fighters whose names I believe are Zhang Bo, Liu Wei and Ming Ming Chen. Also on this card was the rematch of the Krush 2009 Lightweight tournament semifinal between Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa and "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi.

In the main event, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe defeated Chinese Sanshou fighter Zhang Bo, but not without some trouble. Urabe took a majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2) and Boutreview's on-site reporter scored it a 30-30 draw after 3. The close win is somewhat of a letdown as Urabe had been on a roll with his dominant performances in the Krush 60kg tournament. Nonetheless, it's a 5th straight win for Urabe. Next for him is unknown as he just dismissed a fight with RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama. Perhaps a title defense against Naoki Ishikawa could be in his future with Masaaki Noiri being tied up in the Krush Supernova tournament.

In the co-main event, Krush 63kg champion Ryuji Kajiwara managed to squeak by Chinese fighter Liu Wei as a result of a 2nd round penalty by Wei that resulted in an immediate yellow card and a point deduction. The final scores were 30-29, 29-28 and 30-28 in favor of Kajiwara and had it not been for the point deduction, the fight would have gone to an extension round. The win puts Kajiwara back on the winning track after his loss to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals of the K-1 63kg Japan tournament ended his 6-fight win streak.

The final fight in the Team Dragon vs China saga was also at 63kg where Team Dragon fighter Hideaki Yamazaki knocked out Chinese fighter Ming Ming Chen at 56 seconds into the 2nd round with a knee to the body, sweeping the challenge for Team Dragon. The win is Yamazaki's 3rd straight and moves the 24 year old to 10-1-1 (5 KOs) with the only blemishes on his record being a draw back in 2009 and a TKO loss to TaCa earlier this. For Chen, it's a second straight stoppage loss after losing to Hirotaka Urabe by stoppage back in July.

In the night's most hyped fight, Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa got back on the winning track with a 2 round technical decision win in a rematch of a great fight with "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi on scores of 18-17(x3). In their first fight, a spot in the finals of the Krush 2009 Lightweight tournament was up for grabs and both men fought hard for it, but ultimately Naokick scored a spectacular 2nd round flying knee knockout. However, Ishikawa got cut and was unable to participate in the finals. Before this bout, Takeuchi weighed in 1.7kg over and was deducted a point, 30% of his purse and had to wear 8 oz. gloves compared to Ishikawa's 6 oz. gloves. Both camps also decided to allow clinches and elbows. In the first round, I believe Takeuchi was able to score one or two downs while Ishikawa either scored one or two downs, as Boutreview's reporter scored the round 8-8, with the round ultimately going to Ishikawa 8-7 as a result of the point deduction. In the second round, Ishikawa started to take an advantage, but not before a clash of heads near the end of the round caused a cut to form on Naokick's head, much like their first bout. With the cut, the fight was stopped and Ishikawa got the decision. After the bout, Ishikawa announced that he wished to face the winner of the Krush Supernova tournament and would retire following the bout. Krush event producer Mitsuru Miyata was reluctant to give Ishikawa the bout and was hesitant about letting him retire. The win is a bright spot in what has been a rough patch of Ishikawa's career, as this win puts him at just 2-4 in his last 6. Takeuchi is now on a two-fight losing streak after losing in the finals of the Krush tournament to Hirotaka Urabe.

In a trio of 63kg fights, Krush 63kg Tournament participant Naoki Terazaki got an extension round decision over Makoto Nishiyama while fellow Krush 63kg tournament participants TaCa and Takuya Shirahama lost to former NJKF Lightweight champion Kazuki and NOMAN, respectively. TaCa was coming off of a win over Hideaki Yamazaki, but lost in the extension round by TKO to Kazuki who is bouncing back from losing his NJKF title to Keijiro Miyakoshi. Shirahama made it to the semifinals of the Krush tournament, but lost to Koya Urabe and has now lost two straight after this loss to NOMAN.

Members of Team Dragon rounded out the card, going 5-2 overall with notable member Takumi picking up a win.

The next Krush event is the day-night round of 16 and quarterfinals of their Under-22 Supernova Tournament.{jcomments on}

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RISE 83 Results: Champions Win Superfights, KENJI and Dyki Advance to Bantamweight Finals

Earlier today, RISE and Shooto kicked off this weekend's packed schedule which includes events being put on by It's Showtime, K-1, UFC, DREAM and Strikeforce.

In the night's main event, RISE Super Featherweight champion and K-1 veteran Kosuke Komiyama won a non-title bout against Korean Muay Thai Federation Super Featherweight champion Kim Jin-Hyuk by decision on scores of 27-26, 28-27 and 29-28. I'm not sure what prompted the weird scores, but all judges seemed to have the same idea, having Komiyama ahead by a point on all 3 cards. The win makes it 5 in a row for the champion who took the title from Kan Itabashi at RISE 74 back in February. Up next for Komiyama will probably be a title defense or perhaps a fight with Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe who Komiyama called out. However at the Krush 12 weigh-ins today, Urabe dismissed the notion. A rematch with Itabashi for the title would have to wait a while as Itabashi is set to face Masahiro Yamamoto at It's Showtime Japan 4/REBELS 9 on October 23rd.

In the night's co-feature, RISE Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto beat #1 ranked Lightweight Hiroshi Mizumachi by majority decision on scores of 28-27(x2) and 27-27. The win is Yoshimoto's second straight after winning a decision against Shohei Asahara in a reserve fight of the K-1 Japan 63kg Tournament. If Yoshimoto defends his title successfully, look for him to face off with Yusuke Sugawara for a third time with the winner possibly getting some attention from K-1. For Mizumachi, it's a 5th straight loss and could signal an end to his career in the near future.

In a #1 contender's bout for the right to face Yoshimoto, #2 ranked Yasuomi Soda remained undefeated, improving his record to 11-0 (4 KO) with a 2nd round knockout of #3 ranked Kotetsu. Soda picked up a win in an opening fight at the K-1 Japan 63kg Tournament. His fight with Yoshimoto will be a good step up in competition and will show just how good the 23 year old is. A win would definitely put Soda on K-1's radar.

In the semifinals of a 4-man tournament for Nobuchika Terado's recently vacated Bantamweight title, Yuta Kubo's brother and NJKF Flyweight champion KENJI beat RISE #3 ranked bantamweight Ryuma Tobe by majority decision on scores of 29-28, 28-27 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, #1 ranked Dyki knocked out 20 year old Shootboxing representative Kazayuki Fushimi in the 3rd round. The finals will take place at RISE 85 on November 23rd which already has RENA vs Erika Kamimura set as the main event.

In the Heavyweight division, K-1 fighter Singh "Heart" Jaideep and Korean Raoumaru both picked up knockout wins. Jaideep scored a 1st round flying knee KO of #5 ranked Tsutomu Takahagi while Raoumaru scored a 3rd round knockout of MMA fighter Bernard Ackah. For Jaideep, it's a 3rd straight win and for Raoumaru, it's a bounce back from his loss in a title fight with Makoto Uehara back at RISE 80 in July.

In a lightweight matchup, former J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi knocked out RISE #2 ranked Lightweight Yuto Watanabe in the 3rd round. The win is Oishi's first this year as he lost his title to Yusuke Sugawara in June. For Watanabe, it's a second straight defeat after coming off a loss to Toshiki Taniyama in a reserve fight at the K-1 63kg Japan Tournament in June. Oishi could end up facing off with Sugawara in J-NETWORK or RISE in the future to determine a challenger to Yoshimoto's title.

In a slight upset, #4 ranked Super Featherweight TURBΦ dropped a decision to #5 ranked Yutonaka Egawa on scores of 28-27(x2) and 29-28. TURBΦ had just snapped his 3-fight losing streak with a close win over Junpei Aotsu and is now back on the losing trail. Next for Egawa could be a fight with the #2 or #3 fighters in his division in what could be a #1 contender's bout as #1 ranked Kan Itabashi is currently wrapped up with It's Showtime obligations.

Finally, K-1 vet Jae Gil Noh picked up a decision win over #7 ranked RISE Middleweight KEN. Noh was last seen in K-1 knocking out Go Yokoyama who is set for a reserve fight at this weekend's K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament.

Next up for RISE is RISE 84 on October 30th. {jcomments on}

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Saenchai Victorious Over Petboonchu at Lumpinee Stadium

Today at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took on Petboonchu F.A. Group for the fifth time.  In the four prior meetings, Saenchai had three wins, while Petboonchu had one that came on June 4th of last year. The two were ranked in the top two at Lumpinee stadium, right below current champion Sagetdao Phetphayathai.

Saenchai took a unanimous decision over five rounds, with the scores being 49-47 across the board. Saenchai's effort was hailed as a "classic performance" by Rob Cox of muaythaifocus.com. The win moves Saenchai to 4-1 against Petboonchu. Saenchai's lone loss this year came to Sagetdao Phetphayathai and I'm sure he would like to get that back.

It's unknown what is next for Saenchai. He's still scheduled to fight for Yokkao Boxing in Italy in January. I'd expect to see him fight once or twice before then, whether it be abroad or in Thailand.

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It's Showtime Japan 3 and Shootboxing Results: Umeno, Morii, Bovy, Penne, Osawa Victorious

At It's Showtime Japan 3/M-1 Fairtex Challenge Raorak Muay Vol.3 on September 11th, WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and M-1 Featherweight champion Genji Umeno knocked out Thai Wutidej Lookprabaht in the 4th round. Umeno used elbows to open up Wutidej which led to a 3 punch combo that set up the final uppercut-elbow combination that put Wutidej out. The win will likely get Umeno a fight with current WPMF Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii. It also puts Umeno in a good position with Lumpinee Stadium as Wutidej was ranked 5th at Feathweight which recently got a new champion, Penaik Sitnumnoi. At just 22, Umeno has solidified himself as one of the top featherweights in Japan and extends his current win streak to 8. I also expect Umeno to defend his WBC title against the winner of October's Ryuya Kusakabe-Rookie matchup in January. He holds a previous victory over Rookie and a matchup with Kusakabe would be a highly entertaining fight between two young, promising fighters.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned Yosuke Morii was able to defeat former WBO Featherweight boxing champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin by first round knockout. I believe that M-1 was more or less setting up a fight between Morii and Umeno were they to win their bouts as they set up a small Featherweight tournament with these two fights. The next It's Showtime Japan/M-1 event is on November 13th, so that fight could take place then.

#2 ranked WPMF Featherweight Daiki Nagashima picked up a majority decision win and could get a shot at the winner of Umeno vs Morii some time in the future. Up next for Nagashima will likely be a title fight against current J-NETWORK Featherweight champ Masato Sato.

Former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen was set to face off against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, but one of them missed weight and the bout was changed to an exhibition.

At Korakuen Hall on September 10th, former Rajadamnern Stadium champion and Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson put a halt to Toby Imada's Shootboxing run by taking a unanimous decision over the Bellator fighter on scores of 28-26(x3). Imada scored a first round knockdown on Bovy, but Bovy answered back with a down in each round. Imada's incredible run in Shootboxing began at last year's S-Cup where he was a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Imada upset Shootboxing standout Takaaki Umeno, knocking him out at the end of the 3rd round. Then, in the semifinals, Imada pulled a huge upset by defeating 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer by split decision. Imada was TKO'd by Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals of the tournament, but returned to Shootboxing in June, scoring yet another upset over Shootboxing mainstay Hiroki Shishido. For Bovy, the win stops a 5-fight losing streak and is his first win in Shootboxing in nearly a year and a half.

In the co-main event, Shootboxing superstar RENA was upset by former Bellator fighter Jessica Penne by majority decision in the second extension round. The fight was a majority draw after 3 rounds and couldn't be decided in the first extension round as the judges scored it a split draw. According to Dan Herbertson, RENA controlled rounds 1 and 3, but Penne scored a shoot point in round 2 to send it to the extension round. RENA apparently controlled the extension round as well over a tired Penne, but did not get help from the judges who sent it to a 5th round where Penne scored another shoot point to lock up the win. The loss is a huge disappointment for RENA who was coming off of a dominating win over Zaza Sor Aree and was getting ready for her fight with Erika Kamimura on November 23rd.

In a match for the vacant Super Welterweight championship, former boxer and #2 ranked Satoru Suzuki scored 3 knockdowns on #1 ranked Kenji Kanai, forcing a referee's stoppage and netting Suzuki the Shootboxing title.

Sengoku fighter Shigeki Osawa was also victorious at the event, taking his first win in Shootboxing, an upset over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Osawa used his grappling to score shoot points and secure the victory.

RENA's younger sister MIO picked up her second straight win under the Shootboxing banner, taking a unanimous decision win.

Also at the event, 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe vacated his title, likely to focus on fighting in Krush and with WBC Japan. {jcomments on}

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