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It's Showtime Japan Results: Petrosyan Stays Atop the 70kg World

At It's Showtime's inaugural Japanese event, Giorgio Petrosyan was able to cruise past rising star HINATA on scores of 30-27, 30-25(x2) and 30-26(x2). It appears as though HINATA was docked two points throughout the course of the fight, which I believe were a result of 3 spinning backfists, which are illegal under It's Showtime rules. HINATA gained momentum in 2009 and 2010 with upsets over the likes of Mike Zambidis, Yuya Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Kido and most notably, a knockout of Artur Kyshenko. However he was knocked out by Hiroki Nakajima at the 2010 K-1 MAX Japan GP and choked out in under a minute by Andy Souwer at a Shootboxing event.

For Petrosyan, this is yet another dominating win in what has been a near perfect career thus far. He is currently riding a 4 and a half year unbeaten streak, capturing two K-1 MAX titles and defeating nearly every top fighter at 70kg. A win at It's Showtime's Fast and Furious tournament as well as another K-1 MAX title could secure his place as the most dominant fighter in combat sports, however some believe a rematch with Buakaw Por. Pramuk and matchups with the likes of Yodsanklai are necessary before handing Petrosyan that title.

In the night's co-feature, Korean K-1 mainstay Chi Bin Lim was able to outlast the exciting Mosab Amrani, taking a unanimous decision in the extension round after a majority draw through 3. This fight was a #1 contender's bout for the It's Showtime 65kg Title. Chi Bin Lim is set to face champion Orono Wor Petchpun who last defended his title in May of last year at the Amsterdam Arena show.

In the other #1 contender's bout for the right to face It's Showtime 61kg Champion Javier Hernandez, former RISE 63kg Champion Kan Itabashi defeated former AJKF Featherweight Champion Genki Yamamoto by unanimous decision in the extension round after a split draw through 3. Itabashi will be looking to regain a world title after losing his RISE Championship to Kosuke Komiyama back in February.

Full Results after the break

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Krush and NJKF Weekend Results: Kenta Wins Krush 70kg GP; Naokick Falls Short Again

This is a big weekend for kickboxing with the Thai Fight Extreme Event in Hong Kong as well as the REBELSxIt's Showtime Japan event taking place tonight. However, there were two less promoted cards that took place in Japan this weekend, with Krush wrapping up its 2011 Tournament Series with the semifinals and finals of their 70kg Tournament as well as a New Japan Kickboxing Federation event which saw two WBC Muay Thai Japan titles and two NJKF titles on the line.

Keeping in line with how this year's Krush tournaments have gone, favorite Hiroki Nakajima was upset in the semifinals by NJKF Super Welterweight Champion Kenta by majority decision on scores of 30-28, 30-29 and 30-30. This is yet another setback for the fighter who was handpicked by Masato to win the 2010 Japan MAX Tournament only to fall to Yuichiro Nagashima in the finals and later get dominated by Albert Kraus and Buakaw Por. Pramuk.

In the night's other semifinal, WBC Muay Thai Japan Super Welterweight Champion Yutaro Yamauchi bested Shintaro Matsukura over 4 rounds, taking a split decision in the extension round after scores of 29-29 and 30-30(x2) through 3. Matsukura was thought to be the other tournament favorite after an upset over Yuya Yamamoto in a thrilling quarterfinal affair which saw Matsukura drop Yamamoto in the 3rd round and ultimately secure his place in the semifinals.

In the night's tournament finals, Kenta was able to complete his run in the tournament, taking a close majority decision over Yamauchi on scores of 30-28, 29-29 and 30-29. This wraps up Krush's first round of tournaments which were seemingly a large success despite the failure of all the tournament favorites. The results of the 70kg tournament will have an interesting result on the upcoming K-1 Japan MAX Tournament, as neither Yamauchi nor Kenta were selected to participate while Nakajima and Matsukura were. However, there were only six initial fighters announced for the event and after they were announced K-1 President Sadaharu Tanikawa said that the fighters he selected were temporary and the results of the Krush tournament would play a part in selecting who would compete in the tournament. One would assume that Kenta would be selected and that Yamauchi could be selected for the tournament. Yamauchi recently fought to a draw with current tournament selection Go Yokoyama on the Sengoku: Soul of Fight card.

In non-tournament action Krush's 60kg Tournament Champion Hirotaka Urabe secured a 3rd round stoppage victory while four other Team Dragon members were able to pick up wins.

At Korakuen Hall on the 17th, New Japan Kickboxing Federation held installment 7 of its New Japan Blood series which featured two WBC Muay Thai Japan titles and two NJKF titles up for grabs. In the main event, Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa opened up Super Feathweight Champion Yoshinori Nakasuka's eye with a right elbow in the 5th round only to be dropped with a left hook with only 16 seconds left to go in the fight, securing a unanimous decision for the champion on scores of 50-46(x3). This fight may finally put the nail in the coffin of Ishikawa's run at the top of the sport. After finding success in AJKF as the promotion's Super Featherweight Champion, but at the beginning of 2010 he was knocked out by John Dennis at Krush 5. Ishikawa picked up a win over Yuto Watanabe in the qualifying round of the 2010 K-1 -63kg GP, but was upset in the quarterfinals by the flashy Kizaemon Saiga. Since that fight, Ishikawa has gone 1-3 with losses to Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and now Nakasuka.

In the co-feature, WBC Muay Thai Japan Welterweight Champion Soichiro Miyakoshi set out to defend his title against Yuya Yamato, but failed to do so over the course of 5 rounds, losing on scores of 50-48(x2) and 49-48. This puts the 20 year old on a two fight win streak after his upset over Fabio Pinca at Thai Fight Extreme France.

Soichiro Miyakoshi's brother Keijiro Miyakoshi dominated NJKF Lightweight Champion Ikki over five rounds to take a unanimous decision and the NJKF Lightweight crown on scores of 50-45(x2) and 50-43. With his brother losing his WBC title and Ikki formerly being ranked #2 at Welterweight by WBC Muay Thai Japan, a match between Keijiro and Yamato could be in the works for the future, which would be a sensational fight between two young, promising fighters as Keijiro is only 21 years of age.

In the final title bout of the night, #1 ranked Yung Hawk defeated #2 ranked KEI in a battle for the vacant NJKF Super Featherweight title, winning a unanimous decision after five rounds on scores of  50-49 and 49-48(x2).

In a non-title fight WBC Muay Thai Japan Flyweight Champion and #1 ranked NJKF Flyweight Naoki Otsuki was upset by #7 ranked J-Network Super Flyweight Hiroyuki Yamano of Team Dragon. The fight ended with a close split decision in favor of Yamano on scores of 30-29(x2) and 29-30.

In a women's bout, NJKF Women's Featherweight Champion AZUMA beat WBC Muay Thai Japan Women's Featherweight Champion beat Ayano Oishi in a rematch of their WBC title fight in January which Oishi won. Scores were 30-27 and 30-28(x2).

The event also saw the semifinals of a 4-man tournament for the vacant NJKF Super Bantamweight Championship in which #1 NJKF and WBC Muay Thai Japan ranked Hiroki Maeda fell to #3 ranked Hiroshi Senchaigym while #2 ranked Rookie defeated #4 ranked Shinya Haga(Hiroya Haga?) to set up the finals and championship fight between Hiroshi and Rookie.

Results via boutreview: NJKF and Krush

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K-1 -World MAX -63kg Japan Tournament Live Results

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The K-1 World Max 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament will be streaming live at 2:30 EST/11:30 PST. An eight man -63kg tournament featuring names such as Koya Urabe, Tetsuya Yamato and Yuta Kubo will fill most of the card. Along with the tournament, a super fight between long time K-1 MAX competitors Yoshihiro Sato and Albert Kraus will be fought at -70kg. You can watch the fight on K-1's Youtube channel, Ustream channel or Facebook page. Click on each one for links.If you'd like play by play, we'll be on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom or @rianscalia. Enjoy what's sure to be an action packed event.

Reserve Fight #1:

Toshiki Taniyama defeats Yuto Watanabe by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Reserve Fight #2:

Koji Yoshimoto defeats Shohei Asahara by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Quarter Final #1:

Tetsuya Yamato defeats HIROYA by Unanimous Decision.

Quarter Final #2:

Koya Urabe defeats Yuki by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #3:

Yuta Kubo defeats Kizaemon Saiga by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #4:

Masaaki Noiri defeats Ryuji Kajiwara by Split Decision in an Extra Round.

Semi Final #1:

Koya Urabe defeats Tetsuya Yamato by Unanimous Decision.

Semi Final #1:

Yuta Kubo defeats Masaaki Noiri by Unanimous Decision.

Super Fight:

Yoshihiro Sato defeats Albert Kraus by Majority Decision.

Final:

Yuta Kubo defeats Koya Urabe by Unanimous Decision.
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Sagetdao beats Saenchai, Kongsak defeats Nong-O at Lumpini

Lumpini Kriekrai, June 10, Results, from Petyindee Promotions at Lumpini Stadium


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1: Kangwanlek Petyindee vs Petchpanomrung Sor Tamransee

2: The-lek Wor Sangprapai vs Julong Ekbangsai for vacant Thailand Light-flyweight title

3: Panpet Chor Na Phattalung vs Sittisak Chengsimiew gym for Panpet’s Thailand Super-featherweight title

4: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs Petboonchu FA Group for vacant WMC Lightweight title

5: Sagetdao Petpayathai 133 vs Saenchai Sinbi Muaythai 131 for Sagetdao’s Lumpini Lightweight title

6: Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Thong PuiD9D for Sam-A’s Lumpini Super-bantamweight title

7: Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Kongsak Sitboonmee for Nong-O’s Lumpini Super-featherweight title

Brent did a good job profiling this event and outlining how absolutely gigantic a show it is. This event consisted almost entirely of championship fights, and all the names on the card are either established fighters or exciting up and comers, like Thelek. Also note, Sam-A and Nong-O have not changed gyms. Gaiyangadao is the name of a sponsor.

Kangwanlek is a big name and something of an anomaly. He is in his thirties and competing still in the top ranks with some success.

Thelek is a young fighter known for his outstanding workrate. This was a rematch, with him having beaten Julong before.

Singdam's been posting strong performances since before winning the Sports Writer's Fighter of the Year award in 2002. That is amazing longevity for this sport. He has been slowing lately, however.Petboonchu should need no introduction, as he has fought Saenchai in a few high profile bouts. His power-clinching style has brought him a lot of success in the top ranks, and he has been moving up in weight.

Sagetdao and Saenchai have fought before multiple times. Sagetdao and Petboonchu actually fought Saenchai together in 2009, with Sagetdao fighting rounds 1-3 and Petboonchu rounds 4-5. Saenchai took that fight, though he lost to Sagetdao some time afterward. Sagetdao took it again this time, on points.

Sam-A is a consistent, classy performer. Against Tong, he did not have to worry about competing against a larger opponent. Historically, he has struggled with larger opponents because of his patient, technical style, but it served him well recently against the larger, and favored, Kongsak. That fight went to a draw, which was something of an upset decision, considering Kongsak is on a 9 fight win streak.

Nong-O, after posting a very strong 2010, when he won Lumpini's Fighter of the Year, has not had much luck this year. This was an interesting bout, as Nong-O is a large, powerful kicker who fights well in orthodox and southpaw. Kongsak is just proving very hard to beat, however. He has wonderful timing and conservation of motion in his bouts. Even though Nong-O has been on the losing end of some decisions, he has consistently looked good in his bouts. Keep in mind he has been around about as long as Singdam, too.

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Kem Sitsongpeenong: Isuzu Champion 2011

Isuzu Tournament Finals, June 11, Results from Siam Omnoi Stadium, Channel 3



This weekend was big for Muay Thai. Kem Sitsongpeenong captured first place in the Isuzu Tournament and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom took third over Prakaisaeng Sit-Or in the same tournament. Both wins came by knockout.

Kem knocked out Nopparat Keatkhamtorn in the third with a fantastic stabbing left elbow. At no point in the fight did Nopparat seriously threaten. Kem looked stronger and seemed to be a step ahead of Nopparat in attacking. Nopparat seemed troubled by his power and had trouble countering after kicks. They seemed about to get into the rhythm of the later rounds when Kem pawed Nopparat's right hand down and landed his elbow. The first two rounds consisted of them testing each others' defenses with hard single shots. Kem got the better of the exchanges.

The prize for first place was 1 million baht and an Isuzu pickup truck. He also earns a spot in the next Thai Fight series.

Dernchonlek's win came after a very rough first round. He threw a rear leg teep which Prakaisaeng caught and countered with a stiff right hand. The rest of the round consisted of Prakaisaeng chasing Dernchonlek around the ring slinging right and left hands while Dernchonlek covered with a tight guard against the ropes. Prakaisaeng looked like he was debating whether to keep chasing a couple of time, but he kept up the pressure with the hands, catching Dernchonlek a few more times. He could also have used the opportunity to deal damage to Prakaisaeng's legs or wade in with elbows.

In rounds two and three, Dernchonlek came forward with knees in the clinch and it became a close fight, with Prakaisaeng defending and landing hard counter knees. He was already ahead because of the first round and seemed to pull even further ahead in the third. Dernchonlek wore him down in the fourth and knocked him out with a string of left knees and two bodyshots after trapping him in the corner.

Dernchonlek was awarded two checks totalling 500,000 baht and given a bonus of 30,000 for his KO win.

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Toby Imada Successful in Shoot Boxing, RENA Falls Again

Shishido kicks Imada / (C) Dan HerbertsonLast night's Shoot Boxing event in Japan is looking to be one of the better shows coming from Japan recently, and it featured Toby Imada's return to the Shoot Boxing ring. Many will remember that Imada made his way into the S-Cup last year and surprised the world by making it to the Finals against Buakaw Por. Pramuk, with Buakaw able to overcome him. Imada squared off with two-time champion Hiroki Shishido last night, with the first round being Shishido's superior standup giving Imada trouble. In the second round Imada was able to execute a great slam, and continued to use his Judo to pull of the decision victory.

The other big upset of the night was for the Shoot Boxing Ladies Championship, a vacant title that was brought about by the recent rush in popularity for Shootboxing at the hands of RENA. RENA had a rematch with Ai Takahashi, who was able to best RENA this time in the Shootboxing ring. It was Takahashi's jabs and throws that were enough to exhaust RENA and lead to a decision victory.

The rest of the results are courtesy of Dan Herbertson.

Shoot Boxing 169: 2011 Act 3 - June 5, 2011 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Toby Imada def. Hiroki Shishido by Unanimous Decision
Henri Opstal def. Satoru Suzuki by TKO (Hook and Low Kick) – Round 2

Shoot Boxing Ladies Title Match
Ai Takahashi def. Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision

Kenji Kanai def. Masatoshi Hyakutake by Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Tsuda def Hiroaki Okuwa by Unanimous Decision (Extra Round)
Kazuyuki Fushimi def. Masanori Minato by Unanimous Decision
Yuji Sugawara def. Norifumi Yamamura By KO (Knee), Round 1
Yuki Sakamoto def. Tatsuya Shiozaki by KO (Punch) - Round 1
Masaya Matsuhana def. Kazutaka Takahashi By TKO (Corner Stoppage) – Round 2
Miyo Yoshida def. Natsuka by Unanimous Decision
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Photo of the Day: KRUSH Crowds Three Champions

It has been a bit difficult to approach this weekend's KRUSH results, as the show has yet to air in Japan or anywhere else, but there are reports on the internet about them, as opposed to retread on territory that has already been covered by people at the show, I defer you, our readers to K-1's official site for our friend Stuart Tonkin's write up of the event. Tonkin has been covering events for K-1's official site for years now and was live in the arena for the event. So here, your photo of the day, is KRUSH's newly-crowned Triple Champions.

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Zabit Samedov vs. Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab in MMA Rules at GLORY World Series Finals

Die FaustThe GLORY World Series keeps getting more and more interesting as the card trickles out. The event organizer Martijn de Jong is currently on vacation in Indonesia, so things are happening whenever he has the time and internet connection to make big moves, and he continues to do so.

We already know that the main event is the tournament final between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon, and that Tommy Depret will meet Siyar Bahadurzada in the Middleweight MMA Finals. On top of that Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi, Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko, Igor Jurkovic vs. Pavel Zuravilov and our good friend Mark "Fight Shark" Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin are all kickboxing bouts that will go down on that card. Outside of It's Showtime, no one else in the world can put together such a blockbuster kickboxing card.

There has been a new bout announced featuring two names that kickboxing fans know very well; Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab and Zabit Samedov. Die Faust won the K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2006 and holds big career wins over Musashi and Gary Goodridge. Zabit Samedov has a 72-10 kickboxing career and has decided to take the plunge into MMA, where these two kickboxers will meet. Die Faust has already fought in ten MMA bouts, so in MMA rules, Die Faust is already more experienced and actually holds a submission victory.

This isn't the first time where two world class kickboxers have met in MMA rules, but it should truly be interesting. It is also interesting to note that Zabit Samedov went on record in 2009 claiming that Golden Glory fighters were all "jacked up on steroids" and that fighters like Zimmerman have walked around, publicly doing steroids in the gym, at the time upsetting Golden Glory head honcho Bas Boon.

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Shootboxing 2011 Act 1 Results and Updates

(C) GBRShootboxing kicked off its 2011 season last night with "Act 1." The main event was a rematch between two Shootboxing legends in the way of Hiroki Shishido and Bovy Sor. Udomson. Bovy took a KO win over Shishido in 2009, so on the 19th Shishido was looking for some revenge. Shishido was coming off of two losses and a win here was a big deal for him, as he took all five rounds against Bovy to seal the victory and kick off 2011 the right way. After the bout, Bovy claimed that 2011 would be his last year competing, and that he wants to finish out his career in Shootboxing.

The semi-main event saw more MMA crossover for Shootboxing, as Kuniyoshi Hironaka tried his hand at Shootboxing against Satoru Suzuki. Suzuki made short work of Hironaka, knocking him out with a big right hook in the first round to end it. Hironaka fights for Cage Force and was able to at least score a takedown during the bout, but there is no ground work in Shootboxing, so when it was time to get back up to their feet it was curtains for the grappler against the former boxing champion. This win was important for the former boxer, whose kickboxing career was not exactly on the right track before.

There was more MMA crossover for the show, as SRC fighter Shigeki Osawa made his way to the Shootboxing ring to take on Hiroaki Suzuki. You might remember Suzuki from his previous Shootboxing bout against Mitsuhiro Ishida, and this fight saw more of the same as Osawa is a wrestler and was able to score some points with his grappling, but the hands and feet of Suzuki were too much for him to compete with. Osawa proved he was tough, though, and held on for the full five rounds to drop the decision.

So now we look forward to April 23, where Shootboxing has announced that the next card will be a big one. There are three fighters announced for the card, including Shootboxing Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Ryuya Kusakabe, Girl's S-Cup Champion RENA and 3-time S-Cup Champion Andy Souwer will all be in action. The inclusion of Souwer and RENA on one card is huge, showing that Shootboxing doesn't plan on winding down any time soon. [source]

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Hinata Victorious in Japan

HinataHinata was in action this weekend, taking part in an event for Japan's REBELS organization.  The young fighter was in the main event, facing Korea's Woo Yong Choi. K-1 MAX fans may remember Choi as Pajonsuk's victim at the 2010 MAX Grand Prix Final 16 event.  Hinata took the victory, scoring a head kick knockout at the start of the 3rd round.  There's no video available yet, although pictures available at BoutReview.com certainly indicate that Choi took quite the beating.  Check out the impressive photos here.

At the end of the fight, Hinata issued a challenge to Japan's top K-1 MAX star Yoshihiro Sato, which sounds like a great fight to me.

Hinata was one of the break out stars of 2010, as wins over Yuya Yamamoto and Artur Kyshenko brought him great acclaim.  Since being choked out by Andy Souwer in Shootboxing, Hinata has now won two in a row, first over Andre Dida at K-1 MAX, and now against Choi.

 

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