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Yoshihiro Sato vs Kenta Added to Krush.26

Krush announced earlier today that 2-time K-1 MAX Japan Tournament champion, 2010 World MAX Tournament finalist and current ISKA Middleweight champion Yoshihiro Sato would be returning to Krush to take on former Krush 70kg champion and current NJKF Super Welterweight champion Kenta at Krush.26 on January 26th. Sato (49-19-0, 20 KO) takes his first fight in Krush since Krush.16 in February where he defeated Fadi Merza to claim the ISKA Middleweight title. He has not faced Japanese opposition since a decision win over Yuji Nashiro in 2010 and has lost two in a row to Shemsi Beqiri and Sanny Dahlbeck in GLORY. While it was inarguable that Sato was the top Japanese fighter at 70kg in 2010, the division has seen the re-emergence of Yasuhiro Kido as well as the appearance of new talent like Kenta, Yuji Nashiro and Takafumi Morita, among others. While Sato is still, without a doubt, a top 2 or 3 fighter at the weight in Japan, his lack of domestic opposition in recent years makes it hard to determine if he is still a divisional kingpin, or if he has been surpassed. Kenta (25-10-3, 8 KO) will look for a fresh start in 2013 after a rough 2012 that saw him lose to TOMOYUKI, Yasuhiro Kido and Soichiro Miyakoshi, losing his Krush and WBC Japan titles in the latter two fights. He also managed wins over Shu Kiire and Takenaka Shirakami, defending his NJKF title in the latter, but his standing in the division has taken a big hit. The winner of this fight is likely the #1 contender for the 70kg title, which Yasuhiro Kido defends against Takuro Moriya at a date yet to be determined, but the resulting winner of what is essentially a 4-man tournament will be able to claim that he is the #1 70kg fighter in Japan. For Sato, a win means reinforcing what many still believe and it sets up a likely rematch with Yasuhiro Kido in a showdown between, at least in my opinion, the top two Middleweights in Japan. For Kenta, a win means regaining divisional relevance and a likely rubber match with Kido which could vault him into divisional supremacy, a place he seemed destined for in 2011. 

This fight joins the opening rounds of the Krush 58kg tournament and the 2013 55kg WILDRUSH League.

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A Look at Tany's Labo

Sadaharu Tanikawa is probably a name that you know pretty well if you've followed the fighting world in the past ten years. If not famous, he is infamous, which is both deserved and undeserved. Tanikawa has worn a lot of hats over the past few years, a guy who started out as a journalist and made some friends in high places, which somehow brought him to become one of the Producers of K-1. Tany was dealt a raw hand and anyone that acts otherwise is simply in denial. His Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) that took over K-1 took over a mess left by Kazuyoshi Ishii while still having to make Ishii happy. The fact that K-1 kept going after the shift to FEG was a miracle in its own right and a testament to how much Tanikawa worked to make fighting sports what they were in Japan. From there, working with former DSE members to produce DREAM events helped keep MMA alive in Japan.

I'm pretty sure that I don't have to explain what happened in 2010 onward, as the fall of K-1 and DREAM are well-documented and the ill-feelings towards the man known as "Tany" was everywhere. He has released a book, a part biography, a part explanation and a part apology to the combat sports world, but that isn't the end of his story. He has founded a project called "Tany's Labo" which has just recently launched. What exactly is Tany's Labo? It is part online community (subscription-based), part insider look into the fighting world and part crowdsourcing for his upcoming combat sports projects.

Watch the video below (there are English subtitles!) and take a look.

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Steve Moxon Closes Out 2012 With KO Win

Steve Moxon will be making his GLORY debut on March 23 in London, and he's been staying busy ahead of that. Last month he scored a unanimous decision over Giannis Michalopoulos and today he fought again in Australia in his last fight of 2012.

Moxon fought Mostafa Abdollahi and picked up a second round KO win. He dropped Abdollahi once in the first and then finished him off in the second round.

The win brings Moxon to 5-1 on the year, with the lone loss coming to Frank Giorgi in modified Thai rules back in April, which was by split decision. Up next is the biggest fight of his career and probably the toughest fight to date also, against Jordan Watson on March 23 for GLORY.

Nathan "Carnage" Corbett was also supposed to fight on the card but unfortunately, his opponent Nikolay Falin had to pull out due to health reasons. Corbett's next fight is at Total Carnage 3 on March 9.

Paul Slowinski also won a unanimous decision over New Zealand's Nato Lauui, making it two wins in a row since his loss to Catalin Morosanu.

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Local Kombat Onesti Sells Out In A Day, Event Tomorrow

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Local Kombat has been around in Romania for a long time, even before SuperKombat, and is powered by SuperKombat and Eduard Irimia. Its Bodyguard Finale event back in June drew 15 000 people, which is probably the biggest attendance for a kickboxing event in the world this year.

Local Kombat Onesti takes place tomorrow in Onesti, Romania, with the weigh-ins having taken place today. We previously posted the fight card, which features a wide array of Local Kombat national title fights, featuring many of Romania's up and coming kickboxers. Special guests on hand will be Raul Catinas, Mighty Mo, Sebastian Ciobanu, Andrei Stoica and Benjamin Adegbuyi.

The event is set up for 1800 people, but all it took was one day for it to sell out. SuperKombat, Local Kombat and ultimately Eduard Irimia in are highly successful in Romania, with the success continuing here and likely continuing for the SuperKombat WGP 2012 Final in Bucharest on December 22.

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