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Muay Thai Warriors Macau: Saenchai beats Liam Harrison for third time

Today in Macau, Muay Thai Warriors held another event with some very interesting fights, including the third fight between Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym and Liam Harrison, along with Ireland's Stephen Meleady fighting Seeoui Sor Sunantachai for the Muay Thai Warriors Featherweight Title.

Last month, Saenchai defeated Pakorn Baanpiaoom and Damien Alamos within the span of two weeks in a highly impressive feat. Coming into the fight, myself and others gave Liam a good chance to win here. But Saenchai did as Saenchai always does, and won a clear cut unanimous decision over Liam Harrison.

Harrison fought well over the course of the fight, landing a number of hard low kicks that he's become known for. Saenchai was able to dictate the fight with his sublime skills. That makes it three wins in a month's time for Saenchai, and when you consider the competition that he did it against, it's quite amazing.

Stephen Meleady of Ireland has made a name for himself this year in Muay Thai with great fights against Rungravee Sasiprapa and Kongnapa Sirimongkol and faced another action fighter in Seeoui Sor Sunantachai. Meleady seemed to take control with his knees and clinch work in the fourth and fifth rounds but Seeoui was given the decision. I personally thought Meleady won. Here's a link to the fight where you can decide for yourself.

Harrison vs. Saenchai can be watched here.

 

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Japanese Kickboxing Scene: November Recap

Here at LiverKick, we try to bring you as much content and fight results as we can. Unfortunately, the Japanese scene has so many kickboxing outlets that sometimes some of the smaller shows don’t receive any attention and the results are simply skipped over. To help compensate for that, I am going to start doing a monthly recap of the smaller shows that feature relevant fighters and even bigger shows that I simply didn’t have time to do a results post for at the time. This month, we have shows from MA Kick, NJKF, SNKA, M-1MC, J-Network, DEEP*KICK and the return of the Hoost Cup.

11/4 – NJKF: Kick to the Future 8

The big draw here was former NJKF and WBC champion Kunitaka rematching Ekdat Mor Krongthepthonburee, with the winner earning a spot in the top 10 of the Rajadamnern Stadium Featherweight rankings. In another close fight, Kunitaka eked out a split decision on scores of 50-49(x2) and 49-50. The big news coming out of this just recently emerged and that is that Kunitaka will receive a shot at Rajadamnern Stadium Featherweight champion Kaimookdam Aikbangzai on February 17th at Korakuen Hall. Kunitaka will look to become the 5th Japanese Rajadamnern Stadium champion, following in the footsteps of Toshio Fujiwara, Kozo Takeda, Hitoshi Ogasawara and current Super Lightweight champion Hiroki Ishii.

MA Kick: Break 31 ~Absolute~

Top ranked Flyweight Sazanami Satsutama picked up a solid win over Tatsuya Rose in a strange 4 round bout, with scores of 40-38 and 40-39(x2)

11/11 – M-1 Sutt Yod MuayThai vol.4

The two-part card had a myriad of notable fighters in action on both the men’s and women’s side. In the main event, Kaew Fairtex scored a 2nd round KO of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Kaew apparently came out dancing to “Gangnam Style” and carried that confidence into the fight. He followed this up with a 12 second KO at RISE/M-1 Infinity. Naoki Samukawa became the first WPMF Japan Light Heavyweight champion with a one-sided decision win over SHOHEI, scoring a knockdown in the 3rd round and cruising. At Super Lightweight, Buakaw WSR and Shunsuke Oishi fought to a majority draw, which is a bit surprising as Oishi had recently lost to Hidekazu Tanaka, who Buakaw stopped in 3 rounds. In the last major men’s bout, J-Network Flyweight champion Yuki moved up to Bantamweight to face #1 ranked J-Network Bantamweight Kenta. Yuki needed an extension round, but showed he could beat top fighters in two weight classes, winning all three judges’ scorecards in the extension round.

On the women’s side of things, WPMF World Featherweight champion Sawsing Sor. Sopis defended her title with a unanimous decision, defeating AZUMA, who she defeated back in March to win the title. In a fight for the WPMF World Pinweight title, champion Chiharu picked up her third win over Little Tiger to defend her title. Although Little Tiger has had more success outside of their rivalry, Chiharu just seems to have her number. This fight, like their other two, was very close, so a fourth fight seems like a possibility.

K-Spirit 4

The main draw for this card was the retirement match for former MA Kick Bantamweight and Featherweight champion RIOT, rematching the last man to defeat him, Hikaru Machida. Machida had looked good in his recent outings, but RIOT was able to channel the emotion of retirement into one last hurrah, stopping Machida via a nasty cut (the aftermath of which is pictured above) in the 4th round.

MA Kick/Yamanashi Kickboxing Association 11

In a Featherweight headliner, former MA Kick Featherweight champion Hiroki Fujisawa dropped a decision to #4 ranked RYOTA. Fujisawa held the title just a few short months ago, but a TKO loss to Hiroki Akimoto in a failed title defense and another loss here means Fujisawa has a ways to go if he wants to become champion again. With Akimoto setting his sights on the international scene, RYOTA may find himself fighting for the vacant title in the future, should Akimoto vacate it.

11/17 – NKB: KU Differ Ariake

In an upset, NKB Lightweight champion Yasuyuki scored a 3rd round KO of former WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk WSR. Kanongsuk has had a disastrous fall from grace over the course of the past year. After consecutive victories over Genki Yamamoto, Rashata and Seiji Takahashi, Kanongsuk was knocked out in a defense of his WPMF title in a comeback effort by Arita Tsukahara, then dropped a pair of fights to Sualek Rukukamai, with a loss to Yuya Yamato coming in between. After a draw with Hikaru Machida and a win over Yoshito Kajita, Kanongsuk drops another fight here. Yasuyuki now has two big wins on his record, with a win over Sualek from last year and is definitely someone to look out for in the future.

Results from the second half of the month after the break

 

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Big Bang 11 Results: Akimoto Stays Undefeated

Although most of the focus was on RISE/M-1's Infinity card, the Taniyama Gym put together a good card for Big Bang 11, headlined by a Featherweight showdown between WBC Japan and MA Kick Featherweight champion Hiroki Akimoto and former MA Kick Featherweight champion Shunta Ito. Also on the card were Hiromi Amada, HIROYA, Yuji Takeuchi and Toshiki Taniyama.

In the main event, Hiroki Akimoto remained unbeaten in his pro career, winning a unanimous decision over Shunta Ito, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 49-48. Akimoto (18-0-0, 8 KO) was coming into this fight off of the biggest win of his young career, defeating Yosuke Morii, and solidifies his place as the top Featherweight in Japan with another big win here. After the win, Akimoto declared that, after defeating the two men he felt were the best Featherweights in Japan, he would like to face an international opponent or even make a run at a Rajadamnern or Lumpini Stadium title. Ito (25-11-4, 8 KO) takes his first loss to a Japanese fighter since 2006, with his only losses in that stretch coming to Thais. Ito has fought on all but 2 Big Bang cards, so expect him to be back in action at Big Bang 12.

In other action, WPMF Japan Super Featherweight champion SHIGERU announced himself to the Lightweight world with a unanimous decision over "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi on scores of 30-28 and 30-29(x2). SHIGERU (9-0-1) started his career 5-0-0 and earning a shot at the vacant WPMF Japan Super Featherweight title, where he drew Takahito Fujimaki. A rematch victory over Fujimaki followed by wins over Hiroto Yamaguchi and a title defense against Tomoaki Suehiro now have SHIGERU on a 4 fight win streak and scoring the biggest win of his young career. A good next fight for him would be either recently crowned WPMF World Lightweight champion Yosuke Mizuochi or a top-ranked RISE 60kg fighter like Chang Hyun Lee or Motochika Hanada at RISE/M-1 Infinity.II in January, if M-1 chooses to put him on the card. Takeuchi (22-8-2, 13 KO) had won 2 in a row since a 10-month layoff and looked like he was on his way to possibly earning a shot at the Krush 60kg title, but this fight is a bit of a setback for the hard-hitting crowd pleaser. He is scheduled to fight in Krush on January 14th, likely against Kan Itabashi.

At 65kg, former K-1 Koshien champ HIROYA moved up in weight, dispatching of Chonden Chuwattana 30 seconds into the 2nd round with low kicks. The win for HIROYA here is big as he was on a 1-4 skid that saw him drop fights to Masaaki Noiri, Ryuji Kajiwara, Naoki and most recently, Hisaki Higashimoto in the Krush Youth GP. I'm not sure if the move to 65kg is permanent, but it might be a good opportunity for a fresh start. Chonden was coming off of a split decision win over Yosuke Mizuochi in August.

In other action, Hiromi Amada scored an 18 second KO against Tomohiko Hashimoto while Toshiki Taniyama picked up a unanimous decision win. 

Quick results after the break

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RISE/M-1 Infinity Results: Yamamoto, Yoshimoto Victorious; Kamimura, Mizuochi Win WPMF Titles

Earlier today, RISE and M-1 Muay Thai Challenge held their first joint show titled Infinity, with top Japanese fighters Masahiro Yamamoto and Koji Yoshimoto taking on Beverwijk Top Team prospects Mansour Yaqubi and Raz Sarkisjan. Also on the show were RISE mainstays Sun Hyun Lee and Dyki, as well as two WPMF World title fights featuring Yosuke Mizuochi and Erika Kamimura.

In the main event, RISE 65kg champion Koji Yoshimoto handed Raz Sarkisjan a second straight loss with a unanimous decision, with all 3 judges scoring it 29-28. Sarkisjan looked to use his power and seems to have landed on Yoshimoto pretty well, but Yoshimoto seems to have turned in on in the 3rd round, securing a victory. Yoshimoto pushes his win streak to five and could see himself rematching Yasuomi Soda in another title defense. Though he is past his physical prime, Yoshimoto, much like Ryuji Kajiwara, seems to have settled into himself quite well and finds ways to win fights. Sarkisjan drops two straight after a big upset win over Masaaki Noiri in May. While he certainly has good power, Sarkisjan will have to work on other aspects of his game if he wants to make an impact in GLORY, though I believe he is only 20 years old, meaning he has plenty of time to improve.

In the co-main event, It’s Showtime 61kg champion Masahiro Yamamoto scored a 3rd round TKO of Mansour Yaqubi, scoring 3 knockdowns in the final round. Yamamoto rode the momentum of his win against Javier Hernandez, coming out aggressive, but I believe he was dropped at the beginning of the 3rd round. Despite that, Yamamoto stormed back with 3 knockdowns of his own to stop the fight. Yamamoto has now won 6 straight. His international future is sort of in limbo right now with Glory’s purchase of It’s Showtime, but with Glory setting up a Tokyo office, I would imagine Yamamoto will be a huge part in attempting to market kickboxing to a Japanese audience again.

At 55kg, Shooto Flyweight champion Mikihito Yamagami came up short in RISE once again, dropping a majority decision to #1 ranked Dyki on scores of 27-26(x2) and 27-27. Dyki has now won 4 in a row and could see himself in a fight for the vacant RISE 55kg title in the future, possibly rematching Ryuma Tobe. Yamagami gives another top Super Bantamweight a tough test, but ends up on the losing side once again. If he were to focus his efforts entirely on kickboxing, he could be a force in the 55kg division, but for now he looks like he has a long reign as Shooto champion in his future, already holding his title for a year and defending it once.

In the night’s lone RISE vs M-1 fight, Sun Hyun Lee scored a 1st round KO of Buakaw WSR at 2:58. Lee improves to 4-1 in RISE and 5-2 in Japan and has a rematch with RISE 63kg champion and LiverKick #4 ranked Lightweight Yuki at RISE/M-1 Infinity.II on January 6th for the title. Lee defeated Yuki in their first meeting, a non-title affair, but with Yuki’s big win over Javier Hernandez at RISE 90, a win for Lee could vault him into the top 10 of the LiverKick rankings. Buakaw takes his first loss at this weight in Japan and is winless in his last 3, though he has faced good competition, even moving up in weight to face T-98.

In a fight for the vacant WPMF World Lightweight title, WPMF Japan and WBC Japan champion Yosuke Mizouchi defeated Nong’an Sasiprapa by 2nd round KO to claim the title. Since an up and down start to his career, Mizuochi has emerged as one of the top Lightweights in Japan over the last 2 years, going 10-1 with wins over Yoshinori Nakasuka, Keiji Ozaki, Ikki, Keijiro Miyakoshi and now Nong’an, claiming the WPMF Japan, WBC Japan and now WPMF World Lightweight titles. This fight could set up a title defense against another top ranked Thai, but the last two fighters to hold this belt had it taken from them before being able to defend it, so who knows if Mizuochi will be able to do anything with it.

In the night’s other WPMF World title fight, Erika Kamimura reclaimed the WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight title with a 3rd round KO of Loma Lookboonmee. Kamimura reclaims the belt that she gave up without defending and showed the power she is famous for in doing so. A rematch with RENA set for some time in the future will be crucial for her, as a loss would mean dropping to 0-2 against her rival and possibly fighting in the shadow of RENA until she got another chance at redemption.

Analysis and results of Shimizu vs Sirimongkon, Kaew Fairtex vs Taniguchi, Chang Hyun Lee vs Nagashima and Takahashi vs Itsuka, as well as quick results after the break

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