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It's Showtime Japan 2/Fujiwara Festival Results: Masahiro Yamamoto Victorious

In the main event of the second It's Showtime Japan event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto defeated WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arito Tsukahara by majority decision on scores of 30-29(x2), 30-27, 30-28 and 29-29 to make him #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg title. Yamamoto is now second in line behind Kan Itabashi to face It's Showtime champion Javier Hernandez and with a matchup between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and former It's Showtime champion Sergio Wielzen at the next It's Showtime event, there should not be a shortage of quality opposition for the champion. The win is the first for Yamamoto in his last 5 fights and the first since being upset in the qualifying round of the first K-1 63kg GP by Tetsuya Yamato. This fight seemed to be a must win for the former Japanese Lightweight kingpin who had looked less than stellar since the Krush Lightweight GP. On the night of Hisanori Maeda's retirement, Yamamoto took one for AJKF.

In the co-main event WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota and MA Kick Bantamweight champion Takuma Ito fought to a split draw on scores of 49-48, 49-49 and 48-49. This is a bit of a mild upset as Sota was the WPMF champion and was probably next in line for the J-NETWORK Super Bantamweight title that's being unified on October 16th.

WPMF Japan Super Welterweight champion Takeshi Shimizu won a 3 round decision against Techakarin Chuwattana(?) on scores of 30-28(x2) and 29-28.

Former AJKF Featherweight champion Hisanori Maeda held his retirement ceremony at the event.

In a match that could determine Ichinohe Sota's next challenger, #1 ranked WPMF Japan Bantamweight Noro Yuki defeated #4 ranked Jun Miyoshi by unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring it 30-27. Yuki could be next in line to fight Sota, though Takuma Ito may want a rematch and #2 ranked Nobuchiko Terado could make a case for a title shot as well.

Finally, in a WPMF title match, defending WPMF Japan Women's Atom Weight champion Little Tiger lost a 5 round decision to NJKF Atom Weight champion Chiharu on scores of 50-48, 50-47 and 49-48 to make Chiharu the new WPMF Japan champion. Chiharu lost to Erika Kamimura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight by 2nd round TKO but has put together 4 straight wins since then.

The next It's Showtime Japan event is a co-promotion with M-1 Muay Thai and is headlined by a 61kg bout between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Sergio Wielzen. Also on the card are WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion Genji Umeno taking on Utideto Rukupurabato(?) and WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii taking on former WBO Boxing Champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin. {jcomments on}

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J-Network Results: Kuroda and Sato Defend Titles, Yuki Wins Vacant Title

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, J-Network put on an event that featured 3 titles up for grab, with Masato Sato defending his Featherweight title against Hideya Nagasaki, Akihiro Kuroda defending his Lightweight title against Fire Harada and Yuki and Shuichi Uentsu battling for the recently vacated Super Flyweight title.

In the main event of the night, fan favorite Fire Harada challenged champion Akihiro Kuroda for the J-Network Lightweight title, losing via TKO as a result of leg kicks at 1:42 of the 3rd round. Kuroda was coming off of back to back losses with the most recent being a decision loss to HIROYA in May. This marks his third defense and his next opponent could be current #2 ranked Junpei Aotsu who is 0-1-1 against Kuroda, with their last fight being a unification bout for the J-Network title. Aotsu is coming off of a split decision extension round loss to TURBΦ at Krush 11.

In the co-feature, #2 ranked Yuki faced #1 ranked Shuichi Uentsu for the Super Flyweight title recently vacated by TO-MA. In a close fight, Yuki managed to take a majority decision on scores of 49-48(x2) and 48-48. Uentsu was coming off of back to back decision losses to TO-MA, the first of which was for the J-Network Super Flyweight title while the second was for the WPMF Japan Super Flyweight championship and this extends his losing streak to 3 fights.

In the final title bout of the night, Featherweight Champion Masato Sato defended his title for the second time with a 1st round TKO stoppage of M-1 Super Featherweight Champion Hideya Nagasaki. Sato's next defense could be against current #1 ranked Hiroki Nagashima who is currently scheduled to fight at the M-1/It's Showtime Japan show on September 11th.

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Girls S-Cup Japan Results: Kamimura Wins Tournament, RENA Dominates

Earlier today at Shibuya AX, Shootboxing held its first all womens event of the year with the main attraction being the Girls S-Cup Japan Preliminary Tournament.

In the first round of the tournament, WPMF and WMC World Mini Flyweight Champion and "The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura defeated Kanako Oka by knockout 31 seconds into the second round. To determine her opponent, MMA fighter WINDY Tomomi fell to fellow MMA fighter Miyo Yoshida by majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2). In the other half of the bracket, 2009 Girls S-Cup finalist V.V Mei was upset by J-Girls #3 ranked MINA after 3 rounds on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28. To wrap up the quarterfinals, MMA fighter and kickboxer Seo Hee Ham was able to pick up a majority decision over MMA fighter Emi Fujino on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 30-28.

In the semifinals, Erika Kamimura struck quick, dispatching Miyo Yoshida by TKO just 50 seconds into the first round, sending Kamimura to the finals. In the other semifinal, Seo Hee Ham won another majority decision over MINA on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28 to set up the final that most people had expected coming into the tournament.

In the finals, Kamimura and Ham supposedly put on an entertaining fight, with Kamimura scoring a catch point on an attempted arm-triangle in the first, while Ham scored two shoot points from throws in the second. However, Kamimura was able to score a right hook that knocked down Ham in the third, which ended up being the difference in the bout as Kamimura took a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 and 28-27(x2). The win brings the 18 year old to 22-1 with 11 TKOs and qualifies her for the next Girls S-Cup.

In non-tournament action, RENA got back to winning by knocking out "Muay Thai Idol" Zaza Sor Aree at 2:10 of the second round on a body shot. After winning back to back S-Cups, RENA was knocked down by Kamimura in an exhibition bout, then was outlasted by Ai Takahashi over five rounds, giving Takahashi the Shootboxing Mini Flyweight Championship.

Supposedly, a rematch of the exhibition bout between RENA and Kamimura has been scheduled for the November 23rd RISE event as a legitimate bout and not an exhibition. If true, expect the winner to get a shot at Ai Takahashi, as she was forced to pull out of a bout with Kamimura that was scheduled for today's event due to a fractured orbital bone.

Also in non-tournament action was RENA's younger sister MIO making her professional debut against an arm wrestling champion. MIO won by disqualification 1:52 into the first round.

Finally, notable MMA fighter HIROKO defeated Megumi Yabushita by TKO 3 seconds into the 3rd round. A matchup under MMA rules between HIROKO and Rin Nakai, who is returning on September 4th's Pancrase event, would generate a good amount of interest as the two have had trouble finding legitimate competition at a higher weight in Japan. {jcomments on}

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Krush 11 Results: Urabe and Takiya Win, Terado and Adamandopoulos Claim ISKA Titles

Earlier today, Krush held Krush 11 at Korakuen Hall in what is their first of hopefully many ISKA integrated events. Back in July, Krush announced two ISKA Championship bouts with two ISKA fighters and two Krush fighters facing off for the ISKA Bantamweight(55kg) and Super Lightweight(63kg) World Championships.

The main event of the night was the ISKA Bantamweight Championship bout between RISE Bantamweight Champion Nobuchika Terado and ISKA UK Bantamweight Champion Kieran McAskill in a fight that saw Tearado down McAskill four times with leg kicks throughout the course of the fight, earning Terado a wide decision win on scores of 50-41 and 50-40(x2). Terado was defeated in the first round of the Krush 55kg Tournament by Ryuya Kusakabe in a highly entertaining fight and this fight puts him back on a 2-fight win streak after a first round knockout win back at the May Krush event. A rematch with Krush 55kg Champion Shota Takiya would be a nice first title defense for Takiya.

In the co-feature, the flashy Keiji Ozaki lost a decision to France's Thomas Adamandopoulos on scores of 49-47 and 48-47(x2), landing Adamandopoulos the ISKA Super Lightweight World Title. It appears that Adamandopoulos scored a down in the 2nd round and it seems as though that was the deciding factor of the bout. The fight puts Ozaki at 1-2 on the year, but expect him to fight at another Krush event in the future, as his exciting, flashy style is one that fans and the Krush organization like.

In a super fight, Krush 55kg Tournament Champion Shota Takiya scored a first round knockout over KO-ICHI, extending his win streak to six, with his last loss being a decision loss to Ryuya Kusakabe in March of 2010, a loss he avenged by knockout in the Krush 55kg Tournament finals. As I said before, a title defense against Terado could be a possible next bout for him, though a rubber match with Kusakabe would likely generate more interest. Either fight should deliver in the entertainment department.

Krush and K-1 63kg Tournament runner up Koya Urabe returned to Krush, taking a unanimous decision over 2nd ranked NJKF Super Lightweight Marimo on scores of 28-27, 30-27 and 30-26. Urabe scored a 2nd round knockdown that led him to victory. Up next for Urabe could be the Krush Supernova tournament in October if he is a participant and hopefully the K-1 MAX -63kg World Tournament.

In a 60kg bout, TURBΦ and Junpei Aotsu faced off and went to an extension round after a 3rd round unanimous draw(30-30 x3). In the extension round, TURBΦ managed to take a split decision. Aotsu fought in the Krush 60kg tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals to Masaaki Noiri while TURBΦ was initially announced as a participant, but was replaced by Dynamite Yuta. Both have been struggling as of late, going a combined 1-7 over the past year. The fight snaps a 3-fight losing streak for TURBΦ and puts Aotsu back on a losing streak.

Finally, Team Dragon fighters Masakazu Watanabe and Namito Izawa both managed to pick up extension round decision wins.

The next Krush event is Krush 12 and scheduled for an already packed weekend on September 24th that already has the It's Showtime Fast and Furious Tournament, the K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament, Dream.17, UFC 135 and Shootor's Legacy 4. The event will be another Team Dragon-heavy event as Krush 63kg Champion Ryuji Kajiwara, Krush 60kg Champion Hirotaka Urabe, Hideaki Yamazaki and Takumi are all set to participate.

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