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Krush 67kg Tournament Results: Kubo Wins Tournament in Disputed Decision, Alamos Upsets Takiya

Krush started its 2013 year with one of the biggest events in the promotion's history, headlined by a 67kg tournament to crown a champion in one of Krush's two new weight classes with former K-1 stars Yuta Kubo, Yuji Nashiro, Yuya Yamamoto and Shintaro Matsukura, as well as Abdellah Ezbiri, TaCa, Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and Makihira Keita. Also on the card were Krush 55kg champ Shota Takiya taking on Mike Alamos, HIROYA taking on Keiji Ozaki, Masaaki Noiri against Makoto Nishiyama and other Krush standouts like Naoki Ishikawa, Yuji Takeuchi, Hisaki Higashimoto and Yukimitsu Takahashi.

In the first tournament quarterfinal, Abdellah Ezbiri was able to get a unanimous decision victory over 2011 K-1 MAX Japan Tournament champion Yuji Nashiro on scores of 30-27 and 30-28(x2). Nashiro entered the fight down a point as he failed to make weight on his first two attempts. However, that did not seem to make much of a difference as Ezbiri outboxed Nashiro over the course of 3 rounds. In the second quarterfinal, Yuya Yamamoto knocked out Hitoshi Tsukagoshi at 1:59 of the 3rd round on a left hook. Tsukagoshi apparently had the speed advantage, as he was moving up from 63kg while Yamamoto came down from 70kg, but Yuya had a clear power advantage and the hook that put Tsukagoshi down seems to have been pretty brutal. In the 3rd quarterfinal, tournament favorite Yuta Kubo used his signature body work to wear down TaCa en route to a 2nd round stoppage at 1:43. In the last quarterfinal, Shintaro Matsukura cruised to a unanimous decision over Makihira Keita on scores of 30-27 and 30-28(x2).

In the semifinals, Yuya Yamamoto showed he still had some fight in him, but lost an extension round split decision to Abdellah Ezbiri in what appears to have been the best fight of the tournament. After Ezbiri took the first round and the two drew the second, Yamamoto stormed back in the 3rd with his boxing to force an extra round. It seems the two both went for broke, but it was Ezbiri who came out on top, winning the round on 2 of the judges' cards. In the other semifinal, Yuta Kubo cruised to a unanimous decision over Shintaro Matsukura on scores of 30-27 and 30-26(x2). Kubo scored a knockdown in the first on a body shot and was able to outpoint Matsukura for the rest of the fight, however the inability to finish hurt Kubo, as Matsukura chopped away at his lead leg throughout the fight.

The finals saw a rematch between Yuta Kubo and Abdellah Ezbiri. Although Kubo had dominated their first fight, the two needed 5 rounds to determine a winner this time and it was Kubo who came out on top, winning a unanimous decision in the 2nd extension round to win the tournament title, but not without some controversy. It appears Kubo won the 1st round, but the tide started to turn in the 2nd and in the 3rd Ezbiri was able to take advantage of Kubo's lead leg to the point where Kubo was having trouble standing. In the first extension round, Ezbiri seems to have outlanded Kubo and further injured his leg, but was only able to win over one of the judges, as the other two scored it a draw, much to the distaste of the crowd who apparently booed the decision. However, Kubo somehow found it in himself to take over the 5th round, as Ezbiri was reportedly a bit sluggish in the final round and Kubo captured the tournament and inaugural Krush 67kg title. Despite this, Ezbiri was awarded MVP of the event and fight of the night and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was brought back to Krush for a 3rd time to be Kubo's first title defense. Although Kubo won, there was a bit of an ironic twist, as he had won his K-1 Tournament title with a finals win over Koya Urabe, who had his lead leg decimated by Yuki in the quarterfinals, leaving Urabe as a one-legged fighter.

As far as impressions go for the tournament, we didn't learn much about Kubo. He was expected to win, as he did, albeit with some controversy, and a third fight with Ezbiri would likely look more like the first than this encounter, as he wouldn't have to battle through a damaged leg. However we did learn a lot about Ezbiri and Yuya Yamamoto. Ezbiri sees his stock shoot up a lot here as before this, he was just another in the list of foreign Kubo victims, but wins over Yuji Nashiro and Yuya Yamamoto, as well as the disputed finals decision, make him one of world's top kickboxers in the 65-67kg range, which isn't the deepest division. Yamamoto saw his stock shoot up after seeing his career sent into a downward spiral in 2012 with losses to Xu Yan and Asami Zaurus. As I said in my tournament preview, I could see Yamamoto beating Tsukagoshi and giving whoever he faced in the semifinals trouble, which he did, and for that he has to be commended. His brawling style works well in the tournament format, but I highly doubt he will ever be regarded as an elite fighter, even in Japan, as he lacks consistency and has shown he can both beat or lose to anyone on any given night. He is a wildly entertaining, but limited fighter.

Recap of the non-tournament fights and quick results below

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RISE91/M-1MC ~Infinity.II~ Results: Sun Hyun Lee Captures RISE Title

RISE and M-1 Muaythai Challenge held their second joint event, Infinity.II, earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. In the headlining bout, RISE 63kg champion Yuki rematched Sun Hyun Lee, this time with his title on the line, while Genji Umeno faced Korean fighter Sung Ryeol Kim and Yosuke Morii battled Thai star Pornsaneh Sitmonchai. Also on the card was a 4-man 55kg tournament featuring Seiya Rokukawa, Yuta Murakoshi, Hiroki Maeda and Kazayuki Fushimi with the winner set to face Dyki for the vacant RISE 55kg title. 

In the night's main event, RISE Korea Welterweight champion Sun Hyun Lee earned his second win over RISE 63kg champion Yuki, this time stopping the champion with low kicks 1:58 into the 4th round and winning his RISE 63kg title. The fight seems to have gone very much like their first encounter, where Lee used his advantage in speed and combinations to score on Yuki, particularly with low kicks that damaged the more powerful striker. His strategy worked both times as he improves to 2-0 against Yuki and becomes RISE's first foreign champion. The win is a great start to the year for Lee, who went 4-0 last year with wins over Yuki, top contenders Yuto Watanabe and Shohei Asahara, and M-1 representative Buakaw WSR at the first Infinity event. What's next for him is unclear, though RISE can possibly set up a Yuki-Yuto Watanabe rematch with the winner getting another shot at Lee, but hopefully they figure out something soon as Lee is always a fun fighter to watch. Yuki had a lot of momentum coming into this fight as he had stopped former It's Showtime champion Javier Hernandez in his most recent bout, shooting him up to #4 on the LiverKick Lightweight rankings, a spot which Lee will likely take. From here, Yuki could either take a fight or two in Krush against some of their top Lightweights, or possibly rematch Yuto Watanabe in a #1 contender bout.

In the co-main event, Genji Umeno stopped Team Chi Bin member Sung Ryeol Kim at 1:04 in the 3rd round after 2+ rounds of domination from the Lumpinee ranker. Umeno sought revenge against a Korean fighter after losing an upset to Chang Hyun Lee in a fight of the year contender in K-1 last year. Umeno seems to have battered the South Korean with body kicks over the course of the fight as photos show Kim's body to be quite red. It's hard to know where Umeno goes here, whether he rematches Chang Hyun Lee, fights in K-1 again or goes back to pursuing a Lumpinee title.

In the night's biggest upset, former Rajadamnern Stadium champ Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and WPMF Japan Featherweight champ Yosuke Morii fought to a split draw on scores of 49-48, 48-49 and 48-48. Although Pornsaneh is not the top fighter he once was, he was still expected to beat Morii here, as Morii had been second fiddle at Featherweight in Japan to Genji Umeno and Hiroki Akimoto over the course of the last year. The fight seemed to be defined by Pornsaneh's low kicks and Morii's hands, as the two exchanged one for the other throughout the course of the fight, but neither was able to pull away. This was just Pornsaneh's 3rd fight outside of Thailand, though he was originally slated to fight at the first Infinity event. This makes it two upset draws in the two top biled Japan vs Thailand fights at Infinity, as the man Pornsaneh was supposed to face at the first event, Yusuke Shimizu, fought Rajadamnern Stadium champ Sirimongkon PK Muaythai to a draw in December. The win should shoot Morii's stock up significantly as Pornsaneh was ranked 10th at Featherweight in Lumpinee and Morii's last fight there saw him lose via 3rd round TKO to an unranked fighter.

In the 55kg tournament semifinals, #5 ranked Seiya Rokukawa needed an extension round to get past #6 ranked Yuta Murakoshi, winning a split decision and advancing to the finals. In the other semifinal, #4 ranked Hiroki Maeda took on Shootboxing's Kazuyuki Fushimi, winning by 2nd round KO at 1:43. In the finals, Rokukawa had an easier time as he dispatched of Maeda just over 2 and a half minutes into the 1st round with a left hook. Rokukawa has now won 3 in a row since losing his first pro fight to Takashi Ohno in July and goes on to face Dyki at RISE 92 on March 17th for the vacant 55kg title. Maeda had won 2 in a row coming into the tournament since dropping a pair of fights in NJKF.

RISE also made a big announcement regarding their next card, RISE 92 on March 17th. First, It's Showtime 61kg champ Masahiro Yamamoto is set to face former It's Showtime champ Karim Bennoui. Bennoui was set to face Koya Urabe at Krush.25, but had to pull out due to an injury. Although It's Showtime is now defunct, this fight possibly could have been the next title fight, as former champ Bennoui lost his title to Javier Hernandez, the man Yamamoto beat for the belt. The other fight announcement was a 65kg title fight between current champion Koji Yoshimoto and Yasuomi Soda. The two first fought at RISE 86, with Yoshimoto handing Soda his first pro loss in a very close fight that was only decided by 1 point on each card. Since, Soda has gone 2-0 with wins over Kim Dong-Soo and Yukihiro Komiya, while Yoshimoto has fought just once, a win over Raz Sarkisjan.

Recap of Yukihiro Komiya vs Daiki Watabe, Yuto Watanabe vs Genki Kanazawa and the 3 other Japan vs Thailand fights and quick results after the break

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NYE: Albert Kraus Wins $100 000 Tournament In China

We're a bit late here but it's taken quite a while to get access to video and piece together all the results, as the biggest Chinese promotion Wu Lin Feng held a big show on December 31, highlighted by an eight man tournament featuring Albert Kraus, Vuyisile Colossa, Luis Bio and Zhou Zhi Peng among others.

The quarter finals started off with a rematch between Zhou Zhi Peng and Luis Bio. Bio had won their first fight, which took place in November in the United States. This time around was different though, with Peng walking away with a competitive decision win. Next up in the quarter finals was Gustavo Mendes of Brazil, who took on China's Dong Wen Fei. Dong Wen Fei won via a second round knockout to advance to the semi finals to fight Zhou Zhi Peng.

The other side of the tournament started off with South Africa's Vuyisile Colossa fighting China's Wang Wei Hao. Wang Wei Hao dropped Colossa and had him in trouble in the third round, and that was enough for him to win the fight by decision. The final quarter final saw the big star of the tournament, Albert Kraus, fight 18 year old Zhang Zhao Yu. Kraus was able to wear his opponent down and stopped the 18 year old in the third round with a serious of body punches (video).

With the semi finals set, Zhou Zhi Peng and Dong Wen Fei were the first ones up. Dong Wen Fei ended up getting the decision, although I'm not sure that I agreed with it as Zhou Zhi Peng seemed to do more damage. Albert Kraus forced a number of counts on Wang Wei Hao in the other semi final, causing the Chinese corner to stop the fight after the first round, giving Kraus a TKO win (video).

Albert Kraus and Dong Wen Fei met in the final, and it ended in an emphatic finish. Kraus was hurting his opponent throughout the fight before finally knocking out Dong Wen Fei in the second round with a left hook to the body followed by a right high kick that sealed the deal (video).

Quarter Final: Zhou Zhi Peng def. Luis Bio by decision.

Quarter Final: Dong Wen Fei def. Gustavo Mendes by KO in Round 2.

Quarter Final: Wang Wei Hao def. Vuyisile Colossa by decision.

Quarter Final: Albert Kraus def. Zhang Zhao Yu by KO (Left Body Hook) in Round 3.

Semi Final: Dong Wen Fei def. Zhou Zhi Peng by decision.

Semi Final: Albert Kraus def. Wang Wei Hao by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 1.

Final: Albert Kraus def. Dong Wen Fei by KO (Right High Kick) in Round 2.

 

 

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DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results

The moment we've all been waiting for is finally approaching us, as DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo kicks off shortly from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. With eight MMA fights on the DREAM card, a 16 man Grand Slam heavyweight tournament and four kickboxing super fights on the GLORY 4 card, it's a stacked event and we've got you covered.

We have a complete guide to watching the event here. You can purchase the entire event, including DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo, and watch it live here on LiverKick by clicking here. DREAM 18 will start at 2 AM ET/11 PM PT in North America, which is 4:00 PM in Japan and 8:00 AM CET in Europe. GLORY 4 Tokyo will start at 6:00 AM ET/3:00 AM PT in North America, which is 8:00 PM in Japan and 12:00 PM CET in Europe.

We'll be providing live results here on the site and for play by play, we'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia and @Liverkickdotcom.

Full fight card can also be seen here. Enjoy the show.

DREAM 18 (MMA):

Will Brooks def. Satoru Kitaoka by TKO (Punches) in Round 2.

Marloes Coenen def. Fiona Muxlow by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.

Hayato Sakurai def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision.

Melvin Manhoef def. Denis Kang by KO (Knee and Punches) in Round 1.

Bibiano Fernandes def. Yoshiro Maeda by submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1.

Shinya Aoki def. Antonio McKee by Submission (Punch) in Round 2.

Georgi Karakhanyan def. Hiroyuki Takaya by split decision.

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.

Kickboxing: Jerome Le Banner def. KOICHI aka Koichi Pettas by KO (Jab) in Round 3.

GLORY 4 (Kickboxing):

HW tournament: Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by KO (Jab) in Round 2.

HW tournament: Rico Verhoeven def. Sergei Kharitonov by unanimous decision after two rounds.

HW tournament: Gokhan Saki def. Raoumaru by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.

HW tournament: Anderson "Braddock" Silva def. Igor Jurkovic by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.

HW tournament: Remy Bonjasky def. Filip Verlinden by split decision after three rounds.

HW tournament: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Errol Zimmerman by decision after two rounds.

HW tournament: Mourad Bouzidi def. Peter Aerts by TKO (Corner Stoppage/Broken Hand) after Round 1.

HW tournament: Daniel Ghita def. Jhonata Diniz by unanimous decision after three rounds.

HW Quarter Final: Semmy Schilt def. Rico Verhoeven by unanimous decision after two rounds.

HW Quarter Final: Gokhan Saki def. Anderson "Braddock" Silva by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

HW Quarter Final: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Remy Bonjasky by unanimous decision after two rounds.

HW Quarter Final: Daniel Ghita def. Mourad Bouzidi by TKO (Arm Injury) in Round 2.

85kg: Jason Wilnis def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.

HW Semi Final: Semmy Schilt def. Gokhan Saki by unanimous decision after two rounds.

HW Semi Final: Daniel Ghita def. Jamal Ben Saddik by KO (Liver Kick) in Round 1.

53kg: Mutsuki Ebata def. Sang-Jae Kim by unanimous decision.

70kg: Robin van Roosmalen def. Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision.

HW Final: Semmy Schilt def. Daniel Ghita by TKO (High Kick/Ref Stoppage).

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