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RISE 80 Results: Kamimura, Fabiano Cyclone Dominate; Uehara, Morita Claim Titles

At Saturday's RISE 80 at Korakuen Hall, two vacant RISE belts were on the line, with the undefeated Takafumi Morita facing off against Yukihiro Komiya for the vacant Middleweight(70kg) belt as well as Makoto Uehara rematching "Raoumaru" for the vacant heavyweight title.

In a five round title affair for the vacant Middleweight Championship, undefeated upstart Takafumi Morita knocked out Yukihiro Komiya in the 4th round with a left knee to claim the belt. Morita found himself challenging for the title after an upset victory over former WPMF Japan Welterweight Champion Soichiro Miyakoshi back in May. After winning the RISE 70kg tournament in 2009, Yukihiro Komiya took a pair of victories under the K-1 banner, but fell to Lee Su Hwan at RISE 65, denying him of a shot at the 70kg champion Ryuji. However, with Ryuji retiring due to an eye injury, Komiya found himself back in the hunt for the title, being placed against Brazilian Danilo Zanolini, winning the fight in an extension round for the right to challenge for the vacant title.

In a rematch of an exciting fight from December, Makoto Uehara once again defeated "Raoumaru", this time by knockout in the 2nd round as a result of three knockdowns. The title was vacated by Fabiano Cyclone after a knee injury made it unable for him to defend his title.

Speaking of Fabiano Cyclone, picked up his first win in RISE since defeating Singh "Heart" Jaideep in their rubber match all the way back at RISE 51, defeating Team Souwer's Joey Kaputai(?) by 1st round knockout. The next logical matchup for Fabiano would be a shot at the heavyweight title because he never officially lost the title and Uehara defeated his teammate "Raoumaru" for the title.

"The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura impressed once again, dispatching Team Souwer's Titiana van Polanen in the first round after three knockdowns. This sets up a showdown between Kamimura and Shootboxing Women's Flyweight Champion Ai Takahashi, which is the biggest women's stand-up fight that could be made after Takahashi's defeat of Rena.

Finally, RISE Super Featherweight Champion Kosuke Komiyama took a dominating unanimous decision win over Moroccan Hamza Ansari(?) on scores of 30-26(x2) and 30-27.

Results via Boutreview

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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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