|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Shortly after the initial announcement of the K-1 Final 16 and its confirmed participants, we've got some more news. Albanian news website zeri.info is reporting that Xhavit Bajrami and Rustemi Kreshnik will both participate in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 on October 29 in Nanjing, China.
The news basically solidifies what many have been thinking; that the K-1 World Grand Prix just isn't as stacked as previous years. Bajrami and Kreshnik aren't elite fighters by any means. Bajrami did beat Jaideep in July, while Kreshnik picked up a win over Moises Baute on Saturday in his first fight of 2011.
Here's some quotes from Xhavit Bajrami on his participation:
"This is the result of my work and successes that I had in the past five years, having owned titles in stronger versions of kickboxing in the world".
"I go to China to show that I am still strong and I am one of the best in the world. It was a great pleasure to invite me to go to China and to participate in a tour that opens multiple ways, but more importantly is what I tell you the place among the Righteous, "said Bajrami for whom this is his first appearance outside of Europe, after 2008, in Macao in Asia tour.
You may remember Bajrami from way back in the nineties when he beat Mirko Cro Cop in the K-1 Braves '99 tournament, later going on to win the whole thing. With the absence of Semmy Schilt, Bajrami will likely be the tallest fighter in the tournament at nearly 6'9. Rustemi Kreshnik is probably not as well known, being a regular on It's Showtime events for the past few years. If I were to be completely honest, I don't think either of these fighters will make the Final 8.
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Andy Souwer put forth a valiant display this weekend at the It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament, making it to the semi-finals against Artur Kyshenko before losing the fight. Souwer and Kyshenko were easily the two favorites going into the tournament this weekend, with Robin Van Roosmalen as a possible spoiler in the mix who did exactly that by defeating Kyshenko in the Finals.
There were reports of Andy Souwer's condition post-fight claiming that he had possibly fracturing his shin bone, which to many of us made Souwer look tougher than nails as he was competing on a severe injury and still didn't look bad. There was even video of Souwer being strapped into a stretcher and being taken from the arena (8:00 in) to confirm the story.
We are now told this afternoon that the extent of Souwer's injuries are not as bad as originally believed. Instead of a fracturing shin he suffered a compacted or trapped nerve in his shin. Basically, if you've ever had a pinched nerve before think of it like that, only this happens from an outside force pushing on a nerve so hard that it becomes compacted. Your nerves serve as the communication device between your nervous system and your brain. They recognize things like hot, cold and pain, so if they become compacted they are only reporting one thing to your brain; pain. Intense, overwhelming pain.
So if Andy Souwer looked wobbly in the third round, the fact that he was even able to stand was amazing, never mind fight by throwing kicks and knees. Hats off to Andy Souwer who should be back up and running within three weeks.Add a comment
While It's Showtime's "Fast & Furious 70MAX" event was going on yesterday, they quickly announced an event for December 17th in Amsterdam. The event will take place at The Sand, a venue It's Showtime has visited prevously this year and last year.
A somewhat long awaited match, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chris Ngimbi was confirmed for the card. In making this fight, it looks like It's Showtime is now trying to legitimize their world title at 70kg. Giorgio Petrosyan is easily the undisputed number one fighter at the weight. Chris Ngimbi won the belt in December, with, many people including myself thinking that he should've lost. Ngimbi hasn't done much to convince anyone that the It's Showtime 70MAX World Title is a legitimate "world" title, and losing in the 70kg tournament yesterday doesn't help his cause. Having Petrosyan as the champion would help a lot in getting the belt recognition. Mind you, if Ngimbi wins then the title is legit since he beat the number one fighter at the weight. (But let's be real here. What are the chances of Ngimbi winning?)
With this fight announcement, It's Showtime is banking on Giorgio Petrosyan having no trouble with Zeben Diaz on November 12 at their Tenerife event. I have no doubt that Petrosyan will win, but with his recurring hand injury, it's tough to predict if he'll make it through the bout without re-aggravating his hand.
Mosab Amrani and Robert van Nimwegen were among other fighers announced for the event. We'll have more information on the event when It's Showtime makes a more official release on their website.Add a comment
This Wednesday at Rajadamnern Stadium fans will be treated to seeing two of the top young talents in the sport go to battle for the first time. Light flyweight champion of Thailand, The-Lek Wor. Sangprapai will take on the light flyweight champion of Rajadamnern Stadium, Detkart Por. Pongsawang. The two fighters have solidified themselves as the two biggest draws and the two best under 110 pound fighters in all of Thailand. Unfortunately I couldn't find any video of Detkart, but everything I've read about the 18 year old suggests he's a highly technical fighter with his favorite and best techniques being a snapping left kick to the body, and well timed knees as his opponent marches in looking to clinch. He will need to be at his best if he wants to be the consensus #1 fighter at the weight, because The-Lek is a flat out beast of a fighter. Most fighters in Thailand use round 1, and sometimes round 2 just to feel each other out and then start fighting hard in 3 and 4. The-Lek is not one of these fighters. From round 1 until the final few seconds in the 5th round when the other fighter concedes he's always marching forward looking to cause pain. He has been compared to fighters in the past who were also known for pushing a frantic pace like Samson Isarn and Pongsiri Ruamrudee. It should be interesting to see if Detkart can keep The-Lek at bay with kicks and overall better technique, or if The-Lek will impose his game yet again. Either way, with this being for top dog at at 108, and both coming from different competing promotions, expect a fight of the year candidate. This is a big fight in Thailand and will likely be uploaded to web by Siamsport TV in the days that follow.
Here you can see The-Lek in action from a fight he had last month at Lumpinee Stadium. Oh, and did I mention he's just 15 and has been in over 200 fights? Its not uncommon to see 15 year olds fighting at a high level, but 200 fights with that style? Wow!Add a comment
K-1's second big event this year, the Japan MAX 70kg tournament, kicks off at 3:30 AM EST. I've decided to live blog it to help myself and anyone else watching to stay awake. Albert Kraus, Yuji Nashiro, Hiroki Nakajima, Takafumi Morita, Yuya Yamamoto, Shintaro Matsukura, Kenta and Yasuhiro Kido will all be looking to lock up their spot in this year's Final 16 and will need 3 wins in one night to do so. Go Yokoyama and YOSHI are facing off in the night's lone reserve bout while 2010 Japan MAX 70kg GP champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima takes on Kenmun, 2011 Japan MAX 63kg GP champion Yuta Kubo battles Andre Brul and the flashy Kizaemon Saiga takes on Valdrin Vatnikaj.
70kg Japan Tournament Finals:
I was AFK for the fight, but Yuji Nashiro is your unlikely tournament, winner.
63kg Super Fight: Yuta Kubo vs Andre Brul
Round 1: Kubo has a head kick blocked. Head kick almost scores. Kubo jabs and seems to be a lot faster than Bruhl. Knee from Kubo scores to the midsection and he’s keeping Bruhl at the end of his jab. Kubo throws body kicks while Bruhl’s output has been minimal. Body kick followed by a head kick that somewhat lands for Kubo. He’s setting up that question mark kick that he likes and he just missed a head kick. More body kicks and he gets Bruhl right in the liver and Bruhl is down. Kubo jumps on him and knees him, scoring another down. Bruhl is laboring and his mouthpiece comes out. The fight is started again and the round ends. 10-7 for Kubo. Great placement on the liver kick.
Round 2: Kubo comes out attacking the body again with body kicks and knees. Bruhl seems energized now and is actually throwing, but not landing. Kubo scores another down with a well placed kick and goes back to the body. Kubo almost scores with a high kick, but Bruhl evades and lands a knee of his own. Kubo continues to throw kicks to the body and just misses with the head kick again. Kubo keeps throwing kicks to the body and continues to land hard. Kubo continues to go the body and that’s how the round finishes. 10-8 for Kubo. Bruhl needs an improbable knockout.
Round 3: Kubo starts round 3 attacking the body with middle kicks again. Bruhl counters off a kick, but gets mostly glove and arm. Bruhl throws a head kick of his own, but it’s blocked. Kubo lands more middle kicks and a good knee. More body kicks coming from Kubo. Bruhl lands a left hook as he evades a Kubo kick, but it does little. Kubo continues to kick to the body. Kubo lands a left straight up the middle. Head kick lands, but not hard for Kubo. Bruhl is starting to walk him down, but there’s only 10 seconds left and that’s how the fight ends. Good showing from Kubo.
Yuta Kubo defeats Andre Bruhl via 3 round Unanimous Decision.
63kg Super Fight: Kizaemon Saiga vs Valdrin Vatnikaj
Round 1: Saiga starts off with some leg kicks. Vatnikaj tries his own and is out of range. Saiga misses a head kick. Head kick from Vatnikaj is blocked. Combination from Saiga finished off with another leg kick. High kicks from both fighters are blocked. Saiga lands a combination then a spinning back kick to the body. Saiga keeps him at distance and throws out a jab. Saiga tries a spinning back kick to the head, but Vatnikaj blocks it. Close round. Mostly uneventful with the exception of Saiga’s flashiness. Saiga gets 2 cards from the judges and a draw from the third.
Round 2: Vatnikaj misses with his hands and Saiga digs to the body. Both fighters hit each other with jabs. Vatnikaj is throwing more this round. Vatnikaj has found his range and lands a couple leg kicks. Saiga lands with a 3-punch combo. Saiga lands a few inside leg kicks, but takes a hard right from Vatnikaj in the process. Saiga lands a hard counter right and starts swarming on Vatnikaj now. Vatnikaj pushes out towards the center of the ring. Saiga has him on the ropes and is hitting him in the corner. Flying knee lets Vatnikaj off the hook and they’re back in the center. Saiga with a spinning heel kick and the round ends. Close again, but Saiga got the better of the exchanges. All 3 judges give the round to Saiga.
Round 3: Saiga comes out with a leg kick and almost catches Vatnikaj coming in. Vatnikaj just misses with a left hook. Left hook right straight connects for Vatnikaj and he’s starting to be the aggressor down 2 points on 2 cards. Saiga sweeps him down with a leg kick and eats a couple punches. Saiga has him in the corner again, but doesn’t capitalize. Spinning back kick from Saiga. Vatnikaj is too relaxed and is letting Saiga bully him around the ring. He’s been on the ropes for most of the round. High kick from Saiga is blocked. Vatnikaj in the corner again looking to counter, but Saiga avoids his punches. Saiga tries another spinning heel kick. And another. Neither connect and they collide mid-air with flying kicks. Vatnikaj tries to land a big shot, but it’s too late. Saiga should win this.
Kizaemon Saiga defeats Valdrin Vatnikaj via 3 round Unanimous Decision.
70kg Tournament Semifinal #2: Yuya Yamamoto vs Kenta
"Put Your Ass in the Air" is definitely the song of the night.
Round 1: Kenta opens with a triple jab. Yuya misses a head kick. Kenta lands a left hook and a body kick. Kenta is looking more like he did in the Krush tournament than in the Kido fight. Kenta blocks another head kick. Kenta with a double jab that lands. Yuya with a 2 punch-leg kick combo. Kenta lands with a right and tries following it up, but misses with a few punches. Yuya hits him with a left hook coming in. Yuya landing well with the leg kicks again. Kenta just got buckled a bit by a leg kick. Yuya’s targeting the leg, but Kenta unloads on his head. Interestingly, all 3 judges score the round for Yuya. Odd.
Round 2: Kenta starts checking leg kicks AND LANDS A BIG HEAD KICK ON YUYA. Yuya’s back up and Kenta pounces, unloading on Yuya. Yuya’s in BIG trouble and clinches to save himself. Kenta with another head kick and he’s just relentless. Yuya lands a shot, but Kenta is landing more. Another head kick and more punches from Kenta, but YUya seems to be back. Leg kick sends Kenta to the ground and he’s kicked again while on the ground. No down called, but no card for Yuya, just a warning. This is a race between Yuya’s chin and Kenta’s leg. Yuya starts landing with his hands though, but Kenta gets the better of the exchange. Kenta is relentless. Spinning back fist lands and Kenta is pouring it on. Yuya stabilizes but Kenta isn’t letting up. Uppercuts land for Kenta. Yuya going back to the leg kicks and Kenta is in trouble. Yuya ends the round with more leg kicks. Great round. Kenta gets a 10-8 on all 3 scorecards.
Round 3: Kenta comes out swinging and Yuya goes after the leg. Yuya getting inside and kneeing the leg. Kenta starts landing to Yuya’s head again, but Yuya’s landing hard kicks now. Kenta with a hard left. Both guys are taking loads of punishment. Kenta keeps landing and all Yuya can do is kick his leg. High kick from Yuya is blocked. Yuya seems to have gotten lost offensively and hasn’t been targeting the leg as much or landing anywhere else. He goes back to the leg and rushes in. Kenta is in trouble, but he stays up. Kenta starts landing now. 10 seconds left and Kenta lands a high kick. Yuya tires to get him and the round ends with Kenta surviving. Insane fight.
All 3 judges see the fight as a draw. This is bad for Kenta.
Ext Round 1: Both men pick up where they left off, though the pace has lessened. Kenta lands hard with a counter right and is unleashing a barrage of punches on Yuya’s face, but Yuya is fine. Kenta continues to land despite his leg. Yuya is starting to pressure now, but Kenta keeps him away with his own punches. Yuya can’t land the leg kicks. Kenta almost goes down from a kick, but continues to throw at Yuya. Kenta lands a couple left hooks as Yuya chops away at his leg. Knees from Kenta as Yuya gets his leg again. Kenta is in trouble yet again as Yuya tries to lay it on and Kenta fights his way out. Head kick lands for Kenta and now punches are coming. As the round ends, they’re slugging it out with Kenta getting the better of it. The round ends and both man throw their hands in the air. Great fight and incredible heart from both guys. Kenta’s leg is destroyed and Yuya took so many good shots.
Yuya Yamamoto defeats Kenta via Ext. Round Decision. Yuya Yamamoto advances to the finals.
Terrible judging. Yuya was given round 1 despite very even output. Kenta also seemed to win rounds 3 and 4 which should have won him the fight in regular time and in the extension round. Questionable judging can be justified, but this is just absurd. Yuya got a big gift. Unfortunately, Kenta got robbed and won't be given the chance to win his second tournament this year.
70kg Tournament Semifinal #1: Yuji Nashiro vs Takafumi Morita
Round 1: Morita comes out with offensive pressure again. Nashiro lands a couple shots but Morita continues to walk him down. Nashiro with a good body shot. Morita’s high kick is blocked. Nashiro is landing pretty well and Morita’s offensive output isn’t what it was in the Nakajima fight. A push kick knocks Nashiro off balance and Morita seems to be finding his rhythm now. Morita shrugs off a high kick and lands a hard right, but Nashiro stabilizes. Morita misses a high kick and Nashiro throws him to the ground. Nashiro lands with back to back 1-2s. All 3 judges score it 10-10.
Round 2: Nashiro is on the front foot now and Morita is countering pretty well. Nashiro lands a right and is now landing in combination, but Morita fires back. Both fighters are exchanging single shots. Morita starts landing and has a head kick blocked. Nashiro catches Morita with a right cross and starts being the aggressor. Nashiro is starting to tire and Morita senses it. Morita has him on the ropes now with little coming back. A Morita head kick misses. Nashiro is trying to throw, but he’s visibly tired. Still, he manages to hit Morita. The round ends with a blocked Nashiro head kick. All 3 judges see round 2 for Nashiro.
Round 3: Nashiro head kick is blocked. Nashiro seems to have gotten a second wind. Morita keeps trying to score with the head kick, but is unsuccessful. Nashiro constantly going to the body with his hands. Morita is starting to like winded, now and has lost most of the pop on his shots while Nashiro gets stronger. Nashiro’s head kick almost lands. Morita is dead tired and can’t manage any offense. Again, his head kick misses. Flying knee for Morita almost lands and now he needs to pour it on. They both swing wildly and the round ends. Should be a win for Nashiro.
Yuji Nashiro defeats Takafumi Morita via 3 round Unanimous Decision. Yuji Nashiro advances to the finals.
63kg Super Fight: Kenmun vs Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima
Both fighters have dancing entrances and my worst nightmare has become real as Nagashima is dressed as a schoolgirl.
Round 1: Kenmun lands a head kick but Nagashima… catches it? Ok, Kenmun throws and hits Nagashima hard but Nagashima is able to land a counter and drop Kenmun. Now Nagashima jumps in and gets tagged and gets caught again with a head kick. Nagashima takes a low blow, but doesn’t get time to rest. Kenmun lands a couple shots again. Kenmun lands hard to Nagashima’s head, but Nagashima is fine. Kenmun is fighting with his hands down which isn’t too smart against Nagashima. The round ends with almost no action in the second half of the round after the first half was filled with action. Nagashima takes it 10-8 on the knockdown despite being tagged pretty hard on multiple occasions.
Round 2: The round starts and an encounter turns into a clinch. Nagashima slips when both fighters throw kicks and Kenmun jumps in, and kicks Nagashima on the ground. Nagashima is fine, but Kenmun gets a yellow card and a point deduction. Kenmun landing HARD on Nagashima who eats it. Now Kenmun is jawing at Nagashima. Telegraphed shots from both guys, but they’re landing. The action slows and they clinch several times. High kick somewhat lands from Kenmun and Nagashima throws him to the ground. Kenmun taunting Nagashima and jawing at him some more. The round ends with the two clinching. This is a weird fight. All 3 judges give the round to Nagashima with the point deduction. Kenmun needs a knockout.
Round 3: Kenmun throws a head kick that misses but the spin around knocks Nagashima down as he was throwing a kick. Kenmun hits Nagashima after he’s pushed down, again. No warning or card. Kenmun lunges in wildly and the two clinch. This is not a fight you should show if you’re trying to teach the proper way to throw any strike. Kenmun lands and they continue to clinch. Kenmun chants are coming loud from the crowd. The two are tired and throwing. The round ends. Horrible showing from Nagashima although he’s going to get the win. He’s a better pro wrestler than kickboxer right now.
Yuichiro Nagashima defeats Kenmun via 3 round Unanimous Decision.
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