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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 3

Fight #3 in our series keeps us focused on the smaller Japanese scene:

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer (Krush.6, April 29)

Once again, a very fun fight.  Here, 2009 K-1 MAX Final 4 fighter Yamamoto main events Krush against the largely unknown Shaffer.  But Shaffer gives it a real go, pushing Yuya into the kind of fight where the Japanese fighter thrives, resulting in one of the best finishes of 2010.

 

 

 

I like this one as a sort of more technical version of yesterday's Bovy v. Umeno fight.  At first it looks like Yuya might easily take this, but once Shaffer drops him in the first, then almost finishes him as time runs down, you know this is closer than it appeared.  From there, you get great swings in the momentum, with Yamamoto dropping Shaffer, only to have the American come back strong to end round 2.  At the start of the 3rd it's a very close fight, when Yamamoto just pours it on, absolutely wrecking Shaffer with a brutal finish.

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

A note on this series - we'll be posting 1 or 2 of the top fights of the year on a daily basis over the coming week.  Fights will be featured in chronological order moving through the year.

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 2

Our look at the top fights of 2010 continues here with a slightly more obscure fight:

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno (Shootboxing Ishin 2, April 11)

From Shootboxing, this one kind of flew under the radar, but if you want an action packed brawl, this one is for you.  The Thai fighter Bovy has seen his career fade in recent years, while Shootboxing's Umeno has been on the rise.  Here they met in the middle, turning in a crazy, bloody battle high on excitement.

 

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

A note on this series - we'll be posting 1 or 2 of the top fights of the year on a daily basis over the coming week.  Fights will be featured in chronological order moving through the year.

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Watch Generation Evolucao Featuring Andre Dida Amade

Andre "Dida" Amade is a MMA fighter who has been on a bit of a losing streak of late, but found a bit of a niche for himself in K-1's MAX division. After scoring a knockown against renowned Thai fighter Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Dida has been in demand for K-1 MAX events due to his exciting fighting style and immense power he packs. This documentary was done for The Fight Network and was Produced, edited and written by Jorge Barbosa and documents Dida moving to Canada to work with his brother and prepare to fight in K-1 MAX again. [Source]

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 1

With It's Showtime's final show completed, the 2010 kickboxing season is pretty much complete.  Outside of a few fights at Dynamite!! and SRC, we've now seen what the year has to offer for action.  So what better time to look back at the best fights of the year?  Here's our first nominee - check back all week for more.

#1 - Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner (K-1 Yokohama, April 3)

At the time, this looked like it might have been the start of a career resurgence for JLB.  Coming in off his career low at the 2009 GP, Le Banner changed up his training, recommitted himself, and ended up going toe to toe with one of the new generation's rising stars, showing that there still is some fight left in the Hyper Battle Cyborg.  Le Banner's year will sadly be more defined by his temper tantrum walk-out against Kyotaro, but this fight was a real highlight, and easily his best showing in recent years.

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