|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Thailand vs Challenger took place at the prestigious River City Shopping Complex in Bangkok on Saturday night. It was one of the most upmarket events in the history of Muay Thai and the no expense spared production was witnessed by a well heeled crowd which included a number of celebrities.
Thailand vs Challenger was set up to take Muay Thai into the mainstream and this event, which will be broadcast to a televised viewership of 600 million people worldwide, was a big step in the right direction.
The first fight of the night saw Armin Muay Thai Plaza take on Hong Guan. After some controversy early in the fight over whether the use of elbows was allowed (Wang Guan walked out the ring because he didn't like being elbowed in the face) the Thai fighter proved just a little bit too sharp for his Chinese opponent outclassing him from start to finish to cruise to a comfortable decision win.
Saiyok Windy Sport then took on Contender Asia veteran Bruce Macfie in one of the most ancitipated contests of the evening. The Thai fighter was substantially smaller than the Australian, who beat John Wayne Parr last year, but Saiyok made light of the size difference using his superior speed to pepper Macfie with some lightning fast combinations
To his credit the Macfie kept coming forward but he would have been relieved to hear the final bell after taking sustained punishment throughout the five rounds. Saiyok demonstrated why he is widely regarded as one of the top fighters in Thailand with an imperious and impressive performance which saw him repeatedly land with sharp elbows and vicious body kicks.
Kaoklai Kaennorsing and Cyrus Washington provided some of the most entertaining exchanges of the evening in an exciting opening round which saw both men showing off some unorthodox and innovative techniques. In the second round Kaoklai looked the stronger man but his American opponent came on strong in round three landing an eye catching spinning back kick which seemed to catch Kaoklai flush.
It appeared the tide might be turning but the Thai fighter responded in style with a vicious elbow which opened up an enormous cut above Washington's left eye leaving the referee no option but to step in and stop the fight. It was an anticlimactic end to an engaging contest but with blood streaming down into his eye the American was simply unable to continue. Add a comment
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K-1 legend Francisco Filho gave an exclusive interview with Tatame recently and was asked about what he feels about the current state of K-1.
Granted, this is what he has heard, but there are strong rumors now that there will indeed be a K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix as long as everything goes according to plan. Filho does not fault the fighters, believing the level of competition to still be elite, but the politics and poor management involved.
Last weekend on July 18, Giorgio Petrosyan picked up another win against Hinata Watanabe in the first It's Showtime Japan Countdown event. Petrosyan took a unanimous decision.
What we didn't know until now though, is that Petrosyan walked away with a broken hand. This isn't the first time he's broken his hand. It's happened atleast 4 times in the past 3 years. It's a re-occurring injury for Giorgio. The main problem seems to be that his hand has never gotten enough time to fully heal and thus breaks again. With the it's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament exactly two months away, Giorgio will need to make a crucial decision. Let the hand heal properly and drop out of the tournament, or go into the tournament with the risk of making the hand worse and potentially lowering his chances to win. With Giorgio's hand currently in a cast, it's difficult to tell if he'll be able to compete in It's Showtime's tournament as he won't be able to punch anything with it for a while.
Here's an Italian news source, translated:
New win and a new injury to his left hand for Giorgio Petrosyan. In Japan, the two-time world champion K-1 World Max Japan beat the points Watanabe Hinata confirming once again the best fighter in the -70 kg category.
The athletes of Team Satori won all three rounds. The opponent has tried to win groped for all. Heedless of the arbitrator and admonitions, in all of the filming took punches upside prohibited by the regulation. To embarrass Petrosyan were, however, the 8 oz gloves: too light for the strength of his fists. As had already occurred in the past editions of the K-1 World Max, have not been able to absorb shock and a fracture to the hand that seemed to be resolved is reopened.Add a comment
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.
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