In preparation for their second trip to Japan, GLORY announced a pair of fights for GLORY 8 Tokyo this week. First at 70kg, K-1 and GLORY veteran Yoshihiro Sato is set to take on RISE 63kg champion Sun Hyun Lee. Sato last competed in GLORY at GLORY 3 as a late replacement for Albert Kraus in the 70kg World Tournament, but lost to Sanny Dahlbeck. He is 1-1 since then, with a loss to Kenta and a win over Henri van Opstal. Lee, who is LiverKick's #4 ranked Lightweight, will have to overcome a 6+ inch height advantage in this fight, but this is not his first time competing at 70kg. Back in February, he won a K-1 MAX 70kg tournament in Seoul, despite being much smaller than many of the other competitors. Regardless of the outcome, I'd like to see GLORY have him fight at 65kg next time. GLORY also announced RISE 55kg champion Dyki's opponent for the card, South Korean Jang Yong-ho. Jang fought in Japan once before, losing to Masaaki Kadota for the GLADIATOR Lightweight title. I don't know much about him other than that he trains out of CMA Korea, but if Sun Hyun and Chang Hyun Lee have taught us anything, it's not to underestimate Korean fighters.
Perhaps the biggest news this week came from the Hoost Cup, who announced a card for June 16th with an all-star lineup. Although there is only one matchup announced so far, a rematch between Ryuya Kusakabe and Sota Ichinohe for Kusakabe's WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title, the list of participants includes Saenchai PK Saenchaimuaythaigym, Yoshihiro Sato, Yuichiro Nagashima, NJKF Super Featherweight champion Daichi Yamato and Jemyma Betrian.
RISE also laid out the plans for their next event, RISE 93, on June 9th. Scheduled to participate are 60kg champion Kosuke Komiyama, Yuto Watanabe, Raoumaru, Seiya Rokukawa, Motochika Hanada and Shohei Asahara, among others. J-Network Super Bantamweight champ Hiroaki Mizuhara is also expected to compete for the first time since last July, when he won the now defunct It's Showtime Japan's inaugural 55kg title.
After making their first trip to Nagoya last year, Krush announced that it would be making its first trip to Hiroshima on August 25th to host Krush.31. Already announced for the event are Hiroshima natives Yuya Yamamoto and Nobuchika Terado. On top of that, Krush announced a pair of fights for Krush Ignition vol.4 on June 2nd. At 70kg, Hiroki Nakajima takes on NJKF's KEN and at 67kg, Makihira Keita fights NJKF's Tae-yeon. Nakajima and KEN both recently lost to Yutaro Yamauchi.
REBELS made a pretty big announcement this week as well, scheduling two title fights for their June 9th card. At 67kg, WPMF Japan champion T-98 looks to bounce back from his upset loss to Tsukuru Midorikawa with a win over MA Kick champion Jun Nakazawa, who was upset by Yuma Matsui in his last outing. At Flyweight, divisional kingpin Ryuji Kato looks to prove that he can hang with both the old guard and the new guard as he will defend his title against the winner of the Eisaki Ogasawara vs Hiroyuki Yamano fight, both of whom have scored big upsets early in their careers. Also competing on the card is NJKF Welterweight champion Kenta, who will compete at 67kg, and MA Kick Super Welterweight champion Hiroshi Fire.
Finally, DEEP*KICK announced a pair of fights for their May 12th card. At 60kg, DEEP*KICK champion Yuto Tsujide takes on RISE's Tatsuaki in a non-title bout. At 65kg, Krush veteran Yuya looks to bounce back from his loss to 65kg champion Hiroto Yamaguchi with a win over 2012 RISING ROOKIES Lightweight runner-up Yasuhiro "TOKAREV" Shimizu.
Event results from this week as well as a couple other miscellaneous announcements after the break