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Krush-EX 2012 vol.5 Live Results

Krush has decided to air tonight's Krush-EX 2012 vol.5 event live on Japanese streaming site

Because of this, LiverKick will be able to bring you live results of the event, which features 70kg Tournament Finalist Yutaro Yamauchi and 63kg standout Keiji Ozaki. 

Be sure to follow myself, @SamSattler and @RianScalia for live updates on Twitter.

70kg: Yutaro Yamauchi def. KEN by 3rd round Majority Decision.

After an even two rounds, the two both went for broke in the final round, with Yamauchi getting the better of the exchanges, especially in the last minute, to pull away in the eyes of two of the judges and earned himself his first win in over a year. It wasn't his best performance by any means, but KEN came out thinking upset and Yamauchi was able to get past him.

63kg: Keiji Ozaki def. Masanobu Goto by 3rd round Unanimous Decision.

The first round was even, with Goto landing to Ozaki's head and Ozaki scoring with a constant attack of leg kicks. The second round saw Ozaki start to land with his bread and butter, spinning techniques, and after connecting with a head kick, Ozaki was able to drop Goto with a spinning back fist. Another spinning backfist at the end of the round gave him a 10-7 second. In the third, Goto looked to have found his stride again, but Ozaki continued to land with spinning back kicks to the body, ultimately getting a standing 8 before dropping Goto again with another huge spinning back fist. Good win for the struggling Ozaki.

55kg: Takeru def. Yuya Suzuki by 2nd round TKO at 2:59.

Takeru didn't let Suzuki do much offensively by pressuring with his own offense and dropped Suzuki at the end of both rounds, with Suzuki unable to get up from the last knockdown. 

55kg: Namito Izawa def. Yo-Hei by 2nd round TKO (leg kicks) at 1:50.

Izawa recognized in the first that Yo-hei wasn't checking leg kicks, so he kept throwing them and nearly got a down to end the round. He finished it off in the second.

60kg: Leona Pettas def. Yoshikazu Isobe by 2nd round TKO (corner stoppage) at 0:25.

Pettas was all over Isobe in the first round and had him hurt nearly the entire round, but only managed one knockdown. Pretty much as soon as the 2nd started, Pettas connected with some hard shots and Isobe's corner threw in the towel.

55kg: Ryuji Horio def. Shi-mo by 3rd round Majority Decision.

46kg: Yuka def. Emi Matsushita by 3rd round Unanimous Decision.


Thailand vs. Asia 2012 Results: Armin and Jom Kitti win in Malaysia


Thailand vs. Asia 2012, a continuation of the Thailand vs. Challengers series, went down last week in Malaysia. Featured on the card were some pretty good match-ups, including Pechumpholl vs. Ali Yaakob, Leo Monteiro vs. Jom Kitti, and Armin Pumpanmuang vs. Faizal Ramli.

In the night’s main event, Armin Pumpanmuang, considered one of the most promising Thai’s at 70 kg, dominated Faizal Ramli, a hometown favorite, in a lopsided decision victory. This was an interesting fight on paper as Armin was coming off a very poor performance against Raphaël Llodra in September. However, Ramli didn’t seem to have an answer for anything Armin threw at him and spent most of the match complaining about the ring.  

In the event’s lone superfight, Leo Monteiro dropped a decision to Jom Kitti. Leo, who was originally supposed to take on Tetsuya Yamato in September, couldn’t find a home for most of his punches or body kicks. Jom used his experience to outlast the taller Brazilian, staying against the ropes for the majority of the rounds, nullifying Monteiro’s attacks and dominating the clinch. 

Ali Yaakob contributed the lone win for Asia against Petchumpholl. Ali clearly had the better cardio of the two and outworked the Thai with quick leg-kicks en-route to a decision victory. Yaakob is considered one of the best at 55 kg in Asia, and I would like to see him take the step up to 60 kg. He might be someone to look out for in the future.

Full Event Results

Yaya def. Kudin by TKO in Round 2.

Changpuek def. Liu Xiang Ming by KO in Round 2.

Ali Yaakob  def. Pechumpholl by decision.

Madsua def. Mostafa Abdollahi by decision.

Jom Kitti def. Leo Monteiro by decision.

Armin Pumpanmuang def. Faizal Ramli by decision.


K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 Live Results


Yes, it is that time yet again for live results. This time feels a bit special as this is the first time in two years now that we will be seeing a K-1 Heavyweight tournament event originating live in Japan. It is airing on Ustream/Spike TV's website for free. Yes, for free. Follow us on Twitter as well (@LiverKickdotcom and @RianScalia).

Stay tuned to LiverKick for live results.


Super Fights:

Zhou Zhi Peng (R2 - TKO) Koutaro Mori - Zhou simply applied too much pressure and used his hands effectively against Mori, who was working his kicks.

James Wilson (R3 - Draw) Rick Roufus - Absolute garbage decision here. Roufus outclassed the larger fighter by controlling the ring and landing kicks. Originally announced an extension round, and then said no extra round, just a draw. Weird.

Benjamin Adegbuyi (R1 - TKO [Injury]) Jafar Ahmadi - Decent bit of a fight, then Ahmadi's hand came down onto Benny's leg and apparently broke his hand. He shook his hand in the corner and took a 10 count.

Pavel Zhuravlev (R3 - Dec.) Saulo Calavari - Good back-and-forth with Saulo showing flashes of brilliance, but was simply outclassed by Pavel. Oddly enough, they listed Pavel as being from Russia, not the Ukraine.

Changhyun Lee (R3 - Dec.) Genji Umeno - Amazing, amazing fight. Just go and watch this one, I don't feel like I can do it justice right now.


Final 16:


Ben Edwards (R2 - KO) Raul Catinas - Both men were looking to murder the other in round 1, but between rounds it became clear that Catinas was completely gassed out. Edwards slugged Catinas out and then pushed him over for the ref to count him down.

Jarrell Miller (R3 - Dec.) Arnold Oborotov - This was kicks vs. punches and Jarrell's punches put Oborotov down in R1. Round 2 saw Oborotov look a bit better, but round three was all Miller.

Zabit Samedov (R1 - KO) Xavier Vigney - This fight was brutal. Samedov is a seasoned veteran and Xavier Vigney is fresh out of high school with one professional fight under his belt. It felt irresponsible of K-1 to put Vigney in a position like this. After Vigney was hit once he fell apart and went down three times, his corner throwing in the towel right before the third.

Hesdy Gerges (R3 - Dec.) Sergei Lascenko - This fight was exactly what you'd expect of it. Hesdy is the easy favorite for the whole tournament now.

Ismael Londt (R3 - Dec.) Singh Jaideep - This fight was also exactly what you'd expect of it. Londt gassed out, Jaideep hit like he was trying not to break an egg.

Makoto Uehara (R3 - Dec.) Hiromi Amada - Yeah.

Catalin Morosanu (R3 - Dec.) Paul Slowinski - Slowinski looked good early on, but Morosanu kept throwing bombs until they did him favors in round 3. Two knockdowns in R3 told the story.

Mirko Cro Cop (R3 - Dec.) Randy Blake - Randy Blake simply had no answer for Cro Cop and was connecting here and there, but proved to not have the power to make a difference. Late in the third Randy suckerpunched Cro Cop, which sadly for him, did little damage. Cro Cop walks away with the win.


Krush.23 Results: Urabe, Kido Defeat French Opposition, Yamazaki Wins WILDRUSH League

Krush.23 took place earlier today featuring two of the promotion's champions taking on French opponents, as well as a trio of important 60kg fights and the final leg of the -63kg WILDRUSH League.

In the night's main event, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe needed an extension round, but was able to force a doctor stoppage of France's Xavier Bastard. Urabe and Bastard were both able to land on each other, but it seems as though Urabe was landing slightly more often and hurting Bastard's body throughout the fight. The fight was stopped due to a large amount of blood coming out of Bastard's left ear, which I believe was largely a result of the pictured spinning heel kick. Urabe (20-6-2, 10 KO) pushes his unbeaten streak to 12, going 11-0-1 over that stretch, and defending his Krush title twice. I expect Urabe to be back in Krush early next year to defend his title, possibly against Naoki Ishikawa. Good showing from Bastard, who was the closest to beating Urabe since Ishikawa fought him to a draw. It's a shame the fight didn't go to the scorecards.

In the co-main event, Krush 70kg champion Yasuhiro Kido had little trouble with Frenchman Ludovic Millet, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26(x3). Kido was able to drop Millet twice, but wasn't able to put him away. Kido (30-13-1, 14 KO) has won six in a row, most recently defeating Yu Hirono in Big Bang. He is due for a title defense before the end of the year, but with the K-1 World MAX Finals on December 8th, I think Kido will be given an exemption by Krush and be able to defend his title next year. 

In a 60kg fight, Naoki Ishikawa edged out Shota Senchaigym with a unanimous decision on scores of 28-27(x3). Although the fight was close on the scorecards, Ishikawa largely controlled the fight outside of a knockdown in the first round. However, immediately on the restart, Ishikawa threw a flying knee that scored him a knockdown of his own and managed to control the rest of the fight with his unorthodox style. Ishikawa (35-18-5, 18 KO) is now on a two-fight win streak after a win over Kan Itabashi in June and could find himself fighting Hirotaka Urabe for the title next, though I'll talk about that situation in a little bit. Shota is now 1-1-1 in Krush, drawing Makahira Keita at Krush.18 and most recently beating Takeshi Watanabe at Krush.21. Good showing from him considering he was able to drop Ishikawa, but outside of that he had little answer for Ishikawa.

In another 60kg fight, "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi returned to Krush for the first time in over a year and scored a dramatic 3rd round KO Krush 60kg Tournament winner Fumiya Osawa. Osawa dropped Takeuchi once in the first round and twice in the second, but Takeuchi roared back with a knockdown of his own in the 2nd before the deciding third round saw Takeuchi drop Osawa twice en route to a stoppage when Osawa stumbled around the ring after the second knockdown. Takeuchi (22-8-2, 13 KO) didn't fail to entertain the fans in his return to Krush and has now won 2 in a row after returning with a win in MA Kick earlier in the year. Osawa (7-9-1, 2 KO) put forth a great effort, dropping Takeuchi 3 times, but was unable to close it out. After winning the Krush 60kg tournament, he has dropped two in a row, losing his title shot to Hirotaka Urabe and now losing to Takeuchi. I'd like to see him take on Shota Senchaigym next.

In the final 60kg fight, former RISE champion Kan Itabashi scored a first round KO of Katsuya Goto. Itabashi (20-6-2, 4 KO) picks up his first win since last July after dropping two straight to It's Showtime champ Masahiro Yamamoto and Naoki Ishikawa. This win keeps him in the upper echelon of the 60kg division in Krush. Goto is now on a 2-fight losing streak after losing in the Krush 60kg tournament finals to Fumiya Osawa. A third fight between them would be a good fight.

Now to look at the 60kg division after tonight's fights. In my eyes, the logical move would be to set up Urabe vs Ishikawa 3 for the title and Takeuchi vs Itabashi with the winner being next in line, considering that Ishikawa has recent wins over both Takeuchi and Itabashi and fought Urabe to a draw in his title shot. However, Ishikawa vs Takeuchi 3 is another very real possibility that is hard to say no to as they have produced fireworks in their two previous bouts, with their first fight in the AJKF Lightweight Tournament Semifinals in 2009 becoming an instant classic and their last fight also seeing them both hit the canvas.

Finally, in the conclusion of the WILDRUSH League, 4th placed NOMAN scored a 1st round knockout of last placed Naoki Terasaki which propelled him to a third place finish in the league. In the first deciding fight of the WILDRUSH League, second placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi needed a knockout and a Hideaki Yamazaki loss to win the League and the title shot, but was dropped 3 times by 5th placed TaCa en route to a one-sided unanimous decision win, winning the WILDRUSH League for Yamazaki. However in his own fight, Yamazaki went out and closed out the League with a unanimous decision of Yukimitsu Takahashi, finishing the WILDRUSH League with a perfect 5-0-0 (1 KO) record and earning himself a title shot against current 63kg champion Thomas Adamandopoulos. I'm not entirely sold on Yamazaki as an elite contender in the 63kg division, but he beat everyone they put in front of him in the WILDRUSH League, including avenging his sole loss to TaCa. I don't like his chances against Adamandopoulos, but he has two teammates at Team Dragon who recently fought him, so he could develop a gameplan to shock everyone.

Also at the event, Krush announced their first two shows of 2013, first a show taking place on January 14th (presumably Krush-EX 2013 vol.1) at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, though I believe it will be held at the smaller venue there as opposed to the 14,000+ seat arena. The other show announced was Krush.26 on January 26th.

Quick results after the break


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