|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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The world of social media has changed the way everyone communicates, and it has most definitely had an effect on the combat sports world. The kickboxing world especially has benefited from it, as fighters and promoters in the sport exist all over the world, with different homes, languages, beliefs and everything in between. Simon Rutz is very public with information to his Facebook friends about future events featuring both his promotion, It's Showtime, and the fighters under his management.
Today on his Facebook, Rutz confirmed a lot of the rumors swirling around about K-1 holding a World Grand Prix this year. His Facebook update states that he spoke on the phone with K-1 and can confirm that there are plans for a Final 16 as well as a Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals within this year. As he is very open, a few asked him about fighter payment and he replied that it was discussed and understood that It's Showtime fighters will not fight for K-1 until there is an assurance to be paid the money that they are owed.
The other big news is the big rumored It's Showtime Heavyweight tournament that Rutz and Co. have been whispering about was confirmed in this thread. Rutz confirmed that they were indeed looking to plan a Heavyweight tournament for the Fall or Winter of this year, but that if K-1 will indeed put on a World Grand Prix, It's Showtime will be holding their own Heavyweight Tournament in January 28 of 2012. Rutz also confirmed that Badr Hari's next fight should be announced shortly, which could possibly also coincide with the rumors I've been hearing that K-1's next big show could be announced any day now (initially the rumor was "mid-August" or "mid-September" and then "this week." It's Friday now...).
Regardless of timelines or how much of 2011 was a lost cause of a year, it looks like Heavyweight Kickboxing will be back on the up-and-up.Add a comment
Earlier today at Shibuya AX, Shootboxing held its first all womens event of the year with the main attraction being the Girls S-Cup Japan Preliminary Tournament.
In the first round of the tournament, WPMF and WMC World Mini Flyweight Champion and "The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura defeated Kanako Oka by knockout 31 seconds into the second round. To determine her opponent, MMA fighter WINDY Tomomi fell to fellow MMA fighter Miyo Yoshida by majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2). In the other half of the bracket, 2009 Girls S-Cup finalist V.V Mei was upset by J-Girls #3 ranked MINA after 3 rounds on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28. To wrap up the quarterfinals, MMA fighter and kickboxer Seo Hee Ham was able to pick up a majority decision over MMA fighter Emi Fujino on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 30-28.
In the semifinals, Erika Kamimura struck quick, dispatching Miyo Yoshida by TKO just 50 seconds into the first round, sending Kamimura to the finals. In the other semifinal, Seo Hee Ham won another majority decision over MINA on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28 to set up the final that most people had expected coming into the tournament.
In the finals, Kamimura and Ham supposedly put on an entertaining fight, with Kamimura scoring a catch point on an attempted arm-triangle in the first, while Ham scored two shoot points from throws in the second. However, Kamimura was able to score a right hook that knocked down Ham in the third, which ended up being the difference in the bout as Kamimura took a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 and 28-27(x2). The win brings the 18 year old to 22-1 with 11 TKOs and qualifies her for the next Girls S-Cup.
In non-tournament action, RENA got back to winning by knocking out "Muay Thai Idol" Zaza Sor Aree at 2:10 of the second round on a body shot. After winning back to back S-Cups, RENA was knocked down by Kamimura in an exhibition bout, then was outlasted by Ai Takahashi over five rounds, giving Takahashi the Shootboxing Mini Flyweight Championship.
Supposedly, a rematch of the exhibition bout between RENA and Kamimura has been scheduled for the November 23rd RISE event as a legitimate bout and not an exhibition. If true, expect the winner to get a shot at Ai Takahashi, as she was forced to pull out of a bout with Kamimura that was scheduled for today's event due to a fractured orbital bone.
Also in non-tournament action was RENA's younger sister MIO making her professional debut against an arm wrestling champion. MIO won by disqualification 1:52 into the first round.
Finally, notable MMA fighter HIROKO defeated Megumi Yabushita by TKO 3 seconds into the 3rd round. A matchup under MMA rules between HIROKO and Rin Nakai, who is returning on September 4th's Pancrase event, would generate a good amount of interest as the two have had trouble finding legitimate competition at a higher weight in Japan.Add a comment
The MuayThai Premier League has some more great things coming up as they're set to put on a star studded show in Los Angeles, California. After that though, they're headed to Rome on October 8th and the lineup is looking even better than their inaugural event, in my opinion.
No match-ups have been confirmed yet but a list of fighters have been confirmed to be fighting on the event. And let me tell you, the list is stacked:
The MPL is doing big things and they haven't even held an event yet. It's really early but right now if everything goes as planned, the MPL could emerge as one of the premiere stand up fighting organizations, especially considering it uses full Thai rules unlike K-1 or It's Showtime. Many fighters prefer Thai rules and fight better under them so it could definitely attract some more great fighters to add to the already stacked list of participants. [source]Add a comment
There is always some tough news in the world of combat sports, and this story I've seen floated around for a few days now and have neglected on purpose, but I feel as if it does need to be posted. British kickboxing champion Mark Fowler was fighting in Sydney, Australia over the weekend in a Muay Thai bout and collapsed in the fifth round of the fight due to head injuries and was unable to regain consciousness, passing away two days later in the hospital. This begs the question of just how safe combat sports are and how serious head injuries and head trauma should be taken within the realm of combat sports.
Combat sports are high impact and dangerous, which is really the name of the game. In reaction to this death many critics are calling for a deeper look into regulations and rules within kickboxing and Muay Thai, but it isn't clear if this is just an isolated incident or if there was a pre-existing injury that helped cause this accident. There is already talk from UK officials on looking into this incident;
Of course accidents like this are horrifying, if not rare and careful thought should go into further regulation/restrictions on the respective sports. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and for the opponent who has a tough burden to live with.Add a comment
Shoot Boxing sensation RENA returns to action over the weekend, as well as a full card of action including the Girl's S-Cup 2011 kicking off. This photo shows why Japan loves RENA and she'll be a star win or lose. [source]
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