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Ryuji Kajiwara vs Rashata Set for Krush 63kg Title Fight; Yoshihiro Sato vs Abbe Joof in Sweden

After announcing about a week ago that Ryuji Kajiwara would defend his 63kg title at Krush.14 on December 9th, which is also the final 2 rounds of the Krush Supernova tournament, Krush has announced Kajiwara's opponent to be none other than WBC Muay Thai Japan Lightweight champion Rashata. AJKF product Kajiwara earned his Krush title in the 63kg tournament held over the past year, first defeating Naoki Ishikawa in a rematch before the tournament, then rattling off decision victories in each round over TaCa, Kizaemon Saiga and Koya Urabe. Kajiwara went on to compete in the 2011 K-1 63kg Japan tournament, losing to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals. Rashata has been on a roll since 2009, going 7-2-1 since the start of that year and picking up the WBC Japan title, as well as defending it twice. In this stretch, Rashata earned wins over former AJKF champions Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto, Masahiro Yamamoto and Hiromasa Masuda. A scalp of another AJKF regular would be big for Rashata, as being Krush champion would be great publicity for the young, talented fighter.

Also announced for the card were the tournament reserve fights which pit Shimpei Keita vs Sho Ogawa and Daizo Sasaki vs Kengo Sonoda, all of whom were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. Sho Ogawa lost to HIROYA in the Block A final, Sasaki to Masaaki Noiri in Block B, Keita to Koya Urabe in Block C and Sonoda to Yukimitsu Takahashi in Block D.

In other news, Sweden's Rumble of the Kings promotion has announced a fight with 2010 K-1 World MAX Finalist Yoshihiro Sato taking on Swedish fighter Abbe Joof. Joof has fought at Rumble of the Kings on past occasions, most notably taking on Artur Kyshenko in 2009. Sato made it to the finals of last year's K-1 MAX tournament, losing to Giorgio Petrosyan in the finals and has gone on a bit of a rough stretch since, going 2-2 with wins over Shemsi Beqiri and Albert Kraus with his losses to Andy Souwer and Armen Petrosyan, however all fights, aside from the Souwer fight, were close decisions and likely could have gone either way.

Already set for that card are kickboxing bouts between Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex, as well as Chahid Oulad el Hadj taking on Dzhabar Askerov. There are also MMA bouts that pit Ray Sefo against Jorgen Kruth and Marius Zaromskis against Bruno Carvalho.{jcomments on}

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Canada vs. China in Richmond, Canada on November 25

Canada vs. ChinaWe've been touting Canada as one of the hidden gems of the Muay Thai world for quite a while now, with the shows that happen in the hockey-loving, seal-clubbing neighbor to the north putting on more and more quality events. On November 25th it will be no difference, as this time Canadian promoter Sport Muay Thai Fighting Championships will promote an event dubbed "Canada vs. China."

Our friends at Muay Thai Authority have the full fight card.

Fight Card:

Jesse Miles (Canada) vs. Cao Yaomin (China)

Nate Smandych (Canada) vs. Xiao Jie (China)

Hakeem Dawodu (Canada) vs. Feng Jie (China)

Adam Blanchette (Canada) vs. Yang Yuanfei (China)

Sinisa Knezevic (Canada) vs. Fu Gaofeng (China)

Jessica Gladstone (Canada) vs. Li Hui (China)

Nicci Soutiere (Canada) vs. Bai Jing (China)

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Bovy Sor Udomson vs Gago Drago, Satoru Suzuki vs Christophe Pruvost Added to Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing and Shooto have announced four more bouts for the Shootboxing portion of their co-promotion Shoot the Shooto on November 6th, however 3 of the four bouts are Shootboxing vs other kickboxing organizations as opposed to kickboxing vs MMA.

First, Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson has been announced to take on K-1 and It's Showtime fighter Gago Drago. After starting 2010 2-1 with an exciting win over Takaaki Umeno in Shootboxing, Bovy lost 5 straight fights starting with a loss in the quarterfinals of the 2010 S-Cup to Andy Souwer. However, Bovy recently snapped his losing streak with a much needed win over the surging Toby Imada. Drago has struggled over the past year as well, losing 5 straight fights, most recently to Artur Kyshenko in last month's It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament. Drago should be considered the favorite here, but with the inconsistencies of both fighters, this could be seen as a toss up and could turn into a wild brawl as both fighters are accustomed to.

The next matchup is former boxer and Shootboxing convert Satoru Suzuki taking on the Swiss-born former AJKF Welterweight champion Christophe Pruvost. Suzuki's initial foray into kickboxing was rather unsuccessful as he lost his first 5 fights all by TKO. However, 4 of his first 5 fights came against Masato, Mike Zambidis, Lim Chi Bin and MMA fighter Kenta Takagi. Suzuki first fought in Shootboxing in April of 2010 and has not fought for another organization since, going 4-3 with a pair of wins over Kenji Kanai and a win over MMA fighter and recently crowned Shooto Welterweight champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka while his losses have come to Takaaki Umeno, Hiroki Shishido and Henry Van Opstal. Pruvost is a Swiss-born fighter who came to Japan in 2006 to learn kickboxing, ultimately joining the Shibuya Scramble gym. He fought most of his career in AJKF, starting 7-0 before taking 3 straight losses, the last of which was to Soichiro Miyakoshi. Pruvost bounced back from those 3 losses to earn a title shot against Welterweight champion Yuya Yamamoto, winning the fight by a 4th round doctor's stoppage and earning the title of last AJKF Welterweight champion. Purvost hasn't fought much since AJKF's decline with only 1 fight in 2010 and none in 2011.

Another bout announced is former MA Kick Super Lightweight and Welterweight champion Hiroshi Mizumachi taking on Shootboxing's Masaya Matsuhana. Mizumachi has fought sparingly lately, with only 4 fights since the beginning of 2009 and all of them have been losses, but this fight marks his Shootboxing debut. Matsuhana had a pair of fights in the K-1 Koshien 70kg circuit, losing in the semifinals of the 2009 tournament to Shintaro Matsukura. He also picked up a couple of wins in Shootboxing this year.

The final fight announced was a women's matchup between two participants of Shootboxing's Japan Women's Preliminary tournament, MINA and MMA fighter Emi Fujino. MINA upset Valkyrie Featherweight champion and 2009 Girls' S-Cup finalist VV Mei in the quarterfinals of the Japan Preliminary tournament before losing to Seo Hee Ham in the semifinals. Fujino lost in the quarterfinals to Seo Hee Ham.

Full announced fight card after the break

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Saenchai Sinbimuaythai vs Shunsuke Oishi Announced for It's Showtime Japan 5/M-1 Muay Thai

A huge Thailand vs Japan fight has been announced for the fifth It's Showtime Japan event, a co-promotion with M-1's RAORAK Muay Thai Final event and it is perrenial contender around 60kg Saenchai Sinbimuaythai taking on former J-Network champion and K-1 veteran Shunsuke Oishi.

This fight adds to two other relatively high profile fights where rising star Genji Umeno battles Dekkamon Himaraigym for the WPMF World Featherweight title and Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his WPMF World Light Welterweight title against Arita Tsukahara. It is a bit of an odd choice though as Oishi is riding a 2-fight losing streak. After losing to RISE champions Koji Yoshimoto and Yuki, Oishi was placed in the first K-1 -63kg qualifier in 2010, earning a spot against Koya Urabe after a win over Takuya Shirahama in Krush. Oishi lost a decision to Urabe in the Final 22 and went on to win the J-Network Super Lightweight title against Yusuke Sugawara before losing it back to him in June. Saenchai only has three losses since November of 2004 and his two fights since then against Japanese fighters, including Tetsuya Yamato, were one sided beatdowns that resulted in first round TKOs. Saenchai should win this handily, but if Yuji Nashiro's upset over Albert Kraus, Yasuhiro Shirasu's upset over Yodsanklai and Toby Imada's upset over Andy Souwer have shown us anything in the past year, it's that anything is possible. However, this would be a much bigger upset than any of the aforementioned fights as Saenchai is often seen as near untouchable and Oishi is far from the elite at this weight in Japan. {jcomments on}

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