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Remembering What Was WMAC Masters

Kickboxing and martial arts of the like have had a rough time in the United States, as we've seen over the past few years where MMA has seen a boom and contraction period, while Kickboxing fans have been sitting around waiting for something to happen. Muay Thai has started to get some followers through grassroots promoting, but nothing huge. If you grew up in the 90's, there is a chance you'll remember this, as Shannon Lee "hosted" a fake martial arts tournament taking place at Universal Studios in Florida featuring some of the martial arts world's leading stuntmen and women. It was called WMAC Masters.

In the vein of hong kong cinema and Bruce Lee's movie that inspired so much, Enter the Dragon, it was a martial arts tournament with larger-than-life characters. If you never saw it, well, just watch. If you did, maybe this will bring back sweet memories of years past.

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Ryuji Kajiwara vs Thomas Adamandopoulos Set for Krush 63kg Title at Krush.21

Krush has solidified their commitment to bringing in foreign competition, announcing that 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara will attempt to defend his title for the second time against Frenchman Thomas Adamandopoulos at Krush.21 on August 12th. Kajiwara’s (22-10-1, 6 KO) last 8 fights have looked more or less the same, with Kajiwara sitting back and using his excellent counter-punching to find the flaws in his opponents, going 7-1 over those 8 fights, scoring a knockdown in almost every one of his wins over the likes of Koya Urabe, Kizaemon Saiga, Hiroya, Tetsuya Yamato and Naoki Ishikawa. His first title defense was a fun fight against Tetsuya Yamato which saw Kajiwara drop Yamato in the closing minute to secure a victory in an otherwise close fight. His most recent win was a decision over Hiroya at Krush.18 last month. Adamandopoulos (40-8-1, 23 KO) has fought in Krush once before, winning the ISKA World 62.3kg title over Keiji Ozaki by unanimous decision. However, since that win, Adamandopoulos has dropped two in a row, first losing his ISKA World title to Karim Bennoui by split decision at Nuit De Champions last November and most recently being KO’d by the heavy-handed Yetkin Ozkul for the same ISKA World title that he lost to Bennoui, who likely vacated it. Adamandopoulos is the better fighter and 10 years younger than Kajiwara, however the Krush champ should not be counted out. He has found a style that fits him well at this stage in his career and training with the Urabe brothers every day has done wonders for his boxing. I favor Adamandopoulos in this fight, but I favored Naokick, Saiga, Urabe and Yamato over Kajiwara and he found a way to score knockdowns on all of them, so Adamandopoulos better be on his game.

Another fight announced for the card is ISKA World 55kg champ Nobuchika Terado defending his title for the first time against former ISKA World title holder Andy Howson. The two were originally set to fight back at Krush.5 in January of 2010, but a foot injury forced Howson out of the bout. Terado (28-8-1, 12 KO) won the ISKA World 55kg title back at Krush.11 last August with a one-sided victory over the UK’s Kieran McAskill, sending McAskill to the mat several times throughout the fight with leg kicks. He is 3-1 in his last 4, with the loss coming in just 71 seconds at the hands of Krush 55kg champ Shota Takiya in a challenge for Takiya’s belt. He most recently defeated Team Dragon prospect Namito Izawa at Krush-EX 2012 vol.1 back in April. Howson held the ISKA World 55kg title under Muay Thai rules (Terado’s is the Oriental rules title) until last May when he was unable to defend it against fellow Brit Dean James. I do not believe he has fought since then, but considering it was over a year ago, it is possible that he has. I don’t know what ISKA has planned, but it would be nice to see the winner of this face off with James, though I am not sure what ruleset would be used.

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SuperKombat Headed To Varna, Bulgaria On July 7

SuperKombat has made stops in Montenegro and their home base of Romania so far this year, and on July 7 they're headed to another location.

SuperKombat will hold an event on July 7 in Varna, Bulgaria. The show takes place in the Palace of Culture and Sports, which holds up to about 5500 people.

More information will be announced at a press conference in Varna on June 5, which will be streaming live at superkombat.com/live at 14:00 EEST (Eastern European Summer Time). Right now though, SuperKombat has revealed that Raul Catinas, Freddy Kemayo, Ismael Londt, Catalin Morosanu and Alexey Ignashov will be on the card. A fight that has been rumored for the event is Corneliu "Coco" Rus vs. Alexey Ignashov, but nothing is official yet. [source]

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Brice Guidon Fought Semmy Schilt With a Leg Injury, Out of Action Until 2013

GuidonMany say that without a doubt, Semmy Schilt is the #1 Heavyweight (or in his case, Super Heavyweight) in the world of Kickboxing, but in March of this year, in his first fight back, he fought a very, very game Brice Guidon. Guidon has has a good career, but has just fallen short of elite status with losses to Gokhan Saki and Sergei Laschenko, most recently, obviously, the loss to Schilt. If you caught the fight between Schilt and Guidon, you'd probably note just how good Guidon looked against a fighter on the level of Semmy Schilt. Better than most fighters could ever imagine to look.

In a mind-blowing revelation, Guidon recently revealed that he was injured for that fight and was barely mobile.

"I broke my knee ligament 2 weeks before my fight against Schilt, of course i want to do the fight no matter what, maybe not that smart, ahah. I can't use my right leg during the fight, i try 2-3 times but i think it was more painfull to me that to Sem, ahah.

Right after my fight i get a suregery and i ll be back beginning of 2013..."

We wish Guidon a speedy recovery, and can only imagine how good he'll look upon his return if he looked that good injured against Schilt.

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