|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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On March 6th, It's Showtime presents an interesting card, which will be headlined against Daniel Ghita in a Superheavyweight contest. We know that much, but one of the other big fights of the evening is L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni will be taking on LiverKick's good friend Andy Souwer. Souwer has hit a rough patch of late, with his loss to MMA fighter Toby Imada preventing him from having another war with Buakaw Por. Pramuk in the Shootboxing S-Cup tournament, and then in a warm-up fight to prepare for Aussie, he dropped a disputed decision to Abraham Roqueni in France earlier this month. Souwer has been plagued by a back injury of late which has prevented him from training up to his full potential, but all seems to be in order now.
Aussie is a star on the rise, and he is in the way of Andy Souwer, who wants to take his place at the top of the mountain once again. Thankfully for everyone, our friends at AFAV have decided to document both fighters' paths to the fight for the two weeks leading up to the fight. The first episode is catching up with Andy Souwer while he trains. [source]
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Last week's results: After his loss at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva, what now for Ray Sefo?
55% - Focus on being a trainer, not a fighter
26% - Stop MMA and focus on kickboxing for one final run
11% - Keep doing what he's doing
8% - Stop kickboxing and focus full time on MMA
This week - a pretty straight forward question:
Who is K-1's Greatest of All Time?
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There aren't many fighters who aren't world beaters that fans can get behind. In these fickle days, especially recently where we saw the tides magically turn on MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko for racking up the third loss in his storied career, the second in a row, and fans decided he could not be the Greatest of All Time, because right now he isn't the greatest competing. That sort of logic boggle the mind, as being an all-time great is not something that can magically be diminished at the twilight of one's career when they suffer a few losses that should push them into retirement. If Fedor goes on a 5-fight losing streak to lesser fighters, maybe we can have this discussion.
Anyway.This weekend in Japan there was a J-Network kickboxing show, and one of the names on the card was none other than Fire Harada. If you don't know who Fire Harada is, think back to the K-1 -63kgs Grand Prix. Harada was by far the underdog of the whole thing, he came in with a distinct lack of skill but a burning passion and a perennial underdog attitude. He discussed his love for professional wrestling, especially Super Delphin, formerly of Michinoku Pro, then Osaka Pro more recently. That was his hero. Well, going into this fight this weekend, Fire Harada had spoken with a few news outlets about possible retirement.
J-Network has a UStream account now, and the fight is on there. I urge you, to watch this, in awe, and understand how it is impossible to not become absolutely enamored with Fire Harada and wish he could fight forever. [source]
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Japan's kickboxing world marches on while everyone speculates about K-1's future. That is, in part, why it is so important to keep a positive attitude as a kickboxing fan, because no matter what, there will always be good fights surfacing. KRUSH will continue on this year, much like Shootboxing, and push forward with their March 19th event.
The big news is that MMA fighter Akihiro Gono will be making his return to the kickboxing ring, fighting at 70kgs against K-1 MAX fighter Yuya Yamamoto. Yamamoto's K-1 run was less-than-impressive and he has been working his way back up the ladder of late, while Gono has had some mixed success over the past few years, from UFC to DREAM to SRC. Gono will provide some stiff competition for Yuya, but it should be a war regardless.
NOB has a breakdown of the rest of the card. [source]
Krush First 55kg Champion Tournament Finals
Krush First 60kg Champion Tournament Finals
Krush First 63kg Champion Tournament Finals
Shootboxing kicked off its 2011 season last night with "Act 1." The main event was a rematch between two Shootboxing legends in the way of Hiroki Shishido and Bovy Sor. Udomson. Bovy took a KO win over Shishido in 2009, so on the 19th Shishido was looking for some revenge. Shishido was coming off of two losses and a win here was a big deal for him, as he took all five rounds against Bovy to seal the victory and kick off 2011 the right way. After the bout, Bovy claimed that 2011 would be his last year competing, and that he wants to finish out his career in Shootboxing.
The semi-main event saw more MMA crossover for Shootboxing, as Kuniyoshi Hironaka tried his hand at Shootboxing against Satoru Suzuki. Suzuki made short work of Hironaka, knocking him out with a big right hook in the first round to end it. Hironaka fights for Cage Force and was able to at least score a takedown during the bout, but there is no ground work in Shootboxing, so when it was time to get back up to their feet it was curtains for the grappler against the former boxing champion. This win was important for the former boxer, whose kickboxing career was not exactly on the right track before.
There was more MMA crossover for the show, as SRC fighter Shigeki Osawa made his way to the Shootboxing ring to take on Hiroaki Suzuki. You might remember Suzuki from his previous Shootboxing bout against Mitsuhiro Ishida, and this fight saw more of the same as Osawa is a wrestler and was able to score some points with his grappling, but the hands and feet of Suzuki were too much for him to compete with. Osawa proved he was tough, though, and held on for the full five rounds to drop the decision.
So now we look forward to April 23, where Shootboxing has announced that the next card will be a big one. There are three fighters announced for the card, including Shootboxing Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Ryuya Kusakabe, Girl's S-Cup Champion RENA and 3-time S-Cup Champion Andy Souwer will all be in action. The inclusion of Souwer and RENA on one card is huge, showing that Shootboxing doesn't plan on winding down any time soon. [source]Add a comment