AFAV is a group that tosses together some really awesome video packages for the Dutch kickboxing scene, so it is no surprise that they lent a hand in recording the recent promo for the upcoming It's Showtime/Fight Stars event on March 6th. AFAV took all of the footage that they took for the upcoming event and tossed together their own, epic promo for it. [source]
Yasuhiro Kido has had a really strange run of bad luck. Most of the Japanese 70kgs fighters that K-1 has brought up in hopes of becoming the next Masato have had this bad luck. Think about it; Yuya Yamamoto imploded against hard competition, Yoshihiro Sato has had mild success, but can never piece things together, Taishin Kohiruimaki is now retired due to injury and the list could probably go on. The truth is, living up to the high standards set by Masato is impossible. I know lots of people have only seen Masato's fights and don't get what there is to live up to outside of being a champion kickboxer. Masato had the talent, charisma and good looks that every fight promoter dreams of. His television appearances popped gigantic ratings, film directors wanted Masato to cameo in their films so they could put him on the promotional materials.
Enter Yasuhiro Kido. Kido tore up the scene from 2003 until 2007 when K-1 decided to call him up from RISE and MAJKF/MA-Kick (whatever you feel like calling it today). His first year of 2008 showed promise, where he won the World MAX Japan tournament and made it to the Final 8. Then came the 4-loss streak, followed by two wins in 2009 and another loss streak, 3, in K-1. Kido was returning to his roots this weekend, participating in MA-Kick's BREAK-9 event at Shinjuku-FACE (think tiny bingo hall). Kido was taking place in a Super Middleweight tournament when his opponent dropped out due to injury, so Kido took on Tiger Hiroshi in an exhibition bout.
So Kido will have to fight another day, at least he got to show off and promote his blog.
Coming up on January 30 is the semi-final round of the United Glory World Series of Kickboxing and MMA - a pair of 8 man tournaments started last October and wrapping up this spring. The current favorite to win the kickboxing side of the tournament is the #6 ranked Gokhan Saki, however the latest rumors indicate Saki may end up dropping out of the January 30 event. Saki is still recovering from injuries suffered in his Grand Prix war with Daniel Ghita, and may not have time to get back in shape for this semi-final round. If he does indeed drop out, Saki will likely be replaced by his Golden Glory stablemate Errol Zimmerman. Zimmerman was originally scheduled to take part in the tournament, but had to drop out after being KO'd by Ghita at the K-1 Final 16.
The current semi-final matches have Saki vs. Wendel Roche and Brice Guidon vs. Mourad Bouzidi, with the winners meeting in the finals on April 21. Losing Saki would be unfortunate, but in all honesty would make the tournament more interesting. As it stands right now, Saki is the prohibitive favorite - Roche, Guidon, and Bouzidi are all talented fighters, but Saki stands head and shoulders above them. Zimmerman on the other hand is at a career low point, and more on a level with the other semi-finalists. He has already faced both Roche (with Zimmerman pulling off a close extra round decision win) and Bouzidi (in a fight that Bouzidi won via cut stoppage). Both opponents would make interesting rematches for The Bonecrusher, while the underrated Guidon would be a tough challenge for Zimmerman. Entering this tournament would help give us a clear view of just where Zimmerman stands right now, so while I wish Saki the best recovery, I won't complain about this switch if it happens.
On the MMA side, the semi-finals are currently listed as Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Alessio and Roan Carneiro vs. Tommy Depret, however there is some shuffling over here also, as Alessio posted on twitter that he has been forced to drop out due to an injury suffered in training. No word yet on a possible replacement. Again, winners here will meet in the finals on April 21.
The rest of the January 30 card includes a number of kickboxing and MMA super fights. Two fights of note for kickboxing fans: Robin van Roosmalen will be in action, though his opponent is not yet determined; and Frederic Sinistra faces Filip Verlinden.
Sudsakorn 13 Coins Gym (pictured, vs. Chahid) beat Kem Sitsongpeenong by decision in the groups round of the Isuzu Tournament this January 15th in Bangkok, Thailand. Sudsakorn dropped Kem in the fourth with an elbow en route to the decision victory.
This was a rematch and also a minor upset, since both are strong in the tournament field, but Kem was favored to win the entire tournament. Kem won the first fight by third round knockout.
Sudsakorn and Kem are in group A of the 67 kg Isuzu Tournament and have logged one win apiece, Sudsakorn over Kongjak Sor Thuantong and Kem over Nopparat Keatkhamtorn.
I'll post video once it gets up. This is a major fight so expect to see it within a day or two.