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RISE 93 Results: Komiyama Tops Yuki

Earlier today at Differ Ariake RISE held RISE 93, headlined by a 61kg matchup between 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama and former 63kg champ Yuki. Also on the card was a matchup between Krush's Yukimitsu Takahashi and RISE #3 Lightweight Yuto Watanabe.

In the main event, Kosuke Komiyama was able to keep his distance and outpoint LiverKick #5 Lightweight Yuki en route to a 3rd round majority decision on scores of 30-28, 29-28 and 29-29. Yuki was unable to get inside and use his power while Komiyama exploited Yuki's weaknesses. This win is the biggest of Komiyama's career and could earn him a shot in a GLORY qualifying tournament next year, though I'm not so sure he'd want to move up to 65kg. Another intriguing matchup would be with Krush champion Hirotaka Urabe or SHIGERU, but he'll probably get an easier matchup as he is expected to fight again at RISE 94 on July 20th. Yuki was unable to bounce back from a one-sided loss to Masaaki Noiri, but put in a good effort here. He may not be a top 10 fighter for much longer due to his struggles against more technical fighters, but he'll continue to be a staple in the Lightweight division due to his power and heart.

In the co-main event, Krush veteran Yukimitsu Takahashi scored an upset just 16 seconds into the fight as he knocked out Yuto Watanabe with a head kick. Known for his flashy style, Takahashi had been more of a point fighter that put on entertaining brawls that rarely ended in finishes. However he picks up his biggest career win in impressive fashion, bouncing back from a loss to Shunsuke Oishi in a fight for the vacant J-Network title. Should he choose to fight for RISE again, I don't see why they wouldn't put him in a title match against Sun Hyun Lee or a #1 contender bout against Yuki. Watanabe had been on a tear lately, with the only blemishes on his record coming in a title fight against Yuki in which Yuki needed a huge comeback to win and against current 63kg champ Sun Hyun Lee, a fight that Watanabe lost in an extension round. This is a big step back for Watanabe, who expected a rematch with Lee if he had won this fight.

At 55kg, DEEP*KICK champ Seiya Rokukawa picked up a decision win over Masayosi Kunimoto. At Heavyweight, Hiromi Amada scored a decision over Kazuki Nojiri. At 60kg, 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winner Masanobu Goshu kept his undefeated record with a majority decision over KING. At 70kg, J-Network Super Welterweight champ Ichiro Morimoto knocked out Krush veteran Hareruya in the 1st round. At 55kg Hiroaki Mizuhara returned from a nearly year-long absence and was upset by Yu Kinjo, who scored a 2nd round knockdown and won a unanimous decision. At 63kg, Shohei Asahara snapped a 5-fight losing streak against 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winner Yuya Fujita. Finally, 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winners Yuta Murakoshi and Keisuke Niwa won their fights against Hikaru Fujikashi and Shunji Miyata, respectively.

Quick results after the break


Krush.28 Results: Takeru Captures Inaugural 58kg Title

Krush.28 took place earlier this week at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by the finals of the 58kg Tournament between Takeru and Nobuchika Terado to crown the first Krush 58kg champion. Also on the card were 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe against Italy's Antonio Campagna and former 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara against the up and coming Minoru Kimura.

In the main event, Takeru and Nobuchika Terado were even throughout the fight, tagging each other constantly over the course of 3 rounds, but a 1st round knockdown for Takeru was the difference as he won a unanimous decision on scores of 29-27(x3). Terado's biggest weakness over the last few years has been the first round, getting dropped by Ryuya Kusakabe, Shota Takiya and Andy Howson in the opening frame. Takeru exploited that weakness and picked up his 6th straight win and improved to 11-1-0 (7 KO), the sole loss coming on a doctor stoppage due to a broken nose. I fully expect Takeru to stay at this weight as he is only 21 years old and probably wants to avoid fights with 55kg teammates Takumi, Namito Izawa, Norick Kitani and Keisuke Ishida. As for future opponents, we'll have to see if some higher profile 60kg fighters move down. If not, Krush will have to bring in either foreign competition or start taking guys from other organizations. For Terado, there's not a whole lot to say. It's clear that at 32 he is still an elite fighter, but he has been in a lot of wars and they are starting to take their toll. By no means should he retire, but his habit of starting slow and his declining defense will mean he'll struggle to pick up wins against the upper echelon of whatever division he chooses to fight at.

In the co-main event, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe pushed his unbeaten streak to 15 with a 3rd round knockout of WAKO Italy Lightweight champion Antonio Campagna. Despite a 11cm height advantage for Campagna, Urabe dominated the fight, pressuring Campagna throughout. Despite his streak, this was by far Urabe's most dominant performance in the past 8 months, as he barely got by Xavier Bastard and SHIGERU, needing extension round cut stoppages to beat them both, and fought Naoki Ishikawa to a draw. This was a very solid win for him after a trio of tough battles and I'd like to see him right back at it in his next outing with either a 4th fight against Ishikawa or a rematch with SHIGERU. 

At 64kg, Minoru Kimura produced a big upset by knocking out former Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara at 1:50 of the 3rd round. The 19 year old Kimura, who is known for his fast starts and big power, had a good gameplan for the fight as he was patient in the 1st, then turned it up with combinations in the 2nd and 3rd, dropping Kajiwara once in each round, the latter of which ended the fight. This is by far the biggest win of Kimura's young career and marks his 4th in a row, all of which have come by knockout. With Masaaki Noiri fighting in NJKF and Koya Urabe and Gagny Baradji tied up in the ISKA Lightweight tournament, Minoru Kimura may have just earned himself a shot at 63kg champ Hideaki Yamazaki. And I don't see how Krush can pass up on the opportunity as both fighters have power and aren't afraid to let their hands go. This is a big step back for Kajiwara who has lost two in a row and three of his last four. After a career-best run from 2010 to 2012 that saw him pick up wins over Koya Urabe, Tetsuya Yamato, Kizaemon Saiga, Naoki Ishikawa and HIROYA, he finds himself in the middle of the pack at Lightweight. At 36, age isn't too much of a concern as his counterpunching style doesn't get him into too many brawls, but it is plausible to think his speed is declining with each subsequent outing. He is still a very talented fighter, but this loss knocks him out of the top 10 in Japan and his age will make an even harder climb back to the top.

At 70kg, Shintaro Matsukura picked up a majority decision win over Yoichi Yamazaki. Matsukura returned to 70kg in this fight after dropping to 67kg to compete in the Krush GP earlier this year where he won his quarterfinal against Makihira Keita, but was completely outclassed by Yuta Kubo.

At 67kg, Yuya Yamamoto and TaCa did what they are best at and put on an entertaining brawl that went to an extension round where TaCa dropped Yamamoto to earn a decision victory. After a poor performance in the 63kg WILDRUSH League, TaCa is now 2-1 at 65kg and 67kg with the sole loss coming to Yuta Kubo. While Yamamoto had been struggling, he showed some of the skill that got him to the K-1 World MAX Semifinals in 2009 earlier this year in the Krush GP, stopping Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and pushing Abdallah Ezbiri to the brink in their semifinal bout. While he's still a game competitor, an on his game Yamamoto would have beaten TaCa quite handily.

Finally in the 55kg WILDRUSH League, league leader Takumi picked up his third win with his first stoppage, knocking out Yuya Suzuki in the first round. Both fighters had 4 points going into the bout, but it was Takumi who took a commanding lead with 7 points in three fights. In the other bout Yuki Masato picked up his first win over Kazuki Okawa with a dominant performance that resulted in a unanimous decision. Both men now have 3 points.

Quick results after the break


GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results

GLORY 8 Tokyo is taking place soon with a stacked card featuring an eight man tournament at 65kg with the likes of Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, Mosab Amrani and Liam Harrison, as well as single fights with the likes of Peter Aerts, Jamal Ben Saddik, Andy Ristie and Albert Kraus.

The event gets started off with the Road to GLORY portion, which isn't being shown on the stream, but results will also be provided for that. Full fight card can be seen here.

GLORY 8 starts broadcasting live at 2AM ET/11PM PT in North America, or at 7:00 AM in London, England, which is 3:00 PM local Tokyo time. You can watch the event live on LiverKick for $20 USD here.

Live results will be provided and updated in this post, as they happen. For live updates, details and play by play, we'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia and @Liverkickdotcom

70kg: Hirono Yu def. Danilo Zanolini by majority decision.

85kg semi final: Magnum Sakai def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.

85kg semi final: Kengo Shimizu def. Yuki Niimura by unanimous decision.

61kg: Tatsuya Inaishi def. Yuji Takeuchi by split decision.

55kg: Dyki def. Jang Yong Ho by KO in Round 1.

85kg final: Kengo Shimizu def. Magnum Sakai by majority decision.


65kg reserve: Andrej Bruhl def. Yukihiro Komiya by decision.

65kg reserve: Chonlek Super Pro Samui def. Zen Fujita by decision.

65kg quarter final: Mosab Amrani def. Marcus Vinicius by decision.

65kg quarter final: Masaaki Noiri def. Liam Harrison by TKO (Cut) in Round 2.

65kg quarter final: Gabriel Varga def. Abdellah Ezbiri by decision.

65kg quarter final: Yuta Kubo def. Chi Bin Lim by KO (Knee to Body) in Round 2.

70kg: Yoshihiro Sato def. Sung Hyun Lee by decision.

HW: Jerome Le Banner def. Koichi Watanabe by decision.

65kg semi final: Masaaki Noiri def. Mosab Amrani by decision.

65kg semi final: Yuta Kubo def. Gabriel Varga by decision.

70kg: Andy Ristie def. Albert Kraus by KO (Knee) in Round 2.

HW: Peter Aerts def. Jamal Ben Saddik by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 2.

65kg final: Yuta Kubo def. Masaaki Noiri by decision.



Shootboxing 2013 act.2 Results: Shishido Tops Takaya, Mohan Dragon KOs Suzuki

Yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Shootboxing held its second major event of the year, headlined by a 67kg matchup between fan favorite Hiroki Shishido and DREAM Featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya. The rest of the card featured Shootboxing stars RENA, Hiroaki Suzuki, Satoru Suzuki and Naguranchun Masa M16, as well as stars and champions from other promotions like Kosuke Komiyama, Kizaemon Saiga, Mohan Dragon and Lorena Klijn.

In the main event, Hiroki Shishido dominated DREAM champ Hiroyuki Takaya en route to a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 from all 3 judges. Shishido knocked Takaya down twice in the opening round with a kick to the body and a spinning backfist, securing an early lead. In the 3rd, Shishido was deducted a point for kicking a downed Takaya, but he had already secured such a big lead that the deduction didn't hurt him. Shishido has now won 3 of his last 4 after seeing his career going into a tailspin, where he lost 6 of 7. Takaya hadn't been very active over the last year, fighting on New Year's Eve in 2011 and not fighting in 2012 until again on New Year's Eve, where he lost to Georgi Karakhanyan.

In the co-main event, MA Kick champion Mohan Dragon surprised nearly everyone by knocking out Shootboxing Lightweight champion Hiroaki Suzuki in the 1st round. The fight started well for Suzuki, who was returning to 65kg after fighting in last year's S-Cup, as he knocked Mohan down with a left hook. However, the brawler from Nepal refused to be put away and scored with a massive right hook that sent Suzuki to the ground where he struggled to get up before the count of 10, forcing the ref to stop the fight. The win is huge for Mohan Dragon, who competed and lost in the opening round of the Road to GLORY 65kg tournament. Going in, there was little doubt that this would be a brawl as both men love to throw down and pack significant power. However, the consensus was that Suzuki's defense was better, that he had more power and that he would dominate in every aspect of the fight. The loss is Suzuki's first since 2010 and snaps a 6 fight winning streak. 

At 70kg, the crowd-pleasing Satoru Suzuki put his Shootboxing Super Welterweight title on the line against Yuki Sakamoto and it was Sakamoto who came out on top on scores of 50-48, 49-47 and 49-48. The little-known Sakamoto has quietly put together a 14-2 record entirely under the Shootboxing banner and the win will get him a lot of name recognition, as well as matchups with some of Shootboxing's better 70kg fighters or foreign talent. Despite his overwhelming popularity, the results have not been there from the former boxer Suzuki, who is just 2-5 since 2012.

In a 60kg #1 contender's bout, K-1 veteran Kizaemon Saiga took an extension round unanimous decision over Shootboxing Featherweight champion Naguranchun Masa M16 after a majority draw. Saiga's speed was too much, as he got the better of most of the boxing exchanges and Naguranchun wasn't able to abuse the Shootboxing ruleset enough to earn the victory. Saiga improves to 3-0 in the organization and has earned a shot at 60kg champ Akifumi Utagawa. Naguranchun drops his 2nd straight bout after losing to RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama.

Speaking of Kosuke Komiyama, he faced South Korea's Seong Jae Kim, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26 and 30-27(x2). Komiyama got a bit of an easier challenge after taking on Shootboxing champions Naguranchun Masa M16 and Akifumi Utagawa in back to back appearances. He pushes his win streak to 9 and he could probably argue that he is the next challenger to the Shootboxing 60kg belt as well. I'd definitely like to see him fight Saiga, whether there's a belt on the line or not, either under Shootboxing rules or under Krush/RISE rules. Kim splits time between MMA and kickboxing, fighting out of the Gumi MMA gym, home to Korean MMA standout Doo Ho Choi. 

Shootboxing prospect MASAYA moved up to 67kg and bounced back from a loss to Kizaemon Saiga with a 2nd round stoppage of Horu Tarai. I'd like to see him face Hiroaki Suzuki next, as his ties with the Cesar Gym mean he won't be leaving Shootboxing for some time. 

Going over to the women's side, 3-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA took on highly touted Taiwanese muay thai practitioner Peiling Du. RENA took advantage of her opponent's unfamiliarity to the rules, scoring a few throws early in the fight before finishing it in the 3rd round with a choke. This was RENA's first fight since last year's Girls S-Cup in August, as she was recovering from an injury. It is very possible that her next fight will be her rematch with Erika Kamimura in RISE. 

In a 53.5kg fight, Lorena Klijn, the woman who upset Erika Kamimura in last year's Girls S-Cup, returned to Shootboxing, taking a majority decision over Miyo Yoshida on scores of 30-29, 29-28 and 29-29. Klijn competed in last year's S-Cup, drawing tournament co-favorite Erika Kamimura in the quarters, but she hung with Kamimura over the first three rounds, forcing an extension round where she scored a shoot point, ensuring victory. In the semis, she faced 2009 finalist V.V Mei, again going to an extension round, but was on the receiving end of several throws that gave V.V Mei the win. This is a solid win over Yoshida, who has beaten everyone Shootboxing put in front of her except Kamimura and now Klijn.

Finally, in a JKS48 qualifier, 2012 champion MIO moved on to the next round with a over Sayaka Yoshina while 2012 quarterfinalist Yuuki Kiratsu beat 2012 semifinalist Yusa Taichi to advance. 


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