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Krush Adds 58kg, 67kg Weight Classes

Krush has just announced that, as of Krush.24 on November 10th, they will be introducing two new weight classes at -58kg and -67kg. The -58kg class is a compromise between Featherweight (57.15kg) and Super Featherweight (59kg) while -67kg is essentially the same as the Welterweight limit (66.68kg). Hopefully, Krush will be looking to really showcase these new weight classes in this year's last 3 events and there is plenty of talent to be showcased.

While most Super Featherweights have already moved up to the Krush-standard 60kg limit, 58kg will likely bring in Japan's top Featherweights, which has become one of their more talented division. At the top of the division stands Genji Umeno who just lost a 61kg fight in K-1 to Chang-hyun Lee, but prior to that was ranked at Lumpinee Stadium and held the WPMF Japan title. It is hard to know if he will continue to fight with K-1 or if Krush will be able to put him on some of their future cards, which would certainly be a big plus for Krush. Just below him is undefeated Hiroki Akimoto who is fresh off of a win over the nearly equally talented Yosuke Morii. Other top fighters include NJKF champ Heihachi Nakajima, Daiki Nagashima, Yuji Umehara, Yasukai Koyama, Masato Sato and the RISE Featherweight Tournament finalists Ryo Pegasus and Ittao.

67kg doesn't quite have the depth of Krush's other weight classes, but it is the home of standouts Yuya Yamato, who holds the WBC Japan title and T-98, who holds the WPMF Japan title, as well as prospect Masato Otake and veteran Soichiro Miyakoshi. It also allows for fighters at 65kg to move up instead of drain themselves to drop to 63kg, opening the door for fighters like Yukihiro Komiya, RISE 65kg champ Koji Yoshimoto, Yusuke Sugawara and Yasuomi Soda. 

Hopefully with these new weight classes will also come 8 or even 16-man tournaments and maybe even a Featherweight class for the Youth Tournament. 


Batu Khasikov Returns On Saturday, Also Against Gago Drago In November

Batu Khasikov made a name for himself in 2011 when he defeated both Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis. He's only fought once in 2012, where he won a very controversial decision over Warren Stevelmans.

Khasikov returns to the ring on this Saturday, October 14 in Khabarovsk, Russia. For this fight he'll have an easier opponent than his three previous fights, as he takes on Mohammed Reza Nazari from Iran, at 75kg. Nazari has fought in Russia four times, with two wins, a loss and a no contest in the country. This is more of a fight to prepare him for his fight just three weeks after in November.

On November 3, Khasikov will fight Gago Drago in Moscow, Russia at Battle of Moscow 8. That fight will be at 72.5kg. It's strange for Khasikov to be fighting so shortly after another fight, as over the past few years he's generally been very inactive, only fighting twice in all of 2011 and only once so far this year. He is said to be preparing for a big fight, as Fight Nights, his promotion, continually tries to negotiate a fight between himself and Buakaw.

Khasikov isn't just a fighter, as he also is extensively involved as a producer in the organizational and promotional aspects of the Fight Nights promotion.


SuperKombat Final Elimination On November 10: Details

SuperKombat has a busy schedule this fall with an event this month on October 20, next month on November 10 and on December 22. Today SuperKombat sent out details of their Final Elimination event, which will lead into their December show.

The Final Elimination will take place on November 10 in Craiova, Romania at the newly-opened Sports Hall that seats 5000 people. Eduard Irimia shared some of the names that we can expect to see on the event:

“For the moment I can share a few names. We will have the SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Qualification winners, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas, Benjamin Adegbuyi and the winner from SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Fourth Qualification, scheduled for October 20th at Arad – Romania, but also Alexey Ignashov, Daniel Sam, Freddy Kemayo and Ismael Londt.”

Along with those regular SuperKombat names, there will also be some fighters from this weekend's K-1 Final 16:

“We will make a selection from there and some of them will be at Craiova on November 10th for SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Final Elimination. A press conference will be held at Tokyo after K-1 World GP 2012 Final 16, where we will announce the fight card and the plans for the next year.”, said SUPERKOMBAT® President – Eduard Irimia.

As for the event in December, there is no set location yet but possible ones are Istanbul or Abu Dhabi. For more information, read the full press release on SuperKombat's website.



TK2 On Saturday: Sudsakorn, Thomas Adamandopoulos In Action

This weekend alone is pretty stacked, with quite a few other events besides GLORY's big card in Brussels taking place. One card in particular is TK2 World MAX 2012, which takes place in Marseilles, France on this Saturday, October 6. The card features the likes of Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Thomas Adamandopoulos, as well as some good French fighters and a four man tournament.

The main attraction is local fighter Cedric Castagna taking on Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee. Castagna comes from a full contact background and even though he's one of the local attractions, he probably isn't going to beat Sudsakorn. Castagna was actually originally scheduled to fight Giorgio Petrosyan of all people.

Right under Castagna and Sudsakorn is Thomas Adamandopoulos, our #6 ranked lightweight. He fights Cyril Abbas, another local fighter with a full contact background, although this fight should be more competitive than Sudsakorn vs. Castagna. Abbas had a K-1 rules fight in preparation for this one, but Adamandopoulos is still the likely winner.

Another fight in the same weight category as Adamandopoulos and Abbas is a very interesting fight, as Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud face off. Both fighters have been stopped by Adamandopoulos in the past, Peynaud in late 2010 and Diarra in mid 2011 in full contact. Both however have gotten better, particularly Diarra who has racked up a lot of wins since that loss to Adamandopoulos. The winner of this fight in my opinion jumps up to the level where they could possibly compete with some of France's best at this weight.

There's also a four man tournament at 72kg with Jeremy Ragazzacci and Mohamed Diaby of France, along with Faycal El Hammoutti of Belgium and Kyle Stewart of Scotland.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Cedric Castagna

Thomas Adamandopoulos vs. Cyril Abbas

Modibo Diarra vs. Cedric Peynaud

Wallid Haddad vs. Sekou Dembele

Yoan Scordato vs. Anthony Veleix

Wilfried Martin vs. Samba Bocar

Tournament 72kg:

Jeremy Ragazzacci

Mohamed Diaby 

Faycal El Hammoutti

Kyle Stewart



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