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October: Huge Month For Kickboxing And Muay Thai

The first of October has come around, and with it comes a huge month of kickboxing and Muay Thai. Not only are there two major events in kickboxing (GLORY and K-1), but a ton of other marquee kickboxing events with marquee fighters and fights featured. Aside from kickboxing, there's also a ton of Muay Thai, particularly at the beginning of the month with some of the sports' best fighters like Saenchai, Singdam and Sam-A all fighting.

This month's action spans the entire globe, with events in Thailand, Japan, Belgium, Australia, France, England, the US and many more. It's probably the best month of this year so far, especially considering the summer lacked a kickboxing event from one of the major players.

Keep your eyes on LiverKick, as we'll be covering and featuring a ton of events, starting today.


Shootboxing S-Cup 2012: Andy Souwer, Joachim Hansen Among Participants

Shootboxing's S-Cup event takes place every two years, with the winners of it also legendary kickboxers in Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Andy Souwer. The S-Cup is back this year on November 17 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan and a press conference was held there recently to announce the events and some of the participants.

This year's S-Cup tournament participants will be:

Andy Souwer

Joachim Hansen

Hiroki Shishido

Hiroaki Suzuki

Bovy Sor Udomson

Warren Stevelmans

Winner of Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Henri van Opstal


Among participants in this year's S-Cup, Joachim Hansen, Hiroki Shishido and Hiroaki Suzuki were all on hand at the press conference. The most surprising addition to many was Joachim Hansen, a long time MMA fighter in its respective lightweight division for the majority of his career, having fought and been one of the best lightweights in the world. Hansen fought for Shooto, PRIDE and DREAM in his career in MMA, taking on the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. He hasn't fought at all this year, so his participation in this year's S-Cup will be his first fight(s) of the year.

Andy Souwer and Hiroki Shishido come as no surprise, as they're long time Shootboxing participants. Shishido actually qualified for the S-Cup by knocking out Satoru Suzuki with a spinning backfist on September 17 at Shootboxing 2012 Act.4. Two other fighters who qualified for this year's S-Cup at that event are Bovy Sor Udomson and Warren Stevelmans, with wins over Akihiro Gono and Hinata respectively. Hiroaki Suzuki, although being a long time veteran of Shootboxing is much lighter and usually fights between 62.5kg-65kg and is the Shootboxing Super Lightweight Champion, although he did beat fellow participant Hiroki Shishido earlier this year, albeit the fight was at 65kg.

The winner of Henri van Opstal against Yuichiro Nagashima at REBELS on October 28 in Japan will qualify, as well as a to be announced participant.


Yuki vs Javier Hernandez Headlines RISE 90 on October 25th

RISE has been bringing in foreign competition for a while with frequency and will look to do it once again on October 25th, bringing in former It’s Showtime 61kg champ and Liverkick #3 ranked Lightweight Javier Hernandez to take on their promotional Lightweight champion Yuki. Hernandez (25-5-0, 11 KO) gained notoriety last June when he defeated Karim Bennoui in a fight of the year candidate to take the It’s Showtime title. Most recently, Hernandez made it three straight unsuccessful defenses of the It’s Showtime 61kg title, losing the title to Masahiro Yamamoto back in July. Yuki (31-14-1, 23 KO) took part in both K-1 -63kg tournaments, but lost in the quarterfinals both times to eventual finalists. He won the inaugural RISE Lightweight title in a 4-man tournament with wins over Naoki and Koji Yoshimoto at the end of 2010 and has defended it once with an improbable comeback against Yuto Watanabe. Most recently, Yuki dropped a decision to RISE Korea Welterweight champ Lee Sun Hyun at RISE 88. This fight has a good chance for some real fireworks as both fighters have shown they can hand out just as much punishment as they can take. Hernandez should be the favorite here and have a noticeable speed advantage, but Yuki definitely has the power in both his punches and low kicks to pull off the upset. I wouldn’t be surprised if both fighters score knockdowns in this fight.

In a matchup for the recently vacated RISE Heavyweight title, #1 ranked Kengo Shimizu will rematch #2 ranked Raoumaru. Their first fight took place at RISE 88 with Shimizu scoring a 1st round KO, however that fight took place at 90kg. This fight taking place at heavyweight should help Roaumaru, but I expect a similar outcome for this fight. Shimizu (13-2-0, 12 KO) has won 6 and a row and was likely expecting a matchup with former RISE Heavyweight champ and one of the two losses on his record Makoto Uehara, but Uehara vacated, likely due to his participation and presumed future participation in K-1 and Shimizu was robbed of that opportunity and finds himself facing Raoumaru again. Raoumaru is 2-1 on the year with a win in RISE and one at Big Bang 10 and the loss to Shimizu.

In a fight to decide the aforementioned Yuki’s next title challenger, RISE Korea Welterweight champion Lee Sun Hyun will take on #1 ranked Hiroshi Mizumachi. For Lee, this is his fourth fight in the main branch of RISE and will be his second not against a promotional champion. At RISE 85, he lost a close decision to Super Lightweight champ Koji Yoshimoto after failing to make weight, then won a decision against Yuki. Most recently, he scored a TKO of Yuto Watanabe, who had just fought Yuki for the title. Mizumachi lost a superfight to Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto back at RISE 83 and a fight in Shootboxing at last year’s Shoot the Shooto, but is 1-0 this year with a win over Naoki at RISE 88. I like Lee to take the win here.

In a fight to decide the next challenger to Koji Yoshimoto’s Super Lightweight title, #1 ranked Yukihiro Komiya will take on #3 ranked Yasuomi Soda. Komiya (29-10-0, 6 KO) was the RISE 70kg champion until last year when he lost it to Takafumi Morita. After a loss to Yuji Nashiro to start 2012, Komiya dropped to 65kg where he has gone 2-0, defeating Yusuke Sugawara in RISE and picking up a win at Bing Bang 10 earlier this month. Soda (12-1-0, 4 KO) was the most recent challenger to Yoshimoto’s title, losing by decision and losing his undefeated record. He bounced back from that loss with a stoppage of Korean fighter Kim Dong Soo at RISE 87.

An important 55kg fight takes place at this event as well, with #2 ranked Dyki taking on MA Kick champion and #3 ranked Takashi Ohno. The winner of this fight will likely take on #1 ranked Ryuma Tobe for the recently vacated title, as former champion KENJI has moved to boxing. This fight is important because KENJI’s departure and Ryuya Kusakabe’s recent loss have blown open a hole in the 55kg division underneath now undisputed divisional kingpin Shota Takiya. The winner of this fight will help distance himself in a muddled, unclear Super Bantamweight division. Ohno has won 7 in a row since the start of 2011, winning his MA Kick title at the beginning of the year against Takuma Ito. He had his first fight in RISE at RISE 89 in July, beating then-undefeated DEEP*KICK 55kg champ Seiya Rokukawa. Dyki made it to the finals of the RISE 55kg tournament, but was stopped in the 1st round by KENJI. He lost his next fight after that to Ryuma Tobe, but has gone 2-0 since with wins over Hiroaki Mizuhara and Ariaki Okada.

Finally, at 63kg, #3 ranked Yuto Watanabe takes on Shootboxing #1 ranked Lightweight Yuji Sugawara. Watanabe challenged Yuki for the RISE Lightweight title back at RISE 87 and after two rounds, looked like he was en route to a stoppage or at least to an easy decision, however Yuki came on strong in the late stages of the fight and was able to drop Watanabe multiple times to get the come from behind decision win. Watanabe’s only fight since then was a stoppage loss to Lee Sun Hyun at RISE 89. Sugawara fought Hiroaki Suzuki for the vacant Shootboxing Lightweight title, but lost that fight and is 2-1 since.

RISE 90 will also feature the finals of the Featherweight tournament between Ittao and Ryo Pegasus.


KOK WGP 2012 Results: Dorel Wins Tournament, Tutu Beats Braan

The KOK WGP 2012 Lightweight tournament took place today in Chisinau, Moldova, featuring a one night, eight man tournament at 71kg as well as a fight between two of LiverKick's top 10 at light heavyweight.

The quarter finals started off with Dongu Kim, Mateusz Kopiec, Cristian Dorel and Eyevan Danenberg all winning by decision, setting the semi finals up for Dongu Kim vs. Mateusz Kopiec and Cristian Dorel vs. Eyevan Danenberg. Kopiev defeated Kim by decision and Dorel scored the lone KO win of the tournament, with a knee to the body of Danenberg in the second round. In the final, Cristian Dorel won a decision over Mateusz Kopiec, winning the tournament for the second year in a row.

Two LiverKick Top 10 light heavyweights faced off as Constantin Tutu met Sem Braan. It was a very close fight that probably could've gone to an extra round but Tutu was given the decision victory. It was rather disappointing though for Tutu, as his cardio was not very good and he was noticeably tired, especially in the third round. In order to really establish himself, Tutu will need to start fighting outside of these KOK events in Moldova and improve his cardio dramatically.

Reserve: Dominykas Bukantas def. Azizbek Yuldashev by decision

Quarter Final: Dongsu Kim def. Vitali Matei by decision in an extra round.

Quarter Final: Mateusz Kopiec def. Ruslan Kushnirenko by decision in an extra round.

Quarter Final: Cristian Dorel def. Yoichi Yamazaki by decision.

Quarter Final: Eyevan Danenberg def. Bogdan Stanciu by decision.

63kg: Maxim Railean def. Botirjon Tursunov by KO in Round 3.

Semi Final: Mateusz Kopiec def. Dongsu Kim by decision

Semi Final: Cristian Dorel def. Eyevan Danenberg by KO (Knee to Body) in Round 2.

83kg: Constantin Tutu def. Sem Braan by decision.

HW: Tomasz Szczepkowsk def. Dmitry Bezus by decision

Final: Cristian Dorel def. Mateusz Kopiev by decision



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