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Gokhan Saki Off Jan. 30 Card?

Gokhan_SakiComing 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.

The entire card will be streamed at UnitedGlory.tv.  For details, including the complete line-up, be sure to visit UnitedGlory.nl.

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Sudsakorn Defeats Kem in Isuzu Tournament

SudsakornSudsakorn 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.

edit: Video is up.

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Watch, and Find Out the Hype Around RENA

We've been talking about RENA a bit the past few days, the 2009 and 2010 SHOOTBOXING Girls S-Cup Champion, but for a lot of people out there, they might not be as familiar with SHOOTBOXING, never mind Girls SHOOTBOXING. Leave it to one of our favorite readers, Jill, to toss together an awesome highlight video where you can see RENA's awesome use of push kicks, mid kicks and great judo throws that put her on top of the SHOOTBOXING mountain. [source]

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More Shootboxing 2011 Details

More news today from Japan’s Shootboxing organization.  The normally quiet company has been making a lot of noise in the past few weeks as they get things in place for their upcoming 2011 season.  We already heard the news that their 5 main shows were scheduled (for Feb. 19, Apr. 23, Jun. 5, Sep. 10, and Nov. 11), that we could expect to see both 2010 S-Cup finalists Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Toby Imada return this year, and that the Feb. 19 show would feature an exciting rematch between one of the top Shootboxing Japanese stars Hiroki Shishido and the fun Thai brawler Bovy Sor. Udomson.  Now we have confirmation on some of their other 2011 plans.

To start, this year will feature the 3rd annual Girls S-Cup, scheduled for some time in August.  No other details yet, but you can bet two time S-Cup champion RENA will be back to defend her crown.  RENA is one of the hottest stars in the Japanese fight game right now, and her recent appearance on TV drew huge ratings.  She’s a great asset for Shootboxing, and it’s a smart move for them to continue putting the spotlight on her at the Girls S-Cup.  Hopefully this year we will also see more development of other women in this division, such as Japanese fighter Hisae Watanabe, V Hajime, and Ai Takahashi.  I’m also hoping to see American Kate Martinez back, as she had a strong performance at last year’s event.

Also announced is the return of the Young Caesar’s Cup.  The Cup is Shootboxing’s version of K-1 Koshien, giving young fighters a chance to gain valuable experience and make their way into the main Shootboxing ranks.  And just like Koshien, last year saw the Young Caesar’s Cup pay great dividends.  2010 Cup champion Ryuya Kusakabe is one of Japan’s top young prospects at 55kg.  Since winning the Cup, he has claimed the Shootboxing 55kg title, and is the front runner to win Krush’s 55kg championship tournament.  With kickboxing in Japan looking for the next wave of talent, events like K-1 Koshien and the Young Caesar’s Cup are vital to ensure the sport’s future.  Young Caesar’s Cup events will take place on January 30, March 13, and a July date TBD.

One event that will not take place this year is their big S-Cup tournament.  That show happens every other year, so will be back in 2012.

Finally, Shootboxing is involved with an event called the MACS Amateur Championship taking place in February, and will be staging a small event in May.

This is all great news for fans of the unique action only Shootboxing can bring.  I’m thrilled we have so much to say about this promotion, and look forward to their 2011.

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