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Photo of the Day: Peter Aerts Victorious in Japan

For Mr. K-1, Peter Aerts, his December schedule was left open for the first time in a very long time as K-1 would not run a World Grand Prix this year. For Aerts this meant time to branch out and fight for other promotions. He has been keeping busy by competing under professional wrestling rules under the IGF banner alongside of other K-1 alumni like Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Jerome Le Banner and Bob Sapp. Aerts is also set to compete on the Genki Desuka!! show on New Year's Eve, but once again, in a professional wrestling match and not an actual Kickboxing bout.

Over the weekend in Japan, Peter Aerts took on "Mr. Kamikaze," a Japanese Heavyweight Kickboxer on a show titled Hinokuni Kakuto Densetsu Legend 2. Aerts easily won the bout with three knockdowns in the first round. [source]


Shootboxing Announces 2012 Schedule, Including Men's and Girls' S-Cup

Coming off an extremely successful 2011 which saw the emergence of stars Ai Takahashi, Erika Kamimura and Toby Imada as well as their big Shoot the Shooto co-promotion with Shooto, Shootboxing has announced its planned schedule for 2012 which consists of 8 events. Among the 8 events are two Young Caeser events, four "Road to S-Cup" events, the Girls' S-Cup and the Men's S-Cup. The Girls' S-Cup is set for August while the Men's is set for its usual date in November, though no day has been announced for either event.

Jan. 29 (Sunday) IMP Hall, Osaka / Young Caesar Cup OSAKA 2012 vol.1
February 05 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.1
February 12 (Sunday) Toyokawa gymnasium / Young Caesar Cup CENTRAL 2012 ♯ 1
April 13 (Friday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.2
June 03 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.3
September 17 (Monday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING2012 act.4

Possible participants for the Girls' S-Cup include Shootboxing Women's Mini-Flyweight champion Ai Takahashi, 2-time defending Girls' S-Cup champion Rena, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament winner Erika Kamimura, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament runner-up Seo Hee Ham, 2009 Girls' S-Cup finalist V.V Mei (Mei Yamaguchi/V Hajime), and possibly MMA fighter Jessica Penne who holds a win over Rena in Shootboxing.

For the Men's S-Cup, I would expect 3-time S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 MAX champion Andy Souwer, 2010 S-Cup finalist Toby Imada, Shootboxing star Hiroki Shishido, Shootboxing regulars Takaaki Umeno and Bovy Sor Udomson, Team Souwer's Henri Van Opstal and possibly 2-time K-1 MAX and 2010 S-Cup champion Buakaw Por Pramuk, though that is to be seen.

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SuperKombat's 2011 Awards

Without a doubt, 2011 has been the year that promotions outside of K-1 have stepped up, big time. This includes Romanian promoter Eduard Irimia's SuperKombat. It felt like it came out of nowhere, but came out of a network of local events promoted within Romania successfully by Irimia over the years to build to the formation of SuperKombat. SuperKombat held a World Grand Prix for Heavyweights this year in a world where the only other promotion doing a big Heavyweight tournament was Fight Code. Errol Zimmerman walked away with the SuperKombat One Night WGP, while Sergei Laschenko won the World Grand Prix Championship this year while Vitali Akhramenko walked away with the Fight Code championship. To say that this was interesting would be an understatement.

Over the weekend SuperKombat held an awards ceremony to commemorate their first year of existence in Romania. Of course, it is telling that some of the bigger names in Kickboxing were presented with awards in front of a giant screen that read "EDUARD IRIMIA PRODUCTIONS" on it, but I guess being on the cover of Forbes in Romania is a big deal. Outside of some of the beautiful cities all that I know about Romania is what I learned about the prostitutes that died in a crate container on the way into the Baltimore port in season 2 of HBO's "The Wire." So it is safe to say that Irimia is a big deal in his hometown, big enough to have his name on a board.

Knockout of the Year Errol Zimmerman (vs. Roman Kleibl)
Fight of the Year Russian Cornelius vs. Slavo Polugic
Special Fight of the Year Alexandru Longu vs. Bob Sapp
Best Evolution in 2011 Bogdan Stoica
Newcomer of the Year Benjamin Adegbuyi
Most Popular Fighter Catalin Morosanu
2011 SuperKombat WGP Winner - Sergei Laschenko

Photos of the Day: K-1 Keeps it Real in IGF

Inoki Genome Federation, Antonio Inoki's professional wrestling promotion that is co-promoting the upcoming Real Entertainment New Year's Eve event, Genki Desuka! As par for the course with IGF, there are a lot of MMA and K-1 fighters involved in these cards, including a main event between Jerome Le Banner and Josh Barnett. JLB defended his IGF Championship against Barnett by doing what he does best; rearranging faces.

The event also featured a few other K-1 alumni, including Yuichiro Jienotsu Nagashima against Bob Sapp, with Jienotsu using a school boy on Sapp.

Then of course, everyone's favorite, Peter Aerts was in a tag team bout, partnering with former WWE wrestler and Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley, where Aerts was able to make mince meat of their opponents, former PRIDE FC fighters and NJPW wrestlers Kendo KaShin and Kaz Fujita. [Photos (C) SportsNavi]


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