The Hoost Cup went down in Japan today and the card featured many notable fighters like Masaaki Noiri, Tetsuya Yamato, Sergio Wielzen and Danilo Zanolini.
Although this fight was just before the main event, we'll get to it first because of the magnitude of it. Masaaki Noiri fought Raz Sarkisjan, from Holland, who came into this fight an absolute unknown with not even any fight videos of himself online aside from a highlight video. Noiri, being considered one of the best 63kg kickboxers in the world was obviously the huge favorite. Well, it didn't pan out that way at all, as Sarkisjan scored a major upset with a unanimous decision win, dropping Noiri twice in the second round before getting dropped himself in the third. It's good to see another name emerge around this weight and I hope a video comes out.
In the main event, the 2010 K-1 World MAX 63kg winner, Tetsuya Yamato took on the former It's Showtime 61MAX champion, Sergio Wielzen. Now these two are only separated by about 2kg when they usually fight but make no mistake, Yamato is just bigger than Wielzen. Wielzen is even small for 61kg and that didn't help as he was dropped in the third round, en route to losing a unanimous decision. Wielzen is a great fighter but the reality is that the separation between the guys that fight at 60-61kg is huge when compared to the guys that fight at 63-64kg. A lot of the guys that fight 60-61kg don't cut weight at all and are even small for that weight, like the It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion, Javier Hernandez.
In other action on the card, last year's Thai Fight participant Yuya Yamato got a unanimous decision over Kanongsak Weerasakrek, and Danilo Zanolini did the same against Suichiro Miyakoshi. Full results below:
63kg: Tetsuya Yamato def. Sergio Wielzen by unanimous decision.
64kg: Raz Sarkisjan def. Masaaki Noiri by unanimous decision.
HW: Tomasz Sarara def. Alex Roberts by unanimous decision.
Yamato Daichi def. Tsujide Yushyou by unanimous decision.
HW:Tsutomu Takahagi def. Gyro by split decision.
Jemyma Betrian def. Ooishi Ayano by TKO (Doctor Stoppage).
Yuya Yamato def. Kanongsak Weerasakrek by unanimous decision.
Danilo Zanolini def. Suichiro Miyakoshi by unanimous decision.
Shyou Ogawa def. Yuta Nogami by unanimous decision.
Dynamite Kakazaki def. Yasuda Keijirou by unanimous decision.
Kondou vs. Hirao ends in a draw.