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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

This is a big weekend for kickboxing with the Thai Fight Extreme Event in Hong Kong as well as the REBELSxIt's Showtime Japan event taking place tonight. However, there were two less promoted cards that took place in Japan this weekend, with Krush wrapping up its 2011 Tournament Series with the semifinals and finals of their 70kg Tournament as well as a New Japan Kickboxing Federation event which saw two WBC Muay Thai Japan titles and two NJKF titles on the line.

Keeping in line with how this year's Krush tournaments have gone, favorite Hiroki Nakajima was upset in the semifinals by NJKF Super Welterweight Champion Kenta by majority decision on scores of 30-28, 30-29 and 30-30. This is yet another setback for the fighter who was handpicked by Masato to win the 2010 Japan MAX Tournament only to fall to Yuichiro Nagashima in the finals and later get dominated by Albert Kraus and Buakaw Por. Pramuk.

In the night's other semifinal, WBC Muay Thai Japan Super Welterweight Champion Yutaro Yamauchi bested Shintaro Matsukura over 4 rounds, taking a split decision in the extension round after scores of 29-29 and 30-30(x2) through 3. Matsukura was thought to be the other tournament favorite after an upset over Yuya Yamamoto in a thrilling quarterfinal affair which saw Matsukura drop Yamamoto in the 3rd round and ultimately secure his place in the semifinals.

In the night's tournament finals, Kenta was able to complete his run in the tournament, taking a close majority decision over Yamauchi on scores of 30-28, 29-29 and 30-29. This wraps up Krush's first round of tournaments which were seemingly a large success despite the failure of all the tournament favorites. The results of the 70kg tournament will have an interesting result on the upcoming K-1 Japan MAX Tournament, as neither Yamauchi nor Kenta were selected to participate while Nakajima and Matsukura were. However, there were only six initial fighters announced for the event and after they were announced K-1 President Sadaharu Tanikawa said that the fighters he selected were temporary and the results of the Krush tournament would play a part in selecting who would compete in the tournament. One would assume that Kenta would be selected and that Yamauchi could be selected for the tournament. Yamauchi recently fought to a draw with current tournament selection Go Yokoyama on the Sengoku: Soul of Fight card.

In non-tournament action Krush's 60kg Tournament Champion Hirotaka Urabe secured a 3rd round stoppage victory while four other Team Dragon members were able to pick up wins.

At Korakuen Hall on the 17th, New Japan Kickboxing Federation held installment 7 of its New Japan Blood series which featured two WBC Muay Thai Japan titles and two NJKF titles up for grabs. In the main event, Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa opened up Super Feathweight Champion Yoshinori Nakasuka's eye with a right elbow in the 5th round only to be dropped with a left hook with only 16 seconds left to go in the fight, securing a unanimous decision for the champion on scores of 50-46(x3). This fight may finally put the nail in the coffin of Ishikawa's run at the top of the sport. After finding success in AJKF as the promotion's Super Featherweight Champion, but at the beginning of 2010 he was knocked out by John Dennis at Krush 5. Ishikawa picked up a win over Yuto Watanabe in the qualifying round of the 2010 K-1 -63kg GP, but was upset in the quarterfinals by the flashy Kizaemon Saiga. Since that fight, Ishikawa has gone 1-3 with losses to Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and now Nakasuka.

In the co-feature, WBC Muay Thai Japan Welterweight Champion Soichiro Miyakoshi set out to defend his title against Yuya Yamato, but failed to do so over the course of 5 rounds, losing on scores of 50-48(x2) and 49-48. This puts the 20 year old on a two fight win streak after his upset over Fabio Pinca at Thai Fight Extreme France.

Soichiro Miyakoshi's brother Keijiro Miyakoshi dominated NJKF Lightweight Champion Ikki over five rounds to take a unanimous decision and the NJKF Lightweight crown on scores of 50-45(x2) and 50-43. With his brother losing his WBC title and Ikki formerly being ranked #2 at Welterweight by WBC Muay Thai Japan, a match between Keijiro and Yamato could be in the works for the future, which would be a sensational fight between two young, promising fighters as Keijiro is only 21 years of age.

In the final title bout of the night, #1 ranked Yung Hawk defeated #2 ranked KEI in a battle for the vacant NJKF Super Featherweight title, winning a unanimous decision after five rounds on scores of  50-49 and 49-48(x2).

In a non-title fight WBC Muay Thai Japan Flyweight Champion and #1 ranked NJKF Flyweight Naoki Otsuki was upset by #7 ranked J-Network Super Flyweight Hiroyuki Yamano of Team Dragon. The fight ended with a close split decision in favor of Yamano on scores of 30-29(x2) and 29-30.

In a women's bout, NJKF Women's Featherweight Champion AZUMA beat WBC Muay Thai Japan Women's Featherweight Champion beat Ayano Oishi in a rematch of their WBC title fight in January which Oishi won. Scores were 30-27 and 30-28(x2).

The event also saw the semifinals of a 4-man tournament for the vacant NJKF Super Bantamweight Championship in which #1 NJKF and WBC Muay Thai Japan ranked Hiroki Maeda fell to #3 ranked Hiroshi Senchaigym while #2 ranked Rookie defeated #4 ranked Shinya Haga(Hiroya Haga?) to set up the finals and championship fight between Hiroshi and Rookie.

Results via boutreview: NJKF and Krush


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Posted on: 2011-07-18 03:42 Posted by: 0
While it sucks for Naokick, Nakasuka in some ways is a similar fighter and this really doesn't mean much if Naokick opts to continue fighting at this level. It's only his second fight back in "real" Japanese kickboxing after competing under K-1 rules. Nice win for Nakasuka though. He has *ahem* nice hair.

Didn't expect the older Yamauchi to beat Matsukura, he's another fighter that doesn't compete as well as he could under K-1 rules.

Both Kenta and Yamauchi made their names at 67kg (welterweight), don't know if Kenta can make an impact at super-welterweight beyond winning domestic belts but at least he has this tournament win to his credit.
Posted on: 2011-07-18 11:05 Posted by:shinyAoki 0
I'm not saying he should stop fighting at the level, I just don't think he'll be the force he once was. I feel like the Dennis loss was kinda the beginning of the end for him. And although it was under K-1 rules, he looked off the entire fight against Saiga. I still haven't seen any video of the Urabe or Kajiwara fights though so I don't know how he looked in those. Only time will tell.
Posted on: 2011-07-18 11:15 Posted by:Monspubis 0
Ishikawa never even fought Yuta Kubo in the Krush 2009 tournament. Ishikawa suffered a cut moments before he brutally KO'd Yuji Takeuchi, and was replaced in the finals by the alternate Yuta Kubo.
Posted on: 2011-07-18 12:11 Posted by: 0
Naokick has suffered losses like the one to Dennis before - it's nothing new. There are fights where he's able to avoid getting punched in the face and then there are fights where all he eats is punches.

I just don't like this dramatic tone when a fighter loses a couple of fights - it happens. Sure his age is working against him now, but he can still win fights. Hell, the Urabe fight was quite close with the down being the deciding factor. I just hope any fights in the future won't be under K-1 rules, it's a waste of his talents.
Posted on: 2011-07-18 14:51 Posted by:shinyAoki 0
Quoting Monspubis:
Ishikawa never even fought Yuta Kubo in the Krush 2009 tournament. Ishikawa suffered a cut moments before he brutally KO'd Yuji Takeuchi, and was replaced in the finals by the alternate Yuta Kubo.


Yeah, I always get what happened with the Krush tournament mixed up. Sorry and thanks.

Quoting Jill:
Naokick has suffered losses like the one to Dennis before - it's nothing new. There are fights where he's able to avoid getting punched in the face and then there are fights where all he eats is punches.

I just don't like this dramatic tone when a fighter loses a couple of fights - it happens. Sure his age is working against him now, but he can still win fights. Hell, the Urabe fight was quite close with the down being the deciding factor. I just hope any fights in the future won't be under K-1 rules, it's a waste of his talents.


It's just that he's on the wrong side of 30(which is more significant at lower weights) and has been on a bit of a slide lately. I'm not saying his career's over, but it hasn't looked too bright as of late. I agree with the K-1 thing though. Their almost complete elimination of the clinch over the last two years has been ridiculous.