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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Shoot the Shooto 2011 Preview: Shinya Aoki vs Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Friday, 04 November 2011 16:48
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Tomorrow is the first leg of the Shoot the Shooto/Shooto the Shoot events, with Shooto's portion of the card taking place and I've decided to finish this look at kickboxing vs MMA with what is one of the strangest, most bizarre fights, in theory and in practice, between kickboxing and MMA and that is last year's special rules match between Shinya Aoki and Yuichiro Nagashima at Dynamite!!! 2010. When the fight was announced, most were confused as to what rules it would take place under, but FEG released the details that there would be a 3 minute kickboxing round and a 5 minute MMA round using MMA gloves for both, with the order being decided by a coin flip. When it happened, the kickboxing round was determined to be first and most figured Nagashima would need to put Aoki away in that three minutes or else the fight would almost assuredly be Aoki's. What followed was the strangest 3 minutes of kickboxing, characterized by Aoki clinching whenever Nagashima got close, shooting for takedowns and throwing dropkicks. However, he made it through the three minutes and it seemed to be smooth sailing for Aoki. Aoki ran in face first, shot for a takedown and Nagashima hit the only window he had in the fight, catching Aoki with a knee and following up with a few hammerfists. Since, Aoki has picked up 3 straight submission wins and Nagashima has spent his time mostly in professional wrestling and has had one fight in K-1 against Kenmun where he didn't look all too impressive.

 

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Shoot the Shooto 2011 Preview: Mirko Crocop vs Wanderlei Silva at Pride 20

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:31
  • Written by Dave Walsh

For today's preview, I've decided to look at a fight that I feel is often overlooked and that is Mirko Crocop and Wanderlei Silva's first fight under special Pride vs K-1 rules back at Pride 20. At the time, Crocop had only 3 MMA fights, with one of them being against Nobuhiko Takada under the same special rules that this fight was to take place under. Wanderlei was 19-3 at the time and undefeated in Pride, proving to be a wild wrecking machine. The train of thought going in was that if Wanderlei got reckless with his striking at any point, the 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist would put him away with relative ease. However, that did not happen and Wanderlei managed to hold his own, lasting a full 15 minutes with the K-1 star and having the fight result in a draw. The two later faced off in the monumental Pride 2006 OWGP. Also at the event was an MMA fight between Quinton Rampage Jackson and 1994 K-1 WGP finalist Masaaki Satake, who had an MMA record of 1-6-1 going into the fight.

   

After the break, Rampage's take on his fight with Satake along with fight highlights and Crocop's fight with Takada.

 

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Shoot the Shooto 2011 Preview: Dynamite!!! 2008

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2011 17:56
  • Written by Dave Walsh

K-1's Dynamite!!! events often feature fights that pit MMA fighters against K-1 fighters in either discipline, often with expected results. However, Dynamite!!! 2008 resulted in a clean sweep for MMA, with Alistar Overeem's huge upset over Badr Hari, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gegard Mousasi taking wins over fading Japanese kickboxing legends Kozo Takeda and Musashi, respectively, and Minowaman's quick win over Errol Zimmerman. The night also held three other bouts featuring fighters who have made a name for themselves in kickboxing and MMA, with Melvin Manhoef battling Mark Hunt, Mirko Crocop taking on Hong-man Choi and Semmy Schilt facing Mighty Mo, all under MMA rules.

Badr Hari vs Alistar Overeem

     

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Kozo Takeda

Gegard Mousasi vs Musashi

MMA bouts after the break

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Video: Bovy Sor Udomson vs. Toby Imada, Shootboxing

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2011 15:44
  • Written by Rian Scalia

Renowned Thai fighter Bovy Sor Udomson has been around the block in the fight game, including a few shootboxing bouts. Toby Imada is a relative newcomer to shootboxing from MMA, having had four shootboxing fights before he collided with Bovy. Both men threw down, resulting in a really great fight. The video just got out almost two months after the fight, so check it out below.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Watch StillWill's K-1: Imagine and Pick Your Jaw Up off the Ground @StillW1ll

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:36
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Look, there are a lot of people out there who make fine highlight reels in the realm of combat sports, people who do their best to put together cohesive and exciting highlight packages of their favorite fighters, promotions, sports or anything else they can think of. There reaches a certain point where you want more, and I think that StillWill -- Will Prescott -- currently does the best work. Not only the best, but the work with the most impact. There is no comparison, art is art and everything else is everything else. Will's videos started out like everything else, but over the past year they have evolved into much more and provide emotional impact and go places you don't think they would go. That being said, watch his latest K-1 video and try not to make a fool of yourself, pick up your jaw and wipe your mouth.

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