|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Krush held the 3rd edition of its Krush-EX series this year, headlined by a 55kg #1 contender’s bout between Team Dragon’s Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki.
In the main event, Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki faced off in a rematch of a fight from 2010 with Takumi scoring a first round knockout at 2:31, earning a shot at current 55kg champion Shota Takiya and a chance to avenge his most recent loss on August 26th at Krush.22. Takumi (12-2-0, 5 KO) is on fire right now, winning 6 in a row and scoring 4 of his 5 career knockouts in the process. The 22 year old throws crisp combinations, is prolific with knees and is a decent counter puncher. However, for everything he’s gotten offensively out of Team Dragon, he’s also inherited their lack of defense and his open offensive style leaves him open to get hit, which will definitely be a problem against the heavy-handed Takiya. The last time the two fought was in the opening round of the Krush 55kg tournament and Takiya stopped Takumi with a front kick. I think Takumi has somewhat of a shot, as he has power, can put strikes together and isn’t slow by any means and Takiya isn’t the hardest person to hit, but it’s going to take everything falling in place for him to come out the new Krush champion. Sasaki (4-5-1, 4 KO) isn’t that great of a fighter at 55kg, but has the power to stop pretty much anyone at the weight and was put into this fight because of his 1st round KO of Ryuma Tobe. A fun fight for him would be against Nobuchika Terado, KO-ICHI or Namito Izawa.
Speaking of Terado, he took place in an exhibition bout against J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki after Yuki’s original opponent, SATOI, pulled out with an injury earlier in the week, leaving Krush no time to find a suitable replacement.
In a 55kg bout, Team Dragon prospect Namito Izawa was handed his second pro loss by Shibuya Scramble’s Yuya Suzuki, with Suzuki winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 (x3). Suzuki dropped Izawa in the 2nd round with a right cross, which ended up being the deciding factor in the fight. This win throws his name in the hat at 55kg and could see him taking on Nobuchika Terado, Katsuki Sasaki, SATOI or Ryuma Tobe. Izawa has now dropped two in a row, the first two losses of his career, after losing to Nobuchika Terado in the main event of Krush-EX vol.1 earlier this year.
Finally, exciting 60kg fighter Yuji “Kyoken” Takeuchi announced that he would be returning to fight soon after being sidelined since his exciting rematch against Naoki Ishikawa back in September at Krush.12.
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Battle for the Belts took place in Bangkok yesterday. Although the card was nowhere near what it looked like on paper originally, there were still some good fights that went down with some of the best in the world.
Just two weeks after his loss to Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca fought Big Ben Chor Praram for the WBC title at 67kg and walked away with a decision win. Pinca seemed to stun Big Ben in the second round and almost scored a knockdown with low kicks in the third, with Big Ben's leg visibly being hurt. Big Ben, however, controlled the fourth and fifth rounds while Pinca was still competitive.
For the lightweight WBC title, Jomthong Chuwattana took a comfortable decision over Yetkin Ozkul, dominating the fight. Ozkul was game but he got dominated by Jomthong, who used his height and technical skills to keep Ozkul at bay the whole fight. For the super lightweight WBC title, Sagetdao Phetphayathai disposed of Sofiane Derdaga via cut stoppage in the third round.
For the super welterweight WBC title at 70kg, Kem Sitsongpeenong scored a nasty elbow KO over Alejandro Asuma Osu. Kem, predictably, looked a lot more comfortable fighting Muay Thai than he did fighting kickboxing at Glory recently.
Since Artem Levin, Simon Marcus and Artem Vakhitov all pulled out of the fight at one time or another, Joe Schilling ended up facing a Golden Glory kickboxer, Karapet Karapetyan. Schilling won most of the fight, except the third round and turned it up in rounds four and five to get a decision victory, for the interim WBC light heavyweight world title.
At super cruiserweight, 95kg, Steve McKinnon stopped Frank Munoz very quickly into the first round with a right hand that sent Munoz down and unable to beat the count. Fabiano Aoki defeated Christian Bosch for the WBC's heavyweight world title via jumping knee KO.
Fabio Pinca def. Big Ben Chor Praram by decision.
Jomthong Chuwattana def. Yetkin Ozkul by decision.
Sagetdao Phetphayathai def. Sofiane Derdaga by TKO (Cut) in Round 3.
Kem Sitsongpeenong def. Alejandro Asumu Osa by KO (Elbow) in Round 2.
Joe Schilling def. Karapet Karapetyan by decision.
Steve McKinnon def. Frank Munoz by KO (Overhand Right) in Round 1.
Fabiano Aoki def. Christian Bosch by KO (Jumping Knee) in Round 2.
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Saenchai put in a vintage performance to outclass the newly crowned fighter of the year Peneak in the main event of the biggest show of the year so far at Lumpini Stadium. He was fighting at 127.5 lbs, something which he has supposedly told promoters he will never do again, and the question was whether the weight cut would leave him drained and give the younger, taller Peneak an advantage.
The answer was an emphatic no. Saenchai controlled the action from start to finish, repeatedly making Peneak miss and seemingly sweeping him and throwing him to the ground at will. In his last outing Peneak was able to drop Sam A with an elbow but this time he was unable to mount any serious offense with Saenchai at his imperious best.
It is rare to see a Muay Thai fighter continuing to compete at an elite level in Thailand past the age of 30 but not only is Saenchai still a match for the very best, on his day he is still capable of outclassing just about anyone. After back to back losses to Saketdaw and, somewhat controversially, Fabio Pinca he has bounced back in spectacular style by putting on masterclasses against two of Thailand's best in Saketdaw and Penek.
In a star studded card the fight of the night was between Wanchai and Sarawut. Sarawut controlled the early action and swept Wanchai on multiple ocassions at the start of the fourth round to move ahead but Wanchai just kept coming and coming, walking his opponent down to take the decision on two of the three judges scorecards.
In the co main event experience prevailed over youth as Singdam's famous right body kick was the story of the fight against up and coming teenager Wanchalerm Udonmuang. Old adversaries Nong O and Petbonchu locked horns again, this time Nong O was unable to score a stoppage as he has done repatedly in previous meetings although he did get the nod from the judges at the end of a close, competitive fight.
In another battle between a teenager and a veteran Petpanomrung was just too good for Ting Tong. Wanchalong beat Choknamchai, Petmorakot defeated Nattachai and Superlek's size advantage proved too great for Palongpon to overcome
Superlek Wor Sangprapai defeated Palongpon Watcharachai
Wanchai Sor Kittichai defeated Sarawut Pikadpadang
Choknamchai Sitjaagung defeated Wanchalong Sitsonong to win Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title
Petmorakot Teedet99 defeated Nattachai Pran26 to win Lumpinee Bantamweight Title
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Singdam Kiatmoo9 defeated Wanchalerm Udonmuang (Lumpinee Lightweight Title)
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Krush.19 took place earlier today at Korakuen Hall in
In the main event, Yuta Kubo moved up to 65kg to take on WKN European Welterweight champ Abdellah Ezbiri, cruising to a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26 and 30-25(x2). Kubo dropped Ezbiri twice in the 2nd round, first with a left hook and again with a spinning back fist, but Ezbiri showed his toughness by gutting it out the entire 3 rounds. Kubo (33-4-1, 15 KO) continues his roll and pushes his win-streak to double digits with his 10th straight win. After the fight, he announced that, with this small jump in weight, he has the intention of moving up to 70kg in the future, which is exciting news for fans of the sport as Kubo has a case for being considered the top Lightweight in the world. At 5’9”, Kubo will lose his size advantage that he usually has over his competition, but he will by no means be small for 70kg, so the move makes a lot of sense, especially considering he’s entering into his prime with his 25th birthday on the horizon. Ezbiri (27-5-0, 11 KO) has no shame in losing here and could have even helped himself out a bit despite losing, as he showed heart and toughness by picking himself up off the canvas twice and managing to stay on his feet in the 3rd round, where Kubo usually smells blood and finishes off a hurt opponent.
In the co-main event, Naoki Ishikawa cemented his status as the #2 guy in Krush at 60kg, edging out former RISE champion Kan Itabashi on scores of 30-29(x3). Ishikawa (35-18-5, 18 KO) has once again clawed his way towards the top of the division after a 1-4 stretch, going 2-0-1 in his last 3 with wins over Yuji Takeuchi and now Itabashi, and drawing Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe in a title fight. Had Krush not held the 60kg tourney, Ishikawa would be the obvious next opponent for Urabe, as he is 0-1-1 against the champ and currently the only viable option inside Krush at the moment. As it stands, Urabe is defending his title against Fumiya Osawa in July, so Ishikawa will likely have to wait about 6 months. Possible matchups in the mean time are 60kg tournament participants Katsuya Goto, Takashi Nakajima or Yuya, or possible a foreign opponent. Itabashi (19-6-2, 3 KO) came close, but faltered once again against the division’s elite. Despite wins over Anuwat, Kanongsuk, Yuki and Keiji Ozaki, Itabashi has dropped a pair of fights to Masahiro Yamamoto, lost his RISE title to Kosuke Komiyama in a close fight and now lost to Ishikawa. I would like to see RISE take him back in and set him up for a rematch with Komiyama, though I do not think it will fare too well for him as Komiyama has improved with each fight since the two first met.
In the finals of the 60kg tournament, Fumiya Osawa earned the right to challenge current champ Hirotaka Urabe by squeaking by Katsuya Goto via extension round split decision on scores of 10-9(x2) and 9-10. This is a rematch from last December which saw the two fight to a majority draw, so it is pretty obvious that these two are more or less equals. This is huge for Osawa, who was 0-3-1 in his 4 fights previous to entering the tournament, but he has now scored 3 quality wins and is set to face Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe in July. While his chances aren’t that good, it’s not as if Urabe is unhittable and the 20 year old Osawa was a tough out for Kizaemon Saiga last year and only seems to have gotten better. Goto misses out on his opportunity to fight for the title, but with a close loss here and a close loss to the aforementioned Saiga, Goto is by no means out of the title picture. His head movement and strong boxing give him preferential style matchups against Naoki Ishikawa and Hirotaka Urabe. A good next fight for him would be against Junpei Aotsu.
In a 64kg bout, the exciting Keiji Ozaki returned to action with an easy win over China’s Ding Ning on scores of 30-28 and 30-27(x2). After a loss to Thomas Adamandopoulos for the ISKA 62.3kg title and a loss in
Finally, in the last fight of the 3rd leg of the Krush 63kg WILDRUSH League, Yukimitsu Takahashi picked up his first win of the tournament, earning a unanimous decision over TaCa on scores of 29-28, 30-28 and 30-29. Takahashi had been involved in two exciting fights before this one, but only managed to get a draw and a single point from each fight. This is a big win over one of the top fighters in this round robin and puts him at 3rd place with 4 points and in striking distance of league leader Hideaki Yamazaki. However, Takahashi has his two hardest matchups for his final two bouts, against #1 Yamazaki and #2 Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and being more of a decision fighter, the odds are stacked against him. TaCa sits at 1-2-0 (1 KO) in the tournament and gets jumped by Takahashi in the standings. To win the league, he would likely have to score back to back knockouts.
After 3 fights, the current standings of the WILDRUSH League are
1. Hideaki Yamazaki, 6 points (3-0-0, 0 KO)
2. Hitoshi Tsukagoshi, 5 points (2-1-0, 1 KO)
3. Yukimitsu Takahashi, 4 points (1-0-2, 0 KO)
4. TaCa, 3 points (1-2-0, 1 KO)
5. Naoki Terasaki, 1 point (0-2-1, 0 KO)
5. NOMAN, 1 point (0-2-1, 0 KO)
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This weekend there was an absence of any big events but there were some shows scattered around Europe that featured some notable names.
We'll start small. On June 2 in Geneva, La Nuit des Sports des Contact took place and Yoann Kongolo continued to rack up wins, dominating Slavomir Psrypis and forcing a corner stoppage.
Yoann Kongolo def. Slavomir Psrypis by TKO (Corner Stoppage).
The Tatneft Cup in action again, in the quarter finals of its tournament. At 70kg, late replacement Edvin Erik Kibus defeated Sergei Kulyaba by decision and Enriko Gogokhia continued his mean streak with another nasty body shot KO, of Artur Alimirzoev. At 80kg, two of LiverKick's top 10 light heavyweight fighters were in action, as Hicham El Gaoui defeated Vitaly Nikiforov and Alexander Stetsurenko beat Samir Al Mansouri, both by decision. At Heavyweight, Tomasz Sarara defeated Saulo Calavari by decision, while Tsotne Rogava scored a KO over Yassin Bouanan.
70kg: Edvin Erik Kibus def. Sergei Kulyaba by decision.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Artur Alimirzoev by KO (Liver Shot) in Round 1.
80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Vitaly Nikiforov by decision.
80kg: Alexander Stetsurenko def. Samir Al Mansouri by decision.
HW: Tomasz Sarara def. Saulo Calavari by decision.
HW: Tsotne Rogava def. Yassin Bouanan by decision.
In France on June 2, La Nuit Des Challenges took place with Yohan Lidon, Abdallah Mabel, Houcine Bennoui and Yury Bessmertny on the card, to name a few. Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime 73MAX Champion, defeated a Thai by the name of Suadao via KO in Round 1, although it looked like the Thai might've thrown the fight. Abdallah Mabel defeated another Thai, Palangnum, by KO in Round 3. Houcine Bennoui was originally scheduled to face Liam Harrison on this show but he instead faced Manuel Alberti from Italy, and won by TKO in the first round. Yury Bessmertny fought to a draw against Issam Reghi.
-75kg: Yohan Lidon def. Suadao by KO in Round 1.
-70kg: Abdallah Mabel def. Palangnum by KO in Round 3.
-63.5kg: Houcine Bennoui def. Manuel Alberti by TKO in Round 1.
-72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny vs. Issam Reghi ends in a draw.
-63.5kg: Dylan Salvador def. Angelo Campoli by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 1.
-70kg: Raphael Llodra def. Max Dansan by TKO in Round 4.
In the Netherlands, Jamal Ben Saddik returned to action and knocked out Nikolaj Falin. Ben Saddik is being groomed as one of the upcoming stars of heavyweight kickboxing and was featured on the Glory show in March, where he knocked out Vitaly Oparin. He holds a stoppage win over Rico Verhoeven from last year.
HW: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Nikolaj Falin by KO.
On June 3, there was a nice card in Grodno, Belarus with Andrei Kulebin making his return after being stopped by Liam Harrison. Kulebin faced Petasawin Seatransferry and finished him with an elbow in the third round. In the main event was a WKN title fight at 62kg featuring Tomasz Makowski of Poland and Dmitry Varats of Belarus, but the fight ended in a no contest when both fighters fell from the ring and couldn't continue. Dmitry Valent, one of the best unheralded fighters, fought in a 76kg bout against Kiril Marchenko of Ukraine and won by TKO in the third round.
62kg: Tomasz Makowski vs. Dmitry Varats ends in no contest.
66kg: Andrei Kulebin def. Petasawin Seatransferry by KO (Elbow) in Round 3.
76kg: Dmitry Valent def. Kiril Marchenko by TKO in Round 3.
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The RISE 88 supercard took place yesterday at the
The night’s main event saw promotional 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama defend his title for the first time with a 4th round knockout of Motochika Hanada at 2:53. Hanada gave Komiyama a good challenge in the early stages of the fight, but as it progressed into the second round Komiyama took control, ultimately dropping Hanada in the 4th and causing his corner to throw in the towel. Komiyama (18-2-0, 11 KO) is now on a 7 fight winstreak and can probably lay claim to being the best fighter around the weight in
In the co-main event, promotional Heavyweight champ Makoto Uehara knocked out UFC veteran Crafton “Blaze” Wallace at 2:27 into the 2nd round. Uehara was able to hurt Wallace to the body in the second round and use his heavy hands to drop him twice, both times with right hooks, prompting the referee to stop the fight. Uehara (13-4-0, 9 KO) was originally supposed to take on Ray Sefo, but Sefo pulled out, citing a lingering eye injury that had not recovered from his previous fight against Mirko CroCop. Uehara was coming off of a quick KO of Won Jingan back at RISE 87 and this likely sets him up for a title fight with Kengo Shimizu for either Uehara’s Heavyweight title or an inaugural 90kg title. Wallace was a journeyman MMA fighter at Middleweight with no big wins, while his losses came to the likes of Nate Marquardt, Martin Kampmann and Patrick Cote.
In a 64kg superfight, 63kg champion Yuki was unable to defeat surging prospect and RISE Korea Welterweight champ Sun Hyun Lee, though the fight was close with Lee taking a majority decision on scores of 28-28, 29-28 and 28-27. Lee first got his name out with a one-sided beatdown of Kizaemon Saiga, then lost a razor-thin extension round decision to Koya Urabe in the opening round of the Krush 63kg tourney. He won the RISE
In the last superfight featuring a current RISE champion, 55kg champ KENJI continued his mean streak with a 3rd round KO of WAKO European Bantamweight champ Franck Gross. KENJI landed a huge left head kick in the 3rd round that put Gross out and forced the referee to stop the bout before starting a count. KENJI (21-4-0, 13 KO) has won 11 of his last 12 and without a deep talent pool, RISE has exhausted all options for him outside of bringing over foreign competition. They could potentially go out and get Ryuya Kusakabe to challenge for the title, but an ideal world would see him in Krush against Nobuchika Terado, Kusakabe or current Krush champ Shota Takiya. Gross now drops to 21-5-1 (3 KO).
In a bit of an upset, Team Souwer’s Henri van Opstal scored a KO of Hinata at 19 seconds into the 3rd round. The two seemed to have been even for the first two rounds, but van Opstal scored a huge right high kick that sent Hinata down and while he tried to get back up, he was unable to do so. This is a big win for van Opstal and is a good bounce back from a loss to Hafid el Boustati at It’s Showtime 55 in January. Hinata (22-12-1, 7 KO) is now 0-2 against Team Souwer and has not fared so well against non-Asian competition since his upsets of Mike Zambidis and Artur Kyshenko, being choked out in under a minute by Souwer, shut out by Giorgio Petrosyan, blown out of the water by Andy Ristie and now KO’d by van Opstal.
In the last “big” fight of the event, Erika Kamimura earned a second shot at RISE -48kg Queen RENA, defeating Seo Hee Ham for the second time by unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 and 29-27(x2). The fight does not appear to have been as action-packed as their first, but it seems like Kamimura stung Ham a couple times. Kamimura (25-2-0, 13 KO) earns a rematch with RENA for the RISE belt, though it is hard to say when that fight would take place as Shootboxing is currently holding first round fights for a 53.5kg Girls S-Cup and, according to their schedule, is planning on holding the tournament in August. Ham (6-2-0, 1 KO) wasn’t as successful as she was in their first fight, likely due to difference of rulesets, but she has nothing to hang her head about. She is one of the top female fighters in women’s kickboxing and MMA, but never quite broke through into the division’s elite, with her MMA losses coming to legends Miku Matsumoto, Yuka Tsuji and Megumi Fujii and a pair of losses to Fujii student and prodigy Ayaka Hamasaki and now her only two kickboxing losses against Kamimura.
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K-1 returns today in Madrid, Spain with a stacked card featuring the World MAX Final 16 and a number of super fights that include Badr Hari and Daniel Ghita. This should be full of action and great fights so don't miss it.
The event is streaming live for free on Ustream, and it's underway with pre-program fights at the time that this is being posted. The full fight card can be seen here. Note that Daniel Ghita is fighting Wendell Roche and Zeben Diaz is fighting Emad Kadyear, as those fights aren't shown on K-1's page. The main card gets started at 2PM ET/11AM PT in North America and 20:00 local time in Spain.
German Tabuenca def. David Pena by split decision.
David Calvo def. Jonay Risco by split decision.
Maximo Suarez def. Fran Palenzuela by unanimous decision.
Zeben Diaz def. Emad Kadyear by decision.
K-1 MAX Final 16
Andy Ristie def. Gago Drago by unanimous decision.
Chris Ngimbi def. Longern Superpro Samui by unanimous decision.
Mike Zambidis def. Chahid Oulad El Hadj by KO (Left Hook) in Round 3.
Yasuhiro Kido def. Xu Yan by KO (Spinning Backfist) in Round 3.
Reese McCallister def. Yuji Nashiro by unanimous decision.
Murthel Groenhart def. Harut Grigorian by KO (Punches) in Round 3.
Artur Kyshenko def. Su Hwan Lee by KO (Left Hook) in Round 2.
Andy Souwer def. Abraham Roqueni by split decision.
Heavyweight Super Fights
Sergei Lascenko def. Rico Verhoeven by split decision.
Daniel Ghita def. Wendell Roche by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2.
Mirko Cro Cop def. Loren Javier Jorge by KO (Uppercut) in Round 2.
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GLORY is back today with a huge card featuring the Final 16 of their 70kg tournament with the likes of Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen, Albert Kraus, Yoshihiro Sato and more. Along with the 70kg tournament, there's also the main event which has Semmy Schilt fighting Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight World Title. Gokhan Saki also makes his return, against Carter Williams. That's just a few things I've mentioned and there's a lot more great fights on the card.
The event starts at 12:30 PM EST/9:30 AM PST in North America and 18:30 GMT +2 in Europe. You can watch the event live, here on LiverKick for $15. By buying the stream from LiverKick, you're also supporting our site, as well as watching some awesome kickboxing action. You can also view the full, stacked fight card here. If you need help or want play by play of the event follow us on twitter at @rianscalia and @LiverKickdotcom.
MMA: Jason Jones def. Dritan Bartamaj by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.
MMA: Ilir Latifi def. Tony Lopez by unanimous decision.
70kg Final 16:
Shemsi Beqiri def. Yoshihiro Sato by split decision. Awesome, action packed fight.
Tim Thomas def. Dennis Schneidmiller by unanimous decision.
Robin van Roosmalen def. Dzhabar Askerov by unanimous decision. Another insane fight.
David Kyria def. Kem Sitsongpeenong by unanimous decision. Should've gone to an extra round.
Ky Hollenbeck def. Michael Corley by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.
Sanny Dahlbeck def. Warren Stevelmans by unanimous decision. Another action packed, crazy fight.
Albert Kraus def. Mohammed El Mir by unanimous decision.
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Fabio Pinca by unanimous decision. Very good, tactital fight. Pinca was competitive.
-76kg Super Fight:
Nieky Holzken def. Alex Harris by TKO (3 Knockdowns/Liver shots). Harris was winning but Holzken found the mark with a liver shot, dropping Harris and then did it twice more to get the TKO.
HW Super Fight:
Gokhan Saki def. Carter Williams by KO (Left Hook). Williams was hurt from a previous accidental low blow but was definitely hurt from the punch.
GLORY Heavyweight Title Fight:
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Seattle hosted a night of Muay Thai fights this past Friday night. The top of the card featured a trio of San Jose-based fighters. Two of those fighters were from AKA. Also of note, the card featured a fighter trained by UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry. The rest of the card featured local area fighters as well as a couple from Canada.
In the main event, Chris McMillan of Arashi Do Martial Arts out of Calgary, Canada defeated AKA fighter Aleksander Numoski with a spectacular head kick in the first round. Numoski got up but when the ref asked him to walk toward him, he wobbled toward him. A good stoppage.
It was a mix of tradition and the contemporary as several of the fighters performed ceremonial dances before the fight and thai music played during the fight while hip hop dominated the soundtrack for entrances and in between rounds.
The organization for the fights could have been better as the fights were delayed about a half hour for some unknown reason. Also, media had to wait in the will call line with everyone else before getting in.
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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.
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