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|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
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Muay Thai Mania V went down yesterday in The Hague, Netherlands and the card was headlined by a rematch that was a long time in the making between L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and Nieky Holzken.
In their first fight, Aussie quickly won in the first round with a flying knee back in 2010 at It's Showtime. Holzken had wanted this rematch for a long time, saying that he wasn't his best for the first fight. Well yesterday, Aussie won again, but this time by decision. It wasn't just a regular decision though, as the fight had to go to an extra round.
There were some other intriguing match-ups on the card, including the man who recently upset Robin van Roosmalen, Hafid el Boustati, who took on Shemsi Beqiri's brother, Hysni Beqiri. In another fight that had to go to an extra round, Hafid el Boustati won a decision.
Albert Kraus made his pro boxing debut and it was a success. His opponent from Romania, Valentin Cimpoero, could not continue after the third round so Kraus won by TKO. K-1 and SuperLeague veteran Aalviar Lima showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he stopped the Remy Bonjasky-trained Darryl Sichtman with a body shot. In other action, Fred Sikking defeated Hakan Aksoy by decision and Jason Wilnis defeated Louis Tavares, although the decision seems to have been hotly disputed. Thanks to FightStarTV for results.
|25||A-Class||Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP||vs||Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)|
|26||A-Class||Remon Bonte (Team Pasztjerik)||vs||Ismael Lazaar (Budokai Tilburg) WOP|
|27||A-Class||Juan Baragan (Sportcentrum 010)||vs||Jacky Dings (Golden Glory Helmond) WOP|
|28||A-Class||Hicham Achalhy (TB Den Haag) WOP||vs||Eddy Almeida (Team Pasztjerik)|
|29||A-Class||Albert Kraus (Team Super Pro) WTKO||vs||Vali Cimponu (Roemenie)|
|30||A-Class||Luis Tavares (Team Pasztjerik)||vs||Jason Wilnis (The Colosseum) WOP|
|31||A-Class||Fred Sikking (The Coloseum) WOP||vs||Hakan Aksoy (Siam Gym)|
|32||A-Class||Hafid el Boustati (Mousid Gym) WOP||vs||Hysni Beqiri (Team Super Pro)|
|33||A-Class||Darryl Sichtman (Bonjasky Academy)||vs||Mandela Antone (Team Furious) WMI|
|34||A-Class||Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP||vs||Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)|
|35||A-Class||Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond)||vs||L’houcine Aussie (Topteam Beverwijk) WOP|
The Taniyama Gym held its 10th installment of the Big Bang series at Differ Ariake in Tokyo earlier today, featuring top names like Yasuhiro Kido, Hirotaka Urabe, Shunta Ito and Hiromi Amada.
In the night's main event, Yasuhiro Kido filled his usual headlining role at Big Bang events, this time taking a unanimous decision over Yu Hirono on scores of 30-29(x3). Kido debuted a "new technique" that he dubbed Rokakato, which is essentially a heel to the side of the thigh. Kido (29-13-1, 14 KO) has now won 5 in a row and will likely sit out until the MAX finals on December 8th in Athens. While I don't expect him to win or even make it to the finals, this is a much improved Kido from the one who struggled towards the old K-1's end and could make waves in the tournament if he has good matchups. Hirono (16-7-1, 4 KO) had won 5 in a row heading into this bout, most recently against ShokieJungle at Krush-EX vol.4 in July.
In the co-main event at 58kg, former MA Kick champion Shunta Ito bounced back from a loss at Big Bang 9 with a unanimous decision win over Atsushi Tateshima on scores of 50-45(x3). Ito recently vacated his MA Kick title and lost a unanimous decision to Kaimookaw Watcharachai at Big Bang 9, snapping a 3-fight win streak.
Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe also participated at the event, stopping J-Network Super Featherweight champ Takaaki Kimura with a high kick at 2:17 of the first round. Urabe (17-6-2, 9 KO) has been on a roll, going unbeaten in his last 9 and scoring 5 knockouts, with the sole blemish being a draw in a title defense against Naoki Ishikawa. Urabe could possibly find himself fighting Ishikawa for a third time, but it depends on the outcome of the three matchups that were recently announced for Krush.23 and could potentially put Urabe in rematches with Ishikawa, Yuji Takeuchi and Fumiya Osawa. Kimura (22-19-1, 3 KO) isn't that bad, holding wins over Yosuke Mizuochi, Takashi Nakajima and Ryo Pegasus, but isn't quite on the level of guys like Urabe, as he has been blown out of the water by Urabe and MA Kick champ Hikaru Machida in recent outings.
In a rematch between K-1 veterans, Hiromi Amada scored a 2nd round knockout of Alex Roberts at 1:07. The two first fought at NJKF Titans Neo X almost exactly a year ago, with the fight ending in a draw. Amada (34-20-3, 17 KO) snapped 2-fight losing streak, with losses to Singh Jaideep and Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki, with a 2 fight win streak, most recently defeating Soichi Nishida at Big Bang 9. Amada was recently announced as a participant on the October 14th K-1 card which features the FINAL 16 portion of their heavyweight tournament, though Amada will probably not be fighting for a spot in the finals. Roberts (10-4-2, 8 KO) most recently lost to Tomasz Sarara at the Hoost Cup and is now winless in his last 4.
In other bouts, RISE #1 ranked Middleweight Yukihiro Komiya improved to 2-0 at 65kg with a unanimous decision win, RISE #3 ranked Heavyweight Raoumaru scored a 2nd round knockout and RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki picked up a majority decision win.
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Total Carnage II went down today in Gold Coast, Australia and featured a massive rematch between two of the world's best -95kg fighters under Muay Thai rules, Nathan "Carnage" Corbett and Steve McKinnon. The two met back in 2006 where Corbett won via controversial cut stoppage and the rematch has been a long time coming.
Corbett won again, this time getting the unanimous decision in a fight that everyone in Australia is saying lived up to the hype and then some. The fight apparently went at a torrid pace for heavyweights, with Corbett having the edge throughout most of the fight, being the agressor.
Also on the card, LiverKick #7 ranked middleweight Frank Giorgi took on late replacement, Rhyse Saliba, who stepped in for Nonsai. Giorgi controlled the whole fight and Rhyse didn't have much for him. Giorgi ended up winning a clear cut unanimous decision.
Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson took on the Thai fighter Kampan Santaweesok in what was by all accounts a very close fight. Kampan landed with hard kicks to the body and arms while Thompson landed most of his offense with punches. In the end, Thompson got the decision although I've seen people say that it should've gone Kampan's way.
Dane "Daddy Kool" Beauchamp rematched Joe Concha, who replaced Flip Street. Concha stopped Beauchamp back in February in a fight that Dane was winning right up until the final seconds of the last round. After a feeling out process in the first round, Concha once again stopped Beauchamp with an elbow, this time in the second round. Full results below:
Nathan "Carnage" Corbett def. Steve McKinnon by unanimous decision.
Frank Giorgi def. Rhyse Saliba by unanimous decision.
Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson def. Kampan Santaweesok by decision.
Joe Concha def. Dane "Daddy Kool" Beauchamp by KO (Elbow) in Round 2.
Michael Badato def. Mark Lucchiari by TKO (Punches/Elbows) in Round 2.
Elliot Compton def. Mark Staiti by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in the corner after Round 3.
Henare Redden def. Paymaan Shahrokhey by unanimous decision.
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Earlier today at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Krush held Krush.22 ~ in Nagoya~, its first event in Nagoya, featuring a 55kg title fight and five Tokyo vs Nagoya fights featuring Yuta Kubo, Yuya Yamato, Masaaki Noiri and Keiji Ozaki, among others.
In the night’s main event, Krush 55kg champ Shota Takiya was given what turned out to be his toughest fight in some time against Takumi, but was able to win a unanimous decision on scores of 30-29(x3). Takiya (21-4-0, 13 KO) has now won 10 in a row and had won his last 5 by knockout heading into this fight. There’s no telling what’s next for Takiya, as Krush’s 55kg division isn’t that deep and unless they hold a 55kg tournament, they will have to go outside of the company to find legitimate opponents for Takiya. Takumi (12-3-0, 5 KO) did well in staying on his feet against the hard-hitting Takiya, but it wasn’t enough. His effort here should be noted as he was able to hang with a guy I felt was head and shoulders above the rest of the Krush 55kg division.
In the Krush vs Nagoya headlining fight, ISKA Light Welterweight champion Yuta Kubo moved up to 66kg and scored a 2nd round knockout of WBC Japan and NJKF Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato 51 seconds into the round. Kubo (34-4-1, 16 KO) pushes his win streak to 11 and has slowly been climbing his way up in weight, fighting at 64.5kg and 65kg in his last two fights and now at 66kg. While this was a good step up in weight against good competition, Yamato often fights between 63kg and 67kg, so he wasn’t the best test as far as bigger opponents go. Regardless, Kubo would be a welcome sight for
In the next Nagoya vs Tokyo fight, Nagoya’s Masaaki Noiri took an easy win over Tokyo’s Makihira Keita on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-28. Noiri (13-3-0, 5 KO) picks up his first after his upset loss to Raz Sarkisjan back at the Hoost Cup in May which snapped a 6 fight win streak. As the reigning Youth Tournament champ, he awaits the winner of this year’s tournament for a fight that will likely take place early next year. Keita is now 1-1-1 on the year.
In the final three Nagoya vs Tokyo fights, Nagoya fighters went 2-1 with Taito upsetting Keiji Ozaki by majority decision, Yuya defeating Shota Hayashi and Masayuki Isabashi losing to Junpei Aotsu, giving Nagoya the overall victory with 3 wins (Noiri, Taito, Yuya) to Tokyo’s 2 (Kubo, Aotsu). The upset loss for Ozaki is huge as he’s been a borderline challenger despite not having any significant wins recently and Taito had lost his last 3 bouts heading into this fight. This loss should end Ozaki’s time as a legitimate title challenger.
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Earlier today, Shootboxing held its fourth Girls S-Cup and third main Girls S-Cup tournament, as well as the finals of the 53.5kg Girls S-Cup and the JKS48 High School tournament at Yamano Hall in Tokyo.
In the main tournament, the quarterfinals started off with 2-time defending S-Cup champion Rena Kubota scoring a unanimous decision over Australia's Kim Townsend on scores of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27. Rena scored shoot points in the first and second rounds while working her superior boxing, moving her into the semifinals. In the next semifinal, 2011 Girls S-Cup runner-up Seo Hee Ham took out late replacement Lisa Ellis by unanimous decision on scores of 30-26(x2) and 30-27. Ellis tried using the clinch to work her grappling, but Ham was just too much for her, scoring a knockdown in the second round and advancing to face Rena in the semis. In the other half of the bracket, 2009 S-Cup runner-up and 2010 semifinalist V.V Mei Yamaguchi needed an extension round, but was able to defeat Thai representative Namtarn Por Muangpetch by unanimous decision, winning the extension round 10-9 on all three cards. Namtarn wasn't able to keep V.V Mei away from her and resulted in Yamaguchi getting a shoot point in the second round and ultimately winning the extension round, despite not getting a shoot point. In the final quarterfinal, Holland's Lorena Klijn scored the night's biggest upset with an extension round win over 2011 S-Cup Preliminary tournament champ Erika Kamimura. Kamimura had a slight edge in the stand-up, but Klijn surprisingly used the clinch to her advantage and was able to score a shoot point in the extension round which was the difference.
In the semifinals, Rena needed an extension round to defeat Seo Hee Ham and make it to her third straight S-Cup final. The two were even throughout the course of 3 rounds, but in the extension round, Rena was able to separate herself from Ham and won the round on all 3 judges' cards. In the other semifinal, V.V Mei also needed an extension round to advance to her second S-Cup final with a win over Lorena Klijn. Both fighters looked to use their clinch game to advance, but Yamaguchi proved to be superior in that department, scoring a shoot point in the second round and two shoot points in the extension round, as well as a yellow card to Klijn, which secured the lopsided extension round win.
In a rematch of the first Girls S-Cup final in 2009, Rena proved her dominance in Shootboxing once again with a unanimous decision over V.V Mei on scores of 30-29(x3). Yamaguchi was not able to capitalize with her grappling against the experienced Rena, who used her superior stand-up to win her third straight Girls S-Cup.
While she has lost single fights in Shootboxing, including a big upset to Jessica Penne, Rena excels in tournaments and showed great stamina, fighting 10 rounds on the night against tough competition. She has a rematch with Erika Kamimura to defend her RISE Queen title at a yet to be determined date and should she win, the only options seem to be either a third fight with Ai Takahashi or a fight with the girl who beat Takahashi twice, Mizuki Inoue. For V.V Mei, this is huge. In my opinion, she was more of an afterthought for the tournament, as she was originally scheduled for this event, but not in the tournament field and was upset in the 2011 S-Cup preliminary tournament by Mina in the first round. Huge showing from her and she likely cemented her place in future Girls S-Cups to come. If there ever were an "elite-level gatekeeper", it would have to be Seo Hee Ham. In MMA, she owns wins over the likes of Hisae Watanabe, Saori Ishioka and V.V Mei, while her only losses have come to WMMA legends Miku Matsumoto, Megumi Fujii and Yuka Tsuji, with a pair of losses against undefeated prodigy and student of Fujii, Ayaka Hamasaki. In kickboxing and Shootboxing, she has beaten everyone thrown her way except for Erika Kamimura and now Rena. Kamimura and Klijn are probably the biggest stories to come out of this event. Kamimura was an unstoppable force on her rise to the top, knocking out nearly everyone who got in her path, both domestically and internationally, and was favored to meet Rena in the tournament finals. However, a close loss to Rena and this loss here have shown a few holes in her game. She still has extremely good power, possibly the best in women's kickboxing, but if she can't land her hooks, while she is a very talented kickboxer, she has trouble winning rounds and in Shootboxing, her grappling base isn't very strong. Big congratulations to Klijn who shocked nearly everyone and will have to be invited to the next Girls S-Cup.
In the finals of the 53.5kg Girls S-Cup, Mizuki Inoue proved her first win over Ai Takahashi wasn't a fluke, defeating Takahashi for the second time, this time over the course of 6 rounds, winning the extension round on all three judges' cards. Inoue used superior speed and movement to land against Takahashi and take her second big win over the former Shootboxing champion, winning the 53.5kg tournament title as well. Inoue is one of the brightest prospects in both MMA and kickboxing and should find herself in another marquee matchup, possibly against Rena, some time in the near future. Takahashi wasn't able to exploit her length as well as she did against smaller opponents in the S-Cup, but was able to keep up with Inoue. Now 0-2 against Inoue, she'll have to work her way back up if she wants a second chance at redemption.
In the JKS48 High School tournament, Rena's younger sister Mio Kubota matched her sister's efforts and won the tournament with a unanimous decision over Yusa Tachi in the semis and a TKO of Akari Nakamura in the finals. It's hard to say what is in Mio's near future, but Shootboxing has a good number of former S-Cup participants with experience that could give her a good challenge and see if she has the same promise as her sister, who was fighting Miku Matsumoto and Su Jeong Lim when she was just 17.
Finally, in a 53.5kg single fight, 53.5kg Girls S-Cup participant Rio Kamikaze scored an upset over prospect Seira Aragaki by majority decision on scores of 30-28, 29-28 and 28-28. Rio scored 2 shoot points in the third round with a hip toss that won her the fight. A rematch with Ai Takahashi could be a good next fight for her.
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Thai Fight held a show in Leicester, England today and featured a who's who of international Muay Thai fighters, from Thailand, France and England. Garnering the most attention was Buakaw of course, who returned to the ring for the first time since his legal debacle.
Buakaw faced Abdoul Toure, a French fighter who had a significant height advantage. Buakaw took the first round very slowly and allowed Toure to get some shots in, mostly knees to the body from the clinch but it was evident that all Buakaw had to do was turn it up a notch. He did just that in the second round where he dropped Toure with a vicious kick to the body, with Toure getting up but the fight being waved off by the referee. What was really impressive about the kick was that it wasn't even to the side that the liver was on, showcasing just how powerful it was.
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, who always tries to put on a show did just that against Issam Reghi as he dominated the fight while playing around at the same time. Sudsakorn dropped Reghi in the third with an elbow to really seal the deal.
Also on the card was another international Muay Thai star, Saiyok Pumphanmuang who faced Craig Jose of England. Jose was game but Saiyok, who came out very aggressive with vicious kick counters, clearly had the edge. Jose showcased how tough he is by hanging in there the whole fight, but ultimately Saiyok won a decision.
In one of the closer fights, Houcine Bennoui surprised many by fighting well against Singmanee Kaewsamrit. Bennoui didn't fight at all this year until June and it seems to have done him well. Singmanee was able to land the cleaner knees and body kicks, along with controlling parts of the fight with his teep and that's what got him the victory. Bennoui landed more with punches and low kicks, and even dumped Singmanee a few times. Another close fight was between Dylan Salvador of France and Soloman Wickstead of England, who replaced Liam Harrison on very short notice. It was close, but I thought Wickstead was the sharper of the two. Salvador ended up getting the decision.
Armin Pumphanmuang scored a highlight reel finish over Abdallah Mabel, rocking him with a high kick and then charging in with downward elbows while Mabel was against the ropes, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Two fights also went untelevised. Jordan Watson of England beat Hamed Hassan of France by decision and by all accounts dominated the fight, dropping Hassan once. Crice Boussoukou of France defeated England's Michael Dicks by decision after dropping Dicks in the third round. Full results below:
67kg: Crice Boussoukou def. Michael Dicks by decision
70kg: Jordan Watson def. Hamed Hassan by decision.
70kg: Armin Pumphanmuang def. Abdallah Mabel by KO (High Kick and Elbows) in Round 2
67kg: Dylan Salvador def. Soloman Wickstead by decision
67kg: Singmanee Kaewsamrit def. Houcine Bennoui by decision
70kg: Saiyok Pumphanmuang def. Craig Jose by decision
72kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Issam Reghi by decision
70kg: Buakaw def. Abdoul Toure by KO (Body Kick) in Round 2
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Yesterday, Krush held Krush.21 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by a Krush 63kg title fight and an ISKA 55kg World title fight, with both featuring European challengers, as well as the last 2 fights of the 4th leg of the 63kg WILDRUSH League.
In the main event, Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara was knocked out by former ISKA 62.5kg champ Thomas Adamandopoulos by headkick at 1:42 in the 2nd round. Adamandopoulos dominated the fight leading up to the stoppage and scored with a left high kick that knocked Kajiwara out cold. Adamandopoulos (41-8-1, 24 KO) is now 2-0 in Krush and the first foreign Krush champion. This was a big win for him as he had lost 2 in a row, a close split decision to Karim Bennoui and a 4th round TKO to Yetkin Ozkul, and is set to fight in Krush again in the future, presumably facing the winner of the Krush WILDRUSH League, or even someone like Masaaki Noiri or Tetsuya Yamato should the winner of the WILDRUSH League be injured. Kajiwara (22-11-1, 6 KO) finally had his age catch up to him a bit after going 7-1 in his last 8, mostly against much younger competition. A good next fight for him would be a rematch with Noiri to set up a title challenger after the WILDRUSH League winner gets his shot.
In the co-main event, Nobuchika Terado defended his ISKA World Bantamweight title against former ISKA World titleholder Andy Howson in an exciting fight with a 2nd round TKO at 2:07. Howson had Terado in a lot of trouble in the 2nd round, dropping the champion twice, but as Howson tried to find the finish, Terato managed to land a big left hook that dropped Howson before dropping two more times with a pair of right hooks to end the fight. Terado (29-8-1, 13 KO) is no stranger to slugfests, putting on one of the best fights that nobody saw back in 2010 against Ryuya Kusakabe, another fight where both men were hurt and suffered a knockdown. This is the first defense of his ISKA title that he won at Krush.11 over Kirean McAskill and moves him 4-1 in his last 5, most recently beating Namito Izawa at Krush-EX 2012 vol.1. A good next fight for him would be a rematch with Kusakabe to set up a third fight for either man with current champ Shota Takiya. Howson (53-10-1, 29 KO) recently lost his ISKA Bantamweight Muay Thai title to Dean James in May and lost a chance to win Terado’s Oriental Rules title here. The two were initially supposed to meet at Krush.5 in January of 2010, but Howson was forced out of the bout with an injury.
In a WILDRUSH League 4th leg bout, 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi kept his hopes of winning the league alive with a majority decision over 3rd placed Yukimitsu Takahashi on scores of 30-28, 30-29 and 29-29, ending Takahashi’s chances of winning. Tsukagoshi now has 7 points and is 2 points shy of league leader Hideaki Yamazaki heading into the final leg. Tsukagoshi’s final fight is against the hard-hitting TaCa while he will need some help from Takahashi, who faces Yamazaki in the final leg. Tsukagoshi will need Takahashi to win against Yamazaki, as a draw would mean Tsukagoshi would need a knockout just to tie and I believe that since Yamazaki beat Tsukagoshi, he would hold the tiebreak. Takahashi remains with 4 points despite putting on some of the most entertaining performances throughout his fights in the league. He still has something to prove against Yamazaki in the final and although he can’t win the league, expect him to put on a good performance and solidify himself as an entertaining draw in Krush.
In the final 4th leg WILDRUSH League bout, 4th placed TaCa was upset by last placed NOMAN, who won a majority decision on scores of 30-28, 30-29 and 29-29. This is a bit of an upset as NOMAN was winless in the league before this while TaCa had knocked out Naoki Terasaki, while dropping decisions to Yukimitsu Takahashi and Hideaki Yamazaki. TaCa remains with 3 points while NOMAN has 3 points as well and moves up to 4th with TaCa.
The current WILDRUSH League standings after 4 legs is
1. Hideaki Yamazaki, 9 points (4-0-0, 1 KO)
2. Hitoshi Tsukagoshi, 7 points (3-1-0, 1 KO)
3. Yukimitsu Takahashi, 4 points (1-1-2, 0 KO)
4. NOMAN, 3 points (1-2-1, 0 KO)
5. TaCa, 3 points (1-3-0, 1 KO)
6. Naoki Terasaki, 1 point, (0-3-1, 0 KO)
The WILDRUSH League concludes on October 8th at Krush.23, an event which is set to feature Yasuhiro Kido, Naoki Ishikawa, “Kyoken” Yuji Takeuchi and Kan Itabashi.
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Evening folks, you may be wondering who the heck I am - I'm a former writer at Head Kick Legend before the site shut down and now write over at Gals Guide to MMA. Sir Walsh has been kind enough to allow me to bring you live results for tonight's 14-fight card at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. I've got a front row view here at press row, so I'll be able to get some great pictures as well.
It's about ready to start in a few minutes - nothing's happening now but people getting ready to rock n roll. Thanks to Dave for the opportunity to bring you these results live.
We're about to get underway and the first fighter, Mike Gianone just got finished with the traditional MT pre-fight intro.
Aliaga came out aggressive, but Gianone landed a nice counter left that backed him up. After a break, Aliaga continued to come out aggressive and Gianone ate a low blow in the exchange of knees. Both fighters ended the round firing. Aliaga had the faster start to round 2, but Gianone ended the round unloading knees to the body and head in his own corner. The great thing about three two-minute rounds is that the fighters were going all out. Helps that these are 125'ers, so there's no gassing. Fight ends, and I would guess that Aliaga wins, but it was a close fight regardless. The great thing about three two-minute rounds is that the fighters were going all out. Helps that these are 125'ers, so there's no gassing. Fight ends, and I would guess that Aliaga wins, but it was a close fight regardless. I'm wrong, and Gianone wins by unanimous decision.
Mike Gianone throws a knee.
Next fight is a bantamweight contest in the ladies division. Jennie Nedell is fighting out of the famous (to MMA fans) Sera-Longo fight gym, however it's Peteraf that starts out strong with a bunch of knees in the clinch. Nedell lands a stiff jab straight through Peteraf's guard and finishes the round strong with punches throught Peteraf's loose hands. Round two is very similar, as Nedell is getting bullied in the clinch while landing the better punches. Peteraf ate less punches this round than she did the first, so I'd say this round is hers. The final round continued the theme of Nedell landing better from range with Peteraf doing good work from the clinch. This fight is almost certainly Peteraf's as she just earned a standing 8-count with a series of like... 20 unanswered knees to the body. Yup, I called this one correct, as she got the UD.
Some bigger boys now, as we've got 178'ers in the ring. Maldonado looks to be the stronger of the two, as he's been able to spin Mamroud around in the clinch a couple times. They ended the round firing back and forth. Close round, but I would guess Maldonado on some cleaner strikes. Another close round, more strong clinching from Maldonado, but Mamroud isn't just laying down either and he's firing some nice combos. No idea who got this round. Maldonado has some nice kicks that sound loud in the arena when they land. Mamroud has a big welt on the left side of his rib cage. Mamroud trying hard, and landing some, but I think Maldonado takes this. 2 for 3 so far - Maldonado with the UD win.
Well, this fight ended quickly. Kate Allen showed that the Cool Hearts Gym knows its clinch work and she earned the TKO win a minute and nine seconds into the first round with a couple dozen clinch knees.
185-lb title fight here for the Take On belt. Abreu lookks to be the stronger man in this event, and at 5-0, he's got a good record so far. He earned a knockdown midway through round 1 with a high kick, but Miller fought back to try and earn some points back. Miller's family has moved down and are yelling enthusiastically right behind me. Miller with solid 1-2 and then doubles up on it. Miller with a liver kick. Abreu catches a kick and lands an overhand right. They each miss a leg kick. Abreu with a pair of liverkicks, and Miller sweeps Abreu's legs from under him to end the round. Slower start to the third so far... Miller lands a good right, but then eats a solid left. High kick from Miller, and another left hand from Abreu. Couple of body kicks and then three HARD lefts in a row from Abreu has the ref stopping the action to administer a standing 8 to Miller. This fight is Abreu's unless I'm sadly mistaken. I am not, and Abreu takes home the strap.
Here's a pic of Abreu winning the title, courtesy of the in-ring announcer: https://twitter.com/blklkp/status/234439236034625537/photo/1/large
Odria with a strong kick to start this 105-lb contest. Slow-paced as neither fighter is landing a lot. They exchange tandem knees from the clinch and repeat this about three times before Odria throws Ng to the canvas. Ng starts with some nice combos of knees and kicks, but not everything is getting through Odria's guard. Nothing thudding landing, but both fighters are landing combos and clinch knees. Same through round 3 as well. Jess Ng takes a close fight in another unanimous decision.
Bastone comes out strong and hits a solid leg kick. Close fight as Gregory and Bastone trade in center ring. They stand and trade in center ring and all of a sudden, Bastone lands a big hook that staggers Gregory. The ref gives him a standing eight and then waves it off. Gregory is on wobbly legs still minutes after the fight as they announce Bastone as the winner by TKO.
Take On ring card girl Alicia Patterson
Close fight so far between Noll and Rugilo. Noll is doing better in the clinch, but both fighters are landing pretty evenly. Solid back and forth in the second as well, although Rugilo has landed a couple of good shots. Rugilo opens the third with some solid lefts to Noll's jaw. Good chin on Noll as she fights through. Low blow from Rugilo is shrugged off. Fight ends with an exchange of spinning backfist from Rugilo meeting a cross from Noll. Rugilo takes a close split decision 29-28 x2 and a 28-29.
Henry Lee is the clear crowd favorite and comes out strong. He gets a knockdown midway through the first with a solid straight as Jiminez was moving forward. Lee continued strong through much of the round and didn't fade in the second. After a flurry that staggered Jiminez into the ropes, the ref jumped in and waved off the fight as Lee picks up his first win.
Fireworks to start the first full Thai rules contest of the night (no headgear, elbows legal). Cheung looks to be overpowering Krampetz every time they clinch. Krampetz is landing some good shots from range, but Cheung is hitting him with solid, solid shots when he connects. And he just connected now for a knockdown. Round 1 ends, and that's a clear Cheung round. Nothing is changing here in the second, and Cheung lands a HUGE knee to the liver that ends the fight. If you saw Overeem/Lesnar, it looked exactly like that. Cheung, your winner by KO at 1:11 of round 2.
Take On ring card girl Candice Figueroa throwing t-shirts to the crowd.
Quick start in this lightweight title contest as Mauceri is taking charge of center ring. He's landing good combos and pushing him into the corners. Mauceri is pushing the pace and Grekoski has his chin up. First round to Mauceri on the heels of a powerful straight left. Mauceri is bullying Grekowski. He backs Grekowski into the far right corner and is unloading. Grekowski is staggered by a big elbow and the ref jumps in to stop it. Mauceri your winner by TKO
Whoa. Andy Singh just put on a clinic on a very experienced veteran in Anthony DeMaio. DeMaio has had dozens of fights in Thailand that don't apear on his official record and Andy Singh came out like a tornado. DeMaio was not without offense, but Singh was FLYING. Hee landed multiple flying knees, head kicks and powerful punches. The end came about two and a half minutes into the first round, as Singh staggered DeMaio with a 4-piece combo that sent him crashing to the mat face down. Your winner by KO, Andy Singh.
Anthony DeMaio is staggered against the ropes by Andy Singh moments before Singh scored the knockout.
Two powerful lightweights immediately started slugging it out in center ring. Low kicks, jabs, knees and hooks were being exchanged, but in a technical manner, not just a brawl. Hinds landed a few solid knees and they broke. A left from Robinson followed by a HUGE left after a feint of the jab and down goes Hind. He's staggered and can't get up and Robinson defeats Hinds by KO.
Check out some more awesome pics straight from the ring announcer and his in-ring ipad:
https://twitter.com/blklkp/status/234462105535913984/photo/1/large -Spencer Grekoski's pre-fight routine.
https://twitter.com/blklkp/status/234461871506341889/photo/1 - Scott Krampetz in between rounds.
In the main event of the evening, Jay Matias came out overpowering the smaller Ahammer. Ahammer did some good work in the clinch with his elbows, but Matias had the stronger combos. I'd score that round for Matias. Well, that was brutal. Matias got Ahammer into the clinch and brutalized him with knees and elbows. About a minute in (I missed the exact time), the ref stepped in to save a faded Ahammer. Your winner by TKO, Jay Matias.
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With It's Showtime prepared to make their first full venture into Japan in little over a month and a half, It's Showtime Japan countdown-2 and REBELS.12 took place earlier today at Differ Ariake in Tokyo.
In the main event, Team Souwer's Henri van Opstal improved to 5-0 against Japanese competition with a majority decision over It's Showtime Japan 70kg champ Hiroki Nakajima on scores of 30-29(x3), 29-29 and 30-28. Nakajima scored early to the body, but his lack of defense allowed van Opstal to find openings throughout the fight and pick apart his opponent. van Opstal (18-3-0) has now won two in a row after a loss at It's Showtime 55, most recently stopping Hinata in the 3rd round at RISE 88. He could find himself fighting on the main It's Showtime Japan card, but with a Shootboxing event the same day, it is hard to know if he will compete on either card. Nakajima (15-6-0, 10 KO) recently ended a 1-5 run with a win over Danilo Zanolini to win the It's Showtime Japan 70kg title, but it's the same story for him; until he develops some sort of defense, he is extremely limited. While he has power and a dynamic offense, he just gets hit too much and guys at van Opstal's level will be able to expose him with ease. He is set to fight on the It's Showtime Japan card in September, but let's hope he's put in a rematch with Yuichiro Nagashima and not in a fight with Andy Ristie or Robin van Roosmalen.
In the co-main event, Hinata bounced back with a quick 1st round knockout of Korean Kang Jung-woo at 1:24 with a high kick. Hinata (23-12-1, 8 KO) is just 3-3 in his last 6 bouts, with two of those three wins against mediocre competition and the third against a guy fighting 10 pounds above his natural weight. While his losses did come to Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and van Opstal, his only quality wins since 2010 are over Yuya Yamamoto, who looks worse with every outing, and Artur Kyshenko. If he wants to be considered a competitor at 70kg, he needs to start fighting top competition more regularly and get some wins, rather than lose to a top fighter and bounce back with an easy win.
In a fight to determine the first It's Showtime Japan 65kg champion, MA Kick Super Lightweight champ Mohan Dragon and Zen Fujita fought to a majority draw after 5 rounds on scores of 48-47 and 48-48(x4). In what seems to have been an exciting fight, as most of Mohan Dragon's fights are, Mohan Dragon started very strong, hurting Fujita in the first and carrying that momentum into the second round before tiring in the bout's closing stages and allowing Fujita to come back and secure a draw. Fujita is now 1-1-1 in 2012, with a loss at 70kg to Hinata back in April and a win over Junichi Maruyama back in June at 65kg. Mohan Dragon is now 2-0-1 on the year, defending his MA Kick title with a knockout of Hidekazu Tanaka and edging out J-Network champ Yusuke Sugawara at RISE 87. This fight likely could have been to determine Lim Chi-bin's opponent in the It's Showtime 65kg World title fight, but the draw likely cost both men that opportunity.
In a fight to decide the inaugural It's Showtime Japan 55kg champion, J-Network Super Bantamweight champ Hiroaki Mizuhara took a unanimous decision over Taisuke Degai on scores of 49-48(x3), 48-47 and 49-47. Mizuhara is now 2-1-1 on the year and could potentially rematch Yuki Noro, the man he defeated to get this fight, in his first title defense as Noro recently upset TO-MA in a bout billed under the It's Showtime banner. This loss snaps a 4 fight win streak for Degai.
Finally at 61kg, Kizaemon Saiga scored a unanimous decision over Tatsuya Inaishi on scores of 30-29, 30-28(x2), 30-27 and 29-28. Saiga (10-5-1, 2 KO) is now 3-1 on the year with a close win over Katsuya Goto, a close loss to Koya Urabe and most recently a KO of Arita Tsukahara back in May. Saiga was expected to fight for the It's Showtime Japan 61kg title at this event, but with Masahiro Yamamoto winning the It's Showtime 61kg World title and a 61kg title fight scheduled for the September event, I wouldn't be surprised to see Saiga slotted in against Yamamoto for the first all-Japanese It's Showtime title fight.
It's Showtime's main branch makes its first official venture into Japan on September 17th at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama. Only one fight is announced for the card, with It's Showtime 85kg champ Sahak Parparyan taking on It's Showtime Japan 95kg champ Toshio Matsumoto, but a 61kg title showdown between current champ Masahiro Yamamoto and Kizaemon Saiga is possible with both men slated for the event and Lim Chi Bin will be participating in an It's Showtime 65kg World title fight against a yet to be named opponent. Also expected to compete are Daniel Ghita, Robin van Roosmalen, Andy Ristie, Hiroki Nakajima and Yuichiro Nagashima.
REBELS.12 results and quick results after the break Add a comment
Krush.20 took place yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by a 60kg title fight.
In the night's main event, Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe defended his title against 60kg tournament winner Fumiya Osawa by 1st round KO at 2:48. Urabe scored with a spinning back kick to Osawa's body that dropped the challenger and left him unable to get up. Urabe (15-5-2, 9 KO) is now undefeated in his last 8 and has won 3 straight since fighting Naoki Ishikawa to a draw in his first title defense. He could see himself facing Ishikawa for a third time in a future title defense. Osawa (7-8-1, 2 KO) rebounded from a 4-fight winless streak by winning the Krush 60kg tournament with wins over Makoto Morishige, Yuya and Katsuya Goto. A good fight for him would be against Kan Itabashi to see where he stands in the division.
In the co-main event, Yuya Yamamoto was shut out by Zaurus Asami, losing a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28(x3). Yamamoto (33-23-1, 11 KO) has been horribly inconsistent throughout his career and has now lost three straight, being knocked out by Yuji Nashiro and Xu Yan in his last 2 outings. This is a huge loss and another setback for him. Asami (9-8-1) gets the biggest win of his career and some momentum after going 1-4 in his 5 fights heading into this.
In first bout of the 4th leg of the Krush Wildrush League, current league leader Hideaki Yamazaki knocked out Naoki Terasaki just 24 seconds into the fight with a left hook. The knockout gives Yamazaki 9 points with just one fight left and puts him in a very good position to win the tournament. The second and third placed fighters Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and Yukimitsu Takahashi have 5 and 4 points, respectively, and face off at Krush.21 on August 12th and the winner is the only person left with a realistic shot at taking the lead from Yamazaki. Should it be Takahashi, he and Yamazaki face off in the final leg of the league.
At 63kg, Hiroya was able to stop fellow Krush Youth Tournament participant Daizo Sasaki with low kicks at 2:43 of the 3rd round. Both fighters had lost 3 in a row heading into this bout with Hiroya (11-5-0, 6 KO) losing to Masaaki Noiri, Naoki and most recently Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara, and Sasaki losing to Noiri, Kengo Sonoda and Atsushi Ogata. This is a bounce back win for Hiroya and a good next fight for him might be a rematch with Sho Ogawa, depending on when the Krush Youth tournament begins this year.
Finally, at 70kg, TOMOYUKI picked up an extension round decision win over Shintaro Matsukura, winning on all 3 cards after judges ruled a draw on scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 30-30. Tomoyuki first made a name for himself earlier this year, upsetting then Krush 70kg champion Kenta in his first fight of 2012 and has gone 2-1 since then, with the loss to MA Kick champ Kazuya Takeda. Matsukura (5-6-0, 4 KO) had just ended a 3-fight losing streak with a win back in June. After his upset of Yuya Yamamoto, Matsukura has been rather pedestrian, going 1-4, though losing a split, majority and now extension round decision along the way.
Quick results after the break