|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)|
In the night’s main event, undefeated Masato Otake improved to 9-0, capturing the J-Network Welterweight title from former champion Atsushi Sasatani by unanimous decision on scores of 50-47(x3). Sasatani won the title against Tomo Kiire in October of last year and this was his first defense. Otake earned the right to fight for the title by defeating former K-1 Koshien fighter Kohei Nishikawa in August. Otake should be an interesting fighter to watch going forward as he has faced little resistance on his path to the title. I would liken him, as a prospect, to Takafumi Morita as he captured a major promotional title within 11 fights and they have a common opponent in Nishikawa. However, Morita took a big step up in his following three fights as well as knocking out Nishikawa in the first round while Otake took him to a decision. Otake has a few options going forward as he could defend his title against #1 ranked Tomo Kiire or he could set his sights on the WPMF or WBC Japan titles.
In a Super Bantamweight title unification bout, reigning champion Hiroaki Mizuhara defeated interim champ Hidemaru by split decision on scores of 49-47, 48-50 and 50-48. Mizuhara was a part of the Krush 55kg tournament and made it to the semifinals, losing to Ryuya Kusakabe by decision and this win is his first successful defense. Hidemaru won the interim title back in June by unanimous decision. Next could be a rematch between the two, but with a relatively strong weight class, Mizuhara could find himself fighting WPMF Japan Bantamweight champ Ichinohe Sota while a good matchup for Hidemaru would be against Takayuki Umehara in a fight that would have J-Network and WPMF Japan implications.
Finally, in a matchup of Krush regulars, Junpei Aotsu defeated DYNAMITE Yuta by unanimous extension round decision on scores of 10-9(x3) after a majority draw with scores of 29-28 and 29-29(x2). In the past 2 and a half years, Aotsu has fought 17 times, going 9-8-1 against a who’s who of Japanese Lightweights the likes of Masahiro Yamamoto, Fire Harada, Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, TaCa, Arita Tsukahara and TURBΦ. Aotsu is currently on a 2-fight win streak. DYNAMITE Yuta scored a big upset in the quarterfinals of the Krush 63kg tournament with a first round knockout of former K-1 63kg posterboy Daisuke Uematsu, but lost to Koya Urabe in the semifinals.Add a comment
As you may or may not know, this Saturday, Fight Code held an event in conjunction with TK2, featuring a one night, eight man tournament on the TK2 portion of the card. Fight Code only showed their own Fight Code portion of the card on their stream, so we had no opportunity to watch the TK2 portion of the card.
Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner were scheduled for the tournament but it seems both of them pulled out. I'd assume Lidon pulled out due to his MPL fight next month in the Netherlands and he has a fight in France against Gregory Choplin a month after that. As for Kaestner, rumors are swirling that he's actually retired from kickboxing altogether. Nothing is one hundred percent certain though about his future though. Lidon was supposed to fight Ait Said and Kaestner was supposed to fight Ismael Uzuner, both in the quarter finals.
Chris van Venrooij went on to win the tournament. The tournament is a nice feather in his cap, as he's come up short against most of the higher up fighters he's faced. Every fight on the TK2 portion went to decision. Check out the full results below:
Fabrice Aurieng def. German Talbot by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Ait Said by decision.
Wallid Haddad def. Niclas Larsen by decision.
Ait Said def. Enriko Gogokhia by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Yohan Beausejour by decision.
Philippe Salmon def. Willy Borrel by decision.
Enriko Gogokhia def. Ismael Uzuner by decision.
Ait Said def. Yazid Boussaha by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Farhat Ahmedjanov by decision.
Johan Beausejour def. Mohammed Medhar by decision.
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Yesterday, SuperKombat held their final installment of their qualifying World Grand Prix series in Piatra Neamt, Romania. All four shows in the series have been in different Romanian cities, setting up the final World Grand Prix event in Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of each tournament of the World Grand Prix series face off in a one night, four man tournament at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final.
The two main names in the tournament, Wendell Roche and Erhan Deniz had little trouble dispatchnig their semi final opponents and met in the final. In what at times was a bit of a stinker, Deniz managed to get a decision victory over Roche. His kicks probably won him the fight, as he'd throw body kicks in succession that really looked great for the judges.
Bogdan Stoica returned after his injury suffered against Hakan Aksoy in July. He faced Leon Miedema and was in control of most of the fight, landing the much more significant offense, getting him a unanimous decision. The fight was at 92kg which is pretty high for Stoica to be fighting at. It leads me to believe he put on a bit of weight while he was injured and although he didn't look out of shape at all, he looked a tad softer than usual. I'd expect Stoica's next fight to be somewhere between 85 and 90kgs.
In other fights, Catalin Morosanu picked up a unanimous decision over late replacement Ibrahim Aarab and Sebastian Ciobanu picked up a split decision over Ali Cenik. Check out the full results below:
Reserve Fight: Jantje Siersema def. Lucian Danilencu by Split Decision in an Extra Round.
Semi Final 1: Erhan Deniz def. Angelis Konstantinos by KO (Punches) in Round 2.
Semi Final 2: Wendell Roche def. Marian Baryla by TKO (Low Kicks) in Round 3.
Bogdan Stoica def. Leon Miedema by Unanimous Decision.
Diogo Neves def. Ionut Atodiresei by Unanimous Decision.
Sebastian Ciobanu def. Ali Cenik by Split Decision.
Ionut Iftimoaie def. Luca Panto by Unanimous Decision.
Catalin Morosanu def. Ibrahim Aarab by Unanimous Decision.
Alexandru Lungu def. Bob Sapp by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
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Fight Code hosts their Dragons Series Final 8 card today and Liverkick.com will be here to keep you up to date with live results. The event starts at 4:15 PM EST/1:15 PM PST on www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is register and you'll be able to watch a great stream for free. We'll be discussing the event on Twitter at @Liverkickdotcom and @rianscalia.
Dragons Final 8
Norbert Balogh def. Bruno Franchi by DQ (Illegal Knee) in Round 2. Franchi hit Balogh with a knee right as the referee told them to break and Balogh couldn't continue. I thought the end result was a bit stupid and Franchi could've been awarded a TKO.
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Halim Issaoui by TKO (Referee Stoppage/Punches) in Round 3. Sudsakorn low kicked the shit out of Issaoui and at one point in Round 2during a referee count, Issaoui ran over and tried to strike Sudsakorn, almost resulting in things getting out of control. Sudsakorn finished Issaoui off in Round 3 with punches.
Yuri Bessmertny def. Armen Petrosyan by Split Decision.
Abdallah Mabel def. Xu Yan by Split Decision.
Chingiz Allazov def. Raouf Beliouz by TKO (Referee Stoppage). One sided ass kicking here.
Cedric Castagna def. Soufiane Derdaga by decision.
Earlier today at Shinjuku FACE, Krush held the first two rounds of their Under-22 Supernova Tournament to determine the 4 semifinalists with blocks A and B competing in the afternoon and blocks C and B at night.
During the day in Block A, 2010 K-1 Koshien quarterfinalist Sho Ogawa was able to edge out an extension round decision over Tang Tang Fight Club's Fumiya Osawa, winning the extension round 10-9 on all 3 cards. In the other half of Block A, 2008 K-1 Koshien champion and one of the tournament favorites HIROYA ran through his opponent, Hiroshi Hoshikawa, scoring a knockout just 1:35 into the first round. In the Block A final, HIROYA dominated Sho Ogawa, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x2) and 29-26 to advance to the semifinals.
In the other half of the matinee portion of the event, Block B favorite and 2009 K-1 Koshien champion Masaaki Noiri scored a knockout at 1:25 into the 3rd round over Violence. In the other half of Block B, Team Dragon's Daizo Sasaki also scored a 3rd round knockout at 1:24 in the round over Silver Wolf's Shota Fukuda. In the Block B semifinal, Masaaki Noiri scored another knockout, this time 1:42 into the 2nd round to secure his spot in the semifinals against HIROYA.
This fight is a rematch from the 2009 K-1 Koshien semifinals where Masaaki Noiri shocked nearly everyone and made a name for himself with a dominating, entertaining win over HIROYA. The win would be huge for either fighter.
In the night portion of the event, RISE #6 ranked Super Lightweight Shimpei Keita cruised past J-NETWORK's Hiroshi Matsui to take a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28(x2) and 30-27. In the other half of the bracket, tournament favorite Koya Urabe also cruised past Yuta Otaki, taking a unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-28. In the Block C final, Koya Urabe faced more resistance than one would have thought from Keita, but was still able to defeat Keita on scores of 30-29(x2) and 30-28.
In Block D, Yukimitsu Takahashi edged out Kazuma in an extension round, winning 10-9 on all 3 cards. In what could be considered a bit of an upset, former K-1 Koshien fighter Kengo Sonoda edged out J-NETWORK Flyweight champion Tsukasa Fuji on scores of 30-29, 30-30 and 30-28. Size was likely a factor as Fuji fights about 10kg under the 63kg weight limit for this tournament. In the Block D final, Takahashi caught Sonoda with a hard head kick 25 seconds into the 3rd round and Sonoda was unable to recover, giving Takahashi the KO win.
This sets up a semfinal between Koya Urabe and Yukimitsu Takahashi. Urabe, already the tournament favorite before the brackets were announced, should have his status as tournament favorite bumped even higher. Takahashi showed he is no slouch and Urabe struggled a little with Keita, but Urabe should be able to cruise into the finals while the winner of Noiri-Hiroya will likely be dinged up from the semifinals. However, if the pattern of the Krush tournaments of favorites losing in the later rounds hold, Takahashi could see himself with a big upset win, though I find it more unlikely as Krush tournament champions Shota Takiya, Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and Kenta were more overlooked talents while the focus was on fighters like Ryuya Kusakabe, Masaaki Noiri, Koya Urabe and Hiroki Nakajima.
The tournament's conclusion will take place on December 9th and if Naoki Ishikawa gets his way, he will fight the winner of this tournament at some time after that.
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The MuayThai Premier League held their second event yesterday in Padova, Italy and it featured a ton of familiar names. Unlike their inaugural event, this one had little steam behind it and not even a live stream to watch. No one has seen the fights yet and we're just going off what we're hearing. The results are all confirmed, and a few of them weren't without controversy:
CATEGORY -63.5KG – SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
Ilona Wijmans (NED) def. Chantal Ughi (ITA) by Decision
Tainara Lisboa (BRA) def. Sandra Bastian (CAN) by Split Decision
CATEGORY -66.6 KG – WELTERWEIGHT
Saiyok Pumpanmuang (THA) def. Mauro Serra (ITA) by Decision
Mohammed Khamal (MOR) def. Liam Harrison (UK) by Split Decision
CATEGORY -72.5KG – MIDDLEWEIGHT
Vladimir Moravcik (SVK) vs. Rosario Presti (ITA) fight to a DRAW
Ky Hollenbeck (USA) def. Jordan Watson (UK) by Decision
CATEGORY -82.5KG – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Marc De Bonte (AUS) def. Jiri Zak (CZE) by Split Decision
Kaoklai Kaennorsing (THA) def. Roberto Cocco (ITA) by Decision
CATEGORY -95KG – HEAVYWEIGHT
Ramazan Ramazanov (RUS)def. Chris Knowles (UK) by KO
Kaopon Lek (THA) def. Charles Francois (FRA) by TKO in Round 3 (Cut)
There was controversy surrounding Ky Hollenbeck's victory over Jordan Watson, and an appeal has been filed. The controversy stems from a knockdown in the first round, in which Watson feels it shouldn't have been a knockdown. Also, the split decision for Mohammed Khamal over Liam Harrison was appealed by Harrison and his team. Last but not least, apparently the decision in the Kaoklai Kaennorsing-Roberto Cocco fight was questionable as well.
We'd all really love to see the fights, and hopefully they can get out on the internet soon. If not, we'll have to wait until the event is aired on Eurosport in Europe or The Score in Canada. The MPL should do a better job next time of not only promoting the event but also providing a stream for fans who want to watch.Add a comment
As I mentioned earlier this week there was a nice card coming up, and it delivered with a ton of great action.
A few of the fights were scrapped, or some fighters were replaced for others.
Ponsaneh Sitmonchai defeats Yuttachai Kiatpatarapaan by TKO in R1
Macki Sor. Suriyunnunchok defeats Phetchartshy Chaoraiooy by KO in R2
Dejsakda Wor. Sangprapai defeats Aekmongkol Kaiyanghadaogym by decision
Detnarong Wor. Sangprapai defeats Trijak Sitjomtrai by decision.
Pamonrunglek Kiatmuu9 defeats Pompean Kiatchonkao by decision.
Singdam Kiatmuu9 defeats Petchboonchu FA Group by decision.
Sam-A kaiyanghadaogym defeats Tingtong Chor. Koyuhaisuzu by decision.
F16 Rajanont defeats Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym by decision.
Sam-A now improves to 7-0-1 on the year and has to be the favorite for fighter of the year at this point in time. F16 is making a great case for fighter of the year as well.
F16 vs. Nong-O
Sam-A vs. Tingtong
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It's been a good year for Sam A who has beaten all comers with the only exception a dubious draw with Konsak (pretty much everyone except the judges thought Kongsak won) but it got a whole lot better on Friday night.
Like a lot of the best Muay Thai fighters Sam A hails from Buriram in the rural north east which is one of the most impoverished areas in Thailand. As one of the most in demand fighters on the stadium circuit in Bangkok he can expect to receive in excess of 100,000 Baht per fight, more than most people in Buriram earn in a year, but on Friday night he had the prize of a Toyota pick up (valued at 1.7 million Baht according to the announcer) awaiting him if he could defeat Ting Tong.
Ting Tong is sponsored by Isuzu and not wishing to be outdone they also offered him an Isuzu pickup meaning that the winner would be driving home in one of two trucks parked outside the stadium. Sam A won the last time these two fought and Ting Tong the underdog was allowed to weigh in 2 lbs heavier. If the extra weight was an advantage it didn't show as, after the traditionally slow start, Sam A dominated proceedings to win a one sided decision victory.
Sam A ia a very intelligent fighter, who is good at making his opponents miss and then pubishing them with a vicious left body kick. He was up against another southpaw in Ting Tong but the strategy remained the same and was effective enough for him to be awarded the fight 50-47 on all three judge's scorecards.
In the main event 2010 fighter of the year Nong O took on F 16 who was coming off a big win over 2009 fighter of the yeat Kongsak which you can see here (check out the handspeed from F16 as he knocks Kongsak down twice in round two). 2011 has not been a vintage year for Nong O who has lost a few fights and this one had a two million baht bet riding on it.
F16 looked to be the bigger of the two fighters but Nong O was able to hold his own for the first few rounds. It seemed to be anyone's fight but Nong O faded badly in rounds four or five allowing F16 to outwork and outmuscle him to the extent that the outcome was a foregone conclusion long before the final bell sounded.
A stellar card also saw Singdam and Petboonchu do battle for the third (i think...) time this year. Petboonchu's clinch work has made the difference in the previous two fights but this time it was the turn of the 'black lion' who was able to consistently land body kicks and even managed to more than hold his own in the clinch.
In the fight of the night Detnarong Wor Sangprapai and Tryjak Sitjomtry went toe to toe right from the opening bell. Most Muay Thai fighters like to star slow but these two started unloading straightaway and it looked set to be a classic until Detnarong got swept in round two and then hit with a knee on the way down which cut him badly and left him needing a ten count to recover.
It seemed that the momentum was with Tryjak but instead Detnarong came storming back, taking the fight to his opponent to win every remaining round despite being covered in blood from a gash above his left eye. A full house at Lumpini erupted and Detnarong celebrated long and hard, even the referee was on the receving end of a kiss much to his surprise.
The first fight of the night saw Ponsanah on the comeback trail. He made a name for himself sue to his aggressive style and solid low kicks which are the trademark of fighters from the Sitmonchai camp but has been out of action for a while after briefly becoming a monk (most Thai men do this at some stage in their lives).
He was up against Yuttachai and took less than a round to destroy his opponent's leg, showing just how effective low kicks can be as a weapon. It was one of the best cards of the year, put on by Petchyindee promotions. A match up between Saenchai and F16 must surely be on the cards soon as the two have never previously met while a rematch between Kongsak (who beat Pakorn Sakyotin recently) and Sam A would also be interesting.
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At Korakuen, Hall on the same night that Jomthong Chuwattana defeated Tetsuya Yamato, another high profile Thai vs Japanese fight took place as Hiroki Ishii took on Aphisak KT Gym for the vacant Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight title.
In Ishii's fourth attempt at the title, he was able to defeat Aphisak by unanimous decision and become only the 4th Japanese fighter to win a Rajadamnern Stadium title, with Toshio Fujiwara, Hitoshi Ogasawara and Kozo Takeda being the other 3 to do it before him. Ishii won on scores of 49-47(x2) and 49-48. Reports show that Ishii was able to effectively pressure Aphisak in the later rounds, as Aphisak spent a lot of time going backwards in rounds 4 and 5 especially as Ishii was able to establish his offense. This is Ishii's 4th straight win and puts him undefeated on the year.
The historic win comes in what has been a rather successful year for top level Japanese fighters taking on Thai fighters. Although Yamato lost to Jomthong on the same night, he picked up a TKO win over Coke Chunhawat in back in August in Los Angeles. Genji Umeno managed back to back wins over Thai fighters this year, first a 3rd round KO of Windy Kaiwana Sit-Or at It's Showtime Japan 1 and more recently a 4th round KO of Wutidej Lookprabaht at It's Showtime Japan 3. Finally, Yasuhito Shirasu scored the biggest win for Japan with an upset win over Yodsanklai Fairtex.
The next major Thai vs Japanese fights are at the M-1 Muay Thai event on 11/13 where Genji Umeno takes on Dekkamon Himarai Gym(?) for the WPMF World Super Featherweight Title while Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his Light Welterweight WPMF title against WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara.Add a comment
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, WBC Muay Thai Japan held one of its biggest events to date in which Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion and WBC World Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana took on K-1 -63kg 2010 tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato, along with 5 WBC Japan titles and 1 International title up for grabs.
In the main event, Tetsuya Yamato looked to defeat a second straight Thai and prove that his somewhat embarrassing loss to Saenchai was not a statement of how much better Thai fighters are. Unfortunately for Yamato, Jomthong Chuwattana was the much better fighter, making himself hard to hit for Yamato while producing his own offense. Jomthong won on scores of 50-47(x3) and has now won 8 of his last 9 with a loss in August being the only blemish on his record in 2011. Yamato is now 3-2 on the year with losses to Jomthong and Koya Urabe. Although Yamato won last year's K-1 tournament, he took a lot of criticism for his loss to Saenchai, as well as a dominating decision loss to Koya Urabe after the tournament and it seemed to diminish his K-1 tournament win completely. A draw with MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura at Dynamite and another loss to Urabe haven't helped stop the criticism, but it is interesting to note that since 2007 Yamato has only lost to Urabe, Saenchai, Jomthong, Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Densiam Lookprabaht.
In the co-main event, Japanese sensation Erika Kamimura claimed another title in defeating WBC International Light Flyweight champion Denise Mellor by knockout at 1:49 into the 1st round. The 18 year old is now 23-1 (12 (T)KOs) and scores another quick, impressive knockout over a foreign fighter. Kamimura is set to take on fellow Shootboxing star RENA on November 23rd at RISE 85.
Former NJKF champion and defending WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata continued his reign of terror over former AJKF Featherweight champions, this time defeating Hiromasa Masuda by 5 round unanimous decision on scores of 49-46, 49-47 and 48-47 and defending his WBC Japan strap. In 2010, Rashata defeated 3 former AJKF champions in Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto and Masahiro Yamamoto, with the last of those three netting him the WBC Japan title. He took a loss to the rampaging Kanongsuk earlier this year, but has now added another former AJKF champion to his list of wins. Up next for Rashata is likely another title defense against the young Keijiro Miyakoshi. For Masuda, it's a 4th straight fight without a win and with Genki Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda retiring, as well as Naoki Ishikawa's sudden retirement announcement, the 38 year old may see it fit to call an end to his 15 year fighting career.
WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato got revenge for a 2010 loss by besting WBC Japan Flyweight champion Naoki Otsuki over 5 rounds on scores of 50-47(x2) and 49-46 to capture the WBC Japan Flyweight title. Otsuki had been riding high in 2009 and 2010, winning 4 straight and capturing the vacant WBC Japan title with a win over Kato. However, his 2011 has come to an abrupt halt as he is now 0-2 after being upset by Team Dragon's Hiroyuki Yamano back in July. For Kato, there aren't a lot of options for a next fight, though a superfight with WBC Japan Bantamweight champion TOMA could be very interesting.
Speaking of TOMA, he also managed to pick up a WBC Japan title, defeating #2 ranked NJKF Bantamweight Kojiro by unanimous decision for Arashi Fujihara's recently vacated Bantamweight title. TO-MA has now won 6 of his last 7 in which he picked up the WPMF, M-1 and J-NETWORK Super Flyweight championships. His only loss was to former WBC Japan champion Arashi Fujihara at It's Showtime Japan 1, so a rematch, although interesting, could probably use a few months more in between. In the mean time, a defense of any of his titles could keep him busy, though a super fight with Ryuji Kato would be the most interesting.
WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi continued his reign as champion with a unanimous decision win over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champ Yusuke Sugawara. Sugawara was just upset at Shootboxing by MMA fighter Shigeki Osawa and this loss doesn't help ease that wound. For Sugawara, a third attempt at beating Koji Yoshimoto will likely be in his future. With a lack of challengers, Takahashi could see himself fighting a Krush regular, possibly Hideaki Yamazaki some time in the future.
In the night's final title fight, 19 year old Ryuya Kusakabe knocked out #1 ranked NJKF super bantamweight Rookie in the 5th round to capture Genji Umeno's recently vacated WBC Japan Super Bantamweight championship. This was Kusakabe's first fight since having his 7-fight win streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament. After vacating his Shootboxing title, I cannot imagine Kusakabe wants anything more than a rubber match with Takiya in Krush. Rookie still has a chance to capture the NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym.
Finally, talented prospect and NJKF Lightweight champion Keijiro Miyakoshi picked up another win, this time a 5 round split decision over J-NETWORK Lightweight champion Akihiro Kuroda. The fight was supposedly for the right to face current Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato, however both fighters fight at a lower weight, and it could have been for the right to face Rashata. Either way, Miyakoshi would probably opt for the shot at Yamato, as Yamato recently defeated his brother Soichiro Miyakoshi for the WBC Japan title.Add a comment