|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)|
GLORY 8 Tokyo is taking place soon with a stacked card featuring an eight man tournament at 65kg with the likes of Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, Mosab Amrani and Liam Harrison, as well as single fights with the likes of Peter Aerts, Jamal Ben Saddik, Andy Ristie and Albert Kraus.
The event gets started off with the Road to GLORY portion, which isn't being shown on the stream, but results will also be provided for that. Full fight card can be seen here.
GLORY 8 starts broadcasting live at 2AM ET/11PM PT in North America, or at 7:00 AM in London, England, which is 3:00 PM local Tokyo time. You can watch the event live on LiverKick for $20 USD here.
70kg: Hirono Yu def. Danilo Zanolini by majority decision.
85kg semi final: Magnum Sakai def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.
85kg semi final: Kengo Shimizu def. Yuki Niimura by unanimous decision.
61kg: Tatsuya Inaishi def. Yuji Takeuchi by split decision.
55kg: Dyki def. Jang Yong Ho by KO in Round 1.
85kg final: Kengo Shimizu def. Magnum Sakai by majority decision.
65kg reserve: Andrej Bruhl def. Yukihiro Komiya by decision.
65kg reserve: Chonlek Super Pro Samui def. Zen Fujita by decision.
65kg quarter final: Mosab Amrani def. Marcus Vinicius by decision.
65kg quarter final: Masaaki Noiri def. Liam Harrison by TKO (Cut) in Round 2.
65kg quarter final: Gabriel Varga def. Abdellah Ezbiri by decision.
65kg quarter final: Yuta Kubo def. Chi Bin Lim by KO (Knee to Body) in Round 2.
70kg: Yoshihiro Sato def. Sung Hyun Lee by decision.
HW: Jerome Le Banner def. Koichi Watanabe by decision.
65kg semi final: Masaaki Noiri def. Mosab Amrani by decision.
65kg semi final: Yuta Kubo def. Gabriel Varga by decision.
70kg: Andy Ristie def. Albert Kraus by KO (Knee) in Round 2.
HW: Peter Aerts def. Jamal Ben Saddik by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 2.
65kg final: Yuta Kubo def. Masaaki Noiri by decision.
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Yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Shootboxing held its second major event of the year, headlined by a 67kg matchup between fan favorite Hiroki Shishido and DREAM Featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya. The rest of the card featured Shootboxing stars RENA, Hiroaki Suzuki, Satoru Suzuki and Naguranchun Masa M16, as well as stars and champions from other promotions like Kosuke Komiyama, Kizaemon Saiga, Mohan Dragon and Lorena Klijn.
In the main event, Hiroki Shishido dominated DREAM champ Hiroyuki Takaya en route to a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 from all 3 judges. Shishido knocked Takaya down twice in the opening round with a kick to the body and a spinning backfist, securing an early lead. In the 3rd, Shishido was deducted a point for kicking a downed Takaya, but he had already secured such a big lead that the deduction didn't hurt him. Shishido has now won 3 of his last 4 after seeing his career going into a tailspin, where he lost 6 of 7. Takaya hadn't been very active over the last year, fighting on New Year's Eve in 2011 and not fighting in 2012 until again on New Year's Eve, where he lost to Georgi Karakhanyan.
In the co-main event, MA Kick champion Mohan Dragon surprised nearly everyone by knocking out Shootboxing Lightweight champion Hiroaki Suzuki in the 1st round. The fight started well for Suzuki, who was returning to 65kg after fighting in last year's S-Cup, as he knocked Mohan down with a left hook. However, the brawler from Nepal refused to be put away and scored with a massive right hook that sent Suzuki to the ground where he struggled to get up before the count of 10, forcing the ref to stop the fight. The win is huge for Mohan Dragon, who competed and lost in the opening round of the Road to GLORY 65kg tournament. Going in, there was little doubt that this would be a brawl as both men love to throw down and pack significant power. However, the consensus was that Suzuki's defense was better, that he had more power and that he would dominate in every aspect of the fight. The loss is Suzuki's first since 2010 and snaps a 6 fight winning streak.
At 70kg, the crowd-pleasing Satoru Suzuki put his Shootboxing Super Welterweight title on the line against Yuki Sakamoto and it was Sakamoto who came out on top on scores of 50-48, 49-47 and 49-48. The little-known Sakamoto has quietly put together a 14-2 record entirely under the Shootboxing banner and the win will get him a lot of name recognition, as well as matchups with some of Shootboxing's better 70kg fighters or foreign talent. Despite his overwhelming popularity, the results have not been there from the former boxer Suzuki, who is just 2-5 since 2012.
In a 60kg #1 contender's bout, K-1 veteran Kizaemon Saiga took an extension round unanimous decision over Shootboxing Featherweight champion Naguranchun Masa M16 after a majority draw. Saiga's speed was too much, as he got the better of most of the boxing exchanges and Naguranchun wasn't able to abuse the Shootboxing ruleset enough to earn the victory. Saiga improves to 3-0 in the organization and has earned a shot at 60kg champ Akifumi Utagawa. Naguranchun drops his 2nd straight bout after losing to RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama.
Speaking of Kosuke Komiyama, he faced South Korea's Seong Jae Kim, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26 and 30-27(x2). Komiyama got a bit of an easier challenge after taking on Shootboxing champions Naguranchun Masa M16 and Akifumi Utagawa in back to back appearances. He pushes his win streak to 9 and he could probably argue that he is the next challenger to the Shootboxing 60kg belt as well. I'd definitely like to see him fight Saiga, whether there's a belt on the line or not, either under Shootboxing rules or under Krush/RISE rules. Kim splits time between MMA and kickboxing, fighting out of the Gumi MMA gym, home to Korean MMA standout Doo Ho Choi.
Shootboxing prospect MASAYA moved up to 67kg and bounced back from a loss to Kizaemon Saiga with a 2nd round stoppage of Horu Tarai. I'd like to see him face Hiroaki Suzuki next, as his ties with the Cesar Gym mean he won't be leaving Shootboxing for some time.
Going over to the women's side, 3-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA took on highly touted Taiwanese muay thai practitioner Peiling Du. RENA took advantage of her opponent's unfamiliarity to the rules, scoring a few throws early in the fight before finishing it in the 3rd round with a choke. This was RENA's first fight since last year's Girls S-Cup in August, as she was recovering from an injury. It is very possible that her next fight will be her rematch with Erika Kamimura in RISE.
In a 53.5kg fight, Lorena Klijn, the woman who upset Erika Kamimura in last year's Girls S-Cup, returned to Shootboxing, taking a majority decision over Miyo Yoshida on scores of 30-29, 29-28 and 29-29. Klijn competed in last year's S-Cup, drawing tournament co-favorite Erika Kamimura in the quarters, but she hung with Kamimura over the first three rounds, forcing an extension round where she scored a shoot point, ensuring victory. In the semis, she faced 2009 finalist V.V Mei, again going to an extension round, but was on the receiving end of several throws that gave V.V Mei the win. This is a solid win over Yoshida, who has beaten everyone Shootboxing put in front of her except Kamimura and now Klijn.
Finally, in a JKS48 qualifier, 2012 champion MIO moved on to the next round with a over Sayaka Yoshina while 2012 quarterfinalist Yuuki Kiratsu beat 2012 semifinalist Yusa Taichi to advance.Add a comment
GLORY 7 Milan takes place today live from Milan, Italy featuring a main event pitting the top fighter in all of kickboxing, Giorgio Petrosyan, against Hafid El Boustati. Overall it's a stacked card in general and also features marquee match-ups between the likes of Murthel Groenhart and Robin van Roosmalen, Sahak Parparyan and Artem Levin, and Davit Kiria and Yury Bessmertny to name just a few.
You can watch the event live right here on LiverKick for $20 USD. The event starts at 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT in North America. Aside from the live stream, in Canada GLORY 7 will air live on the Fight Network. In the United States, it will air on tape delay on CBS Sports Network at 1:00 AM ET/10:00 PM PT.
77kg: Karapet Karapetyan def. Roberto Cocco by unanimous decision.
95kg: Michael Duut def. Steve McKinnon by decision.
65kg: Kaoponlek def. Sergio Wielzen by unanimous decision.
70kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Marat Grigorian ruled a draw due to accidental cut caused from unintentional elbow.
85kg: Artem Levin def. Sahak Parparyan by unanimous decision in an extra round.
HW: Rico Verhoeven def. Jhonata Diniz by unanimous decision.
70kg: Davit Kiria def. Yury Bessmertny by unanimous decision.
70kg: Robin van Roosmalen def. Murthel Groenhart by unanimous decision.
70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Hafid El Boustati by unanimous decision.Add a comment
Final Fight 3 took place today in Split, Croatia with a main event of Igor Jurkovic taking on Raul Catinas.
A ton of damage was dished out over the course of the fight between both fighters. Jurkovic showed some improvements in his overall game with added movement that helped him avoid some of Catinas' punch-rushes, as well as effective knees that at some points during the fight were clearly putting Catinas in some discomfort. Catinas appeared to take the first round but Jurkovic hurt him with knees to the body in the second round. The third round seemed like it would decide the fight. Catinas had his moments of landing some big punches in the round but to me, Jurkovic seemed to do more over the course of the round. Jurkovic ended up getting the decision win. Either way, it was a pretty close fight and could have gone to an extra round, or even maybe have gone to Catinas.
Pavel Zhuravlev returned to the ring in Croatia again and had a quick outing against Luca Panto, knocking him out in the first round. Toni Milanovic also rebounded with a win on the prelininary card, taking a unanimous decision over the young rising Dutch fighter Ibrahim El Bouni at 88kg. Full kickboxing results below:
88kg: Toni Milanovic def. Ibrahim El Bouni by unanimous decision.
HW: Mladen Kujundzic def. Rok Strucl by unanimous decision.
81kg: Vlatko Bajic def. Petros Vardakas by unanimous decision.
HW: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Luca Panto by KO in Round 1.
HW: Igor Jurkovic def. Raul Catinas by unanimous decision.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, former K-1 Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto stepped into the ring for his 7th pro boxing bout against another former kickboxer in Fabrice Aurieng. After making the switch to boxing in late 2011, Kyotaro started his career with 5 straight wins including 3 knockouts before challenging Austrailia's Solomon Haumono for the OBPF Heavyweight title this past New Year's Eve. That fight didn't end so well for Kyotaro, who was rocked early in the 5th round, then, while seemingly out on his feet, put away for good with a monstrous right hand. Today, it was Kyotaro handing out the punishment as he knocked Aurieng down four times over the course of 7 rounds before forcing a corner stoppage at 1:11 in the 7th. He came in with an aggressive style and his defense still seems to be a bit shaky, but it was another good showing from the former K-1 champ against a fighter with a lot of fight experience, although Aurieng's boxing experience is about the same as Kyotaro's. Clearly, he has a long way to go before challenging some of boxing's top heavyweights and his management would probably be smart to put him in with some of the less powerful punchers in the division to get him some rounds and help him improve his defense. However, Kyotaro has shown good power, improved footwork and a solid chin on top of his kickboxing experience, so there's no reason that, with some polishing and a couple more years, he can't be a viable contender in a depleted Heavyweight landscape.Add a comment
Enfusion Live holds their fourth show of the year today in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and we'll have you covered here with live results as they happen.
The event starts at 2PM ET/11AM PT in North America and is live on The Fight Network in Canada. Full fight card here.
75kg: Stevan Zivkovic def. Ales Zavec by unanimous decision.
67kg: Samo Petje def. Rungsiam Super Pro Samui by KO in Round 1.
85kg: Tadej Toplak def. Jaroslaw Zawodni by majority decision.
57kg: Ilona Wijmans def. Nevenka Mikulic by decision.
95kg: Jasmin Becirovic def. Maxim Osiptsov by decision.
70kg: Mirko Vorkapic def. Longern Super Pro Samui by unanimous decision.Add a comment
As advertised, the first installment of the SUPERKOMBAT 2013 World Grand Prix kicks off today in Oradea, Romania, featuring the return of Bogdan Stoica, Benjamin Adegbuyi, Alexandru Lungu, and the first round of the Superkombat tournament. You can watch the event on PPV here for $5, and be entered to win a three day trip to Superkombat's next event.
Liverkick has you covered with live updates and results. The fights are scheduled to kick off at 3 PM EST.
Reserve Fight: Vladimir Toktasynov def. Chris Cooper by Decision
Semifinal 1: Muamer Tufekcic def. Corrie Robins by TKO in Rd. 2
Semifinal 2: Jairzinho Rozenstriuk def. Nikolaj Falin by Decision (Extra Round)
Superfight: Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Mohamed Bellezar by TKO (Injury) in Rd. 1
Superfight: Bogdan Stoica def. Romano Romasco by KO in Rd. 2
Superfight: Jason Dutton def. Alexandru Lungu by Disqualification
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GLORY 6 Istanbul goes down today from the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, featuring a main event of the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki. We'll be providing live results as they happen here in this post.
You can watch the event live here on LiverKick for $20 USD by clicking here. The event starts at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT in North America. Full fight card here.
Masoud Minaei def. Burak Ugur by TKO
Kenan Gunaydin def. Zurab Khistani by KO
Samet Keser def. Muzaffer Gimici by KO
Orhan Karalioglu def. Cleber Argente Alves
Jahfarr Wilnis def. Ogoz Ovguer by TKO
MMA: Vitaly Bigdash def. Ertan Balaban by Submission (Kneebar)
Dongsu Kim def. Naoki Yasuda by unanimous decision.
Max Baumert def. Ismail Uzuner by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.
Joseph Valtellini def. Murat Direkci by TKO (Towel) in Round 3.
Andy Ristie def. Alessandro Campagna by unanimous decision.
Nieky Holzken def. Karim Ghajji by TKO (Cut) in an extra round.
Marc de Bonte def. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni by KO (Knee) in Round 1.
Filip Verlinden def. Lucian Danilencu by unanimous decision.
Mourad Bouzidi def. Fabiano Cyclone by TKO (Towel) in Round 2.
Gokhan Saki def. Daniel Ghita by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.Add a comment
March was a huge month for Japanese kickboxing, with two Rajadamnern Stadium title fights, the Road to Glory 65kg tournament and big cards from RISE and Krush. This post will recap all of March's kickboxing and muay thai action from the past month.
March 3rd: Krush Ignition 2013 vol.1 and 2
Krush's series of smaller shows, previously known as Krush-EX, kicked off in March with a day-night double header. The main event only lasted 2:19, but was a wild affair with 2012 Youth GP semifinalist Daizo Sasaki knocking down prospect Minoru Kimura. However it was Kimura who came out on top, dropping Sasaki 3 times en route to a stoppage and giving him his third straight stoppage win after a pair of losses, which seem to have reenergized him. The co-main event saw Masanobu Goto rebound from a loss to Keiji Ozaki with a 1st round KO of Atsushi Ogata, who has proved to be little more than a punching bag since an upset win over Toshiki Taniyama. Ryuma Tobe returned to action after a 10 month layoff, knocking out Hiroshi Kamata in the 3rd round.
While the main event was an MMA fight, the main kickboxing attraction saw Legend 63kg champion Kouki Nakamura stop Masataka Maeda in the 1st round. Nakamura has fought on Big Bang cards before, losing to Koya Urabe and Naoki, and could find himself in Krush or RISE if he continues to dominate lower level competition.
March 10th: Road to GLORY Japan -65kg SLAM
The most stacked weekend of the month was headlined by GLORY's first Road to GLORY Japan event. The quarterfinals saw Zen Fujita stop Riki Matsuoka, Yuki beat Mohan Dragon, Masaaki Noiri get by HIROYA for a 3rd time and Yukihiro Komiya score an upset over Ryuji Kajiwara in a brawl. The semifinals saw Yuki use his signature low kicks to stop Zen Fujita while Noiri got by Komiya. In the finals, Noiri turned it on and dropped Yuki six times over the course of two rounds, ultimately stopping him with a brutal knockout and earning himself a spot in GLORY's 65kg world tournament in May. The event also featured a big superfight between Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe and WPMF champ SHIGERU in what was one of the best fights of the night. After three even rounds, Urabe opened up a nasty cut over SHIGERU's eye with a flying knee in the extension round, forcing a doctor stoppage. Full recap here.
SNKA: Magnum 31
This event featured two Rajadamnern Stadium title fights as Hiroki Ishii defended his 140lb title while Bantamweight champ Manasak Pinsinchai defended his strap against Mutsuki Ebata. Despite facing his second straight undersized opponent, Ishii was dropped in the 2nd round by an elbow and, despite recovering, finished in the 4th round by Aikpikart Mor Krongthepthonburi, who claimed Ishii's Raja title. In the co-main event, Manasak dominated Ebata in every aspect of the fight for the first four rounds and fended off a strong charge from Ebata in the final round, defending his title on foreign soil for the first time. Also on the card was 2010 K-1 Koshien champ Shohei Hareyama bouncing back from a loss to Shota Saenchaigym with a with a unanimous decision over Haruki. NJKF Welterweight Taeyeon was also on the card and despite impressing over the past year, he was knocked out in the 1st round by Shota Otsuki.
REALDEAL Gym's 32nd event was headlined by a rematch between one of their top prospects and RISING Rookies Cup 70kg winner Ryota Toyoshima and Akio Kishima. Toyoshima won their first bout, but this fight couldn't have ended differently as Kishima landed with a big head kick in the 1st round that put Toyoshima to sleep.
The main event saw the popular TOMONORI defeat WAKO Korea Flyweight champion Gan Byon-ju by decision, dropping him once in the fight. Also on the card was NJKF and Krush vet Shoya Suzuki who picked up a win over Yoshiyuki Nagayama.
Recap of the second half of the month after the break.
On March 9, Saenchai Muaythaigym headed to Cork, Ireland to face Houcine Bennoui at Siam Warriors. It was a hotly anticipated fight, but we were sorely lacking video evidence up until very recently. Thanks to Siam Boxing News we have been graced with footage of yet another masterful performance from the best fighter in the world.
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