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Category: Japan

KRUSH.79 Results: Masaaki Noiri and Tetsuya Yamato Knockout the Competition

This morning in Japan, K-1 Japan Group presented KRUSH.79, featuring a few of their bigger stars from K-1 Japan as well as other kickboxing stars under their banner. The highlight of the event would have to be Masaaki Noiri scoring a round two knockout win over Diego Freitas. Also in action was Tetsuya Yamato, who also scored a knockout win and KANA. Atsushi Yamato (R1 – KO) Kuroudo Aoshi (R2 – KO) Koki Masafumi Kurasaki (R3 – Dec) Taishi Yamada Kazuma Sone (R1 – KO) Hideaki Hiromi Wajima (R1 – KO) Tanaka Striek Yuki Yuto Shinohara (R1 – KO) Kensei [read more]

KNOCK OUT vol. 4 Results: Nasukawa’s Warpath Continues

In their fifth official event, Japanese kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT saw another night filled with stoppages, once again living up to their name. The highlight of the event was, fresh off of his 19th birthday, muay thai, kickboxing and MMA superstar Tenshin Nasukawa scoring another stoppage win, this time in round three via TKO due to a cut. Tenshin Nasukawa (R3 – TKO) Wisanlek King of KNOCK OUT Tournament: Katsuji Takahashi (R5 – TKO) Taison Maeguchi Yosuke Morli (R3 – TKO) Gi Hoon Joo Soichiro Miyakoshi (R5 – Dec) Tsukuru Midorikawa Yota Shigemori (R4 – TKO) Hirotoshi Murata Fukashi Mizutani (R4 [read more]

WATCH: Tenshin Nasukawa’s Decimation of Saiga at RIZIN

Kickboxing and muay thai sensation Tenshin Nasukawa has made a name for himself with a series of amazing performances in both 2016 and 2017 and last night was no different. In a Mixed Rules bout against former K-1 kickboxer Kizaemon Saiga Tenshin was dead set on not even letting it escape the first round, which was kickboxing, to enter into the MMA rounds. Not that he has a problem with MMA, though, as he’s shown against any of the competition that RIZIN has tossed at him that he’s more than game. Tenshin Nasukawa vs Kizaemon Saiga #RIZIN2017 pic.twitter.com/WHBOvLKSbz — Bestrafer7 [read more]

Steven Wright’s Top 15 fighters in women’s Kickfighting

There hasn’t been much movement at the top, but the new Best female fighters in Kickfighting list has a lot of the usual suspects and one huge move forward for one of the combatants. Also the list of 15 now includes more 48kg fighters, so Muay Thai writer Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu should approve of the full list this year. As always my list is focused on International resumes. Honorable mention. In one of the craziest career turn arounds ever, Mellony Geugjes is having a great year and is Krush champion. Not enough to be on the list, but great turnaround. [read more]

K-1 WGP in Japan Super Welterweight Results: Chingiz Allazov Takes the Gold

In yet another action-packed night of fights, K-1 WGP in Japan provided us with a 70kg tournament that saw Chingiz Allazov knock out Hiroki Nakajima, Jordan Pikeur and have Yasuhiro Kido take him to a decision on his way to the top. While many predicted that Allazov would pick up this win, he was forced to earn it against a rejuvenated Kido, with Kido scoring a TKO win over Luke Whelan and taking out Sanny Dahlbeck with low kicks before the finals against Allazov. Takeru showed us beautiful violence, as always, and in the two title fights we saw decisions [read more]

Japanese Sensation Tenshin Nasukawa Returns to KNOCK OUT on Aug. 20th

While Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa has been lighting the world of MMA on fire with a three-win streak in RIZIN MMA in Japan, he’s still a kickboxer at heart and will be returning to the promotion that first got him this crazy noteriety in KNOCK OUT. He’ll be returning to the KNOCK OUT ring at KNOCK OUT vol.4 on August 20th at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium. His opponent has not been decided just yet, but we’ll keep you updated on future updates to the card.

KNOCK OUT vol.3 Results: Machida, Maeguchi and Katsuji Advance in Tournament

KNOCK OUT held their fourth event, numbered vol.3 last night in Japan, where they continued their King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg tournament. There were three tournament matches, which saw Taisan Maeguchi, Hikaru Machida and Katsuji advance to the next round, with two of those bouts ending in stoppages, only Machida being taken to a decision. Out of the whole show that was the only fight that went to decision. Once again, KNOCK OUT lives up to its advertising. T-98 (R2 – TKO) Hiro Toya Tatuya Noto (R1 – KO) Issei Ishii Eisaku Ogasawara (R5 – TKO) Wanchalong PKSenchaigym Yosuke Morii (R3 [read more]

K-1 World Grand Prix in Japan Super Welterweight Grand Prix Card

On June 18th live from the Saitama Super Arena Community Arena K-1 WGP Japan will present yet another jam-packed show, featuring a Super Welterweight Tournament at 70kg. The tournament, featuring such names as Yasuhiro Kido, Jordan Watson, Sanny Dahlbeck, Chingiz Allazov, Jordan Pikeur, HINATA (Watanabe) and Hiroki Nakajima really represents an interesting cross-section of some of the best at 70kg. The two title fights on the card are incredible in their own right, as well. Kaew Weerasakreck will look to defend the Super Lightweight Championship against Masaaki Noiri while Gonnapar Weerasakreck will look to fulfill his destiny of fighting Lightweight [read more]

Gonnapar Weerasakrek Ready For Showdown with Wei Rui For the K-1 Lightweight Championship

When K-1 held their lightweight tournament in February one of the biggest fights that many were looking forward to was a showdown between Gonnapar Weerasakrek and Chinese fighter Wei Rui. Rui, who has taken many off-guard by his dominance, seems like a natural to assume the throne of K-1’s lightweight division. In one of the most exciting events of the year thus far he took the crown in a brutal tournament that saw Gonnapar — one of the early favorites — upset by Ren Hiramoto. Now on June 18th Gonnapar will have his chance at Wei Rui for K-1’s Lightweight Championship [read more]

New Fire Pro Wrestling Game Removes K-1 Rules

If you’re like me, well, your interest in combat sports came hand-in-hand with Japanese pro wrestling. Odds are that you probably aren’t and are scratching your head right now, but stick with me. If you are unaware of the Fire Pro series, Fire Pro is a Japanese 2D wrestling game simulation series that has been around since the late 80’s. They’re actually where legendary weirdo game designer Suda 51 got his start (and he left his dark mark on the series, for sure), and after a twelve year absence, the series is making a return this summer with Fire Pro [read more]