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Category: Japan

KRUSH.82 Fight Card For November 5th: Gonnapar, Kenji Kubo and More

On November 5th from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo KRUSH returns with KRUSH.82, featuring a wide array of fights making use of the whole K-1 Japan stable of fighters from all ends of the spectrum, with the big name featured here being Gonnapar Weerasakreck taking on Kenta Hayashi. The main event sees Nobuchika Terado against Kenji Kubo for the KRUSH -55kg Championship. KRUSH -55kg Championship: Nobuchika Terado (C) vs. Kenji Kubo Gonnapar Weerasakreck vs. Kenta Hayashi Rukiya vs. Kyoshiro Taisuke Degai vs. Akihiro Kaneko Tatsuya Inaishi vs. Ishida Katsuki Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. Od Ken Takahito Oki vs. Syuji Kawarada Hiroki Suzuki [read more]

KNOCK OUT vol.5 Results: Yosuke Morii Advances in Tournament

On October 4th Japanese kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT returned for their sixth event, KNOCK OUT vol.5, featuring yet another semifinal in their KING OF KNOCKOUT Championship tournament that saw Yosuke Morii advance in the tournament after stopping Hikaru Machida in the second round due to a nasty cut. They released the full video of that fight, included below. Their next event, KNOCK OUT vol.6 is December 10th where Yosuke Morii will meet Katsujii to determine the KING OF KNOCKOUT Lightweight Championship tournament winner and crown their first champion. Seiichi Otsuki (R1 – TKO) Nakame Mitsu Aibase Kobayashi (R3 – Dec) [read more]

K-1 World Grand Prix Japan -67.5kg Grand Prix Results: Yuta Kubo Victorious

K-1 Japan held their -67.5kg Grand Prix this morning in Japan in an event that saw a tournament that had its ups and downs, with early favorite Yuta Kubo taking the tournament after the other favorite, Melsik Baghdasarya, was forced out of the semifinals after suffering an injury earlier on in the night. Takeru defended his K-1 Featherweight Championship in the featured fight of the evening against Junguang Wang via decision. Taichi Furuta def NORI DEC (Majority, 30-29,29-29,30-29) Jin Harayama def Toshiki Watanabe KO 1R (Punch) K-1 College -55kg GP Final Nomura Yu Def Kanatsuka DEC (Unanimous 29-28,30-29,30-28) K-1 College -60kg [read more]

Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Japan 67kg Tournament

K-1 Japan returns for another one of their action-packed events on September 18th with their 67kg “Primary Welterweight” tournament. It features a bunch of solid names from Japan and abroad, with Yuta Kubo and Melsik Baghdasarvan being the early favorites in this particular tournament. And because K-1 always gives their fans just a little bit more there are also a slew of super fights featuring some of the biggest names that K-1 has, including the master of violence, Takeru, Taiga, HINATA, Hirotaka Urabe and Koptaro Shimano. Primary Welterweight Tournament Yuta Kubo vs. Minoru ‘Philip’ Kimura Hitoshi Tsukakoshi vs. Han Wenbao Kazuki [read more]

K-1 Japan Announces Heavyweight Grand Prix on November 23rd

K-1 Japan has been lighting the world on fire with their tournaments and events highlighting mostly fighters at and under 70kg, to the point where a huge chunk of the best fighters under 70kg are all under the K-1 Japan banner. Now K-1 Japan is looking to return to the K-1 roots by kickstarting their heavyweight division with a heavyweight grand prix on November 23rd. While the names might not be fully-inspired, it’s a start for them and will set the tone for future heavyweight fights and events. With K-1 running heavyweight fights more regularly they’ll also attract more heavyweight [read more]

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]