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Category: K-1

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]

LiverKick Rankings Update for 7/24/2017: Things Change, Also Stay the Same

That’s right, it’s been three months, which means that it’s that time again for the official LiverKick Rankings to get a solid scrubbing. For those that want to hear some of the details that we go into about specific changes, you can actually listen to Jay and myself talk about these changes on the latest iteration of the LiverKick Podcast, available for your listening pleasure. As always, I’ll go over some of these bigger changes here. Heavyweight Oh heavyweight, or how Benjamin Adegbuyi lost his groove. Guto Inocente picked up a big win over him and jumped up allllll the [read more]

The Age of the Kickboxing Four Man Tournament is Over

Modern kickboxing has had its fair share of ups and downs, but since the fall of FEG in 2011 there has been a growing trend in kickboxing and that trend is the one-night, four-man tournament. Made popular by promotions like GLORY, Kunlun Fight and countless others, it has become the standard of which modern kickboxing exists and frankly, it misses the mark on what made tournaments and kickboxing special. In the case of GLORY they are used for anything and everything. The common application of four-man tournaments has been for title contendership. The problem is, though, if you look at [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]

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]