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Results From K-1 World Grand Prix Japan Super Bantamweight Tournament

K-1 Japan put forth another solid effort this weekend with their Super Bantamweight (55kg) tournament that saw Yoshiki Takei walk away victorious in the eight-man field with a decision victory in the finals over Kenji Kubo. Takei pulled off a TKO victory over Antonio Orden in the quarterfinals, followed by a first round TKO of Keisuke Ishida to lock his position in the finals. Kubo defeated Suen Takchuen in the quarters and knocked out Nobuchika Terado in the semi-finals to lock in his place before he fell to Takei. 

Kaew Weerasakreck defended his Super Lightweight title against the very tough Hideaki Yamazaki with a decision victory while Takeru provided that trademark Takeru violence against a very game Victor Saravia, putting Saravia down in the third round. Saravia was relatively fearless, in the second round the two taunting each other, wagging tongues in the other's direction before they both just threw down in a crazy exchange to finish out the round. The action kicked off quickly in the third, Saravia landing a left hook only to wake Takeru up and somehow make him more aggressive. An unintentional low blow to Takeru left a brief pause in the action before Takeru's left hand starting to hit its target. Saravia became more tentative and it was only a matter of time before a Takeru flurry sent him reeling, with a right and left connecting while Saravia's body went limp and fell to the canvas. 

Tournament Final: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - Decision) Kenji Kubo by unanimous decision

Super Lightweight Title: Kaew Weerasakreck(C) (R3 - Decision) Hideaki Yamazaki 

Takeru (R3 - KO) Victor Saravia 

Tournament Semi-Final: Kenji Kubo (R2 - KO) Nobuchika Terado 

Tournament Semi-Final: Yoshiki Takei (R1 - TKO) Keisuke Ishida 

Tetsuya Yamato (R2 - KO) Hiroya 

Koichi (R3 - KO) K-Jee 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Kenji Kubo (R3 - Decision) Suen Takchuen 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Nobuchika Terado (Ext.R - Split Decision) Jamie Whelan 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - TKO) Antonio Orden 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Keisuke Ishida (R2 - KO) Charles Bongiovanni 

Tournament Reserve: Namito Izawa (R3 - Split Decision) Yuya Suzuki

Hiromi Wajima (R1 - TKO [cut]) Kazunari Kimura 

Seiya Ueda (R3 - Decision) Masa 

Yuma Saikyo (R1 - KO) Hiroki Kokubo 

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Full Card for K-1 World GP Japan 2017 55kg Super Bantamweight Tournament

This Saturday K-1 Japan returns with yet another action-packed card. This time it's the K-1 World GP Japan 55kg tournament, featuring some of the best 55kg fighters in the world in an 8-man tournament. Also featured on the card is a K-1 Super Lightweight Championship bout between the champion Kaew Weerasakreck and Hideaki Yamazaki in what should be an awesome fight. If you are in the mood for some violence Takeru will be fighting Victor Saravia and to round things out Hiroya fights Tetsuya Yamato and KOICHI takes on K-Jee.

Fight card and stream links via Grabaka Hitman

Main Card – GAORA / Abema.TV (JP IP Required) – 3:00am ET / 12:00am PT

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Final

Kaew Weerasakreck vs. Yamazaki Hideaki – for K-1 Super Lightweight title

Takeru vs. Victor Saravia

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #2

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #1

Hiroya vs. Yamato Tetsuya

Koichi vs. K-Jee

K-1 55kg World Grand Prix Quarterfinals

Kubo Kenji vs. Suen Tak Chuen

Terado Nobuchika vs. Jamie Whelan

Takei Yoshiki vs. Antonio Orden

Ishida Keisuke vs. Charles Bongiovanni

Izawa Namito vs. Suzuki Yuya – Reserve bout

Preliminary Card – Abema.TV – 1:30am ET / 10:30pm PT (Fri)

Wakashima Omi vs. Kazunari Komura

Seiya Ueda vs. Masa

Yuki Kokubo vs. Yu Kyo Nishikyo

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K-1 Japan Announces 70kg Tournament

Don't call it K-1 MAX, because K-1 Japan has an upcoming 70kg tournament and it's being called Super Welterweight. Oh yeah, and it's a pretty damned awesome tournament as well. Scheduled for June 18th in the Saitama Super Arena's smaller hall, featuring some recognizable names from the world of 70kg kickboxing with, of course, the K-1 Japan flair.

K-1 Japan has found a niche for themselves with the lighter (sub-70kg) weight classes of late, but their 70kg division has been just as good. That's tough to imagine, especially with 70kg being one of the most competitive and talent-filled in the world. The tournament has been broken down like this thus far; 

Yasuhiro Kido vs Jordan Watson

Hirono Yu vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Hiroki Nakajima vs Chingiz Allazov

Hinata Watanabe vs Jordann Pikeur

Recognizable names from both Japan and internationally, with every fight really awesome in its own way. Yasuhiro Kido against Jordan Watson should be a great fight, Yu against Dahlbeck should be another chance for Dahlbeck to prove to the world that GLORY let him go far too soon, Nakajima against Allazov is perhaps the best fight in the tournament and the return of HINATA to K-1 against the tough Jordann Pikeur.

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UFC Fight Pass Adds Parts of the K-1 Library to Their Service

When GLORY first began getting their gears in motion there was an excited press release sent out with the promotion talking about acquiring the rights to the K-1 library. The deal, as originally announced, was that it included the Fuji TV library from the promotion's inception until 2006. K-1 Global, which was formed by Mike Kim to purchase the assets of K-1 from FEG after their bankruptcy, issued back a fiery statement claiming that FEG sold "usage rights" to GLORY, not the full libraries. GLORY officials vehemently disagreed and the matter was to be tied up in Japanese court without us hearing much about it. 

Then GLORY moved the SuperFight Series to UFC Fight Pass and along with it was to come GLORY's impressive library of fights, including It's Showtime events and, get this, K-1. The thing is, that didn't really happen. The timing in the press statements were "immediate," yet K-1 events were bogged down by legal issues. Interestingly enough, we don't see any It's Showtime on UFC Fight Pass still, but some K-1 footage has appeared on UFC Fight Pass.

What has shown up is perhaps even more fascinating than what isn't there.

Now on UFC Fight Pass are the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals as well as the 2005 - 2010 World Grand Prix Finals. An interesting selection of events, most fall out of the scope of the deal that was discussed initially and the whole idea of the K-1 library remains somewhat mysterious to this day. Will we get more K-1 on Fight Pass? We've heard yes, but as to what we will see, what K-1 Global's reaction will be and what to expect in the future, well, nobody knows.

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Results From K-1 Japan Lightweight World Grand Prix

K-1 Japan has done it again. By that I mean ran another successful event that has the kickboxing world talking. They've been on a bit of a hot streak of late and look to continue that heading into their big 2018 event at the Saitama Super Arena. This event featured a Lightweight tournament at 62.5kg featuring some of the best talents from around the world. On top of that it saw HINATA return to the K-1 ring and the 60kg title on the line between Hirotaka Urabe and Taiga.

Hirotaka Urabe lost his championship to Taiga in a three round war on a night that Koya Urabe, arguably one of the favorites in the tournament, was defeated by Gonnapar Weerasakrek. The tournament had its own twists and turns with Ren Hiramoto living up to his billing from a few years ago as a top prospect with a win over Brice Delval, a knockout over Gonnapar and making it all the way to the finals against Wei Rui before dropping a close split decision to crown Wei Rei as the winner of the tournament. 

K-1 Japan Lightweight Tournament

K-1 Japan 60kg Championship: Taiga (R3 - Decision) Urabe Hirotaka (C)

Hinata (R3 - Decision) Matsukura Shintaro 

Noiri Masaaki (R3 - Decision) Younes Smaili 

Ibrahim El Bouni (R2 - KO) Uehara Makoto 

Lightweight Tournament (62.5kg)

Tournament Final: Wei Rui (R3 - Split Decision) Hiramoto Ren 

Tournament Semi-Final: Wei Rui (R3 - Decision) Cristian Spetcu 

Tournament Semi-Final: Hiramoto Ren (R1 - KO) Gonnapar Weerasakrek 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Cristian Spetcu (R3 - Decision) Taniyama Toshiki 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Wei Rui (R2 - TKO) Sasaki Daizo 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Gonnapar Weerasakrek (R3 - Decision) Urabe Koya 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Hiramoto Ren (R3 - Majority Decision) Brice Delval 

Tournament Reserve: Rukiya (R2- KO) Mizumachi Hiroshi 

 

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K-1 Japan Announces K-1's Return to Saitama Super Arena in 2018

To say that kickboxing in Japan suffered a severe blow when FEG's K-1 went bankrupt would be an understatement. While the sport was already struggling in Japan from rounds of bad press, the dissolution of K-1 was effectively the end of kickboxing as we all came to know and love it. 

Since 2014 K-1 Japan -- under agreement with K-1 Global -- has been putting on some of the best kickboxing shows on the planet, highlighting lighter weight classes with fighters primarily from Japan, but also talent from all over the world. In those years they've made the best out of a bad situation and have been able to book stars like the Urabe brothers, HIROYA and Masaaki Noiri while building up new stars like TAKERU, Minoru Kimura and Kaew. At a press conference today in Saitama, K-1 gathered 56 of K-1's best fighters for an announcement that on March 21st, 2018 K-1 will return to the Saitama Super Arena.

The event, which will be held in the arena where many historic K-1 events took place, will be a triumphant return home for the sport of kickboxing and the K-1 brand in Japan. They believe that they will set the building up for 18,000 fans, although it should be noted that Saitama Super Arena can be configured to hold well over 20,000 fans. The organization wants the March 2018 event to serve as their big, yearly event much like the prior K-1 World Grand Prix for heavyweights in December or the K-1 World MAX tournaments became mainstays in both July and October. They will hold smaller events in Saitama Super Arena as well, but the March event will be the big one.

It's clearly too far away to predict who will be fighting, especially with K-1 Japan holding a ton of events this year, but it's safe to assume that they'll be putting their best foot forward on March 21st, 2018. In addition, K-1 Japan, KRUSH and Khaos will all be merged under the name "K-1 Japan Group" while keeping their individual show names moving forward, but talent-sharing will be across the board.

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Early Fight Card For K-1 Japan Super Bantamweight World Grand Prix

K-1 Japan returns on April 22nd with the K-1 Japan Bantamweight World Grand Prix. The tournament brackets are set for the 55kg tournament, featuring recognizable names as well as a host of very interesting super fights. Takeru takes on Victor Saravia, Hiroya takes on Tetsuya Yamato and the main event is a Super Lightweight title fight between Kaew and Hideaki Yamazaki.

Credit to Rictor from Kakutougi.

55kg World Grand Prix Tournament

QuarterFinal #1

Ishida Keisuke VS Charles Bongiovanni

QuarterFinal #2

Takei Yoshiki VS Antonio Orden

QuarterFinal #3

Terado Nobuchika VS Jamie Whelan

QuarterFinal #4

Kubo Kenji VS Leung Pakyu

Tournament Reserve Fight

Izawa Namito VS Suzuki Yuya

SuperFights

Takeru VS Victor Saravia

Hiroya VS Yamato Tetsuya

Super Lightweight Title Fight

Kaew Weerasakreck VS Yamazaki Hideaki

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K-1 Crowns a New -85kg Champion in Thrilling Tournament Final

The K-1 World Grand Prix Europe marched into Bosnia this weekend with their -85kg tournament. While the names weren't quite on the same level as the -95kg tournament from last month, the action delivered in spades with a lot of young fighters looking to make a name for themselves in the tournament. The final was a crazy slugfest between Igor Emkic from Bosnia and Russian Timur Aylayrov. Timur was applying pressure and dropping Emkic with body blows and you could almost hear the air get sucked out of the crowd who was looking for a local hero to win the tournament.

Tournament Final: Timur Aylayrov (R3 - TKO) Igor Emkic 

Tournament Semi-Final: Timur Aylayrov (R3 - Dec) Agron Preteni 

Tournament Semi-Final: Igor Emkick (R3 - Dec) David Radeff 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Timur Aylayrov (R? - TKO) Vasil Ducar 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Agron Preteni (R3 - Dec) Imanol Rodriguez 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Igor Emkic (R3 - Dec) Guiseppe De Domenico 

Tournament Quarterfinal: David Radeff (R3 - Dec) Nikola Noveski 

Tournament Reserve Fight: Mesud Selimovic (R1 - KO) Petar Jaman 

Haris Brko (R3 - Dec) Rafal Gorka 

Giannis Skordilis (R3 - Dec) Maycon Coller 

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Brackets Released For K-1 World Grand Prix Europe -85kg Tournament

After the success of the K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg tournament K-1 Global is looking to take full advantage of this momentum by announcing their next tournament, the K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -85kg tournament. It features a mix of recognizable names as well as hot prospect newcomers and will look to provide the same kind of entertainment that we've come to know and want from the K-1 name. 

Here's the card thus far:

World Grand Prix Euro -85kg Tournament

David Radeff (France) vs. Nikola Noveski (Serbia)

Igor Emkic (BiH) vs. Guiseppe de Domenico (Italy)

Agron Preteni (Croatia) vs. Radoslaw Packuski (Poland)

Timu Aylyarov (Russia) vs. Vasil Ducar (Czech Republic)

Super Fights

Mesud Selimovic (BiH) vs. Imanol Rodriguez (Spain)

Giannis Skordilis (Greece) vs. Maycon Oller (Brazil)

Broslav Vujanovic (BiH) vs. Aundre Groce (England)

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K-1 World GP in Japan: Featherweight Championship Tournament Results

K-1 crowned a Featherweight Champion in Japan last night and it was -- of course -- the ultra-violent Takeru who took the crown. Here are the quick results from the fights.

11.03.2016

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Tokyo Japan

Live on AbemaTV (fight channel) 16:00 JP / 12AM PST / 3AM EST

~Prelims~

Yuki Egawa def Ryota (Punches, left to liver then head)

Ryuya Mineyama def Yuto Shinohara DEC (Unanimous)

Rukiya def Hisaki Hashimoto DEC (Unanimous)

~Opening Ceromony~

~K-1 Featherweight Championship Grand Prix~

reserve bout : Hirotaka Asahisa def Yuta Otaki DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 World GP Featherweight Quarter Final #1 : Ozawa Kaito def Josh Tonna KO 1R (Flying knee to the body)

K-1 World GP Featherweight Quarter Final #2 : Elias Mahmoudi def Ryuma Tobe DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 World GP Featherweight Quarter Final #3 : Yun Qi def Shota Kanbe KO 3R ( Two knockdowns, punches & flying knee )

K-1 World GP Featherweight Quarter Final #4 : Takeru def Jamie Whelan DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 Koshien 2016 -55kg Final : Taito Gunji def Ryuya Tsubakihara DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 Koshien 2016 -60kg Final : Yuma Saikyo def Takumi Yokoyama DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 Koshien 2016 -65kg Final : Kensei Kondo def Umi Honma DEC (Unanimous)

~intermission~

K-1 World GP Featherweight Semifinal #1 Kaito Ozawa def Elias Mohmoudi DEC (Unanimous)

K-1 World GP Featherweight Semifinal #2 Takeru def Yun Qi KO 2R (Punches)

Yasuomi Soda def Fawad Seddiqi DEC (Unanimous)

Yuta Kubo def Keita Makihira DEC (Unanimous)

Sanny Dahlbeck def Yashuhiro Kido KO 2R (Punches and Knee)

K-1 World GP Featherweight GP Championship Final Takeru def Kaito Ozawa Dec (Unanimous, Takeru dominated this rematch from the beginning and he dropped Kaito twice with flurries near the end of round one. Takeru didn't fight with caution as both slugged it out until the end)

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