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K-1 Survival Wars Results: Minoru Bests Ren

The hottest ticket in town for kickboxing is still K-1 World GP Japan and last night was no exception with Survival Wars. Preceding the event the day before was an announcement that K-1 World GP Japan would be airing on broadcast television in Japan starting this fall, airing on TV Tokyo in a weekly 25-30 minute block on Thursday evenings at 1:30am. That may not be the best time slot, but it's a start and will hopefully draw some attention to the promotion in the future.

Now, onto Survival Wars. The main event of the night saw Kimura "Philip" Minoru against hot prospect Hiramoto Ren, a battle that raged on for all three rounds and eventually saw Minoru get the nod. He'll now go on to face Kaew Fairtex in what should be an awesome fight. In the co-main event the 55kg Challenger finals came to a dramatic conclusion when Charles Bongiovanni scored a knockout over Daniel Williams in the first round.

Results courtesy of Kiksie, the best kickboxing database online.

65KG Fight

Minamino Takayuki def. Waki Mitsuharu by Unanimous Decision

Heavyweight Fight

Hitoshi Sugimoto def. Hidekazu Kimura by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Namito Izawa def. Satoshi Katashima by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Taisuke Degai def. Yuichiro Ito by TKO in Round 1

70KG Fight

Kazuya Akimoto def. Keiji by Unanimous Decision

Super Exhibition (2x2)

Koya Urabe vs. Takeru

70KG Fight

Shintaro Matsukura def. Tian Xin by Unanimous Decision

Co-Main Event - 55KG Challenger Finals

Charles Bongiovanni def. Daniel Williams by KO in Round 1

Main Event - 65KG Super Fight

Kimura 'Philip' Minoru def. Hiramoto Ren by Unanimous Decision


Hinata Defeats Andy Souwer in Rematch at REBELS.38

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Almost exactly five years ago Andy Souwer stepped into the ring against Hinata Watanabe as a two-time K-1 World MAX Champion who had the previous year stood with Giorgio Petrosyan in the K-1 World MAX Finals in a fight that saw Petrosyan win the World MAX Championship and cement his legacy as the top dog. Hinata Watanabe was an up-and-comer in Japan that was looking to make a name for himself and called out Andy Souwer. Not only did he call out Andy Souwer, but he did it on what was arguably Souwer's home turf of Shoot Boxing.

Shoot Boxing, for the uninitiated, is a hybrid of kickboxing and judo. Not only are kickboxing techniques involved, but throws, trips and standing submissions are all legal within the realm of Shoot Boxing. When they two stepped into the ring many had seen Hinata on the rise and Souwer on the decline. The only thing was that Hinata wasn't expecting the standing choke. How could he?

Souwer made use of Shoot Boxing's unique rules to handily defeat Hinata in under a minute. Needless to say, Hinata was humbled. Since then Hinata has continued to toil throughout Japan, making a name for himself as one of the best and most active fighters at 70kg. He never forgot that loss to Souwer, though, which reared its ugly head again in 2013 when he met Andy Souwer's chosen successor to the throne of Souwer Power in Canadian Josh Jauncey, picking up the win over Souwer's star pupil. 

The rematch between Souwer and Hinata would have to happen sooner or later and almost five years to the day after their first meeting in a Shoot Boxing ring they met in Japan again, this time in the REBELS ring. What followed was an entirely different fight. Both men have had their ups and downs over the past few years, but the rematch still meant something. The two met yesterday afternoon in the legendary Korakuen Hall right next to the Tokyo Dome, a venue that has seen some of the most memorable fights in MMA and kickboxing history, as well as historical moments in professional wrestling history -- all of it is simply kakutougi in Japan -- and this time Hinata was able to pull off the decision victory over the 32 year old Souwer, avenging one of the most embarrassing losses of his career. 


KRUSH.58 Sees Hirotaka Urabe Victorious

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On September 12th Krush ran their 58th event that saw two titles on the line, one of which was Hirotaka Urabe's 60kg championship. Urabe fought Zhuang Shuson, eventually finishing him in the third round. Shuson was nothing short of a mess after the bout while Urabe looked unscathed. The Urabes continue to be a whirlwind force in Japanese kickboxing, that's for sure. 

Results from Kiksie.

Krush -58kg Fight

Araki Toranosuke def. Mitsuru by unanimous decision

Krush Womens -55kg Fight

Morita Kazumi def. Mizuno Shiho by majority decision

Krush Womens -50kg Fight

Kana def. Hiraoka Koto by KO in round2

Krush -60kg Fight

Shinozaki Sumito def. Ochiai Jun by KO in round 1

Krush -63kg Fight

Harada Yoshiki def. Kitai Tomohiro by split decision

Krush -67kg Fight

Hirayama Jin def. Saito Takehiko by KO in round 2

Krush -60kg Fight

Kato Go vs. Matsuno Yuki - Draw

Krush -58kg Fight

Otaki Yuta def. Tanaka Masashi by KO in round 1

Krush Womens -52kg Title Fight

Syuri def. Tomoko by unanimous decision

Krush -60kg Title Fight

Urabe Hirotaka def. Zhuang Shuson by TKO in round 3


Benjamin Adegbuyi Scores Last-Second Knockout at Tatneft Cup

The heavyweight division might not be as historically stacked as it has in the past but that doesn't mean that there isn't good heavyweight talent out there. Over the past few years Benjamin Adegbuyi has been proving himself to the world, climbing up the ladder in GLORY and getting a shot with Rico Verhoeven only for Verhoeven to win. That has not set Adegbuyi off of the path of being a top heavyweight at all, instead he continues to forge forward. His latest bout was in Russia for the Tatneft Cup where he fought Alexandr Soldatkin. This was a more measured Adegbuyi, but still packing a serious punch scoring a last-second knockout in the third round.

The card also saw the finals of two major tournaments for Tatneft, including 70kg and +91kg. Romanian fighter Claudiu Badoi walked away victorious in the 70kg tournament while heavyweight prospect Roman Kryklia crushed his opponent via first round TKO to take the tournament. For full results check out Kiksie.

Here's the full video of the card for those interested.


Chris Ngimbi Wins W5 Grand Prix XXX Tournament

Historically the 70kg division in kickboxing has been one of the richest in the sport, one of the two divisions that K-1 sunk time and money into, which meant that it attracted big name talent and gave hope to future stars to train hard and that they had a future. That can't be said for every kickboxing division. When we think about the 70kg division the names that will come to mind will undoubtedly be Masato, Andy Souwer, Buakaw, Mike Zambidis, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and Robin van Roosmalen. Sadly, a few of the champions in that division have been a bit lost to time, one of which is Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi was the It's Showtime 70kg Champion during a one of the boom periods of kickboxing. He never quite made it to K-1 during its heyday, but he was still one of the top stars in the division. His loss to Robin van Roosmalen in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament was van Roosmalen's coming out party to the top of the division and since then Ngimbi has sort of been lost in the shuffle. 

This past weekend in Russia the promotion W5 ran two four-man 71kg tournaments and Chris Ngimbi won one of them. While it doesn't herald him as one of the top in the division again just yet, it's an exciting prospect and we are looking forward to his next fight, most likely against the winner of the other tournament, Evgeny Kurovsky. 

Also on the card we saw Cosmo Alexandre once again prove that he belongs in the conversation in the 71kg area with a win over division mainstay Marco Pique. The main event saw a championship bout for the W5 Intercontinental 71kg Championship that saw Enriko Gogokhia defeat Foad Sadeghi via decision for the title. You can check out the full results over at our friend Kiksie.


Live Results: Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt and Samedov vs. Poturak

Here we are. It's Saturday and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt is going down live in Grozny any time now. Akhmat Fight Show has been ongoing for a bit now with almost entirely MMA fights leading up to the main events featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Dzevad Poturak and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt. If you are curious about the MMA results our friend Kiksie has them up

Zabit Samedov (R3 - Decision) Dzevad Poturak

R1: Not much happened in the first round. They opened up by exchanging leg kicks. Samedov was starting to unload with heavier punch combinations but Poturak was very good at covering up and not taking too much damage. 

R2: A lot of the same in this round. Poturak doing a lot of defending and walking Samedov down, but Samedov really started opening up with his hands in this round. He was having trouble scoring on Poturak, though, who at one point held out his hands and was grinding his crotch at Samedov.

R3: Samedov opened up the round with a front kick that connected hard. Poturak was quick to cover up, but Samedov finally found his left hand in this round. It looks like Poturak's nose is busted up plus a cut under his left eye that was checked on a few times. Once the action was restarted Samedov was connecting with the left hand, but it wasn't enough to put Poturak down. That round was probably enough to win him the fight.

Samedov takes the decision.

Badr Hari (R3 - TKO) Ismael Londt

There was a crazy entrance video for Badr Hari, then a SWAT team came out before him. I'm not sure why. 

R1: Badr starts off with a short right and Londt kinda flopped over onto the mat before getting up. So that is how this fight started. Badr controlled the rest of the round, landing another short right that saw Londt slip onto his ass and Joop call it a down. Okay. Badr finally unloaded near the end of the round as he is akin to do but Londt weathers the storm.

R2: Badr is fighting like he always does, which means super aggressive and Londt does not look like Londt. Londt scores a big right hand that downs Hari and there is nothing but stunned silence in the arena. Hari up and he's mad, pounding on Londt until he goes down. Londt recovers and hurts Hari but can't get him down. Crazy round.

R3: Both guys look punch drunk going into this round. Londt has Badr backed up into the ropes but Hari comes back, throws another quick right that sends Londt comically back onto his ass (he skidded around the ring). Joop starts counting and Londt is up only for Joop to call it and say it was the third knockdown, thus the end of the fight. Technically, since Joop called the slip earlier, this was the fourth knockdown.


Kunlun Fight 29 Results: Askerov KO's Kehl

Kunlun held another big event this past weekend, this time in Sochi. THis show, as most of their shows, featured some big names in the world of kickboxing and muay thai and saw some interesting results. The big news is the Group 13 of the first stage of their 70kg tournament that saw Dzabar Askerov win by knocking out K-1 World MAX Champion Enriko Kehl in the second round, then go on to knock out Liu Mingzhi in the first round, making a pretty clean sweep.

Askerov is a tough fighter who isn't always at the top of his game, but has had flashes of brilliance and has very much been a spoiler throughout the past few years. Kehl had lost to him previously, but it was via decision.

Results are thanks to our friends at Kiksie. Kiksie is an awesome database run by our friend Shadess that you should definitely be checking out.

1. Kickboxing
Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Semifinal #1
Liu Mingzhi (China) def. Landon Simmons (United States) by unanimous decision
2. Kickboxing
Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Semifinal #2
Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Enrico Kehl (Germany) by KO in round 1
3. MMA - 58.5kg
Zhang Meixuan (China) def. Umar Akhmatov (Kyrgyzstan) by KO in round 2
4. Kickboxing - 70kg
Anatoly Moiseev (Russia) def. Cristian Milea (Romania) by unanimous decision
5. MMA - 100+kg
Brandon Cash (United States) def. Dimitriy Mikutsa (Ukraine) by TKO in round 3
6. Kickboxing - 100+kg
Jahfarr Wilnis (Netherlands) def. Valentin Slavikovski (Belarus) by unanimous decision
7. Kickboxing
Alim Nabiev (Russia) def. Pavel Turuk (Belarus) by TKO in round 2
8. Kickboxing Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Final
Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Liu Mingzhi (China) by TKO in round 1
9. MMA - 75kg
Victor Kolesnik (Russia) def. Xu Yonghao (China) by submission in round 1
10. Kickboxing - 60kg
Ruslan Tozliyan (Russia) def. Li Shuaihu (China) by unanimous decision
11. MMA - 62kg
Alexander Keshtov (Russia) def. Zhao Yafei (China) by unanimous decision
12. Kickboxing - 80kg
Surik Magakyan (Russia) def. Bai Jinbin (China) by decision
13. MMA - 70kg
Alexandr Shabliy (Russia) def. Wu Haotian (China) by KO in round 1

Reece McAllister Victorious in Top King Tournament, Buakaw Loses Decision

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Last night the Top King TK4 tournament held its big finals for their 154lbs championship. It was a title that many fans felt was a lock for Buakaw Banchamek, but considering the names involved with it there didn't seem to be a clear route for Buakaw to win the whole thing. After Marat Grigorian was forced to pull out we ended up with Buakaw Banchamek vs. Kyahal Dzhaniev and Reece McAllister vs. Dmytro Konstantyov. The visual of the night was a bloody mess of Buakaw losing to Dzhaniev via decision, which of course will be the story of the show to many who saw Banchamek sweeping the whole thing.

The big story should instead be Reece McAllister proving himself once again as one of the best talents in the world. Reece is a tough fighter who has proven himself time and time again who will walk away deserving the Top King 154lbs championship. I'm saying this because McAllister didn't have to fight a second fight. Dzhaniev might've defeated Banchamek but he was too banged up to continue competing, so McAllister was awarded the championship. Weird, right?

Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym (R3 - Decision) Varats Dzmitry 

Rungravee Sasiprapa (R3 - Dec.) Wei Ning Hui 

Matt Embree (R1 - TKO) Sittisak Petchphayathai 

Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (Rx - TKO) Colin Law 

Semi-Finals: Reece Mcallister (R3 - Dec.) Dmytro Konstantynov 

Semi-Finals: Khayal Dzhaniev (R3 - Dec.) Buakaw Banchamek 

Top King World Series Tournament Final: Reece McAllister (Forfeit) Khayal Dzhaniev 

There is video of Buakaw/Dzhaniev floating around. Here it is while it lasts.



K-1 WGP 2015 70kgs Live Results and Stream

K-1 World GP 70kgs 8-man tournament is taking place tonight in Japan. This card is stacked beyond belief, first of all the 8-man tournament has some really great young, upcoming fighters. Secondly all the top 65kgs are fighting each other in the super fights. These super fights are exactly why Japan has the top 65kgs fighters, they are constantly fighting each other to find out who is the very best, which is great for the fans like us because we always get to see the fights we want.

These fights are being streamed Live on NICO NICO AT THIS LINK but sadly it isn't a free one. Ill be tweeting at @JayJauncey if you want to join.


Preliminary Card

HeavyweightTsutomu Takahagi vs Hitoshi Sugimoto - DRAW

60kg - Fumiya Osawa vs Shingen Endo - DRAW

65kg - Ren Hiramoto def. Yohei Noguchi by Unanimous Dec

Main Card

Tournament Reserve Fight 70kg - Serhiy Adamchuk def. Kazuya Akimoto by Split Dec

Tournament Quarterfinal 70kgMarat Grigorian def. Yoichi Yamazaki by KO Rd 2 (left high kick)

Tournament Quarterfinal 70kg - Makihira Keita def. Dylan Salvador by Unanimous Dec

Tournament Quarterfinal 70kg - Sanny Dahlbeck def. Hiroki Nakajima by TKO 2nd Rd (2 knockdowns)

Tournament Quarterfinal 70kg - Jordann Pikeur def. Daiki Watabe by TKO Rd 2 (2 knockdowns)

SuperfightHirotaka Urabe def. Toshi by Unanimous Dec (Extra Rd)

SuperfightKimura "Phillip" Minoru def. Massaro Glunder by Unanimous Dec (Extra Rd)

Tournament Semifinal 1 - Marat Grigorian def. Makihira Keita by KO Rd 2 (left body hook)

Tournament Semifinal 2Jordann Pikeur def. Sanny Dahlbeck by TKO Rd 2 (2 knockdowns)

SuperfightTakeru def. Hakim Hamech by Unanimous Dec

SuperfightKoya Urabe def. Konstantin Trishin by Unanimous Dec

SuperfightKaew Fairtex def. Yasuomi Soda by Unanimous Dec

Tournament Final - Marat Grigorian def. Jordann Pikeur by KO Rd 1 (punches)


Jahfarr Wilnis and Yodsanklai Win Big at Kunlun

In a Heavyweight tournament that featured the man who beat Rico Verhoeven, Andrei Gerasimchuk and Hesdy Gerges not many were expecting much from Jahfarr Wilnis, but they were all proven wrong today in China. In the first round of the one-night tournament Jahfarr Wilnis defeated China's Asihati and Hesdy Gerges defeated Gerasimchuk to make the finals Wilnis vs. Gerges. The winner emerged as Wilnis, making him the Kunlun Heavyweight Tournament Champion, which was no small feat considering how big of a tournament that it was.

This was a huge step for the Dutch fighter who has been seen in the GLORY ring in the past. With this tournament win Wilnis has propelled himself into the top ten with just one night of work.

Also on the card Yodsanklai Fairtex defeated Dzianis Zuev and Kunlun also made some interesting announcements including signing Buakaw Banchamek and also before the show they announced there would be some sort of Kunlun FC vs. GLORY event, but no real details on that so-to-speak. 

UPDATE: We spoke with a few GLORY officials and no, there is no sort of cooperation between Kunlun and GLORY. Expect these events to simply feature fighters who have competed in GLORY.


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