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How Don Quijote Pulling Event Support Hurts Kickboxing in Japan

  • Published in Kickboxing

(C) SusumuDon Quijote is a clothing company based out of Japan, that through the support of such DQ board members like former professional wrestler and MMA fighter Tadao Yasuda, has supported kakutogi (martial arts) in Japan in various forms. The most obvious form was their support for MMA promoters WVR, who hosted SRC/Sengoku events. Don Quijote was one of the premier supporters for such a promotion, and over the past few weeks the top foreign fighters from SRC have been in mass-exodus mode. Usually, that is not a good thing.

NOB had a translation up from a Japanese publication, and apparently DQ had made up it's mind; it will continue to support martial arts in Japan. The bad news? They might pull support for live events, such as Sengoku events, which if you'll remember correctly, the Sengoku NYE martial arts festival featured a lot of kickboxing bouts on top of MMA fights. This was just a few weeks ago and now at this point, it appears that DQ has officially pulled their support and Sengoku is freaking out, claiming that they are as good as dead.

Apparently, Don Quijote's support of Sengoku was wholly, everything from Sengoku's offices, fighter contracts and event bookings were at the good graces of Don Quijote, thanks to Tadao Yasuda. For Japan, this means that Sengoku, easily the #2 MMA promotion to come out of the ashes of PRIDE is appearing to be going under. On top of that, there is a whole slew of uncertainty behind the future of their top rival, DREAM, which just compounds how crummy of a situation this is (of course, at the time of this article I'm watching the news showing the aftermath of the Japanese Earthquake, rated at 8.8, as well as a possible tsunami) for the Japanese fight industry.

To pull this all together, consider how this also hurts the kickboxing world. At first glance, losing the #2 MMA promotion shouldn't hurt the kickboxing world, but after Sengoku's New Year's Eve event, it was clear that Sengoku was looking to support kakutogi as a whole, including muay thai and kickboxing. Sengoku's martial arts festival was a lot more than MMA and showed promise for a positive impact in the world of fighting.

This was another bigger promotion willing to promote kickboxing who has fallen by the wayside, this isn't a good day for Japan.

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Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Enriko Gogokhia Set for Bellator/Oktagon Event in Italy

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A cursory glance at Giorgio Petrosyan's schedule for this year would make any sane person wonder if the Doctor has lost his mind. In just a matter of days Petrosyan will be competing in China for Hero Legend's and has at least one other fight that we've heard of, two more rumored. This all being said, the Doctor being back in full force is a welcome change after his relative inactivity and gradual return in 2015. 

At Oktagon's big April 16th event Petrosyan will fight Enriko Gogokhia. While there were rumors of a possible showdown with Yodsanklai for many months, his opponent is of a different flavor, Enriko Gogokhia. Gogokhia might not have a big name from competing in leagues like GLORY, but he is absolutely one of the best fighters in the world at this weight class and should prove to be an interesting challenge to the fighter that many consider one of the greatest of all time. 

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Photo of the Day: Shootboxing Returns April 23rd

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April is shaping up to be a rather uneventful month for the world of kickboxing after a jam-packed March return for many of the bigger promotions in Europe. We saw the GLORY World Series continue, It's Showtime put on two big cards and Fight Code gave us the gift of Giorgio Petrosyan and a few other big fights. Understandably, Japan has been rather quiet the past month or so. Japan was actually hit by another earthquake today, a 7.4 and is once again on tsunami watch. Needless to say, inactivity in Japan is not a big deal. A few promotions are stepping up and running shows for Japan, to show the strength of the nation as well as to do their best to help out. Thankfully for us, Shootboxing is one of those promotions. Here is their poster. [source]

Shootboxing

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Daniel Ghita Fighting Brian Douwes on May 12th

Apparently Sebastian van Thielan woke up one day and realized he was going to be fighting one of the scariest men in the world of combat sports, because he went to It's Showtime and demanded more money for the May 12th fight in Belgium. It really is hard to blame him, as there really was not much of a chance for van Thielan against Daniel Ghita. That is not a knock on van Thielan as much as it is high praise for Daniel Ghita who looks like a complete monster right now.

Stepping in for van Thielan is Brian Douwes, who was last seen defeating Dzevad Poturak in SuperKombat in February of this year stopping him in the third round.

It's Showtime issued a press release stating that van Thielan had signed a bout agreement and the amount of money was agreed upon a long time ago and then wished him luck in the rest of his career. It is safe to assume that van Thielan appearing on future It's Showtime cards just went out the window for van Thielan.

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Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai

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MAX Muay Thai

Man, I picked a pretty packed weekend to go on vacation, didn't I? Then again, most of the weekends are packed and I've been working 60 hour weeks for the past few months, so maybe any weekend would do in that case, right? I kind of agree, just because I needed to not do any work for an extended period of time or else I was fearing that I'd be seeing my walls made out of gold bricks because the Federal Reserve is a conspiracy and driving axes through doors while my girlfriend looks not-so-pleased.

So this weekend there were two bigger events, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai, both of the Muay Thai persuasion and both featuring some solid names and solid fights. Thai Fight was the standard Thai Fight fare of bigger name Thais against some okay competition which sees the Thais walk away with some cool looking wins and everyone goes home happy.

MAX Muay Thai gave a bit more by the way of competitive fights to fans, including a one night, four man tournament. There were some legitimately interesting bouts on the card such as Aikpracha against Warren Stevelmans as well as Sitthichai against Juri Jehl and already fans went home with a bit of a better feeling than they did from the Thai Fight card, or, well, at least we all did.

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Four Event

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K-1

Yesterday K-1 sent out a press release announcing the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final Four event, which is set to take place on February 23rd in Azerbaijan. The card features the four finalists from the previous K-1 World MAX events; Sung Hyung Lee, Buakaw Banchamek, Shane Campbell and Enriko Kehl.

 

  • 63kg: Amil Sahmarzade (AZE) vs. Zakaria Zougarry (MAR)
  • 83kg: Ruslan Kobzev (RUS) vs. Dennis Matthew (NED)
  • 72kg: Babek Rustamov (AZE) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • 71kg: Alim Nabiev (UKR) vs. Chad Sugden (GBR)
  • 70kg: Ziya Bayramov (AZE) vs. TBA
  • 70kg: Ismat Agazade (AZE) vs. Cedric Manhoef (SUR)
  • 85kg: Samet Kesser (TUR) vs. Lazar Daniel (ROU)
  • 72.5kg: Tural Bayramov (AZE) vs. Mukai Maromo (CAN)
  • 70kg: Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. TBA
  • +100kg: Agalar Sadikhzade (AZE) vs. George Colin (SUR)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Enriko Kehl (GER)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. Sung Hyung Lee (KOR)

 

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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

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Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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Kunlun Fight 35 Results

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Kunlun 35 is in the books and now we patiently await the videos to be released. This card featured some of the best in the world against each other and even though Yodsanklai had to pull out against Sittichai it sounds like Marat Grigorian gave him a tough fight but ultimately fell short in the judges eyes. Enriko Gogokhia beat Davit Kiria by decision, now im really hoping we see him fight Sittichai next. Also Artur Kyshenko became the kunlun 80kgs world champion with a vicious overhand right KO.

Here are the results via Kiksie

Full Results

Tournament Reserve Fight - 80kg

Artur Gorlovs (Latvia) def. Deng Ningning (China)

Tournament Semifinal #1 - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) def. Eyevan Danenberg (Netherlands)

Tournament Semifinal #2 - 80kg

Dmitry Valent (Belarus) def. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 64kg

Wei Ninghui (China) def. Kim Dongsu (South Korea)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #1 – 70kg

Victor Nagbe (Australia) def. Kong Lingfeng (China)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #2 – 70kg

Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) def. Davit Kiria (Georgia)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #3 – 70kg

Superbon (Thailand) def. Zhang Chunyu (China) by KO

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #4 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Marat Grigorian (Armenia)

Tournament Final - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) def. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

 

 

 

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #58: Fight Code Rhinos and M-One Muay Thai

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You've already listened to the exclusive interview that Steven Wright had with MPL's Clifton Brown, which is of course timely as we've been discussing over the past few weeks some serious issues with MPL, but have you listened to Warman's Kickfighting show featuring both myself and Steven? We go over the Fight Code Rhinos series, M-One Muay Thai from Los Angeles, including a look at American's in Muay Thai and we talk about a whole lot of other great stuff, including Ismael Londt.

As always, you have many ways of listening to it; the first and easiest is on iTunes to search for it (keyword: LordGaul), or to listen to it on the dedicated blog, or of course just listen to it on here.

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