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KNOCK OUT vol.1 Delivers More KOs with Promotion's Second Show

  • Published in Kickboxing

In just their second event, Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT has delivered another exciting event featuring a host of big knock out finishes to the world. The show was headlined by Japanese legend Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit, taking Juan Mario to the limit before walking away with the decision. The co-main saw Japanese rising star Tenshin Nasukawa defeat Amnat Ruenroeng via KO in the fourth round with a brutal array of body shots that put Amnat down and out. 

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno (R5 - Decision) Juan Mario Kaewsamrit

Tenshin Nasukawa (R4 - KO) Amnat Ruenroeng

Yuma Yamaguchi (R3 - TKO) Hikari Machida 

Tosuke Morii (R5 - Draw) Hirotoshi Murata

Kenta (R5 - TKO) Shinya Indo

Eisaku Ogasawara (R2 - TKO) Hiroya Haga

Fukashi (R3 - TKO) Hiroto Yamaguchi

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

  • Published in K-1

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

  • Published in K-1

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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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Prospect of the Year - Tenshin Nasukawa

  • Published in Kickboxing

Part of kickboxing's struggles has been in introducing new talent in the face of the ongoing growth of MMA. MMA pays better, there are more opportunities in it and for a top-level striker the transition to MMA can often feel like an easy one (until they meet the limitations of their grappling abilities). That's why when a new star is born in kickboxing it feels special. That is what happened this past year with Tenshin Nasukawa. At the tail end of the year the 18-year-old dynamo who made a name for himself as an amateur in Japan and through his limited muay thai fights fought in the new Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT.

The show lived up to its name and Tenshin's fight was perhaps the best example of that. He made short work of Wanchalong and it become one of the most-talked-about knockouts of the year. Then he made his MMA debut in December for RIZIN with a dramatic submission escape only to finish off his opponent. He then took the house mic and demanded another fight in two days at the next event, to which the promotion was happy to oblige. In his second MMA fight he won via submission and, really, he's a muay thai fighter/kickboxer who won via submission in his second MMA fight.

There is a lot of Japanese talent right now in kickboxing, but none of them have broken through like Masato was able to, facilitating the creation of K-1 MAX. Is Tenshin that guy? Perhaps. It is also a lot of pressure to put on a young fighter, but there is a lot of potential there and he has the world's attention.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

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Andy Souwer Calls Out Giorgio Petrosyan For a Third Clash

  • Published in Kickboxing

When it comes to the world famous Giorgio Petrosyan, there are a number of fights that his fans want to see, but perhaps won't ever get to see those fights happen. Fights with Masato, Buakaw and Yodsanklai are perhaps never going to happen, as most likely we won't see the rematch with Ristie at this point either. Chances of a Sitthichai showdown seem slim considering Sitthichai is with GLORY and Petrosyan is with Bellator.

But what about one of the men that Petrosyan beat to cement his status as one of the all-time greats, Andy Souwer? 

That is the exact question that Andy Souwer posed via Facebook earlier today, when he replied to Petrosyan posting footage from their last clash in K-1 MAX. Andy Souwer would like a third chance to fight Giorgio Petrosyan and honestly, who wouldn't want to see that fight? Petrosyan's next scheduled bout is W5 Grand Prix KITEK XXXIX against Artem Pashporin on February 18th and he'll probably participate in the April Oktagon/Bellator event. Other than that? Things seem rather wide open for a potential rematch with another all-time great.

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VIDEO: Masato's Fight With Takanori Gomi From New Year's Eve

  • Published in Kickboxing

While the legendary Masato may be retired, that doesn't mean that he doesn't like to entertain audiences from time-to-time. For the second year in a row, Masato participated in an exhibition bout for the New Year's Eve variety show Kyokugen in Japan. Last year was a bout with rival KID Yamamoto, while this year was a kickboxing exhibition bout with PRIDE lightweight legend Takanori Gomi.

Both men were a huge part of the boom years of Japan's obsession with kakutougi and this fight did take a back seat to RIZIN due to its nature, but it's still worth a watch and has some really crazy moments for two guys fighting for essentially nothing but fun.

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Updated Card for KNOCK OUT vol.1 on Feb. 12th

  • Published in Kickboxing

KNOCK OUT has provided an updated look at their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1, which takes place on February 12th from the Ota-city General Gym in Japan. The card features now two-time MMA veteran Tenshin Nasukawa who made his MMA debut at RIZIN in the final days of December, scoring a TKO victory only to come back two days later and score a submission victory, making an even bigger name for himself in Japan. He's still without an opponent, but the main event promises to be a big one with Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit.

UPDATE: 1/11

They've added a few more fights to the mix, including Tenshin Nasukawa getting an opponent in Amnat Ruenroeng. It's another former Thai champion for the young Tenshin.

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

3×5R 61.5kg 135lb

Genji Umeno(37W,7L,3D) vs juan mario kaewsamrit (88W,40L,4D)

3×5R 67kg 147lb

Kenta(44W,16L,4D) vs Indo Shinya(14W,5L,1D)

3×5R 64kg 141lb

Fukashi(28W,8L,2D) vs Yamaguti Hiroto(20W,9L)

Tenshin Nasukawa(17W) vs Amnat Ruenroeng(67勝34敗15D)

Hikaru Machida(30W,12L,3D) vs DJ.taiki(4W2L)

Hirotoshi Murata(21W8L2D) vs Yosuke Morii(36W7L3D)

Hiroya Haga(16W5L3D) vs Eisaku Ogasawara(23W3L)

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Tenshin Nasukawa Makes RIZIN MMA Debut And Cements Superstar Status

  • Published in Kickboxing

Eighteen-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa made his MMA debut tonight at RIZIN MMA in Japan, proving himself not only to be a force to be reckoned with in muay thai and kickboxing, but in MMA as well. HEading into the fight there were the usual fears that the kickboxing community has when a star kickboxer decides to try their hand at MMA. You'd need to look no further than the bout that preceded Tenshin's, where Andy Souwer was submitted via armbar in the first round to Kazuyuki Miyata. To say that Japanese matchmakers are ruthless in looking for entertainment is an understatement; they thrive on pairing grapplers against strikers in hopes of a highlight reel knockout or submission.

And Tenshin was almost submitted by Nakita Sapun.

All of that happened because Tenshin was unafraid to go to the ground with an actual MMA fighter. Sapun is not much of a grappler, but does have more experience in the MMA ring than Tenshin does, obviously.

Yet, still, Tenshin felt comfortable taking the fight to the ground while everyone expected it to be a stand-up battle. After surviving that sick armbar, most kickboxers would back off, wait for their opponent to get up and fight their own fight. Tenshin didn't do that. Oh no. Instead, he waited and pounced when he saw his opening, winning via TKO.

Then, in something that is very much uniquely Japanese (and why is it?), he grabbed the microphone and appealed for another fight in two nights at RIZIN's next event, claiming that he'd want to fill in for the injured Krazy Horse against Minoru Kimura. Imagine that, a KNOCK OUT and K-1 showdown in MMA rules. My god. The kid who almost had his arm busted wanted more. There wasn't some sap in a suit jamming a mic in his face asking him what he wanted, or to walk him through the finish, he just expressed himself and was aloud to make himself a bigger star. Nobuhiko Takada claimed if the doctors would clear him he could fight.

His debut knockout victory already made him a viral star, but now at one of the biggest Japanese fighting events of the year he proved himself gutsy, talented and fearless with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. We've been searching high-and-low for the next big Japanese kickboxing star to help spark a resurgence of the sport in Japan and it feels like Tenshin could be that fighter. 

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Krush 71 Results

  • Published in Asia

Krush 71 took place last weekend at the Korakuen hall on Tokyo, Japan. The 18 year old Yoshiki Takei made a successful title defense overcoming a knockdown due to a flying knee in the first, then dominating the rest of the fight until scoring 3 spectacular knockdowns in the last round to win by KO and not leaving it to the judges who may have scored it a draw due to round 1. Great first title defense for the young champion.

Full Results

-53kg : Naoya Otada def  Yusei Sakurai DEC (Unanimous 30-28,30-27,30-270

-67kg : Hayato Suzuki vs Ryo Tabata DEC (Unanimous 28-24,28-24,28-24)

-63kg : Yuki Ishikawa vs MASA DRAW (27-29,28-28,29-28)

-Heavy weight : K-Jee def Hidekazu Kimura DEC (Unanimous 30-28,29-28,30-27)

-60kg GP : Riku Anpo def Tatsuya Inaishi DEC (Majority 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg GP : Masanobu Gosyu def Yoshiki Harada TKO (Three Knock Downs, Punches)

-60kg GP : Masahiro Yamamoto def Go Kato DEC (Unanimous 30-28,30-28,30-28)

-60kg GP : Leona Pettas def Dynamite Yuta Takahashi DEC (30-27,30-26,30-26)

-70kg : Daisuke Fujimura def Yoichi Yamazaki DEC Extra Round (Unanimous 10-9,10-9,10-9)

-65kg : Yukihiro Komiya def Masanobu DEC (Unanimous, 30-29,30-28,29-28)

-58kg : Tatsuya Oiwa def Kento Ito DEC (Unanimous, 30-27,30-27,29-28)

Krush -53kg Championship Match : Yoshiki Takei (Champion) def Ryusei KO 3R (Three Knockdowns. 1st KD combo w/ left high kick, 2nd right front kick, 3rd punches)

 

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KNOCK OUT Releases Entire First Show Via YouTube

  • Published in Video

After kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT began to pick up steam after their last event, they are looking to reach a wider audience than simply the Japanese fans that witnessed the event either live or via their YouTube channel later on. The promotion has gone ahead and released the entirety of the event via YouTube and now have created an English language channel for western fans to view the fights in an easier fashion. I know that a lot of you checked it out when they updated their original YouTube, but this is a great effort from the new promotion to reach out to fans outside of Japan.

Genji Umeno vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs Wanchalong PK Saenchaigym 

Takuya Imamura vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Yosuke Morii vs Yodwandee Nitisamui

Haruaki Otsuki vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto vs Eisaku Ogasawara

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