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

  • Published in K-1

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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KRUSH.75 Results: Soda Crushes Matsushita

  • Published in Kickboxing

KRUSH held their 75th event on April 2nd, featuring a championship double-main event seeing the men's 65kg and women's 50kg titles on the line. Jun Nakazawa picked up the split decision in the main event while Mellony Geugjes defeated Momi via decision to take home the 50kg title. Yasuomi Soda absolutely annihilated Daiki Matsushita in the first round with a flurry of punches that put Matsushita down and out.

Results via eFight.

KRUSH 65kg Championship: Jun Nakazawa (R3 - Split Decision) Yukihiro Komiya 

KRUSH 50kg Women's Championship: Mellony Geugjes (R3- Decision) Momi 

Yasuomi Soda (R1 - KO) Daiki Matsushita 

Kazuki Yamagiwa (R3 - Majority Decision) Daiki Watabe 

Haruma Saikyo (R3 - Majority Decision) Elias Mahmoudi 

60kg Tournament: Leona Pettas (R3 - Decision) Taio Asahisa 

60kg Tournament: Riku Anpo (R3 - Decision) Gosyu Masanobu 

Junpei Aotsu (Ext.R - Decision) Taito 

Rasuta (R3 - Decision) Takaaki 

Naoki Yamamoto (R1 - TKO) Yuki Miwa 

Akihiro Kaneko (R3 - Decision) Naoya Otada 

Kuroudo (R3 - KO) Yuki Koge 

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KNOCK OUT vol.2 Results: Another KO-Filled Event

  • Published in Kickboxing

Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT has delivered again on their title with their third event, KNOCK OUT vol.2. This event featured the kick-off of their 61.5kg tournament to crown the King of KNOCK OUT Champion at that weight, featuring Yosuke Morii knocking out Keijiro Miyakoshi with a left hand in the second round. Promotion favorite and Japanese kickboxing legend Genji Umeno found himself on the losing end of a decision to Torlek, Kenta was finished by Jaowayha and the rest of the card featured either knock outs, stoppages or cuts. 

Results from CombatPress.

King of KNOCK OUT tournament: Yosuke Morii (R2 - KO) Keijiro Miyakoshi 

Rotlek Jaotalaytong (R5 - Majority Decision) Genji Umeno 

Jaowayha Sirilak (R3 - TKO) Kenta 

Eisaku Ogasawara (R1 - KO) Byeon Seong Ji 

Issei Ishii (R3 - TKO) Naoya Yajima 

Mizuochi Yousuke (R4 - TKO) Fukashi 

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Card for KNOCK OUT vol.2 on April 1st

  • Published in Kickboxing

On April 1st, live from the Ota Ward General Gymnasium KNOCK OUT will present KNOCK OUT vol.2, featuring the first bout in KNOCK OUT's King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg championship tournament to crown a champion. The remainder of the first round bouts will play out on KNOCK OUT's vol.3 on June 17th.

King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg Championship Tournament: Yosuke Morii vs. Keijiro Miyakoshi

61.3kg: Genji Umeno vs. Rotlek Jaotalaytong

67.5kg: Kenta vs. Jaowayha Sirilak

56kg: Eisaku Ogasawara vs. Corey Nicholson

51kg: Issei Ishii vs. Naoya Yajima

64.5kg: Fukashi vs. Mizuochi Yousuke

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LiverKick Podcast March 24 - GLORY 39 Preview, K-1 Japan Talk and More

  • Published in LK Podcast

GLORY 39 is this weekend, on Saturday even, which for you dearest readers (and listeners) is but a solitary day away. That means that both Jay Jauncey and myself have returned to talk about the upcoming GLORY event as well as opine about those glory (no pun intended) days of Japanese kickboxing. 

The LiverKick Podcast's revival revival has a fourth episode, folks. 

K-1 Japan just held arguabaly the card of the year thus far, are planning a killer 70kg tournament, Kunlun still exists and is doing stuff, Enfusion just had a card and a lot more. We also discuss the marvelous public resource that is Grabaka Hitman.


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K-1 Japan Announces 70kg Tournament

  • Published in K-1

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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Krush 74 Results + Videos

  • Published in Asia

Krush 74 took place last night(03.03.2017) at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The main event saw Kaito Ozawa successfully defend his belt against Yun Qi. The co-main event ended with Nishikawa landing a brutal right hook on Minoru's chin causing him to fall hard and hit his head on the canvas too, nasty KO.

Kaito Ozawa vs Yun Qi

Koehi Nishikawa vs Minoru Kimura

Full Results

Krush 58kg Championship : Kaito Ozawa def Yun Qi DEC (Majority, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

67kg : Koehi Nishikawa def Minoru "Phillip" Kimura 1R KO (right hook)

67kg : Keita Makihira def Kenji 2R TKO (Doctor Stoppage : Cut, caused by left high kick)

70kg : Hiroki Nakajima def Yoichi Yamazaki 2R (KO, Left high kick 1st down, 2nd knockdown Flying knee & Punches)

53kg : Taito Gunji def Degai Taisuke DEC (Unanimous, 30-27)

Krush 60kg GP Quarterfinal : Kotaro Shimano def DYNAMITE Yuta Takahashi DEC (Unanimous 30-27) 

Krush 60kg GP Quarterfinal : Toshi def Yoshiki Harada DEC (Unanimous, 29-27,29-26,29-26)

Krush 60kg GP Quarterfinal : Fumiya Osawa def Tatsuya Inaishi DEC (Unanimous, 28-26,29-26,29-26)

Krush 60kg GP Quarterfinal : Takumi Yokoyama def Hitoshi Aketo DEC (Unanimous, 30-28,29-28,29-28)

65kg : Fumiya def Hayato Suzuki 3R KO (Punches)

55kg : Ryuto def Keita Kanto DEC (Majority, 30-28,29-29,30-28)

53kg : Naoya Otada def Hiroaki Shinohara 2R TKO (Punches)

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Results From K-1 Japan Lightweight World Grand Prix

  • Published in K-1

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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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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