|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
MAX Muay Thai's resume' of stacked cards continues to roll, as today the Thai based promotion released a tentative roster for their 4th show scheduled for October 6th in Sendai, Japan.
As usual, the always controversial Buakaw Banchamek headlines the event against an as-of-yet unnanounced opponent.
However, using a bit of deductive reasoning, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Muay Thai's golden boy could be stepping into the ring against former K-1 stalwart and Japanese icon, Yoshihiro Sato. Sato and Buakaw have met three times before, with the man from Banchamek taking the first two fights, and Sato scoring a KO victory in the third. This time, it appears that Buakaw will have the chance to earn his revenge against Sato in Full Thai Rules. While Yoshihiro suffered a rough spot in 2012, the "Infinity Sniper" has since rebounded with wins over Henri Van Oepstal, Sun Hyun Lee, and Yuichiro Nagashima.
Other notable names scheduled for MAX Japan include the surging Aikpracha Meenayothin, who looked nearly unbeatable in his latest MAX outing against Warren Stevelmans, young GLORY fighter Alessandro Campagna, who owns a recent victory over the (often) unlucky but skilled Fabio Pinca, Dylan Salvador- who more than likely makes his return to MAX as France's 67kg tournament representative, and Yuya Yamamoto, AJKF kickboxing champion, K-1 MAX Runner-Up, and Krush faithful.
Overall, the card seems very solid. Because Sagetdao qualified for the MAX Final Tournament in December, the Japanese 4 Man will take place without a Thai representative. The winner will go on to face Andrei Kulebin, Victor Ngabe, and Sagetdao at the end of the year.
Mike Zambidis, better known as Zambo, is probably one of the most exciting fighters in K-1 history and it looks like he'll be making his return to the K-1 ring in September in Mallorca, Spain as a part of the Final 16 event.
Zambo was originally announced for the event over the summer but then reports surfaced that Zambidis would not be participating after all. So this comes as a bit of a surprise, but a good surprise at that, especially after Abraham Roqueni pulled out, citing issues with the event promoter, Street Culture. Zambidis makes for a fine addition to the K-1 World MAX tournament, joining K-1 veterans like Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Souwer and Yasuhiro Kido as well as a host of younger fighters as well.Add a comment
Well, GLORY has finally come clean with the fact that their second event on Spike TV will be GLORY 12 New York and that it will go down at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. GLORY 12 will go down on November 9th in New York City and will air live on Spike TV, featuring a Lightweight tournament to crown the best in the world, featuring Giorgio Petrosyan. Not much else is known about the card, but there have been some rumors about possibly seeing Peter Aerts back in action at GLORY 12 in New York, which is really all that you need to know, right?
Here is the full event poster, which sure is pretty.
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Friday Night Fights was back at the Broad Street Ballroom Friday night with a short but sweet card of great fights. The action started with a scrappy, rock ‘em sock ‘em bout with very little kicking but a lot of punching, followed by a fight that had all the clinching, kneeing, and kicking that the first fight lacked.
The next two JR. Middleweight fights were very exciting, with Mike Koufalis kicking off a night of victories for Renzo Gracie NYC. The southpaw used beautiful technique and striking combinations to break the three fight win streak of Weapons 9’s formerly undefeated Sean McCardle. McCardle was rocked twice in round 2 and failed to answer the bell for round 3, giving Koufalis the win by TKO. After that, N.J. McLaughlin made short work of Eric Broullet with a TKO 1 minute 22 seconds in round 1. Then Jafar “Cookie Monster” Toshev won the crowd over with packs of cookies as well as the fight against Chris Tapia. Tapia looked very powerful, but couldn’t seem to capitalize on most of their striking exchanges or in the clinch, while Toshev utilized a very nasty face teep and low kick and eventually took the win by UD.
The Main Event was a full rules pro bout between Joe Sampieri and James Martinez. Martinez swept Sampieri immediately but Sampieri bounced right up and spent the rest of the round in beast mode and made Martinez pay; he dumped Martinez on the ground repeatedly and was very aggressive. Martinez was visibly rocked at the end of the round, got an eight count and was only narrowly saved by the bell. Sampieri continued to dominate in round two, dropping Martinez with a right head kick that gave him the win by TKO at 46 seconds into the round.
The next fight was a full rules five round bout between amateur featherweight fighters with hair statements, Joe ‘Mustache’ Mueller and Rudy ‘Flat Top’ Felix (not their actual fight names). Both fighters started slowly but rapidly proceeded to flashier techniques and flying strikes, which were a pleasure to watch. Felix dominated the first half of the fight but seemed to lose speed in the later rounds, which allowed Mueller to come back in the clinch.
Following was the only title fight of the night, a full rules five round fight for the JR. Middleweight Title Belt between Sean Fagan and Chris Williams. Williams, who fought just a few weeks ago in New Jersey, controlled the fight and outmuscled Fagan in the clinch. Fagan was very gritty and managed to cut Williams in round one, but couldn’t seem to get anything else started until round four, when his right cross started landing. Williams continued to dominate but was docked a point in round five for an illegal knee, and judges opted to give the win to hometown favorite, Fagan, by UD.
The final Co-Main event fight was a full rules pro bout between Elijah Clarke and Michael Stevens. Clarke had the reach advantage but Stevens was able to get in and force the fight into the clinch, and was not shy about throwing elbows either. There was some confusion about the actual length of the fight, whether it was to be three rounds or five rounds, and while both fighters looked game to keep it going, much to everyone’s disappointment the fight was called at the end of three rounds. Clarke got the final win of the night for Renzo Gracie NYC by split decision.
Friday Night Fights August 16th Results
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You can't have a week without having some drama, and some drama we do have, as upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 participant Abraham Roqueni has publicly made a statement declaring that he's ending his relationship with his manager, Javier Rolo of Street Culture. If Street Culture sounds familiar to you it is because Street Culture worked as the local promoter in Spain for past It's Showtime events and is doing the same duty for the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Mallorca. For promoter Javier Rolo this is not his only pressing issue, though, as there have been some issues with recent Enfusion Live events which he helped to promote.
Roqueni has severed his relationship with Rolo and Street Culture, which in turn has forced him to pull out of the K-1 World MAX Final 16. Before the lynch mob comes out, it's hard to see this as a reflection of K-1, really, and instead is an issue with their promotional partner. Some might be surprised at K-1 using a local partner, but it is pretty standard procedure for organizations, as even GLORY uses local promoters (Topuz in Turkey, DiBlasi in Italy, Neglia in New York, etc.). This is a loss for K-1, as Roqueni does have a solid name from his win over Andy Souwer back in 2011, but not a huge loss by any stretch of the imagination.Add a comment