|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)|
WBC Japan has announced two title fights for New Japan Kickboxing Association’s New Japan Blood 10 on November 26th.
First, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka takes on former WBC Australia Lightweight champion Oley Sakonpetch. I believe the fight could be for the vacant WBC International Super Featherweight title, but Nakasuka is ranked 16th and Oley is not ranked at all. Nakasuka is coming off what may be the biggest win of his career, defending his WBC Japan title against Naoki Ishikawa back in July. From what I’ve found on Oley Sakonpetch, he appears to be undefeated and he fights mostly in Australia. His last fight I can find is a win over Juanmario Kaewsamrit at Battle Colossal XI last October, so he may have lost and lost his WBC Australia title since then, or he vacated it.
Another title fight was announced and it is WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi taking on former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi. Yamauchi was a former AJKF Welterweight champion and the first Super Welterweight champion and won the WBC Japan belt back in 2007, but has only defended it twice. Yamauchi made it to the finals of the Krush tournament, beating Yuji Nashiro and Shintaro Matsukura before falling to Kenta in the finals. Miyakoshi is currently on a two-fight losing streak, however his two losses were to surging prospects Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan title to Yamato. Miyakoshi could be seen as a gatekeeper at 70kg for Japanese fighters as he’s faced the likes of Yamato, Morita, Yuichiro Nagashima and Christophe Pruvost, as well as foreign fighter Liam Harrison.
Also announced for the event is the aforementioned WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato taking on J-Network 5th ranked Super Lightweight Great Kei in a non-title fight. Yamato is coming off of a loss to Fabio Pinca in a rematch in August at Thai Fight Extreme Japan and a win over Soichiro Miyakoshi in July.Add a comment
For today's preview, I've decided to look at a fight that I feel is often overlooked and that is Mirko Crocop and Wanderlei Silva's first fight under special Pride vs K-1 rules back at Pride 20. At the time, Crocop had only 3 MMA fights, with one of them being against Nobuhiko Takada under the same special rules that this fight was to take place under. Wanderlei was 19-3 at the time and undefeated in Pride, proving to be a wild wrecking machine. The train of thought going in was that if Wanderlei got reckless with his striking at any point, the 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist would put him away with relative ease. However, that did not happen and Wanderlei managed to hold his own, lasting a full 15 minutes with the K-1 star and having the fight result in a draw. The two later faced off in the monumental Pride 2006 OWGP. Also at the event was an MMA fight between Quinton Rampage Jackson and 1994 K-1 WGP finalist Masaaki Satake, who had an MMA record of 1-6-1 going into the fight.
After the break, Rampage's take on his fight with Satake along with fight highlights and Crocop's fight with Takada.
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Kazuyoshi Ishii officially announced FIKA today, and has promised it will be a new day for K-1 worldwide. FIKA is the Federation International K-1 Association, and will apparently be the new governing body for K-1. There will be a K-1 World Grand Prix in 2012, but to fully grasp what Ishii and his new partners have planned, think big.
FIKA is to be headquartered in Hong Kong and they are going to appeal big time to Chinese audiences by having some of their biggest shows take place in China. There will still be a "World Stage" event in Japan, but it doesn't appear to be the Finals. They are looking to hold events around the world to bring a 'World Cup' feeling and will try to be the FIFA of Kickboxing. FIKA has also brought on famous Chinese folk singer Song Zuying to sing the official FIKA theme song, which was apparently the big headline grabber in China in regards to this announcement, on top of the list of famous people at the event. The theme song will apparently be recorded in English as well, which Zuying was quoted saying it would help FIKA have a global appeal.
Seven Star Entertainment Fund, a branch of Sun Redrock Investment Group will serve as a partner in FIKA, owning about 60%, with the rest of the management team comprising the remaining 40%. Who is actually a part of this team outside of Ishii is not clear, but with the rumors of Bas Boon looking to invest in K-1 and this looking to be the future of K-1 and Bas Boon was on stage for the announcement with Semmy Schilt, it would be hard not to make connections. FIKA is looking to make for a much stronger push into the United States and China for K-1 and be less Japan-centric.
As of press time there is no firm details on a schedule or possible television deals. The only schedule is a rough one on the FIKA website's press release, which states April for the world qualifiers, May/June for the 32 stage, Sept/Oct for the 16 stage and Oct to December for the Final 8. This will be in three weight classes; 63kg, 70kg and 100kg.Add a comment
K-1's Dynamite!!! events often feature fights that pit MMA fighters against K-1 fighters in either discipline, often with expected results. However, Dynamite!!! 2008 resulted in a clean sweep for MMA, with Alistar Overeem's huge upset over Badr Hari, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gegard Mousasi taking wins over fading Japanese kickboxing legends Kozo Takeda and Musashi, respectively, and Minowaman's quick win over Errol Zimmerman. The night also held three other bouts featuring fighters who have made a name for themselves in kickboxing and MMA, with Melvin Manhoef battling Mark Hunt, Mirko Crocop taking on Hong-man Choi and Semmy Schilt facing Mighty Mo, all under MMA rules.
Badr Hari vs Alistar Overeem
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Kozo Takeda
Gegard Mousasi vs Musashi
MMA bouts after the break
Renowned Thai fighter Bovy Sor Udomson has been around the block in the fight game, including a few shootboxing bouts. Toby Imada is a relative newcomer to shootboxing from MMA, having had four shootboxing fights before he collided with Bovy. Both men threw down, resulting in a really great fight. The video just got out almost two months after the fight, so check it out below.Add a comment