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|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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Friday marks the last Krush event of the year and the main attraction is the semifinals and finals of the Krush Under-22 ~Supernova~ Tournament. The first two rounds took place in October and saw Masaaki Noiri, Hiroya, Yukimitsu Takahashi and Koya Urabe advance. Semifinal matchups are a rematch between Noiri and Hiroya, and a matchup between Koya Urabe and Takahashi.
Semifinal A: Masaaki Noiri vs HIROYA
How they match up:
Masaaki Noiri: 8-2 (4 KO)// 174 cm(5'8")// 18 years old
HIROYA: 10-3 (5 KO)// 167 cm(5'6")// 19 years old
When the two first met, it was back in 2009 in the semifinals of the K-1 Koshien tournament at Dynamite!!! 2009. Hiroya was the returning champion and Koshien's golden boy while Masaaki was an unknown. Noiri battered Hiroya over the course of three rounds, though Hiroya put up a good fight back and Noiri went on to win the fight and the Koshien tournament. Following that tournament win, Noiri began his professional career, rattling off 5 straight wins before getting reckless in a fight he was winning against "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi in the semifinals of the Krush 60kg tournament, losing by KO. He then proceeded to make it to the semifinals of the K-1 -63kg 2011 Japan tournament before falling to the streaking Yuta Kubo. Here, he finds himself in yet another semifinal. Hiroya holds victories over nearly every significant fighter to emerge from the Koshien system aside from Noiri. Since his defeat to Noiri, Hiroya has gone 4-2 with his losses coming to Yuta Kubo in a superfight and a questionable decision loss to Tetsuya Yamato in the K-1 -63kg 2011 Japan tournament.
Looking back at their most recent fights in the opening rounds of this tournament, both fighters seemed to show their glaring weaknesses and enormous strengths. Although Noiri scored knockouts on the strength of his technique and body work, he was dropped in his first fight against the unknown Rambo. Rambo showed sloppy striking, but Noiri became a little careless and was dropped for it. Noiri also got careless in the semifinals of the Krush tournament, being lured into a brawl with the hard-hitting Yuji Takeuchi in the final round, ultimately resulting in Noiri being KO'd. Noiri tends to get too comfortable fighting his opponent's fight, a problem that Yuta Kubo also had earlier in his career. Noiri is still just 18, though, so should he make a change like Kubo did, he has an incredibly bright future. Hiroya absolutely dominated Hiroshi Hoshikawa in his round of 16 bout, but against Sho Ogawa in the quarterfinals, he got a little bit too comfortable and was eating shots from Ogawa throughout the entire fight. Though Hiroya's offensive output ended up being more significant, his defense against his opponent's hands is lacking. He often gets too open with his striking, leaving himself open to counters. This was the case in his losses to Tetsuya Yamato and Noiri. In the Yamato fight, he controlled the entire fight outside of a 2 second period at the end of the 2nd round which resulted in him being dropped and ultimately lost him the fight.
Though there is no significant edge in technical striking, I would lean more towards Noiri because of his length and his consistently good body work. Though Hiroya's conditioning is very good, I could definitely see Noiri wearing him down over the course of three rounds, as Hiroya has shown he doesn't respond greatly to offensive pressure. That being said, I believe Hiroya has an advantage in the power department with his hands and should Noiri get careless with his offense, he could be dropped. I'm picking Noiri to take this rematch with offensive pressure being the key to a decision victory.
After the break, Urabe vs Takahashi breakdown and fight videos of the participants
Sem Schilt's coach Dave Jonkers spoke with the fine folks behind Short Circuit the other day, and was talking about Sem Schilt's financial situation at the moment and how he is owed a good chunk of money from K-1. As expected, Semmy Schilt will not fight for K-1 until he is paid, as he should. As can happen with interviews done via email, if you aren't exceedingly clear about your intentions, it can read much, much differently. Without a doubt there have been rumors of unrest within Golden Glory over the last six months or so, a lot of it having to do with a few business deals that have yet to materialize, including the K-1 deal.
Jonkers was quoted saying that Semmy does not fight until he gets paid, until there are financial reparations made for him. This was directly after a question about the Glory World Series and Semmy participating in that next event. It is fair enough to believe that Semmy not fighting would not simply be in K-1, but Glory World Series as well. If he wouldn't fight for his own management, it is very easy to imply that Schilt is unhappy with them. Jonkers was quick to correct the next day, saying that Semmy and Golden Glory are not at all on uncertain terms, the only uncertainty is the date of the next event and if Semmy will fight on that card, or if K-1 will pay up and he'll fight for them instead some time soon. [source]Add a comment
If you are a fan of John Wayne Parr (and by all means, you should be), it has been a bit of a rollercoaster year to say the least. According to JWP himself, 2011 was his final year as a fighter. He had achieved everything that he wanted to and was going to ride off into the sunset. Then something happened, JWP was picking up wins, big wins, and retirement did not seem like that great of an idea anymore. He obviously still had a lot left to do in the Kickfighting world and there were a lot of asses for him to kick. Then, mid-way through the year, something as innocent as his daughter participating in a Muay Thai bout became international headline news and JWP's parenting skills came into question.
As someone who has had the distinct pleasure of interacting with Mr. Parr, I have to say that it is ridiculous to question his love for his family, for fighting or for anything else in this world. JWP is a stand-up guy and anyone who thinks differently should re-evaluate their priorities.
This brings us to the matter at hand, which is that JWP has a big fight coming up in February in his home land of Australia. According to our good friends at Muay Thai Authority he'll be taking on one of the United State's best and brightest in Ky Hollenbeck.If you haven't seen Hollenbeck's recent string of fights, I implore you to do so as he is an incredibly legitimate fighter. The event is Knees of Fury 36 and will go down on February 25th. [source]Add a comment
Semmy Schilt, the four time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, sat down with FightStarTV to discuss what he's been up to lately and what he thinks of the new FIKA, along with a little discussion about himself in MMA. Semmy hasn't fought in almost a year, last losing to Peter Aerts in the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix semi-finals. He says some pretty promising things about FIKA that are good to hear. You can also read Dave Walsh's article from yesterday concerning Semmy here. Check out the video below.Add a comment