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A Look at Tany's Labo

Sadaharu Tanikawa is probably a name that you know pretty well if you've followed the fighting world in the past ten years. If not famous, he is infamous, which is both deserved and undeserved. Tanikawa has worn a lot of hats over the past few years, a guy who started out as a journalist and made some friends in high places, which somehow brought him to become one of the Producers of K-1. Tany was dealt a raw hand and anyone that acts otherwise is simply in denial. His Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) that took over K-1 took over a mess left by Kazuyoshi Ishii while still having to make Ishii happy. The fact that K-1 kept going after the shift to FEG was a miracle in its own right and a testament to how much Tanikawa worked to make fighting sports what they were in Japan. From there, working with former DSE members to produce DREAM events helped keep MMA alive in Japan.

I'm pretty sure that I don't have to explain what happened in 2010 onward, as the fall of K-1 and DREAM are well-documented and the ill-feelings towards the man known as "Tany" was everywhere. He has released a book, a part biography, a part explanation and a part apology to the combat sports world, but that isn't the end of his story. He has founded a project called "Tany's Labo" which has just recently launched. What exactly is Tany's Labo? It is part online community (subscription-based), part insider look into the fighting world and part crowdsourcing for his upcoming combat sports projects.

Watch the video below (there are English subtitles!) and take a look.

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Steve Moxon Closes Out 2012 With KO Win

Steve Moxon will be making his GLORY debut on March 23 in London, and he's been staying busy ahead of that. Last month he scored a unanimous decision over Giannis Michalopoulos and today he fought again in Australia in his last fight of 2012.

Moxon fought Mostafa Abdollahi and picked up a second round KO win. He dropped Abdollahi once in the first and then finished him off in the second round.

The win brings Moxon to 5-1 on the year, with the lone loss coming to Frank Giorgi in modified Thai rules back in April, which was by split decision. Up next is the biggest fight of his career and probably the toughest fight to date also, against Jordan Watson on March 23 for GLORY.

Nathan "Carnage" Corbett was also supposed to fight on the card but unfortunately, his opponent Nikolay Falin had to pull out due to health reasons. Corbett's next fight is at Total Carnage 3 on March 9.

Paul Slowinski also won a unanimous decision over New Zealand's Nato Lauui, making it two wins in a row since his loss to Catalin Morosanu.

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Local Kombat Onesti Sells Out In A Day, Event Tomorrow

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Local Kombat has been around in Romania for a long time, even before SuperKombat, and is powered by SuperKombat and Eduard Irimia. Its Bodyguard Finale event back in June drew 15 000 people, which is probably the biggest attendance for a kickboxing event in the world this year.

Local Kombat Onesti takes place tomorrow in Onesti, Romania, with the weigh-ins having taken place today. We previously posted the fight card, which features a wide array of Local Kombat national title fights, featuring many of Romania's up and coming kickboxers. Special guests on hand will be Raul Catinas, Mighty Mo, Sebastian Ciobanu, Andrei Stoica and Benjamin Adegbuyi.

The event is set up for 1800 people, but all it took was one day for it to sell out. SuperKombat, Local Kombat and ultimately Eduard Irimia in are highly successful in Romania, with the success continuing here and likely continuing for the SuperKombat WGP 2012 Final in Bucharest on December 22.

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Bellator's Thiago Michel Continues With Kickboxing This Weekend

Thiago Michel is a kickboxer who made the switch over to MMA and has had a successful career in that, fighting in Bellator and making it to the organization's lightweight semi-final. Michel still does kickboxing, and has fought a number of times in that in Brazil this year, including his most prominent kickboxing fight to date at It's Showtime Brazil on November 10, where he defeated Steve Poort by unanimous decision.

On December 8, this Saturday, Michel returns to the kickboxing ring at the Tatneft Cup Brazil in Sao Paulo, which allows three Brazillian kickboxers to qualify to fight in the main Tatneft Cup tournaments in Kazan, Russia. Michel will be in an eight man, one night tournament at 70kg.

Along with the 70kg tournament that Michel is in, there's also an 80kg eight man tournament and a four man tournament at heavyweight, which will also be one night affairs. The tournament fights will be determined by lottery on the day of weigh-ins, which takes place tomorrow.

The Tatneft Cup Brazil is how Saulo Calavari qualified for the Tatneft Cup and eventually lead him to K-1. Brazil has a lot of talent, as we saw at It's Showtime Brazil with three Brazillians defeating their foreign counterparts, and it's good to see fighters from there being given an opportunity to get good fights in kickboxing.

70kg:

Alex Oller (Oller / Serginho Team)
Daniel Junio ​​Santos (Bangkok / Gibi Thai)
Renan Maza (Seiwakai Team)
Max Koubik (Thai Brazil)
Jorge Chagas (Combat Sport)
Thiago Michel (Ely kickboxing / MMA)
Roberto Carlos Ant ( Team Cobra CT)
Bruno Gazani (ABC Staff Union)

80kg:

Ricardo Snooze (Striker House)
Marcio Costa (Seiwakai Team)
Gabriel Antonio (Bravo Team)
Rodrigo Henrique (Brazil Thai)
Claudio Lira (Gibi Thai / Pamplona)
Anderson Archangel (Combat Sports)
Thiago Genesis (CT Cobra Team)

HW:

Vitor Miranda (Team Nogueira)
Haime Moraes Rodrigues (Mouse Team)
Carlos Correa (Uruguay Seiwakai)
Felipe Precious (Bravo Team)

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