|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)|
Funny how time tends to get away with us, especially during the holiday season, huh? This weekend is a huge weekend...Read more
Yesterday at Lumpinee stadium in Bangkok former super flyweight champion Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher took on the former channel 7 bantamweight champion, Phetaik Look Bor Kor. Phetaik is a veteran who has been ranked in the top ten at 118 for years. Chokprecha came into the stadiums in the last couple of years and quickly built up a reputation for knocking fighters out with hard punches and elbows.
With the majority of the big fights at Lumpinee this Friday being cancelled due to the flooding, this fight was probably the biggest fight happening this week in Thailand.
After announcing about a week ago that Ryuji Kajiwara would defend his 63kg title at Krush.14 on December 9th, which is also the final 2 rounds of the Krush Supernova tournament, Krush has announced Kajiwara's opponent to be none other than WBC Muay Thai Japan Lightweight champion Rashata. AJKF product Kajiwara earned his Krush title in the 63kg tournament held over the past year, first defeating Naoki Ishikawa in a rematch before the tournament, then rattling off decision victories in each round over TaCa, Kizaemon Saiga and Koya Urabe. Kajiwara went on to compete in the 2011 K-1 63kg Japan tournament, losing to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals. Rashata has been on a roll since 2009, going 7-2-1 since the start of that year and picking up the WBC Japan title, as well as defending it twice. In this stretch, Rashata earned wins over former AJKF champions Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto, Masahiro Yamamoto and Hiromasa Masuda. A scalp of another AJKF regular would be big for Rashata, as being Krush champion would be great publicity for the young, talented fighter.
Also announced for the card were the tournament reserve fights which pit Shimpei Keita vs Sho Ogawa and Daizo Sasaki vs Kengo Sonoda, all of whom were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. Sho Ogawa lost to HIROYA in the Block A final, Sasaki to Masaaki Noiri in Block B, Keita to Koya Urabe in Block C and Sonoda to Yukimitsu Takahashi in Block D.
In other news, Sweden's Rumble of the Kings promotion has announced a fight with 2010 K-1 World MAX Finalist Yoshihiro Sato taking on Swedish fighter Abbe Joof. Joof has fought at Rumble of the Kings on past occasions, most notably taking on Artur Kyshenko in 2009. Sato made it to the finals of last year's K-1 MAX tournament, losing to Giorgio Petrosyan in the finals and has gone on a bit of a rough stretch since, going 2-2 with wins over Shemsi Beqiri and Albert Kraus with his losses to Andy Souwer and Armen Petrosyan, however all fights, aside from the Souwer fight, were close decisions and likely could have gone either way.
Already set for that card are kickboxing bouts between Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex, as well as Chahid Oulad el Hadj taking on Dzhabar Askerov. There are also MMA bouts that pit Ray Sefo against Jorgen Kruth and Marius Zaromskis against Bruno Carvalho.Add a comment
Aziz Kallah has been hailed as one of the future figures of kickboxing by Steven Wright and October 22nd just seemed like another fight for him. No one knew his opponent, everyone figured it would be a walk in the park for the Lucien Carbin pupil. It turned out to be anything but a walk in the park. Kallah just couldn't get off at all against the tall Russian opponent, Alim Nabiev, who used his height to throw Kallah off. Nabiev looked like a mixture of Yoshihiro Sato and Artem Levin in the ring, blasting step-up knees at Kallah and took a clear decision.
Not only did Nabiev beat a fighter who is supposed to be the next big thing, he did at at 17 years old. Yes, I repeat, Alim Nabiev is 17 years old. It's amazing how he already has such a great skillset at such a young age, even younger than Kallah. With this win, Nabiev really cemented himself as one to look out for in the future. I have a feeling we'll be hearing his name more in years to come. Who said kickboxing is dead?Add a comment
There is word making the rounds right now that K-1 founder Kazuyoshii Ishii will make an announcement from China tomorrow in regards to a long-standing project that he has been working on, FIKA. The International K-1 Federation as it has been known by in previous years has been something that Ishii has been cooking up for quite a while now, and according to his vision would serve as the World Cup of Kickboxing with 32 countries being involved.
Ishii has been stewing on this idea for at least ten years now and according to one of the more reliable sources on everything Kazuyoshii Ishii, Akira Hattori, is set to finally be announced. FIKA will be financed by a Chinese fund and will be a partnership with WAKO, the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations. FIKA is set to be based out of Hong Kong with each involved country holding qualifications for a "world cup."
It is not entirely clear how the K-1 brand fits into this or if there will be talk of FEG's involvement in this whole mess, but it appears that Kazuyoshi Ishii, the man who helped bring K-1 to a global stage and set the pace for two decades in the kickboxing world is looking to do it again.Add a comment
Today's preview looks at Dutch kickboxing legend Ramon Dekkers' lone MMA bout in K-1 HERO's against Japanese MMA legend Genki Sudo and Sudo's own foray into the kickboxing world. Dekkers retired initially in 2001 before signing a contract with K-1 in 2005 to take on Sudo at the first HERO's event. Sudo, known for his aggressive, entertaining grappling style started out in Pancrase and went on to the UFC, going 2-1 in his time with the company. Sudo didn't reach his peak of stardom until signing with K-1, where he actually started as a kickboxer for the company, competing in the first two Japan MAX qualifying tournaments in 2002 and 2003, losing to Taishin Kohiruimaki and Masato in the quarterfinals of each event, respectively. A win over Royler Gracie and "freakshow" fight wins over Eric "Butterbean" Esch and the aforementioned Dekkers, along with his run to the finals of the K-1 HERO's 2005 Lightweight GP sealed Sudo's fame and he has since retired, becoming a musician. Sudo's overall kickboxing record in K-1 was 2-4.
Genki Sudo vs Ramon Dekkers
Genki Sudo vs Taishin Kohiruimaki
Genki Sudo vs Masato
More of Sudo in K-1 after the break