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Kem Sitsongpeenong: Isuzu Champion 2011

Isuzu Tournament Finals, June 11, Results from Siam Omnoi Stadium, Channel 3



This weekend was big for Muay Thai. Kem Sitsongpeenong captured first place in the Isuzu Tournament and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom took third over Prakaisaeng Sit-Or in the same tournament. Both wins came by knockout.

Kem knocked out Nopparat Keatkhamtorn in the third with a fantastic stabbing left elbow. At no point in the fight did Nopparat seriously threaten. Kem looked stronger and seemed to be a step ahead of Nopparat in attacking. Nopparat seemed troubled by his power and had trouble countering after kicks. They seemed about to get into the rhythm of the later rounds when Kem pawed Nopparat's right hand down and landed his elbow. The first two rounds consisted of them testing each others' defenses with hard single shots. Kem got the better of the exchanges.

The prize for first place was 1 million baht and an Isuzu pickup truck. He also earns a spot in the next Thai Fight series.

Dernchonlek's win came after a very rough first round. He threw a rear leg teep which Prakaisaeng caught and countered with a stiff right hand. The rest of the round consisted of Prakaisaeng chasing Dernchonlek around the ring slinging right and left hands while Dernchonlek covered with a tight guard against the ropes. Prakaisaeng looked like he was debating whether to keep chasing a couple of time, but he kept up the pressure with the hands, catching Dernchonlek a few more times. He could also have used the opportunity to deal damage to Prakaisaeng's legs or wade in with elbows.

In rounds two and three, Dernchonlek came forward with knees in the clinch and it became a close fight, with Prakaisaeng defending and landing hard counter knees. He was already ahead because of the first round and seemed to pull even further ahead in the third. Dernchonlek wore him down in the fourth and knocked him out with a string of left knees and two bodyshots after trapping him in the corner.

Dernchonlek was awarded two checks totalling 500,000 baht and given a bonus of 30,000 for his KO win.

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Toby Imada Successful in Shoot Boxing, RENA Falls Again

Shishido kicks Imada / (C) Dan HerbertsonLast night's Shoot Boxing event in Japan is looking to be one of the better shows coming from Japan recently, and it featured Toby Imada's return to the Shoot Boxing ring. Many will remember that Imada made his way into the S-Cup last year and surprised the world by making it to the Finals against Buakaw Por. Pramuk, with Buakaw able to overcome him. Imada squared off with two-time champion Hiroki Shishido last night, with the first round being Shishido's superior standup giving Imada trouble. In the second round Imada was able to execute a great slam, and continued to use his Judo to pull of the decision victory.

The other big upset of the night was for the Shoot Boxing Ladies Championship, a vacant title that was brought about by the recent rush in popularity for Shootboxing at the hands of RENA. RENA had a rematch with Ai Takahashi, who was able to best RENA this time in the Shootboxing ring. It was Takahashi's jabs and throws that were enough to exhaust RENA and lead to a decision victory.

The rest of the results are courtesy of Dan Herbertson.

Shoot Boxing 169: 2011 Act 3 - June 5, 2011 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Toby Imada def. Hiroki Shishido by Unanimous Decision
Henri Opstal def. Satoru Suzuki by TKO (Hook and Low Kick) – Round 2

Shoot Boxing Ladies Title Match
Ai Takahashi def. Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision

Kenji Kanai def. Masatoshi Hyakutake by Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Tsuda def Hiroaki Okuwa by Unanimous Decision (Extra Round)
Kazuyuki Fushimi def. Masanori Minato by Unanimous Decision
Yuji Sugawara def. Norifumi Yamamura By KO (Knee), Round 1
Yuki Sakamoto def. Tatsuya Shiozaki by KO (Punch) - Round 1
Masaya Matsuhana def. Kazutaka Takahashi By TKO (Corner Stoppage) – Round 2
Miyo Yoshida def. Natsuka by Unanimous Decision
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Photo of the Day: KRUSH Crowds Three Champions

It has been a bit difficult to approach this weekend's KRUSH results, as the show has yet to air in Japan or anywhere else, but there are reports on the internet about them, as opposed to retread on territory that has already been covered by people at the show, I defer you, our readers to K-1's official site for our friend Stuart Tonkin's write up of the event. Tonkin has been covering events for K-1's official site for years now and was live in the arena for the event. So here, your photo of the day, is KRUSH's newly-crowned Triple Champions.

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Zabit Samedov vs. Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab in MMA Rules at GLORY World Series Finals

Die FaustThe GLORY World Series keeps getting more and more interesting as the card trickles out. The event organizer Martijn de Jong is currently on vacation in Indonesia, so things are happening whenever he has the time and internet connection to make big moves, and he continues to do so.

We already know that the main event is the tournament final between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon, and that Tommy Depret will meet Siyar Bahadurzada in the Middleweight MMA Finals. On top of that Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi, Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko, Igor Jurkovic vs. Pavel Zuravilov and our good friend Mark "Fight Shark" Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin are all kickboxing bouts that will go down on that card. Outside of It's Showtime, no one else in the world can put together such a blockbuster kickboxing card.

There has been a new bout announced featuring two names that kickboxing fans know very well; Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab and Zabit Samedov. Die Faust won the K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2006 and holds big career wins over Musashi and Gary Goodridge. Zabit Samedov has a 72-10 kickboxing career and has decided to take the plunge into MMA, where these two kickboxers will meet. Die Faust has already fought in ten MMA bouts, so in MMA rules, Die Faust is already more experienced and actually holds a submission victory.

This isn't the first time where two world class kickboxers have met in MMA rules, but it should truly be interesting. It is also interesting to note that Zabit Samedov went on record in 2009 claiming that Golden Glory fighters were all "jacked up on steroids" and that fighters like Zimmerman have walked around, publicly doing steroids in the gym, at the time upsetting Golden Glory head honcho Bas Boon.

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