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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni


70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Earlier today Lumpini stadium had its annual birthday show promoted by Virat Wachiraratanowong. The event was one of the biggest of the year and by the sounds of things delivered with good fights. 

Rob Cox of muaythaifocus, muaythai2000 and owner of Kiatphontipgym was on hand as always covering the event and giving live updates on his twitter page.  

Rising 16 year old star Songkom Sakhomsin once again scored a knockout, this time in the 3rd round over quite possibly the grittiest fighter in the lower weights The-Lek Wor. Sangprapai. The-Lek was put down in R2 but got up and was on rubber legs until the ref stopped it in the 3rd after getting blasted more. 

 In the fight of the night Mongkolchai Kwaytonggym took a points winner over Petmorakot Wor. Sangprapai.

Kaotam Lukprabart won a decision over the much smaller Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher to keep his bantamweight championship.

Thong Puideenaidee bested Ponsaneh Sitmonchai over 5 rounds. Ponsaneh came back from a down in the early rounds, but didn't have enough to take the win in the end. 

Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym dominated Ritidej Wor. Wanthavee and scored a stoppage in round 4 when the ref stopped it after Ritidej was clearly outclassed.  

In the upset of the night veteran Singdam Kiatmuu9 dominated F16 Rajanont. After round 4 F16 didn't come out for 5 after apparently suffering a broken arm from the legendary right kicks of Singdam.

Sagetdao Petpaiyathai once again took a decision win over Saenchai Sinbimuaythai in the nights main event. This is 2 straight wins over Saenchai and Sagetdao has beaten him 3 out of the last 4 times. 


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Of late, Mixed Martial Artists have found themselves under extreme scrutiny for some of their public statements. The UFC has grown leaps in bounds in the past twenty years, becoming a household name with a television deal on Fox Sports. To say that the UFC came up hard would be an understatement. Over the years they have faced opposition from the government, from local sanctioning bodies and anyone and everyone who likes to talk about “decency.” Over the past few months, though, problems have been coming from within, in a bit of an odd form. Rape jokes.

For some reason rape jokes have become the gold standard for distasteful jokes made by UFC fighters. Forrest Griffin began the trend on his twitter account through a series of rape jokes that span months, only one of which really raised the ire of the media enough to report on it and make a big deal about it. Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter has a rather good relationship with UFC head Dana White and the issue was quickly swept under a rung in a coordinated PR move of Forrest doing a photo-op at a rape clinic, discussing how terrible rape is.

Forrest made a mistake, and a pretty weighty one that irked a lot of people. There was no punishment handed down, though, as Dana White was quick to defend the fighter’s actions by saying that he meant nothing by it and quickly made amends for his distasteful joke. The irony, of course, is that Forrest won a “Twitter Bonus” from the UFC for his “creative use” of Twitter.

This week things heated up again, as Rashad Evans at a UFC on Fox press conference made a joke about rape and PSU. If you have been out of the loop, a sex scandal has rocked Penn State recently after a few key players were found to be involved with or had knowledge of child molestation and rape. Rashad, another former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has apparently been reprimanded by UFC boss Dana White, but not in any official or public manner. White has only gone as far as to call it “stupid.”

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There's supposed to be an announcement regarding FIKA/K-1's information and plans for 2012 soon, and today some of it might've gotten out a bit early.

Antoine Pinto (AKA Antuan Siangboxing), a French fighter based out of Thailand, tweeted today that he would be fighting in "the new K-1" at the end of February. While the quote is quite vague, a fighter is publicly stating that he's fighting for K-1 in February, so it must have some stock. The reason why I'd hold off on claiming truth is the situation with the Final 16 and how fighters were saying they were fighting on the card and the situation with the supposed Final 8 afterwards.


Pinto is the type of fighter that K-1 has historically recruited in that he's got the looks that can draw female attention (Yeah, I know.). He also can speak in English, French and Thai. Pinto is also one of the most accessible fighters, being active on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and his management will even venture onto forums for him to provide the latest information. More kickboxers should take notes from him.

FIKA's plan on their website says that "until April 2012 a national tournament" when I put it into Google Translate and this may signify that they'll be kicking things off earlier than I thought. The key word is "until," which if I interpret it correctly, means that national tournaments will be held until April. I really have no idea if he'd be fighting in a national tournament but the fact that he says the end of February could mean that the FIKA format will be starting early in the year. Again, this is just all speculation on my part. We'll hopefully know more whenever the supposed FIKA announcement comes soon.

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Tomorrow, Krush.14 is set to take place and aside from the semifinals and finals of the Krush Supernova Tournament, the main attraction is Krush -63kg champion Ryuji Kajiwara defending his title for the first time against 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato. Kajiwara was originally set to face WBC Japan Muay Thai Lightweight champion Rashata, but he was forced to pull out of the fight.

How they match up:

Ryuji Kajiwara (c): 19-10-1 (6 KO) // 176 cm (5'9") // 34 years old

Tetsuya Yamato: 25-8-1 (20 KO) // 171 cm (5'7") // 23 years old

Originally starting out as a boxer, Kajiwara came to kickboxing in 2004, fighting primarily in J-Network before making his All Japan Kickboxing Federation debut in 2006 with a draw against top fighter Naoki Ishikawa. Over the next 3 years, he fought AJKF's best, though losing to most of them, ending with a loss to "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi in the first round of the 2009 Krush Lightweight GP. Kajiwara made a bit of a name for himself in AJKF despite his losses, mostly due to his wild brawl with Hisanori Maeda. Though he was known from his AJKF days, Kajiwara had his coming out party in 2011, entering the year on a 3-fight win-streak which saw him avenge a loss to Naoki Ishikawa. He extended his win-streak to 6, defeating TaCa, Kizaemon Saiga and Koya Urabe to capture Krush -63kg Tournament championship. Kajiwara went on to enter the 2011 K-1 -63kg Japan Tournament, losing to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals. Conversely, Yamato is a product of New Japan Kickboxing Federation and has also competed under Muay Thai rules, mostly against Thai fighters, most notably Saenchai Sinbimuaythai and Jomthong Chuwattana, though he lost to both. Yamato was a relative unknown until he got his chance in K-1 in 2010 in the qualifying round of the -63kg tournament against pre-tournament favorite Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamato managed to stay even through 3 rounds with Yamamoto and forcing an extension round before scoring a knockdown in the extension round which scored him the win. Yamato then rattled off three straight KOs to claim the tournament championship. Since, Yamato is just 3-3-1 with a pair of losses to Koya Urabe, a loss to Jomthong and a draw against MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura.

Kajiwara is one of the top counter-punchers in the division, likely as a result of his boxing experience. Ironically, his boxing defense is where he is most susceptible as he showed in his fights with Kizaemon Saiga and Koya Urabe in the Krush tournament. Though he was able to win those fights on the strength of knockdowns, he took a good amount of shots to the head. Fortunately for Kajiwara, Yamato does not possess the speed of Saiga or the technical prowess of Urabe. Unfortunately for Kajiwara, Yamato hits much harder than both Urabe and Saiga and is willing to take a few to give a few. Yamato's biggest weakness is his lack of speed and somewhat lacking technique. When his opponents bring speed or technical advantages to the table, Yamato is often flustered and cannot produce any significant offense. This can be seen in his recent fights against Koya Urabe, Hiroya and Saenchai, and though there is no video of his fight with Jomthong, seems to be the reason he lost that fight as well.

The way I see it, there are two possible ways this fight plays out. The first scenario is one which Yamato attempts to pressure Kajiwara, but Kajiwara is able to deflect the pressure with a strong jab and counter-punching, likely leading to a Kajiwara decision win. The second, and far more entertaining scenario, is one which Yamato constantly comes forward and the two exchange. I find this scenario more likely because of Kajiwara's lack of a speed advantage and willingness to be drawn into a brawl. Yamato showed he can make a non-brawler get into a brawl in his dramatic win over Yuta Kubo and although it is far in the past, Kajiwara showed he is willing to get lured into a brawl should the circumstances be right. Should the second scenario play out, I believe it would favor Yamato. Though it is very likely both fighters could see the canvas in this fight, Yamato holds the edge in power and has a slightly better chin, as well as an incredible heart and resilience when he finds himself in deep waters. Remarkably, 11 of Yamato's 20 KOs have come in the 3rd round or later. His biggest wins to date over Masahiro Yamamoto and Yuta Kubo in K-1 were a result of an extension round knockdown and 3rd round knockout, respectively, so Yamato can be extremely clutch under the spotlight despite his somewhat embarrassing first loss to Urabe and draw with Nishiura.

One final side note, Kajiwara's 35th birthday is on the day of the fight, December 9th, and Yamato's 24th is the following day. I can guess what both fighters would like.

Recent fight videos of both fighters after the break


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Coming off an extremely successful 2011 which saw the emergence of stars Ai Takahashi, Erika Kamimura and Toby Imada as well as their big Shoot the Shooto co-promotion with Shooto, Shootboxing has announced its planned schedule for 2012 which consists of 8 events. Among the 8 events are two Young Caeser events, four "Road to S-Cup" events, the Girls' S-Cup and the Men's S-Cup. The Girls' S-Cup is set for August while the Men's is set for its usual date in November, though no day has been announced for either event.

Jan. 29 (Sunday) IMP Hall, Osaka / Young Caesar Cup OSAKA 2012 vol.1
February 05 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.1
February 12 (Sunday) Toyokawa gymnasium / Young Caesar Cup CENTRAL 2012 ♯ 1
April 13 (Friday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.2
June 03 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.3
September 17 (Monday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING2012 act.4

Possible participants for the Girls' S-Cup include Shootboxing Women's Mini-Flyweight champion Ai Takahashi, 2-time defending Girls' S-Cup champion Rena, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament winner Erika Kamimura, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament runner-up Seo Hee Ham, 2009 Girls' S-Cup finalist V.V Mei (Mei Yamaguchi/V Hajime), and possibly MMA fighter Jessica Penne who holds a win over Rena in Shootboxing.

For the Men's S-Cup, I would expect 3-time S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 MAX champion Andy Souwer, 2010 S-Cup finalist Toby Imada, Shootboxing star Hiroki Shishido, Shootboxing regulars Takaaki Umeno and Bovy Sor Udomson, Team Souwer's Henri Van Opstal and possibly 2-time K-1 MAX and 2010 S-Cup champion Buakaw Por Pramuk, though that is to be seen.

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If you live in New York or the surrounding area, make sure to do yourself a favor this holiday season and mark down December 16th on your calendar and head over to see some awesome muay thai action. TaKe On Productions (TKO) has been doing some great things this year for the east coast muay thai scene, and they plan to end the year with a bang. Their next show is Friday, December 16th at the Flushing, NY 7 Train Theater. Why is it so cool? Oh yeah, 155lbs MAX tournament sounds about right. Check out their event page for more info.

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