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It's Showtime Japan Gets a Venue in Yokohama

Part of the challenge of booking events in Japan for an outside promoter is picking the right venue in the right city, making sure there is access for fans to public transportation and that you'll actually be able to sell tickets to the show. It's Showtime has already announced that in September they will be heading to Japan for their first "It's Showtime Japan" show. Don't get confused, because there have been "Countdown to It's Showtime Japan" events held in Japan, co-promoted by REBELS Muay Thai and M-1 Muay Thai in Japan, but this event will be the first fully-fledged It's Showtime event to happen in Japan.

It's Showtime has decided to head to Yokohama, the second-most populated city in Japan and home to quite a few big sporting events. Many K-1 events have been held in Yokohama, but in the 17,000+ seat Yokohama Arena. Instead, It's Showtime is setting its sights on a more modest venue, the Pacifico National Convention Hall of Yokohama, which seats around 5,000 people. For a first show in Japan with a brand like It's Showtime, booking a venue of that size is a good move, as if there is a lot of demand for tickets, there will be a buzz created, and no matter what they should be able to fill the venue up, depending on the names booked for the card.

There have also been some pretty intense rumors about this possibly being a co-promotion between It's Showtime and EMCOM's K-1, but nothing official has come out yet.

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Watch Bloodstain Lane Talk It's Showtime

Let's be honest, love him or hate him, Bloodstain Lane is a guy that talks and people pay attention to him. His passion for Kickboxing is a very welcome addition to the world of kickboxing and his latest video goes into detail on his thoughts on last weekend's huge It's Showtime card. The first part of the video is where he runs down his thoughts on Gokhan Saki, Badr Hari and how insanely brutal Daniel Ghita's knockout was on Hesdy Gerges.

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Photo of the Day: Daniel Ghita, Heavyweight Champion

As we always say, a picture says a thousand words, and for Daniel Ghita, he has reached the top of the mountain for the current Heavyweight Kickboxing landscape. The hope now is that Glory get their tournaments underway and get the biggest names in Kickboxing like they promised and that we can see Daniel Ghita involved in that. It wouldn't make sense to exclude him at this point.

Ghita Champion

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Translation of Simon Rutz's Video Address

If you have been keeping up with the lastest drama behind It's Showtime and the Netherlands you know that there is a lot going on right now. There is a law in the Netherlands, BIBOB, that aims to prevent criminal activity by limiting businesses with known criminal connections and forcing them to jump through hoops. Over the past few years It's Showtime has been linked (we are making no claims to authenticity here) with the likes of the Hell's Angels, who purchase VIP tables and make appearances at events. They also have sponsored It's Showtime after parties within the Netherlands that get promoted as "official." These events caught the eye of the mayor of Amsterdam, who last year turned his eye towards Kickboxing and MMA events as being connected with organized crime and the rest is history.

Simon Rutz put together a video statement that aired at the weigh-ins for the media and then aired after the prelims aired on the stream, and for us who do not speak Dutch, we were sort of left in the dark. Thankfully, we have some fantastic readers out there. This translation was provided by Sebastiaan Tauran, with some corrections done as needed by us.

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