|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Earlier today at Differ Ariake, It's Showtime Japan and REBELS copromoted their second event together, It's Showtime Japan 4 and REBELS.9, headlined by an It's Showtime 61kg MAX #1 contender's bout.
In the main event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight GP winner Masahiro Yamamoto defeated former RISE 60kg champion Kan Itabashi for a second time on the strength of a 3rd round flying knee knockdown by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x3), 30-28 and 29-28. The win puts Yamamoto back on a 2-fight win streak and makes him the #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg championship, currently held by Javier Hernandez. The last time the two met Yamamoto was on a 5 fight win streak, including his Krush tournament win, winning 10 of his last 11 fights while Itabashi was riding an 8 fight win streak including back to back title defenses of his RISE belt over TURBΦ and Keiji Ozaki. Yamamoto won that fight by unanimous decision, but went on a 4-fight winless streak immediately after before defeating Arita Tsukahara to earn the right to face Itabashi. Itabashi won his place in this fight by defeating Genki Yamamoto at the first It's Showtime Japan event in what turned out to be Genki's last fight. This win restores a lot of momentum for the 28 year old Masahiro Yamamoto that had been lost over the past year and a half. His matchup with Hernandez should be an extremely entertaining fight. Hernandez is set to take on former 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen, who defeated Yamamoto, in a non-title fight in Spain at It's Showtime 53 on November 12th.
In the co-main event, Hinata was able to defeat South Korean fighter Baek Min-Cheol via a body kick KO at 1:01 into the first round. For Hinata, it is a bounce back from his one-sided loss to 70kg kingpin Giorgio Petrosyan as well as a tune up for his fight at the big It's Showtime January 28th show against Gago Drago.
WPMF Japan Welteweight champion Daiki Watabe picked up a much needed win with a unanimous decision over former J-Network Super Lightweight champion Tomo Kiire on scores of 29-27(x2), 29-28 and 29-26(x2). Watabe was riding a two fight losing streak with a loss to Chi Bin Lim in RISE as well as a loss to T-98 at the first It's Showtime Japan event. Up next for Watabe could be a defense of his WPMF title against newly crowned J-Network Welterweight champ Masato Otake who is looking to be one of the hottest prospects in Japan at the moment.
In REBELS action, WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii picked up a 3rd round KO win over a Lumpinee ranker. If Morii continues winning and Genji Umeno wins his next fight for the WPMF World title, the two could meet each other with the WPMF Japan and World titles on the line as well as a spot in the Lumpinee Stadium feathweight rankings.Add a comment
Fight Code sets up shop in Moscow, Russia today for their second consecutive weekend holding an event. This time, the main focus of the card will be heavyweights (105kg). The Rhinos series has gotten to the Final 8 and each fighter in the Final 8 has qualified from wins at previous Fight Code events. Among the fighters featured on the card are Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo along with Keiji Ozaki taking on Roman Mailov in a single bout. The event is co-promoted with W5 but Fight Code only shows the Fight Code portion of the events on their streams. Full fight card here.
The event goes live on www.livefightcode.tv at 12:30PM EST/9:30 PST. All you have to do to watch is register and the event is free to watch. If you want play by play, follow us on Twitter at @Liverkickdotcom and @rianscalia.
Rhinos Final 8:
Pacome Assi def. Petr Vondracek by Decision.
Yuksel Ayadin def. Tomas Kohut by Unanimous Decision in an extra round.
Vitali Akhramenko def. Zamig Atakishiyev by Unanimous Decision.
Freddy Kemayo def. Mladen Kujundzic by Unanimous Decision.
Roman Mailov def. Keiji Ozaki by Unanimous Decision.
Edgar Arutyunyan def. Imro Main by Decision.
It is nice to be able to pump some good news into the Kickboxing world and it is interesting that the news will branch away from the mainstays of K-1 and It's Showtime and focus instead on Romania's SuperKombat series. SuperKombat is a product of Eduard Irimia, who helped out with the "Local Kombat" shows that were popular in Romania. They are pushing hard and fast to gain a foot hold in the ever-evolving world of Kickboxing in a landscape where K-1 is not the king. It is a bold move and the execution has been anything but flawless, but the effort is noted and is beginning to pay off.
In November SuperKombat plans to run two big shows and looks to benefit from K-1's inability to promote the October 29th World Grand Prix Final 16 event in Nanjing. The finals of the SuperKombat WGP are on November 19th with Catalin Morosanu facing some real competition in Melvin Manhoef in a bout that has been rumored for a very long time but yet to materialize. The Finals themselves features four fighters; Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergeii Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev and the rest of the card is to be filled out by Ruslan Karaeve, the Stoica brothers and Albert Kraus.
On the 17th, just two days before, it was revealed that Eduard Irimia Productions and Eurosport will co-promote another event featuring big name fighters. It will feature yet another Heavyweight tournament and Superfights, with Hesdy Gerges announced as participating in one of the Superfights. The tournament will feature Rico Verhoeven, Mourad Bouzidi, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Daniel Sam, Sebastien Van Thielen and Roman Kliebl. For last minute that is pretty good. [source]Add a comment
This one comes as a surprise, while the departure of names like Badr Hari, Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki are not a surprise, with them the writing was on the wall for quite a while. Kyotaro is the latest name to come up on a short list of K-1 Heavyweights who have decided to move on to another combat sport, this time Boxing. Boxing is experiencing an upswing of popularity in Japan over the past few years and it is hard to argue against it being the healthiest of the combat sports there.
News came out over the last few hours that K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro has decided to leave Kickboxing for Boxing and has returned his K-1 Heavyweight Championship. It is not surprising to see Kyotaro looking to compete elsewhere, as he has tried his hand at professional wrestling this year, much like Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, but not seen the same level of success. Outside of his interesting hair choices, Kyotaro does not have the same charisma that a Nagashima has, and while that is not valued over all in Japanese professional wrestling, the popularity of wrestlers like Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono, Shin'ya Hashimoto, Kenta Kobashi and Toshiaki Kawada speaks against that point.
Kyotaro giving up the K-1 Heavyweight Championship helps to illustrate just how confusing that championship really is and will probably be mis-analyzed by various media outlets who choose to cover his defection. The K-1 Heavyweight Championship is ornamental at best, a title implemented in 2007 when K-1 was looking to possibly move towards a model that Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing utilizes of having Champions who defend their titles in single bouts. They were looking for something different from the tried-and-true method of a yearly tournament to crown the best in the world, instead for individual championships and to give them meaning. Badr Hari was a champion that at the time looked hand-selected; known for his hot temper in and out of the ring and his larger-than-life personality, K-1 [rightfully] predicted he would become a huge star. Hari fought Yusuke Fujimoto for the vacant championship. Fujimoto defeated Musashi for the right to fight for the title, but neither man was going to pose much of a challenge to Hari, nor were either men the very top of the promotion.
Hari defended that title once over the course of a year and a half before being stripped of the title for stomping on a downed Remy Bonjasky in the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. The one defense was against Glaube Feitosa, well into the waning years of Feitosa's career. Kyotaro faced a more legitimate set-up of a one-night tournament featuring Melvin Manhoef, Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki where Kyotaro was a last-minute replacement and walked away with the title. The comedy of the situation is, since winning that title Kyotaro has gone 3-4, with non-tournament, non-title losses to Tyrone Spong and Gegard Mousasi. If that title was supposed to be taken seriously, any non-tournament fight for Kyotaro should feature that title, instead he defended it once against Peter Aerts.
The point being made here is while the loss of Kyotaro is a moderately difficult loss, as is the Heavyweight Championship, both were confusing to many fans and will not be entirely missed. The Championship made no sense whatsoever and Kyotaro showed moments of brilliance but more often than not demonstrated how to defend strikes while not returning fire. [source]Add a comment
Fight Code is again co-promoting with another kickboxing organization this weekend on October 22nd. Last week saw them in Marseilles, France co-promoting with TK2 for their Dragons Final 8. This weekend will be the Rhinos Final 8 featuring heavyweights.
Some respectable talent has been brought in for single fights with Sergio Wielzen, Maxim Smirnov, Keiji Ozaki and Aziz Kallah among names. They've reached from all different regions to grab up talent for the card. Hopefully it's something we'll see more of in the future.
The Rhinos Final 8 tournament features eight heavyweight fighters that have advanced to the Final 8 from previous Fight Code Rhinos qualification fights. Vitali Akhramenko and Freddy Kemayo have had strong performances so far in Fight Code and will probably continue that on Saturday. The rest of the tournament doesn't quite stack up to those two.
Sergio Wielzen returns for a W5 title fight at 60kg against Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan. It's Wielzen's first real fight since March when he lost his It's Showtime 61MAX title to Karim Bennoui. He was scheduled to fight at an It's Showtime Japan event last month but the bout was turned into an exhibition match because one fighter missed weight. It should be a good fight as Russia is producing some very good kickboxers these days like Maxim Smirnov who will fight against fellow Russian Maxim Shalnev on the card. Smirnov, after this fight is scheduled to fight Dzhabar Askerov at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. Keiji Ozaki has been brought in to face Roman Mailov on the Fight Code portion of the card. Ozaki recently lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos at Krush.12 and will look to get back on track. It won't be an easy fight at all, as Mailov has been running through competition lately in Russia and is another one of the up and coming fighters coming out of the region.
If last weekend's Fight Code event is any indication, then the W5 portion of the card probably won't be shown on Fight Code's stream. Videos of W5 events seem to get out pretty quickly though, so we'll keep our readers posted on those. You can catch the stream on Saturday at www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is register and the stream is free to watch. Here's the full fight card below:
Fight Code Superfights:
Roman Mailov (Ukraine) - Keiji Ozaki (Japan), 65 kg
Edgar Arutyunyan (Ukraine) - Imro Main (Holland), 75 kg
Rhinos Final 8 Fight Code 3x3 105 kg:
Freddy Kemayo (France) - Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)
Vitali Akhramenko (Belarus) - Zamig Atakishiyev (Azerbaijan)
Yüksel Ayadin (Turkey) - Thomas Kohut (Slovakia)
Pacome Assi (France) - Peter Vondracek (Czech Republic)
W5 60kg World Title Fight 5x3:
Ruslan Tozliyan (Russia) - Sergio Wielzen (The Netherlands)
W5 Super Fights 3x3:
Maxim Smirnov (Russia) - Max Shalnev (Russia), 71 kg
Yuri Zhukovski (Belarus) - Valdrin Vatnikaj (Albania), 65 kg
Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) - Nadir Hajiyev (Russia), 96
Alim Nabiev (Ukraine) - Aziz Callah (The Netherlands), 71 kg
Evgeny Khil (Russia) - Vitali Lisnyak (Ukraine), 60 kgAdd a comment