|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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There are countless reasons to love Fight Code, the first being that they are a group that began running events this year and decided to run parallel tournaments in the Kickboxing world's two most popular divisions; -72.5kg and -95kg, or Middleweight and Heavyweight respectively. The Dragons and Rhinos tournaments have been a success throughout the year, running co-promoted cards with local promoters and airing the Fight Code portions internationally. Over the weekend Fight Code held the Dragon Series' Final 8, but not without controversy.
Fight Code distributed a press release earlier in the afternoon explaining that French officials had decided to not allow full Fight Code rules just hours before the event was set to take place. There was an agreement on the general rules, but French officials would not allow for there to be an extension round, which was a part of the Fight Code tournament rules. Seeing as though all other fighters competing under the Fight Code tournaments were given the chance of redemption in an extension round if the fight was close, Fight Code officials ruled that the two tournament bouts that went to a close decision will stand as "Prestige" non-tournament fights. The four competitors must lace their gloves up again and compete to move on in the Fight Code tournament, which means that Xu Yan has another chance at Abdalleh Mabel and Armen Petrosyan will have another shot at Juri Besmerty.
Both fights were close, but due to there being no extension rounds the judges were forced to come to conclusions on the available fights. The logic behind this is sound and does indeed give two eliminated fighters a chance at redemption, but there are questions of if Armen Petrosyan was not involved in one of the decisions if this same conversation would be happening. Regardless of possible motives, it is a good move on Fight Code's behalf and fair. The two bouts will take place again on November 26th at Fight Code's Geneva event, home of the Rhinos Final 4.Add a comment
In the night’s main event, undefeated Masato Otake improved to 9-0, capturing the J-Network Welterweight title from former champion Atsushi Sasatani by unanimous decision on scores of 50-47(x3). Sasatani won the title against Tomo Kiire in October of last year and this was his first defense. Otake earned the right to fight for the title by defeating former K-1 Koshien fighter Kohei Nishikawa in August. Otake should be an interesting fighter to watch going forward as he has faced little resistance on his path to the title. I would liken him, as a prospect, to Takafumi Morita as he captured a major promotional title within 11 fights and they have a common opponent in Nishikawa. However, Morita took a big step up in his following three fights as well as knocking out Nishikawa in the first round while Otake took him to a decision. Otake has a few options going forward as he could defend his title against #1 ranked Tomo Kiire or he could set his sights on the WPMF or WBC Japan titles.
In a Super Bantamweight title unification bout, reigning champion Hiroaki Mizuhara defeated interim champ Hidemaru by split decision on scores of 49-47, 48-50 and 50-48. Mizuhara was a part of the Krush 55kg tournament and made it to the semifinals, losing to Ryuya Kusakabe by decision and this win is his first successful defense. Hidemaru won the interim title back in June by unanimous decision. Next could be a rematch between the two, but with a relatively strong weight class, Mizuhara could find himself fighting WPMF Japan Bantamweight champ Ichinohe Sota while a good matchup for Hidemaru would be against Takayuki Umehara in a fight that would have J-Network and WPMF Japan implications.
Finally, in a matchup of Krush regulars, Junpei Aotsu defeated DYNAMITE Yuta by unanimous extension round decision on scores of 10-9(x3) after a majority draw with scores of 29-28 and 29-29(x2). In the past 2 and a half years, Aotsu has fought 17 times, going 9-8-1 against a who’s who of Japanese Lightweights the likes of Masahiro Yamamoto, Fire Harada, Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, TaCa, Arita Tsukahara and TURBΦ. Aotsu is currently on a 2-fight win streak. DYNAMITE Yuta scored a big upset in the quarterfinals of the Krush 63kg tournament with a first round knockout of former K-1 63kg posterboy Daisuke Uematsu, but lost to Koya Urabe in the semifinals.Add a comment
As you may or may not know, this Saturday, Fight Code held an event in conjunction with TK2, featuring a one night, eight man tournament on the TK2 portion of the card. Fight Code only showed their own Fight Code portion of the card on their stream, so we had no opportunity to watch the TK2 portion of the card.
Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner were scheduled for the tournament but it seems both of them pulled out. I'd assume Lidon pulled out due to his MPL fight next month in the Netherlands and he has a fight in France against Gregory Choplin a month after that. As for Kaestner, rumors are swirling that he's actually retired from kickboxing altogether. Nothing is one hundred percent certain though about his future though. Lidon was supposed to fight Ait Said and Kaestner was supposed to fight Ismael Uzuner, both in the quarter finals.
Chris van Venrooij went on to win the tournament. The tournament is a nice feather in his cap, as he's come up short against most of the higher up fighters he's faced. Every fight on the TK2 portion went to decision. Check out the full results below:
Fabrice Aurieng def. German Talbot by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Ait Said by decision.
Wallid Haddad def. Niclas Larsen by decision.
Ait Said def. Enriko Gogokhia by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Yohan Beausejour by decision.
Philippe Salmon def. Willy Borrel by decision.
Enriko Gogokhia def. Ismael Uzuner by decision.
Ait Said def. Yazid Boussaha by decision.
Chris van Venrooij def. Farhat Ahmedjanov by decision.
Johan Beausejour def. Mohammed Medhar by decision.
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Shootboxing and Shooto have announced the second cross-promotional matchup to take place at Shoot the Shooto 2011 on November 6th and it is #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki taking on MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. "Wicky" trains with fellow Shoot the Shooto participant "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and, like his training partner, is primarily a striker. Also like his training partner, he fought most of his career in Shooto until being called up by DREAM, ultimately settling in there. Nishiura has struggled a bit in MMA lately despite training under Matt Hume, losing his last two fights to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno despite his improving take down defense. "Wicky" has some kickboxing experience, though, as he fought 2010 K-1 -63kg champion Tetsuya Yamato to a draw at Dynamite!!! 2010. Suzuki is currently on a 3-fight win streak and has won 6 of his last 7, with 3 of those wins coming over MMA fighters Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tenkei Oda and Shigeki Osawa. It is an interesting matchup considering "Wicky" fought Yamato to a draw and his strange style could present problems for Suzuki. I expect this fight to be close.
Already announced for the card is a matchup between MMA fighter "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and SB rep Hiroki Shishido. If Shooto continues to pick fighters from Shooting Gym Yokohama, an entertaining matchup could be made between Shooto title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito and former Shootboxing champion Ryuya Kusakabe. Still expected to compete from the Shootboxing side are Andy Souwer, Bovy Sor Udomson and Toby Imada.Add a comment