|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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The already stacked RISE 85: RISE Heavyweight Tournament 2011 card on November 23rd has gained another strong fight, as RISE announced that Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama will take on former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen in a super fight. Komiyama is currently riding a 5-fight win streak, capturing the RISE title from Kan Itabashi at RISE 74 back in February. Komiyama also has a pair of fights in K-1, defeating Takehiro Murahama and losing a razor thin split-decision to Keiji Ozaki in the first round of the K-1 2010 63kg tournament that I felt he won. Komiyama recently called out Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe, but was shot down pretty disrespectfully by Urabe, so that could eventually turn into something. A win here could earn Komiyama a slot in a Japan qualifying tournament for next year's FIKA tournament should they follow through with their 63kg weight class. Wielzen has been very active as of late, as he fought Kanongsuk Weerasakreck back in September in what turned out to be an exhibition after Kanongsuk came in overweight, as well as fighting at the W5 Grand Prix in Moscow, defeating Ruslan Tozliyan by decision. Wielzen also has a fight set for next weekend at It's Showtime 53 against Carlos Reyes, who holds a win over current It's Showtime 61kg champ Javier Hernandez.
This fight joins the RISE Heavyweight tournament as well as the long-awaited Erika Kamimura vs RENA fight to become the first Queen of RISE, a battle for the vacant RISE Bantamweight title between Dyki and Kenji Kubo and RISE Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto in a super fight.Add a comment
The MuayThai Premier League is back once again for their third event, this time in The Hague, Holland. Once again, the card is looking great with top talent featured. Once again, there is little buzz for the event on this side of the Atlantic. Despite the lack of buzz, the event is sure to deliver in terms of excitement.
The card has some really outstanding match-ups. Mohammed Khamal takes on Michael Dicks in a quick one month turnaround from his last fight in Italy, where he picked up a win over Liam Harrison. Michael Dicks last picked up a win over Leo Monteiro at the MPL's inaugural event in September.
At middleweight, we have two outstanding fights. Yohan Lidon fights Vladimir Moravcik. Lidon has had a number of fights cancelled in order to prepare for this fight and he should be in top condition, along with Moravcik who fought on the MPL's second event last month. Moravcik fought to a draw against Rosario Presti and I thought he could've deserved the win. In the other middleweight fight, K-1 veteran Nieky Holzken takes on American fighter Ky Hollenbeck. Holzken last beat Marco Pique at the MPL's inaugural event and Hollenbeck is coming off the biggest win of his career over Jordan Watson last month at the MPL's Italy show. Two great fights with highly touted fighters.
As you can see, many fighters on the card are making quick turnarounds from the MPL's event in Italy last month, and it'll be the same situation for Roberto Cocco. He'll be fighting the world's number one fighter from 77-82kg, Artem Levin. Levin always seems vulnerable but unstoppable at the same time, and although his fights may be ugly sometimes, he knows how to get the job done.
At heavyweight, Nathan Corbett returns after a dominating performance at the MPL's inaugural event and takes on French fighter Abderahmane Coulibaly. I wouldn't be surprised to see another vintage "Carnage" Corbett destruction here.
In the two super fights, we've got a battle of two long time veterans of the Dutch scene as Ali Gunyar fights Marco Pique. Expect large portions of the crowd to be here for both men and they'll battle it out for superiority on home turf. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni is also in action against the Canadian fighter Simon Marcus. "Aussie" has had a rough last two fights, losing to Artem Levin and last month to Hicham El Gaoui.
Full fight card below:
63.5KG - SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (PER) VS ILONA WIJMANS (NED)JULIE KITCHEN (UK) VS SANDRA BASTIAN (CAN)
66.6 KG - WELTERWEIGHT
DENIS SCHNEIDMILLER (GER) VS MAURO SERRA (ITA)
MOHAMED KHAMAL (MOR) VS MICHAEL DICKS (UK)
72.5KG - MIDDLEWEIGHT
YOHAN LIDON (FRA) VS VLADIMIR MORAVCIK (SVK)
NIEKY HOLZKEN (NED) VS KY HOLLENBECK (USA)
82.5KG - LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
JIRI ZAK (CZE) VS ARTEM VAKHITOV (RUS)
ARTEM LEVIN (RUS) VS ROBERTO COCCO (ITA)
95KG - HEAVYWEIGHT
NATHAN CORBETT (AUS) VS ABDARHMANE COULIBALY (FRA)
CHRIS KNOWLES (UK) VS FILIP VERLINDEN (BLG)
ALI GUNYAR (TUR) VS MARCO PIQUE (SUR)
SIMON MARCUS (CAN) VS AUSSI (MOR)Add a comment
WBC Japan has announced two title fights for New Japan Kickboxing Association’s New Japan Blood 10 on November 26th.
First, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka takes on former WBC Australia Lightweight champion Oley Sakonpetch. I believe the fight could be for the vacant WBC International Super Featherweight title, but Nakasuka is ranked 16th and Oley is not ranked at all. Nakasuka is coming off what may be the biggest win of his career, defending his WBC Japan title against Naoki Ishikawa back in July. From what I’ve found on Oley Sakonpetch, he appears to be undefeated and he fights mostly in Australia. His last fight I can find is a win over Juanmario Kaewsamrit at Battle Colossal XI last October, so he may have lost and lost his WBC Australia title since then, or he vacated it.
Another title fight was announced and it is WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi taking on former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi. Yamauchi was a former AJKF Welterweight champion and the first Super Welterweight champion and won the WBC Japan belt back in 2007, but has only defended it twice. Yamauchi made it to the finals of the Krush tournament, beating Yuji Nashiro and Shintaro Matsukura before falling to Kenta in the finals. Miyakoshi is currently on a two-fight losing streak, however his two losses were to surging prospects Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan title to Yamato. Miyakoshi could be seen as a gatekeeper at 70kg for Japanese fighters as he’s faced the likes of Yamato, Morita, Yuichiro Nagashima and Christophe Pruvost, as well as foreign fighter Liam Harrison.
Also announced for the event is the aforementioned WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato taking on J-Network 5th ranked Super Lightweight Great Kei in a non-title fight. Yamato is coming off of a loss to Fabio Pinca in a rematch in August at Thai Fight Extreme Japan and a win over Soichiro Miyakoshi in July.Add a comment
For today's preview, I've decided to look at a fight that I feel is often overlooked and that is Mirko Crocop and Wanderlei Silva's first fight under special Pride vs K-1 rules back at Pride 20. At the time, Crocop had only 3 MMA fights, with one of them being against Nobuhiko Takada under the same special rules that this fight was to take place under. Wanderlei was 19-3 at the time and undefeated in Pride, proving to be a wild wrecking machine. The train of thought going in was that if Wanderlei got reckless with his striking at any point, the 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist would put him away with relative ease. However, that did not happen and Wanderlei managed to hold his own, lasting a full 15 minutes with the K-1 star and having the fight result in a draw. The two later faced off in the monumental Pride 2006 OWGP. Also at the event was an MMA fight between Quinton Rampage Jackson and 1994 K-1 WGP finalist Masaaki Satake, who had an MMA record of 1-6-1 going into the fight.
After the break, Rampage's take on his fight with Satake along with fight highlights and Crocop's fight with Takada.
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Kazuyoshi Ishii officially announced FIKA today, and has promised it will be a new day for K-1 worldwide. FIKA is the Federation International K-1 Association, and will apparently be the new governing body for K-1. There will be a K-1 World Grand Prix in 2012, but to fully grasp what Ishii and his new partners have planned, think big.
FIKA is to be headquartered in Hong Kong and they are going to appeal big time to Chinese audiences by having some of their biggest shows take place in China. There will still be a "World Stage" event in Japan, but it doesn't appear to be the Finals. They are looking to hold events around the world to bring a 'World Cup' feeling and will try to be the FIFA of Kickboxing. FIKA has also brought on famous Chinese folk singer Song Zuying to sing the official FIKA theme song, which was apparently the big headline grabber in China in regards to this announcement, on top of the list of famous people at the event. The theme song will apparently be recorded in English as well, which Zuying was quoted saying it would help FIKA have a global appeal.
Seven Star Entertainment Fund, a branch of Sun Redrock Investment Group will serve as a partner in FIKA, owning about 60%, with the rest of the management team comprising the remaining 40%. Who is actually a part of this team outside of Ishii is not clear, but with the rumors of Bas Boon looking to invest in K-1 and this looking to be the future of K-1 and Bas Boon was on stage for the announcement with Semmy Schilt, it would be hard not to make connections. FIKA is looking to make for a much stronger push into the United States and China for K-1 and be less Japan-centric.
As of press time there is no firm details on a schedule or possible television deals. The only schedule is a rough one on the FIKA website's press release, which states April for the world qualifiers, May/June for the 32 stage, Sept/Oct for the 16 stage and Oct to December for the Final 8. This will be in three weight classes; 63kg, 70kg and 100kg.Add a comment