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Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai

MAX Muay Thai

Man, I picked a pretty packed weekend to go on vacation, didn't I? Then again, most of the weekends are packed and I've been working 60 hour weeks for the past few months, so maybe any weekend would do in that case, right? I kind of agree, just because I needed to not do any work for an extended period of time or else I was fearing that I'd be seeing my walls made out of gold bricks because the Federal Reserve is a conspiracy and driving axes through doors while my girlfriend looks not-so-pleased.

So this weekend there were two bigger events, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai, both of the Muay Thai persuasion and both featuring some solid names and solid fights. Thai Fight was the standard Thai Fight fare of bigger name Thais against some okay competition which sees the Thais walk away with some cool looking wins and everyone goes home happy.

MAX Muay Thai gave a bit more by the way of competitive fights to fans, including a one night, four man tournament. There were some legitimately interesting bouts on the card such as Aikpracha against Warren Stevelmans as well as Sitthichai against Juri Jehl and already fans went home with a bit of a better feeling than they did from the Thai Fight card, or, well, at least we all did.

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Weekend Results: Andy Souwer Wins at ShootBoxing, Plus K-1 MAX Brazil Results

Souwer

This was a pretty good weekend for Kickboxing fans across the world as there were events in all corners of the world for fans to get excited about. I feel as thought we've shown that GLORY 9 New York was the big event this weekend, but there were two other events of note this weekend, one being ShootBoxing in Japan and the other being K-1's World Qualifying Tour in Brazil event, which held a K-1 MAX Selection Brazil tournament to find a fighter to move on to the K-1 World MAX Final 16 later this year.

Shoot Boxing 2013 Act.3 - Tokyo, Japan - June 23, 2013

Andy Souwer (R1 - KO) Okazawa Hirota

Shisido Hiroki (R3 - Decision) Hayashi Genta

Suzuki Hiroaki (R3 - Decision) Simizu Shyunichi

Utagawa Akifumi (R2 - TKO) Kizaemon Saiga

Makino Tomoaki (R3 - Decision) Sakamoto Yuki

Hinata (R2 - KO) Kanai Kenji

Masaya (R1 - TKO) Syau Kraun

Lorena Klijn (R3 - Decision) V.V Mei

K-1 MAX Brazil results after the jump.

 

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Saenchai Wins at the Hoost Cup - Will He Go to K-1?

Hoost CupThe Hoost Cup went down this weekend, featuring a few interesting fights, namely Saenchai's first "Kickboxing" fight, which has sparked all sorts of speculation as to what his future might be and if he might be headed to K-1 as his sponsor Yokkao has insinuated at on Twitter. It doesn't hurt that K-1 head Mr. Kim has been seen visiting with Stefania, the mastermind behind Yokkao Extreme, either.

The results are as follows;

Yoshihiro Sato (R3 - Dec.) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Saenchai (R3 - Dec.) Yosuke Mizuochi

Souta Ichinohe (R1 - TKO) Ryuya Kusakabe

Shu Ogawa (R3 - Dec.) Hiroki

Hukashi (R3 - Dec.) Yuto Tsujide

Satoko Sasaki (R3 - Dec.) Maria Pantazi

Now, as for Saenchai and K-1, it is no secret that K-1 is looking to re-establish itself with a new set of stars, and who better than one of the most famous Thai fighters alive today in Saenchai? Saenchai's flashy style has won him tons of fans all over the world and it would make for a perfect and entertaining fit for K-1. Seeing as though Saenchai's natural weight class is around 60kg and his tendency to fight up in weight it wouldn't shock me to see him at 65kgs.

As for Saenchai's relationship with K-1 right now it is still too early to predict what will happen, but LiverKick has been able to confirm that there have been preliminary talks between the two parties, although it is not clear how far these talks have gone.

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RISE 93 Results: Komiyama Tops Yuki

Earlier today at Differ Ariake RISE held RISE 93, headlined by a 61kg matchup between 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama and former 63kg champ Yuki. Also on the card was a matchup between Krush's Yukimitsu Takahashi and RISE #3 Lightweight Yuto Watanabe.

In the main event, Kosuke Komiyama was able to keep his distance and outpoint LiverKick #5 Lightweight Yuki en route to a 3rd round majority decision on scores of 30-28, 29-28 and 29-29. Yuki was unable to get inside and use his power while Komiyama exploited Yuki's weaknesses. This win is the biggest of Komiyama's career and could earn him a shot in a GLORY qualifying tournament next year, though I'm not so sure he'd want to move up to 65kg. Another intriguing matchup would be with Krush champion Hirotaka Urabe or SHIGERU, but he'll probably get an easier matchup as he is expected to fight again at RISE 94 on July 20th. Yuki was unable to bounce back from a one-sided loss to Masaaki Noiri, but put in a good effort here. He may not be a top 10 fighter for much longer due to his struggles against more technical fighters, but he'll continue to be a staple in the Lightweight division due to his power and heart.

In the co-main event, Krush veteran Yukimitsu Takahashi scored an upset just 16 seconds into the fight as he knocked out Yuto Watanabe with a head kick. Known for his flashy style, Takahashi had been more of a point fighter that put on entertaining brawls that rarely ended in finishes. However he picks up his biggest career win in impressive fashion, bouncing back from a loss to Shunsuke Oishi in a fight for the vacant J-Network title. Should he choose to fight for RISE again, I don't see why they wouldn't put him in a title match against Sun Hyun Lee or a #1 contender bout against Yuki. Watanabe had been on a tear lately, with the only blemishes on his record coming in a title fight against Yuki in which Yuki needed a huge comeback to win and against current 63kg champ Sun Hyun Lee, a fight that Watanabe lost in an extension round. This is a big step back for Watanabe, who expected a rematch with Lee if he had won this fight.

At 55kg, DEEP*KICK champ Seiya Rokukawa picked up a decision win over Masayosi Kunimoto. At Heavyweight, Hiromi Amada scored a decision over Kazuki Nojiri. At 60kg, 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winner Masanobu Goshu kept his undefeated record with a majority decision over KING. At 70kg, J-Network Super Welterweight champ Ichiro Morimoto knocked out Krush veteran Hareruya in the 1st round. At 55kg Hiroaki Mizuhara returned from a nearly year-long absence and was upset by Yu Kinjo, who scored a 2nd round knockdown and won a unanimous decision. At 63kg, Shohei Asahara snapped a 5-fight losing streak against 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winner Yuya Fujita. Finally, 2012 RISING ROOKIES Cup winners Yuta Murakoshi and Keisuke Niwa won their fights against Hikaru Fujikashi and Shunji Miyata, respectively.

Quick results after the break

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