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Thai Fight 2011 Semi-Finals Results: Buakaw Advances to Finals

After being delayed numerous times, the Thai Fight 2011 semi-finals finally took place today in Bangkok, Thailand. Two fights in each of the featured tournament weight classes, 67kg and 70kg, took place. Each participant had won previous fights in order to advance to the semi-finals.

Long time K-1 star Buakaw Por. Pramuk took on French fighter Mickael Piscitello. Piscitello actually held his own quite well until about halfway through the fight when Buakaw took over. Buakaw completely dominated the third round, knocking down Piscitello with a close elbow in the clinch before finishing the fight with another vicious elbow. He'll move on to the finals on December 18.

Fabio Pinca met Mosab Amrani at 67kg. As per usual, Amrani came out guns blazing in the first. Like Buakaw's fight, Pinca started to take over in the second when he hurt Amrani. The domination continued, as Pinca threw Amrani all over the place in the clinch, forced a standing eight count in the third and almost got a knockdown off a high kick. Pinca clearly won, but Amrani was very upset after the fight, spitting at Pinca's corner. When Pinca's cornerman offered Mosab water, Mosab smacked it out of his hand. I don't think we'll be seeing Mosab invited to compete at Thai Fight again.

Frank Giorgi and Abraham Roqueni met in a great fight at 70kg. Roqueni hurt Giorgio twice in the second round but was unable to finish him off. In the third, Giorgio came back and stole the fight, roughing up Roqueni in the clinch. Giorgio looked huge compared to Roqueni. He'll meet Buakaw on December 18 in the finals.

At 67kg, Kem Sitsongpeenong met Dongsu Kim. The fight was really a mismatch, as Kem toyed around with and dominated Kim for the whole fight. Quick results:

Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Mickael Piscitello by KO (Right Elbow) in Round 3.

Fabio Pinca def. Mosab Amrani by decision.

Frank Giorgi def. Abraham Roqueni by decision.

Kem Sitsongpeenong def. Dongsu Kim by decision.

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RISE 85 Recap and Analysis

Back on Wednesday RISE held RISE 85 which featured their heavyweight tournament, two title fights and two super fights featuring promotional champions. Usually I add a brief analysis with the results post, but I didn't want to make that post extraordinarily long. In the heavyweight GP, Singh "Heart" Jaideep won in the finals by KO over Makoto Uehara while Stefan Leko, Fabiano Cyclone and Mighty Mo were the victims of upsets in the opening round of the tournament. RENA managed to defeat Erika Kamimura in a very close fight, Kenji Kubo bested Dyki for the vacant Bantamweight title and RISE champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto picked up big wins over Sergio Wielzen and Son Hyun Lee, respectively.

  • Starting with Jaideep, he proved what most people already knew and that is that he is above the level of RISE, J-Network, etc. when it comes to heavyweights in Japan. A 4th fight with Fabiano Cyclone would have been nice, but he did what he needed to do. It'd be nice to see him compete in a qualifying FIKA tournament next year.
  • Very surprising result from Makoto Uehara despite the quick loss to Jaideep in the finals. He proved me wrong in showing that his conditioning is better than previously thought as he was able to go 7 full rounds. His power is still there, though he failed to score a knockout which may show that he adapted to the tournament format and fought smart, conserving his energy. I’d also like to see Uehara in a FIKA qualifying GP.
  • Jan Soukup was on the verge of making the finals in just his 5th pro kickboxing bout, but his win over Fabiano Cyclone is huge. Should he continue to fight in kickboxing, he could be interesting, but at 32 he likely won't crack the top 25.
  • For Raoumaru, the win over Mighty Mo is nice, but he didn't prove much, getting decimated by Jaideep early in the first round. Like I said in my preview, he could beat Mighty Mo, but didn't have much chance of doing anything thereafter.
  • For Leko, I don't think this loss signifies that he should retire. He was coming off of two fights just a week ago and got his body roughed up pretty well by Errol Zimmerman. Uehara has power and was able to put up a pace that Leko couldn't handle so soon after fighting last week. This fight had the perfect recipe for an upset and Leko just wasn’t able to put in a winning performance.
  • The most disappointing result on the night was for Fabiano Cyclone who I had pegged as the favorite to win the tournament. Perhaps it was an off night or just a bad style matchup for him. Next for him is an unknown, though I still want him to take a step up in competition.
  • Hiromi Amada lasted the longest against Jaideep, but at 38 he's not going anywhere. He had an 8 year run in K-1 and will likely keep defending his HEAT title until he can't any more.
  • I have nothing to say about Mighty Mo.
  • This win for RENA is probably the biggest of her career so far. Coming off of losses to Ai Takahashi and Jessica Penne, I can't imagine many people had her as the favorite in this fight. I had her all but counted out, but she showed real heart and grit, grinding out this decision.
  • The loss isn't really a step back for Kamimura and had it not been for fouls she could have gotten a draw or even a win. At just 18 she's now 23-2 (12 KO) and is likely pegged as the third best female fighter at this weight behind RENA and Ai Takahashi.
  • Speaking of Takahashi, this fight pretty much makes her #1. I still want to see a fight between her and Kamimura, as well as a trilogy fight with RENA, but for now she sits alone atop her throne.
  • Kenji Kubo, younger brother of Yuta Kubo, could now be regarded one of the top kickboxers in Japan at 55kg. However, with a pair of losses to Shota Takiya and a loss to Nobuchika Terado in his past, he'll need a big win or really good performance against someone like Ryuya Kusakabe or Takiya to be considered an elite fighter.
  • Though there's no video of the fight yet, from the GBRing and Bout Review reports it seemed as though Kosuke Komiyama had a slight edge over Sergio Wielzen in the opening round before the cut appeared. Unfortunately, the fight ended early and it's hard to determine who the better fighter actually was that night. Still, it's a decent scalp for Kosuke Komiyama who has made a name for himself this year, capturing the RISE title against Kan Itabashi and now defeating Wielzen. His case to challenge Hirotaka Urabe for the Krush 60kg title gets stronger by the day and with Urabe having his first defense announced for January without an opponent, Komiyama is in a good position to be his opponent.
  • Wielzen had fought twice in the month leading up to this fight and Simon Rutz admitted that he had almost no scouting on Komiyama and that left him open for Komiyama's front kick which found a home multiple times and was ultimately the strike that caused the cut.
  • Koji Yoshimoto scored a huge win over surging prospect Son Hyun Lee. This win, as well as his win over Shohei Asahara back in June in K-1 should give him the publicity he needs to get placed into a qualifying FIKA tournament at 63kg.
  • Disappointing result for Lee who holds a win over Kizaemon Saiga and took Koya Urabe to an extension round in a fight that could have arguably been scored in his favor. He lost a point for coming in slightly overweight and there was a point deduction in the 3rd round for clinching as well, though I'm not sure who the penalty was given to. If it was given to Lee, he would have won the fight via majority decision without the two point deductions, but as it stands, it's back to the drawing board for Lee. {jcomments on}
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RISE 85 Results: Jaideep Wins HWGP, RENA defeats Kamimura, Komiyama defeats Wielzen

Earlier today at JCB Hall, RISE held its 2011 Heavyweight tournament featuring the likes of Stefan Leko, Mighty Mo, Singh “Heart” Jaideep and Fabiano Cyclone, as well as its first women’s title fight in Erika Kamimura vs RENA, a superfight between Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama and Sergio Wielzen, a superfight between Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto and Son Hyun Lee and a Bantamweight title fight between Kenji Kubo and Dyki.

The quarterfinals of the heavyweight tournament featured three upsets. In a somewhat expected upset, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara beat up K-1 veteran Stefan Leko en route to a unanimous decision victory on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-26. Uehara scored a down in the third round, but was on his way to victory as he was all over Leko who had two fights just a week ago in the SuperKombat tournament. In another slight upset, WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano “Cyclone” Aoki received just his second loss since 2007, losing to Kyokushin karate fighter Jan Soukup by majority decision on scores of 29-28(x2) and 28-28. Cyclone appeared to do well throughout most of the fight, but fell victim to a down in the second round which cost him the fight. In the other half of the bracket, K-1 fighter and J-Network Heavyweight champion Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada by 2nd round TKO as a result of a cut caused by a knee. In the final quarterfinal bout, RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru was able to outland and outlast K-1 fighter Mighty Mo, scoring a 3rd round KO at 2:49 into the round.

In the semifinals, RISE HW champ Makoto Uehara continued his run, edging out Jan Soukup in an extension round on scores of 10-9(x3) after judges had determined the fight to be a majority draw after 3 rounds, with scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, Singh “Heart” Jaideep made short work of Raoumaru, scoring a 1st round KO at 1:39 with a knee strike.

In the finals, K-1 fighter Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara by 1st round KO to win the RISE Heavyweight tournament. The knockout capped off a great performance from Jaideep who finished off all three of his opponents and is now 2-0 against Uehara.

In the night’s co-main event, 2-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA defeated WPMF, WBC Muay Thai and WMC Light Flyweight champion Erika Kamimura by razor-close unanimous decision on scores of 47-46(x2) and 46-45 to become the first Queen of RISE. I believe the only thing keeping the fight from a draw is a pair of penalties for Kamimura and one for RENA, though it could have been one penalty each, I am not entirely sure.

In the night’s final title fight, former NJKF Flyweight champion Kenji Kubo, brother of Yuta Kubo, defeated RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki by 1st round KO at 1:35 to win the vacant RISE Bantamweight title.

In super fights, RISE Super Featherweight and Super Lightweight champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto won, with Komiyama defeating former It’s Showtime 61kg champ Sergio Wielzen  by 1st round TKO and Yoshimoto edging out a win over top Korean Son Hyun Lee on scores of 29-28, 29-27 and 28-27. Lee started with a 1 point penalty for weighing in over the limit and another penalty was given in the fight for clinching, though I’m not sure to who. The Komiyama-Wielzen fight was stopped due to a cut.

Brother of Kosuke Komiyama, Yusuke Komiyama made his pro debut, fighting to a draw.

Quick Results after the break

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M-1 Muay Thai/It's Showtime Japan 5 Results: Umeno, Tsukahara, TOMA Claim Titles, Saenchi Wins

Earlier today at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, M-1 held its second co-promotion with It's Showtime Japan headlined by two WPMF World Title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout and a fight with Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.

In the night's main event, rising star Genji Umeno captured his 8th straight win with a 1st round KO via elbow at 2:39 into the round over Dekkamon HimaraiGym to net him the WPMF World Super Featherweight title. This moves the 22 year old's record to 18-1(9 KO) and may move him up further in the Lumpinee Stadium rankings, where he currently sits ninth. Up next for Umeno is an exciting showdown with WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii on December 22nd. Should he get past Morii, I would assume he would begin to focus on capturing a Lumpinee Stadium title, which he may be able to do being in a relatively weak division.

In the co-main event, WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara upset WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk Weerasakreck with a 4th round TKO at 2:26 into the round to capture the WPMF World Lightweight title. This is a surprising result as Kanongsuk had been on an absolute tear lately, going 8-1 in his last 9 with wins over Rashata, Genki Yamamoto, Hiromasa Masuda and Satoshi Endo with his only loss to Kan Itabashi. Tsukahara was coming off of a loss to Masahiro Yamamoto back in August. Both fighters' futures are unknown at the moment, but both could find themselves fighting at the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival event.

In the night's last title bout, WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion TO-MA picked up the vacant WPMF Japan Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Takuma Ito on scores of 50-47(x2) and 50-46. The title belonged to Ichinohe Sota, though I'm not sure why he vacated it as his only fight since winning it back in April was a draw against Takuma Ito. Regardless, TO-MA has a few options going forward, as he could face Sota, Arashi Fujiwara in a rematch or recently crowned WBC Japan champions Ryuji Kato or Ryuya Kusakabe. For Ito it's back to the drawing board as he has 21 year old has recorded his only two blemishes on his record in the past 6 months. A matchup with recent WBC Japan title challengers Kojiro or Shuichi Uentsu would be a good test for Ito.

In the main non-title fight, renowned Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took longer than most would have expected to dispose of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi, with Saenchai finishing him off at 1:35 into the 4th round. I do not know how the fight went, but the result isn't too bad for Oishi who could have a future in K-1. For Saenchai it's a 5th straight win and puts him at 17-2 since the start of 2010.

Finally, in a #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Featherweight title, 5th ranked Yuji Umehara upset 2nd ranked Hiroki Nagashima with a 1st round TKO as a result of a cut. Umehara is now set to face current champion Yosuke Morii, however with Morii set to face Umeno on December 22nd and the way this fight ended, there could be a rematch between the two. {jcomments on}

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