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Yuki vs Sun Hyun Lee, Hinata vs Vahid Roshani Added to RISE 88

RISE 88 keeps getting better and better as it adds two major fights to its already packed card.

In a 64kg fight, RISE Lightweight champion Yuki will be taking on RISE Korea Welterweight champ Son Hyun Lee. Yuki just defended his RISE title for the first time against Yuto Watanabe in a surprisingly close fight. He has very powerful leg kicks, but struggling against Watanabe is somewhat concerning. Lee is one of the hottest prospects in the region, as he upset Kizaemon Saiga in South Korea, then pushed Koya Urabe to the limit in the opening round of the Krush 63kg tournament, losing a close extension round decision. His most recent fight was a close decision loss to Koji Yoshimoto at RISE 85, though had Lee not weighed in over the weight limit, he would have gotten a majority draw. I favor Lee in this fight as he has the tools to outpoint Yuki and not get caught or overwhelmed by his leg kicks.

Another big fight announced is Hinata taking on Iranian Vahd Roshani. Hinata lost to Andy Ristie by TKO at It’s Showtime 55 in January, but picked up a win over Zen Fujita at REBELS.11. He is a top fighter at 70kg in Japan so he should do well against Roshani, who is most known for defeating Yasuhiro Kido in K-1.

Also added to the card is a 55kg fight between RISE 55kg tournament finalist Dyki and J-Network Super Bantamweight champ Hiroaki Mizuhara. Dyki is riding a 2-fight losing streak with a loss to KENJI in the RISE 55kg tournament final and to Ryuma Tobe at RISE 86. In 2011, Mizuhara made it to the semifinals of the Krush 55kg tournament, but lost to Ryuya Kusakabe, then unified his J-Network Super Bantamweight title with a win over interim title holder Hidemaru. In 2012, he’s 1-0-1 with a draw against Youkou Okada at Big Bang 8 and a win over Yuki Noro which I believe sets him up against Taisuke Degai for the inaugural It’s Showtime Japan 55kg title.

The RISE 88 card as it stands is

60kg Title Fight – Kosuke Komiyama (c) vs Motochika Hanada

Heavyweight Fight – Ray Sefo vs Makoto Uehara

64kg Fight – Yuki vs Son Hyun Lee

70kg Fight – Hinata vs Vahid Roshani

48kg #1 Contender’s Fight – Erika Kamimura vs Seo Hee Ham

65kg Fight – Yukihiro Komiya vs Yusuke Sugawara

63kg Fight – Hiroshi Mizumachi vs Naoki

57.5kg Tournament Semifinal – Ryo Pegasus vs Yuta Sashikubi

57.5kg Tournament Semifinal – Masayuki Ishibashi vs Ittao

55kg Fight – Dyki vs Hiroaki Mizuhara

As well as 3 opening fights and participation from RISE 55kg champ KENJI and #1 and #2 ranked Heavyweights Kengo Shimizu and Raoumaru.{jcomments on}


Fight Code May 12 Fight Card, Healined By Alexey Ignashov vs. Ali Cenik

Fight Code is back on May 12 in Budapest, Hungary and now the full fight card is out.

The event is headlined by the return of Alexey Ignashov, who hasn't fought since February of 2011 when he defeated Roman Kleibl. Interestingly enough, Ignashov is back at the Chinuk Gym in Belarus, where he originally came out of. His opponent is Ali Cenik, the Turkish fighter based in Holland who has fought a few times for GLORY. Cenik is a small heavyweight, much smaller than Ignashov. Ignashov is the natural heavyweight here, as Cenik wasn't really a heavyweight until 2011 when he moved up in weight very quickly. His last time out, cenik defeated Sergej Maslobojev on GLORY's March 23 card.

The Fight Code Dragons 72.5kg tournament continues on this event with four more fights to qualify for the Final 16 of the tournament. Last year's Dragons semi-finalist, Norbert Balogh, faces Maro Re of Italy. Barna Szucs takes on Jeremy Sportouch, Walid Haddad fights Edgar Nzunga and Ait Said fights Victor Zaman.

Fight card:

72.5kg: Zoltan Halasz vs. Zsolt Benedek

90kg: Torok Imre vs. Haris Gredelj

72.5kg: Tamas Birics vs. Gabor Gorbics

Dragons 72.5kg:

Barna Szucs vs. Jeremy Sportouch

Walid Haddad vs. Edgar Nzunga

Norbert Balogh vs. Marco Re

Abderahmane Ait Said vs. Victor Zaman

Super Fight:

Alexey Ignashov vs. Ali Cenik


Gokhan Saki Fights Carter Williams May 26 At GLORY

GLORY of course is having a huge card on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden with the "First 16" of their 70kg tournament as well as some big super fights. One fighter that has been slated for the card for a while is Gokhan Saki, but up to now, he hadn't gotten an opponent.

It turns out, Gokhan Saki will be fighting Carter Williams, the American K-1 and international kickboxing veteran. While not a top opponent, Saki can stay busy in his first fight back after losing to Badr Hari on January 28. Saki will probably be in GLORY's heavyweight tournament later this year so and I wouldn't expect him to take big fights until then.

Despite being around for what seems like a really long time, Carter Williams is only 32 years old. The past few years haven't gone that great for him, with many losses in 2010 and 2011. He did notch a win over Marian Iordan at a SuperKombat card last year, though.

The card on May 26 is looking to be really stacked, and it takes place just a day before K-1 on May 27. We should be in for a great weekend of kickboxing when that weekend rolls around.


Chingiz Allazov Continues To Rise, KO's Alessandro Campagna In 1st Round

Today in Seregno, Italy, two rising prospects, Chingiz Allazov and Alessandro Campagna, in the world of kickfighting both met in a Muay Thai rules fight at -69kg.

Allazov for the most part has fought around 67kg but is making a slight move up in weight recently since March, inching closer to the money weight of 70kg. Campagna usually fights around 70kg but last month won a WAKO World Title at -66.8kg so size-wise, there wasn't much of a size difference at 69kg. Both fighters have fought in Muay Thai and in K-1 rules before so again, this was an equal playing field between two big prospects.

In quite a surprise to me, Allazov KO'd Campagna in the first round. I thought the fight would probably go to a decision, as both fighters had never been knocked out before. Allazov continues to surprise me and I keep having to raise the bar on him even higher each fight. 

Hopefully a video gets out soon. After this fight, Allazov really has to be considered as the top prospect in all of kickboxing (where I think his future really is). I really think he could hop right in the ring with some elite level fighters right now. At almost 19 years of age, that is just scary.


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