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Saenchai Sinbimuaythai vs Shunsuke Oishi Announced for It's Showtime Japan 5/M-1 Muay Thai

A huge Thailand vs Japan fight has been announced for the fifth It's Showtime Japan event, a co-promotion with M-1's RAORAK Muay Thai Final event and it is perrenial contender around 60kg Saenchai Sinbimuaythai taking on former J-Network champion and K-1 veteran Shunsuke Oishi.

This fight adds to two other relatively high profile fights where rising star Genji Umeno battles Dekkamon Himaraigym for the WPMF World Featherweight title and Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his WPMF World Light Welterweight title against Arita Tsukahara. It is a bit of an odd choice though as Oishi is riding a 2-fight losing streak. After losing to RISE champions Koji Yoshimoto and Yuki, Oishi was placed in the first K-1 -63kg qualifier in 2010, earning a spot against Koya Urabe after a win over Takuya Shirahama in Krush. Oishi lost a decision to Urabe in the Final 22 and went on to win the J-Network Super Lightweight title against Yusuke Sugawara before losing it back to him in June. Saenchai only has three losses since November of 2004 and his two fights since then against Japanese fighters, including Tetsuya Yamato, were one sided beatdowns that resulted in first round TKOs. Saenchai should win this handily, but if Yuji Nashiro's upset over Albert Kraus, Yasuhiro Shirasu's upset over Yodsanklai and Toby Imada's upset over Andy Souwer have shown us anything in the past year, it's that anything is possible. However, this would be a much bigger upset than any of the aforementioned fights as Saenchai is often seen as near untouchable and Oishi is far from the elite at this weight in Japan. {jcomments on}

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Ismael Londt Continues Path of Demolition: Knocks Out Mourad Bouzidi

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With the cancellation of the Final 16, Mourad Bouzidi was free to fight on October 23rd in his showdown with Ismael Londt. This fight was one of Londt's biggest tests so far. They met on the Muay Thai Mania 4 card in Riswijk, Netherlands.

Londt once again shined, stopping Bouzidi in the second round. Bouzidi has now lost three in a row, albeit all against good competition. Ismael Londt has completely steamrolled everyone in front of him this year, beating the likes of Sebastian Ciobanu, Mladen Brestovac, Tomas Hron, Raemon Welboeren and now Mourad Bouzidi just this year. He's taken the kickboxing scene by storm in 2010 and 2011 and he keeps marching forward, destroying everyone in his path. Londt will be fighting at the SuperKombat World GP Final on November 19 in Germany against Pavel Zhuravlev in the semi finals of the one night, four man tournament. Even if Londt doesn't win the tournament, it's about time he gets a shot on a bigger stage like It's Showtime.

In other action on the card, Darryl Sichtman took a doctor stoppage over Errol Koning, Andy Souwer teammate Henri van Opstal took a decision over Mohammed Aouragh and Hicham Achalhi forced a doctor stoppage over Nathan van't Hoft, less than a month before he fights at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.

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Andy Souwer vs Toby Imada II, Akihiro Gono vs Henry Van Opstal Announced for Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing has announced two more MMA vs kickboxing fights for November 6th's Shoot the Shooto 2011 event.

The first fight is a rematch from last year's big upset, 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 World MAX champion Andy Souwer will try to avenge his loss in last year's S-Cup semifinals to MMA fighter and Shootboxing convert Toby Imada. Souwer's position near the top of the 70kg world has come into question over the last couple of years. After hard fought back to back losses to Giorgio Petrosyan in the 2009 K-1 MAX final and Masato at Dynamite!!! 2009 in Masato's retirement fight, K-1 neglected inviting Souwer to the 2010 MAX Final 16, assuming the 3-time S-Cup champion would want to focus on the 2010 S-Cup and not want to fight in the K-1 MAX tournament. After a quarterfinal KO of Bovy Sor Udomson, Souwer lost a close split decision to Imada on the strength of Imada's grappling. Souwer bounced back with a decision win over Pajonsuk, but a February loss to Abraham Roqueni and an unimpressive showing in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament, despite reports of a compressed nerve, have seemed to diminish his standing at 70kg. Imada has surprised everyone in Shootboxing, coming in as a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and upsetting Takaaki Umeno in the quarterfinals as well as Souwer in the semis before losing to Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals. After being knocked out by Patricky Freire, denying him his 3rd straight Bellator Lightweight tournament final, Imada returned to Shootboxing, picking up another upset win over Hiroki Shishido. However, Imada had his Shootboxing success stunted with a loss to Bovy Sor Udomson in his latest outing. Souwer should be the big favorite in this fight, but Imada hasn't failed to surprise in any of his fights.

The other fight announced for the event is former PRIDE, UFC, Sengoku, Shooto and Pancrase fighter Akihiro Gono taking on Team Souwer's Henry Van Opstal. Gono found his most success in PRIDE, making it to the semifinals of the 2006 Welterweight tournament despite fighting above his weight class. After struggling in the UFC and being cut, he returned to Japan to fight in Sengoku, being brutally knocked out by Dan Hornbuckle. After 3 straight wins, Gono dropped to lightweight and was upset by the then unknown Jadamba Narantungalag and has since moved on to kickboxing. He won the AJKF Heavyweight title back in 2005 and since his return he has gone 2-2, with losses to Yuya Yamamoto and Yohan Lidon. Van Opstal made it to the semifinals of the 2010 S-Cup, losing by decision to eventual champion Buakaw Por Pramuk. Since, Van Opstal picked up a TKO win over former boxer Satoru Suzuki back in June. {jcomments on}

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