|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
The next big European fight card is only a few short weeks away, taking place on May 1st in Budapest, Hungary. The card will be promoted by dynamo fight promotion Fight Code, who much like It's Showtime and Ultimate GLORY have stepped up in 2011 as serious contenders in the realm of high-end kickboxing.
This is a continuation of Fight Code's "Dragon Series." The Dragon Series is Fight Code's 72.5kg tournament (primarily 70kg/MAX fighters), where we've seen such fighters as Yoshihiro Sato, Armen Petrosyan, Dzabar Askerov, Giorgio Petrosyan and Cosmo Alexandre participate.
Fight Code released the card for the event earlier in the week, and it is shaping up to look like a strong event.
Dragon Tournament Bouts
Halim Issaoui [Maroc] vs Simon Chu [United Kingdom]
Luka Tomic [Croatia] vs Norbert Balogh [Hungary]
Juri Bessmertny [Belarus] vs Selmedin Didic [Switzerland]
Vitaly Akhramenko [Belarus] vs Gyorgy Mihalik [Hungary]
Mladen Brestovac [Croatia] vs Tihamer Brunner [Hungary]
Corneliu "Coco" Rus [Romania] vs Freddy Kemayo [France]
Japan's Krush organization has been planning a big 2011, with the culmination of four separate tournaments to crown the company's first ever champions. Like everyone based out of Japan, their plans were greatly delayed by the tragedy there, but now, one month later, Krush is getting ready for their return.
The next Krush show will be the April 30 event, featuring the 55, 60, and 63kg finals. That show was originally scheduled for March, but pushed back for obvious reasons. Now, they've announced a fan fest to be held this Saturday in anticipation of the show. These kind of fan fests are pretty common in Japan, and typically not much to take not of, but this one stands out for a few reasons.
At the fan fest, Krush will announce the first 6 fighters to compete in the 70kg tournament, which will begin on May 29. Originally I had pegged this to be the weakest of the 4 Krush tournaments, with Yuya Yamamoto likely being the lone big name. But considering K-1 MAX's lack of shows, it's entirely possible we'll see more ranked names taking part here. I anticipate Yamamoto and Nashiro are locks, and would love to see Jienotsu and Sato in there as well.
Also taking place at the event will be quite a weird exhibition fight - in some form of tag team competition, it will be Kyotaro and Keiji Ozaki vs. Fire Harada and an opponent who will be announced that day. Will this be kickboxing? MMA? Pro-wrestling? Who knows, but with Fire Harada in there, it should be fun. Bizarre, but fun. And, if you ask me, these are the kind of things you have to love about the Japan combat sports scene - you're just not going to get that sort of thing anywhere else.
Finally, one more exhibition fight was announced between Naoki Ishikawa and Kensaku Maeda. While Maeda's name may be unfamiliar, anyone who has watched much Japanese kickboxing in the last year will surely recognize him. Maeda is the head of Team Dragon, and is the man always in the corner of Kyotaro, the Urabes, and the rest of the Dragon fighters. Maeda has been retired from competition since 2002, but was a decorated fighter back in his day. The exhibition will be just one 3 minute round. Cool to hear that Maeda is getting back in there, although I wouldn't bet on getting to see any footage of the fight.Add a comment
Kickboxing megapromotion It's Showtime has been a freight train in 2011, booking show after show and adding more and more big fights to these cards. So it comes almost as a shock to hear that one of their shows has been called off, and that the show was the one with an expected 8-man 70kg MAX tournament, featuring the biggest names in the world of kickboxing at that division.
According to It's Showtime management the show will go on, with the tournament pushed to a different location and possibly a different date. Knowing It's Showtime, they will find a suitable place for this mega-tournament.
The reason given for the show's cancellation is "political reasons." They also stated that they will book an event in Sochi, Russia in 2012, so it seems like there could be some unseen forces at play here. Political reasons could mean local licensing situations or television and sponsorship issues.
The card being pushed back and into a different location could mean there is a better location for the tournament as well. As this is complete conjecture at this point, there is a strong rumor that It's Showtime will push forward with their Amsterdam ArenA show in October or November. I, for one, couldn't think of a better place to put on a huge one-night tournament between some of the biggest stars in the sport than a giant arena.Add a comment
4/14 (Thai Time)
I've been keeping a journal while training at Sor Klinmee. I get infrequent internet access, so I'm going to post multiple days at once. I'm trying to give a general idea of what it's like at the gym. Also, look for a review of Eminent Air, the gym I trained at last time I was in Thailand.
So, it's April 5th (4th your time), and I'm in Sor Klinmee in Pattaya. It took 400 baht to get here from the bus stop in South Pattaya, though I could have haggled that down a fair bit. It did take two drivers and two security guards and a receptionist at an airport office 30 minutes to figure out where exactly the camp was, though. The business card I'd printed out had two numbers, the first which no one picked up, the second belonging to a Thai man as confused as his callers.
Most people have a bit of trouble with it, but I love Thai weather. Maybe it's because I'm always, according to friends and family, giving off a lot of heat, but I'm sensitive to cold, and Thailand is the perfect place for those sensitive to cold. Shanghai was 19 degrees centigrade, Thailand was 30. That's 90 degrees. Hot heaven.
I haven't trained yet. The owner, Tappaya, or Neyn, suggested I take the first day off. After 4 airplane rides and 3 bus rides in 12 days, I was inclined to agree. Thankfully, I brought books. To anyone who hasn't heard of him or seen his show, I highly recommend Mike Birbiglia. I saw his solo standup routine “Sleepwalk with Me,” and liked it enough to buy a copy of the book when it came out.
For now, I'm getting settled. The camp seems extremely chill. There are little kids running around, Tappaya and his wife, Pak, are teaching me Thai nouns and verbs every so often.
A word of advice: call your bank to place your cards on travel alert so you don't have to call your bank from another country when your debit card works. This isn't from experience or anything. I just thought it might happen. Right.
Now to figure out the most reliable source of internet around here. (There's no wireless at the camp.)
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You have to give it up for Semmy Schilt - the big guy is always willing to put himself out there and go for it, no matter how goofy it may make him look. Here we see the 4 time K-1 champion taking part in a Japanese TV program that takes celebrities and athletes from other sports and has them compete in sumo matches. The show will air on May 1. Also taking part were Dream fighter Mach Sakurai and K-1 head referee Kakuda - although Sakurai clearly wimps out and wears a pair of shorts under his mawashi. For shame Mach!
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