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Yamamoto Prepares for Gono

yamamotoK-1 MAX fighter Yuya Yamamoto held a public practice session on Friday as he prepares for his March 19th Superfight against Mixed-Martial-Artist and former All-Japan Kickboxing champion Akihiro Gono.

Yamamoto has found success in the smaller Krush promotion winning his past two fights including a knock out win over Masakazu Watanabe this past January whereas he's struggled on the bigger K-1 stage losing his last three fights.

Krush recently announced a -70kg Tournament (K-1 MAX weight) kicking off April 30th and baring any injuries, I would expect to see particiaption from Yamamoto in the tournament regardless of the outcome in his match against Gono.

Krush ~ Triple Final Round, March 19th, 2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

  • Superfight 70kg (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Akihiro Gono vs. Yuya Yamamoto
  • -63kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Koya Urabe vs. Takuya Shirahama
  • -63kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Ryujia Kajiwara vs. Kizaemon Saiga
  • -60kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Massaki Noiri vs. Yuji Takeuchi
  • -60kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Massaki Noiri vs. Yuji Takeuchi
  • -55kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    Ryuya Kusakabe vs. Hiroaki Mizuhara
  • -55kg Semi-Final (K-1 3Rx3min Ext. 1R)
    KENJI vs. Shota Takiya
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Ichiro Kanai's Pancrase Comeback

Ichiro Kanai (PANCRASEism) will appear on the May 3rd Pancrase Differ Ariake card against an opponent yet to be named. It was a tough 2010 for Kanai losing by decisions to both Yuki Kondo and Sojiro Orui.

Already announced for the Pancrase May 3rd Impressive Tour card will be King of Pancrase Bantamweight champion Seiya Kawahara defending the title against Manabu Inoue. Also expected to appear on the card is Light-Heavyweight Ryo Kawamura and Welterweight Masahiro Toryu.

IchiroKanai
(source:http://blog.livedoor.jp/pancrasenews)

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Former K-1 Fighter Scott Lighty Faces Satoshi Ishii in March

Scott LightyK-1's short run of USA shows have produced more MMA talent than one might think at a first glance. That isn't to say that there is a wealth of talent that came out of it, but Pat Barry is currently a UFC Heavyweight who has had mixed results and there was one man that beat him that went on to MMA, Scott Lighty. Scott Lighty trains with The Pit, you know, John Hackleman's camp, best known for former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Lighty made the transition to MMA after mixed success in the K-1 USA ring. In the 2004 USA GP he knocked out Frank Cota before being stopped himself by Mighty Mo. Then in 2005 he defeated Pat Barry in a Reserve bout and got called into action, where he was knocked out by a then game Gary Goodridge.

People hate on Goodridge for his most recent performances, but in 2005 squaring off with Goodridge was a scary affair. K-1 ran another Vegas GP in August and Lighty's guts and determination earned him a spot again. This time he pushed forward, knocking out Tatsufumi Tomihira, taking Chalid "Die Faust" to a decision only to lose a close fight to Ruslan Karaev in the Finals. He came back, again, in 2006 to take Dewy Cooper to a Decision before running head first into Gary Goodridge again, and that, as they say, was that, for Lighty's K-1 career. Lighty didn't stop because he didn't have the talent, drive and determination, it stopped because K-1 stopped running their Las Vegas GP and he started training for MMA. This was the height of the Chuck Liddell era, so for a kickboxer like Lighty to see Liddell running roughshod over an entire division, he had to think, "I can do that."

Coming into his next fight, he will be 6-1, with his only loss to hot prospect Antwain Britt, whose wrestling was a bit out of Lighty's league. But regardless, yeah, Lighty can do that. Lighty was picked up by EliteXC in his first year as a professional MMA fighter, which turned out to be EliteXC's last year. He moved on to Strikeforce where he is 1-1 and looks at his next step to moving up the ladder; 2008 Judo Olympic Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii.

Ishii talked and talked about making a Strikeforce debut in April, and it turns out, for once, that wasn't grandstanding, he will make his Strikeforce debut on April 1 on a Strikeforce Contenders/ShoMMA card against Lighty. This is a good fight for both fighters, as a win can justify moving up in the rankings and taking on stiffer competition, with each men providing a foil for each other. Lighty has superior stand up, if anything, K-1 level beyond UFC's Pat Barry, and Ishii has Olympic Judo skills.

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Have 10 Euro Handy? Catch It's Showtime on Sunday

If you've been reading LiverKick.com, you know that we fully support It's Showtime the "number two" kickboxing promotion, right up there with K-1. Everything K-1 right now is uncertain, so for It's Showtime to put on such a huge event like this, it makes us all aflutter. Now, I've been seeing a lot of questions about how to view the event, if it will be streamed and if so, how much it will cost. We've heard from It's Showtime for a while now that it will be streamed on showtimefights.nl and will cost 10 euro (about $14), and now it has officially been announced.

As someone who has purchased numerous It's Showtime events, I can assure you that it is worth the 14 bucks to purchase the event and that their streams are top notch. Sure, it isn't free, but supporting a promotion like It's Showtime is important to do as a kickboxing fan. If you've never seen an It's Showtime event before, it is well worth the price of admission for this event, as it'll feature a few big names in the kickboxing world. The headline fight is Hesdy Gerges vs. Daniel Ghita, both men who were involved in the K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2010, as well as two-time K-1 MAX Champion, Andy Souwer and one of last year's standouts, Chahid.

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