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RISE/M-1 Announce Event Featuring M. Yamamoto, Kamimura, Umeno, Komiyama

RISE and M-1 Muay Thai Challenge have announced a co-promoted event that is set to take place on December 2nd called "Infinity" and it has one of the most star-studded lineups of the year.

While no matchups have been announced, let's take a look at who has been announced to participate at the event.

Masahiro Yamamoto: Along with being ranked #2 on the LiverKick Lightweight rankings, Yamamoto holds the It's Showtime -61kg title which he won earlier this year over Javier Hernandez.

Kosuke Komiyama: #10 LiverKick Lightweight, current RISE Super Featherweight champion and riding an 8-fight winstreak, most recently winning at Shootboxing Act.4.

Genji Umeno: Umeno holds the WPMF World Super Featherweight title, was recently ranked at Lumpini Stadium and was the #1 Featherweight in Japan after a win over Yosuke Morii last December. Umeno has moved up to Super Featherweight now, but most recently lost to Chang-Hyun Lee in K-1 at 61kg.

Erika Kamimura: At this time last year, the WMC and WPMF Women's Mini-Flyweight champion was an unstoppable force and thought to be the top female kickboxer. A close loss to RENA late last year and a close loss in the quarterfinals of this year's Girls S-Cup have slowed her hype train, but she is still an elite fighter. She won a rematch with Seo Hee Ham to earn a rematch with RENA for her RISE title, so I wouldn't be surprised if that fight happened at this event.

Koji Yoshimoto: Yoshimoto is the current RISE Super Lightweight champion and has won 3 in a row, most recently defending his title against Yasuomi Soda. I could see him defending his title here against Yukihiro Komiya.

Sun-Hyun Lee: The RISE Korea Welterweight champion is already scheduled to fight at RISE 90 against Shohei Asahara with a win likely getting him a title shot. However, Lee is teammates with Chang-Hyun Lee, with Chang-Hyun's nickname even being "Little Sun-Hyun Lee", who just defeated Genji Umeno in K-1, so I wouldn't be surprised if the two were to fight.

Yosuke Morii: Morii is coming off of a loss to Hiroki Akimoto at the beginning of this month, but is still the #3 Featherweight in Japan and the WPMF Japan champion at the weight. With Umeno's weight gain, I doubt the two will rematch, especially considering how one-sided the first fight was.

Yusuke Shimizu: The 21 year old former WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion looks to bounce back from his second pro loss this weekend. I'd like to see him take on the winner of Dyki vs. Takashi Ohno at RISE 90.

I assume that RISE and M-1 will be looking to match their fighters up against one another and should that be the case, the best option would obviously be Masahiro Yamamoto vs Kosuke Komiyama, as it pits #2 on the LiverKick rankings against #10, but other options like Sun-Hyun Lee vs Genji Umeno and Yosuke Morii vs the winner of the RISE Featherweight tournament are also possible and equally as enticing.


K-1 Team of Vinny Shoreman and Kieran Keddle to Announce SuperKombat

Shoreman and Keddle

Eduard Irimia's SuperKombat based out of Romania has been on a roll over the past few years, and it looks like things will only get better. This year's SuperKombat World Grand Prix is going strong and looks like it will only get stronger. While there is an event tomorrow, looking forward to the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination on November 10th the former It's Showtime and current K-1 announce team of Kieran Keddle and Vinny Shoreman will be doing the live commentary.

Yes, this means that for us english-speaking folk that there will be a viewing option not only available, but with one of the best teams in the business at the helm, adding to the already spectacular production of SuperKombat events. Stay tuned for further details.


All SuperKombat Fighters Weighed In, Ready For Tomorrow

SuperKombat's final qualification event of the year takes place tomorrow in Arad, Romania. The final qualification tournament for SuperKombat's Final Elimination on November 10 takes place on the card with Roman Kleibl, Steven Banks, Goran Radonjic and Razvan Ghita vying for the last qualifier spot in the Final Elimination.

Along with the tournament, there's a few super fights, including the headliner where Sebastian Ciobanu fights Dzevad Poturak. Also, in a particularly interesting fight at 95kg, Andrei Stoica fights Toni Milanovic. For the full fight card, click here.

Today the weigh-ins took place, with all the fighters set for tomorrow, October 20. SuperKombat already has posted a full gallery of the weigh-ins on their Facebook here. You can watch the event live on Eurosport or


Finalized SuperKombat Fight Card For Saturday, October 20

SuperKombat's Fourth Qualification event is just two days away, as it takes place this Saturday, October 20 in Arad, Romania. The event features the final qualification tournament of the year, with the winner qualifying for the SuperKombat Final Elimination on October 20.

The tournament field has seen one change, as Fikri Ameziane pulled out with an injury. Razvan Ghita, who was originally scheduled to fight in the reserve fight will take Ameziane's place in the tournament. The other three fighters in the tournament are Goran Radonjic, Steven Banks and Roman Kleibl. Radonjic fights Ghita and Banks fights Kleibl.

There are some super fights also, including the main event which pits two K-1 veterans in Sebastian Ciobanu and Dzevad Poturak against each other in a heavyweight contest.

Right under the heavyweight division, at -95kg, SuperKombat star Andrei Stoica takes on Croatian fighter Toni Milanovic. This, in my opinion is the most interesting fight on the card. Milanovic gave Sahak Parparyan a good fight back in March and Stoica returned to form in his last fight where he stopped Hakan Aksoy in the first round. Full fight card below:

Super-fight (-72 kg): Alex Tropimov (Israel) vs Claudiu Badoi (Romania)

Tournament Semi Finals:

Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) vs Razvan Ghita (Romania)

Steve Banks (United States) vs Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic)

Super Fight (-95 kg): Toni Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight (+125 kg) Deutsch Pu'u (United States) vs Alexandru Lungu (Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg) Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

Tournament Final (+96 kg) Winner Semi Final 1 vs. Winner Semi Final 2

National Title Local Kombat Romania (75 kg) Adrian Mitu (Romania) vs Miodrag Olar (Romania)



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