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Shishido vs Suzuki 2, Komiyama vs Utagawa Added to Shootboxing Act.4 on 9/17

With the Girls S-Cup coming in two weeks and the men's S-Cup following in November, only one "road to S-Cup" event remains this year, Shootboxing 2012 Act.4 on September 17th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and Shootboxing has announced what presumably will be the headlining fights for the event, as well as a couple familiar, albeit not to Shootboxing, competitors who are looking to make their way into the S-Cup.

In a rematch of a fight from 2010, Shootboxing legend Hiroki Shishido will take on former boxer Satoru Suzuki. The two first met at Shootboxing ISHIN 2 in 2010 with Shishido welcoming Suzuki in his Shootboxing debut with a 2nd round finish via front choke. Since, however, the slumping Shishido (48-11-0, 20 KO) is just 2-6, losing four in a row and 6 of his last 7, most recently losing to Shootboxing Lightweight champ Hiroaki Suzuki in June. Suzuki (8-11-0, 5 KO) is 5-5 since their first fight and has lost two in a row, to Andy Souwer and Toby Imada. The fight will likely take place at 70kg, although Shishido dropped down to 65kg for his last fight. It was not stated whether or not the fight was for an S-Cup spot, as it would be hard to imagine Shootboxing leaving Shishido out despite his recent skid and Suzuki has become one of their more popular fighters thanks to exciting performances, most notably in his win over Bovy Sor. Udomson. 

In the other announced matchup, RISE Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama will clash with recently crowned Shootboxing Super Featherweight champion Akifumi Utagawa in Komiyama's promotional debut. Komiyama (18-2-0, 11 KO) has made a name for himself in RISE with wins over Kan Itabashi and Sergio Wielzen and has made a case for being the best 60kg fighter in Japan not in Krush. This fight somewhat makes sense as he seems far and above his weight class in RISE and outside of fighting some guys at 63kg, doesn't have many options left in that organization. Komiyama has fought exclusively in RISE and K-1, meaning he has never fought with clinching allowed, let alone to the extent it is used in Shootboxing, so Utagawa definitely has a good shot at winning this fight. Utagawa (32-13-1, 1 NC, 15 KO) has won 4 in a row dating back to Shoot the Shooto 2011, with his most recent wins in a rubber match against Takeshi Ishikawa and a rematch with Koji Ikegami to win the Super Featherweight title. His key to victory is using his experience with the Shootboxing ruleset to make Komiyama uncomfortable. If he allows Komiyama to stay outside and work his kickboxing, he will have trouble winning a round, let alone the fight.

Also announced as participants to the card are former PRIDE star Akihiro Gono and K-1 and It's Showtime veteran Hinata, both looking to earn entry into this year's S-Cup. After retiring from MMA, Gono returned, somewhat, to his kickboxing roots, taking a fight under Shootboxing rules last month at Deep Tokyo Impact and winning by decision. Hinata infamously debuted at Shootboxing 2 years ago, losing to Andy Souwer in just 48 seconds by choke. His most recent fight, a 1st round KO of Korean Kang Jung-woo, was under Shootboxing rules. Both men will be looking for a win to get into the S-Cup in what would definitely bring more name value and attention to an already popular tournament. 

Also added to the Girls S-Cup card on August 25th is a single fight between 15 year old Seira Arigaki and Rio Kamikaze. Arigaki is another in the line of promising young female talent, joining the likes of Rena, Erika Kamimura, Mizuki Inoue and MIO, and holds amateur titles at 40kg and 50kg in M-1 as well as the J-Girls U-15 Mini Flyweight championship. Her opponent Rio most recently fought Ai Takahashi in the semifinals of the 53.5kg Girls S-Cup, losing by decision. 


Four Fighters Added to Girls S-Cup Including VV.Mei

With the 2012 Girls S-Cup just two weeks away, Shootboxing has almost finished rounding out the tournament field, adding four more competitors, leaving just one open spot remaining.

The four participants added include Valkyrie Featherweight champ VV.Mei, WMC World Flyweight champ Namtam Por. Muangpet from Thailand, WKF and ISKA Flyweight champion Olena Ovchynnikova from Ukraine and WPKL Flyweight champion Lorena Klijn from the Netherlands. As stated, Shootboxing chairman Caesar Takeshi wanted to bring in foreign talent and with just one spot open and three Japanese fighters already in the field, I assume he will reach out abroad to find the final competitor. My vote would be for American MMA fighter Jessica Penne who holds a win over 2-time S-Cup champ Rena. Of these four, VV.Mei is the only one to have competed under Shootboxing rules, taking part in the past two Girls S-Cups, making it to the finals in 2009 and the semifinals in 2010, losing to Rena and Ai Takahashi, respectively. These four join the previously announced Rena, Erika Kamimura and Seo Hee Ham and although this tournament lacks Shootboxing champion Ai Takahashi and buzz around a single competitor like Su Jeong Lim in 2009 and Hisae Watanabe in 2010, the possibility of rematches between Rena, Kamimura, Ham and Mei provides excitement of its own in what is sure to be a memorable tournament.


5 Fighters Announced For SuperKombat WGP 11 On October 20


SuperKombat's next event will be on October 20, and although there isn't an announced location yet, they did announce five fighters that will be participating at the event, titled SuperKombat World Grand Prix 11 - Qualification. This event will be the final qualification event, and like the other SuperKombat WGP events, it will have a tournament with the winner qualifying for the Final Elimination on November 10, joining names like Ismael Londt, Catalin Morosanu, Sergei Lascenko and Raul Catinas.

So far, the fighters that have been announced to be on this card are Andrei Stoica, Daniel Sam, Goran Radonjic, Sebastian Ciobanu and Alexandru Lungu. They are all for the most part SuperKombat regulars, with Radonjic being the lone one who's only fought once for the promotion, beating Frank Munoz back on February 25 in his home of Montenegro.

Head over to to see the five mini profiles they've written about the five fighters announced for October 20.


Badr Hari's Arrest Extended To 90 Days

Badr Hari has been held by the police in solitary confinement ever since he turned himself in on suspicions of his participation in an assault at the Sensation White at the Amsterdam ArenA, and another case where a night club owner accused him of assault. Now things have taken a turn for the worst for Badr, as he won't be getting out any time soon.

Badr's arrest was extended to 90 days today. 90 days is the maximum period that a remand can be extended to. In cases where there is not much evidence, usually a much shorter extension is given. This extension would indicate that there is probably some strong evidence against Hari.

He will continue to be held in solitary confinement. The court refused to lift the restrictions of his detention, but recently he was allowed to watch TV and read the newspaper.

To make it short, Badr Hari will not be fighting any time soon. Although he was supposed to be fighting on October 14 for K-1, the 90 day extension ends well ahead of that date, and that's not even counting if he gets sentenced. For now, Badr is being held for 90 days, but that could get much longer if he is sentenced. Things don't look good for Badr at all right now, as there are reports of even more people coming forward with accusations against him.


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