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Hinata Defeats Andy Souwer in Rematch at REBELS.38

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Almost exactly five years ago Andy Souwer stepped into the ring against Hinata Watanabe as a two-time K-1 World MAX Champion who had the previous year stood with Giorgio Petrosyan in the K-1 World MAX Finals in a fight that saw Petrosyan win the World MAX Championship and cement his legacy as the top dog. Hinata Watanabe was an up-and-comer in Japan that was looking to make a name for himself and called out Andy Souwer. Not only did he call out Andy Souwer, but he did it on what was arguably Souwer's home turf of Shoot Boxing.

Shoot Boxing, for the uninitiated, is a hybrid of kickboxing and judo. Not only are kickboxing techniques involved, but throws, trips and standing submissions are all legal within the realm of Shoot Boxing. When they two stepped into the ring many had seen Hinata on the rise and Souwer on the decline. The only thing was that Hinata wasn't expecting the standing choke. How could he?

Souwer made use of Shoot Boxing's unique rules to handily defeat Hinata in under a minute. Needless to say, Hinata was humbled. Since then Hinata has continued to toil throughout Japan, making a name for himself as one of the best and most active fighters at 70kg. He never forgot that loss to Souwer, though, which reared its ugly head again in 2013 when he met Andy Souwer's chosen successor to the throne of Souwer Power in Canadian Josh Jauncey, picking up the win over Souwer's star pupil. 

The rematch between Souwer and Hinata would have to happen sooner or later and almost five years to the day after their first meeting in a Shoot Boxing ring they met in Japan again, this time in the REBELS ring. What followed was an entirely different fight. Both men have had their ups and downs over the past few years, but the rematch still meant something. The two met yesterday afternoon in the legendary Korakuen Hall right next to the Tokyo Dome, a venue that has seen some of the most memorable fights in MMA and kickboxing history, as well as historical moments in professional wrestling history -- all of it is simply kakutougi in Japan -- and this time Hinata was able to pull off the decision victory over the 32 year old Souwer, avenging one of the most embarrassing losses of his career. 


Dynamite 1 Preview: The Left Hook of Paul Daley

On Saturday night in San Jose GLORY and Bellator MMA will be bringing us a jam-packed night of fights on Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. While the kickboxing offering is paltry in comparison to the MMA portion of the show, what's being offered is still some really, really good stuff. Paul Daley is best known for his time in the cage as a Mixed Martial Artist, perhaps mostly for his UFC run that ended with a punch after the bell on Josh Koscheck after a heated rivalry led to a frustrating fight for both men.

Daley rebuilt his name and legacy after he was kicked out of the UFC and a part of that was his absolutely incredible run in kickboxing in 2014. That run included six victories in the kickboxing ring with an astounding five TKO victories. Oh yeah, and those victories came against some of the best fighters at his weight class in the world, too. Daley is a fine fighter, a bit limited when it comes to the kicking department but his hands more than make up for it. 

This Saturday at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 he faces an outmatched Fernando Gonzalez. I'm not going to sugar coat how difficult of a task this fight will be for Gonzalez, but I'm also not going to count him out, either. When he entered Bellator he was outmatched in his first few fights and not only found a way to win, but did so in a decisive fashion. He's a skilled professional and while he might not be as skilled as Daley with his stand up game, as we've seen in the past anything can happen inside of a ring. Daley's defense is good, but he still gets hit, which could spell trouble against an opponent of any caliber. 

The greatest weapon that Paul Daley possesses would have to be that crazy left hook, though. That left hook has spelled disaster for just about anyone who has been hit by it, which includes some of the modern greats in kickboxing. Want proof? Ask Alexander Stetsurenko.

How about Miran Fabjan?

Even Alexander Surzhko went down to Paul Daley's left hook. This is just in kickboxing, too. That left hook is just as deadly in MMA with those little gloves as it is in kickboxing. On Saturday night kickboxing fans will be in for a treat. While it may not be clear if Daley will ever fight in kickboxing again afterwards, or if we'll ever get that dream bout of Nieky Holzken vs. Paul Daley, but we can dream. At the very least we'll be treated to some top-notch violence on Saturday night, which is why we all watch in the first place, right?


Legacy Running Mixed Kickboxing/MMA Event on November 13th

Legacy Fighting Championship, the promotions behind Legacy Kickboxing events that have been airing on AXS TV this year have announced that on November 13th at LEGACY 48 they will run a co-branded show as both Legacy FC and LK. The event will feature the finals of their light heavyweight kickboxing tournament as well as a few feature MMA bouts on top of that.

The kickboxing card is as such;

Reserve Bout: Chris Trammel vs. Matt Baker

Tournament: Brian Colette vs. Manny Mancha 

Tournament: Myron Dennis vs. Andres Can Engelen

Tournament Finals

The show will be headlined by the Legacy FC Middleweight Champion Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann.


Badr Hari Facing Possible 3-Year Sentence in 2012 Assault Case

Badr Hari's assault case from 2012 just seems like it won't go away. 

Initially sentenced to a year and a half in prison with six months suspended both Hari and the prosecutor appealed the verdict, which means that Badr's case is once again in the public eye. Badr Hari issued a public apology to Koen Everink in regards to the assault in 2012 that left the Dutch businessman with an ankle and skull injury. The statement that he issued to Everink was hopeful, possibly looking for the case to just be dropped.

“I find it sad to hear what you have to experience. As a sportsman, I understand how much you must suffer as a result. I should never have thrown that punch. I hope that we will again be able to sit with each other and shake hands.”

Everink and the Public Prosecutor have claimed that the apology just isn't enough, with the prosecution looking for a three-year unconditional sentence that would see Hari serve his full term in prison unlike the previous sentence. Everink cited that he's lost about 20% of his mobility and hasn't been able to play football anymore or enjoy many of his regular activities since the attack. Also noted was that Hari has never reached out to him outside of the legal system with an apology or attempt at compensation for the medical bills and damages. [source]


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