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RUMOR: Andy Souwer vs. Jienotsu Nagashima in MMA Rules Set for Rizin on NYE

The news of the return of Sakakibara to MMA on New Year's Eve has the entire combat sports world abuzz, especially for the return of Fedor Emelianenko that same night against an opponent that was originally slated to be Jaideep Singh, but has apparently changed to TBA. The kickboxing world will be represented in this show, with there being talk of there being a kickboxing portion of the event, as well as involvement from some of the biggest names in professional kickboxing under MMA rules, with RENA from Shoot Boxing the first name tossed into the hat. 

The latest addition to this is K-1 MAX veteran Andy Souwer will finally make his MMA debut after years of anticipation and it will be against another K-1 MAX star in Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Nagashima is no stranger to New Year's Eve spectacles, including a mixed-rules bout between himself and Shinya Aoki that saw a mix of kickboxing and MMA rounds. 

Souwer is still considered a legend in Japan and while he hasn't been competing there as often will still be fresh in the memories of fans for his past NYE appearances, including Masato's epic retirement bout in 2009.

Edit: Souwer's manager later made a statement to Round1Network claiming that he misspoke about this news. We'll consider this a strong rumor for now because, really, who even has an opponent lined up without there being strong talks?


Jorge Loren on Tap for Andrei Stoica in Grudge Match at SuperKombat WGP Final

On Saturday November 7th SuperKombat returns to Bucharest, Romania with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final. This weekend SuperKombat announced the bombshell of a main event for the event in Andrei Stoica defending the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship against Jorge Loren. Loren was able to defeat Andrei's brother, Bogdan, last year, making this a grudge match of sorts between the two men. 

Stoica is riding on an eight fight win streak heading into this battle with Loren, while Loren's last outing was just a matter of days ago at WFL's Unfinished Business where he was in a one-night tournament, defeating Reduoan Cairo in the first round of the tournament only to lost to Luis Tavares in the next round of the tournament. This is a pretty quick turnaround for Loren, but hopefully he'll be at his best against Stoica.

More on this card when it's available.


Ian Alexander and Claudiu Istrate Win Big at Venum Victory World Series

Yesterday in Panama saw Venum Victory World Series crown two more tournament champions who will be making their way to the finals of a larger tournament in Paris on November 28th. Chicago native Ian Alexander shocked many by defeating veteran Mohamed El Mir and then going on to defeat Kader El Kamouchi after the fight was ruled a draw, leading to an extension round and saw El Kamouchi refuse to continue the fight.

For the Rhinos Romanian Claudiu Istrate picked up a win over Lucas Alsina and then won a big TKO victory over the more spent Rafael Da Souza who had taken John Granville to a decision via an extension round. 

The highlights of the night may have been the super fights, though. Legendary figure on the circuit Marco Pique was expected to float his way past Marcus Fisher before Fisher turned up the heat on Pique throughout the fight and was able to pick up a huge decision victory over Pique. In the main event Armen Petrosyan and Luis Castaneda went to war with Petrosyan ultimately winning, but Castaneda impressing everyone involved.

Armen Petrosyan (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Luis Castaneda

Marcus Fisher (R3 - Decision) Marco Pique

Dragon Series

Ian Alexander (R3 - Split Decision) Mohamed El Mir

Kader El Kamouchi (R2 - KO) Ricardo Cruz

Final: Ian Alexander (Ext.R - Disqualification) Kader El Kamouchi


Claudiu Istrate (R3 - Decision) Lucas Alsina

Rafael Da Souza (Ext.R - Decision) John Granville

Final: Claudiu Istrate (R3 - TKO) Rafael Da Souza




Quick Update on Venum Victory World Series in Panama

Venum Victory World Series is set to stage another big event today in Panama, getting underway in just a matter of moments, but it turns out there was a last minute change to the card. Attached below is the press statement released this afternoon.


News last time a few hours before the gala "Venum Victory World Series" expected tonight in Panama City; the Argentine fighter Nicolas Ryske has suffered a sudden illness had to cut weight and has not been allowed to compete by the doctor, and in its place is taken over by the Mexican Richard Cruz, who will challenge the French Kader El Khaamouchi in the semifinals of "Dragons Tournament" in the category of -72 kg.

Richard "The Scorpion" Cruz, Team Thai Boxing Camps of Mexico City, is the Muay Thai kickboxing and has established itself in boasting a score of 21 matches with 17 wins and 4 losses.

A real “coup de theater”, which however does not affect this stage of the prestigious tournament, in fact adds extra suspense pending the the ring to speak.


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