|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, New Japan Kickboxing Association(Shin Nihon Kickboxing Association) held Soul in the Ring IX headlined by Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight champion Hiroki Ishii in his first fight since winning the title. Also on the card were K-1 veteran Yoshimichi Matsumoto, SNKA Flyweight champ Mitsuki Ebata, SNKA Heavyweight champ Toshio Matsumoto and SNKA Lightweight champ Tatsuya Ishii.
In the main event, Hiroki Ishii took on Thai fighter Phahurat Sukpaya(?), scoring a 5th round body shot KO at 1:25 into the round. The win is the 5th in a row for Ishii and moves him to 54-12-12 (26 KO). His first scheduled defense of his Rajadamnern Stadium title was announced after his fight to take place on March 11th at Korakuen Hall, though no opponent has been announced.
In a superfight, SNKA Heavyweight champion Toshio Matsumoto scored a 4th straight knockout win with a 2nd round KO of Rakhataya Pumpanmuang(?) at 1:30 into the round. The win moves the Shin Nihon champ to 8-1 at heavyweight with all 8 wins coming by KO. Up until 2008, Matsumoto was a 70kg fighter and had 2 fights in K-1, both losses to Duane "Bang" Ludwig and TOMO. His lone loss at heavyweight was to former K-1 fighter Hiromi Amada, so that sort of gives you an idea of where he stands. I believe he announced that he would be in a number 1 contender's bout for the It's Showtime 95kg title at REBELS.10 on January 22nd. Considering the lack of depth at heavyweight in Japan, Danyo Ilunga should run through whoever emerges as his challenger.
In yet another Japan vs Thailand superfight, SNKA Flyweight champion Mitsuki Ebata defeated Thai fighter Tahanek ParadonGym(?) by 2nd round KO at 2:50 into the round. The 20 year old Ebata is now 14-1-1 (9 KO) in his pro career, though he also dropped a decision to 2010 K-1 Koshien Finalist Hiroki Akimoto under the Koshien banner. His sole loss came to former AJKF and WBC Japan Bantamweight champion and former WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion Arashi Fujiwara at Sengoku: Soul of Fight. He and his twin brother Rui Ebata have a very bright future going forward and could join fellow young fighter Genji Umeno as Japanese fighters who excel in Thaiboxing.
In a non-title fight, 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament semifinalist Yoshimichi Matsumoto snapped a 3-fight losing streak with a 2nd round flying knee KO of SNKA Lightweight champion Tatsuya Ishii at 2:58 into the round. The two fought once before in May of 2009 with Ishii taking a majority decision. Matsumoto won the SNKA Lightweight title before vacating it to compete in the 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament which was his coming out party as he upset AJKF legend Haruaki Otsuki in the qualifying round and scoring a KO over Daisuke Uematsu in the quarterfinals before eating a huge high kick against Yuta Kubo that ended his night. After that fight, he got knocked out in the first round by Makoto Nishiyama and dropped a rematch to Katsuji by decision. The win is a huge bounce back for Matsumoto who moves to 15-5 (7 KO) on his career and should have an angle for a 3rd fight with Ishii for the title.
Finally, #3 ranked Masayuki Uchida defeated #1 ranked Katsuya Setoguchi by majority decision on scores of 48-48, 49-47 and 49-48 to claim the vacant SNKA Featherweight title.