|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)|
Superkombat's final qualification Grand Prix event is taking place today in Arad, Romania, and as always Liverkick has got you covered with live results.
The card features the typical Superkombat qualifying four-man tournament, with Goran Radonjic taking on Rhazvan Ghita on one side, and Steve Banks fighting Roman Kleibl on the other. There are also four superfights on the card, including Toni Milavonic facing Andrei Stoica, and the headliner, Dzevead Poturak against Sebastian Ciobanu.
The event kicks off at 21:00 CET in Europe, and begins in North America at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will be airing live on Eurosport. Follow me @SandersonSensei on twitter for live updates. Click here for the full card.
Super Fight (-95 kg): Andrei Stoica def. Toni Milanovic by decision.
Super Fight (+125 kg): Alexandru Lungu def. Deutsch Pu'u by KO (Punch) in Round 2.
Super Fight (+96 kg): Sebastian Ciobanu def. Dzevad Poturak by decision.
National Title Local Kombat Romania (75 kg) Miodrag Olar def. Adrian Mitu by decision.
HW Final: Roman Kleibl def. Razvan Ghita by decision.Add a comment
Thailand vs. Asia 2012, a continuation of the Thailand vs. Challengers series, went down last week in Malaysia. Featured on the card were some pretty good match-ups, including Pechumpholl vs. Ali Yaakob, Leo Monteiro vs. Jom Kitti, and Armin Pumpanmuang vs. Faizal Ramli.
In the night’s main event, Armin Pumpanmuang, considered one of the most promising Thai’s at 70 kg, dominated Faizal Ramli, a hometown favorite, in a lopsided decision victory. This was an interesting fight on paper as Armin was coming off a very poor performance against Raphaël Llodra in September. However, Ramli didn’t seem to have an answer for anything Armin threw at him and spent most of the match complaining about the ring.
In the event’s lone superfight, Leo Monteiro dropped a decision to Jom Kitti. Leo, who was originally supposed to take on Tetsuya Yamato in September, couldn’t find a home for most of his punches or body kicks. Jom used his experience to outlast the taller Brazilian, staying against the ropes for the majority of the rounds, nullifying Monteiro’s attacks and dominating the clinch.
Ali Yaakob contributed the lone win for Asia against Petchumpholl. Ali clearly had the better cardio of the two and outworked the Thai with quick leg-kicks en-route to a decision victory. Yaakob is considered one of the best at 55 kg in Asia, and I would like to see him take the step up to 60 kg. He might be someone to look out for in the future.
Full Event Results
Yaya def. Kudin by TKO in Round 2.
Changpuek def. Liu Xiang Ming by KO in Round 2.
Ali Yaakob def. Pechumpholl by decision.
Madsua def. Mostafa Abdollahi by decision.
Jom Kitti def. Leo Monteiro by decision.
Armin Pumpanmuang def. Faizal Ramli by decision.Add a comment
It isn't that people underrate Eddie Walker as much as Joe Schilling is one of the few American Muay Thai stars that people believe in, so this weekend when Eddie Walker stepped into the ring against the tour de force that is known as Joe Schilling with Can't Stop Crazy behind him, he really had nothing to lose. Things were rocky at the start for Walker and it looked like Schilling was going to get the job done in the second round, but when he went in for the kill, something truly fascinating happened; Walker unloaded with a clean shot that put Schilling down and ended the fight. Walker has gone and made himself a name in the blink of an eye in the US Muay Thai scene. He is also expected to make his K-1 debut at some point in the near future as well, so things are looking up for Walker.
The rest of the Pro fights from Lion Fight were as follows;
Eddie Walker (R2 - KO) Joe Schilling
Gregory Choplin (Dec.) Joseph Valtellini
Tiffany Van Soest (Dec.) Jeri Sitzes
Andy Singh (Dec.) Anthony Castrejon
Coke Chunhawat (R4 - KO) Adiran MorillaAdd a comment
Yes, it is that time yet again for live results. This time feels a bit special as this is the first time in two years now that we will be seeing a K-1 Heavyweight tournament event originating live in Japan. It is airing on Ustream/Spike TV's website for free. Yes, for free. Follow us on Twitter as well (@LiverKickdotcom and @RianScalia).
Stay tuned to LiverKick for live results.
Zhou Zhi Peng (R2 - TKO) Koutaro Mori - Zhou simply applied too much pressure and used his hands effectively against Mori, who was working his kicks.
James Wilson (R3 - Draw) Rick Roufus - Absolute garbage decision here. Roufus outclassed the larger fighter by controlling the ring and landing kicks. Originally announced an extension round, and then said no extra round, just a draw. Weird.
Benjamin Adegbuyi (R1 - TKO [Injury]) Jafar Ahmadi - Decent bit of a fight, then Ahmadi's hand came down onto Benny's leg and apparently broke his hand. He shook his hand in the corner and took a 10 count.
Pavel Zhuravlev (R3 - Dec.) Saulo Calavari - Good back-and-forth with Saulo showing flashes of brilliance, but was simply outclassed by Pavel. Oddly enough, they listed Pavel as being from Russia, not the Ukraine.
Changhyun Lee (R3 - Dec.) Genji Umeno - Amazing, amazing fight. Just go and watch this one, I don't feel like I can do it justice right now.
Ben Edwards (R2 - KO) Raul Catinas - Both men were looking to murder the other in round 1, but between rounds it became clear that Catinas was completely gassed out. Edwards slugged Catinas out and then pushed him over for the ref to count him down.
Jarrell Miller (R3 - Dec.) Arnold Oborotov - This was kicks vs. punches and Jarrell's punches put Oborotov down in R1. Round 2 saw Oborotov look a bit better, but round three was all Miller.
Zabit Samedov (R1 - KO) Xavier Vigney - This fight was brutal. Samedov is a seasoned veteran and Xavier Vigney is fresh out of high school with one professional fight under his belt. It felt irresponsible of K-1 to put Vigney in a position like this. After Vigney was hit once he fell apart and went down three times, his corner throwing in the towel right before the third.
Hesdy Gerges (R3 - Dec.) Sergei Lascenko - This fight was exactly what you'd expect of it. Hesdy is the easy favorite for the whole tournament now.
Ismael Londt (R3 - Dec.) Singh Jaideep - This fight was also exactly what you'd expect of it. Londt gassed out, Jaideep hit like he was trying not to break an egg.
Makoto Uehara (R3 - Dec.) Hiromi Amada - Yeah.
Catalin Morosanu (R3 - Dec.) Paul Slowinski - Slowinski looked good early on, but Morosanu kept throwing bombs until they did him favors in round 3. Two knockdowns in R3 told the story.
Mirko Cro Cop (R3 - Dec.) Randy Blake - Randy Blake simply had no answer for Cro Cop and was connecting here and there, but proved to not have the power to make a difference. Late in the third Randy suckerpunched Cro Cop, which sadly for him, did little damage. Cro Cop walks away with the win.Add a comment
Krush.23 took place earlier today featuring two of the promotion's champions taking on French opponents, as well as a trio of important 60kg fights and the final leg of the -63kg WILDRUSH League.
In the night's main event, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe needed an extension round, but was able to force a doctor stoppage of France's Xavier Bastard. Urabe and Bastard were both able to land on each other, but it seems as though Urabe was landing slightly more often and hurting Bastard's body throughout the fight. The fight was stopped due to a large amount of blood coming out of Bastard's left ear, which I believe was largely a result of the pictured spinning heel kick. Urabe (20-6-2, 10 KO) pushes his unbeaten streak to 12, going 11-0-1 over that stretch, and defending his Krush title twice. I expect Urabe to be back in Krush early next year to defend his title, possibly against Naoki Ishikawa. Good showing from Bastard, who was the closest to beating Urabe since Ishikawa fought him to a draw. It's a shame the fight didn't go to the scorecards.
In the co-main event, Krush 70kg champion Yasuhiro Kido had little trouble with Frenchman Ludovic Millet, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26(x3). Kido was able to drop Millet twice, but wasn't able to put him away. Kido (30-13-1, 14 KO) has won six in a row, most recently defeating Yu Hirono in Big Bang. He is due for a title defense before the end of the year, but with the K-1 World MAX Finals on December 8th, I think Kido will be given an exemption by Krush and be able to defend his title next year.
In a 60kg fight, Naoki Ishikawa edged out Shota Senchaigym with a unanimous decision on scores of 28-27(x3). Although the fight was close on the scorecards, Ishikawa largely controlled the fight outside of a knockdown in the first round. However, immediately on the restart, Ishikawa threw a flying knee that scored him a knockdown of his own and managed to control the rest of the fight with his unorthodox style. Ishikawa (35-18-5, 18 KO) is now on a two-fight win streak after a win over Kan Itabashi in June and could find himself fighting Hirotaka Urabe for the title next, though I'll talk about that situation in a little bit. Shota is now 1-1-1 in Krush, drawing Makahira Keita at Krush.18 and most recently beating Takeshi Watanabe at Krush.21. Good showing from him considering he was able to drop Ishikawa, but outside of that he had little answer for Ishikawa.
In another 60kg fight, "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi returned to Krush for the first time in over a year and scored a dramatic 3rd round KO Krush 60kg Tournament winner Fumiya Osawa. Osawa dropped Takeuchi once in the first round and twice in the second, but Takeuchi roared back with a knockdown of his own in the 2nd before the deciding third round saw Takeuchi drop Osawa twice en route to a stoppage when Osawa stumbled around the ring after the second knockdown. Takeuchi (22-8-2, 13 KO) didn't fail to entertain the fans in his return to Krush and has now won 2 in a row after returning with a win in MA Kick earlier in the year. Osawa (7-9-1, 2 KO) put forth a great effort, dropping Takeuchi 3 times, but was unable to close it out. After winning the Krush 60kg tournament, he has dropped two in a row, losing his title shot to Hirotaka Urabe and now losing to Takeuchi. I'd like to see him take on Shota Senchaigym next.
In the final 60kg fight, former RISE champion Kan Itabashi scored a first round KO of Katsuya Goto. Itabashi (20-6-2, 4 KO) picks up his first win since last July after dropping two straight to It's Showtime champ Masahiro Yamamoto and Naoki Ishikawa. This win keeps him in the upper echelon of the 60kg division in Krush. Goto is now on a 2-fight losing streak after losing in the Krush 60kg tournament finals to Fumiya Osawa. A third fight between them would be a good fight.
Now to look at the 60kg division after tonight's fights. In my eyes, the logical move would be to set up Urabe vs Ishikawa 3 for the title and Takeuchi vs Itabashi with the winner being next in line, considering that Ishikawa has recent wins over both Takeuchi and Itabashi and fought Urabe to a draw in his title shot. However, Ishikawa vs Takeuchi 3 is another very real possibility that is hard to say no to as they have produced fireworks in their two previous bouts, with their first fight in the AJKF Lightweight Tournament Semifinals in 2009 becoming an instant classic and their last fight also seeing them both hit the canvas.
Finally, in the conclusion of the WILDRUSH League, 4th placed NOMAN scored a 1st round knockout of last placed Naoki Terasaki which propelled him to a third place finish in the league. In the first deciding fight of the WILDRUSH League, second placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi needed a knockout and a Hideaki Yamazaki loss to win the League and the title shot, but was dropped 3 times by 5th placed TaCa en route to a one-sided unanimous decision win, winning the WILDRUSH League for Yamazaki. However in his own fight, Yamazaki went out and closed out the League with a unanimous decision of Yukimitsu Takahashi, finishing the WILDRUSH League with a perfect 5-0-0 (1 KO) record and earning himself a title shot against current 63kg champion Thomas Adamandopoulos. I'm not entirely sold on Yamazaki as an elite contender in the 63kg division, but he beat everyone they put in front of him in the WILDRUSH League, including avenging his sole loss to TaCa. I don't like his chances against Adamandopoulos, but he has two teammates at Team Dragon who recently fought him, so he could develop a gameplan to shock everyone.
Also at the event, Krush announced their first two shows of 2013, first a show taking place on January 14th (presumably Krush-EX 2013 vol.1) at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, though I believe it will be held at the smaller venue there as opposed to the 14,000+ seat arena. The other show announced was Krush.26 on January 26th.
Quick results after the break
New Jersey Muay Thai fans were treated to an exciting card of amateur and pro fights last Saturday, September 29th at Warriors Cup XV, held at the Rahway Rec Center (not to be confused with the Rahway Rehab Center, so Google carefully, lest you get stuck driving in circles around a safety town on E Main Street for an hour). The event featured sixteen fights (twelve amateur and four pro bouts) and showcased some serious local talent. Add a comment
The other prominent event that took place in France yesterday was TK2 World MAX 2012, in Marseilles.
Atop the card was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, the popular Thai fighter who was coming off a surprising loss to Mickael Piscitello by cut at Thai Fight in France last month. Sudsakorn faced Cedric Castagna, an experienced French fighter in kickboxing and full contact. Sudsakorn was expected to win and of course, that's what he did as he won a decision over Castagna.
Also on the card was one of Marseilles' most popular fighters and LiverKick's own #6 on our lightweight rankings, Thomas Adamandopoulos. He faced Cyril Abbas, another fighter from the Marseilles area with a full contact background. Adamandopoulos did the same as Sudsakorn and won a decision. Next for him is a fight with LiverKick #4 lightweight Karim Bennoui.
In another interesting lightweight match-up, France's Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud were match up with the winner in my eyes establishing himself as an upper echelon fighter. Both fighters had lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos in the past. Modibo Diarra got the win via decision, and with it, probably comes closer to another fight with Adamandopoulos. Their first fight was under full contact rules, with Diarra getting stopped in the third round.
A four man tournament took place at 72kg with France's Jeremy Ragazzacci taking on Belgium's Edgar N'Zunga on one side and France's Mohamed Diaby fighting Spain's Antonio Gomez Cortes. Ragazzacci advanced to the final with a decision win and Diaby knocked out Gomez Cortes in the first round. In the final, Diaby won a decision over Ragazzacci. This was Diaby's return to kickboxing after qualifying for the Olympics in boxing.
Nicolas Parlanti def. Yoan Scardato by TKO in Round 1.
Reserve: Samba Bocar def. Wilfried Martin by KO in Round 3.
Semi-Final: Jeremy Ragazzacci def. Edgar N'Zunga by decision.
Semi-Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Antonio Gomez Cortes by KO in Round 1.
Wallid Haddad def. Sekou Dembele by decision.
Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Jeremy Ragazzacci by decision.
Thomas Adamandopoulos def. Cyril Abbas by decision.
Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee def. Cedric Castagna by decision.Add a comment
Yesterday was a busy day in France with two prominent events happening. Time Fight 2 took place in Tours, after many major changes to the fight card.
The main event featured Fabio Pinca in action against Dutch kickboxer Tayfun Ozcan at 67kg, after the originally scheduled main attraction in Houcine Bennoui vs. Damien Alamos was pulled from the card. Pinca ended up being too much for the young Ozcan under Muay Thai rules, winning by TKO in Round 3. After a string of incredibly tough opponents, it was good to see Pinca get back in the win column with an easier fight. Pinca dominated in the clinch with knees and Ozcan couldn't continue after suffering a broken arm.
In other action on the card, Team Nasser K's Issam Reghi rebounded from a loss to Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee and won a decision over the long time veteran Marco Pique. Aziz Hlali handed Bobo Sacko the first loss of his career via decision. Another Team Nasser K fighter, Amine Kacem, who's very young, got the biggest win of his career to date with a win over the established French veteran Albert Chey via decision. Definitely keep an eye out for Kacem.
Fabio Pinca def. Tayfun Ozcan by TKO (Broken Arm) in Round 3.
Issam Reghi def. Marco Pique by decision.
Aziz Hlali def. Bobo Sacko by decision.
Amine Kacem def. Albert Chey by decision.Add a comment
MA Kick and WBC Japan held a big card earlier today headlined by the huge featherweight showdown between current WBC Japan champ Yosuke Morii and MA Kick champion and undefeated Hiroki Akimoto, as well as three other WBC Japan title fights and a superfight for MA Kick Flyweight champ Yuuji Uwasawa.
In the night's main event, Hiroki Akimoto remained undefeated in his pro career with a unanimous decision over Yosuke Morii on scores of 49-48, 49-47 and 50-47 to capture Morii's WBC Japan Featherweight title. Akimoto got the better of Morii throughout the first three rounds, landing more often, harder and cleaner than his opponent. However, in the 4th, Morii had Akimoto in trouble with a big left hook, but in the final round Akimoto came back strong and sealed his victory. Akimoto (16-0-0, 8 KO) has his consecutive (T)KO win streak snapped, but I'm sure he doesn't mind as he now has a claim as the #1 Featherweight in Japan with Genji Umeno effectively gone, fighting in Thailand and K-1. As a former K-1 Koshien finalist and now with this win over Morii, Akimoto could find himself a player in K-1 next year with the planned division expansion, but until then I'd like to see him fight Heihachi Nakajima or somebody of a similar caliber. Morii (20-4-2, 9 KO) once again fails in his quest for divisional supremacy, losing a one-sided decision to Genji Umeno in their fight last year. However, Morii is still a clear #2 behind Akimoto, holding wins this year over Heihachi Nakajima and Hiroki Nagashima. I expect Morii to continue to run through the division until a rematch with Akimoto or Umeno presents itself.
In the co-main event, WBC and WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato made the first defense of his WBC Japan title with a majority decision over WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion Kiminori Matsuzaki on scores of 49-49 and 49-48(x2). Kato was originally set to face Hiroyuki Yamano, though for a reason unknown to me, he was replaced by Matsuzaki, who Kato had recently called out because of Matsuzaki's recent win over Kato's teammate, Takuma Ito. Kato (19-3-1, 9 KO) has won two in a row after losing two in a row for the first time in his career, most recently defeating K-1 competitor Shuichi Wentz for the WPMF Japan Flyweight title. With wins over Yuki, Naoki Otsuki, Wentz, Sazanami Satsuma and now Matsuzaki, Kato has arguably the best resume at Flyweight and if it weren't for a majority decision loss to Yuuji Uwasawa, Kato would hands down be the top guy at the weight. A rematch with Uwasawa would be a great next fight for Kato, however after the fight Kato stated he wanted to fight internationally, naming Romie Adanza specifically. Matsuzaki came into this fight 14 years older than his opponent and with a 4-1 record in his last 5 fights, including wins over Hiroyuki Yamano and Takuma Ito, but has now lost two in a row. At 37, Matsuzaki didn't really show any signs of slowing down and has actually seemed to hit the best stride in his career despite back to back losses, both of which were close majority decisions. A fight with J-Network champion Kentaro Kimura could be in his near future.
At Welterweight, WBC Japan champ Yuya Yamato dominated Daiki Watabe en route to a 5th round TKO via cut to defend his WBC Japan title for the first time. Yamato (15-7-0, 10 KO) had a bit of speculation around his performance coming into this fight as he was obliterated by a Yuta Kubo headkick in his last fight, but he had little trouble with Watabe here, dropping him in the second round and offensively smothering him. With his natural fighting weight around 66kg, Yamato is somewhat stuck between two divisions and, because of this, doesn't have a lot of top tier competition to fight at his weight. That being said, WPMF Japan Welterweight champion T-98, should he successfully defend his title at the end of the month, would be a great, competitive matchup for Yamato at a weight he is comfortable fighting at. Watabe (13-9-1, 9 KO) came into this fight on a 2 fight winstreak, but just wasn't on the same level as Yamato.
In the final WBC Japan title fight, Takuma Ito was just too much for J-Network champ Kentaro Kimura and scored a 4th round TKO via corner stoppage to win the vacant WBC Japan Bantamweight title. Ito (14-3-1, 7 KO) had been struggling greatly as of late, losing three in a row to Kiminori Matsuzaki, TO-MA and Takashi Ohno, all of which were title fights, after starting his career 12-0-1. However, he bounced back with a win in June and now scores a big win here. I'd like to see him rematch Takashi Ohno for the MA Kick title in his next fight. Kimura was riding a 5-fight win streak into this fight which included winning the J-Network Bantamweight tournament, but came up short here. As previously stated, I'd like to see him defend his J-Network title against Kiminori Matsuzaki should Matsuzaki want to move up to Bantamweight.
Finally, MA Kick Flyweight champ Yuji Uwasawa took an easy win over Nagata Haryi on scores of 30-26 and 30-28(x2). Uwasawa would have liked to have been fighting Ryuji Kato on this card, but a loss to Hiroyuki Yamano in a #1 contender's bout earlier this year denied him of that chance. This win snaps a 2-fight losing streak for Uwasawa which included that loss to Yamano and a loss to Shuichi Wentz.
Quick results after the break
Although Superpro Fight Night IV took place a week ago in Basel, Switzlerland, it was aired in Switzerland on TeleBasel today and after watching it, I thought it'd be appropriate to highlight it, considering all three Beqiri brothers were fighting. The event also had the Glory tournament with the new format, but that part wasn't televised on TeleBasel, unfortunately.
First up is Ilir Beqiri, the youngest of the Beqiri brothers and also the lightest as this fight was at 63.5kg. He's just 18 years old and is now 7-0 in his pro career after defeating Mohammed Jelassi of France. Ilir shows tons of skill and promise for a kickboxer of his age and one can only assume that he's going to keep getting better, much like his brothers have. It was actually a close fight with Jelassi, who probably should've gotten more credit on the scorecards as the French fighter also showed a lot of skill and promise. Beqiri scored mostly with punches and occasional teeps to the face while Jelassi had more of a Muay Thai style, hammering in kicks to the body, along with step up knees there as well. Definitely look out for both fighters in the future, especially Ilir, seeing as how well his brothers have done.
Even though his fight was shown last, after Shemsi's, I'm going from youngest to oldest and talking about Hysni Beqiri, who dominated Mohammed El Mir, a participant in the GLORY Final 16, en route to a clear cut unanimous decision. Hysni definitely fights in much more of a different style than his two brothers, as he throws a lot more kicks than them. He likes to fire kicks to the body from range and attacks with a much more measured approach, maintaining his distance whilst punishing his opponents. Hysni is just 23 years old, again already showing tons of skill and promise. In my opinion, he's definitely ready to fight on a bigger stage like Glory, as he already showed in his fight against Hafid el Boustati where he arguably won after three rounds.
Last up, Shemsi Beqiri, the oldest and right now, the most successful and well known Beqiri. He may be the oldest but Shemsi is still only 26 years old and from the looks of his fight, still seems to be getting better. He got the biggest win of his career against Yoshihiro Sato back in May and while Steeve Valente is not as good as Sato, Shemsi dominated him and showcased some new skills. Particularly in the first two rounds, Shemsi started to throw hard kicks to the body, backing up Valente, just as he would back him up for the entire fight, including when he forced two counts on him in the second round. While Shemsi gets in and gets out, in this fight he was a pure presser fighter and it definitley worked. Look for Shemsi in the GLORY Final 8 in Rome, Italy on November 3.Add a comment