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We're a bit late here but it's taken quite a while to get access to video and piece together all the results, as the biggest Chinese promotion Wu Lin Feng held a big show on December 31, highlighted by an eight man tournament featuring Albert Kraus, Vuyisile Colossa, Luis Bio and Zhou Zhi Peng among others.
The quarter finals started off with a rematch between Zhou Zhi Peng and Luis Bio. Bio had won their first fight, which took place in November in the United States. This time around was different though, with Peng walking away with a competitive decision win. Next up in the quarter finals was Gustavo Mendes of Brazil, who took on China's Dong Wen Fei. Dong Wen Fei won via a second round knockout to advance to the semi finals to fight Zhou Zhi Peng.
The other side of the tournament started off with South Africa's Vuyisile Colossa fighting China's Wang Wei Hao. Wang Wei Hao dropped Colossa and had him in trouble in the third round, and that was enough for him to win the fight by decision. The final quarter final saw the big star of the tournament, Albert Kraus, fight 18 year old Zhang Zhao Yu. Kraus was able to wear his opponent down and stopped the 18 year old in the third round with a serious of body punches (video).
With the semi finals set, Zhou Zhi Peng and Dong Wen Fei were the first ones up. Dong Wen Fei ended up getting the decision, although I'm not sure that I agreed with it as Zhou Zhi Peng seemed to do more damage. Albert Kraus forced a number of counts on Wang Wei Hao in the other semi final, causing the Chinese corner to stop the fight after the first round, giving Kraus a TKO win (video).
Albert Kraus and Dong Wen Fei met in the final, and it ended in an emphatic finish. Kraus was hurting his opponent throughout the fight before finally knocking out Dong Wen Fei in the second round with a left hook to the body followed by a right high kick that sealed the deal (video).
Quarter Final: Zhou Zhi Peng def. Luis Bio by decision.
Quarter Final: Dong Wen Fei def. Gustavo Mendes by KO in Round 2.
Quarter Final: Wang Wei Hao def. Vuyisile Colossa by decision.
Quarter Final: Albert Kraus def. Zhang Zhao Yu by KO (Left Body Hook) in Round 3.
Semi Final: Dong Wen Fei def. Zhou Zhi Peng by decision.
Semi Final: Albert Kraus def. Wang Wei Hao by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 1.
Final: Albert Kraus def. Dong Wen Fei by KO (Right High Kick) in Round 2.
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The moment we've all been waiting for is finally approaching us, as DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo kicks off shortly from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. With eight MMA fights on the DREAM card, a 16 man Grand Slam heavyweight tournament and four kickboxing super fights on the GLORY 4 card, it's a stacked event and we've got you covered.
We have a complete guide to watching the event here. You can purchase the entire event, including DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo, and watch it live here on LiverKick by clicking here. DREAM 18 will start at 2 AM ET/11 PM PT in North America, which is 4:00 PM in Japan and 8:00 AM CET in Europe. GLORY 4 Tokyo will start at 6:00 AM ET/3:00 AM PT in North America, which is 8:00 PM in Japan and 12:00 PM CET in Europe.
Full fight card can also be seen here. Enjoy the show.
DREAM 18 (MMA):
Will Brooks def. Satoru Kitaoka by TKO (Punches) in Round 2.
Marloes Coenen def. Fiona Muxlow by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.
Hayato Sakurai def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision.
Melvin Manhoef def. Denis Kang by KO (Knee and Punches) in Round 1.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Yoshiro Maeda by submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1.
Shinya Aoki def. Antonio McKee by Submission (Punch) in Round 2.
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Hiroyuki Takaya by split decision.
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.
Kickboxing: Jerome Le Banner def. KOICHI aka Koichi Pettas by KO (Jab) in Round 3.
GLORY 4 (Kickboxing):
HW tournament: Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by KO (Jab) in Round 2.
HW tournament: Rico Verhoeven def. Sergei Kharitonov by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW tournament: Gokhan Saki def. Raoumaru by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.
HW tournament: Anderson "Braddock" Silva def. Igor Jurkovic by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.
HW tournament: Remy Bonjasky def. Filip Verlinden by split decision after three rounds.
HW tournament: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Errol Zimmerman by decision after two rounds.
HW tournament: Mourad Bouzidi def. Peter Aerts by TKO (Corner Stoppage/Broken Hand) after Round 1.
HW tournament: Daniel Ghita def. Jhonata Diniz by unanimous decision after three rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Semmy Schilt def. Rico Verhoeven by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Gokhan Saki def. Anderson "Braddock" Silva by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
HW Quarter Final: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Remy Bonjasky by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Daniel Ghita def. Mourad Bouzidi by TKO (Arm Injury) in Round 2.
85kg: Jason Wilnis def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.
HW Semi Final: Semmy Schilt def. Gokhan Saki by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Semi Final: Daniel Ghita def. Jamal Ben Saddik by KO (Liver Kick) in Round 1.
53kg: Mutsuki Ebata def. Sang-Jae Kim by unanimous decision.
70kg: Robin van Roosmalen def. Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision.
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Roman Mailov, a 21 year old up and coming fighter out of Poltava, Ukraine, recently signed with GLORY and today he fought his final fight of 2012 in Moscow, Russia. The event he fought on was W5's last event of the year, also with their finals of year-long tournaments which they ran.
Mailov faced Fikri Arican of Turkey and picked up his 16th win in a row, going 9-0 in 2012. The fight was set to go to an extra round but Arican refused to fight any longer so Mailov was awarded the victory by TKO.
W5 did a great job of building Mailov up as a fighter. They featured him consistently on their events and slowly but surely increased his level of competition. It also must be taken into account that 2012 was also the year where Mailov stepped up to fight at 70kg from his previous fighting weight of 63.5-67kg that he was fighting at before this year. The move up in weight has paid off, as he's been signed to GLORY and is set to make his debut for them in 2013.
Also on the card was Mailov's teammate and super prospect Alim Nabiev, who at 18 years old is also tearing through his competition, going 8-0 in Russia this year after his unanimous decision win today against Stanislav Kazantcev at 70kg. Also on the car dwas Alexander Surzhko, who took unanimous decision over England's Pete Irving.Add a comment
SuperKombat's final event of the year, "K-1 presents SuperKombat WGP 2012 Final" takes place today and features the finals of SuperKombat's heavyweight tournament, with Ismael Londt vs. Sebastian Ciobanu and Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Pavel Zhuravlev being the semi finals.
Also on the card are a number of K-1 fighters, including Hesdy Gerges, Raul Catinas and Sergei Lascenko, as well as the inaugural SuperKombat 95kg world title being on the line in a fight between Andrei Stoica and Arnold Oborotov. Full fight card here.
Aside from being live on Eurosport at 21:00 CET in Europe, you can watch the event live on internet PPV for $5 USD right here on LiverKick. For people in North America, it starts at 3PM ET/12 PM PT.
HW: Daniel Sam def. Ibrahim Aarab by split decision.
HW semi final: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Benjamin Adegbuyi by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
HW semi final: Ismael Londt def. Sebastian Ciobanu by TKO (Cut) in Round 2.
HW reserve fight: Freddy Kemayo def. Sergei Lascenko by split decision.
HW: Hesdy Gerges def. Carter Williams by KO (Knee) in Round 3.
95kg: Andrei Stoica def. Arnold Oborotov by KO (Punches) in Round 1.
HW: Raul Catinas def. Mighty Mo by unanimous decision.
HW Final: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Ismael Londt by unanimous decision in an extra round.Add a comment
Thai Fight's last event of 2012 took place today in Bangkok, Thailand and featured the finals of the 67kg and 70kg tournament, along with a four man, one night heavyweight tournament and two super fights.
In the main event, the 70kg final took place between Thai Fight's main star Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Vitaly Gurkov. Gurkov was the one fighter I thought that might be able to trouble Buakaw a bit with his clinching, but Buakaw repeatedly tossed and dumped him. Gurkov had a bit more success in getting the clinch as the fight went on, but the fight was still largely dominated by Buakaw, who won a decision and won Thai Fight's 70kg tournament for the second year in a row.
In the 67kg final, a rematch between Singmanee Kaewsamrit and Andrei Kulebin took place. The two first fought in June of this year where Singmanee took a disputed decision in what definitely was not a good fight. This time around it was a pretty fun fight, and Singmanee was able to edge it out with clean round kicks to the body, taking a decision win. Singmanee adapted to the three round format that emphasizes offense over the course of the tournament.
The four man, one night heavyweight tournament saw France's Patrice Quarteron defeat Dmitry Bezus in the final via decision. The first two fights were not televised, but saw Patrice Quarteron beat Andrei Gerasimchuk and Dmitry Bezus beat James Kouame.
The two super fights were typical Thai Fight mismatches, with Ikuysang Kor. Rungthanakiat blowing out Angelo Veniero in the first round with a KO via elbow and Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee bullying Gustavo Mendes around the ring for the course of the fight to get a decision win.
All videos can be found on the channel of the this video, which is the first part of Buakaw vs. Gurkov (Click here).
70kg final: Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Vitaly Gurkov by decision.
67kg final: Singmanee Kaewsamrit def. Andrei Kulebin by decision.
HW semi final: Patrice Quarteron def. Andrei Gerasimchuk
HW semi final: Dmitry Bezus def. James Kouame
HW final: Patrice Quarteron def. Dmitry Bezus by decision.
Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee def. Gustavo Mendes by decision.
Ikuysang Kor. Rungthanakiat def. Angelo Veniero by KO (Elbow) in Round 1.Add a comment
Fight Nights held Battle of Moscow 9 today in Moscow, Russia with three kickboxing bouts on the card. Vladimir Mineev fought the biggest test of his career in the main event against GLORY's Ali Cenik.
Mineev hadn't fought since June and it looked like there may have been some ring rust in the first round. By the second round, Mineev was starting to find his groove before getting caught with a perfectly placed coutner left hook from Cenik, sending him to the canvas. Down on the scorecards, Mineev rallied back in the third round and forced an extra round, where he dropped Cenik and got a decision victory. Mineev was tested and passed, but I'll be the first to say that he didn't look really good like he normally does. The good thing is that he's still only 22, and this fight also showed that he should stick to fighting at 95kg and not pursue heavyweight.
At 80kg, one of the top light heavyweights in kickboxing, Alexander Stetsurenko returned to the ring where he faced Golden Glory's Karapet Karapetyan. On paper this seemed like a sure win for Stetsurenko but Karapetyan showed that he's really improved over the course of this year and gave Stetsurenko a lot of trouble, not allowing him to get inside and peppering him from the outside. Stetsurenko looked to have hurt Karapetyan a few times when he was able to get inside, and ultimately got a razor thin decision victory. For Karapetyan there's no shame in defeat and he put up a really good fight.
At 95kg, another staple in Fights Nights, Ramazan Ramazanov, dominated Holland's Fabian Gondorf over the course of three rounds. Ramazanov was very sharp with his kicking game and might be finding some consistency to his performances. I'd like to see him take a step up in competition against even the likes of Ali Cenik to see how he does.Add a comment
The K-1 World MAX 2012 Final is here, and we've got you covered with live results. The event features the Final 8 of the World MAX tournament (70kg) with the likes of Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Andy Ristie, Mike Zambidis and more.
It's in Athens, Greece and starts at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT in North America. In Greece, the event will be starting at 18:30 local time. The event can be watched free here on Spike.com in North America. For international fans, the event will cost $10 USD on Ustream, which will be here. Full fight card here.
50kg: Evangelos Soubakas def. Borislav Ivanov by decision.
70kg: Thanasis Karousous def. Giorgios Kounopidis by decision.
69kg: Stavros Exakoustidis def. Dionisis Gikas by decision.
81kg: Alexandros Chatzichronoglou def. Nikos Kelekis by decision.
Reserve: Abraham Roqueni def. Xu Yan by unanimous decision.
Quarter Final: Mike Zambidis def. Reece McAllister by unanimous decision.
Quarter Final: Murthel Groenhart def. Yasuhiro Kido by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.
Quarter Final: Artur Kyshenko def. Chris Ngimbi by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 2.
Quarter Final: Andy Souwer def. Andy Ristie by unanimous decision.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Erkan Varol by unanimous decision.
Semi Final: Murthel Groenhart def. Mike Zambidis by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 2.
Semi Final: Artur Kyshenko def. Andy Souwer by unanimous decision.
70kg: Cedric Manhoef def. Songkran Bamrungsri by decision.
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Earlier today, Krush held Krush.25, the Team Dragon 10th anniversary card which featured all of Team Dragon's top talents and was headlined by a 60kg title fight between the only current Krush champion from Team Dragon, Hirotaka Urabe, and Naoki Ishikawa for the third time. Also on the card were Koya Urabe and Hideaki Yamazaki taking on French opponents Mickael Peynaud and Gagny Baradji, respectively.
In the night's main event, Hirotaka Urabe and Naoki Ishikawa proved that they are each other's equals, fighting to their second draw and once again leaving the title in Urabe's hands. This is their second draw in as many title fights, with the two drawing back in January at Krush.15, though this fight was a bit different as both fighters managed to score knockdowns. Urabe (19-5-3, 9 KO) improves his unbeaten streak to 13, with the only blemishes being the two draws to Ishikawa. Going forward, his 3 best options are a 4th fight with Ishikawa, a 2nd fight with Xavier Bastard or a fight with RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama. The loss has to be heartbreaking for Ishikawa (35-18-6, 18 KO) as he managed to win one card, but just couldn't get that elusive second card, falling just short once again. Nobody can question that he is #1a to Urabe's #1 in the division, but he lacks the all important title. Moving forward, he could take on the winner of one of the 60kg matchups set for Krush's January 14th card or Krush could give him an immediate rematch.
In the first Krush vs France fight, Savate World champion Gagny Baradji scored the upset of the night with a 2nd round KO of Krush 63kg WILDRUSH League winner Hideaki Yamazaki. I believe Baradji saw the mat himself in the first round, but came back strong in the 2nd and stopped Yamazaki with a right cross 58 seconds into the round. The win is huge for Baradji as little was known about him coming into this fight other than he was a Savate champion, while Yamazaki was set to take on Krush 63kg champion Thomas Adamandopoulos some time this year. Baradji likely earned himself another fight against a top-level guy in Krush and maybe even a future shot at Adamandopoulos. Big loss for Yamazaki who tastes defeat for only the second time in his career. He loses whatever momentum he would have taken into a fight with Adamandopoulos. He was already going to be a big underdog heading into that fight, but his chances now seem slim.
In the other Krush vs France fight, 2012 Youth GP champion Koya Urabe took a unanimous decision over Mickael Peynaud, with all 3 judges scoring the fight 30-27. Urabe (25-4-0, 4 KO) seems to have been a bit re-energized after a KO loss to Masaaki Noiri and a loss to Keijiro Miyakoshi back in February. This makes it 6 straight for him and puts him in a good position to possibly rematch Noiri, with the winner hopefully receiving a title shot. Peynaud was coming off of a loss to Javier Hernandez last month and although he's lost two straight, he doesn't have much to hang his head about, especially considering he was a late replacement for Karim Bennoui.
At 63kg, former Krush champion Ryuji Kajiwara defeated former NJKF champion Ikki by unanimous decision on scores of 30-29 and 30-28(x2). Kajiwara hadn't fought since being knocked out by Thomas Adamandopoulos back in August in a title defense. This is a solid bounce-back win over a solid fighter and keeps Kajiwara in the title picture. The only real place for him to go from here would be a fight with a foreign opponent or a rematch with Masaaki Noiri, a fight his teammmate Koya Urabe is also gunning for. Ikki had won two in a row by stoppage heading into this fight, most recently stopping Taito in the 1st round.
The card also featured a trio of Team Dragon 55kg standouts fighting, with Takumi decisioning Kazuki Tanaka, Takeru scoring a 1st round KO of Katsuki Sakaki and Namito Izawa winning a majority decision over Tatsuya Hibata. Takumi picks up a win in his first fight since losing to current champion Shota Takiya. Next for him is the 55kg WILDRUSH League, which I have him favored to win, with another chance at Takiya on the line. Takeru picks up his 3rd straight win and could have very well been in line for a title shot himself as Sakaki was the man Takumi beat to earn his shot. However, Takeru will be participating in the Krush 58kg tournament, likely to avoid fighting Izawa and Takumi. I have him as the second biggest favorite in that tournament behind Nobuchika Terado. Izawa takes his 3rd straight win as well after back to back losses to the aforementioned Terado and Yuya Suzuki. Izawa is sort of left in limbo as he is not in the WILDRUSH League nor is he really in a position to earn a title shot.
Krush returns on January 14th with Jawin Presents ~Krush 67kg Tournament First Round~ at Yoyogi National Stadium. The card features the opening round of the 67kg tournament which features names like Yuta Kubo, Yuji Nashiro, Houcine Bennoui and Yuya Yamamoto. First round matchups have not been announced yet, though there is a press conference scheduled for the 17th which will likely announce the quarterfinals as well as the remaining single fights for the card.
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There was a lot of notable action this weekend which included the likes of Saenchai, Liam Harison, Sergio Wielzen and many more. Here's some more results from this weekend in the kickfighting hemisphere.
December 8 - Explosion - Bratislava, Slovakia:
Vladimir Moravcik def. Raphael Llodra by unanimous decision.
Raphael Llodra is an up and coming fighter out of France who made an appearance on Thai Fight this year, losing via cut stoppage to Armin Pumphanmuang. He lost again this time to the long time veteran Vladimir Moravcik, who is still going strong even after his loss to Yodsanklai Fairtex in May. Moravcik is still capable of hanging with a lot of fighters around 72.5-77kg.
Miroslav Cingel def. Almedin Hasanagic by KO in Round 1.
Slovakia is actually quite a hotbed for the 85kg division, with many fights over there taking place in this division. In particular, Miroslav Cingel is one of the country's best fighters at that weight and rolled again here with another win, after a loss last month at Souboj Titanu in the Czech Republic to David Keclik.
December 9 - Clichy, France: Johann Fauveau def. Willy Borrel by unanimous decision.
Johann Fauveau is a fighter I profiled all the way back around the early part of this year. He's defeated Jordan Watson this year and is quite a good fighter out of France at 70-72.5kg who definitely deserves a shot on the big stage. This was Fauveau's first fight since that fight in May against Watson, and also his third fight against Willy Borrel. Fauveau lost to Borrel in 2007 and beat him in 2008. Fauveau beat Borrel again yesterday, moving onto 2013 with three wins in 2012. He'll face Ludovic Millet in January.
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Today in Macau, Muay Thai Warriors held another event with some very interesting fights, including the third fight between Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym and Liam Harrison, along with Ireland's Stephen Meleady fighting Seeoui Sor Sunantachai for the Muay Thai Warriors Featherweight Title.
Last month, Saenchai defeated Pakorn Baanpiaoom and Damien Alamos within the span of two weeks in a highly impressive feat. Coming into the fight, myself and others gave Liam a good chance to win here. But Saenchai did as Saenchai always does, and won a clear cut unanimous decision over Liam Harrison.
Harrison fought well over the course of the fight, landing a number of hard low kicks that he's become known for. Saenchai was able to dictate the fight with his sublime skills. That makes it three wins in a month's time for Saenchai, and when you consider the competition that he did it against, it's quite amazing.
Stephen Meleady of Ireland has made a name for himself this year in Muay Thai with great fights against Rungravee Sasiprapa and Kongnapa Sirimongkol and faced another action fighter in Seeoui Sor Sunantachai. Meleady seemed to take control with his knees and clinch work in the fourth and fifth rounds but Seeoui was given the decision. I personally thought Meleady won. Here's a link to the fight where you can decide for yourself.
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