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Tag: K-1

KRUSH.79 Results: Masaaki Noiri and Tetsuya Yamato Knockout the Competition

This morning in Japan, K-1 Japan Group presented KRUSH.79, featuring a few of their bigger stars from K-1 Japan as well as other kickboxing stars under their banner. The highlight of the event would have to be Masaaki Noiri scoring a round two knockout win over Diego Freitas. Also in action was Tetsuya Yamato, who also scored a knockout win and KANA. Atsushi Yamato (R1 – KO) Kuroudo Aoshi (R2 – KO) Koki Masafumi Kurasaki (R3 – Dec) Taishi Yamada Kazuma Sone (R1 – KO) Hideaki Hiromi Wajima (R1 – KO) Tanaka Striek Yuki Yuto Shinohara (R1 – KO) Kensei [read more]

The Age of the Kickboxing Four Man Tournament is Over

Modern kickboxing has had its fair share of ups and downs, but since the fall of FEG in 2011 there has been a growing trend in kickboxing and that trend is the one-night, four-man tournament. Made popular by promotions like GLORY, Kunlun Fight and countless others, it has become the standard of which modern kickboxing exists and frankly, it misses the mark on what made tournaments and kickboxing special. In the case of GLORY they are used for anything and everything. The common application of four-man tournaments has been for title contendership. The problem is, though, if you look at [read more]

Cyril Abidi Looking to Revive Age-Old Rivalry with Jerome Le Banner

In the age of the professional sport of kickboxing there isn’t a whole lot of bad blood anymore. Sure, Badr Hari can turn things up when he wants to, but that feeling of pure hatred still isn’t quite there, especially when Rico Verhoeven and him embrace after an odd fight. Badr Hari is a businessman now and his brand — as tainted as it is — is still Badr Hari. There’s not much pure hatred left. That’s why when one retired fighter saw that K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner was looking to step back into the ring against somewhat rival [read more]

Jerome Le Banner Wants to Come Out of Retirement to Fight Patrice Quarteron

When it comes to unfulfilled grudge matches, Patrice Quarteron and Jerome Le Banner is perhaps one of the strangest. It all began years ago when Quarteron set his sights on the bright lights by elevating his status by challenging one of the biggest names in heavyweight kickboxing in Jerome Le Banner. This manifested itself in two YouTube videos entitled “Kill Le Banner”  a la Kill Bill. Public call-outs, confrontations, social media showdowns, this feud had it all. It just never culminated in an actual fight. Indeed, Le Banner was at the top of his game at the time, while Quarteron [read more]

K-1 WGP in Japan Super Welterweight Results: Chingiz Allazov Takes the Gold

In yet another action-packed night of fights, K-1 WGP in Japan provided us with a 70kg tournament that saw Chingiz Allazov knock out Hiroki Nakajima, Jordan Pikeur and have Yasuhiro Kido take him to a decision on his way to the top. While many predicted that Allazov would pick up this win, he was forced to earn it against a rejuvenated Kido, with Kido scoring a TKO win over Luke Whelan and taking out Sanny Dahlbeck with low kicks before the finals against Allazov. Takeru showed us beautiful violence, as always, and in the two title fights we saw decisions [read more]

Massaro Glunder Joins GLORY 42 Tournament on Three-Days Notice

If there is one thing that Massaro Glunder knows about, it is short-notice fights. Just last week he fought in Melvin Manhoef’s WFL against Andy Souwer under MMA rules in the main event after Souwer’s opponent was forced to drop out at the last moment. That’s just a thing Glunder does. His record might reflect that in some ways, as he doesn’t always win, especially jumping around weight classes, but he’s without a doubt one of the best fighters in the world when he is fighting around 65kg. This fight will be at 70kg, but it’s Massaro Glunder and he [read more]

K-1 World Grand Prix in Japan Super Welterweight Grand Prix Card

On June 18th live from the Saitama Super Arena Community Arena K-1 WGP Japan will present yet another jam-packed show, featuring a Super Welterweight Tournament at 70kg. The tournament, featuring such names as Yasuhiro Kido, Jordan Watson, Sanny Dahlbeck, Chingiz Allazov, Jordan Pikeur, HINATA (Watanabe) and Hiroki Nakajima really represents an interesting cross-section of some of the best at 70kg. The two title fights on the card are incredible in their own right, as well. Kaew Weerasakreck will look to defend the Super Lightweight Championship against Masaaki Noiri while Gonnapar Weerasakreck will look to fulfill his destiny of fighting Lightweight [read more]

Gonnapar Weerasakrek Ready For Showdown with Wei Rui For the K-1 Lightweight Championship

When K-1 held their lightweight tournament in February one of the biggest fights that many were looking forward to was a showdown between Gonnapar Weerasakrek and Chinese fighter Wei Rui. Rui, who has taken many off-guard by his dominance, seems like a natural to assume the throne of K-1’s lightweight division. In one of the most exciting events of the year thus far he took the crown in a brutal tournament that saw Gonnapar — one of the early favorites — upset by Ren Hiramoto. Now on June 18th Gonnapar will have his chance at Wei Rui for K-1’s Lightweight Championship [read more]

New Fire Pro Wrestling Game Removes K-1 Rules

If you’re like me, well, your interest in combat sports came hand-in-hand with Japanese pro wrestling. Odds are that you probably aren’t and are scratching your head right now, but stick with me. If you are unaware of the Fire Pro series, Fire Pro is a Japanese 2D wrestling game simulation series that has been around since the late 80’s. They’re actually where legendary weirdo game designer Suda 51 got his start (and he left his dark mark on the series, for sure), and after a twelve year absence, the series is making a return this summer with Fire Pro [read more]