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K-1 World Grand Prix Japan -67.5kg Grand Prix Results: Yuta Kubo Victorious

K-1 Japan held their -67.5kg Grand Prix this morning in Japan in an event that saw a tournament that had its ups and downs, with early favorite Yuta Kubo taking the tournament after the other favorite, Melsik Baghdasarya, was forced out of the semifinals after suffering an injury earlier on in the night. Takeru defended his K-1 Featherweight Championship in the featured fight of the evening against Junguang Wang via decision. Taichi Furuta def NORI DEC (Majority, 30-29,29-29,30-29) Jin Harayama def Toshiki Watanabe KO 1R (Punch) K-1 College -55kg GP Final Nomura Yu Def Kanatsuka DEC (Unanimous 29-28,30-29,30-28) K-1 College -60kg [read more]

Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Japan 67kg Tournament

K-1 Japan returns for another one of their action-packed events on September 18th with their 67kg “Primary Welterweight” tournament. It features a bunch of solid names from Japan and abroad, with Yuta Kubo and Melsik Baghdasarvan being the early favorites in this particular tournament. And because K-1 always gives their fans just a little bit more there are also a slew of super fights featuring some of the biggest names that K-1 has, including the master of violence, Takeru, Taiga, HINATA, Hirotaka Urabe and Koptaro Shimano. Primary Welterweight Tournament Yuta Kubo vs. Minoru ‘Philip’ Kimura Hitoshi Tsukakoshi vs. Han Wenbao Kazuki [read more]

K-1 Japan Announces Heavyweight Grand Prix on November 23rd

K-1 Japan has been lighting the world on fire with their tournaments and events highlighting mostly fighters at and under 70kg, to the point where a huge chunk of the best fighters under 70kg are all under the K-1 Japan banner. Now K-1 Japan is looking to return to the K-1 roots by kickstarting their heavyweight division with a heavyweight grand prix on November 23rd. While the names might not be fully-inspired, it’s a start for them and will set the tone for future heavyweight fights and events. With K-1 running heavyweight fights more regularly they’ll also attract more heavyweight [read more]

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]