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Category: Japan

Former K-1 and GLORY Fighter Koichi Watanabe Passes Away

Earlier today it was reported that former K-1 and GLORY fighter Koichi Watanabe — best known as Koichi Pettas — passed away after a traffic accident in Japan. Watanabe, who retired in November of 2017 to focus on family and working as a trainer, was driving a scooter when he was struck by another vehicle. Koichi was recently active in K-1 Japan’s heavyweight division, participating in the K-1 Japan Heavyweight World Grand Prix in November where he fought against Ibrahim El Bouni. He retired after his bout and dedicated himself to training. His Instagram feed shows him training with children [read more]

KNOCK OUT First Impact Card for February 12th Ft. Tenshin Nasukawa

KNOCK OUT will air their first big show of 2018 featuring Tenshin Nasukawa in the main event against Suakim. There are also two Super Lightweight Tournament bouts featured. The event will air live on Periscope worldwide at 5pm Japan time. 2.12 Ota Ward Gymnasium Start 5 p.m. Japan time 1st match 136 lbs Hikaru Machida  vs.  Kazuma Takahashi 2nd match 105 lbs Manazou Kobayashi  vs.  Kill Bee 3rd match 113 lbs Issei Ishii  vs.  Nong Rose 4th match 136 lbs Keijiro Miyakoshi  vs.  Yota Shigemori 5th match 141 lbs KING OF KNOCK OUT SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT TOURNAMENT First round Yosuke Mizuochi  vs.  [read more]

K-1 Japan Doesn’t Just Replace Taiga, But Adds a Tournament to K’Festa.1

Over the weekend K-1 Japan made a major announcement that their main event — a much-anticipated rematch between Taiga and Takeru — had fallen apart. Not just that, but the TRY HARD Gym, where a number of their fighters came from, had pulled out of K-1 Japan completely. There’s a lot of background shuffling going on within K-1 Japan right now, a lot of which has to do with the exclusivity of their contracts, Sakkibara from RIZIN looking to break further into the kickboxing business and promotions like KNOCK OUT looking to expand further. Essentially, if you are a fighter [read more]

The 2017 LiverKick Awards: Rising Star — Tenshin Nasukawa

There are times when you need to adjust your thinking to make way for greatness, because thinking in the “old way” would mean ignoring the future. Tenshin Nasukawa is not a prospect, yet he did many things in 2017 that have worked to show potential for the future, not just for himself, but for kakutougi as a whole in Japan. So instead of crowning him the Prospect of the Year for perhaps a second time, the award is being adjusted to the “Rising Star” award. If you’ve been following Japanese MMA and kickboxing in 2017, you’ll understand why. If not, [read more]

Tenshin Nasukawa Destroys the Competition in RIZIN, Calls Out Takeru

While fans of Japanese kickboxing have been following the steady ascent of 19-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa since 2014, he burst onto the scene in 2016 with his big knockout victory on the first KNOCK OUT show, which was enough to stoke the flames of his career even further when RIZIN scooped him up to fight not once, but twice later that same month to round out 2016. His 2017 has been rapid-fire impressive with five KO victories in kickboxing and two wins in MMA, one via TKO, the other via decision. While kakutougi in Japan has been slowly working its way [read more]

K-1 Japan K-Festa.1 Fight Card From Saitama Super Arena

K-1 Japan has slowly but surely been building up their popularity after the brand took a hit in 2011 when FEG folded up shop and owed most of their fighters a lot of money. While many thought that K-1 was done for, K-1 Japan sprung up and has been keeping the K-1 name alive with some of the very best shows anywhere in the world. After a few years in operation they feel like it’s time to return to K-1’s spiritual home of the Saitama Super Arena on March 21st, 2018 and the card that they are presenting is perhaps [read more]

K-1 Japan Survival Wars 2017 Fight Card

On December 27th the K-1 tradition of Survival Wars lives on with yet another installation of the fan-favorite year-end event. This time out the show is headlined by the Super Welterweight Next Challenger Final between Hinata and Hirono Yu. The event takes place at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Fightcard Super Welterweight Next Challenger Final: Hinata vs. Hirono Yu Saikyo Haruma vs. Tsubakihara Tatsuya Gunji Taito vs. Oiwa Shota Ashizawa Ryusei vs. Murakoshi Yuta Yamazaki Yoichi vs. Wajima Hiromi Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. RUI Shinohara Yuto vs. Suzuki Hayato

KING OF KNOCK OUT Finals: Yosuke Morii Crowned KNOCK OUT Lightweight Champion

Sunday in Japan, KNOCK OUT held their KING OF KNOCK OUT Finals to crown a Lightweight Championship. As per usual, there were a lot of knockouts on the show, with its hybrid rules. During the KING OF KNOCK OUT Tournament Finals Yosuke Morii was able to defeat Katsujii via TKO. Hikari Machida (R3 – TKO) Haruaki Otsuki Youta Shigemori (R5 – Dec) Maki Pinsa Yam Issei Ishii (R5 – Dec) Takuya Noto Yosuke Shimizu (R3 – TKO) Pornsanae Sitmonchai Fukashi (R5 – Dec) Masanori Kanehara Eisaku Ogasawara (R5 – Draw) Ryo Takahashi Rui Ebata (R5 – Dec) Keisuke Miyamoto KING [read more]

K-1 World Grand Prix Japan Heavyweight Grand Prix Results: Palizbat Victorious

K-1 World Grand Prix Japan was looking to return K-1 to its roots with a heavyweight tournament at year’s end this year. That is exactly what happened, although the question is if they were successful or not in recreating the magic of past K-1’s. The short answer is no, the long answer is that they are essentially starting over and it’ll take time. The pool of talent that they had to choose from wasn’t as robust as it was prior, due to exclusive contracts elsewhere, leading to a few recognizable names in the tournament, but not as many as fans [read more]

KRUSH.82 Fight Card For November 5th: Gonnapar, Kenji Kubo and More

On November 5th from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo KRUSH returns with KRUSH.82, featuring a wide array of fights making use of the whole K-1 Japan stable of fighters from all ends of the spectrum, with the big name featured here being Gonnapar Weerasakreck taking on Kenta Hayashi. The main event sees Nobuchika Terado against Kenji Kubo for the KRUSH -55kg Championship. KRUSH -55kg Championship: Nobuchika Terado (C) vs. Kenji Kubo Gonnapar Weerasakreck vs. Kenta Hayashi Rukiya vs. Kyoshiro Taisuke Degai vs. Akihiro Kaneko Tatsuya Inaishi vs. Ishida Katsuki Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. Od Ken Takahito Oki vs. Syuji Kawarada Hiroki Suzuki [read more]