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Category: Japan

K-1 World Grand Prix Japan 90kg Tournament Results

This past weekend K-1 Japan held their 90kg tournament, featuring some recognizable names as well as a host of superfights featuring some of the big stars of K-1 Japan. Sina Karimian was able to take the whole tournament, first knocking out OD-KEN in an extension round, then winning a decision over K-JEE, finally defeating Boubaker El Bakouri by majority decision to take the 90kg crown. In the superfights Anpo Rukiya, Ashizawa Ryusei and Takei Yoshiki were all victorious. KOJI and Takeru became the main talking point coming away from the show, as KOJI defeated Stauros Exakoustidis via split decision in [read more]

Breakdown: K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament Card 9/24 (Superfights Edition)

K-1 Japan returns to action tonight with another stacked card featuring a cruiserweight tournament. But the real appeal of the night lies with its collection of one off superfights. It’s an event with a bit of everything, whether it be bad blood grudge matches, showdowns between promising prospects or showcases for some of kickboxing’s greatest stars. Here’s your trusty last minute guide to navigate you through some of the fantastic Jkick weirdness ahead of us. The card will kick off at 00:30 EST/21:30 PST on AbemaTV for anyone whose IP address is located in Japan. 60kg Fight: Goshyu ‘The Revolutionary’ [read more]

MMA and K-1 Legend Norifumi KID Yamamoto Passes Away at 41

In what was shocking, abrupt news, last night Krazy Bee dropped a bombshell on the combat sports community informing everyone of the death of Norifumi Yamamoto — better known as KID Yamamoto. KID Yamamoto is perhaps best known for his time as a grappler and mixed martial artist, but KID was instrumental in K-1’s success in the mid-00’s as not only a banner fighter for their MMA brand, HERO’s, but also competing in K-1 MAX’s incredibly competitive 70kg division. He left the sport of kickboxing with a 1-3-1 record, but that does not do him justice for the amount of [read more]

RIZIN.13 Scheduled for September 30th Ft. Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

At a press conference for RIZIN.13 in Saitama Super Arena (Sep 30th) held in Tokyo last night, Sakakibara shocked audiences by announcing that they were postponing plans for a previously announced kickboxing GP. Instead, the expected main draw of the proposed GP–a kickboxing bout between RIZIN 2017 Bantamweight GP champion Horiguchi (American Top Team) and striking phenom Tenshin Nasukawa (TARGET/Cygames)–has been announced for RIZIN.13 as a standalone fight. 9月30日(日)さいたまスーパーアリーナで開催する「#RIZIN13」のメインが決まりました。今週末8月26日(日)10時から全国のプレイガイド、コンビニエンスストアで一斉発売となります。良いお席はお早目に。#rizinff pic.twitter.com/OXoYmBUxzO — NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) August 24, 2018 “We had originally, though unofficially, announced an eight man kickboxing GP with the opening rounds in September and the semi-finals and finals on [read more]

WATCH: Tenshin Nasukawa and Rodtang Battle it Out From RISE.125

Tenshin Nasukawa is one of those rare talents to have captivated the world of combat sports at a young age with his undeniable skill, daring and natural aura. Throughout his relatively short career he’s scored a number of impressive knockout victories within the promotion KNOCK.OUT before heading to RIZIN FF where he’s competed not just in professional kickboxing, but also in MMA where he has a flawless record thus far, showcasing talent beyond his years as just a kickboxer and muay thai fighter. This weekend at RISE.125 he competed against Rodtang Jitmuangon, with RISE being affiliated with RIZIN, even holding [read more]

WATCH: Tenshin Nasukawa’s Latest Destruction from RIZIN

Tenshin Nasukawa is the closest thing that Japanese kickboxing has to a real, bonafide star created organically in the last few years. His fights span a few different promotions, but he’s been making a name for himself in RIZIN FF, Japan’s latest MMA craze that has taken an interest in professional kickboxing as well. His latest fight is from this past weekend against Yusaku Nakamura and, well, things get pretty Tenshin.

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]