10/10 DEEP 44 Impact - Fight Order

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

DEEP have announced the complete fight card for DEEP 44. The headline will be the Megaton Title fight between the champion Yusuke Kawaguchi and Seigo Mizuguchi. The co-main event will be female fight between DEEP queen Miku Matsumoto and the experienced "Windy" Tomomi.

Kleber Koike continues to meet tough opponents, this time its Paraestra Chiba's Toshiaki Kitada.

Main Event - DEEP Megaton Title Fight:
11. Yusuke Kawaguchi 9-1-0 vs. 6-4-0 Seigo Mizuguchi

10. 51kg: Miku Matsumoto 21-4-0 vs. 12-10-1 "Windy" Tomomi Sunaba
9. 77.1kg: Hidehiko Hasegawa 17-12-6 vs. 10-11-4 Ryuki Ueyama
8. 83.9g: Ryuta Sakurai 18-16-4 vs. 4-1-0 Hosea Ware
7. 87kg: Hiromitsu Kanehara 18-22-1 vs. MAX Tozawa
6. 77.1kg: Yuya Shirai 16-8-0 vs. 8-11-3 Shigetoshi Iwase
5. 65.8kg: Kleber Koike 1-2-0 vs. 9-4-2 Toshiaki Kitada
4 62kg: Hiryu Okamoto 3-2-1 vs. 0-1-0 Takashige "Crazy Hill" Hirukawa
3. 65.8kg: Tatsunao Nagakura vs. 2-2-1 Fuhito Hasegawa

Future Fight:
2. 70kg: Tomoya Kato 4-1-0 vs. 1-0-0 Ryota Minawa
1. 63kg: Tatsuhito Satsuma 1-2-0 vs. 1-1-0 Hiroyuki Kobayashi


10/25 DREAM 12 - Fights Announced, Cage Revealed

DREAM 12 will be a big event for FEG, not only have they announced some big names for the card, but it will also be the first FEG event in a cage. DREAM have chosen a 6-sided cage, and you can see a picture here (taken from GBR):

The fights announced today will be very interesting. Eddie Alvarez will be taking on DEEP champion, Katsunri Kikuno in what will be my pick for fight of the night. Kikuno have had a very good 2009 so far, with no losses and wins over Bu Kyung Jung, Koichiro Matsumoto and Andre "Dida".

The other fight announced today will see the newly crowned Cage Force champion, Kuniyoshi Hironaka (does this mean Cage Force will lose another champion?), will take on Korean standout "Parky". "Parky" has also gone 3-0 in DEEP this year, and deserves the step up, I still think Hironaka will be a size too big for him.

Eddie Alvarez 18-2-0 vs. 12-1-1 Katsunori Kikuno
Won Sik "Parky" Park 7-1-1 vs. 15-6-0 Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Kiyoshi Tamura 33-13-2
Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2
Andrews Nakahara 2-1-0
Paulo Filho 18-1-0
Alistair Overeem 29-11-0
Marius Zaromskis 12-3-0
Myeon Ho Bae 8-4-0


10/25 DREAM 12 - Participants Announced

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

FEG have announced 8 participants for DREAM 12, and with 2 events with only a few weeks between it will be interesting to see if they can fill both cards.

It also is clear that this will be the first time DREAM holds their event in a cage. The shape of the cage has not been made official, but it seems like it will be similar to the Strikeforce cage rather than an octagon.

This event will be in Osaka, and on the card will be fighters such as DEEP champion, Katsunori Kikuno, Japanese legend Kiyoshi Tamura and the very popular Alistair Overeem. Add to that DREAM stars such as Marius Zaromskis and Eddie Alvarez and it is a card with a lot of potential.

Kiyoshi Tamura 33-13-2
Katsunori Kikuno 12-1-1
Yoshiro Maeda 25-7-2
Andrews Nakahara 2-1-0
Paulo Filho 18-1-0
Alistair Overeem 29-11-0
Marius Zaromskis 12-3-0
Eddie Alvarez 18-2-0


9/23 Sengoku 10 - LIVE results

Been sick as a dog for a week now, and hence very few updates. Hopefully I can do something about that today, at least I will give you the live results from Saitama Community Centre.

It is a very good card, and the main event should draw a lot of judo fans to the arena. Hiroshi Izumi is making his debut.

The fight between Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle should be very interesting, just to name one fight.

Opening fights:
1. Bantam: So Jee Hyun Def. Ryosuke Komori by Decision 3-0
2. Feather: Shigeki Osawa Def. Kim Ki Hyun by Decision 3-0
3. Light: Ikuo Usuda Def. Baek Woo Hyun TKO Round 1 by 4:59

4. Light: Maximo Blanco Def. Tetsuya Yamada by TKO Round 2 1:12
5. Middle: Joe Doerksen Def. Takenori Sato by TKO Round 2 4:27
6. Welter: Dan Hornbuckle Def. Nick Thompson by TKO Round 2 1:30
7. Light-Heavy: Fabio Silva Def. Ryo Kawamura by TKO Round 1 2:28
8. Light: Kazunori Yokota Def. Ryan Schultz by KO Round 1 2:21
*Big KO, I hope Schultz is ok. Yokota should be on his way to a title fight and a re-match with champion Hirota

Sengoku 11 Participants announced:
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki
Jorge Santiago
Akihiro Gono

Sengoku will go head to head with Dynamite! on NYE. First fight announced:
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida

9. Welter: Makoto Takimoto Def. Jae Sun Lee by Decision 2-0
10. Heavy: Antonio Silva Def. "Big" Jim York by arm-triangle Round 1 3:51
11. Light-Heavy: Antz "notorious" Nansen Def. Hiroshi Izumi by KO Round 1


9/22 Shooto Revolutionary Exchanges 2 - RESULTS

Some very good fights in Korakuen Hall yesterday. 2 Pacific Rim title fights, and both champions defended their title.

It also looks like the Australians are ready to make an impression in the Shooto world, with both fighters having impressive wins.

Welterweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Yusuke Endo (Champion) def. Kotetsu Boku by rear-naked choke Round 1 3:18

Middleweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Xavier Lucas (Champion) Def. Akihiro Yamazaki by Decision 3-0

Bantam: Yasuhiro Urushitani Def. Ryuichi Miki by Decision 3-0
Bantam: Yuki Shojo Def. Junya Kudo by Decision 2-0
Feather: Tetsu Suzuki Def. Teriyuki Matsumoto by Guillotine Choke Round 1 3:31
Light: Gustavo Falciroli Def. Daisuke Ishizawa by arm Triangle Round 1 4:55
Feather: Fumihiro Kitahara Def. Masatoshi Abe by Decision 3-0

Rookie Tournament:
Light: Yusuke Yachi Def. Atsushi Kobayashi by KO Round 1 1:21
Bantam: Nozomi Otsuka Def. Yasutaka Ishigami by Decision 3-0


10/6 DREAM 11 - Fights Added

Friday, 18 September 2009

FEG have made a couple of changes to the DREAM 11 card. It is now official that JZ Calvan is out of the fight with Daisuke Nakamura, and they are looking for a replacement.

Kawajiri is returning to MMA after being unsuccessful in his last K-1 fight against Masato. He will take on Melchor "Barracuda", "Barracuda" will be the underdog here but they have a strong MMA community in Guam and I would not underestimate him.

Not unexpectedly, Bob Sapp have replaced Gegard Mousasi.

The event also has the Featherweight tournament and the reserve fight between D.J. Taiki and Kazuyuki Miyata. D.J. Taiki was unable to continue in he tournament due to injury, Miyata is cutting down to featherweight and should be a beast at this weight. This is my pick for fight of the night.

Light: Tatsuya Kawajiri 24-5-2 vs. 2-2-0 Melchor "Barracuda" Manibusan

Super-Hulk Tournament Semi-Final:
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou 6-4-0 vs. 10-5-1 Bob Sapp

Previously Announced:
Super-Hulk Semi-Finals:

Ikuhisa Minowa 42-30-8 vs. 2-2-0 Hong Choi Man

Lightweight Title Fight:
Joachim Hansen (champion) 19-7-1 vs. 21-4-0 Shinya Aoki (challenger)

DREAM Featherweight GP Semi-Finals:
Hideo Tokoro 22-16-1 vs. 11-6-1 Hiroyuki Takaya
Joe Warren 2-0-0 vs. 5-2-0 Bibiano Fernandes
Reserve: Kazuyuki Miyata 7-7-0 vs. 11-5-3 Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata

Light: Daisuke Nakamura 20-10-0 vs. TBA


10/17 Pancrase Changing Tour - Fight Order

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The #1 ranked welterweight, Tomoyoshi Iwamiya will take on the talented Shingo Suzuki. Suzuki's record might not look the best, but he has fought some very tough opponents. This is a great opportunity for him.

Also on the card is the very exciting Hirotoshi Saito, he had his Sengoku debut on the Sengoku 8 undercard (he won that fight) and he also won the Neo-Blood tournament (featherweight) in 2008. He is taking on Grabaka's undefeated Shigeyuki Uchiyama, who was the Neo-Blood tournament winner in 2009.

There are some very interesting talent on this card, I have already mentioned Saito and Uchiyama. But it will be interesting to see some of the other talent on this card as well.

10. Welter: Tomoyoshi Iwamiya 6-9-0 vs. 2-1-1 Shingo Suzuki

9. Light: Eriya Matsuda 7-7-0 vs. 8-5-3 Keigo Hirayama
8. Feather: Hirotoshi Saito 3-1-1 vs. 7-0-0 Shigeyuki Uchiyama
7. Middle: Kenji Nagai 5-9-2 vs. Go
6. Fly: Yuichiro Yajima 7-7-1 vs. Katsuo
5. Bantam: Hayato Shimizu 4-3-2 vs. 1-4-0 Ryo Saito
4. Feather: Yusuke Kawanago 3-0-0 vs. 4-3-0 Tomoyuki Miyaji
3. Bantam: Shoko Sato 4-1-0 vs. 3-3-0 Daisuke Endo
2. Light: Junichi Ota 2-3-1 vs. Katsunori Takahashi
1. Fly: Takashi Nakamura vs. 3-2-0 Ryosuke Tanuma


10/30 Shooto Vale Tudo Japan 09 - First fight announced

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

It was clear from the announcement of this event that it would be BIG, they have announced the first fight and a couple of participants now and there is no doubt that it will be a sold out JCB Hall for this.

Former Shooto champion, Alexandre Franca Nogueira will take on current Shooto champion, "Lion" Takeshi.

Also announced as participants are Takanori Gomi and Rumina Sato. Gomi has stated that he intends to fight overseas after this, and he would like to take on a foreign fighter.

There will be a few changes to the rules and other things here, for one, they will not use the normal "Shooto gloves". They will use a new type of ISC glove (open finger).

Soccer kicks will not be allowed, but knees on the ground and stomps are allowed.

Fights will be eighter 3 or 5 rounds, of 5 minutes.

65kg: Alexandre Franca Nogueira 13-5-2 vs. 16-3-0 "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

Takanori Gomi 30-5-0
Rumina Sato 24-14-2


12/11 KSW Martial Arts Confrontation 12 - World Strongest Man Takes on MMA

Some news from Polish organization KSW again. They are putting on some of the best events in Europe, and as I am a fan of strong-man competitions, this is a huge fight for me.

As far as I know, this is Mariusz Pudzianowski's MMA debut, but he is not new to martial arts. He has done professional boxing, and it seems also some Kyokushin karate. But he made his name by winning the World Strongest Man competition 4 times! I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the MMA ring. His opponent is Polish boxing champion Marcin Najman.

This should be a fight for people who enjoy hard hitting heavyweights!


Sengoku - Satoshi Ishii Debut Set!

Monday, 14 September 2009

WVR have today announced that Satoshi Ishii will take on another judo gold medalist in his MMA debut. Not unexpectedly, his first opponent will be Hidehiko Yoshida.

The fight will take place on their NYE card, the date is yet to be deceided, but it should be announced later this month.

This is a fight that will be a breakthrough of sorts for Sengoku, it will be a huge fight in Japan and I am sure it will get a lot of casual fans that have not watched MMA since the Pride days back to the arena.


9/13 Jewels 5th Ring - RESULTS

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Jewels held their 5th event earlier today, the main event saw Korean veteran Seo Hee Ham take on Misaki Takimoto. Seo Hee Ham had not fought since her loss to Megumi Fuji in SmackGirl over a year ago, and took a decision win improving her record to 5-3. Her only losses are to Megmi Fuji, Yuka Tsuji and Miku Matsumoto.

This event got a little more attention than normal when the popular Mika Nagano posed semi-nude (corrected, I read that and think topless... Have not see the picure yet) for DEEP boss Saeki. The picures went on print in "Friday" and should be in my mailbox soon. The attention did not seem to affect Nagano as she took an impressive first round win.

German Alexandra Sanchez put on a strong performance as the handed the popular Shizuka Sugiyama her first loss.

Main-Event: Seo Hee Ham Def. Misaki Takimoto by Decision 3-0
Open: Megumi Yabushita Def. Atsuko Emoto by arm-bar Round 1 2:43

ROUGH STONE GP 2009 - Round 1:
-60kg: Alexandra Sanchez Def. Shizuka Sugiyama by Decision 3-0
-60kg: Tomoko Morii Def. Chihiro Oikawa by arm-bar Round 1 4:13
-54kg: Mika Nagano Def. Rina Tomita by arm-bar Ring 1 2:25
-54kg: Yoko Kagoshima Def. Yuko Oya by Decision 3-0
-48kg: Asami Kodera Def. Shinsaki Ozawa by arm-triangle Round 2 1:56
-48kg: Kikuyo Ishikawa Def. Asako by rear-naked choke Round 1 1:18

Opening Fights:
Grappling: Ayuka Hamazaki def. Hikaru Shida by armlock Round 1 0:38
Masami Tsujiyama vs. Miki "Planet" DRAW


9/12 Cage Force - RESULTS

Saturday, 12 September 2009

An action packed event in Differ Arike today. The main event saw UFC veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka took on Paraestra Matsudo's Yoshihiro Koyama. Hironaka landed a knockout punch at the end of round 1, he claims the title that Mizuto Hirota vacated earlier this week and is now the 3rd lightweight champion of Cage Force.

Main-Event - Lightweight Title Fight:
11. Light: Kuniyoshi Hironaka Def. Yoshihiro Koyama by KO Round 1 4:27

10. Feather: Wataru Miki Def. Tomonori Taniguchi by rear-naked choke Round 3 4:36
9. Light: Yasunori Kanehara Def. Hiroki "KG Shinto" Kuga by TKO Round 1 0:55
8. Feather: Wataru Takahashi Def. Masayoshi "Randleman" Ichikawa by arm-bar Round 1 3:43
7. Bantam: Yoshihiro Matsunaga Def. Hirokazu Nishimura by Decision 3-0
6. Bantam: Masato Kobayashi Def. Daisuke Sugishima by Decision 3-0
5. Valkyrie Feather: Kyoko Takabayashi Def. Akiko Naito by TKO Round 1 2:25

Preliminary Fights:
4. Feather: Toru Yoshikawa Def. Tokuei Masaki by rear-naked choke Round 1 2:23
3. Welter: Daisuke Teramoto Def. Yosuke Yaguchi by DQ (Yosuke did not make weight)
2. Light: Kazuki Tokutomei Def. Shin Fujimoto by arm-bar Roune 1 2:01
1. Feather: Katsunori Tsuda Def. Yoji Saito by TKO Round 1 2:54


11/7 Sengoku 11 - Participants and Rumors

Sengoku made some additional announcements about future events yesterday, in addition to that there are some very interesting rumors going around.

To take what is confirmed first:
Sengoku 11 will take place on November 11 in Ryogoku Kokugikan, that is normally the venue for the Sumo tournaments in Tokyo and is a very good arena.

3 fighters are confirmed: Kevin Randleman, Michihiro Omigawa and middleweight champion Jorge Santiago.

Jorge Santiago was meant to be facing the winner of Kazuo Misaki and Kazuhiro Nakamura, but with Misaki's legal problems that option was discarded. It remains to see who the opponent will be.

For the rumors:
-Josh Barnett is expected to participate in the Sengoku 11 event. There has been rumors of it being a heayweight title fight.
-There are rumors that Kevin Randleman's opponent will be King Mo.
-Satoru Kitaoka, Akihiro Gono and Eiji Mitsuoka are possible participants for Sengoku 11.

Cofirmed Participants:
Kevin Randleman 17-13-0
Michihiro Omigawa 7-8-1
Jorge Santiago 21-7-0

For the NYE event it will be held in Ariake Colosseum, Sengoku have not yet deceided on a date, it will either be 12/31 (head to head with Dynamite!) or 1/3. Satoshi Ishii has confirmed to Sportsnavi that he will make his debut at this event.


10/10 DEEP 44 Impact - Title Fight Announced

Friday, 11 September 2009

DEEP 44 Impact is a return to Korakuen Hall, after having Impact events in Osaka and Hamamatsu.

And they have already announced a title fight, it is the megaton title that will be on the line here. The champion Yusuke Kawaguchi will take on Seigo Mizuguchi in what is a rematch. The first time they met was to the day 2 years ago. On that occation it took just above 2 minutes for Kawaguchi to put away Seigo.

Also announced is former champion Hidehiko Hasegawa, he will take on Pride and HERO's veteran Ryuki Ueyama who returned to the ring with a win, after over 2 years away earlier this year.

DEEP Megaton Title Fight:
Yusuke Kawaguchi 9-1-0 vs. 6-4-0 Seigo Mizuguchi

Hidehiko Hasegawa 17-12-6 vs. 10-11-4 Ryuki Ueyama
Yuya Shirai 16-8-0 vs. 8-11-3 Shigetoshi Iwase
Hiryu Okamoto 3-2-1 vs. 0-1-0 Takashige "Crazy Hill" Hirukawa
Tatsunao Nagakura vs. 2-2-1 Fuhito Hasegawa

Future Fight:
Tatsuhito Satsuma 1-2-0 vs. 1-1-0 Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Miku Matsumoto 21-4-0
Ryuta Sakurai 18-16-4
Toshiaki Kitada 9-4-2
Hiromitsu Kanehara 18-22-1
Akira Hiju
Tomoya Kato


9/23 Sengoku 10 - Fight Order

Sengoku have made some big announcements today.

First of was the fight order for Sengoku 10, and it is a very good card. The addition of Hiroshi Izumi to this card should attract some main stream attention. But there are some very good fights on this card, standing out to me is the fight between Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle, also the lightweight bettle between Kazunori Yokota and Ryan Schultz should make sure that this is an event worth the ticket prices.

Hiroshi Izumi gets to fight in the main event, he is takeing on the Kiwi Antz Nansen. The co-main event has been given to the heavyweights former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva is taking on "Big" Jim York.

In the opening fights we will see the winners of the Japanese and Korean "rookie" tournaments face eachother in 3 fights that should be very good. I hope we get to see them.

11. Light-Heavy: Hiroshi Izumi (debut) vs. Antz "notorious" Nansen
10. Heavy: Antonio Silva 12-1-0 vs. 11-2-0 "Big" Jim York
9. Welter: Makoto Takimoto 5-5-0 vs. 5-4-0 Jae Sun Lee
8. Light: Kazunori Yokota 9-2-3 vs. 20-11-1 Ryan Schultz
7. Light-Heavy: Ryo Kawamura 10-4-2 vs. 11-5-0 Fabio Silva
6. Welter: Nick Thompson 38-11-1 vs. 18-2-0 Dan Hornbuckle
5. Middle: Takenori Sato 9-6-4 vs. 42-12-0 Joe Doerksen
4. Light: Maximo Blanco 3-2-1 vs. 3-1-0 Tetsuya Yamada

Opening fights:
3. Light: Ikuo Usuda 5-0-0 vs. 1-0-0 Baek Woo Hyun
2. Feather: Shigeki Osawa 3-0-0 vs. Kim Ki Hyun
1. Bantam: Ryosuke Komori 4-1-0 vs. So Jee Hyun


10/6 DREAM 11 - "Hellboy" Hansen T-Shirts Available

Thursday, 10 September 2009

The t-shirt for Joachim Hansen's DREAM 11 fight is now available from his blog. This is the same design as last time, which means he has designed it himself. This is a limited edition, and the previous one sold out (bought the last one outside the stadium myself), except for the ladies style shirt.

This time the shirts are grey/silver, and you can order them here. This is a good chance to secure a shirt that is normally only sold outside the arena, and of course it is a cool shirt too!


9/20 Shooting Disco 10 "Twist & Shooto" - Fight Order

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Gutsman Promotion is continuing their popular "Shooting Disco" series in Shinjuku Face. This is the 10th event, and they have provided some very good fights over the last 2 years.

The main event this time will be the fight between two highly ranked middleweiht fighters. With Xavier Lucas defending his Pacific title 2 days after this event, you might very well see the next challenger for the title in this fight.

10. Middle: Yoichiro Sato 4-1-1 vs. 7-4-2 Yoshitaro Niimi

9. Bantam: Masaaki Sugawara 8-3-1 vs. 7-5-2 Hiroyuki Tanaka
8. Fly: Takeshi Sato 8-7-1 vs. 4-4-0 Katsuya Murofushi
7. Feather: Takahiro Hosoi 5-5-1 vs. 6-2-0 Naohiro Mizuno
6. Middle: Hirosumi Sugiura 3-5-2 vs. 3-1-0 Kenta Takagi
5. Bantam: Kenji Hosoya 2-5-0 vs. 2-2-0 Hiroaki Ijima
4. Bantam: Tatsuya Nakashima 2-2-1 vs. 1-2-0 Yoshiyuki Takano
3. Middle: Toshihiro Shimizu 3-0-1 vs. 2-0-0 Yusaku Inoue
2. Feather: Yuki Yasunaga 0-2-0 vs. Keita Kono
1. Welter: Daisuke Okumiya 2-3-1 vs. 2-2-0 Keiji Sakuta


10/6 DREAM 11 - Fights Announced

FEG have announced the first semi-final in the Super-Hulk tournament. Not unexpectedly, Minowaman will take on the giant Hong Man Choi. Of course I was expecting the other semi-final to be announced as well... But Gegard Mousasi is out because of an injury, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou currently stands without an opponent. It will most likely be one of the fighters from the 1st round. I will have a wild guess that it will turn out to be Bob Sapp, it just makes the most sense to me...

Also announced is a very interesting matchup between JZ Calvan and U-Files Daisuke Nakamura.

Super-Hulk Semi-Final:
Ikuhisa Minowa 42-30-8 vs. 2-2-0 Hong Choi Man

Light: Daisuke Nakamura 20-10-0 vs. 14-3-1 Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante

Previously Announced:
Lightweight Title Fight:
Joachim Hansen (champion) 19-7-1 vs. 21-4-0 Shinya Aoki (challenger)

DREAM Featherweight GP Semi-Finals:
Hideo Tokoro 22-16-1 vs. 11-6-1 Hiroyuki Takaya
Joe Warren 2-0-0 vs. 5-2-0 Bibiano Fernandes
Reserve: Kazuyuki Miyata 7-7-0 vs. 11-5-3 Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata

SuperHulk Semi-Finalists:
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou 6-4-0


10/18 Shooto Gig Tokyo Vol. 3 - Pacific Title Fight Announced

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Sustain have announced some fights for their 3rd event to be held in Shinjku Face on October 18.

There are some very interesting fights on the card, in what lookes like the main event, Japanese standouts Koetetsu Okazaki will take on Paraestra Matsudo's Hiromasa Ogikubo for the Shooto Pacific title. Ogikubo is undefeated so far in his career while Okazaki has only lost once, to the Shooto world champion, Masakatsu Ueda. Ring rust might play a part here, as Okazaki has not fought since that loss, which was back in March 2008.

Featherweight Pacific Title Fight:
Koetsu Okazaki 5-1-1 vs. 6-0-2 Hiromasa Ogikubo

Welter: Jin Kazeta 8-9-2 vs. 10-5-1 Guy Delameau
Middle: Mateus Irie Nechio 4-3-0 vs. 0-6-0 Yoshinori Takahashi

Rookie Tournament Semi Finals:
Welter: Koji Matsumoto vs. 2-1-0 Munehiro "Mike" Kin
Bantam: Yosuke Saruta 1-2-0 vs. 2-3-0 Jun Nagasoe
Fly: Yusuke Sato 2-1-0 vs. 1-0-0 Tomokazu Sato


9/12 Cage Force - Fight Order/Title Fight Announced

Monday, 7 September 2009

Cage Force have today made it official, Mizuto Hirota is returning his lightweight title and the fight between Kuniyoshi Hironaka and Yoshihiro Koyama will be for the vacant title.

Main-Event - Lightweight Title Fight:
11. Light: Kuniyoshi Hironaka 14-6-0 vs. 12-2-1 Yoshihiro Koyama

10. Feather: Wataru Miki 14-9-3 vs. 6-6-2 Tomonori Taniguchi
9. Light: Yasunori Kanehara 2-5-2 vs. 2-2-0 Hiroki "KG Shinto" Kuga
8. Feather: Wataru Takahashi 8-11-4 vs. 3-3-0 Masayoshi "Randleman" Ichikawa
7. Bantam: Hirokazu Nishimura 3-3-1 vs. 1-4-0 Yoshihiro Matsunaga
6. Bantam: Masato Kobayashi 3-0-0 vs. 3-2-0 Daisuke Sugishima
5. Valkyrie Feather: Kyoko Takabayashi 9-4-0 vs. 5-7-0 Akiko Naito

Preliminary Fights:
4. Feather: Tokuei Masaki 0-1-0 vs. 0-2-1 Toru Yoshikawa
3. Welter: Yosuke Yaguchi 0-1-0 vs. Daisuke Teramoto
2. Light: Kazuki Tokutomei vs. Shin Fujimoto
1. Feather: Yoji Saito vs. Katsunori Tsuda


9/4 Shoot Boxing - RESULTS

Sunday, 6 September 2009

ShootBoxing continues to do well in filling Korakuen Hall. As usual, it turned out to be an acion packed event.

The main event went into the 5th round before the visitor from Thailand landed a devastating straight right that sent the Japanese ShootBoxing champion to the ground.

There were 2 title fights on the card, in the super-featherweight title fight, Tomohiro Oikawa won a 5 round decision over Hiroaki Suzuki.

The other title fight ended when the doctor had to stop Enari from continuing after suffering a cut. Phantom Shinya goes home the bantamweight champion.

9. Main-event: Bowiei So Udomson Def. Hiroki Shishido by KO Round 5 0:36
8. Takaaki Umeno Def. Florian Schöpp by KO Round 1 0:54

SB Japan Super Featherweight Title Fight:
7. Tomohiro Oikawa Def. Hiroaki Suzuki by Decision 3-0

SB Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Fight:
6. Phantom Shinya Def. Noriyuki Enari by TKO Round 2 2:41

5. Guy Struggle Gym Def. Takeshi Ishikawa by DQ (soccerball kick) Round 2 1:58
4. Mamoru Yamaguchi Def. Masahiro Fujimoto by Decision 3-0
3. NIIZUMAX! Def. Koya Shimada by KO Round 3 1:03
2. Masanori Minato Def. Tatsuhiro Takashima by Decision 2-1
1. Kengo Okubo Def. Yuji Sugawara by TKO Round 1 1:06


9/4 Shooto Kitazawa Shooto 2009 Vol. 2 - RESULTS

On Friday in Kitazawa Townhall, K'z Factory held "Kitazawa Shooto 2009 Vol. 2", without the biggest Shooto stars, but ith some stars in the making. Yoshioka's record might not have been the best going in, and just looking at that he was probably the underdog here. He did however bring tons of experience against top fighters. Yoshioka was able to use an omopalata to sweep Hiroyuki Abe, in the process getting in top position and finishing the fight with a guillotine choke. This was a fight that will impact the flyweight Shooto rankings.

In the co-main event Matsufuji's 3 fight winning streak was broken just 39 seconds into the fight, when Akagi landed a left hook that KOed the 31 year old fighter.

Fly: Hiroaki Yoshioka Def. Hiroyuki Abe by guillotine choke Round 2 3:08
Bantam: Toshimichi Akagi Def. Hiroharu Matsufuji by KO Round 1 0:39
Welter: Shin Kochiwa Def. Junpei Chikano by KO Round 1 3:06
Welter: Shinobu Miura vs. Koji Nishioka Draw 1-1
Light: Masaki Yanagisawa Def. Takamaro Watari by TKO Round 1 1:17
Bantam: Masumi Tozawa Def. Yuya Kaneuchi by Decision 3-0
Bantam: Akinobu Watanabe Def. Keiji Koizumi by TKO Round 4:45
Feather: Isao Yoshida Def Keita Ishibashi by Decision 3-0


9/12 Cage Force - Fights Announced

Friday, 4 September 2009

It looks like the Hironaka vs. Koyama fight will be for the Cage Force title.

Cage Force have announced some fights for their upcoming event in Differ Ariake. And I am really excited to see UFC veteran take on a more quiet performer in Yoshihiro Koyama. Koyama is one of the fighters on my banner (the other more recognizable) and he is IMO one of the best fighters in Japan that have not been picked up by a big organization. Koyama has not lost since February 2006, but this time he is facing a very experineced opponent and the winner here should be the #1 contender to Mizuto Hirota's Cage Force LW title.

Also, look out for the talented Masato Kobayashi on this card, he is 3-0 in his professional career and came 3rd in the 6th amature shooto freshman tournament's featherweight division.

Light: Kuniyoshi Hironaka 14-6-0 vs. 12-2-1 Yoshihiro Koyama
Light: Yasunori Kanehara 2-5-2 vs. 2-2-0 Hiroki "KG Shinto" Kuga
Feather: Wataru Miki 14-9-3 vs. 6-6-2 Tomonori Taniguchi
Feather: Wataru Takahashi 8-11-4 vs. 3-3-0 Masayoshi "Randleman" Ichikawa
Bantam: Masato Kobayashi 3-0-0 vs. 3-2-0 Daisuke Sugishima
Bantam: Hirokazu Nishimura 3-3-1 vs. 1-4-0 Yoshihiro Matsunaga
Valkyrie Feather: Kyoko Takabayashi 9-4-0 vs. 5-7-0 Akiko Naito

Preliminary Fights:
Welter: Yosuke Yaguchi 0-1-0 vs. Daisuke Teramoto
Feather: Tokuei Masaki 0-1-0 vs. 0-2-1 Toru Yoshikawa
Feather: Yoji Saito vs. Katsunori Tsuda
Light: Kazuki Tokutomei vs. Shin Fujimoto


10/6 DREAM 11 - Joachim Hansen Interview

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The second half of the interview is posted below. Enjoy!

2009 September 2nd

Hellboy is Back!

Interview with Joachim Hansen, from the DREAM website, translated by Ibarakipatto.

We interviewed Joachim Hansen, who is fighting in Dream’s Lightweight title match for the October 6『HEIWA DREAM.11 Feather Class GP 2009 Final』in Yokohama Arena. He spoke with us about his thoughts on his first defense as champion and on his opponent Aoki Shinya.

──Having collapsed the day before the New Year’s "FieLDS Dynamite!! 〜Yuuki no Chikara 2008〜" many Japanese fans are worried for you even now. What kind of condition were you in?

Hansen: Up until the day before New Year’s Eve I had been practicing in great condition and getting ready for the “big one” with J.Z. I had myself physically and mentally in great shape but right in the middle of the last stage of practices I went for a takedown and when I tried to lift my training partner up but he resisted pretty hard and got my leg caught up. We both went down on my head.

When I hit my head I was conscious but I felt nauseous and dizzy and my head hurt so I took a break from practicing and went to my room to rest. A little while later when I thought I had recovered I tried to get out of bed and I was overcome by much stronger dizziness. I don’t have any memory after that.

The next thing I knew I was lying on the floor and my team-mates were asking me if I was OK. My manager looked at me and said “Let’s go to the hospital.” And the DREAM staff brought me to the hospital right away. I had an X-ray of my skull and a CT scan taken but there weren’t any cracks or bleeding. According to the doctor there wasn’t anything abnormal in the tests but since I hit my head I was experiencing symptoms of a concussion.

I told the doctor I wanted to fight if it was at all possible but he said “ I absolutely cannot authorize that” so all I could do was accept the verdict. Thinking about the fans and J.Z and everyone else it made me really depressed.

──How did things go after that?

Hansen: DREAM thought about my physical condition first and foremost and gave me a half year to recover. I was planning on getting myself back in shape within 3 months so that I could fight in the Shooto 20th anniversary event but there wasn’t enough time and unfortunately I couldn’t make it happen.

──So should we now consider that you are fully recovered?

Hansen: Of course! I’ve been doing hard training all this time and I’m not worried about my sense in the ring. I’m ready to fight anytime. I’m really looking forward to coming back to DREAM and fighting in front of all the fans.

──It’s been decided that your opponent for your first title defense will be Aoki Shinya.

Hansen: It’s an honor to defend my title against Aoki. But even more than that, it’s a joy just to be able to fight.

──You’ve fought Aoki twice before in the past; what kind of impression do you have of him?

Hansen: Aoki is a great fighter, overflowing with talent. You have to beware of all of his many techniques. There’s no argument that he’s one o the top fighters in the world. He’s beaten most of the world’s top-class fighters so I think it’s natural to consider him a first-rate fighter.

──In last year’s lightweight GP you won (against Aoki) in the finals. Have you analyzed what the major reason for your win was?

Hansen: That day I was only thinking about my match with Black Mamba so when I made it to the finals and I found out I was going to fight Aoki I was surprised. But I’m a fighter after all so I said “Let’ s do it!” to pump myself up. When I made my way to the ring I tried not to think things like “the lightweight belt is on the line” or “this is a fight with Aoki.” I didn’t think too much and focused on my match. I think going into the fight without lots of distractions helped. Winning that match was really a good feeling.

──What kind of things do you expect from your 3rd fight?

Hansen: I can never say how my fights are going to go. You get in the ring and you do your best. That’s all there is. As longs as I can win I think any finish would be good. Of course I have to watch out for any dangerous submission moves (from Aoki).

──Going up against that kind of fighter what do you think is the most important?

Hansen: I’d have to say keeping the pressure on him and not backing off.

──Tell us your thoughts on the July “DREAM 10” fight between Aoki Shinya and Vito “Shaolin” Ribiero.

Hansen: I think it was a very strategic match. Aoki put some effective weapons into use and won the match. It was that kind of match, I think.

──There was some controversy over the content of the Aoki vs Shaoln match. What do you think about it?

Hansen: I thin every one of the fans has a right to have their own opinion. Me myself, I don’t want to go around criticizing anybody. One thing I will say however is that as a fighter, in the ring I give it my best and I try to make it an exciting match for the fans. That’s all.

──As a pro-fighter which would you say is most important; “showing the fans a victory” or giving the fans an exciting match they can enjoy?

Hansen: In a big event like DREAM I think “showing a victory” and giving an exciting match are both important. As a pro fighting a match I think you have to think of those as two sides of the same coin. Fans still talk to me about my fight with Eddie Alvarez in DREAM 3. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I’m proud of the fact that tons of fans remember that fight.

──Right after the Shaolin match Aoki appealed to the crowd for this title match and afight with Kawjiri Tatsuya on New Year’s Eve. Kawajiri made his own comments regarding it. Do you have anything to say about all of this?

Hansen: I guess it’s fine. But I’m going to defend my belt so I’m not sure how smoothly all that is going to happen.

──In September of last year, fighting 2 tough fights in 1 day you captured the DREAM lightweight championship belt. What kind of value does this belt have for you?

Hansen: It’s a really heavy belt for several different reasons. It’s the result of the longtime and effort put into the fight, it’s also a belt that I was finally able to get and it’s the belt that was at the end of a long road of sacrifices.

──Straight up、confident about your title defense?

Hansen: Of course。I’ve gotten everything ready for the fight. I’ll defend it without fail.

──Do you have a message for the fans?

Hansen: It doesn’t matter if it’s a title match or what. Hellboy is BACK!



9/4 ShootBoxing - Fight Order

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

ShootBoxing have announced the fight order for their event tomorrow in Korakuen Hall. And there are some changes to the card.

Tyler Toner is off this card, I dont know the reson, but he is replaced by German champion kickboxer, Florian Schöpp. It is a new opponent for Umeno but it should still be a very good co-main event.

The female S-Cup winner, Rena, will also be attending to meet the fans and sign autographs.

Should be a good start to the weekend, and it looks like there are still tickets available.

9. 67kg: Hiroki Shishido vs. Bowiei So Udomson
8. 71kg: Takaaki Umeno vs. Florian Schöpp

SB Japan Super Featherweight Title Fight:
7. Tomohiro Oikawa vs. Hiroaki Suzuki

SB Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Fight:
6. Phantom Shinya vs. Noriyuki Enari

5. 60kg: Takeshi Ishikawa vs. Gay Struggle Gym (?)
*Not making up the name, Thai fighter and I am not sure of the struggle.

4. 55kg: Masahiro Fujimoto vs. Mamoru Yamaguci
3. 61.5kg: Koya Shimada vs. NIIZUMAX!
2. 56kg: Tatsuhiro Takashima vs. Masanori Minato
1. 60kg: Yuji Sugawara vs. Kengo Okubo


9/22 Shooto Revolutionary Exchanges 2 - Fights Added

Added to the card are some very interesting fights! There are 2 fights added in the bantamweight division, and both should be very good fights. Ryuichi Miki will take on Yasuhiro Urushitani in what will be a re-match. They last met in Mai last year and the fight ended in a draw. Urushitani has not fought since November last year, and it will be good to see him back in Shooto.

The other bantamweight fight will see Yuki Shojo, who resently lost to the champion "BJ" take on DREAM veteran Junya Kudo.

In the lightweight division, Australian Gustavo Falciroli is making the trip to Japan to take on Paraestra Sapporo's Daisuke Ishizawa. Falciroli made it into the Shooto rankings last month after a win over Akiyo Nishiura and it will be interesting to see if he can build on that.

There are 10 fights on the card now, including 2 Pacific title fights. The card should be complete now, and it is looking very good!

Bantam: Ryuichi Miki 9-2-3 vs. 15-4-6 Yasuhiro Urushitani
Bantam: Yuki Shojo 8-5-2 vs. 7-2-2 Junya Kudo
Light: Gustavo Falciroli 6-1-2 vs. 4-5-0 Daisuke Ishizawa

Previously Announced:
Welterweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Yusuke Endo (Champion) 12-3-2 vs. 14-5-2 Kotetsu Boku

Middleweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Xavier Lucas (Champion) 6-1-1 vs. 11-2-1 Akihiro Yamazaki

Feather: Tetsu Suzuki 8-7-3 vs. 6-2-0 Teriyuki Matsumoto
Feather: Masatoshi Abe 8-2-1 vs. 5-1-1 Fumihiro Kitahara

Rookie Tournament:
Bantam: Nozomi Otsuka 2-1-1 vs. 1-0-1 Yasutaka Ishigami
Light: Atsushi Kobayashi 2-1-0 vs. 1-0-0 Yusuke Yachi
Feather: Haruo Ochi 4-1-0 vs. 2-0-0 Kota Onojima


9/26 K-1 WORLD GP 2009 IN SEOUL -FINAL16-

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

FEG have announced the full field of 16 fighters that will face off in this year's World GP tournament. 13 fighters were already chose, either by winning qualifying GPs or performance last year.

The fans were asked to vote for their favorite, and the CLEAR winner was Alistair Overeem.

1. Alistair Overeem - 14104
2. Melvin Manhoef - 9233
3. Mirko Crocop - 8153
4. Glaube Feitosa - 8102
5. Catalin Morosanu - 8093
6. Musashi - 8084
7. Mark Hunt - 3249
8. Tyrone Spong - 2069
9. Paul Slowinski - 2024
10. Stefan Leko - 1857
11. Pavel Zuravliov - 1835
12. Alexey Ignashov - 1383
13. Yosuke Nishijima - 1261
14. Ray Sefo - 1251
15. Gegard Mousasi - 1179
16. Might Mo - 1172
17. Taiei Kin - 1023
18. Freddy Kemayo - 809
19. Chalid "Die Faust" - 687
20. Hong-man Choi - 643
Others: 115
Total number of votes: 76,326

These results and mixing them with the sponsor's voices, gives us the following card:

World GP - FINAL 16:
Remy Bonjasky vs. Melvin Manhoef
Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov
Errol Zimmerman vs. Glaube Feitosa
Kyotaro vs. Ruslan Karaev
Semmy Schilt vs. Daniel Ghita
Peter Aerts vs. Alistair Overeem
Ewerton Teixeira vs. Singh "Heart" Jaideep
Jerome Le Banner, vs. Musashi

Super Fight:
Taiei Kin vs. Cătălin Moroşanu



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