8/30 Shooto Gig Central Vol. 18 - Results

Monday, 31 August 2009

Alive held the 18h Gig central last yesterday, the main event ended in a draw when Taisuke Okuno and Takesuke Kume won one round each.

The fight between Hiroshi Sakamoto and Paraestra Matsudo's Hayato Sato was cancelled as Sakamoto came in overweight. That left 3 fights on the main card, in addition 2 amature fights (that delivered some action) and a gappling fight between last year's rookie champion, Kosuke Eda and Akira Kibe.

Taisuke Okuno vs. Takesuke Kume Draw
Hisaki Hiraishi Def. Takahiro Kajita by Decision 3-0
Hiroshi Sakamoto vs. Hayato Sato Cancelled (Sakamoto overweight)

Rookie Tournament:
Light: Hiroyuki "Ron" Kondo Def. Koji Kishimoto by Decision 3-0

Grappling: Akira Kibe Def. Kosuke Eda by point 10-1

Hiroki Matsubara Def. Yosuke 森賀 by arm-bar Round 1 1:54
Shingo Hashimoto Def. 李 相寿 by achills lock Round 1 0:20


8/30 DEEP Osaka Impact - RESULTS

Sunday, 30 August 2009

DEEP Osaka Impact was earlier today, the main event saw the very experienced DREAM, WEC and Pride veteran, Yoshiro Maeda take on the very talented Kleber Koike. The fight ended early when Maeda caught a kick to the family jewels and was unable to continue. Koike was disqualified.

Korean "RYO" has now gone 4 straight fights without a loss and should be happy with the way 2009 has gone so far. A deceisive win for the fighter that normally goes the distance.

"Goodman" Tanaka was had just a second left of the round when he got caught in an arm-bar.

15. Yoshiro Maeda Def. Kleber Koike by DQ Round 1 4:00
14. Young "RYO" Choi Def. Yuya Aikawa by TKO Round 2 1:32
13. Yusaku Tsukumo Def. Yoshiyume Chodo by Guillotine Choke Round 2 2:49
12. Teruhiko Kubo Def. Hiroki "Goodman" Tanaka by arm-bar Round 1 4:59
11. Next Level: Nakagawa Ω 自演乙 Ω Koki vs. Mitsuru Kondo DRAW
10. Next Level: Kyohei Hayashi Def. Masahiro Tobino by decision 3-0
9. Koji Nakamura Def. Zenta Yamasaki by TKO Round 2 3:34
8. Hiroto vs. Yuki Kamishima DRAW
7. Makoto Kamatani Def. Nobuhiro "Punch" Yamauchi by Decision 3-0
6. Koji Tomita Def. Munetomi Suzuki by arm-lock Round 1 1:23

No results yet:

Opening Fights:
5. Sho Nonaka vs. Kohei Fujiwara
4. Kazuya Ukuda vs. Muneo Hatomune

Next Level:
3.Ren Takeno vs. Yuya Shibata
2.Shigeru Yoshino vs. Takumi Akita
1. Shinpei Hayashi vs. Tatsuya Tuda


Introducing The DEEP Ring Girls!

Saturday, 29 August 2009

DEEP have presented their ring girls here. Since it is all in Japanese, I will give you the English version here.

Mai Yokoyama

Born: 3/14-86
168cm (80-59-85)
Hobbies: Shoping and movies

Tomoko Uchiyama

Born: 9/24-84
166cm (84-58-6)
Hobbies: Golf, wakeboard, surfing the net

Tomoko Uchiyama is a very experienced model and ring girl. Her blog is here.

Other Pictures:

Aoi Usami

Born: 9/5-86
173cm (86-58-88)
Hobbies: Japanese Dance (Nihon Buyo)

Other Pictures:

Maria Watanabe

Born: 8/10-83
166cm (83-58-86)
Hobbies: Marin sports, flower arrangement

Yuka Tani

Born: 2/20-85
165cm (83-58-88)
Specialty: Home cooking
Interests: Travelling, shoping, cooking

Other Pictures:


9/26-27 ADCC 2009 - Participants

The ADCC tournament comes around every other year, and it is always a highlight. This is where the worlds best grappliers come to compete. Just qualifing here is a great achievement.

Lots of MMA stars are here to compete for the honor and respect that comes from being an ADCC champion. They have recently added the wildcards, and the competitor list should be complete.

This year the tournament is being held in Barcelona.

Female -60kg:
Kyra Gracie, Brasil
Ina Steffensen, Denmark
Laurence Cousin, France
Michelle Tavares, Brasil
Megumi Fuji, Japan
Sayaka Shioda, Japan
Hillary Williams, USA

Female 60kg+:
Lana Stefanac, USA
Shanti Abelha, Denmark
Ida Hansson, Sweden
Rosângela Conceição, Brasil
Hitomi Hiraiwa (Akano), Japan
Penny Thomas, South Africa
Hannette Quadros Staack, Brasil

Male -65.9kg:
Jeff Curran, USA
Justin Rader, USA
Leo Vieira, Brazil
Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura, Japan
Jeff Glover, USA
Baret Yoshida, USA
Rubens Charles Maciel, Brasil
Jayson Patino, USA
David Marinakis, Australia
Ryan Hall, USA
Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, Finland
Nicolas Renier, France
Rafael Mendes, Brasil
Kohei Yasumi, Japan
Rani Yahya, Brasil

Male -76.9kg:
Ben Askren, USA
Bill Cooper, USA
Milton Vieira, Brazil
Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Japan
Georges St. Pierre, Canada
Pablo Popovich, USA
Marcelo Garcia, Brasil
Kron Gracie, USA
Enrico Cocco, USA
Rodney Ellis, Australia
Don Ortega, USA
Toni Linden, Finland
Marcelo Azevedo, Brasil
Murilo Santana, Brasil
Keita Nakamura, Japan

Male -87.9kg:
Gunnar Nelson, Iceland
Tarsis Humphreys, Brasil
Rousimar Palhares, Brasil
Braulio Estima, UK
Nate Marquadt, USA
Mike van Arsdale, USA
Daniel Tabera, Spain
Rafael Lovato Jr.
Chris Weidman, USA
Igor Praporshchikov, Australia
Jason Selva, USA
Trond Saksenvik, Norway
Damian Maia, Brasil
Andre Galvao, Brasil
Kazuhiro Nakamura, Japan
Kassim Annan, France

Male -98.9kg:
Marcio Cruz, Brasil
Renato Sobral, Brasil
Vesa Vuori, Finland
Vinicius Magalhães, Brasil
Dean Lister, USA
Roberto Abreu, USA
Ricardo Arona, Brasil
Alexandre Ribeiro, USA
Gerardi Rinaldi, USA
Anthony Perosh, Australia
Rafael Davies, USA
Andreas Olsen, Norway
Radek Turek, Poland
Glover Teixeira, Brasil
Yukiya Naito, Japan

Male +99kg:
Jeff Monson, USA
Tom Erikson, USA
Jon Olav Einemo, Norway
Rogent Lloret, Spain
Saulo Ribeiro, USA
Fabricio Werdum, Brasil
Dennis Roberts, Australia
Asa Fuller, USA
Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen, Finland
Tomasz Janiszewski, Poland
Antoine Jaoude, Brasil
Kouji Kanechika, Japan
Tom DeBlass, USA

Roger Gracie vs. Robert Dysdale


10/24 GCM Valkyrie 03 - Participants Announced

Thursday, 27 August 2009

GCM is planning another double header, with the female fighters of Valkyrie kicking off the action in Differ Ariak at 12.30. The male fighters with finish off what should be an action packed day with a Cage Force event later in the day.

Valkyrie have announced 9 participants, but no match-ups yet. On the card will be some very good fighters: Naoko Omuro, Emi Fujino, "Sachi" and Fukuko Hamada to name a few.

Naoko Omuro 9-7-3
Emi Fujino 8-3-0
Maho Muranami 4-5-2
Sachiko Yamamoto 5-4-1
Masae Mori 0-1-0
Yuko Takagi
Fukuko Hamada 4-3-0
Yukiko Seki 5-17-0


9/23 Sengoku 10 - Izumi's Opponent Announced

WVR have announced the opponent for Hiroshi Izumi's MMA debut, the Judoka will take on the New Zealand kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Antz "Notorious" Nansen. As far as I know both these fighters are making their MMA debuts, but it should be an interesting mix of styles.

The other fights announced today are Makoto Takimoto aginst Korean Sprit MC veteran, Jae Sun Lee. And Antonio Silva will take on "Big Jim York.

Hiroshi Izumi (debut) vs. Antz "notorious" Nansen
Makoto Takimoto 5-5-0 vs. 5-4-0 Jae Sun Lee
Antonio Silva 12-1-0 vs. 11-2-0 "Big" Jim York

Previously Announced:
Light-Heavy: Ryo Kawamura 10-4-2 vs. 11-5-0 Fabio Silva
Middle: Takenori Sato 9-6-4 vs. 42-12-0 Joe Doerksen
Welter: Nick Thompson 38-11-1 vs. 18-2-0 Dan Hornbuckle
Maximo Blanco 3-2-1 vs. 3-1-0 Tetsuya Yamada
Kazunori Yokota 9-2-3 vs. 20-11-1 Ryan Schultz

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


9/3 Shoot Boxing - Fights Announced

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

In just over a week Shoot Boxing is puttin on another event in Korakuen Hall. Added today was Shooto legend Mamoru, who have turned to ShootBoxing lately. He is doing well and has a 2-1 record so far. This time he is fighting the #3 ranked (I dont know if they publish rankings..) super bantamweight, Masahiro Fujimoto.

American MMA fans will also recognize the Ring of Fire champion, Tyler Toner, who is coming back for his 2nd ShootBoxing fight. Toner won his debut fight (the main-event no less) by a 1st round KO in June. I am sure a lot of people will be excited to see him back in Japan.

It should be another very good card, and being on a Friday this will be just about sold out.

Masahiro Fujimoto vs. Mamoru Yamaguci

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

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

Tyler Toner vs. Takaaki Umeno
Hiroki Shishido vs. Bowiei So Udomson


9/13 JEWELS 5th Ring - Fights Announced

Jewels have announced a couple of fights for their next event. Former SmackGirl champion Megumi Yabushita will be taking on pro-wrestler Atsuko Emoto. Another pro-wrestler, Hikaru Shida will be fighting in a grappling rule fight. He opponent is yet to be announced.

For the Rough Stone GP, German talent Alexandra Sanchez will be taking on the undefeated Shizuka Sugiyama.

Open: Megumi Yabushita 17-15-0 vs. 2-2-0 Atsuko Emoto
Grappling: Hikaru Shida vs. TBA

ROUGH STONE GP 2009 - Round 1
-60kg: Alexandra Sanchez 1-0-0 vs. 5-0-0 Shizuka Sugiyama
-60kg: Chihiro Oikawa 1-1-0 vs. 0-1-0 Tomoko Morii

Previously Announced:
Main-Event: Seo Hee Ham 3-3-0 vs. 10-10-4 Misaki Takimoto

Rough Stone GP 2009:
Kikuyo Ishikawa 1-0-0
Asami Kodera 3-3-0
Shinsaki Ozawa 0-3-0
Miyoko Kusaka 0-0-0

Mika Nagano 3-2-0
Rina Tomita 2-1-0
*2 fighters TBA


Shooto August Ranking

Monday, 24 August 2009

Shooto have updated their rankings for August. I have not updated these for a while, so there are lots of changes. Tahara is now ranked #1 in the flyweigt division, and notice Ogikubo who have climbed into the #3 spot in the featherweight division.

Also Australian Gustavo Falciroli has come into the lightweight rankings after a strong win in Shooto Australia.

Champion: Open
1. Noburo "Shinpei" Tahara
2. Ramba “M-16” Somdet
3. Atsushi Takeuchi
4. "Heat" Takeshi Sato
5. Shinya Murofushi
6. Hiryuki Abe
7. Takehiro Harusaki
8. Hiroaki Yoshioka

Champion: Shinichi “BJ” Kojima
-From October 14 2006, Defended 3 times against Mamoru, Akagi and Urushitani

1. Ryuichi Miki
2. Yasuhiro Urushitani
3. Jucie Formiga
4. Junji Ikoma
5. Yuki Shoujou
6. Mamoru Yamaguchi
7. Shimokawa Yusei
8. Jesse Taitano
9. Daiji Takahashi
10. Masaaki Sugawara

Champion: Masakatsu Ueda
-From March 28 2008, Defended 2 Times against Galvao and Dantas

1. Marcos “Louro” Galvao
2. Hiromasa Ogikubo
3. Eduardo Dantas
4. Koetsu Okazaki
5. Atsushi Yamamoto
6. So Tazawa
7. Junya "Kodo" Kudo
8. Tetsu Suzuki
9. Daniel Lima
10. Kenji Osawa

Notice Hiromasa Ogikubo who has now climbed into title contention. Since Galvao has already had a title hot, Ogikubo might be next in line.

Champion: “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
-From November 29 2008. Defended 1 Time against Rumina Sato.

1. Akitoshi Tamura
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Hideki Kadowaki
4. Savant Young
5. Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura
6. Renan Barao
7. Gustavo Falciroli
8. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura
9. Rumina Sato
10. Antonio Carvalho

Notice Gustavo Falciroli who has come into the #7 spot after a win over "Wicky" in Shooto Australia.

Champion: Takashi Nakakura
-From May 3 2008 Defended 0 times.

1. Willamy Chiquerim "Chiqueirinho"
2. Yusuke Endo
3. Kenichiro Togashi
4. Takanori Gomi
5. Bendy Casimir
6. Mizuto Hirota
7. Koutetsu Boku
8. Ganjo Tensuku
9. Hamid Corassani
10. Grzegorz Trendowski

Champion Nakakura suffered an eye injury in his last loss to Gomi, there was some doubt that he will make it back to the ring, but I hope we will see the champion defend his title soon. This is a very strog division now, with the additon of Gomi and Sengoku champion Hirota.

Champion: Shinya Aoki
-From February 17 2006, defended 0 times

1. David Baron
2. Xavier Lucas
3. Wim Deputter
4. Niek Tromp
5. Igor Fernandes
6. Yoichiro Sato
7. Hernani Perpetuo
8. Zelim Felican
9. Akihiro Murayama
10. Akihiro Yamazaki

Champ: Siyar Bahadourzada
- From July 15 2007, defended 0 times

1. Leandro Silva
2. Andre Silva
3. Sauli Heilimo
4. Grazhuydas Smailis
5. Nathan Schouteren
6. Petras Morkevicius
7. Rolandas Agrba
8. Mikkel Guldbaek
9. Masashi Yozen
10. Ginardi Lima (?)


8/30 DEEP Osaka Impact - Fight Order

DEEP are putting together some interesting cards, and one is coming up this weekend in Zepp Osaka is Osaka Impact.

The main event will see the very experienced, Pride, WEC and Dream veteran, Yoshiro Maeda taking on Kleber Koike. Koike is a very good BJJ fighter, in only his 3rd pro fight he will be taking on Maeda. Koike has everything to gain here, and it should be a good fight.

Also on this card is Korean "Ryo", he defeated Bernard Ackah by decision in his last fight and will be looking to build in that here.

15. Yoshiro Maeda 24-7-2 vs. 1-1-0 Kleber Koike
14. Young "RYO" Choi 10-5-1 vs. 2-1-1 Yuya Aikawa
13. Yusaku Tsukumo 6-4-0 vs. 5-3-2 Yoshiyume Chodo
12. Teruhiko Kubo 7-9-1 vs. 15-7-3 Hiroki "Goodman" Tanaka
11. Next Level: Nakagawa Ω 自演乙 Ω Koki vs. Mitsuru Kondo
10. Next Level: Masahiro Tobino vs. Kyohei Hayashi
9. Zenta Yamasaki vs. Koji Nakamura
8. Hiroto vs. Yuki Kamishima
7. Makoto Kamatani vs. 6-4-0 Nobuhiro "Punch" Yamauchi
6. Koji Tomita vs. Munetomi Suzuki

Opening Fights:
5. Sho Nonaka vs. Kohei Fujiwara
4. Kazuya Ukuda vs. Muneo Hatomune

Next Level:
3.Ren Takeno vs. Yuya Shibata
2.Shigeru Yoshino vs. Takumi Akita
1. Shinpei Hayashi vs. Tatsuya Tuda


8/23 ShootBoxing Female S-Cup - Pictures

I was so excited about the female S-Cup yesterday that I almost forgot about the awesome DEEP card! Anyway, it was not without reson. ShootBoxing is an interesting consept, and they put on a very interesting mix of fighters.

The tournament was won by the 18 year old Rena.

On the card was also the welcome return of Hisae Watanabe. It was only an exhibion fight, but still a very popular addition to this event.

If you want to see more pictures from this event, you can go to SportsNavi HERE and HERE

Some pictures from the final:

And of course some from the Megumi Fuji vs. Hisae Watanabe exhibition fight.


8/23 DEEP 43 Impact - Results

Sunday, 23 August 2009

DEEP 43 Impact is going on right now in Korakuen Hall. I wont be able to get these up live, but here are the results so far, I will update the rest later tonight.

13. 77.1kg: Ryo Chonan Def. Jutaro Nakao by Decision 3-0

DEEP Featherweight Title Fight:
12. Takafumi Otsuka Def. Dokonjonosuke Mishima by Decision 5-0

DEEP Bantamweight Title Fight:
11. Masakazu Imanari (champion) Def. Tomohiko Hori by Decision 5-0

10. 93kg: Bernard Ackah Def. Ryushi Yanagisawa by TKO Round 1
9. 65.8kg: Toshiaki Kitada Def. Zach Makovsky by rear-naked choke Round 1 4:22
8. 65.8kg: Koichiro Matsumoto Def. Shunichi Shimizu by Decision 3-0
7. 93kg: Hans Stringer Def. Yuji Sakuragi by TKO Round 2 2:11
6. 70.3kg: Won Sik Park Def. Yuichi Ikari by rear-naked choke Round 1 4:58
5. 77.1kg: Yoshitomo Watanabe Def. Zuzu by TKO Round 2 4:56
4. 77.1kg: Yuki Ito vs. Sadao Kondo Draw (1-0)

Future Fight:
3. 70kg: Yasuhiro Kawasaki Def. Tomoya Kato by Decision
2. 67kg: Masato Kataoka Def. Hideyuki Noru by arm-bar Round 12:45
1. 62kg: Tatsuya Tsuchida Def. KZ Round 1 3:01


8/23 ShootBoxing Female S-Cup - RESULTS

ShootBoxing is holding their female S-Cup in Shinagawa today. Results if you read on.

Megumi Fuji's fight is an exhibition fight with Hisae Watanabe, and there is therefore no result in this fight.

Girls S-Cup - Tournament Quarter Finals:
QF1: Rena Def. Masako Yoshida by Decision 3-0
QF2: Saori Ishioka Def. Ai Takahashi by Decision 3-0
QF3: Madoka Okada Def. Misato Tomita by KO Round 2 0:25
QF4: Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi Def. Lim Soo Jung by Decision 3-0

Mixed Rule Exhibition: Megumi Fuji vs. Hisae Watanabe

SF1: Rena Def. Saori Ishioka by TKO Round 3 0:20
SF2: Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi Def. Madoka Okada by Decision 3-0

MMA-Jewels Rule: Shizuka Sugiyama Def. Hitomi Sakamoto by Decision 3-0
Yuko "Hiroko" Yamanaka Def. Cho Benkei by TKO Round 1

Female S-Cup Final:
Rena Def. Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi by Decision 3-0


9/22 Shooto Revolutionary Exchanges 2 - 2 Title Fights Announced

Shooto have announced 2 Pacific Rim title fights for their next "Revolutionary Exchanges" event. In the welterweight division, Kotetsu Boku will aim to reclaim his title from the current champion, Yusuke Endo. This is not the first time these fighters meet. Endo was Boku's opponent when Boku returned to Shooto in January this year. That was a non-title fight and it ended with a draw.

In the other title fight announced, Australian Xavier Lucas will defend his middlweight Pacific Rim title against Japanese standout, Akihiro Yamazaki. This will be the first title defense for Xavier Lucas, and his first fight in Korakuen Hall. Yamazaki has not lost since February 2005, his opponent on that occation was Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and this should be a very good fight.

Also on the card is the Hadairo (Tetsu Suzuki), taking on a very interesting opponent in Teriyuki Matsumoto. Making his debut on the Shooto "main cards" is Fumihiro Kitahara, taking on Masatoshi Abe.

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


9/20 Shooting Disco 10 "Twist & Shooto" - Main-Event Announced

The Shooting Disco events in Shinjuku Face are always very popular, and they have some of the best fights. They tend to match up talents rather than spending all the cash on a biggest stars, and it is proving succesful so far. Both in drawing crowds and creating new stars.

This time the main event will see the very talented Yoichiro Sato take on his toughest opponent yet in Yoshitaro Niimi. Niimi has had a "break" from shooto to compete in the HEAT welterweight tournament, but now he is back where he started his career, and where he has done so well.

The co-main event will be Masaaki Sugawara and Hiroyuki Tanaka.

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

Bantam: Masaaki Sugawara 8-3-1 vs. 7-5-2 Hiroyuki Tanaka
Fly: Takeshi Sato 8-7-1 vs. 4-4-0 Katsuya Murofushi
Feather: Takahiro Hosoi 5-5-1 vs. 6-2-0 Naohiro Mizuno
Bantam: Tatsuya Nakashima 2-2-1 vs. 1-2-0 Yoshiyuki Takano
Bantam: Kenji Hosoya 2-5-0 vs. 2-2-0 Hiroaki Ijima

Feather: Yuki Yasunaga 0-2-0 vs. Keita Kono


10/25 Pancrase Changing Tour - Title Fight Announced

Pancrase have added a flyweight title fight to this card on October 25 in Differ Ariake. The champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe will take on undefeated challenger Isao Hirose. Hirose was the Neo-Blood champion in 2008, and the fighter he defeated in the final, Takuya Eizumi got the title shot before him. Now Hirose is rightly ranked #1 and he has earned his title shot.

Also on the card is Seiya Kawahara, Kawahara fought in the DREAM featherweight GP, now he is back at bantamweight, something that should suit him a lot better. He has already had a shot at the Pancrase title, and is one of the more popular Pancrase fighters, mainly because he tends to finish his fights in spectacular fashion. He is ranked #1, but had his title shot in December last year, and he might have to wait a little more for another one. This time he is taking on Ryota Sasaki, who is on a 4 fight winning streak, but would be the underdog in this fight.

Previously announced on this card was the fight between the bantamweight king of Pancrase and the former Shooto featherweight champion and last year's Cage Force tournament finalist, Masahiro Oishi. This should be a very good fight!

Flyweight King of Pancrase title fight:
Mitsuhisa Sunabe 10-5-3 vs. 6-0-0 Isao Hirose

Bantam: Seiya Kawahara 7-2-0 vs. 4-2-1 Ryota Sasaki
Fly: Takuya Eizumi 5-2-0 vs. 3-2-1 Kiyotaka Shimizu
Bantam: Manabu Inoue 7-5-1 vs. 19-11-7 Masahiro Oishi

Ichiro Kanai 9-10-3
Keiichiro Yamamiya 36-24-9


9/26 HEAT 11 - Fights Announced

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Feels like a very long time since Heat held their 1st event in Tokyo, Heat 8 was in December last year. Now they are holding Heat 11 and it will be the first time they have back to back events in Differ Ariake.

Heat 10 was suppose to be the big event, with the finals of the heavyweight tournaments. However, it didnt quite work out as planned when the main event ended in a no contest. The result is that they will have another attempt at determining the Heat heavyweight MMA champion on the HEAT 11 card. Sentoryu will yet again step into the cage and face Christiano Kaminishi.

Also on the card is the Iranian K-1 veteran Prince Ali, he will be taking on the the very experienced Gotoku Onda.

Hiromi Amada will enter the cage for the first time as the champion, and will be taking on Emeka The Black Samurai. I have seen Emeka on some Smokers cards, and this should be a good challenge for him.

Heavyweight Tournament Final:
Henry Miller "Sentoryu" vs. Cristiano Kaminishi

Kick-Heavy: Prince Ali vs. Gotoko Onda
Kick-Heavy: Hiromi Amada vs. Emeka The Black Samurai
MMA-Heavy: Ryo Takigawa 3-2-0 vs. 5-3-2 Shunsuke Inoue
MMA-Feather: Koji Yoshida 3-5-2 vs. 2-5-0 Toshikatsu "Toshi" Harada

Danilo Zanolini


8/23 ShootBoxing - "Hiroko"s Opponent Announced

Hiroko is one of the attractions on this ShootBoxing card. The main feature will of course be the tournament, even though the exhibition fight between Megumi Fuji and Hisae Watanabe would be enough to fill the Shinagawa Stellar Ball (Sutera Booru) in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel complex.

Today another of the main attractions had her opponent announced. The very tall (for Japanese) "Hiroko" will take on Cho Benkei under ShootBoxing rules, and I think that should complete the card just a few days out from the event.

Yuko "Hiroko" Yamanaka vs. Cho Benkei

Previously Announced:
Mixed Rule Exhibition: Megumi Fuji vs. Hisae Watanabe

Girls S-Cup - Tournament Quarter Finals:
QF1: Rena vs. Masako Yoshida
QF2: Saori Ishioka vs. Ai Takahashi
QF3: Misato Tomita vs. Madoka Okada
QF4: Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi vs. Lim Soo Jung

SF1: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
SF2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4

Final: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Jewels Rule (MMA) Fight:
Shizuka Sugiyama 4-0-0 vs. 0-2-0 Hitomi Sakamoto


9/23 Sengoku 10 - Fights Announced

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Sengoku have announced 3 more fights for their 10th (actually 11th) event. It is looking like another strong card, and they are really starting to build momentum. Already 5 fights announced for the main card, and they are looking really good.

IMO the most interesting of these matchups is the Thompson vs. Hornbuckle fight. After his crushing win over Akihiro Gono in his last fight, it will be interesting to see if Hornbuckle can build on that in this fight.

Light-Heavy: Ryo Kawamura 10-4-2 vs. 11-5-0 Fabio Silva
Middle: Takenori Sato 9-6-4 vs. 42-12-0 Joe Doerksen
Welter: Nick Thompson 38-11-1 vs. 18-2-0 Dan Hornbuckle

Previously announced:
Maximo Blanco 3-2-1 vs. 3-1-0 Tetsuya Yamada
Kazunori Yokota 9-2-3 vs. 20-11-1 Ryan Schultz

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

Hiroshi Izumi (debut)
Makoto Takimoto 5-5-0
Antonio Silva 12-1-0


9/4 Shooto Kitazawa Shooto 2009 Vol. 1 - Fight Order

Monday, 17 August 2009

Shooto have announced the fight order for their next event in Kitazawa Town Hall on September 4.

The main-event will be a Class A fight between KZ Factory's Hiroyuki Abe and Hiroaki Yoshioka. Yoshioka has fought some good fighters, but does only have 2 wins in his last 10 fights and Abe will be another tough opponent.

Hiroharu Matsufuji had a bad start to his career, losing his first 4 fights. That has turned and he has won his last 3. He will be taking on Toshimichi Akagi who has not had a win in his last 4 fights.

Returning to professional Shooto on this card will be the soon to be 40 year old Hiroki Kita. He will be taking on the 9 year younger Yasuhiro Kanayama.

Fly: Hiroyuki Abe 5-1-0 vs. 5-9-2 Hiroaki Yoshioka
Bantam: Toshimichi Akagi 5-4-3 vs. 3-4-0 Hiroharu Matsufuji
Welter: Shin Kochiwa 5-1-2 vs. 2-5-0 Junpei Chikano
Welter: Shinobu Miura 2-4-4 vs. 0-1-1 Koji Nishioka
Light: Yasuhiro Kanayama 3-5-3 vs. 2-5-1 Hiroki Kita
Bantam: Masumi Tozawa 0-2-3 vs. 0-2-1 Yuya Kaneuchi
Bantam: Akinobu Watanabe 0-0-1 vs. 1-0-0 Keiji Koizumi
Feather: Keita Ishibashi vs. Isao Yoshida


8/16 Shooto Borders Season 1 "Advance" - RESULTS

The second event of the Borders Season 1 series was held yesterday in a sold out Hirano City Hall. There were 3 rookie tournament champions on the card, and the main-event saw 2 rookie tournament champions face off. Masaki Konishi was the champion in 2006, but has not fought since. He returned to take on the 2008 rookie tournament champion, Takuya Sato.

The 3rd champion was Hiroshi Shiba, who is having an awesome 2009 so far.

Takuya Sato Def. Masaki Konishi by Decision 3-0
Kentaro Watanabe Def. Tatsuro Kamei by Decision 3-0
Hiroshi Shiba Def. Tatsunori Tanaka by triangle choke Round 2 2:19
Taro Kusano Def. Kazuya Satomoto by Decision 3-0
Keita Yoshida Def. Yasuo Niki by Decision 3-0
Teppei Masuda Def. Doraku Mori by Decision 3-0
Yutaka Kimura vs. Joji Kawamata Draw
Yasushi Kato Def. Nobuyasu Fujikawa by TKO Round 2 0:28


9/27 DEEP Hamamatsu Impact

DEEP have announced that they will hold a Hamamatsu Impact event on September 27. The event will be held in Hamamatsu's Act City and I am sure it will feature some of the local talent as well as some of the regular DEEP fighters.

The only fighter announced is Shinya Aoki, who will not be fighting at this event but will be there as a special guest. Should be a good chance for him to meet his fans as well as his fans to get a picture and an autograph with the Japanese star.


8/23 ShootBoxing - Hisae Watanabe taking on Megumi Fuji!

Hisae Watanabe is the former DEEP female champion, and when she retired I thought it was way too early.

Now she might be back! Anyway for 1 fight... She will be taking on Megumi Fuji in a exhibition fight fought under EX-Mixed rules. That means round 1 is Jewels rules, round 2 Shootboxing. There will be 2x2min rounds.

I hope this means we will see more of her!

Mixed Rule Exhibition: Megumi Fuji vs. Hisae Watanabe

Previously Announced:
Girls S-Cup - Tournament Quarter Finals:
QF1: Rena vs. Masako Yoshida
QF2: Saori Ishioka vs. Ai Takahashi
QF3: Misato Tomita vs. Madoka Okada
QF4: Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi vs. Lim Soo Jung

SF1: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
SF2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4

Final: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Jewels Rule (MMA) Fight:
Shizuka Sugiyama 4-0-0 vs. 0-2-0 Hitomi Sakamoto

Yuko "Hiroko" Yamanaka


9/21 ZST 21. and SWAT! in FACE Vol. 3 - Fights Announced

Sunday, 16 August 2009

ZST will be putting on another day of MMA in Shinjuku Face on September 21.

The day will kick off with the SWAT event around lunchtime (12.30) and continue in the afternoon with ZST 21.

The ZST ticket is the more expensive and it will have the better fighters, the SWAT card, as always will put up some very talented fighters, and this time there are Genesis tournament finals on both cards.

Wataru Inatsu is one of those fighters that the record does not really do justice. He has faced mostly top level fighters. He broke Emerson Azuma's 5 fight winning streak and this time he will face the 1st ZST champion in Keisuke Fujiwara.

The very experienced 33 year old Osami Shibuya is the 2nd ZST welterweigght champion and will face a very good fighter in Tomohiko Yoshida. Yoshida has only 1 loss on his fight record, that being to a top level fighter in Hiroshi Tsuruya.

There should be lots more fights added to both these cards and it will be a great day of fights in Shinjuku Face!

Bantam: Wataru Inatsu 3-3-1 vs. 7-1-2 Keisuke Fujiwara
Welter: Osami Shibuya 38-32-15 vs. 6-1-1 Tomohiko Yoshida
Light: Kenichi Ito 5-3-2 vs. 5-1-2 Kota Okazawa

Genesis Tournament Finals:
Welter: Hidenobu Koike 10-9-3 vs. 1-0-0 Yuki Yamamoto
Feather: Masamitsu Nakamura 3-0-0 vs. Winner of Hirofumi Abe vs. Yoshihito Irei (9/6)
Bantam: Tetsuya Fusano 5-1-1 vs. Winner of Yuji Komori vs. Naohiro Hasegawa (9/6)

Tatsuhiko Nishizaka 5-3-1
Ichiro Sugita 9-2-5
Teruhiko Higashitani 2-0-1

ZST SWAT! in FACE Vol. 3
Genesis Tournament Finals:
Light: Kazuto Nakamura 2-1-1 vs. Winner of Yosuke Akahiro vs. Genki Osako (9/6)
Fly: Yuru Hayasaka 3-2-0 vs. Winner of Teppei Shimizu vs. Keisuke Hashimoto (9/6)

Non Tournament:
Bantam: Daisuke Yokoyama 0-0-1 vs. 5-7-2 Toshihiro Shimizu
SB-X Rule - Fly: Hiroyuki Aoi vs. TBA


8/23 DEEP 43 Impact - Fight Order

Friday, 14 August 2009

Even if there are 2 title fights on this card, Ryo Chonan returning to DEEP = main event! He will face Jutaro Nakao on the way back to reclaiming his DEEP title and I think we will see him take on Fukuda for the title soon.

The 2 title fights on the card should be very interesting, UFC veteran Dokonjonosuke Mishima will be defending his featherweight title against the very talented Takafumi Otsuka . In the bantamweight division, champion Masakazu Imanari will be taking on the experienced Tomohiko Hori, who won the DEEP Protect cup to deserve his title shot. Both these fighters are coming off a loss and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Everyone knows what Imanari brings, its just so hard to deal with...

There are some very interesting fights that completes this card. Bernard Ackah continues his fight to again be included in the big leagues, this time taking on a fighter that has seen it all in Ryushi Yanagisawa.

In what might be the most interesting match-up of the night, Paraestra Chiba's Toshiaki Kitada will take on Philadelphia Fight Factory's Zach Makovsky.

Making his DEEP debut is a fighter that has done very well in ZST, Shunichi Shimizu. He will be taking on Koichiro Matsumoto in a fight that might very well end up being fight of the night.

Lots to look forward to in Korakuen Hall on August 23! There should still be tickets available.

Ryo Chonan is the former Middleweight champion, however seems to be fighting at welterweight now (something that I missed). It will be interesting to see if he stays at welterweight. In which case he should be challenging Ikemoto for the title.

13. 77.1kg: Ryo Chonan 15-10-0 vs. 22-14-4 Jutaro Nakao

DEEP Featherweight Title Fight:
12. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (champion) 19-6-2 vs. 8-4-1 Takafumi Otsuka

DEEP Bantamweight Title Fight:
11. Masakazu Imanari (champion) 16-7-1 vs. 10-4-3 Tomohiko Hori

10. 93kg: Bernard Ackah 2-3-0 vs. 24-23-9 Ryushi Yanagisawa
9. 65.8kg: Toshiaki Kitada 8-4-2 vs. 5-1-0 Zach Makovsky
8. 65.8kg: Koichiro Matsumoto 7-2-0 vs. 14-4-5 Shunichi Shimizu
7. 93kg: Yuji Sakuragi 10-14-1 vs. 8-4-1 Hans Stringer
6. 70.3kg: Yuichi Ikari 11-6-3 vs. 6-1-1 Won Sik Park
5. Yoshitomo Watanabe 6-9-2 vs. Zuzu
4. 77.1kg: Yuki Ito 7-3-3 vs. 4-0-0 Sadao Kondo

Future Fight:
3. 70kg: Yasuhiro Kawasaki 2-1-1 vs. 4-0-0 Tomoya Kato
2. 67kg: Masato Kataoka vs. Hideyuki Noru
1. 62kg: Tatsuya Tsuchida 3-3-0 vs. KZ


9/23 Sengoku 10 - The Fresh King of Pancrase fighting

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The newly crowned King of Pancrase has been added to the upcoming Sengoku card, Maximo Blanco have always been a very talented fighter his problem has been containing his enthusiasm. This time he will take on the very talented Tetsuya Yamada, who was very impressive in his loss in the featherweight GP. He is still very young, and weight gain is natural he will move up to lightweight and his first fight will be a tough one.

There are also 3 opening fights added, these are the winners of the Sengoku G tournamnets in Japan and Korea taking eachother on.

This looks to be another very interesting event from Sengoku, to be held in Saitama Community Arena. They seemed to have settled on a format of very talented fighter forming the opening fights, and I think it is a very good way of giving these young fighters invaluable experience.

Maximo Blanco 3-2-1 vs. 3-1-0 Tetsuya Yamada
Kazunori Yokota 9-2-3 vs. 20-11-1 Ryan Schultz

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

Hiroshi Izumi (debut)
Makoto Takimoto 5-5-0
Antonio Silva 12-1-0
Joe Doerksen 42-12-0


8/11 K-1 World GP 2009 in Tokyo -Final 16 Qualifying GP- RESULTS

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Spoilers if you read on. I am not totally glued to the screen for this one, so I might miss a few results. In that case, they will be updated later.

Main-Event - Final 16 Qualifying GP:
13. Daniel Ghita Def. Sergeii Lashchenko by TKO 3 down (leg-kicks) Round 1 2:19

Ghita should be in very good shape for the final, finishing both his fights early.

12. Super-Fight: Peter Aerts Def. Yosuke Nishijima by KO Round 3 1:24
11. Super-Fight: Keijiro Maeda Def. Jan Soukup by KO Round 3 1:20

Final 16 Qualifying GP - Semi-Finals:
10. SF2: Sergeii Lashchenko Def. Brice Guidon by KO Round 2 0:34
9. SF1: Daniel Ghita Def. Yuki Nimura by KO Round 1 1:28
Manhoef is unable to continue

Final 16 Qualifying GP - Quarter-Finals:
8. QF4: Brice Guidon Def. Rico Verhoeven by Decision 3-0
7. QF3: Sergeii Lashchenko Def. Sebastian Ciobau by decision 3-0
6. QF2: Daniel Ghita Def. John Love by KO Round 1 1:28
(very strong performance)
5. QF1: Melvin Manhoef Def. Ramazan Ramazanov by KO Round 1 2:16
4. Reserve: Yuki Nimura Def. Prince Ali by KO Round 3 2:00

Opening Fights:
3. Riso Watanabe Def. Nobuhiro Ko by Decision 3-0
2. Kengo Shimizu Def. Shinkyu Kawano by KO Round 1 0:34
1. Kazuo Doi Def. Katsuharu Ebisawa by TKO Round 1 1:02


8/11 K-1 World GP 2009 in Tokyo -Final 16 Qualifying GP- Fight Order

Monday, 10 August 2009

Tomorrow FEG is holding their World 16 Qualifying GP in Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium. There are some very interesting names in the tournament.

The main event will, of course, be the tournament final. But before that Peter Aerts will take on Japans former boxing champion Yosuke Nishijima. Nishijima has tried his hands at MMA and now K-1 after putting away his boxing gloves, I would be surprised if he won this, but it will be an entertaining fight.

There has been a change in the tournament reserve fight, British John Love is replacing Alex Roberts, and Heat veteran Prince Ali is taking on another Heat veteran in Yuki Nimura. It really shows that the Heat organisation is bringing out some great talent, and I have been impressed by both these fighters in the past. It should be a good reserve fight.

Main-Event - Final 16 Qualifying GP:
13. Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

12. Super-Fight: Peter Aerts vs. Yosuke Nishijima
11. Super-Fight: Keijiro Maeda vs. Jan Soukup

Final 16 Qualifying GP - Semi-Finals:
10. SF2: Winner of QF3 vs. Winner of QF4
9. SF1: Winner of QF2 vs. Winner of QF1

Final 16 Qualifying GP - Quarter-Finals:
8. Rico Verhoeven vs. Brice Guidon
7. Sergeii Lashchenko vs. Sebastian Ciobau
6. Daniel Ghita vs. John Love
5. Melvin Manhoef vs. Ramazan Ramazanov
4. Reserve: Yuki Nimura vs. Prince Ali

Opening Fights:
3. Riso Watanabe vs. Nobuhiro Ko
2. Kengo Shimizu vs. Shinkyu Kawano
1. Kazuo Doi vs. Katsuharu Ebisawa


8/23 ShootBoxing - Girls S-Cup 2009

ShootBoxing are putting on a female version of their very popular S-Cup, and it should be a interesting event. Personally I think the favorites here are Rena and Misato Tomita, but I dont know too much about the ShootBoxing skills of the other participants.

Also on the card is up and coming Jewels favorite Shizuka Sugiyama and one of the biggest female MMA stars anywhere, Megumi Fuji.

Girls S-Cup - Tournament Quarter Finals:
QF1: Rena vs. Masako Yoshida
QF2: Saori Ishioka vs. Ai Takahashi
QF3: Misato Tomita vs. Madoka Okada
QF4: Mei "V Hajime" Yamaguchi vs. Lim Soo Jung

SF1: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
SF2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4

Final: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Jewels Rule (MMA) Fight:
Shizuka Sugiyama 4-0-0 vs. 0-2-0 Hitomi Sakamoto

Megumi Fuji
Yuko "Hiroko" Yamanaka


8/9 Shooto GIG Saitama 1 - Results

Shooto had put together a very interesting card for their 1st GIG Saitama card. The main event was a catchweight fight at 54kg between the #1 ranked flyweight, "Shinpei" Tahara and Jessie Taitano from Guam.

A lot of the fans had come to see the Shooto Legend Rumina Sato in a grappling fight with Yoshiko Matsumoto, in a fight that went the distance. Matsumoto pulled out the points victory.

"Tiger" Ishii pulled off a small surprise as he submitted the very talented and popular Mikitoshi Yamagami.

Guy Delameau is back on the winning side of things after a KO win over Komei Okada, who has had a tough couple of years.

9. 54kg: Noboru "Shinpei" Tahara Def. Jessie Taitano by Decision 3-0

8. Fly: Takehiro "Tiger" Ishii Def. Mikitoshi Yamagami by Kimura Round 1 4:21
7. Grappling - Light: Yoshihiko Matsumoto Def. Rumina Sato by point 6-2
6. Welter: Guy Delameau Def. Komei Okada by KO Round 2 3:44
5. Light: Hidenori Nishino Def. Masaki Yanagisawa by Decision 3-0
4. Light: Kosuke Kindaichi Def. Toshiaki Hayasaka by KO Round 1 4:49
3. Female - Fly: Izumi Noguchi vs. "Windy" Tomomi Sunabe Draw
2. Fly: Shuichiro Okumura Def. Kazuyuki Yoshida by rear-naked choke Round 1 2:36

Rookie Tournament: 
1. Bantam: Yosuke Saruta Def. Takahiro Kobori by TKO Round 1 3:06


8/8 Pancrase Neo-Blood Finals - Results

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Pancrase held their traditional Neo-Blood Tournament finals at this event, but this card had a lot more to offer.

Josh Barnett entered the ring after fight #7, and addressed the crowd saying that he would like to fihgt next time he entered the Pancrase ring. He also said that he will fight in IGF tomorrow.

There were 2 title fights as well, Maximo Blanco won not unexpectedly against Katsuya Inoue. I believe Inoue has a style that suits the powerful wrestler that Maximo is. Maximo is then the first Sengoku training fighter to claim a MMA title.

The other title fight was the veteran Izuru Takeuchi taking on Laughter7's Takenori Sato. This fight ended in a draw, with Takeuchi holding on to his title.

The main event saw Pancrase star Yuki Kondo take on Korean Kim Ki-Beom. Kondo took a strong win. He addressed the crowd thanking them for coming.

Main-Event Middle: Yuki Kondo Def. Kim Ki-Beom by TKO Round 1 1:52

11. Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Fight:
Izuru Takeuchi (Champion) vs. Takenori Sato Draw

10. Lightweight King of Pancrase Title Fight:
Maximo Blanco Def. Katsuya Inoue by TKO Round 2 4:38

9. Light: Koji Oishi Def. Felipe Olivieri by Decision 2-0
8. Feather: Kenji Arai Def. Takumi Murata by Decision 3-0
7. Welter: Masahiro Toryu vs. Kosei Kubota Draw (1-0)
6. Feather: Tashiro "Akai" Nishiuchi vs. Tomonari Kanomata Draw (1-0)
5. Light: Eriya Matsuda Def. Kenichi Serizawa by TKO Round 1 2:02

Neo-Blood Tournament Finals:
4. Light: Isao Kobayashi Def. Hiroshi Toyama by TKO Round 1 2:02
3. Feather: Shigeyuki Uchiyama Def. Yo Saito by Decision 3-0
2. Bantam: Ryota Sasaki Def. Nobuhiro Yoshitake by decision 3-0
1. Fly: Kiyotaka Shimizu Def. Yuichiro Yajima by Decision 3-0



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