UFC and K-1 veteran Genki Sudo will make his return to the ring on New Year’s eve against Greg Jackson-trained fighter Damacio Page.
The 2006 edition of Premium Dynamite!! will take place on December 31st at the Kyocera Osaka Dome
Roughly 10,631 ticket holders entered the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan to witness the finale of the Hero’s 2006: 187 lb tournament. All of the fighters showed and people got their moneys worth when in the end Japanese fighter Yoshihrio Akiyama was crowned the tournament champion.
The semi-finals of the tournament started with a battle between Yishihiro Akiyama and Kestutis Smirnovas. Even though Smirnovas lost his quarterfinal fight against Kazushi Sakuraba he was still granted a spot as Sakuraba was unable to fight due to medical conditions. Akiyama earned his way to the semi-finals by defeating Taiei Kin by armbar.
Akiyama looked great from the start attacking Smirnovas with vicious leg kicks that left their mark. Smirnovas’s body began to show that damage during the middle of the round as a nice welt formed on the left thigh of Smirnovas.
Akiyama worked hard to avoid Smirnovas’s combinations and then late in the first he was able to connect with a leg kick that momentarily dropped Smirnovas. He then quickly charged in and nailed Smirnovas with a head kick followed by a combination which secured him a spot in the finals.
Next on the slate was a battle between Melvin Manhoef and Shungo Oyama. Oyama’s semi-final birth came after he earned a decision victory over Rodrigo Gracie. Manhoef earned his way to the semis by beating Crosley Gracie.
This fight proved to be a quick one alot like the earlier semi-final bout. Both fighters entered the ring hungry and ready to engage. After a short feeling out process Oyama attempted a few wild strikes which were unsuccessful. The much bigger Manhoef then decided to attack as he rushed forward with a combination of kicks and punches which eventually sent Oyama down and out.
With the win Melvin Manhoef earned his was to the finals of the 187 lb tournament with a battle against Akiyama bubbling for later in the fight.
The finals of the 187 lb tournament followed the path of many of the earlier fights. It was quick and exciting. One thing to take note of was Akiyama decided to wear his gi against Manhoef unlike his earlier fight against Smirnovas.
Both fighters felt each other out early and then Manhoef charged in with wild combinations that looked to hurt Akiyama. The scene was all too familiar but Akiyama was able to withstand the barrage and take Manhoef to the canvas.
When they returned to their feet Akiyama kept the fight in the clinch until Manhoef decided to go for a slam which ended up being the beginning of the end. Manhoef took the fight to the canvas but he put his opponent in a prime position which allowed Akiyama to secure an armbar. Manhoef was forced to tap at 1:58 of the first round crowning Yoshihiro Akiyama the Hero’s 187 lbs tournament champion.
Here are the results from Sunday night’s K-1 lightweight event…
Andy Souwer defeated Takayuki Kohiruimaki - Unanimous Decision
Ian Schaffa defeated Genki Sudo - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Krauss defeated Yoshihisa Sato - Majority Decision
Virgil Kalakoda defeated Hiroyuki Maeda - TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Buakaw Por Pramuk defeated Hiroki Shishido - KO (Punch)
Drago defeated Naoki Samukawa - Unanimous Decision
Mike Zambidis defeated Tatsuji - Unanimous Decision
Farid Khider defeated Yuya Yamamoto - Unanimous Decision
Hayato defeated Artur Kyshenko - Split Decision
Kazuya Yasuhiro defeated Bobby Ologun - Majority Decision
Ray Sefo defeated Shinobu Tsugto - Unanimous Decision
Satoruvashicoba defeated Taka Osamitsu - TKO (Strikes)
Kazushi Sakuraba has been cleared to fight on the upcoming Hero’s show which will take place October 9th at the Yokohama Arena.
It was also revealed by K-1 official’s that Sakuraba’s MRI showed no signs of brain damage or injuries.
Here are the results of the 2006 K-1 World Grand Prix in Las Vegas that took place last night.
Former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar has made it official that he will be making his MMA debut in October for the K-1 Hero’s show. Last night Lesnar was invited to the ring where he made it official that he’d be fighting for K-1. UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie also entered the ring and stated that he’d be helping Lesnar prepare for his fight.
Here are the results from last night’s K-1 Hero’s event…
Koutetsu Boku defeats Alexandre Franca Nogueira - Unanimous Decision
Semmy Schilt defeats Min Soo Kim - Submisson (Triangle)
Ivan Menjivar defeats Hideo Tokoro - Unanimous Decision
Gesias Calvancanti defeats Hiroyuki Takaya - KO (Flying Knee)
Rani Yahira defeats Kazuya Yasuhiro - Submission (Arm Triangle)
Caol Uno defeats Kultar Gill - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Yoshihiro Akiyama defeats Taiei Kin - Submission (Armbar)
Melvin Manhoef defeats Crosley Gracie - TKO (Strikes)
Don Frye defeats Yoshihisa Yamamoto - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Shungo Oyama defeats Rodrigo Gracie - Unanimous Decision
Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Kestutis Smirnovas - Submission (Armbar)
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s K-1 Hero’s card because of a ligament tear in his right knee. He will be replaced by Crosley Gracie who will take on Melvin Manhoef.
Norifumi Yamamoto and Genki Sudo have pulled out of the August 5th, 154-pound HERO’s tournament.
Kid Yamamoto has taken an indefinite leave an absence from MMA to pursue his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. Yamamoto will work towards entering the 2007 Emperor’s Cup and then he’ll attempt to enter the 2008 Beijing Games.
Genki Sudo was forced to withdraw due to a recuring neck injury. The replacements for Sudo and Yamamoto will be Hiroyuki Takaya and Kazuya Yasuhiro. Also the final fighter that will be on the card is Hideo Tokoro.
The card now looks like this…
187-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Carlos Newton vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kestutis Smirnovas
-Rodrigo Gracie vs. Shungo Oyama
-Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kin Taiei
154-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Caol Uno vs. Kultar Gill
-Hideo Tokoro vs. Ivan Menjivar
-Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
-Rani Yahira vs. Kazuya Yasuhiuro
Fight Entertainment Group has announced a list of fighters set to appear in the K-1 Hero’s August 5th tournament.