DISCLAIMER: I'M POSTING THIS FOR BRENT DUCHARME WHO WROTE THIS ON SUNDAY NIGHT. IT'S A WEEKLY PIECE HE'LL BE POSTING AS A WRAP UP ALL THINGS KICKBOXING AND JMMA.
As the title indicates, I would like to turn this into a weekly recap sort of series. I realize weeks are traditionally thought to end on Saturdays, but splitting the weekend wouldn't seem very intuitive, now would it? Event results and announcements will be primary, as will news related to kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Japanese (and, sometimes, plainly international) MMA organizations, fighters, and industry figures. We'll also look at some under-reported stories, as well as ones that might not necessarily warrant their own post but are still interesting. Throw in a little personal commentary, some recognition of articles posted at other websites, and the emotionally draining experience of returning to work after the weekend, and you have Monday Morning Head Kicks.
Among the top things we'll take a look at this week are the somewhat surprising results from K-1 MAX Madrid, the results from the Krush First Generation Kings event, the disparity between MMA rule sets, and the 2011 Shootboxing schedule. While results will be discussed a lot from the beginning, you'll be able to find a (relatively) complete list of the week's results after the jump. Let's get started...
Expected Winners, Unexpected Results at Krush: Yoshihiro Sato escaped with a split decision over Shemsi Beqiri in the main event of the evening. The guys over at LiverKick.com are calling for Beqiri to get in the mix in K-1 MAX, and I have to echo that sentiment. Koya Urabe took an extra round decision over Sung Hyun Lee in his tournament bout. I already had a lot of respect for Lee after the way he went through Kizaemon Saiga back in October and this result certainly enhances that. Speaking of Saiga, he won his tournament bout as well. Urabe, Saiga, Shirahama, and Kajiwara advanced in the 63kg. tournament, we'll see who ends up the divisional champion on March 19th. P.S. Yuya Yamamoto came through with a big knockout.
Rafi Zouheir tops K-1 MAX Madrid: Warren Stevelmans and Rachid Belaini were the big names here, but Zouheir pulled it out with three decisions. In the semifinals, he topped Dutch fighter Nick Beljaard and defeated Warren Stevelmans in the final, after Stevelmans advanced through the other side of the bracket with wins against Jonay Risco and Rafa del Toro. WBC MT super-welterweight champion Alejandro Asumu Osa was gone after the quarterfinals, as was Rachid Belaini, who was knocked out by Beljaards in the second round of their bout. Others have highlighted Belaini's inconsistency and what have you, but things would have seemed on an upswing for the Mike's Gym product following his knockout victory over Kem Sitsongpeenong in September. I hope the event will get Zouheir some more attention, and maybe it will offer a little extra boost to the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament in the eyes of a few.
Shootbox 2011: The Shootboxing schedule for 2011 has been released, as Dave Walsh over at LiverKick.com reports. Five events all at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo: February 19th, April 23rd, June 5th, September 10th, November 11th. Details on the February event are supposed to surface next week, so be waiting for those.
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