14. OCT. 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix(Heavy weight) Final 16 in Tokyo Fight Card
GRAND PRIX FIGHT
Raul Catinas (Romania)
Ben Edwards (Australia)
Makoto Uehara (Japan)
Hiromi Amada (Japan)
Xavier Vigney (USA)
Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan)
Hesdy Gerges (Egypt)
Sergii Lashchenko (Ukraine)
Singh Jaideep (India)
Ismael Londt (Surinam)
Jarrell Miller （USA）
Paul Slowinski (Poland)
Catalin Morosanu (Romania)
Mirco Filipovic (Croatia）
Genji Umeno (Japan)
Chanhyung Lee (Korea)
Jafar Ahmadi (Iran)
Benjamin Adegbuyl (Nigeria)
Saulo Cavalari (Brazil)
Pavel Zuravliov (Russia)
Rick Roufus (USA)
James Wilson (USA)
Fighter Profile: WGP
Born 1988 Aug 6（23yrs.）FromRomania
21 fights／17 wins（KO：9 wins）4 loss 0 draw
2008 K-1 WGP Slovakia (first K-1 fight)
2009 K-1 WGP 2008 inLodz(semifinal)
2012 SuperKombat WGPII Champion
He has gained even more power and skill since his move to the famous Chakuriki Gym. Chairman Tom Harinck has given his stamp of approval on Catinas, saying that he will definitely become the K-1 Champion before too long. Executive Producer Masato also predicts that the fight with “Boom Boom” Ben Edwards will be a close one, ending in a KO.
A fighter to watch out for.
Masato’s comment: Brawny and muscled fighter, like Mike Tyson
BEN EDWARDSNickname：The Guvner
Born 1985 Feb 17（27yrs.）FromAustralia
44 fights／34 wins（KO：31 wins）8 loss 2 draw
2009 ISKA Super Heavyweight World Champion
2010 K-1 WGP Australia Champion (first participation)
This will be his first fight inJapansince his K-1 debut in 2010. An Australian champion and intense fighter with manyKOsunder his belt. A Ben Edwards fight is sure to please. We look forward to him and Raul Catinas exchanging blows.
Masato’s comment: As his namesake “Boom Boom” suggests, he pummels his fists and aims for a KO. Interesting and easy to understand.
Born 1984 Nov 14（27yrs.）From Japan
Association： Shikon Murakami Juku
15 fights／11 wins（KO：7 wins）4 loss 0 draw
2008 Participated & passed K-1 Tryouts
2011 RISE Heavyweight champion
Uehara, who participated in the K-1 Tryouts on 2008, has now matured into a Heavyweight fighter capable of representingJapan. He is currently the holder of the RISE Heavyweight title. It’s his chance to take his revenge against Amada, whom he lost to three years earlier. Can he demonstrate how much he’s improved in the past 3 years?
Masato’s comment: Punches and kicks with destructive power, and has a body type uncharacteristic of a Japanese fighter.
Born 1973 May 10（39yrs.）FromJapan
54 fights／34 wins（KO：15 wins）17 loss 3 draw
2004 K-1 Japan GP champion
A veritable icon in K-1 who had been participating in K-1 events for 13 years, since 1999. He won against Uehara in 2009 by decision, and is up for a new challenge to obtain a ticket to the WGP on December 26. His recent win against Alex Roberts by KO seems to demonstrate that he is a much better fighter than before.
Masato’s comment: Veteran fighter from the days of K1Japan. Has an amateur boxing background and is the No.1 Japanese heavyweight fighter in punching technique.
Born 1990 Apr 9（22yrs.）FromUSA
６ fights／５ wins（KO：1 wins）0 loss draw
IKF California champion
US World Amateur champion
Vigney has excellent physical abilities from his background as a football player. He has had 6 consecutive victories since his move to kickboxing. He is 22 years young and his long arms and legs are formidable weapons. In the future, he could be in the forefront of American kickboxing.
Masato’s comment: A very powerful fighter even among the tall fighters I have seen. I feel he has a lot of potential to grow, and I expect him to build a record of KO wins.
Born 1984 Jun 21（28yrs.）FromAzerbaijan
84 fights／73 wins（KO：32 wins）10 loss 1 draw
2006 IFMA World Amateru Muay Thai Champion
2007 K-1 WGP Las Vegas (participated)
2009 K-1 WGP inLodz
He does not have a large physique, but more than compensates with his pro boxing background, speed, and fighter heart that fights head-on with any opponent. A man of valor that has won against Laschenko and Ray Sefo.
Masato’s comment: A rough and wild fighter that prefers punches. I expect an intense exchange of blows.
Born 1984 Feb 20（28yrs.） FromEgypt
Association： Chakuriki Gym
51 fights／39 wins（KO：18 wins）11 loss 1 draw
2009 WFCA Super Heavyweight Champion
2010 It’s Showtime +95kg World Champion
Assassin from Tom Harinck’s Dojo Chakuriki. A stable
fighter that has won against top fighters such as Badr Hari
and Daniel Ghita, it is expected to make his name known
in the upcomingTokyoevent.
Masato’s comment: His height towers over 2 meters. Holder of the Showtime Champion title.
Nickname：Ukrainian Tough Guy
Born 1987 Jul 21（25yrs.） FromUkraine
38 fights／29 wins（KO：13 wins）9 loss 2 draw
2009 K-1 WORLD GP inLodz(first K-1 fight)
2009 K-1 WORLD GP inLodz(finalist)
2011 SuperKombat WGP Final champion
With baby-faced features that belies his 25 years,
Laschenko climbed to the top of the finals tournament during the 2009 WGP, in which he first participated in K-1. He claimed the title of champion in last year’s Superkombat tournament and is aiming to be the champion of K-1 GP.
Masato’s comment: Fighter with hard fists and boxing technique
Born 1987 Aug 21（25yrs.）FromIndia
Association：Power of Dream
55 fights／40 wins（KO：13 wins）14 loss 0 draw
2008 J-NET WORK Heavyweight champion
2009 K-1 WGP Seoul ASIA GP champion
2011 RISE Heavyweight Tournament champion
A formidable presence inJapan. He has proven himself
to be the only fighter to stand out in last year’s RISE Heavyweight tournament. It is hoped that he will be an important fighter for the New K-1
Masato’s comment: Has destructive power to his punches stemming from his height, andKOshis opponent with a knee kick. He has developed rapidly in recent years.
Born 1985 Jul 12（27yrs.）FromSuriname
33 fights／29 wins（KO：13 wins）3 loss 1 draw
2011 SuperKombat WGP II champion
2011 SuperKombat WGP Final finalist
2012 SuperKombat WGP III Title
His manager is the famous Melvin Manhoef. He is akin to a heavyweight version of Manhoef. There is no mistake that he will be active in the fighting stage the world over
Masato’s comment: Overall excellent fighter. His fight with Jaideep will be unpredictable and will certainly be a great fight to watch for the fans.
Born 1988 Jul 15 （24yrs.）FromUSA
20 fights／20 wins（KO：9 wins）0 loss 0 draw
NY Golden Gloves Finalist
2012 US Grand Prix Championship in LA (First K-1 fight)
He has been the sparring partner of Klitschko, the long-running title holder in pro boxing. At 19 years old, he won against Pat Barry (former K-1 fighter before moving to UFC) at WCL. As he had vocally proclaimed, he won by KO during the K-1 Los Angeles event earlier this month. He gets worked up about KO-ing his opponent, whoever he may be .
Masato’s comment: With his boxing background, he fought well according to K-1 rules during the LA event on September 8th. His steady low kicks were impressive. As to be expected from an American boxer, his final uppercut, delivering a knockout, was a highlight of the event.
Born 1989 Dec 4 （22yrs.） FromLithuania
29 fights／25 wins（KO：14 wins）3 loss 1 draw
2011 W.K.N European K-1 Rules GP Champion
He set the fighting world abuzz in his fight April this year at the main event organized by Jerome Le Banner, which ended in a draw after a tough fight in which Oborotov seemed about to lose. Though only 22 years of age, this new star is a great fighter. Will he be the center of the storm in his first K-1 challenge?
Masato’s comment: Though he doesn’t seem evasive and powerful, his record of a draw from the K-1 leader speaks volumes.
Born 1980 Sep 24（31yrs.） FromPoland
123 fights／104 wins（KO：63 wins）18 loss 1 draw
2007 K-1 WORLD GP inAmsterdamChampion
2009 WMC World Heavyweight Champion
2011年IS.K.A. Heavyweight Champion
At 31 years, he has a maturity differing from his first K-1 fight 5 years previous. Since July 2010, he has garnered a streak of 8 wins. With the techniques he learned from Hoost, we can expect a lot from him now and in the future.
Masato’s comment: Same fighter from K1. An all-around fighter who can kick and punch.
Nickname：The Carpathian Death
Born 1984 Jun 30（28yrs.） FromRomania
37 fights／32 wins（KO：20 wins）5 loss 0 draw
2008 WKN Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion
2012 SuperKombat World Grand Prix I Champio n.
The No. 1, most famous fighter representingRomaniawith 32 wins and 20 KO record. Even with his small stature, he prefers hard and fast punches in his fights. He is also a county councilor in his nativeRomania, proof of his being a ‘multi-fighter’
Masato’s comment: A fighter similar to K-1 MAX’s Mike Zambidis. He fights 90% with punches
Born 1974 Sep 10 （37yrs.）FromCroatia
Association：Cro Cop Squad Gym
65 fights／45 wins（KO：32 wins）17 loss 2 draw 1 no contest
Mirco is participating in K-1 once again after 9 years. What he probably wants is the K-1 Heavyweight Belt. For this reason, he came back to K-1. His ability to call up the strength when need be is amazing. We are looking forward to seeing that once again.
Masato’s comment: It has been a while since I last saw Mirco fight during theSpainevent last May, but his sharp high kicks and force have not changed from his glory days.
Born 1986 Nov 25（25yrs.）FromUSA
Association：Apollos Martial Arts
24 fights／0 wins（KO：16 wins）0 loss 0 draw
XFL light Heavyweight kickboxing Champion
ISKA World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion
US Kickboxing’s new star achieved his 24th consecutive victory at the K-1 LA event earlier this month. He is the top pupil of the famed Dale Apollo Cook. With Mirco as his opponent in his first major event, will he be able to extend his winning streak? Or will it be his first loss to blacken his record? This is a fight to look forward to.
Masato’s comment: An impressive record of 24 wins out of 24 fights. I feel he has top-notch boxing techniques. With 16 knockouts, he is a young, strong fighter with a powerful punch.
Nickname：Treasure ofJapanMuay Thai
Born 1988 Dec13（23yrs）FromJapan
23fights／21wins（KO：10wins）2 loss 0 draw
2010年M-1 Feather Weight Champion
2011 WPMF World Super Feather Weight Champion
Umeno is participating in K-1 for the first time. Executive Producer Masato is keeping his eye on him for the new K-1 weight classes in 2013.
Masato’s comment:：「Having mainly fought Muay Thai, it will be Umeno’s first fight under K-1 rules. It would be interesting to see how he can show his power with K-1 rules.」
Born 1992 Aug 11（20yrs）FromKorea
Association：Moovi Gym/KHAN Sportainment
15fights／11wins（KO：6wins） 3 loss 1 draw
2011 M.K.F ULTIMATE VICTOR -60KG Champion
Masato’s comment:：「A fresh new fighter fromKorea, barely 20 years old. Look forward to the hidden potential he brings to the fight.」
Born 1982 Dec 6 （29yrs）FromIran
Association：Iran Taisei Jyuku
30fights／28wins（KO：15wins） 1 loss 1 draw
2006, 2007, 2010 Amateur Kickboxing world champion
2007, 2009, 2011 Amateur Muay Thai world champion
WBKF Heavy Weight Champion
Masato’s comment:：「With his high level punches and kicks, he is like an Iranian version of Daniel Ghita.」
Nickname：Mr. Gentleman, Hammer
Born 1985 Jan 24（27yrs）FromNigeria
10fights／9wins（KO：8wins） 1 loss 0 draw
2011 SuperKombat WGP III Champion
2012 SuperKombat WGP III Champion
Masato’s comment:：「He attacks his enemy with punches and low kicks. He has a great cross counter that defeats his opponent in one blow.」
Born 1989 May 23（23yrs）FromBrazil
26fights／25wins（KO：19wins） 1 loss 0 draw
2010 Muay ThaiBrazilChampion
2011 Muay ThaiBrazilChampion
2012 TANEFT CupBrazilChampion
2012 TANEFT CupRussiaChampion.
Masato’s comment:：「He uses his legs in a hit and run attack. Has a formidable right low kick.」
Born 1983 Jul 29（29yrs）FromRussia
Association：Sevastpol Muay Thai
47fights／39wins（KO：14wins） 7 loss 1 draw
2009 K-1 WORLD GP inSeoul(K-1 first fight)
2009 WBKFEuropeTournament (+93kg) Champion
2011 SuperKombat WGPIII Champion
He impressed everyone in his first K-1 fight in 2009 by winning against Gokhan Saki. He has also compiled a record of wins against the likes of Prince Ali and Mourad Bouzidi. It is his first time to fight inJapan.
Masato’s comment:：「Though lacking in speed, he has stamina and can endure blows. A fighter who constantly puts on the pressure against his opponent.」
Born 1966 Jun 3（46yrs）FromUSA
180 cm（5.11ft）/ 98Kg (205lb)
Association：Roufus Kickboxing Center
65 wins (43 (T)KOs) 9 loss, 1 draw
1996年WBCAmerica Curser Champion
1998年K-1USAGRAND PRIX ’98 Finalist.
Masato’s comment:：「The Legend vs. the Star Tryout Passer. This is a fight to watch out for.」
Born 1986 Oct 15（25yrs）FromUSA
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