#19: Weigh-In Results
8. Joachim Hansen (68.2kg) vs. Shinya Aoki (69.8kg)
7. Kazushi Sakuraba (83.5kg) vs. Rubin Williams (82.5kg)
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri (69.9kg) vs. Melchor Barracuda (69.2kg)
5. Sokoudjou (100kg) vs. Bob Sapp (155kg)
4. Minowaman (87.5kg) vs. Choi Hong Man (145kg)
3. Joe Warren (62.7kg) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (62.7kg)
2. Hideo Tokoro (62.8kg) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (63kg)
1. DJ.taiki (62.8kg) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (62.8kg)
#18: Sakuraba Wants More Fights In 2009
At the weigh-ins today, Sakuraba said that if he’s unhurt, he’d like to have continuous fights this year (probably DREAM.12 and Dynamite!!).
Last year, an event called GLADIATOR (collaboration between DEEP and CMA) was held in the Momotaro Arena in Okayama, Japan. A few years before that, a big two day event was held in South Korea as well. This year the GLADIATOR executive committee is back with the third GLADIATOR event that will be held at the Okayama Budokan on November 3rd.
A press conference was held today where the fights of the event were announced. A few solid names are scheduled to fight such as Korean female fighter Seo Hee Ham, K-1 veteran Yusuke Fujimoto, K-1 up-and-comer Mitsugu Noda, exciting Karateka Yuji Sakuragi, Maximo Blanco DQ victor Akihiko Mori, Dynamite!! 2008 participant Yukio Sakaguchi, MMA veteran Daijiro Matsui, and HERO’S participant Min Suk Heo.
The last event was a Japan-Korea friendship event where 6 Korea Vs. Japan fights were held with Korea winning 5 of those fights. The same theme continues this year with 8 fights between Japanese and Korean fighters scheduled.
The young Korean opponents of Shoko Sato and Daijiro Matsui are, similar to Chan Sung Jung when he defeated Michihiro Omigawa in last years GLADIATOR event, receiving a chance to maybe get on to something bigger in case of victory in the November fights.
Below is the card of the event (I’ll add the Korean names as soon as a Korean MMA website post the card).
Japan-Korea International Goodwill MMA Event GLADIATOR -Okayama Event-
Date: November 3rd, 2009
Place: Okayama Budokan in Okayama, Japan
Pro-Wrestling Rules, Tag Team, 1×30 Minutes:
Minowaman & Minoru Suzuki vs. Akebono & Don Fujii
MMA Rules, CMA KPW Middleweight Title Fight, 3×5 Minutes:
Hiroya Aikawa(?) vs. Min Suk Heo
K-1 Rules, 3×3 Minutes:
68kg: Go Yokoyama vs. Jae Hun Moon
Girls: Ayano Oishi vs. Seo Hee Ham
Yusuke Fujimoto vs. Junpei Hamada
Mitsugu Noda vs. Yuji Sakuragi
MMA Rules, 2×5 Minutes:
LHW: Daijiro Matsui vs. Il Cheol Park
LW: Akihiko Mori vs. Hyeong Geol Lee
LW: Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Seong Hwa Han
FW: Shoko Sato vs. Nam Jin Jo
Kickboxing Rules, 3×3 Minutes:
70kg: Koji Tsunekiyo(?) vs. Hyper Kick Lee
Footage of the three Japan vs. Korea SENGOKU Gold Cup fights of SENGOKU X were shown on Sundays SENGOKUG! episode. Thanks to the uploader.
The first two fights for DREAM.12 have been announced and they are high-level ones. In two Lightweight fights, DEEP Lightweight champion Katsunori Kikuno will take on Eddie Alvarez and Won Sik “Parky” Park will battle newly crowned Cage Force Lightweight champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka in a fight which I think might be a little too early for the young Korean.
Also announced as a participant of the card, Korean Myeon Ho Bae, who is 7-1 in his last 8, will make his DREAM debut.
Update: The fights will be fought in a hexagon cage and they will be 3 5 minute rounds(NO!!!).
Update #2: The current plan is to hold one special cage event like DREAM.12 each year from 2010 and onward.
Date: October 25th, 2009
Place: Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
Won Sik Park vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Myeon Ho Bae
Marius Zaromskis, Alistair Overeem, Paulo Filho, Murilo Ninja, Kiyoshi Tamura, Yoshiro Maeda, Andrews Nakahara
Since losing his debut in 2006, 22 year old Korean Won Sik “Parky” Park is undefeated in his last 8 fights and has started to open some eyes in the MMA world…
Name: Won Sik Park
MMA Record: 7-1-1
Dojo: CMA Korea Ulsan Gym
Be Proud Of Your Roots
Parky has trained Taekwondo for 7 years and is currently a 3rd degree black belt. He says: “A lot of Japanese fighters are proud of their backbone like Judo and Karate. However, Korean fighters who have Taekwondo as their backbone, they aren’t proud of it. I’m not an elite Taekwondo player but it is the foundation which made it possible for me to fight in MMA. I tried Taekwondo moves like it’s kicks and sidestep in my fights before and it was plenty effective. I want to use Taekwondo’s strong points in MMA and make the predominance of Taekwondo known.”
Taekwondo Vs. Kyokushin Karate
With three consecutive first round victories in DEEP, Parky has his eyes set on Katsunori Kikuno and the DEEP Lightweight title. He says that Kikuno has power and his middle kick is strong. He is currently preparing a counter for Kikuno’s crescent kick. If the time comes he intends to increase his physical strength training and train with Jang Yong Kim, the only fighter to have not been stopped by Kikuno in his last 5 fights, as well.
“I’ll definitely take back the belt that Bang Seung Hwan relinquished.”
The White Cage Of DREAM Next
To level up Parky has started to visit Team MAD to train with fighters such as UFC’s Dong Hyun Kim and Myeon Ho Bae.
On September 29th, 2009, Parky was announced as a participant of the white cage of DREAM where he will face Cage Force Lightweight champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
Visit Parky’s YouTube channel to see most of his MMA fights and some grappling footage.
This years FINAL16 event is over and it was an entertaining one. The FINAL8 draw can be seen on K-1’s YouTube channel. A couple of interesting fights were decided.