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On March 8, 2020 (Sunday), Kickboxing MA Japan promoted “Murakami Matsuri Vol.4”, an event that took place at Hanayashiki Asakusa Flower Theater, in Tokyo, capital of Japan.

The highlight of the schedule, and therefore the 'main event' was an international challenge between Nepal and Japan, with fighters Mohan 'Dragon' and 'Strong' Kobayashi representing each country respectively.

Mohan is a popular fighter who has always thrilled the public with his style in promotions such as K-1 and “REBELS”. The Nepalese athlete had left the ring due to his business, but after returning to “Bigbang” (Kickboxing promotion) last December for the first time in two years and three months, he won the belt in the franchise's middleweight category and resumed his successful career. A curiosity about this confrontation is that the fighter also celebrated his 43rd birthday in the ring.

Kobayashi, on the other hand, came to this duel with a cartel of 5 wins (5 KO's) and 2 losses.

The fight, scheduled for three rounds of three minutes, provided moments of intense “exchange” of punches and kicks from both parties until the end of regulation time.

The dispute started with Mohan fitting good strokes of punches in Kobayashi, who calms down and attacks with low and high kicks, until he managed to unbalance Mohan with a high kick, but he manages to recover. The athletes returned to 'switch' until the end of the round.

In the second round, Kobayashi strikes left and right hooks, but Mohan counter strikes until he takes the Japanese to the corner of the ring. The tactic would be used until the next round, when the fighter from Nepal would define the fight in his favor.

After beating Kobayashi with right and left hooks - which caused the referee to stop the fight 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the third round - Mohan jumped out of the ring and hugged Ryuji Murakami, the tournament master, to celebrate his victory.

- “Thank you very much for coming to the place in difficult times. I'm happy to win. I'm thankful. I did it ”.- Mohan declared, in the microphone, in a message of thanks to the audience present.

The 'co-main event' put two Japanese in front of each other.
Fumihiro Uesugi won the title of champion in the 'Featherweight' category of the HOOST CUP last October and also beat Brazilian fighters in December.

His opponent, JOE, has already competed in 185 fights in Thailand and is currently the coach of TEAM TEPPEN (team of Tenshin Nasukawa and Daishiro Swan). He has also fought Shogo Kuriaki in Japan.

In the first round, Uesugi shortened the distance and took JOE to the corner of the ring, throwing punches in the face and body. JOE used high and low kicks to get out of the adverse situation.

Uesugi starts the second round packed and again JOE kicks high, shoots knees, until he succeeds in knocking down his opponent with an unexpected blow.

In the third and final round, Uesugi advances and hits his opponent's body with hooks on the right and left, but JOE pushes him with a frontal kick and after a few more strikes he drops Uesugi. JOE ended up winning by unanimous decision of the judges.

Check out the results of “Murakami Festival Vol.4” below:

Murakami Festival vol. 4
March 8th, 2020
Hanayashiki Asakusa Flower Theater
Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing: Mohan Dragon (Nepal) defeated Strong Kobayashi (Japan) by KO / TKO (left hook) at 2min and 30sec of the third round.
Kickboxing: JOE. TEPPEN GYM (Japan) defeated Fumihiro Uesugi (Japan) by unanimous decision after three rounds (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Kickboxing: Shoya (Japan) defeated Yuta Asai (Japan) by unanimous decision after three rounds (30-29, 30-28, 30-28)
Karate: Tatsumaro Ishikawa (Japan) defeated Yue (Japan) by KO / TKO (punches) at 1min and 22sec of the first round
Kickboxing: Tatsuya (Japan) defeated Sho Matsuyama (Japan) by KO / TKO at 0:49 sec of the first round
Kickboxing : Best Dragon ( Nepal / Hong Kong ) defeated Yuli Nagata ( Belgium ) by KO at 1min and 29sec of the first round
Kickboxing: TASUKU (Japan) defeated Yusei Hirasawa (Japan) by unanimous decision (28-30, 27-30, 27-30)

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 09 / 03 / 2020
Photo: Fighter Mohan celebrated his 43rd birthday with a victory in the ring. ( Credits | Courtesy : Kickboxing MA Japan | Murakami Festival Vol.4 | eFight ).

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