Learn how the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games are going

The International Olympic Committee ( IOC ), the Japanese Olympic Committee ( JOC ) and the government of Japan have tried to assure the Japanese public that the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to take place between July 23 and August 8, will be held despite the uncertainties regarding the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The announcements come after the Olympic Games - postponed by the coronavirus - lose more popular support for its realization.
Two surveys conducted in July showed that the majority of the population thought the event should be postponed again or canceled, while a survey released in December by the national broadcaster NHK revealed that only 27% of respondents supported the Games in 2021.
And in a national poll conducted by Kyodo News on Sunday (Jan. 10), about 35% of people said they were in favor of total cancellation, while about 45% said the event should be postponed a second time. .
Despite this, Tokyo 2020 organizers said another postponement is out of the question and insist that the Games will continue despite the state of emergency declared in the greater Tokyo area last week due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. 
They gave some details and said that the detailed plans will be revealed in the spring. 
What we can say is that - if they are held at all - athletes can expect these games to be very different from the previous ones due to the pandemic.
Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Games Organizing Committee, said in an online lecture given by the same news agency Kyodo News on Tuesday (12), that it will be necessary to wait until March to find out whether the fans, local or foreign fans will be allowed.
There is still a dilemma involving the immunization of athletes: the IOC declared that vaccination will not be mandatory, but local organizers want countries to refer participants who have already been vaccinated.
Exemptions that allow foreign athletes to train in Japan before the Olympic Games are suspended until February 7, the date scheduled for the end of the coronavirus state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and other major cities.
For his part, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga declared last week that his country is committed to holding a "safe" Olympics.
Supporters of a new postponement of the Olympics rely on the fact that the Olympic Games used to be held with the Winter and Summer Games in the same year. Subsequently, these were divided with the Winter and Summer Games every 2 years. 
If the Tokyo Games are postponed to 2022, the Olympic Games will have the Winter and Summer Games back in the same year. This may be better in the long run, out of necessity.
It is worth remembering that Japan has a population of 126 million.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 15 / 01 / 2021
Pictured above: An opinion poll revealed a drop in support for hosting the Tokyo Olympics this year. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) AFP | Disclosure ).
Below : Tokyo Restaurant Region as of January 15, 2021. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Kim Kyung-Hoon | ( C ) Reuters ).
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Anonymous sources make serious claims about ONE Championship

Recently, some fighters and officials from the ONE Championship have voiced their concerns about the Asian promotion, which presents itself as the home of 'discipline' and 'honor'.
Under the condition of secrecy - for fear of retaliation by the organization, due to the difficulties of its directors in accepting criticism - such sources made serious allegations reported by journalist Victor Rodriguez, on the renowned website specialized in MMA Bloody Elbow.
In the aforementioned article, it is revealed that the ONE Championship has brought fighters from a team called Egypt Top Team - from Nasr City, Cairo - so that they can be opponents of the athletes that the event wants to promote (practice to “fat” the fighters' cartel ). Athletes from this academy had 23 fights at ONE, with 22 losses and only 1 win. There are even reports of a fighter who has never competed in MMA in his life, has had no training and was placed in a prominent fight at ONE, receiving a $750 purse, with only one cornerman allowed. 
The fighter's coach simply reported that if things got tough, he could just "hit". It is worth mentioning that the athlete had a promising career in kickboxing in his home country, but unfortunately no clear knowledge of what mixed martial arts was.
Despite the fighter's lack of experience, the ONE Championship signed a long contract with him, but at the time the article was written, the fighter in question was still unsure whether the exclusivity contract he had signed would still be valid or do not.
The only Egypt Top Team fighter to win a win in the ONE cage was Hisham Hiba (1-1 at ONE) in 2014. The other notable fighter from that team is Sherif Mohamed, who scored 0-4 - the biggest losses of team.
Also according to Bloody Elbow, two other anonymous sources - a fighter and his "manager" - claimed a strong bias towards fighters in countries where ONE is most interested in expanding their business. Therefore, athletes from countries like Egypt and India were brought in with very little experience and/or preparation, only to be given to these significantly more talented fighters. As these fighters lose, they earn more than their teammates, claim the same sources. On the other hand, there are athletes who often find it very difficult to negotiate salaries, regardless of their progression, popularity or position on the 'card'.
- "They wanted athletes to end their careers at ONE and not be able to sign with any other promotion." - said the anonymous fighter.
The practice of “building the fighter cartel” is not foreign to other large MMA organizations and, in the particular case of ONE, athletes are led to believe that this would help to attract attention in their countries of origin, in addition to leveraging the sport in those regions.
In contrast, fighters allegedly more favored by ONE receive huge monthly varying amounts, in addition to grants for their fights, according to another source.
Founder and CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong came out in defense of his business:
- “We celebrate values ​​of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline and compassion. We show heroes who inspire and unite countries and tell their stories of impossible triumphs over unlikely odds. ”- defends Chatri, refuting the claims that they maintain good fraudulent 'marketing'.
ONE's relationship with Evolve - founded and currently chaired by Chatri - is notorious, as ONE has champions connected to Evolve, an academy that is one of the most impressive in Asia and that - according to some - would be the only profitable business in Chatri in Singapore.
According to others, it is difficult to hear about (ONE and Evolve) in the local media, because they have control over most of the Asian media.
Despite claims of favoring fighters and some selected athletes 'on payroll', there is no doubt that Evolve has some incredible athletes who were champions inside or outside ONE and, in some cases, both.
We ended this article by stating that our commitment is to information and that, common practice or not, athletes agree to fight because they want to. The ONE Championship does not force anyone to do anything. That is our final opinion on the matter.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 12 / 01 / 2021
Photo: Angela Lee, ONE champion and her brother Christian Lee, both Evolve athletes. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Stev Bonhage | ( C ) ONE Championship | ( C ) Getty Images | Disclosure ).

Check out the Deep 20 Impact 100th anniversary card on February 21 in Japan

Deep 100 Impact is scheduled for February 21st at TDC Hall, in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The event will serve as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of what is one of the most traditional MMA promotions in the 'land of the Rising Sun'. The franchise's inaugural show took place in 2001 with Royler Gracie facing Takehiro Murahama in the main event.
The event will take place in front of a limited 'live' audience, although restrictions may become stricter if Covid-19's situation in Japan continues to worsen.
The 'main event' (and therefore “main event”) will be a fight between Satoru Kitaoka and Juri Ohara.
Satoru Kitaoka (42-21-10) is one of the most experienced fighters in the category. The 40-year-old veteran has not experienced victory in two years and comes from defeats in his last four fights.
For his part, Juri Ohara (27-18-3) comes from consecutive wins at Deep 95 and Rizin 22. He fought for the promotion lightweight title twice, but was defeated by Koji Takeda on both occasions.
The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') will bring Yuki Motoya against Shoji Maruyama.
Motoya (26-9-0-1) was submitted by Naoki Inoue in the first round of his fight at Rizin's 'New Year's Eve' show, franchise for which he has made regular appearances in recent years. Motoya is also a title holder for Deep.
Maruyama (18-13-1) also comes from a Rizin 'card' loss, although not so recent. The former “King of Pancrase” in the lightweight division was defeated by Kai Asakura at Rizin 24.
This commemorative 'card' from Deep will also bring a fight in the absolute category (that is, without weight limit) between Hideki Sekine (8-5) against Seigo Mizuguchi (14-18).
In other programming fights, Muay Thai star Shunsuke Miyabi will make his MMA debut against Hiroya (4-6-1), while Kosuke Terashima (16-16-5) will face Shuhei Higashi (12-5-1).
Highlight for the women's fight in the flyweight division, in which Shizuka Sugiyama ( 19-6-0-1 ), who is coming off a streak of three consecutive victories - the last one over Mika Arai at Deep Jewels 29 - will face Aoi Kuriyama (2 -1 ), athlete coming off a decision win over Yuko Oya at Deep Jewels 30. Kuriyama made his professional debut in MMA in 2009 and all three of his fights were at distance. 
The featherweight champion of the promotion, Juntaro Ushiku (18-7-1), will also be in action at Deep 100 Impact, but will not put his title on the line. He will face 40-year-old fighter Daisuke Nakamura (29-19-1), a former Deep lightweight champion who, like his opponent, comes from a victory at Deep 97.
Still in featherweight, Daiki Hata (20-13-6) will face Kouya Kanda (6-3).
The duels between Rikiya Matsuzawa vs Sho Sekihara, Daichi Abe vs Gota Yamashita, Tomohiro Adaniya vs Takashi Matsuba, Yusuke Hatakeyama vs Ayumu Yamamoto, Taisei Nishitani vs Yuto Inoue and Rei Tsuruya vs Tatsuki Okano complete the lineup comprising a total of 14 MMA fights .
Deep 100 Impact
February 21rd, 2021
TDC Hall
Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Satoru Kitaoka vs Juri Ohara 
Yuki Motoya vs. Shoji Maruyama 
Hideki Sekine vs Seigo Mizuguchi 
Shunsuke Miyabi vs Hiroya 
Kosuke Terashima vs Shuhei Higashi 
Shizuka Sugiyama vs Aoi Kuriyama 
Join Ushiku x Daisuke Nakamura 
Daiki Hata x Kouya Kanda 
Rikiya Matsuzawa x Sho Sekihara 
Daichi Abe x Gota Yamashita 
Tomohiro Adaniya vs Takashi Matsuba
Yusuke Hatakeyama vs Ayumu Yamamoto 
Taisei Nishitani vs Yuto Inoue 
Rei Tsuruya vs Tatsuki Okano
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 11 / 01 / 2021
Photo: 40-year-old veteran Satoru Kitaoka is one of the pioneers of MMA in Japan. He will be in action at Deep 100 Impact. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Deep Impact | ( C ) Gong Fighting | Disclosure ).

We summarize the calendar for the 2021 season of MMA and Kickboxing tournaments in Japan

Some sites specializing in martial arts in general have a tournament schedule page, but not all promotions are listed. Usually only the biggest events are included, and the smaller franchises are left out.
Taking advantage of the fact that many promoters in Japan have already announced their annual schedule for 2021, we decided to make a summary of each promoter's tournaments in the year that now begins. We will try to update the list as soon as there are additional ads and these are sure to be many. 
As an example, we mention the organization Pancrase, which has not yet released its competition calendar for this season.
The information will be mainly about MMA, Kickboxing and Telecatch (or Puroresu) competitions, modalities that are real fever in the 'land of the Rising Sun'.
A curiosity is that Korakuen Hall, sacred temple of martial arts in Japan, will return to be the main stage of the MMA tournaments in the country in 2021.
We take this opportunity to remind you that some competitions may be postponed or even canceled, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, in some cases. In addition, this calendar is subject to change, for other reasons, beyond our knowledge.
Still, we recommend that you keep this calendar close at hand, as a kind of tournament guide that year, which promises many punching events in the country classified as the “world capital of martial arts”.
04/01 (Mon) ACF [Osaka City Konohana Ward Ikkyu Hall]
10/01 (Sun) Japan Kick [Korakuen Hall]
11/01 (holiday) REBELS [Shinjuku Face] 01/17
17/01 (Sun) INNOVATION [Convex Okayama]
17/01 (Sun) RISE [Shinjuku Face]
23/01 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
24/01 (Sun) K-1 [Yoyogi Stadium Daiichi Gymnasium] * Postponed
24/01 (Sun) WARDOG [Osaka World Pavilion]
30/01 (Sat) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
31/01 (Sun) Minerva [Texpia Osaka]
31/01 (Sun) DEEP ☆ KICK [Texpia Osaka]
31/01 (Sun) MA Kick [Korakuen Hall]
31/01 (Sun) Shooto [New Pier Hall]
07/02 (Sun) GLADIATOR [Osaka 176box]
07/02 (Sun) Shoot Boxing [Korakuen Hall]
12/02 (Fri) NJKF [Korakuen Hall]
13/02 (Sat) Krush [GEN Sports Palace]
14/02 (Sun) Kyushu Pro Kick Boxing [Fukuoka]
20/02 (Sat) NKB [Korakuen Hall]
21/02 (Sun) DEEP [TDC Hall]
21/02 (Sun) NJKF [Osaka City Sumiyoshi District Center]
23/02 (Tuesday) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
24/02 (Wednesday) NO KICK NO LIFE [Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST]
27/02 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
28/02 (Sun) MEGA2021 [Tokyo Dome]
28/02 (Sun) REBELS [Korakuen Hall]
28/02 (Sun) RISE [Yokohama Arena]
07/03 (Sun) DEEP JEWELS [Korakuen Hall]
13/03 (Sat) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
14/03 (Sun) KROSS × OVER [Saitama Ikos Ueo]
14/03 (Sun) RIZIN [Tokyo Dome]
20/03 (Sat) Shooto [Korakuen Hall]
21/03 (Sun) Bigbang [Korakuen Hall]
21/03 (Sun) K-1 [Tokyo Garden Theater]
27/03 (Sat) KNOCK OUT [Shinjuku Face]
27/03 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
28/03 (Sun) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
28/03 (Sun) Japan Kick [Shinjuku Face]
11/04 (Sun) GOOD [Yokohama Osanbashi Hall]
17/04 (Sat) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
23/04 (Fri) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
24/04 (Sat) NKB [Korakuen Hall]
25/04 (Sun) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
02/05 (Sun) NKB [Osaka Joto District Citizens Center]
09/05 (Sun) Japan Kick [Korakuen Hall]
16/05 (Sun) Shooto [Korakuen Hall]
23/05 (Sun) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
28/05 (Fri) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
30/05 (Sun) GOOD [Shinjuku Face]
30/05 (Sun) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
06/06 (Sun) KROSS × OVER [Shinjuku Face]
06/06 (Sun) NJKF [Osaka City Sumiyoshi Ward Center]
06/06 (Sun) RISE [Across Fukuoka]
06/12 (Sat) KNOCK OUT [Shinjuku Face]
13/06 (Sun) Japan Kick [Chiba Ichihara Prefecture Seaside Gymnasium]
18/06 (Fri) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
19/06 (Sat) NKB [Korakuen Hall]
20/06 (Sun) Shooto [Melparc Hall OSAKA]
25/06 (Friday) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
27/06 (Sunday) NJKF [Korakuen Hall]
04/07 (Sun) GOOD [Yokohama Osanbashi Hall]
17/07 (Sat) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
18/07 (Sun) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
24/07 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
25/07 (Sun) Shooto [Korakuen Hall]
08/08 (Sun) GOOD [Shinjuku Face]
21/08 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
22/08 (Sun) KNOCK OUT [Shinjuku Face]
22/08 (Sun) Japan Kick [Korakuen Hall]
29/08 (Sun) Bigbang [Korakuen Hall]
12/09 (Sun) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
19/09 (Sun) NJKF [Korakuen Hall]
20/09 (Sun) Shooto [Korakuen Hall]
24/09 (Fri) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
25/09 (Sat) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
26/09 (Sun) BOM [Ota Ward General Gymnasium]
16/10 (Sat) NKB [Korakuen Hall]
22/10 (Fri) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
29/10 (Fri) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
31/10 (Sun) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
Bigbang (between October and November) [TDC Hall]
07/11 (Sun) GOOD [Yokohama Osanbashi Hall]
07/11 (Sun) NJKF [Korakuen Hall]
20/11 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
21/11 (Sun) Japan Kick [Korakuen Hall]
23/11 (holiday) Shooto [Korakuen Hall]
28/11 (Sun) KNOCK OUT [Korakuen Hall]
11 / (date to be defined) Shooto [Osaka]
11/12 (Sat) NKB [Korakuen Hall]
12/12 (Sun) RISE [Korakuen Hall]
18/12 (Sat) Krush [Korakuen Hall]
26/12 (Sun) Bigbang [Korakuen Hall]
12 / (date to be defined) KNOCK OUT [TBD]
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 10 / 01 / 2021
Photo : Korakuen Hall, the sacred temple of martial arts in Japan, will once again be the main stage of MMA tournaments in the country in 2021. ( Courtesy | Credits : (C) RISE | (C) Connection Japan | Disclosure ).

Angel's FC 15 MMA show will be held on February 26 in the capital of South Korea

The Angel's Fighting Championship (AFC) is the first MMA fight promotion to make charitable donations around the world - helping young children who are sick (whether they have common or rare and incurable diseases) and their families, in addition to paying the costs. of surgeries and treatments with the revenue and donations collected in each fight - and promoting various activities for that purpose.
In addition, their mission is - also - to promote the development of mixed martial arts in South Korea and develop sports content for the family, projecting their fighters to other MMA events around the world.
In this way, the AFC operating system is made up of wrestlers, entrepreneurs and artists, making it an effective combination for sports entertainment and charity.
The news now is that the next AFC card will be held on February 26 in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
Despite having been announced by the local media that - "therefore, the first major MMA tournament in Asia (excluding the Middle East) this year will actually be the ONE Championship in Singapore on Friday, January 22" - it's worth remembering that some small MMA events have already been held this first week of January in Japan and other countries on the Asian continent, and other smaller shows are still to come before the date set for the next AFC.
Returning to the AFC 15, the event is scheduled for the Sindorim Techno Mart Grand Ballroom. Currently there is only one fight on the schedule and this will bring a valid dispute for the middleweight title.
Experienced veteran Jae Young Kim (25-13-0-2) will face inexperienced Jong Hwan Lee (1-1). The first is already the current holder of the provisional title of the category.
In turn, Lee returns to MMA competitions after two years of absence. He scored the only victory of his career at Road FC 48 in 2018, and has not fought since.
The full official card will be announced shortly. The matches will be broadcast “live” on Angel Sport TV and Naver Sports TV.
Mr. Park Ho Jun, AFC representative, revealed that the plans for 2021 consist of four competitions, including holding the franchise's first show in Vietnam.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 09 / 01 / 2021
Photo : In addition to the tournament in Seoul, the franchise also plans to hold an edition in Vietnam. ( Courtesy | Credits : (C) AFC official | (C) Angel's FC | Disclosure ).

After the success of their 'New Year's Eve' show Rizin FF announces return to Tokyo Dome in March

Following the tradition started with the extinct Pride FC and then with other promotions in the 'land of the Rising Sun', the Japanese closed the year with yet another great mixed martial arts show and just as they have been doing since 2015, Rizin FF promoted its spectacular annual 'new year's eve' event. 
Japan's main MMA franchise currently promotes a 'card' made up of an astronomical number of 16 fights, 13 of which are MMA fights, 2 kickboxing fights and 1 fight in the 'Custom Rules Bout' format (ie, “fights with custom rules ”).
The show was in accordance with the standards established by the aforementioned Pride and this was reflected in the television numbers with 7,3% of Fuji TV's audience, recovering the same level as last year or, according to some other sources, even surpassing it. .
Rizin 26 also marked the company's return to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The capacity of spectators was limited due to restrictions imposed by Covid-19, but the event attracted an audience of 9.908 people.
Shortly after the end of the show, it was announced that Rizin 27 will be held at Tokyo Dome on March 14, in what will be the first time that Rizin will hold an event there, which has not happened for about 17 years, since the it was Pride. 
It is worth remembering that some of the biggest events in Japanese MMA history took place at the Tokyo Dome, including Pride 1, Pride 4, Pride Grand Prix 2000, Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals, Pride 17, Pride 23 and Pride Final Conflict 2003. All they were all held at the aforementioned baseball stadium, which has a capacity for 55.000 people.
If social distance regulations are still in place until March, at least the Tokyo Dome will allow Rizin to sell more tickets and attract a larger audience.
As for the fights of December 31, the 'main event' (and therefore “main event”) of Rizin 26 was a valid rematch for the bantamweight belt, which returned to the Japanese Kyoji Horiguchi. He faced fellow countryman Kai Asakura, who defeated him in 2019 and won the vacant title in August.
The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') brought us the undefeated Japanese kickboxing star, Tenshin Nasukawa. Now owner of a 28-0 “record”, he fought enough to dominate veteran Kumandoi Phetjaroenvit (158 fights) and win by unanimous decision.
In the antepenultimate fight of the program, Mikuru Asakura won another one for the family, just five weeks after he detonated Yutaka Saito, who won by unanimous decision (in Rizin 25). This time, he knocked out Satoshi Yamasu, a former DEEP champion.
Meanwhile, Japanese MMA 'living legend' Takanori Gomi defeated Koji Tanaka 'Kickboxer' by majority decision.
Also noteworthy was the performance of Ayaka Hamasaki who won the female atom weight belt (up to 49kg) by defeating Miyuu Yamamoto in the first round with a finishing technique rarely used: a scissor choke.
But the most anticipated moment of the night for the Brazilian public was the fight of the São Paulo Kleber Koike Erbst, former champion of the featherweight category of the Polish KSW tournament, who submitted Kyle Aguon, from Guam, in his debut for the franchise.
The card also served as the stage for the MMA debut of the Olympic fighter Shinobu Ota and the young “sensation” of Kickboxing Ren Hiramoto.
Rizin 26
December 31, 2020
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Kai Asakura by technical knockout at 2m48s of R1
Tenshin Nasukawa defeated Kumandoi Phetjaroenvit by unanimous decision
Mikuru Asakura defeated Satoshi Yamasu by technical knockout at 4: 20s of R1
Takanori Gomi defeated Koji Tanaka by majority decision
Ayaka Hamasaki defeated Miyuu Yamamoto via submission 1m42s from R1
Naoki Inoue defeated Yuki Motoyo via submission at 3m00s of R1
Kleber Koike defeated Kyle Aguon via submission at 4m22s of R1
Kyohei Hagiwara defeated Ren Hiramoto by technical knockout 1m29s from R2
Hideo Tokoro defeated Shinobu Ota via submission at 2: 45s of R2
Yoshinari Nadaka defeated Petmalai Phetjaroenvit by technical knockout at 2: 20s of R1
Ulka Sasaki defeated Kenta Takizawa via unanimous decision
Kanna Asakura defeated Ai Shimizu by unanimous decision
Shibatar defeated Hiroya via submission via R2
Kazuma Kuramoto defeated Taiyo Nakahara by knockout at 2m12s of R1
Tsuyoshi Sudario defeated Ikuhisa Minowa by technical knockout at 3m19s of R1
Sakura Mori vs. Eru Takebayashi ended in “No Contest”
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 03 / 01 / 2021
Photo: Kyoji Horiguchi recovered the bantamweight champion belt at Rizin 26. (Credits | Courtesy: @RIZINFF | Disclosure). 

Check out the results of the Hoost Cup Kings Nagoya 8 held over the weekend in Japan

On Sunday (December 27, 2020), the Hoost Cup Kings Nagoya 8: Nagoya Champion Carnival was held, an event that took place at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. 
The Kickboxing competition is already traditional in the 'land of the Rising Sun' and has invited foreign fighters every year, including Brazilians, but this time it was held only for fighters residing in the country, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2 ), the virus responsible for Covid-19 disease. Therefore, the tournament was carried out with complete measures against new coronavirus infections at the site. At the opening ceremony, in addition to greeting Mr. Tatsuharu Doi, a video was projected on a screen with a message in Japanese from Mr. Ernesto Hoost, a former K-1 champion and creator of the competition.
In the 'main event' (or 'main event') of the 'card', the Japanese Shunsuke Oishi drew with the Thai Chachai Maki, after five rounds of a very technical Muay Thai fight.
Originally, this should have been a valid dispute for the ISKA title held by Oishi, but negotiations were difficult. Still, it was decided that it would be a sanctioned fight with Chachai, a former 'contender' at Lumpiny Stadium (in Thailand), and a fighter based in Nagoya.
After the confrontation, when the tie was officially announced, the fighters smiled and hugged each other, perhaps because of Chachai's brightness, who smiled from beginning to end, as the atmosphere was also fun, despite this being a serious fight.
The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') brought us a valid Kickboxing match as a rematch between P. Sor.Amnuaysirichoke and Junpei Hisai, who had fought a fierce battle two months ago. 
P. Sor.Amnuaysirichoke, also known as the “Japanese killer” and who had already won second place in the 'Hall of Fame' at Lumpiny Stadium's Muay Thai, ended up winning the Japanese by decision of the judges 3-0 (30- 26 / 30-26 / 30-25) in the battle that was realized as the return of the title of the category up to 60 kg, due to a long-term injury of the former champion Heihachi Nakajima.
It is worth remembering that despite accumulating two defeats for his rival, Junpei Hisai is still champion of the super featherweight category of JAPAN KICK INNOVATION.
The results of the “Hoost Cup Kings Nagoya 8: Nagoya Champion Carnival” include:
Hoost Cup Kings Nagoya 8: Nagoya Champion Carnival
December 27, 2020
Nagoya Congress Center 
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Shunsuke Oishi drew with Chachai Maki after five rounds (Muay Thai) 
P. Sor.Amnuaysirichoke defeated Junpei Hisai by unanimous decision after three rounds (Kickboxing)
Sho Ogawa defeated Kenta Yamada by unanimous decision after three rounds (Kickboxing)
Shingo Yamato defeated Yuki Masui by unanimous decision after three rounds (Muay Thai)
HΛL defeated Gentaro Kai by KO / TKO (right hook) after two rounds (Muay Thai)
Shun Okubo vs Ryuta Asaoka N / A (Kickboxing)
Masashi Yamato defeated Toshiyuki Ohara by majority decision after three rounds (Muay Thai)
Yosuke Yamato defeated Masaya Jaki by unanimous decision after three rounds (Muay Thai)
Takako Mizoguchi defeated Mayumi Aoki via unanimous decision after three rounds (Kickboxing)
Hiro Yamato defeated Daisuke by KO / TKO (right hook) at 1:38 of the first round (Muay Thai)
Yukinari Takiguchi defeated Riku Yoshida by KO / TKO (knee in the body) at 1:39 of the first round (Kickboxing)
Ryuichi Nakano defeated Masanari via unanimous decision after three rounds (Kickboxing)
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 30 / 12 / 2020
Photo : The tournament was carried out with complete measures against new coronavirus infections at the site. ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) HOOST CUP | Disclosure ).

Check out the results of the Tokyo Fight 9 Tribe held over the weekend in Osaka

On the same night that the professional Shooto tournament took place in Osaka - competition that was held in two parts - Mr. Ryo Chonan, representative of TRIBE TOKYO MMA, obtained a license as a promoter of Professional Shooto MMA.
Therefore, the Tribe Tokyo Fight 9 (TTF 9) took place at the same Hotel Mielparque, in Osaka, that Sunday (December 20), with three matches (from the 6th to the 8th duel of the main card) being held as a “fight Shooto official ”, in which the professional license holders of the Shooto franchise fought each other.
In the 'main event' (or “main event”) of this TTF 9, Ryoji Kudo (10-01) obtained his fourth victory in that year of 2020, when passing through Derricott Yamamoto (9-7), in rematch of the fight they did at Shooto: Gig Tokyo 26, in October 2018. At that time, Yamamoto had become the winner, by decision.
But this time, Kudo did not leave it to the judges. He stopped his opponent with blows at the end of the opening round (4:28), beating him by "KO / TKO".
The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') saw a fight in the middleweight division, in which Takuya Nagata (9-3) recovered from his submission defeat in ONE Warrior Series 8. He defeated Tateo Iida (8-5) with a difficult decision win after three rounds.
Joji Goto (11-4-1) was another winner of this 'card'. The featherweight stopped Kenta Hattori (4-3-1) by knockout in the opening round.
Kouki Nakagawa (6-0-0-1 ) maintained his perfect professional 'record'. He passed Yu Karino of Tribe Tokyo (2-1) with a majority decision win.
The results of “Tribe Tokyo Fight 9” include:
Tokyo Fight 9 Tribe
December 20, 2020
Osaka Myelparque Hall
Osaka, Japan
Ryoji Kudo defeated Derricott Yamamoto by KO / TKO at 4:28 of the first round
Takuya Nagata defeated Tateo Iida via unanimous decision 
Joji Goto defeated Kenta Hattori by knockout at 3:06 of the first round
Takanori Takahashi defeated Yohei Nada via unanimous decision
Naoki Ueda defeated Daichi Nishimura via split decision
Taiga Iwasaki defeated Masanori Kato by KO to
4:04 of the second round 
Kouki Nakagawa defeated Yu Karino by majority decision
Hiroki Otani defeated Go Utsunomiya by majority decision
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 24 / 12 / 2020
Photo: Kudo beat Yamamoto in the October 2018 tournament rematch. On that occasion, the fight was held in a rope ring. ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) Professional Shooto Japan | ( C ) TRIBE TOKYO FIGHT | ( C ) TTF MMA | Disclosure ).

Check out the results of Deep Jewels 31 held over the weekend in Japan

On Saturday, December 19, 2020, Deep Jewels - the biggest female MMA show on the Asian continent today - hosted their 31st event at Shinjuku Face, in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.
South Korean Si Woo Park won her fourth consecutive victory in the 'main event' (or 'main event') of that card by beating Saori Oshima by unanimous decision in a fight in the atom weight category.
Oshima (who has been in judo for 21 years) attempted a takedown almost immediately after the 'ringing' of the gong, despite that it was Park (active in both MMA and kickboxing and who has Taekwondo as the backbone) who maintained a dominant position . However, she was unable to keep the Japanese fighter down and Oshima tried an armbar, with the South Korean escaping in the sequence. 
In the second round, Oshima again sought to take the fight to the ground while Park took advantage of his good takedown defenses, although she was penalized for kicking the fallen opponent in the head. After a reduction in points, Park fought bravely against Oshima and landed short punches while defending his new takedown attempts.
In the last round, Park was inside the Japanese fighter's guard, but even so he hit his opponent with punches when the gong sounded, ending the fight.
The reduction in points made the task of the judges more complicated. But all three voted in favor of the Korean, who improved to 4-2, while her opponent dropped to 3-2.
In the remainder of the program, Miki Motono (6-1) defeated Seika Izawa (1-1) also by decision in dispute in the strawweight.
Already in a fight valid for the flyweight category, Mika Arai (6-4) made Mikiko Shimizu (2-1) know the defeat for the first time, also after reading the judge's chart.
Check out the results of “Deep Jewels 31” which include:
Deep Jewels 31
December 19, 2020
Shinjuku Face
Tokyo, Japan
Si Woo Park defeated Saori Oshima via unanimous decision ( 28-27, 28-28 : Park, 28-28 : Park )
Seika Izawa defeated Miki Motono via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kate Lotus beat Marina Kumagai by submission (arm-bar) at 4:33 of the first round
Mikiko Shimizu defeated Mika Arai via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 19-19: Shimuzu)
Otoha Nagao defeated Mika Sakamoto via unanimous decision (20-18 x3)
Ayaka Watanabe defeated Akari Jinno by knockout (punches) at 4:56 of the first round
Moe Sasaki defeated Moeri Suda via unanimous decision (19-19: Sasaki x3)
Eru Takebayashi defeated Saki by submission (arm-bar). at 1:16 of the second round 
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 22 / 12 / 2020
Photo: Saori Oshima was defeated by Si Woo Park in the main event of the night. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Deep Jewels | ( C ) Deep Impact | ( C ) Gong Fighting | Disclosure ).

Full schedule of Professional Shooto Japan for 2021 released

The first professional MMA event in Japan, Shooto was founded by Satoru Sayama in the 80s and is the oldest sporting event in the world still active.
This week the traditional competition - which has already been classified as the "Pride of the lightweights" - released its calendar for 2021.
The complete schedule was announced by the promotion on its official Twitter account, with all the dates and locations disclosed. All events will be sponsored by Sustain. 
In total there will be eight events, seven of which will take place in Tokyo and two of them on the same day (Sunday, January 31), when the 2021 opening round will be held at the New Pier Hall with a “day tournament” and a “ another night." 
Therefore, Shooto will be in two different spaces in the country's capital, the aforementioned New Pier Hall and Korakuen Hall. The latter will host events on March 20, May 16, July 25, August 20 and November 23.
The only event scheduled to take place outside of Tokyo is scheduled for June 20. This card is reserved for Mielparc Hall in Osaka.
The same place will also receive the last 'card' of the promotion that year, next weekend, when Shooto 1220 (or Shooto 2020 Vol. 8) will be held. Yu Tanaka will face Shutaro Debana at the 'main event' (or “main event”) on the schedule.
Additional dates will be announced as soon as they are decided.
Check out the official schedule of Shooto Professional MMA Japan for 2021 sponsored by Sustain.
January 31 (Sunday) Tokyo New Pier Hall (Part 1 starts at 13 pm)
January 31 (Sunday) Tokyo New Pier Hall (Part 2 starts at 18 pm)
March 20 (Saturday / holiday) Tokyo ・ Korakuen Hall
May 16 (Sunday) Tokyo ・ Korakuen Hall
June 20 (Sunday) Osaka ・ Mielparc Hall OSAKA
July 25 (Sunday) Tokyo ・ Korakuen Hall
September 20 (Sunday) Tokyo ・ Korakuen Hall
November 23 (Tuesday / holiday) Tokyo ・ Korakuen Hall
[PS:] All Korakuen Hall tournaments will be held in the evening.
The schedule may have events added or canceled.
Tickets for the 31.1 day and night tournaments are now on sale at Eplus.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 17 / 12 / 2020
Pictured above: All Professional Shooto Japan events in 2021 will be sponsored by Sustain. ( Credits | Courtesy : AP Kazuhiro Sakamoto | ( C ) Professional Shooto Japan | ( C ) Sustain | Disclosure ).
Below: The Professional Shooto Japan 'logo'. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Professional Shooto Japan | ( C ) Sustain | Disclosure ).
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