K-1 champion defined on fight-filled night

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Tokyo’s Yoyogi Stadium hosted K-1 World Max this Sunday.

In the maiden under-70 kg tournament, André Dida lost to Japan’s Yuichiro Nagashima. Dida fought well  and managed to string together a good series of strikes in the second round, but Nagashima, with his greater experience in the event’s rules, knew how to gain advantage and won the decision by two votes, with one judge calling a draw.

Still in the first stage of the under-70kg tournament, 2002’s K-1 World Max champion Albert Kraus used his experience to dominate his fight with Hiroki Nakajima, taking a unanimous decision, having achieved a knockdown in the first round.

For the final round of the under-63kg tournament, Tesuya Yamato ran through everyone on his way to taking the title. In winning, Yamato managed three knockouts on the same night. His first victim was Yuki, then Kizaemon Saiga felt the Japanese fighter’s heavy hands and, in the final, after nearly getting knocked out himself in the opening round, Yamato came back strong in the second and in the third he landed the decisive strikes to claim the title over Yuta Kubo.

Check out the results:

K-1 World Max 2010
Yoyogi Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
September 4, 2010

70 kg tournament – 1st round

Yushihiro Nagashima defeated André Dida via split decision
Yoshihiro Sato defeated Yuya Yamamoto via split decision
Albert Kraus defeated Hiroki Nakajima via unanimous decision

63kg tournament

Yoshimichi Matsumoto defeated Daisuke Uematsu via TKO
Yuta Kubo defeated Keiji Ozaki via unanimous decision
Kizaemon Saiga defeated Naoki Ishikawa via unanimous decision
Tetsuya Yamato knocked out Yuki in R1


Yuta Kubo knocked out Yoshimichi Matsumoto in R1

Tetsuya Yamato knocked out Kizaemon Saiga in R2


Tetsuya Yamato knocked out Yuta Kubo in R3

Reserve bouts

Toshiki Taniyama defeated Shohei Asahara via unanimous decision
Koya Urabe defeated Kyoken Yuji Takeuchi via unanimous decision
Kazuyuki Miyata defeated Watanabe Kazuhisa via unanimous decision


Yukihiro Kumya defeated Tahir Mexhiqui via unanimous decision

(Collaborator Junior Samurai)

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