Sengoku Raiden Championship promoter World Victory Road announced six fights on Thursday for its end of year “Soul Of Fight” event to be held at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on December 30th.
Recently crowned Shoot Boxing S-Cup Champion and two time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk will take on 2010 K-1 MAX Japan tournament finalist Hiroki Nakajima in a kickboxing bout while Grabaka’s Kazunori Yokota will try to claim revenge for former team mate Akihiro Gono when he faces Team Asashoryu’s Jadamba Narantungalag under MMA rules.
Also announced were kickboxing bouts, muay thai bouts and “jacket” matches (which are likely to be essentially combat sambo bouts) featuring the likes of Flyweight King Of Pancrase Kiyotaka Shimizu, WBC Muay Thai Bantamweight Champion Arashi Fujiwara and New Japan Kickboxing Flyweight Champion Mutsuki Ebata.
Buakaw sat out this year’s K-1 World MAX tournament as FEG officials requested that the two-time champ move down to their 63kg division, something that did not sit well with the Thai. His debut in this years Shoot Boxing S-Cup was a successful one as he dominated all of his opponents and looked at home in the ring under a rule-set that allows throws and clinching.
Hiroki Nakajima arrived on the K-1 scene in 2010 and was expected to make waves based on the strength of his 2009 Krush tournament win and got off to a good start in the Japan GP, claiming two clean knockouts with his hands but ran into a a highly motivated Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima in the finals where Nakajima himself was knocked out. Albert Kraus in July proved to be a test too great for the young Nakajima and based off that performance, one would think that Buakaw should also be too much for the puncher.