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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-12-2008, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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K-1 World GP 2008 fighter spotlight part 2

Here are the next two fighters to be featured.

Junichi Sawayashiki

Full name: Junichi Sawayashiki
Nationality: Japanese
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 223.8 lb
Style: Judo, Muay Thai
Team: Team Dragon
Years active: 3 (2004-present)

Junichi Sawayashiki has a professional kickboxing record of 15-5 with 10 wins coming by way of knockout.

Sawayashiki, at only 19 years old, turned pro in 2004 and started fighting for R.I.S.E. kickboxing promotion in Japan. He made his K-1 debut on December 2, 2006 at the K-1 WGP 2006 Final undercard, against Mitsugu Noda, winning the fight by split decision.

On his next fight in Yokohama he stunned the K-1 world by a convincing victory over French kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner.

After three consecutive wins at Yokohama, Hawaii and Amsterdam Sawayashiki earned himself a wildcard entry to the K-1 Final Elimination against the K-1 Asia winner Yusuke Fujimoto. After having his nose broken in the first round, Sawayashiki fought on and knocked down Fujimoto three times in the third round before referee stopped the fight.

A couple of Sawayashiki's fights:




The second fighter featured:


Real name: Akio Mori
Nickname: Musashi
Nationality: Japanese
Height : 6 feet 1 inch
Weight : 222 lbs
Fighting Style: Karate, Muay Thai

Musashi has a professional kickboxing record of 48-22-5 with 16 wins coming by way of knockout.

Musashi is a Japanese kickboxer who fights in the K-1 ring. He is also a karate practitioner. He is practicing Seido-kaikan karate in Osaka, Japan. His real name is Akio Mori. Trained by former (1994 - 1999) WBA Super Middleweight Boxing Champion Frankie Liles. Elder brother of middleweight K-1 kickboxer Tomo. Musashi took his ring name from the famous samurai of the same name, since his kicking technique is said to resemble the latter's sword-slashing.

Titles held by Musashi:

K-1 JAPAN GP 1999 winner
K-1 JAPAN GP 2000 winner
K-1 JAPAN GP 2001 2nd place
K-1 JAPAN GP 2002 winner
K-1 JAPAN GP 2003 winner
K-1 WORLD GP 2003 2nd place
K-1 WORLD GP 2004 2nd place
WAKO World Heavyweight Muay Thai champion

Some highlights from Musashi's fights:

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 03:01 PM
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I meant to get in here yesterday MLS but I was on the road allday. I see that I'm still the first to post though. I really wish this forum got more hits man.

I think I'm gonna take Musashi in this one. His experience alone could be a factor in this fight. Musashi has been in there with so many of the greats ( albeit that he lost most of the time! )and I really have a feeling that that experience will play a part in this fight.

As for Sawayashiki, well what can I say.....I hate him because he beat my boy JLB!!haha

Seriously though that fight had me so pissed because he was just on his bike the whole time but when he did decide to mix it up he was dropping LeBanner. He obviously has some skills and some power but people that don't engage piss me off.

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Man, I absolutely HATE Musashi. He must be the ugliest man on earth.

BUT, he did clean his last opponent up nicely and he's got pretty heavy hands.

Sawayakishi has some skills, he's got a sneaky kick, but he got his ass beat in his last fight, couldn't keep his hands up.

Interesting pick though, I like this. I think Sawa's gonna take this.
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No joke, Musashi is a very ugly guy.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 02:51 AM
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i got Musashi and yes if he does make the final by that point i may have decided gouging my eyes out would hurt less then looking at him again
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