On Saturday, Feb. 25, K-1 World GP returned to the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan for K-1 World GP in Japan 2017 Lightweight Championship Tournament.

In the evening’s tournament action, the inaugural K-1 lightweight championship was on the line when eight kickboxers battled for positioning in the new 62.5-kilogram division. Former K-1 super featherweight champion Koya Urabe took on Thailand’s Gonnapar Weekrasakreck. In the other tournament quarterfinal action, WLF champion Wei Rui defeated KRUSH 63-kilogram champion Daizo Sasaki, top Romanian prospect Cristian Spetcu toppled Japanese journeyman Toshiki Taniyama, and France’s Brice Delval lost a tough fight against Japan’s Ren Hiramoto in a battle of young prospects.

In the night’s co-main event, K-1 super featherweight Japan tournament winner and multiple-time championship tournament runner-up, Taiga, won the K-1 super featherweight title from the champion, Hirotaka Urabe.

The event aired live at 12:30 a.m. ET on AmebaTV and GAORA.

Wei Rui def. Ren Hiramoto by split decision – lightweight tournament final
Taiga def. Hirotaka Urabe by unanimous decision – super featherweight title
Hinata Watanabe def. Shintaro Matsukura by unanimous decision
Wei Rui def. Cristian Spetcu by unanimous decision – lightweight tournament semifinal
Ren Hiramoto def. Gonnapar Weerasakreck by knockout (punches). Round 1 – lightweight tournament semifinal
Masaaki Noiri def. Younes Smaili by unanimous decision
Ibrahim El Bouni def. Makoto Uehara by knockout (left hook). Round 2
Cristian Spetcu def. Toshiki Taniyama by unanimous decision – lightweight tournament quarterfinal
Wei Rui def. Daizo Sasaki by knockout (punch). Round 2 – lightweight tournament quarterfinal
Gonnapar Weerasakreck def. Koya Urabe by unanimous decision – lightweight tournament quarterfinal
Ren Hiramoto def. Brice Delval by majority decision – lightweight tournament quarterfinal
Rukiya def. Hiroshi Mizumachi by knockout (jumping switch roundhouse kick). Round 2
Katsuya Jinbo def. Taketo by knockout (body punch). Round 1
Kensei Kondo vs. Atsuto Matsumoto ends in draw
Hiroto Ishizuka def. Yuta Kuwata by unanimous decision

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and two amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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