|1998 in Fighting Network Rings|
|First date||January 21, 1998|
|Last date||December 23, 1998|
The year 1998 is the fourth year in the history of Fighting Network Rings, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. In 1998 Fighting Network Rings held nine events beginning with, Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final.
Fighting Network Rings, trademarked as RINGS, is a Japanese combat sport promotion that has lived three distinct periods: puroresu promotion from its inauguration to 1995, mixed martial arts promotion from 1995 to its 2002 disestablishment, and the revived mixed martial arts promotion from 2008 onward.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.
|Title fights in 1998|
|Kiyoshi Tamura||def.||Mikhail Ilyukhin||N/A||0||0:00||Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final|
|Tariel Bitsadze||def.||Kiyoshi Tamura (c)||TKO||1||3:39||Rings: Third Fighting Integration|
|25||Rings: World Mega Battle Tournament||December 23, 1998||Japan|
|24||Rings Holland: The Thialf Explosion||October 24, 1998||Thialf Stadion Heerenveen||Holland|
|23||Rings Australia: NR2||September 13, 1998||Australia|
|22||Rings: Fourth Fighting Integration||June 27, 1998||Tokyo, Japan|
|21||Rings Holland: Who's the Boss||June 7, 1998||Vechtsebanen Sport Hall||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|20||Rings: Third Fighting Integration||May 29, 1998||Tokyo, Japan|
|19||Rings Russia: Russia vs. Holland||April 25, 1998||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|18||Rings Holland: The King of Rings||February 8, 1998||Sport Hall Zuid||North Holland, Netherlands|
|17||Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final||January 21, 1998|
Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Finalwas an event held on January 21, 1998.
|Kiyoshi Tamura||def.||Mikhail Ilyukhin||N/A||0||0:00|
|Akira Maeda||def.||Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov||N/A||0||0:00|
|Mikhail Ilyukhin||def.||Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov||N/A||0||0:00|
|Kiyoshi Tamura||def.||Akira Maeda||N/A||0||0:00|
|Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov||def.||Dick Vrij||N/A||0||0:00|
|Mikhail Ilyukhin||def.||Tsuyoshi Kosaka||N/A||0||0:00|
|Kiyoshi Tamura||def.||Joop Kasteel||N/A||0||0:00|
|Akira Maeda||def.||Mitsuya Nagai||N/A||0||0:00|
Rings Holland: The King of Ringswas an event held on February 8, 1998 at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.
Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Netherlands. Its status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 854,047 within the city proper, 1,357,675 in the urban area and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country but is not its capital, which is Haarlem. The Amsterdam metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, which has a population of approximately 8.1 million.
North Holland is a province of the Netherlands located in the northwestern part of the country. It is situated on the North Sea, north of South Holland and Utrecht, and west of Friesland and Flevoland. In 2015, it had a population of 2,762,163 and a total area of 2,670 km2 (1,030 sq mi).
|Paul Varelans||def.||Dick Vrij||KO (Punch)||2||0:30|
|Gilbert Yvel||def.||Bob Schrijber||Submission (Achilles Lock)||2||1:12|
|Joop Kasteel||def.||Ameran Bitsadze||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||1||2:15|
|Tsuyoshi Kosaka||def.||Rob van Esdonk||Submission (Heel Hook)||2||0:57|
|Willie Peeters||def.||Wataru Sakata||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Sander Thonhauser||def.||Cees Bezems||Submission (Scarf Hold Armlock)||1||0:58|
|Maurice Kistenmaker||def.||John Verstegen||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Sander MacKilljan||def.||Pedro Palm||KO (Knee)||1||2:13|
|Piet van Gammeren||def.||Jerry Kalia||TKO (Knee Injury)||2||0:19|
|Valentijn Overeem||def.||Chris Haseman||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Dave van der Veen||def.||Johan Buur||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||1:54|
Rings Russia: Russia vs. Hollandwas an event held on April 25, 1998 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Yekaterinburg, alternatively romanised Ekaterinburg, is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast, located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the Asian side of the boundary between Asia and Europe. It is the main cultural and industrial centre of the oblast. In 2017, it had an estimated population of 1,488,791. Yekaterinburg has been dubbed the "third capital of Russia", as it is ranked third by the size of economy, culture, transportation and tourism. It is located about 1,420 kilometres (880 mi) to the east of Moscow.
|Bob Schrijber||def.||Iouri Bekichev||TKO||1||3:01|
Rings: Third Fighting Integrationwas an event held on May 29, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2014, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.
|Tariel Bitsadze||def.||Kiyoshi Tamura (c)||TKO||1||3:39|
|Tsuyoshi Kosaka||def.||Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov||Submission||1||10:10|
|Mikhail Ilyukhin||def.||Masayuki Naruse||Submission||1||13:52|
|Zaza Tkeshelashvili||def.||Joop Kasteel||Submission||1||5:54|
|Kenichi Yamamoto||def.||Chris Haseman||Submission||1||12:39|
|Hiromitsu Kanehara||def.||Lee Hasdell||TKO||1||30:00|
Rings Holland: Who's the Bosswas an event held on June 7, 1998 at Vechtsebanen Sport Hall in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Utrecht is the fourth-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands, capital and most populous city of the province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation, and in the very centre of mainland Netherlands, and had a population of 345,080 in 2017.
|Gilbert Yvel||def.||Valentijn Overeem||TKO (Shoulder Injury)||1||0:38|
|George Torchinava||def.||Joe Akano||Submission (Ankle Injury)||1||0:25|
|Joop Kasteel||def.||Herman van Tol||KO (Kick to the Body)||2||0:58|
|Lee Hasdell||def.||Dave van der Veen||KO (Palm Strike)||2||4:48|
|Wouter Bakker||def.||Jonny van Wanrooy||Submission (Keylock)||1||0:34|
|Hans Nijman||def.||Victor Kruger||KO (Head Kick)||2||0:10|
|Jeffrey van 't Schip||def.||Andrew Keja||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||1||1:28|
|Hans Frugte||def.||Harry de Bruin||DQ||1||0:00|
|Mario Borzic||def.||Fred van Doesburg||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Mustafa Azoufri||def.||Rinie van Brakel||Submission (Heel Hook)||2||0:12|
Rings: Fourth Fighting Integrationwas an event held on June 27, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.
|Tsuyoshi Kosaka||vs.||Kiyoshi Tamura||Draw||1||30:00|
|Masayuki Naruse||def.||Kenichi Yamamoto||Submission||1||11:07|
|Hans Nijman||def.||Vladimir Klementiev||Submission||1||4:44|
|Hiromitsu Kanehara||def.||Sander MacKilljan||Decision||1||3:26|
|Wataru Sakata||def.||Willie Peeters||Submission||1||1:45|
|Yasuhito Namekawa||def.||Troy Ittensohn||TKO||2||1:43|
Rings Australia: NR2was an event held on September 13, 1998 in Australia.
|Al Reynish||def.||Elvis Sinosic||TKO (Retirement)||1||7:52|
Rings Holland: The Thialf Explosionwas an event held on October 24, 1998 at Thialf Stadion in Heerenveen in Friesland, the Netherlands.
|Gilbert Yvel||def.||Lee Hasdell||TKO (Cut)||0||0:00|
|Sander MacKilljan||def.||Rick Holshuizen||KO||0||0:00|
|Ricardo Fyeet||def.||Andrew Keja||KO||0||0:00|
|Alfred Neef||def.||Sikko Postema||DQ||0||0:00|
|Hans Frugte||def.||Gerard Benschop||Submission||0||0:00|
|Brian Lo-A-Njoe||vs.||Stephan Tapilatu||Draw||0||0:00|
|Sander Thonhauser||def.||Scott Goddard||Decision (Split)||2||5:00|
|Rick Rootlieb||def.||Johan Woudstra||KO||0||0:00|
|Wouter Bakker||def.||Peter Steet||Submission (Armbar)||0||0:00|
|Dave van der Veen||def.||Piet van Gammeren||TKO (Cut)||0||0:00|
Rings: World Mega Battle Tournamentwas an event held on December 23, 1998 in Japan.
|Kiyoshi Tamura||def.||Kenichi Yamamoto||TKO||2||1:26|
|Joop Kasteel||def.||Masayuki Naruse||TKO||1||8:33|
|Hiromitsu Kanehara||def.||Hans Nijman||Submission (Arm Bar)||1||9:04|
|Wataru Sakata||def.||Dick Vrij||TKO||1||2:29|
Gilbert Ramon Yvel is a Dutch professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 1997, Yvel competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Affliction, the UFC, Road FC, the RFA, RINGS, M-1 Challenge, Cage Rage, K-1, and Showtime promotions. He is the former RINGS Openweight Champion.
Lee Hasdell is a British martial artist, promoter and former professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Hasdell is considered by many as a true pioneer of UK mixed martial arts, as he was the main driving force and innovator in the 1990s. Hasdell promoted the first professional Mixed martial arts events in the United Kingdom and has helped develop many of the standards within the British MMA scene of today.
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