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Venum Victory World Series in Paris Results

On Saturday, November 28th in Paris, France Venum Victory World Series presented their final show of the year in a night that saw two tournaments conclude and the -75kg WAKO World Championship on the line. Mustapha Haida, whom signed with much fanfare to the promotion earlier this year, walked away as the 72.5kg winner and Igor Bugaenko picked up a KO victory in the finals to win the Rhinos 95kg tournament.

Jimmy Iftène (R3 - Decision) Mimoun Zahafi

Mohamed Galaoui (R3 - Decision) Aiman Al Radhi

Pavel Voronin (R3 - Decision) Pacome Assi

72.5kg Dragons Tournament: Michael Krcmar (R3 - Decision) Ian Alexander

72.5kg Dragon Tournament: Moustapha Haida (R1 - KO) Kader El Kaamouchi

95kg Rhinos Tournament: Alexandru Burduja (R3 - Decision) Tony Milanovic

95kg Rhinos Tournament: Igor Bugaenko (R3 - Decision) Claudio Istrate

Anissa Meksen (R3 - Decision) Maria Salomé Lobo

Mehdi Zatout (R3 - Decision) Yetkin Ozkul

Abderaman Coulibaly (R1 - TKO) Freddy Kemayo

72.5kg Dragons Tournament Final: Mustapha Haida (R3 - Decision) Michael Krcmar

95kg Rhinos Tournament Final: Igor Bugaenko (R1 - KO) Alexandru Burduja

-75kg WAKO Pro World Title: Chingiz Alazov (R5 - Decision) Djimé Coulibaly


Muay Thai Grand Prix 2 Results

MTGP 2 Main Card Results:

MTGP 4 Man Grand Final – 66KG:

Charlie Peters def. Alex Bublea by unanimous decision

MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship – 59KG A-Class:

Jose Varela def. Hamlaoui Yacine by split decision

60KG K-1:

Jamie Whelan def. Panagiotis Zisimopoulos by unanimous decision

77KG K-1:

Kev Ward def. Reece Rowell by unanimous decision

MTGP World Featherweight Championship – 57KG A-Class:

Matthew Tieu def. Thibaud Duphil by unanimous decision

54KG A-Class:

Daniel McGowan def. Adrian Lopez Moreno by unanimous decision

48KG A-Class:

Evan Jays def. Alejandro R. Conception by unanimous decision

ISKA English Title – 63KG B-Class:

Rory Crawford def. Luke Portanier by unanimous decision

78KG B-Class:

Ryan Li def. Mark Robinson by unanimous decision

MTGP 4 Man Semi Final 2 of 2 – 66KG:

Alex Bublea def. Khun Bank by KO 2nd Round (knock out of the night)

MTGP 4 Man Semi Final 1 of 2 – 66KG:

Charlie Peters def. Ben Lucas by unanimous decision (fight of the night)

70KG B-Class:

Michael Pham def. Krystian Ozog by unanimous decision

75KG K-1:

Robert Vereyken def. James Gridley by split decision

72KG A-Class:

Marcel Dehinde def. Sevket Karaoglanoglu (MTGP fastest KO record of 0:18 secs)

86KG K-1:

Louis “KO” King def. Jack Deacon by KO 1st round


New Year's Eve Roundup: Akebono vs. Sapp Rematch, KID/Masato Off and More

For the first time in a while it feels like there is a lot of movement in Japan when it comes to New Year's Eve. Inoki will be holding his annual Inoki Bom Ba Ye event, Nobuyuki Sakikabara has returned with RIZIN FF and there has been talk of TBS's Kyokugen airing a special exhibition bout between KID Yamamoto and MASATO.

The KID Yamamoto vs. Masato bout was lining up to be a bit of a strange one. Kyokugen is not a fight show, in fact, it's just a New Year's Eve variety show, but TBS, remembering the crazy ratings that they got from KID vs. Masato before, were dedicated to trying to rekindle some sort of spark with a rematch of sorts. Of sorts. The bout was originally planned to be an exhibition bout between the two men, most likely happening in a television studio and not in an arena. Oh yeah, and it was scheduled to be one round. There was never going to be a real fight because Yamamoto is under contract to the UFC. But none of that matters now as it looks like the fight is in danger due to KID Yamamoto's chest tattoo. Over the past few years Yamamoto has gone deeper into the realm of tattoos and now has a giant bird and snake on his torso and this is a big deal in Japan. I'm not sure that I get it, either, just make him wear a rash guard. For what it's worth the fight is still listed on TBS's official site.

IGF Inoki Bom Ba Ye will the the standard issue Inoki event that mixes MMA fights with professional wrestling and hopefully he bring in some bigger name kickboxers for pro wrestling like he has in the past. Not that the wrestling is ever good, just that it's a pretty cool spectacle is all. There are currently only two matches on the card thus far, one of which is a pro wrestling match, the other is Shinya Aoki against former K-1 kickboxer Montonha Silva. 

As for RIZIN, man, who even knows. There is so much going on with RIZIN right now and most of it is just crazy. Fedor Emelianenko was originally to fight Jaideep Singh and then we heard that they changed that because fans were upset, then we heard that Jaideep was out of shape anyway, so he couldn't fight. Then it was Tsuyoshi Kosakha, but now TK is fighting someone else instead. 

On the 29th RIZIN will hold an event that supposedly is Sakuraba's retirement (yeah, right). Sakuraba is scheduled to face Shinya Aoki. Tsuyoki Kosakha is scheduled to fight James "The Colossus" Thompson, AJ Matthews against Anatoly Tokov and Yuki Motoya vs. Nam Jin Jo.

The 31st is the big one, though. That is the event that is featuring Fedor Emelianenko against a mysterious question mark, Estonian sumo wrestler Kaido Hoovelson will step into the ring against another set of question marks as well, hoping to usher in a new era of sumo superstardom not seen since Akebono. BJJ dynamo Gabi Garcia makes her MMA debut against professional wrestler Lei'd Tapa and RENA from Shootboxing is scheduled to fight Jleana Valentino.

Just announced today was the rematch to end all rematches in Bob Sapp vs. Akebono. Originally they met at K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! in a bout that saw Sapp take the win during his rise to prominence in Japan. Now, many years later, both men will meet again. This time not in K-1 rules, but instead MMA rules. Yikes.


Oktagon Co-Promoting with Bellator in 2016

Italian promoter and manager Carlo di Blasi has been a very busy man of late. If you were to look at his plate right now you'd see the recent K-1 Global World Amateurs, GLORY 25 and Venum Victory World Series events. He had a hand in all of those (and the upcoming Venum Victory World Series event as well) and he has shown no signs of stopping yet. The April Oktagon event has been a staple for Italian fans for a while now and this upcoming year will be no different. On April 16th in Torino we'll see the next Oktagon event, for which we can probably expect a big Giorgio Petrosyan fight, but the big news today was that Bellator announced that they will be co-promoting that event with Oktagon.

The card will be a split one, half Bellator, half Oktagon kickboxing, but from what it looks like only the Bellator MMA part will be airing on Spike TV, which is kind of a bummer. Still, di Blasi is hard at work again and this is truly an interesting partnership to look out for in the future.


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