Another installment of the A-1 World Combat Cup series took place in Lyon, France on December 7, and while it's a bit late, results have just gotten out recently. The original card was supposed to have top French fighters such as Albert Chey, Karim Bennoui, Fabio Pinca and Mickael Piscitello but none of them ended up fighting. Chey and Bennoui were moved to a later date, Pinca is fighting on December 18 in the Thai Fight Finals and Piscitello got KO'd by Buakaw not too long ago. Nevertheless, the card went on and still had some decent match-ups.
Two of France's top fighters, It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion, Yohan Lidon and Gregory Choplin faced off for Lidon's WBC World Muaythai Middleweight Title. The two had met before, with Choplin taking a decision back in June of 2008. This time, Lidon took the win, taking a doctor stoppage in the fourth round over Choplin. It sounds like Choplin got injured and couldn't continue. Lidon rebounds from his loss to Vladimir Moravcik last month and Choplin has now dropped two in a row, losing to Abdallah Mabel last month.
A few Thais also picked up wins over their French counterparts. Kaopon Lek, the former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium champ who has been living in Italy for quite some time now, knocked out Crice Boussoukou in the second round. He's been fighting mostly in France and Italy for a long time now, and still going strong at 34 years old. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, who was originally scheduled to face Fabio Pinca, knocked out Fares Bechar in the fourth round.
Full results below:
Abderahmane Penda def. Aydin Tuncay by decision.
Songniyom def. Boubu Konta by KO in Round 3.
Zinedine Hameur Lain def. Patrick Liedert by decision.
Kaopon Lek def. Crice Boussoukou by KO in Round 2.
Ludovic Millet def. Frederic Berichon by decision.
Berneung def. Mohamed Houmer by TKO (Ref. Stoppage) in Round 2.
Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def. Fares Bechar by KO in Round 2.
Yohan Lidon def. Gregory Choplin by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 4.