The other prominent event that took place in France yesterday was TK2 World MAX 2012, in Marseilles.
Atop the card was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, the popular Thai fighter who was coming off a surprising loss to Mickael Piscitello by cut at Thai Fight in France last month. Sudsakorn faced Cedric Castagna, an experienced French fighter in kickboxing and full contact. Sudsakorn was expected to win and of course, that's what he did as he won a decision over Castagna.
Also on the card was one of Marseilles' most popular fighters and LiverKick's own #6 on our lightweight rankings, Thomas Adamandopoulos. He faced Cyril Abbas, another fighter from the Marseilles area with a full contact background. Adamandopoulos did the same as Sudsakorn and won a decision. Next for him is a fight with LiverKick #4 lightweight Karim Bennoui.
In another interesting lightweight match-up, France's Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud were match up with the winner in my eyes establishing himself as an upper echelon fighter. Both fighters had lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos in the past. Modibo Diarra got the win via decision, and with it, probably comes closer to another fight with Adamandopoulos. Their first fight was under full contact rules, with Diarra getting stopped in the third round.
A four man tournament took place at 72kg with France's Jeremy Ragazzacci taking on Belgium's Edgar N'Zunga on one side and France's Mohamed Diaby fighting Spain's Antonio Gomez Cortes. Ragazzacci advanced to the final with a decision win and Diaby knocked out Gomez Cortes in the first round. In the final, Diaby won a decision over Ragazzacci. This was Diaby's return to kickboxing after qualifying for the Olympics in boxing.
Nicolas Parlanti def. Yoan Scardato by TKO in Round 1.
Reserve: Samba Bocar def. Wilfried Martin by KO in Round 3.
Semi-Final: Jeremy Ragazzacci def. Edgar N'Zunga by decision.
Semi-Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Antonio Gomez Cortes by KO in Round 1.
Wallid Haddad def. Sekou Dembele by decision.
Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Jeremy Ragazzacci by decision.
Thomas Adamandopoulos def. Cyril Abbas by decision.
Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee def. Cedric Castagna by decision.