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Buakaw, Sudsakorn, Yodsanklai, Saiyok victorious at Thai Fight, Cannes. Yamamoto with upset!

Thai Fight Extreme was broadcast last night in Thailand on Channel 3 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am.

Fights were three rounds under Muay Thai rules.

Results in brief:

Saiyok Pumpanmuang def. Ibrahim Njie Jarra, 1st round TKO, cut from left elbow

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Abdallah Mabel, DEC

Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Jose Barradas, DEC

Buakaw Por Pramuk def. Djime Coulibaly, DEC

Yuya Yamato def. Fabio Pinca, 2nd round TKO, cut from right elbow

Petasaween Seatanferry def. Sofiane Derdega, DEC

Allthebestfights.com has partial footage of Buakaw vs Coulibaly.

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The fights were a bit one-sided.

Saiyok needed all of 10 or so seconds to back Jarra up and cut him.

Sudsakorn's fight was one of the closer ones, but he didn't look to be in trouble anywhere during the fight and Abdallah Mabel was easily the most experienced of the French fighters, barring Pinca. Sudsakorn played in his usual way and hurt Mabel with lowkicks. Mabel came out with elbows to try and win by cut, but Sudsakorn ended up cutting him and they traded some uncommon techniques like spinning elbows. Mabel even threw a Saenchai cartwheel in the third.

Barradas came out gunning in the first round, but Yodsanklai ground him down with power shots and was hurting him against the ropes throughout the second. Yodsanklai cruised through the third and took the decision.

Buakaw dominated his fight with teeps, middle kicks, and dumps, as per usual. Coulibaly gave him a bit of trouble with right crosses in the third, but he got dumped from a low clinch three or four times for his troubles.

I admit I stopped watching Pinca vs Yamato after the first round. Fabio was handling Yuya easily. There was a very evident gap in technique that Yuya couldn't seem to bridge. The pressure game he applied in his upset vs Drago was nowhere to be seen since Pinca had him outmatched in boxing, power, and overall technique. Yuya did partially connect with a right headkick in the first, but it was all Pinca.

Yuya has massive balls, though, and he overcame the gap in experience and technique by rushing in with elbows and cutting Pinca. I didn't see this, and it probably wasn't pretty, but Yuya reminds us that fighters come to fight.

Petasaween was a 130 lb. stadium champion in Thailand, and he took the fight comfortable against Derdega, as he was favored to do. I didn't watch it, but from what I hear, it was about as one-sided as the other Thai vs French bouts.

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The fights were a good showcase of Muay Thai for a different kind of audience but, excepting Pinca vs Yamamoto, the fights weren't very competitive, and even that fight featured a massive difference in skill that Yamamoto overcame by luck and balls. If the Isuzu Tournament, which concludes this May 21st with Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Nopparat Keatkhamtorn, is any sort of gauge, though, the Thai Fight Tournament itself should feature some very competitive bouts, as it did last year.

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It's Showtime Lyon Live Results

ItsshowtimelyonWe'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Lyon, France. on the card are big names such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong. There's also two five round title fights to look forward to. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy and watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch live on The Fight Network. The event airs live at 4PM EST/1PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Part 1

Aydin Tuncay vs. Cedric Muller

Cedric Muller wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Mickael Piscitello vs. Johann Fauveau

Johann Fauveau wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Wendell Roche vs. Yuksel Ayadin

Wendell Roche wins by Decision in an Extra Round.

Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui

Houcine Bennoui wins by TKO (Injury) in the 4th round.

Part 2

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Fight ends in a no contest due to Chahid being unable to continue from a low blow.

Chris Ngimbi vs. Willy Borrel (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title Fight)

Chris Ngimbi wins by KO (Flying Knee) in Round 2.

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Ghita

Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1.

Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian (It's Showtime 73MAX World Title Fight)

Yohan Lidon wins by Unanimous Decision over 5 rounds and becomes the new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion.

Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic

Tyrone Spong wins by KO (Knee/3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony

Badr Hari wins by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

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Weekend Results: Chaibi Tops Bovy, Beljaards Victorious

nickbeljaardsA few notables were in action this weekend. In Villeurbanne, France at Fight Zone 5, French notable Hichem Chaibi topped the experienced Thai Bovy Sor Udomson on points. Also on the card, Abdallah Ezbiri knocked out Filipo Solheid to become the new WKN European K-1 Champion in the 66.7kg division. Also in France, Karim Ghajji and Thomas Adamandopoulos both won on points at Urban Boxing United.

In the Netherlands, Nick Beljaards won on points against Yassin Lahmidi at the Bari Gym Gala. Beljaards will have a quick turn-around and fight at It's Showtime's May 21st event against Mo Ben Nasser. At the event "A Night To Remember," Khalid Chabrani defeated Errol Koning by 5 round decision. Koning will be facing Murthel Groenhart on June 11 for It's Showtime in Warsaw, Poland.

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Howson stopped on cuts; Retirement of the champ ends an otherwise great event in Leeds

By Daniel Fletcher

Every champion falls, every great fighter declines, and every star burns out or fades away. It is the nature of the beast; as inherent and inexorable a fact as that the Earth orbits the Sun, that grass is green and that Michael Schiavello will scream "Goodnight Irene!" during a fight broadcast when a fighter gets sparked. To get proverbial, what goes up must come down, and as a promising young fighter embarks on his career, the ageing warrior must one day reach the point where the journey must end.

Andy Howson lost his ISKA world title last night, and subsequently announced his retirement. He was cheered by a raucous following, and hugged by the friend that had just relieved him of his championship belt. The show was over.

After 13yrs, he admitted that the young had usurped the (comparatively) old, and that his time was done. "After 13yrs, a lot of hard fights and a few world titles" was his own way of putting it, but he neglected to mention the respect of his peers, the support of his friends and his team, and the fact he went out being cheered. Hey, home town or not, even legends get booed at the end... just ask Nigel Benn. Going out to cheers and applause is a pinnacle.

As for the fight itself, it was a counter-striking technician against a shorter, more brawling orientated scrapper in Andy. Dean James used his range well, and though he initially showed Howson a great deal of respect in a cautious opening round, he turned it up a notch in the final minute of the second. A standing elbow landed precisely, arcing down onto Howson's head and cutting him open. The blitzkrieg was expected from the defending champion in the third, but it was this round that the downfall continuted; while Andy pressed, James began to pick him off and avoiding the inside work, landed another elbow from the clinch. Wobbled, Howson was forced back to the ropes, and a short elbow from the clinch dropped him. He survived the round.

(Photo courtesy of http://muaythaiphotos.com)

Howson cut

The fourth round spelled the end. As one fan put it, Howson "went crazy as only he can", and tried flurrying to turn the contest into an all out brawl. James complied to some extent, and should be credited for not playing an overly cautious technical game in his victory; this was an exciting contest. Alas, it had to end, and after allowing the bout to continue following a check up, the referee called another halt as the two head wounds spat blood, some of which was running down into Howson's eyes. An audible groan went round, as Dean James was declared the new ISKA World Bantamweight champion, and Howson's reign was ended.

Ultimate respect to Andy Howson, one of Leeds, Yorkshire and England's best Muay Thai fighters, and a very likeable guy.

Jordan Watson did not compete on the card, as his recent title defence over Cedric Mueller of France was still reminding his body about it. He did, however, speak very candidly with me about the 70kg MAX division he competes in, and there will be more on that in my next upload. Stay tuned.

Howson's retirement and Watson's non-participation didn't entirely cast ill-omen on Bad Company at the event, and they had their moments of triumph too. Lee Mundin outpointed Jo Boffey, thanks to a Herculean comeback in the final two rounds. Boffey had nudged ahead on the scorecards leading into the fourth, but Mundin earned a win for Bad Company in handsomely outlanding and outworking Boffey and taking the decision victory.

Also a victor was "Nice Guy" Eddie Long. The unassuming 78kg fighter has a peculiar hunched stance, his chin tucked and hands held outwards Remy style. It led me to ask his sparring partner, "The Myth" whether or not Long had a glass jaw that needed protecting at all costs. Not only the answer he gave, but the fight in question proved that he certainly didn't - Lee Keegan was unable to hurt him, and struggled to deal with the leg kicks dished out by the Bad Company man. At the end of the first round, his right leg was visibly wilting, with redness showing at the back of his thigh, and the expected finish came soon after. Despite his outward calm, Keegan backed into his corner and was more focused on blocking Long's leg kicks as opposed to dishing out his own offence, and after one too many right lowkicks, he buckled, and was unable to beat the count.

Off to a winning start for Long, who will look to compete at a forthcoming HGH Promotions or Bad Company promoted show. Who says nice guys finish last?

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Fight Code Budapest: The Quick and Dirty

Fight Code held yet another event today, in cooperation with Wako-Pro who held a Croatia vs. Hungary tournament on the undercard as well as placed Bob Sapp in the main event. The Fight Code portion of the event aired live on Fight Code's website and if you for some reason missed the action, the fights are up for your viewing pleasure.

The Super Fights were interesting to say the least, with each bout set to feature a certain fighter for the upcoming Rhinos tournament. Vitali Akhramenko squared off with Gyorgy Mihalik. Mihalik was able to hold his own throughout a good portion of the first two rounds but had a lot of trouble in the third, just barely surviving the fight. Akhramenko was simply too powerful and technical for Mihalik and the bout was clearly to feature him.

Timhar Brunner was given a dubious task of fighting Miladen Brestovac. Brestovac was able to easily walk right through Brunner within mere moments. Honestly, Brunner was not in the game at all for this bout and was completely out-classed.

Freddy Kemayo, a name that many know quite well from It's Showtime got a victory for himself, getting himself some great forward momentum for the Rhino Series tournament. Corneliu Rus was his opponent and he put forth a valid effort, but against a tried-and-true competitor like Kemayo, swarming him early on with only a select few shots landing is not how you fight him. Kemayo has been around the block a few too many times and simply weathered the storms while covering up and taking minimal, if any damage. Rus was then caught off-guard and knocked down by Kemayo and stumbled back to his feet. Freddy just moved in and one lone punch sent Rus into the ropes before crumbling for good, not knowing where he was.

If for some reason you are interested in Bob Sapp, he was destroyed by Tivadar Kunkli after being knocked down three times.

As for the Dragon's Series Tournament, it was not without early controversy. Norbert Balough clearly outworked Luka Tomic before the bout was declared a draw. This simply set a fire under him as he took Tomic down in the extension round with a head kick. In the second of the tournament bouts, Yuri Bessmerty put on a bit of a show against his opponent, Selmedin Didic. He essentially just worked him over for three rounds while taunting him but never went in for the kill. In the third bout, Halim Issaoui pulled off an interesting upset over British Muay Thai standout Simon Chu. Chu looked confident early on before getting dropped in the first, held on for the second and did his best to rally in the third, but it was not enough to secure him a victory.

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Weekend Results: Zambidis, Saenchai, More

Mike Zambidis W5 Grand PrixResults from the international kickboxing scene this weekend:

Mike Zambidis took home the title at the W5 Grand Prix event in Moscow, although it wasn’t an easy road. In the semi-finals, Enriko Gogokhia provided a tough challenge, taking the fight into the extension round before Zambo could score the decision win. In semi-final #2, Dzhabar Askerov took a decision against William Diender, setting up Zambidis vs. Askerov 2 for the final. The two men once again went to war, and once again it was Zambidis claiming the win via unanimous decision. With that win, Zambidis has won 7 of his last 8, with the only loss coming against Giorgio Petrosyan. Prior to this run, he was on a 2-4 streak, and looked like his days at the top could be finished; it’s been great to see the veteran fighter make this resurgence. Also at W5: Vladimir Mineev won over Vitaly Shemetov by doctor stopage at the end of round 1, Alexandr Stetsurenko def. Vasily Tershonok by decision in the extension round, and Roman Mailov def. Ramil Novruzov via decision.

Evolution 23 took place in Australia on Saturday. As always, the Australian Muay Thai show delivered, with a number of exciting fights. In the main event, one of the scene’s big names, Bruce “The Preacher” Macfie dropped a unanimous decision to Franki Giorgi. Giorgi had defeated Macfie by stoppage at the last card to set up this rematch, and while the Preacher went the distance this time, reports indicate the result was never in doubt.

Elsewhere in the card there was some controversy in a fight between Eli Madigan and Jason Scerri, which Madigan won. Post-show, Scerri’s corner has been very critical of Madigan and Evolution, claiming that when they agreed to the fight, they requested there be no elbows used, as Scerri no longer fights under full Muay Thai rules. According to Scerri’s camp at Jabout Gym, both Evolution and Madigan’s team agreed to this, however when the fight started, Madigan used numerous elbows to cut open his opponent. Scerri’s corner threw in the towel as they felt they were being cheated. Bit of an ugly situation there.

One final note from the show – much credit is due to Glen Purvis, who came in on very short notice to face the tough and experienced Dane Daddy Kool when Dane’s original opponent had to bow out. Taking a fight against a fighter at that level on just a few days notice is impressive. Even more impressive? Purvis is only 16 years old. Hats off to him for stepping in there.

Full results from Evolution 23 in the complete entry.

And finally, top Muay Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbi (the former Saenchai Sor Kingstar) was in action in England. Saenchai faced top ranked UK Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison. Reports say this was an excellent fight with Harrisoin giving it his all, but in the end, Saenchai was too much and took the unanimous decision win. He’s now 2-0 against Harrison after a 2009 decision victory. If you’re unfamiliar with Saenchai, get to YouTube and check him out – truly one of the most gifted athletes in the world in any combat sports discipline.

 

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It's Showtime Brussels Full Results

Its Showtime BrusselsFull results are in for today's It's Showtime Brussels card.  In the main event, Karim Bennoui scored a mild upset, defeating Sergio Wielzen for the IS 61kg title via decision.  Good, action packed bout here, and with that win Bennoui becomes the second 61kg champ.  Sadly, Wielzen's run never seemed to take off - we'll see if the largely unknown Bennoui can bring some recognition to this fledgling division.

Marat Grigorian scored an impressive win over Severiano Rijssel, earning a TKO in the 2nd round.  This is exactly the kind of strong showing Grigorian needed as he looks ahead to his IS 73kg title fight with Yohan Lidon in May.

In the opening bout, Evgeniy Kurovskoy was victorious via unanimous decision against Andre Grigorian.  As we mentioned earlier today, Kurovskoy is entered in the huge IS 70kg tournament coming out of Russia in July.  That tournament is absolutely stacked, and Kurovskoy will come in the heavy underdog, but it's good to see him get the win here against a very capable opponent.

Complete results are below, and we'll have more analysis and fall out in the coming days.

Evgeniy Kurovskoy def. Andre Grigorian, Unanimous Decision

Andy Ristie def. Nick Beljaards, KO Rd. 1

Lefterio Perego def. Sonny Dagraed, 4-1 Decision

Marat Grigorian def. Severiano Rijssel, TKO Rd. 2

Sahak Parparyan def. Marco Vlieger, 4-1 Decision

Karim Bennoui def. Sergio Wielzen, 4-1 Decision to win the It's Showtime 61kg World Title

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United Glory Details and Videos

United GloryWe've got more information coming in from United Glory from this past weekend. First up, if you are interested in the MMA portion of the card, Sherdog.com has full results from the MMA fights online.  Check those out here.  Video has also surfaced of both Nieky Holzken and Errol Zimmerman in their fights, so we have some details on those fights, plus those videos, below.  As for the rest of the card - your guess remains as good as mine.  Which, I have to say, is completely ridiculous.  It's a real shame that this company would put on a show featuring multiple top 25 fighters, then not even bother to tell anyone who was actually on the show.  In this day and age it's absurd not to put results up on your own site, or at the very least, visit a big message board such as Mixfight.nl and post full results.  I'd like to say I'm looking forward to the next United Glory show and Guidon vs. Saki, but I have so little faith that I'll actually see the show that it's hard to drum up much interest.

Up first is Nieky Holzken vs. an unknown fighter mis-labeled as Wendy Annonay.  To be clear, Holzken's opponent here is NOT Wendy Annonay, as the YouTube video states.  Mr. Annonay himself contacted us to clear this up.  Our sincere apologies to him, and our readers for the confusion - just more proof of the lack of information from UG. UPDATE: It appears Holzken's opponent is French fighter Carlos Tavares.

Anyway, not sure what weight class this was, as Holzken has been moving around the 70-77 range a bit lately.  His opponent looks pretty big, so I would guess something higher than just 70kg.  Very impressive performance from Holzken, who patiently waits for the right opening, then takes advantage once he gets it:

Next is Errol Zimmerman vs. Zinedine Hamer-Lain.  After hearing Zimmerman was on this card, I was interested to see this, as the Bonecrusher has not looked too good in his last few showings.  Here, we once again get the somewhat overweight looking Zimmerman - a fighter who looks distinctly different from the man who made the K-1 semi-finals 2 years ago.  On the plus side, he does show off his power and aggression here, putting a heavy beating on Hamer-Lain that ends up breaking the overmatched fighter's arm.  I'll call this one better than we've seen from Zimmerman lately, but still not the kind of shape I would like to see him in:

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HGH Promotions Presents: Future of Muay Thai 1 (withvideo)

By Daniel Fletcher

Liam Harrison, Clinton Gordon and Andy Howson at Future of Muay Thai

Harrison, Gordon & Howson @ Future of Muay Thai 1

Liam Harrison and Andy Howson are two of England’s shining lights of Muay Thai in the ring, with WMC, WAKO and ISKA world titles between them, but equally they’ve shown themselves to be enterprising outside the ropes, branching off into events management with HGH Promotions. It is this venture that led to their first fight event, held at the Hilton hotel in Leeds city centre, with a card boasting a mixture of ISKA professional title fights, B & C class and novices alike.

The main event had more sizzle than a boiling saucepan, and it duly spilled over in the third round. Kyle Fella of Bad Company (Leeds) was known as a talented youngster with a dash of impetuous recklessness, and this was clearly demonstrated in a Badr Hari/Hesdy Gerges style end to his tilt at the ISKA British title.

Fella looked the sharper of the two in the opening round. He caught a body kick early, and responded with a counter right over the top and a teep that forced opponent Loz Reilly back to a neutral corner. He almost dropped him with a sweeping low kick soon after, and dumped Reilly on his back several times throughout the opening round. A spinning elbow and flurry of punches in the corner only sealed a strong 10/9.

In the second, Reilly’s timing was much better, and he blocked more leg kicks and found the mark with straight punches down the pipe. He looked more composed, and for his part, Fella’s strikes did not carry the same snap and venom as in the first round.

The third was calamity. A clinch near the ropes caused Reilly to become unbalanced, and he fell back into the centre of the ring. As he pulled up and sat on his haunches, trying to rise quickly to his feet, Fella rushed forwards and threw a kick. Like the phantom punch of Ali in the Liston rematch; did it land? Did it graze? Or was there an element of “Bonjasky-ism” in the reaction to the kick? Either way, it was an illegal blow, and it handed the ISKA British Super-Featherweight title to the prone Loz Reilly.

Ah well. Hesdy Gerges defended his It’s Showtime World Heavyweight title against the top ranked Daniel Ghita after winning it in the same manner. There is no reason Reilly cant prove he is a worthy champion either with a solid defence.

Fella comes from Richard Smith’s highly respected camp, and with such team-mates as Howson, Harrison, Jordan Watson, Lisa Smith, Richard Cadden and James France, he will surely show some bouncebackability and recover from this slight career setback.

More after the break.

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