It's Showtime 59 is live from Tenerife, Spain in just a few moments here with a stacked card featuring fighters like Andy Souwer, Sergei Laschenko, Andy Ristie, Javier Hernandez and more. The event can be purchased from showtimefights.com for just 10 euros (about $12.50 USD). I will be live tweeting results at @liverkickdotcom as well.
Andy Ristie (R1 - KO) David Calvo - A brutal knee by Ristie that came up the middle put Calvo down very early in the first round and he was unable to answer the count. Props to Calvo for stepping in on late notice, but wow.
Amir Zeyada (Decision) Moises Ruibal - I have no clue what happened in this fight. Major technical difficulties.
Sergei Laschenko (R1 - KO) Danny Garcia
They now bring out Moises Ruibal and announce that the judges score cards were not rendered correctly, and that he is the rightful winner of the bout with Amir Zeyada.
Murthel Groenhert (R2 - Cut Stoppage) Maximo Suarez - Murthel looked a bit rough in R1, but was able to pull it together for the second round and open a nasty cut on Suarez for the finish.
61kg Championship: Masahiro Yamamoto (R5 - Decision) Sergio Hernandez - Masahiro Yamamoto was completely on point throughout the fight. His knees were doing a lot of damage and keeping Hernandez off balance while his hands did a bulk of the work.
Andy Souwer (R3 - Decision) Zeben Diaz - Diaz put up a really great fight, almost a dead even fight with Souwer, but the third round was truly a deciding factor for both men. Souwer rocked Diaz with a right hand which more or less sealed the fate of the bout. Diaz is really a legitimately good fighter.
SuperKombat's third World Grand Prix event of this year is taking place today and we've got you fully covered with live results.
The card features a four man tournameant with Benny Adegbuyi fighting Mladen Brestovac on one side and Tsotne Rogava fighting Kostadin Kostov on the other. Ismael Londt fights Freddy Kemayo for the new and vacant SuperKombat Heavyweight title. Also, the usual SuperKombat stars are back with Andrei Stoica, Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu all in action.
The event starts at 21:00 CET in Europe and in North America it's at 3PM ET/12PM PT. It's airing live on Eurosport. I'll be providing live results on Twitter, on @rianscalia. For the full fight card, click here.
HW Semi-Final: Benny Adegbuyi def. Mladen Brestovac by unanimous decision.
HW Semi-Final: Kostadin Kostov def. Tsotne Rogava by split decision.
-95kg: Andrei Stoica def. Hakan Aksoy by TKO (3 Knockdowns).
HW: Raul Catinas def. Domogoj Ostojic by TKO (Referee Stoppage).
HW: Alexey Ignashov def. Corneliu Rus by unanimous decision.
HW: Catalin Morosanu def. Rick Cheek by TKO in Round 2.
It's Showtime's huge event being headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong is finally here, and so are we with live results of the event which features the likes of Daniel Ghita, Robin van Roosmalen, Danyo Ilunga and Andy Souwer, as well as the aforementioned Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong fight.
This weekend there was an absence of any big events but there were some shows scattered around Europe that featured some notable names.
We'll start small. On June 2 in Geneva, La Nuit des Sports des Contact took place and Yoann Kongolo continued to rack up wins, dominating Slavomir Psrypis and forcing a corner stoppage.
Yoann Kongolo def. Slavomir Psrypis by TKO (Corner Stoppage).
The Tatneft Cup in action again, in the quarter finals of its tournament. At 70kg, late replacement Edvin Erik Kibus defeated Sergei Kulyaba by decision and Enriko Gogokhia continued his mean streak with another nasty body shot KO, of Artur Alimirzoev. At 80kg, two of LiverKick's top 10 light heavyweight fighters were in action, as Hicham El Gaoui defeated Vitaly Nikiforov and Alexander Stetsurenko beat Samir Al Mansouri, both by decision. At Heavyweight, Tomasz Sarara defeated Saulo Calavari by decision, while Tsotne Rogava scored a KO over Yassin Bouanan.
70kg: Edvin Erik Kibus def. Sergei Kulyaba by decision.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Artur Alimirzoev by KO (Liver Shot) in Round 1.
80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Vitaly Nikiforov by decision.
80kg: Alexander Stetsurenko def. Samir Al Mansouri by decision.
HW: Tomasz Sarara def. Saulo Calavari by decision.
HW: Tsotne Rogava def. Yassin Bouanan by decision.
In France on June 2, La Nuit Des Challenges took place with Yohan Lidon, Abdallah Mabel, Houcine Bennoui and Yury Bessmertny on the card, to name a few. Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime 73MAX Champion, defeated a Thai by the name of Suadao via KO in Round 1, although it looked like the Thai might've thrown the fight. Abdallah Mabel defeated another Thai, Palangnum, by KO in Round 3. Houcine Bennoui was originally scheduled to face Liam Harrison on this show but he instead faced Manuel Alberti from Italy, and won by TKO in the first round. Yury Bessmertny fought to a draw against Issam Reghi.
-75kg: Yohan Lidon def. Suadao by KO in Round 1.
-70kg: Abdallah Mabel def. Palangnum by KO in Round 3.
-63.5kg: Houcine Bennoui def. Manuel Alberti by TKO in Round 1.
-72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny vs. Issam Reghi ends in a draw.
-63.5kg: Dylan Salvador def. Angelo Campoli by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 1.
-70kg: Raphael Llodra def. Max Dansan by TKO in Round 4.
In the Netherlands, Jamal Ben Saddik returned to action and knocked out Nikolaj Falin. Ben Saddik is being groomed as one of the upcoming stars of heavyweight kickboxing and was featured on the Glory show in March, where he knocked out Vitaly Oparin. He holds a stoppage win over Rico Verhoeven from last year.
HW: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Nikolaj Falin by KO.
On June 3, there was a nice card in Grodno, Belarus with Andrei Kulebin making his return after being stopped by Liam Harrison. Kulebin faced Petasawin Seatransferry and finished him with an elbow in the third round. In the main event was a WKN title fight at 62kg featuring Tomasz Makowski of Poland and Dmitry Varats of Belarus, but the fight ended in a no contest when both fighters fell from the ring and couldn't continue. Dmitry Valent, one of the best unheralded fighters, fought in a 76kg bout against Kiril Marchenko of Ukraine and won by TKO in the third round.
62kg: Tomasz Makowski vs. Dmitry Varats ends in no contest.
66kg: Andrei Kulebin def. Petasawin Seatransferry by KO (Elbow) in Round 3.
76kg: Dmitry Valent def. Kiril Marchenko by TKO in Round 3.
56kg: Ivan Ganin def. Andrei Zayats by unanimous decision.
K-1 returns today in Madrid, Spain with a stacked card featuring the World MAX Final 16 and a number of super fights that include Badr Hari and Daniel Ghita. This should be full of action and great fights so don't miss it.
The event is streaming live for free on Ustream, and it's underway with pre-program fights at the time that this is being posted. The full fight card can be seen here. Note that Daniel Ghita is fighting Wendell Roche and Zeben Diaz is fighting Emad Kadyear, as those fights aren't shown on K-1's page. The main card gets started at 2PM ET/11AM PT in North America and 20:00 local time in Spain.
GLORY is back today with a huge card featuring the Final 16 of their 70kg tournament with the likes of Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen, Albert Kraus, Yoshihiro Sato and more. Along with the 70kg tournament, there's also the main event which has Semmy Schilt fighting Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight World Title. Gokhan Saki also makes his return, against Carter Williams. That's just a few things I've mentioned and there's a lot more great fights on the card.
The event starts at 12:30 PM EST/9:30 AM PST in North America and 18:30 GMT +2 in Europe. You can watch the event live, here on LiverKick for $15. By buying the stream from LiverKick, you're also supporting our site, as well as watching some awesome kickboxing action. You can also view the full, stacked fight card here. If you need help or want play by play of the event follow us on twitter at @rianscalia and @LiverKickdotcom.
MMA: Jason Jones def. Dritan Bartamaj by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.
MMA: Ilir Latifi def. Tony Lopez by unanimous decision.
70kg Final 16:
Shemsi Beqiri def. Yoshihiro Sato by split decision. Awesome, action packed fight.
Tim Thomas def. Dennis Schneidmiller by unanimous decision.
Robin van Roosmalen def. Dzhabar Askerov by unanimous decision. Another insane fight.
David Kyria def. Kem Sitsongpeenong by unanimous decision. Should've gone to an extra round.
Ky Hollenbeck def. Michael Corley by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.
Sanny Dahlbeck def. Warren Stevelmans by unanimous decision. Another action packed, crazy fight.
Albert Kraus def. Mohammed El Mir by unanimous decision.
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Fabio Pinca by unanimous decision. Very good, tactital fight. Pinca was competitive.
-76kg Super Fight:
Nieky Holzken def. Alex Harris by TKO (3 Knockdowns/Liver shots). Harris was winning but Holzken found the mark with a liver shot, dropping Harris and then did it twice more to get the TKO.
HW Super Fight:
Gokhan Saki def. Carter Williams by KO (Left Hook). Williams was hurt from a previous accidental low blow but was definitely hurt from the punch.
GLORY Heavyweight Title Fight:
Semmy Schilt def. Errol Zimmerman by TKO (Corner Threw In Towel) in Round 3. Semmy dominated Errol for the whole fight.
Today in Marseille, France, a big kickboxing event went down at Le Dome de Marseille, which holds 8 500 people and from all indications, it was a full house. Originally, Andy Souwer was scheduled to fight Johann Fauveau but Souwer pulled out due to K-1's return. As a result, Jordan Watson stepped in for Souwer, leaving Fauveau with a very formidable opponent still.
In the main event, two of the top kickboxers in the world around the weight of 61kg met for the ISKA World Title at -62.3kg under K-1 rules, as Yetkin Ozkul fought the hometown former champion, Thomas Adamandopoulos. Although Adamandopoulos lost this title to Karim Bennoui back in November via split decision, Bennoui must've had the title stripped or vacated it himself. Yetkin Ozkul has been on a roll lately, and he continued that today, surprisingly stopping Adamandopoulos in the fourth round via TKO. Adamandopoulos had only been stopped once previously years ago but Ozkul has really heavy hands that have lead to two first round knockouts of Ilias El Hajoui. This win should cement Ozkul in the minds of many as one of the top kickboxers around 61kg, and I'd like to see him fight Karim Bennoui.
Another ISKA K-1 rules world title was on the line at 70kg, as the aforementioned match-up of Jordan Watson and Johann Fauveau took place. I highlighted both of these fighters in my post yesterday as two who should definitely be in one of the big kickboxing tournaments for K-1 or Glory. Fauveau won a decision in what sounds like a great fight. Watson's team, Bad Company Gym, said that he won the first three rounds but got tired after, also saying that Fauveau was really tough. This win should definitely open some eyes of the higher-ups in the kickboxing game and hopefully we can see him, and even Watson on the big shows.
A few up and comers of the kickboxing scene fought as well. Bruce Codron, who has made the move over from full contact much like Andrew Tate, defeated Nizar Gallas in a 70kg fight by decision in a rematch of their fight in February, which he also won by decision. At 86kg, Halim Chibani defeated Nicolas Atmani by decision. Full results below:
Yetkin Ozkul def. Thomas Adamandopoulos by TKO in Round 4. (ISKA World Title -62.3kg K-1 Rules)
Johann Fauveau def. Jordan Watson by decision. (ISKA World Title -70kg K-1 Rules)
HW: Nordine Mohiedine def. Noel Cadet by KO in Round 1.
Amel Dehby def. Bernise Alldiss (Women's ISKA World Title -60kg)
-70kg: Bruce Codron def. Nizar Gallas by decision.
-86kg: Halim Chibani def. Nicolas Atmani by decision.
SuperKombat held their second event of the year today in Cluj Napoca, Romania. It featured a four man tournament of heavyweights to qualify for the year end World Grand Prix show and also a fight for the inaugural SuperKombat 91kg World Title.
The heavyweight tournament featured some SuperKombat veterans, Raul Catinas, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Daniel Sam and Sam Tevette. In the first semi-final, Raul Catinas knocked Jairzinho Rozenstruik out in the second round. Daniel Sam also knocked out Sam Tevette in the second semi-final.
Catinas and Sam met in the final, where Sam was winning the fight with his kicks and size advantage up until the second round. Then in the second, Catinas just went into berserker mode and spammed vicious left hooks to the body, dropping Sam. Sam would get up and then get dropped by a right uppercut to the chin. Sam was dropped again twice in the third round and Catinas picked up the win, winning the tournament and advancing to SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix show.
For SuperKombat's inaugural 91kg World Title, Bogdan Stoica dominated Ivan Stanic, dropping him multiple times. Stanic really had nothing for Stoica, who scored a knockdown with a flying knee/punch combo in the first, two knockdowns from punches and another knockdown from a flying knee throughout rounds two and three. Stanic was getting hurt from every clean punch Stoica landed.
I didn't get to see the whole show so I won't comment on the other fights until I've seen them. Here are the full results:
Semi-Final 1: Raul Catinas def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by KO in Round 2.
Semi-Final 2: Daniel Sam def. Sam Tevette by KO.
Heavyweight: Benny Adegbuyi def. Patrick Liedert by KO in Round 3.
-95kg: Sebastian Ciobanu def. Redouan Cairo by TKO in Round 2.
-95kg: Andrei Stoica def. Rodney Glunder by decision.
Heavyweight: Alexandru Lungu def. Wieslaw Kwaniewski by split decision.
-91kg World Title: Bogdan Stoica def. Ivan Stanic by unanimous decision.
Final: Raul Catinas def. Daniel Sam by unanimous decision.
It's Showtime returns today for their second event of the year, this time in Kortrijk, Belgium. The card is headlined by Daniel Ghita vs. Brian Douwes and also features a very interesting It's Showtime 85MAX World Title fight between the champion Sahak Parparyan and challenger Andrew Tate from England.
The event starts at 2:45 PM ET/11:45 AM PT in North America, or 20:45 CET in Europe. You can buy the live stream for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com. If you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network. I'll be talking about the event on Twitter at @rianscalia.
Cheick Sidibe def. Jason Wilnis by unanimous decision. Great fight.
Sonny Dagraed def. Eric Denis by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Dagraed.
Sergei Lascenko def. Salahdine Kandoussi by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
Sahak Parparyan def. Andrew Tate by unanimous decision and retains his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title. Very close fight though, a draw would've been ok.
Rustemi Kreshnik def. Michael Duut by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1. That's the best Kreshnik has ever looked.
Daniel Ghita def. Brian Douwes by KO (Left Hook) in Round 2. Beautiful counter left hook laid Brian Douwes out.
Fight Code returned yesterday, this time in Minsk, Belarus and a bunch of hometown talent was on hand in both the Dragons 72.5kg tournament and prestige fights.
The Dragons 72.5kg tournament continued with four fights, most notably featuring Fight Code Dragons 2011 winner Yury Bessmertny, who defeated Edvin Erik Kibus by decision. Tatneft 80kg competitor Vitaly Nikiforov made the drop to 72.5kg and defeated Evgeni Telitsa by decision. In two other Dragons tournament fights, Dmitry Baranov defeated Maxim Smirnov by decision and Farhat Ahmedjanov defeated Tadas Jonkus by decision. All four winners move on to the Final 16 round that already includes Mustapha Haida and Enriko Gogokhia.
In prestige fights, Chingiz Allazov and Dmitry Shakuta both fought. Allazov is a rising star and Shakuta has been around for a long time at 77-81kg. Allazov is slowly moving up in weight and this fight against Dmitry Rudenko was at 69kg and Allazov ended up winning by decision. Shakuta's fight was at 81kg against Igor Ljapin and he scored a rare knockout, with a high kick in the third round.
Full results below:
Dragons 72.5kg tournament:
Yury Bessmertny def. Edvin Erik Kibus by decision.
Vitaly Nikiforov def. Evgeni Telitsa by decision.
Dmitry Baranov def. Maxim Smirnov by decision.
Farhat Ahmedjanov def. Tadas Jonkus by decision.
69kg: Chingiz Allazov def. Dmitry Rudenko by decision.
81kg: Dmitry Shakuta def. Igor Ljapin KO (High Kick) in Round 3.
Michal Krcmar def. Mansur Azerbiev by decision.
Valentin Slavikovsky def. Oleg Primachev by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.