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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.

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Weekend Results: Saki, Guidon, More

Gokhan Saki at United GloryTwo big kickboxing shows this weekend to report on:

United Glory hosted the semi-final rounds of their World Series of Kickboxing and MMA tournaments this weekend.  On the kickboxing side of things, in the first semi-final, JLB teammate Brice Guidon defeated Mourad Bouzidi via KO in the 2nd round.  I have not yet found any footage from this fight, but it's an impressive win as Bouzidi is both a solid fighter and very tough to stop.  In semi-final #2, tournament favorite Gokhan Saki (pictured) took a unanimous decision win over Wendell Roche.  Another powerful, leg kick heavy performance from Saki in this one, although Roche put up a game fight, particularly in the 3rd round.  With those wins, the final is set: Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon.  That is scheduled from some time in May, though could very easily be delayed.  Saki will remain the favorite, but Guidon is a tough fighter, with a 2010 win over top 10 Hesdy Gerges.  He'll definitely make this a good final, and has it in him to pull off the upset.

Only partial results are available for the rest of the card, as United Glory is known to shuffle their line-ups considerably at the very last minute.  In more kickboxing action, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, and Robin van Roosmalen were all victorious against unknown opponents.  Not much is known here, except that Zimmerman apparently broke the arm of his opponent - we'll have more details on that incident plus all these fights as soon as we can.  Finally, in the MMA tournament, both UFC veterans lost, as Siyar Bahadurzada defeated John Alessio, and Tommy Depret defeated Roan Carneiro.  Siyar and Depret will meet in the MMA finals on that same May show.

The other big event was over in Romania, where SuperKombat and WAKO-Pro presented an event billed as Romania vs. Italy.  In a rematch from the 2010 K-1 Europe GP finals, Freddy Kemayo once again defeated Sebastian Ciobanu, this time via extra round decision.  Romanian site Kombat.ro is saying there was some controversy surrounding that decision, though take that with a grain of salt as they tend to really favor their local fighters.  Dzevad Poturak also took a decision win over Ionut Ifitmoaie, while Catalin Morosanu defeated Yuksel Ayadin, again via decision.  On the undercard, the hyped Stoica brothers were both triumphant, as Andrei Stoica defeated Alex Rossi, and Bogdan Stoica took out Levio Ramoni, both via decision.  Full results here.

Next weekend, the show to watch is It's Showtime Brussels with their 61kg title on the line.  There was a NJKF show also scheduled that was to feature Tetsuya Yamato, but that show has been postponed to May 21 in light of the disaster in Japan.

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Mike Zambidis Victorious in Greece, Albert Kraus Not So Lucky in Russia

zamboSaturday was a pretty odd day for the world of fighting. The threat of nuclear meltdown hangs over the collective heads of those in Northeastern Japan, leaving the fight industry there just an afterthought. In between concern over their lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones, you could see fighters on Twitter expressing confusion over what was going on in America, but it passed, as actual pressing matters took over.

In the states, debate, concern, gloating and groaning took place as it was announced that Zuffa, parent company of the UFC purchased top competitor Strikeforce. We are still yet to see exactly how it unfolds, but watching the United States MMA scene over the next two years will be very, very interesting to say the least.

We also got to see Fight Code put on Oktagon, a show featuring Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Cosmo Alexandre, as well as a fantastic top-to-bottom card to support said fight. But there were some other fights of interest in the kickboxing world. In Greece, hometown hero "Iron" Mike Zambidis, better known to some fans simply as ZAMBO outclassed Ali Gunyar on the Iron Challenge event.

The other big fight of note was Albert Kraus fought in Russia against a hometown fighter, Batu Khasikov. This was set to be a tune-up fight for Kraus, but much like Andy Souwer's tune-up fight in Spain, Kraus found himself on the bottom half of a decision and a disappointing end to his Russian excursion.

Oh, and we have videos after the break. Thanks to our pal Brent Ducharme for scouting these.

 

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Oktagon Fight Code: Giorgio Petrosyan Performs Surgery on Cosmo Alexandre for the Win

Giorgio Petrosyan fighting is a big deal, fighting top competition like Cosmo Alexandre is a bigger deal. Petrosyan's defenses are as tight as ever within the opening seconds, as you'd imagine. Cosmo is using a lot of muay thai sweeps because, well, he can't hit Giorgio. Petrosyan connects with a hook and he goes down, but it isn't ruled a knockdown due to how quickly Cosmo gets up. Petrosyan using his hands to set up his kicks brilliantly throughout the round and is controlling where the fight takes place, all Cosmo is really doing is tripping him. Petrosyan had the cleanest shots in that round.

The ref looks like Olaf Alfonso and breaks them up early, as Cosmo's corner forgot to return his mouthpiece. Giorgio is checking just about every kick and moving his head out of the way of strikes while setting up his own combinations. Cosmo asks him to bring it, but that doesn't mask the fact he is getting worked. The only connections that Cosmo has seen so far are rushing knees to the midsection, but he pays for each and every one. Cosmo's hands did connect a few times, but not enough to give him the round.

Cosmo comes into the third round down two rounds, he doesn't look bad, but he is losing. Cosmo is able to back Giorgio up early on, but Petrosyan skillfully backs up and takes control of the ring and the round again. Watching him duck a hook while slipping one of his own is just incredible. Cosmo is frustrated and tries a desperation flying knee but connects with nothing. This was all Petrosyan.

Petrosyan easily takes the decision win and really, Giorgio Petrosyan is nearly unstoppable at this point. Cosmo Alexandre is incredibly tough and a very real opponent.

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Oktagon Fight Code: Armen Petrosyan Clinches His Way to an Ugly Decision

ArmenYoshihiro Sato even fighting right now just shows the spirit that he has. This right here is Japanese spirit, this is budo. Japan is in a state of disaster and Yoshihiro Sato comes to fight against Armen Petrosyan. Armen has a lot to prove as he is in the shadow of little brother Giorgio. Sato comes in immediately with very tight combination work, but Armen picks and chooses his spots. Sato is fighting on guts and emotion, but as always, he is an intelligent fighter. The only problem is Armen can give it right back. Incredible round for both men.

The second round sees both men try to outsmart each other agai, but Armen uses a lot of thai sweeps early on to frustrate Sato. Reminds me of what Overeem did in his earlier K-1 fights. Both men are working their teep to keep the other at bay and clinching when they get in close. Sato does have a reach advantage ans is only really using it to avoid getting hit. Not the same fire as the first round.

We head into Round 3 most likely even on rounds and Sato looks ready to steal the show but Armen is looking to take him down, apparently. Aremen is all about working the clinch, but Sato is actually landing some solid knees. Very ugly round once again, should probably be a draw but I could see it going to Armen.

Armen takes the ugly decision.

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Oktagon Fight Code: Dzabar Askerov Left Hooks Chris Van Venrooij to the Mat in Round 1

DzabarDzabar starts off with his high guard and goes to town on CVV immediately. His technique looks incredibly tight.When Askerov gets in close Chris is able to land a few shots, but Askerov's guard is very good. Askerov counters a shot and lands a few amazing hooks that downs Chris and he can't get up. All over.

Amazing technique from Askerov and a series of left hands murders Chris Van Venrooij and proves that he is a fighter to look out for in the years to come.

Absolutely incredible knockout, we'll have a video of it when we can, it is something to behold.

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It's Showtime 46: Hesdy Gerges Goes to War With Daniel Ghita, Survives to Take a Decision

The fight that almost didn't happen is indeed happening. Hesdy Gerges has had his legal problems, but he is a free man for now and takes on the very, very tough Daniel Ghita. Both men start off throwing incredibly hard and fast kicks, to the extent where you forget how big they are. Ghita's hands have improved, but Gerges still has an edge in that department, he is also checking every few leg kicks, but Ghita's leg kicks are crisp and deadly.

Ghita comes out a bit slower than he did in the first round and is getting frustrated by Gerges' quick combos. He drops his hands and invites Gerges to unload on him, awesome moment where he is just shouting for more punishment. This won't win him the round or the fight, but moments like that are amazing. Gerges keeps his combos crisp and near the end of the second round is actually able to drop Ghita hitting him low! Ghita pulls himself up and keeps slugging it out. It isn't clear if that was counted as a down or not, but it doesn't matter as it was a round for Hesdy.

Going into the third, Ghita looks visibly tired while Gerges is still moving forward and connecting with combinations. Ghita makes an epic comeback and lands a few mighty kicks and follows up with a few big punches, going to the body of Gerges with kicks and punches. Hesdy is showing signs of being hurt but he keeps coming. Ghita lands flush on Gerges' jaw and Gerges pulls a Ghita and moves head first at him with his guard down. These guys are just trying to kill each other.

The round ends and I'd say Gerges won the first two and Ghita took the third, but I want an extension round.

It looks like Hesdy Gerges has taken the unanimous decision, winning those first two rounds in the fashion that he did. Amazing fight. Hesdy Gerges is going to go places in the Heavyweight division and Ghita is going to be around for a very long time.

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