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.
Yesterday in Torrelavega, Spain, two fighters from opposing tournament faced off in a 70kg contest. Abraham Roqueñi will be in the K-1 MAX Final 16 on May 27 and Albert Kraus will be in the Glory World Series Final 16 on May 26.
Roqueñi's hometown advantage was crucial in him getting the decision, as it was pretty controversial. I had Roqueni winning the first round but in the second round, a questionable knockdown was called on Roqueñi. If it wasn't for the knockdown, I probably would've scored the second for Roqueñi. Kraus took the third as he caught up to Roqueñi with his pressure. So yes, Kraus probably should've won with a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 third because of that knockdown that was scored. Of course, it was on Roqueñi's home turf and the event was organized by people with affiliations to him so he got the decision.
Also on the card, It's Showtime veteran Loren Javier Jorge defeated Vando Cabral of Portugal by decision. Loren will be fighting Amir Zeyada on July 21 for It's Showtime in Tenerife. Another It's Showtime veteran, Zeben Diaz, defeated Hichem Menaouine by decision. Like Loren, Zeben will be fighting on the same It's Showtime card, against Andy Souwer.
The Tatneft Cup's final event of the 1/8 qualification stage took place in Kazan, Russia today. The participants were vying for the final spots left in the next round of the Tatneft Cup, the quarter finals. Some good fighters have advanced so far and that continued at today's event.
Most notably, at 70kg, Dzhabar Askerov knocked out Antoine Mandela in the second round to advance to the next stage. This was Askerov's third win in less than a month's time, an extremely tough task. He defeated Jeremy Sportouch on March 8, Maxim Vorovsky on the 23rd and now today's victory. Askerov has won the Tatneft Cup at 70kg for the past two years and is the favorite to three-peat.
Liverkick.com's #3 ranked light heavyweight, Hicham El Gaoui returned to the ring and took on Konstantin Gorokhov, a replacement for Dario Kadic. El Gaoui scored a rare stoppage win for himself, as Gorokhov did not come out for the third round. Also at 80kg, Amir El Mansouri defeated Parinya from Thailand by decision in an extra round.
At heavyweight, Martynas Knyzelis defeated late replacement Alexander Volobuev. In the second heavyweight fight, Saulo Cavalari, who qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America, knocked out Andrey Shmakov.
In another 70kg fight, Maxim Smirnov defeated Ravy Brunow in an extra round. Brunow also qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America.
70kg: Maxim Smirnov def. Ravy Brunow by extra round decision.
70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Antoine Mandela by KO in Round 2.
80kg: Samir El Mansouri def. Parinya by extra round decision.
80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Konstantin Gorokhov by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at the end of Round 2.
80kg+: Martynas Knyzelis def. Alexander Volobuev by extra round decision.