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It's Showtime Brazil Live Results

Today in Sao Paulo, Brazil, It's Showtime will put on their final show, edition number 60. The card features a "Brazil against the world" format, with six Brazillians fighting six It's Showtime fighters on the main card.

There won't be an official live It's Showtime stream for this one, but we'll have you covered for live results, as well as play by play on Twitter at @rianscalia and @sandersonsensei. Depending on where you are, you might be able to catch it on TV, as it airs live on Band Sports in Brazil and will also be on Esporte Interativo there. The show will air wherever It's Showtime usually airs on TV, like Fight Network in Canada and J Sports in Japan. Prelims are underway and the main card starts at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT in North America. Full fight card here.

66kg: Paulo Sergio Freitas def. Thiago Costa by decision.

81kg: Cesar Almeida def. Alessandro Benacci by KO (Body Shot) in Round 3.

75kg: Jorge Daniel def. Inaftali Gomes by TKO in Round 5.

Main Card

66kg: Marcus Vinicius def. Raz Sarkisjan by unanimous decision.

77kg: Duoli Chen def. Rogerio Bezerra by KO (Right Hook/Right Knee) in Round 2.

63kg: Emerson Falcao def. Sergio Wielzen by unanimous decision.

70kg: Hafid El Boustati def. Wallace Lopes by unanimous decision.

73kg: Thiago Michel def. Steve Poort by unanimous decision.

85kg title: Jason Wilnis def. Alex Sandro Pereira by TKO (Low Kick/3 Knockdowns)

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It's Showtime Brazil: Potential for Kickboxing in Brazil

It's Showtime Brazil takes place on this Saturday, November 10. The event marks the first foray into the Brazillian market by a big time kickboxing organization in quite some time. I'm going to take a look at the event as a whole and evaluate the potential of kickboxing in Brazil.

With the recent explosion in popularity of the UFC and MMA in Brazil, MMA seems like the cool thing to do at the moment in terms of becoming a fighter. The reality also is that there's just a lot more money in MMA than there would be in kickboxing, and one is hard pressed to be making a living by fighting kickboxing or Muay Thai domestically, as opposed to doing MMA. A Brazillian kickboxer or nak muay would have to do just that in order to get some international opportunities where the money is more plausible.

It's Showtime Brazil for the moment, introduces a new dynamic. On Saturday there will be a platform for aspiring Brazillian kickboxers to get their names out there not only in the international kickboxing world but also in Brazil, as the event will be shown live on Esporte Interativo and Band Sports. Notably, Bellator is also shown on Esporte Interativo and has drawn great ratings as of late, garnering as many as 2.89 million viewers for Bellator 61 on March 16. Bellator's use of Brazillian fighters has obviously helped those ratings. It's Showtime's broadcasted card on Saturday will feature six fights and six Brazillian fighters in a "Brazil against the world" format.

The Brazillian market right now seems ripe for the picking when it comes to combat sports. Kickboxing has been showcased on TV throughout this year and last year, as WGP has been the major domestic promotion, running one night tournaments, in addition to qualification tournaments for It's Showtime Brazil. WGP are the co-promoters of the event on Saturday and have been quite successful in Brazil with their promotion over the last few years. To put it into context, WGP drew a packed house at the same venue that It's Showtime is using this weekend, on the same night as Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen back in July.

The infrastructure in Brazil with WGP seems to be sturdy, and with It's Showtime heading there on Saturday and Glory going next year, I think there's definitely potential for kickboxing to do well. Brazil has fighters that can draw good crowds locally and they're routinely showcased on WGP cards on TV. Add in some of the Brazillians that are already fighting internationally like Anderson "Braddock" Silva and Jhonata Diniz for Glory along with Saulo Calavari for K-1 and the potential is there for Brazil to start producing more good kickboxers is there, along with the potential for the sport to grow in popularity.

The success of MMA can only help grow kickboxing in my opinion. Fighting sports in general just seem to be on the rise in Brazil. There also is the factor of a lot of kickboxers or nak muays going to MMA like Thiago Michel, Cosmo Alexandre, and Ewerton Teixeira, so hopefully the sport can grow in Brazil and retain some of its premier fighters. For the time being though, kickboxing seems to be enjoying a slow but steady growth in Brazil.

Click here for the full fight card of It's Showtime Brazil. The event will not be live streamed but will be live on TV channels around the world that normally broadcast It's Showtime, like Fight Network in Canada, for example.

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Jason Wilnis Replaces Sahak Parparyan At It's Showtime Brazil This Weekend

It's Showtime Brazil is going down this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We originally had Sahak Parparyan vs. Alex Sandro Pereira as one of the fights to watch this month, but unfortunately Sahak has had to pull out of the fight due to visa issues.

Replacing Sahak will be Jason Wilnis, a 21 year old Dutch-based fighter who Sahak defeated in September. Wilnis has fought numerous times on It's Showtime cards, mostly on the undercard. This is still a big opportunity for Wilnis, who now finds himself in the main event.

Unfortunately for Pereira, he no longer gets to fight one of the biggest names there is to fight at 85kg anymore in Sahak Parparyan. Nonetheless, this is Pereira's big opportunity to get a win in an organization like It's Showtime. With GLORY starting up 85kg next year, both fighters could garner some interest with good performances.

As of now, the fight card for It's Showtime Brazil is as follows:

Prelims:

Thiago Costa vs. Sergio Paulo Freitas

Alessandro Benacci vs. Cesar Almeida

Jorge Daniel vs. Inaftali Gomes

Cleidinei Junior vs. Paulo Tebar

Main Card:

66kg: Marcus Vinicius vs. Raz Sarkisjan

63kg: Emerson Falcao vs. Sergio Wielzen

77kg: Rogerio Bezerra vs. Duoli Chen

70kg: Wallace Lopes vs. Hafid El Boustati

73kg: Thiago Michel vs. Steve Poort

85kg: Alex Sandro Pereira vs. Jason Wilnis

 

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It's Showtime Brazil, November 10: Fight Card

Yes, It's Showtime were bought and absorbed by GLORY back in June, but the long time kickboxing promotion still has one upcoming event. It takes place on November 10 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring six Brazillian fighters who all qualified for the card by winning tournaments under the WGP promotional banner, a partner of It's Showtime for this event. The six Brazillians will face off against six It's Showtime fighters. WGP released the fight card today, and here's what it looks like.

In the main event, Sahak Parparyan will defend his It's Showtime 85kg World Title against Alex Sandro Pereira. Pereira won a one night tournament in July and then won another one night tournament in August to qualify for this fight. I think the title shot is appropriate as I think he's the best fighter out of the Brazillians that qualified. Even if he loses, if he puts up a good fight he'll get his name out there. Sahak comes off a win over Jason Wilnis in September and is also fighting in the Enfusion finals in December.

Bellator veteran Thiago Michel has been doing a lot of kickboxing lately, and he was the lone Brazillian fighter on the main card who didn't have to win a tournament to get here. Michel faces Steve Poort, a young, highly touted up and comer out of the Netherlands, with the fight being at 73kg. Poort is actually still in the B class as of his last fight in the Netherlands but nonetheless, he has the goods and it should be interesting to see how Michel does against better competition than what he's been fighting in kickboxing.

Hafid el Boustati is on a roll with his shock win over Robin van Roosmalen, followed up by a win over Hysni Beqiri in September. He faces Wallace Lopes, at 70kg. At 77kg, Duoli Chen faces Rogerio Bezerra.

The two light weight fights on the card aren't typical weights that It's Showtime uses. Sergio Wielzen vs. Emerson Falcao will be contested at 63kg, with Falcao having won the WGP 63kg qualifying tournament to get on this card. At 66kg, Marcus Vinicius won an eight man tournament just under two weeks ago to qualify, and he'll face Raz Sarkisjan, who's known for upsetting Masaaki Noiri back in May.

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Tyrone Spong's 'King of the Ring' Documentary Released

The Reem set the bar incredibly high for a web documentary series based on a fighter, and quite honestly, did some serious spanking on anything that the UFC produces to hype up fights. I think we should reflect on that for a while, and I'm sure some of us will come to the conclusion that the sheer awesomeness that is Alistair Overeem led to that series being as incredible as it was. Well, Eldar Gross and his team are back and they are following around Tyrone Spong. Follow Tyrone around while he prepares for K-1 legend Peter Aert's kind of maybe sort of retirement in Benelux fight before Aerts signed with Glory and will keep fighting and probably fight in that region again. Yeah.

Watch the stylized action, the catchy music and Tyrone hitting things and be like me and keep thinking to yourself how cool it would be the hear a Neil Young song inserted into one of these things to help validate yourself and not feel so damned old because of your taste in music.

THE KING OF THE RING from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Thiago Michel Tabbed As It's Showtime Brazil 73kg Representative

It's Showtime has an event coming up on November 10 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they've been running qualification tournaments at Brazillian promotion, WGP events throughout the past few months. Already, four fighters have qualified for It's Showtime Brazil on November 10 by winning tournaments, and there's still one more tournament left.

We've learned of a fifth Brazillian fighter that will participate at It's Showtime Brazil, and it's Thiago Michel, who will be the Brazillian representative at 73kg. Michel is a veteran of Bellator in MMA, where he went 1-1, and participated in one of their lightweight tournaments. Aside from that, Michel was a kickboxer before he ever went to MMA and after his last loss in Bellator, he's been doing quite a bit of kickboxing back in Brazil, racking up a few wins.

Originally Michel's spot was supposed to be fought for on WGP's October 20 event in Belo Horizonte, but It's Showtime requested instead that Michel just outright be the Brazillian representative at 73kg.

There will still be one more It's Showtime Brazil qualification tournament, at 66kg and it'll take place at the Brazillian Kickboxing Federation's "Copa Brasil" from October 12-14. The match-ups for that are Kainan Kurschewsky vs. Paulo Sergio Freitas and Rodrigo Amatha vs. Maycon Oller da Silva. [source]

So far, the Brazillian representatives for It's Showtime on November 10 in Sao Paulo are:

63kg: Emerson Falcao

70kg: Wallace Lopes

73kg: Thiago Michel

77kg: Rogerio Bezerra

85kg: Alex Sandro Pereira

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Wallace Lopes And Rogerio Bezerra Qualify For It's Showtime Brazil

Two It's Showtime Brazil qualifying tournaments were held today in Maringa, Brazil. The tournaments were held by WGP, who are working with It's Showtime for their event on November 10 in Sao Paulo. Two four man, one night tournaments at 70kg and 77kg respectively took place to determine who gets a spot on the November 10 It's Showtime card.

At 70kg, Wallace Lopes came out on top, winning both of his fights by decision. First, he defeated Alex Oller dominantly in the semi-finals. Then in the final, he fought who I would've considered the favorite to win the tournament, Alex Sandro Alves, who squeaked by David Silveira earlier, and although met with more resistance than Oller presented, Lopes' efforts in the first two rounds were enough to secure the victory. Look for him on November 10.

At 77kg, the tournament winner was the hometown fighter, Rogerio Bezerra who breezed through the semi-finals with a TKO win due to three knockdowns over Juliano Goncalves. Fernando Nonato won a close fight against Cesar Almeida on the other side of the bracket and met Bezerra in the finals. In a very close fight, Bezerra got the decision and advances to fight at It's Showtime on November 10 in Sao Paulo.

Full results below:

70kg: Alisson de Angelis def. Wellington Ton by decision

70kg semi final: Wallace Lopes def. Alex Oller by decision

70kg semi final: Alex Sandro Alves def. David Silveira by decision

77kg: Joao Paulo Bomba and Jeferson Silva fight to a draw

77kg semi final: Fernando Nonato def. Cesar Almeida by decision

77kg semi final: Rogerio Bezerra def. Juliano Goncalves by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

70kg final: Wallace Lopes def. Alex Sandro Alves by decision

77kg final: Rogerio Bezerra def. Fernando Nonato by decision

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Two It's Showtime Brazil Qualification Tournaments Tomorrow

If you didn't know, It's Showtime has an event scheduled for November 10 in Brazil's capital, Sao Paulo.

They've got quite the infrastructure built up for the event, working with Brazillian kickboxing promotion WGP Kickboxing, where the best kickboxers in Brazil fight. WGP Kickboxing boasts two pretty good live TV deals in Brazil also with Band Sports and Esporte Interativo, which airs Bellator. They also have sponsors such as Adidas and the Government of Sao Paulo State Secretary for SPort, Recreation and Youth. On July 7, the same night that Anderson Silva fought Chael Sonnen, WGP held an event in Sao Paulo and drew around 4000 people, quite an impressive feat considering how much bigger MMA is than kickboxing in Brazil.

Tomorrow, August 25 in Maringa, Brazil, WGP will start their It's Showtime qualification tournaments. The winners of each tournament will be fighting on the It's Showtime card on November 10. The tournaments tomorrow are one night, four man tournaments at 70kg and 77kg. Two other events with It's Showtime qualification tournaments are taking place, with the next one being on September 15 in Sao Paulo and having tournaments at 63kg and 85kg and the last one being on October 20 in Belo Horizonte.

Tomorrow at 70kg the four tournament participants will be Wallace "Negao" Lopes, Alex Oller, Alex Sandro "Canguru" Alves and David Silveira. Alves has fought in the Tatneft Cup before all the way up at 80kg, where he went 1-1. Oller is a veteran of over 140 fights and has fought the likes of K-1 veterans Warren Stevelmans and Marfio Canoletti.

At 77kg, the four tournament participants are Cesar Almeida, Fernando Nonato, Rogerio Bezerra and Juliano Goncalves. The one to watch here is Cesar Almeida, who has trained at the legendary Chakuriki Gym under Thom Harinck and has fought in Holland with the likes of much heavier fighters Fred Sikking and Jason Wilnis.

Brazil generally doesn't produce a lot of top fighters on the international scene, and that's not to mention that barely any fighters from Brazil get international opportunities. It's good to see some solid infrastructure being set up to produce Brazillian fighters to fight on the international stage for It's Showtime.

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It's Showtime 60 in Japan is Off, For Now

IS Japan

Chalk this one up to an unfortunate circumstance of the GLORY buyout of It's Showtime, as there are still a few It's Showtime events scheduled for this year and it looks like the first victim will be the It's Showtime event in Yokohama. To understand what kind of a blow this is, It's Showtime has been working with local promoters in Japan for well over a year now promoting "Countdown to It's Showtime" events, which were all supposed to lead to It's Showtime's big Japan debut. This was to take place in September, but it looks like it might not happen in September, or even at all. Statement from Simon Rutz and It's Showtime Japan's President Fujiawara below.

"As a result of the acquisition of IT'S SHOWTIME by GLORY Sports International and all necessary internal adjustments associated with this acquisition, we’ve both, GLORY Sports International and Showtime Japan concluded that the necessary period for the preparation is too short to ensure the desired quality for our show, which was scheduled for September 17, 2012, in the Pacifico National Convention Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

For this reason we decided to postpone this event until further notice.

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