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Nuit Des Champions Results: Karim Bennoui, Abdallah Mabel Victorious

French promotion Nuit Des Challenges returned with an event in Marseilles yesterday. The card featured bouts with K-1, Muay Thai and Full Contact Rules. Among the fighters featured on the card were Karim Bennoui, Thomas Adamandopoulos, Abdallah Mabel and Gregory Choplin.

Karim Bennoui faced off with Thomas Adamandopoulos in a clash of two of the top 61-63kg kickboxers in the world. Bennoui had won the It's Showtime 61MAX title in March over Sergio Wielzen before losing it to Javier Hernandez in June. Adamandopoulos had been on a roll this year, winning all six of his fights this year. The fight was scheduled for five rounds for the ISKA World CHampionship at 62.5kg. From what I've heard, it sounds like it was a really good fight. Karim Bennoui took the decision.

Abdallah Mabel met Gregory Choplin, another clash with two of France's best. They met at 72.5kg under Muay Thai rules. Abdallah Mabel took a decision. Karim Ghajji decisioned Sebastien Pace in a full contact fight, showing he can adapt to all three different rulesets. Another top French fighter Albert Chey took a decision over Olivier Moriano.

Full results here.


It's Showtime 53 in Tenerife Live Results

It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event today in a new location, Tenerife. The largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands is a hotbed for kickboxing and It's Showtime has put on a great card to please the local fans. Among the top match-ups on the card are the return of Giorgio Petrosyan, who takes on Zeben Diaz. There's also an It's Showtime 95MAX World Title fight featuring Danyo Ilunga defending his belt against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. The rest of the card is filled with exciting match-ups that make this event worth checking out.

The event starts at 4PM EST/1 PM PST. You can order it on or if you live in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network.

Sergio Wielzen vs. Carlos Reyes 61kg

Wielzen wins by TKO in Round 1 due to a cut he caused with a knee on Reyes. The fight was competitive until Wielzen wobbled Reyes with a counter hook and then hurt him even more with a knee, followed by dropping him with a left hand. Reyes got up but the fight was called off due to the cut.

Andy Ristie vs. Jonay Risco 70kg

Didn't see the first two rounds because the TV station was having technical difficulties but in the third, Ristie floored Risco with a left hook after having some trouble finding his opponent. Risco got up but the fight was called off. Ristie wins by TKO in Round 3.

Murthel Groenhart vs. Darryl Sichtmann 77kg

Murthel Groenhart wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Murthel.

Moises Ruibal vs. Amir Zeyada

Amir Zeyada wins by TKO (Injury) in Round 2. Ruibal was winning Round 1 before getting dropped with a right hand at the end. In the second, Ruibal seemed to injure his knee and was counted but fought on. He was counted twice more for the injury and the fight was called off.

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Zeben Diaz

Petrosyan wins by majority decision (3-2). The two judges who scored the fight for Diaz must just be idiots or be local judges because it was pretty clear that Giorgio won all three rounds. The commentators were making it seem way closer than it was just because Diaz actually managed to land a punch or two.

Danyo Ilunga vs. Loren Javier Jorge (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title)

Danyo Ilunga wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Ilunga. Loren simply didn't throw enough and got outworked by the more dynamic Ilunga.


MuayThai Premier League 3rd Round Results

The MuayThai Premier League continued today with their third event, this time in The Hague, Holland. The event, like both of the MPL's previous two events featured some well known and top talent. Among the fighters featured on the event were the world's top fighter at 77-82kg, Artem Levin, Mohammed Khamal, It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion Yohan Lidon and Nieky Holzken.

As per usual so far, there was no available way to watch the event live. It's likely we'll have to wait a bit for the event to be broadcast on The Score in Canada. Other than that, maybe someone got some cell phone videos. Full results below. Thanks to AFAV and Muay Thai Authority.

Valentina Schevchenko def. Ilona Wijmans by Unanimous Decision
Mauro Serra def. Denis Schneidmiller by Unanimous Decision
Artem Vakhitov def. Jiri Zak by Unanimous Decision
Aleide Lawant def. Lindsay Scheer by Split Decision
Vladimir Moravcik def. Yohan Lidon by Unanimous Decision
Artem Levin def. Roberto Cocco by KO
Julie Kitchen def. Sandra Bastian by Unanimous Decision
Mohammed Khamal def. Michael Dicks by Unanimous Decision
Nieky Holzken def. Ky Hollenbeck by Unanimous Decision
Marco Pique def. Ali Gunyar by Unanimous Decision
Filip Verlinden def. Chris Knowles by Unanimous Decision

Batu Khasikov Defeats Mike Zambidis in Strange Ending


Just minutes ago, Batu Khasikov and Mike Zambidis met for their long awaited fight in Moscow, Russia. 2011 has been Khasikov's coming out party and a win over Zambidis would really put his name in the minds of kickboxing fans worldwide. The fight was for the W5 World Title at 71kg, which was held by Zambidis. Zambidis won the title by winning a tournament in April with wins over Enriko Gogokhia and Dzhabar Askerov.

In the first round, the fighters started out picking their shots. Zambidis favored striking with his hands and Khasikov established his kicks and knees. In a weird chain of events, Zambidis backed off from a seemingly light exchange and took a knee, favoring his jaw. The doctor was called in to take a look, and after examining Zambidis' jaw, the fight was stopped. It was a very strange ending, as I thought it might've also had something to do with Zambidis swallowing or choking on his mouthpiece. It seems that his jaw was broken though, and the most likely culprit was a knee that Khasikov landed. With Zambidis unable to continue, Khasikov got the win and was awarded the W5 71kg World Title.

Batu Kashikov has really established his name in 2011, holding two wins over long time, well known K-1 veterans. Khasikov is 31 years old and it's rare for a fighter to rise to prominence at that age. I'd definitely like to see him mix it up with more of the world's elite and look forward to what's in store for him in the future.


Dutch Scene: Ramzi Tamaditi and Fred Sikking Victorious Over Weekend

Yesterday in Hilversum, Holland, Twilight Fight Night played host to a few notable match-ups in the Dutch kickboxing scene. Two fighters that are definitely not known enough at all for how good they are, Ramzi Tamaditi and Fred Sikking each fought.

Both Tamaditi and Sikking are rather unknown outside of Holland and deserve some recognition. Tamditi fights in the stacked 70kg division and should be on an It's Showtime card. He fought Leory Kaestner at It's Showtime's event back on March 6th and came up short, losing a decision. Fred Sikking is in the 85kg division and has had mixed result at the higher levels. He recently split a two fight series with Moises Ruibal and got knocked out by Bogdan Stoica in February. Both fighters are on the cusp of breaking into the more prominent stages and needed wins yesterday to advance forward.

Tamaditi took on Egon Racz, a Slovakian fighter who now trains out of Mike's Gym. Racz is a good litmus test for a fighter's level and Ramzi took a decision over him. The win moves Ramzi a step closer to the bigger stages of kickboxing. It's never certain when one fighter will finally get the opportunity and some guys will hover around the Dutch scene for a long time.

Fred Sikking also moved forward with a decision win over Rodney Glunder. Glunder is a pretty decent win and moves Sikking up the ladder. It's surprising that Sikking hasn't gotten an opportunity on an It's Showtime card, especially with their efforts to establish an 85kg division. He would be a good fight for Sahak Parparyan.

A lot of guys like Tamaditi and Sikking hover around the Dutch and obscure European scenes for a very long time without getting any opportunities on the big stage. Now with more stable organizations popping up, there's hope that more fighters can get the recognition they deserve.


W5 Grand Prix Moscow Results: Wielzen Wins Title


Yesterday in Moscow, Russia, Fight Code along with W5 held an event featuring a Fight Code portion of the card and a W5 portion of the card. The Fight Code portion was shown on Fight Code's stream and W5 wasn't, so everyone was left in the dark about the W5 portion. The W5 portion was shown on Russian TV and videos should be uploaded soon.

In the main event of the W5 portion, former It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Sergio Wielzen took on Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan for the W5 World Title at 60kg. The fight started off fast and Wielzen was knocked down in the first round. It was tough to tell if it was a slip or a legit knockdown because a very strange canvas was being used that had fighters slipping on it all night. Wielzen rallied back and hurt Tozliyan multiple times throughout the rest of the fight. The knockdown made the fight pretty close but Wielzen got a unanimous decision to become the W5 -60kg champion. Next for Wielzen is current It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez at It's Showtime's card in Tenerife on November 12th.

In the co-main event, Maxim Smirnov fought Maxim Shalnev at 70kg. About halfway through the first round, Smirnov started to get into a rhythm with his hands and started consistently finding the mark on his opponent. Shalnev was hurt by punches in the first and it continued in the second. Shalnev got cracked with a left hook and staggered, causing the referee to call a halt to the bout in the second round. Smirnov didn't take much damage and should be ready for his fight against Dzhabar Askerov next month at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.

Highly touted up and comer Aziz Kallah made the venture to Moscow to fight 17-year-old Alim Nabiev. In what was quite surprising, Nabiev controlled the fight with his height and range and landed significant strikes on Kallah for most of the fight. If I were to make comparisons, I'd say he looked like a mixture of Artem Levin and Yoshihiro Sato. Only at the very end of the fight did Kallah come on strong. Nabiev picked up a unanimous decision and he's definitely one to look out for in the future, being just 17 years old and already beating the likes of Aziz Kallah.

Full results below:

W5 60kg World Title fight (5x3):

Sergio Wielzen def. Ruslan Tozliyan by Unanimous Decision. 

Single fights (3x3):

Maxim Smirnov def. Maxim Shalnev by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.

Yuri Zhukovsky def. Valdrin Vatnikaj by decision.

Goran Radonjic def. Nadir Gadzhiev by decision in an extra round.

Alim Nabiev def. Aziz Kallah by Unanimous Decision.

Vitaly Lisnyak def. Evgeny Khil by decision.


Fight Code Rhinos Final 8 Live Results

Fight Code sets up shop in Moscow, Russia today for their second consecutive weekend holding an event. This time, the main focus of the card will be heavyweights (105kg). The Rhinos series has gotten to the Final 8 and each fighter in the Final 8 has qualified from wins at previous Fight Code events. Among the fighters featured on the card are Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo along with Keiji Ozaki taking on Roman Mailov in a single bout. The event is co-promoted with W5 but Fight Code only shows the Fight Code portion of the events on their streams. Full fight card here.

The event goes live on at 12:30PM EST/9:30 PST. All you have to do to watch is register and the event is free to watch. If you want play by play, follow us on Twitter at @Liverkickdotcom and @rianscalia.

Rhinos Final 8:

Pacome Assi def. Petr Vondracek by Decision.

Yuksel Ayadin def. Tomas Kohut by Unanimous Decision in an extra round.

Vitali Akhramenko def. Zamig Atakishiyev by Unanimous Decision.

Freddy Kemayo def. Mladen Kujundzic by Unanimous Decision.

Single bouts:

Roman Mailov def. Keiji Ozaki by Unanimous Decision.

Edgar Arutyunyan def. Imro Main by Decision.


TK2 World MAX 2011 Results

As you may or may not know, this Saturday, Fight Code held an event in conjunction with TK2, featuring a one night, eight man tournament on the TK2 portion of the card. Fight Code only showed their own Fight Code portion of the card on their stream, so we had no opportunity to watch the TK2 portion of the card.

Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner were scheduled for the tournament but it seems both of them pulled out. I'd assume Lidon pulled out due to his MPL fight next month in the Netherlands and he has a fight in France against Gregory Choplin a month after that. As for Kaestner, rumors are swirling that he's actually retired from kickboxing altogether. Nothing is one hundred percent certain though about his future though. Lidon was supposed to fight Ait Said and Kaestner was supposed to fight Ismael Uzuner, both in the quarter finals.

Chris van Venrooij went on to win the tournament. The tournament is a nice feather in his cap, as he's come up short against most of the higher up fighters he's faced. Every fight on the TK2 portion went to decision. Check out the full results below:

Fabrice Aurieng def. German Talbot by decision.

Chris van Venrooij def. Ait Said by decision.

Wallid Haddad def. Niclas Larsen by decision.

Semi Final
Ait Said def. Enriko Gogokhia by decision.

Semi Final
Chris van Venrooij def. Yohan Beausejour by decision.

Philippe Salmon def. Willy Borrel by decision.

Quarter Final
Enriko Gogokhia def. Ismael Uzuner by decision.

Quarter Final
Ait Said def. Yazid Boussaha by decision.

Quarter Final
Chris van Venrooij def. Farhat Ahmedjanov by decision.

Quarter Final
Johan Beausejour def. Mohammed Medhar by decision.



SuperKombat World Grand Prix IV Results

Yesterday, SuperKombat held their final installment of their qualifying World Grand Prix series in Piatra Neamt, Romania. All four shows in the series have been in different Romanian cities, setting up the final World Grand Prix event in Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of each tournament of the World Grand Prix series face off in a one night, four man tournament at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final.

The two main names in the tournament, Wendell Roche and Erhan Deniz had little trouble dispatchnig their semi final opponents and met in the final. In what at times was a bit of a stinker, Deniz managed to get a decision victory over Roche. His kicks probably won him the fight, as he'd throw body kicks in succession that really looked great for the judges.

Bogdan Stoica returned after his injury suffered against Hakan Aksoy in July. He faced Leon Miedema and was in control of most of the fight, landing the much more significant offense, getting him a unanimous decision. The fight was at 92kg which is pretty high for Stoica to be fighting at. It leads me to believe he put on a bit of weight while he was injured and although he didn't look out of shape at all, he looked a tad softer than usual. I'd expect Stoica's next fight to be somewhere between 85 and 90kgs.

In other fights, Catalin Morosanu picked up a unanimous decision over late replacement Ibrahim Aarab and Sebastian Ciobanu picked up a split decision over Ali Cenik. Check out the full results below:

Reserve Fight: Jantje Siersema def. Lucian Danilencu by Split Decision in an Extra Round.

Semi Final 1: Erhan Deniz def. Angelis Konstantinos by KO (Punches) in Round 2.

Semi Final 2: Wendell Roche def. Marian Baryla by TKO (Low Kicks) in Round 3.

Bogdan Stoica def. Leon Miedema by Unanimous Decision.

Diogo Neves def. Ionut Atodiresei by Unanimous Decision.

Sebastian Ciobanu def. Ali Cenik by Split Decision.

Ionut Iftimoaie def. Luca Panto by Unanimous Decision.

Catalin Morosanu def. Ibrahim Aarab by Unanimous Decision.

Alexandru Lungu def. Bob Sapp by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

Final: Erhan Deniz def. Wendell Roche by decision.


Fight Code Dragons Final 8 Live Results

Fight Code hosts their Dragons Series Final 8 card today and will be here to keep you up to date with live results. The event starts at 4:15 PM EST/1:15 PM PST on All you have to do is register and you'll be able to watch a great stream for free. We'll be discussing the event on Twitter at @Liverkickdotcom and @rianscalia.

Dragons Final 8

Norbert Balogh def. Bruno Franchi by DQ (Illegal Knee) in Round 2. Franchi hit Balogh with a knee right as the referee told them to break and Balogh couldn't continue. I thought the end result was a bit stupid and Franchi could've been awarded a TKO.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Halim Issaoui by TKO (Referee Stoppage/Punches) in Round 3. Sudsakorn low kicked the shit out of Issaoui and at one point in Round 2during a referee count, Issaoui ran over and tried to strike Sudsakorn, almost resulting in things getting out of control. Sudsakorn finished Issaoui off in Round 3 with punches.

Yuri Bessmertny def. Armen Petrosyan by Split Decision.

Abdallah Mabel def. Xu Yan by Split Decision.

Super Fights

Chingiz Allazov def. Raouf Beliouz by TKO (Referee Stoppage). One sided ass kicking here.

Cedric Castagna def. Soufiane Derdaga by decision.

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