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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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It's Showtime 46: Andy Souwer Puts on a Masterful Performance Against Aussie

This is a fight that has the kickboxing world buzzing as Aussie dropped 7kg to fight Andy Souwer and looks to take on the 70kg division by storm. Souwer looks composed and regal in his Shootboxing trunks and the first round proves to be incredibly close. Every time Aussie lets Souwer in, Souwer does some serious damage. This is going to be a close fight if round 1 is any indication.

The second round is given a punctuation mark as Souwer drops Aussie early on with an overhand. Aussie protests that it was a knockdown, but like hell it was. Andy Souwer is showing the world that while he has had some disappointing performances that isn't who he is. Souwer now really cutting off the ring for Aussie, getting him in the corner. Aussie is able to work his way off the ropes but there is no saving this round for him.

Andy Souwer comes into the third round with his amazing hand speed and the younger Aussie is starting to look frustrated. The fans are chanting for Aussie but Souwer's movement and handspeed is really giving him problems every time he comes inside to go for a combo. Andy scores an amazing high kick in the corner that makes the crowd roar and Aussie proves his mettle by not going down.

The final bell rings and it was a masterful performance for Andy Souwer, absolutely masterful. Never doubt Souwer Power. Ever.

Unanimous Decision for Andy Souwer. Amazing.

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It's Showtime 46: Artur Kyshenko Dissects Gago Drago

Both guys start off slow, but you can really see the reach of Kyshenko being used to his full potential early on. Drago is using inside leg kicks to get on the inside, but as soon as he does Kyshenko makes him pay for it. The second round starts off with more of the same, as Drago is attempting to apply more pressure but every time he comes inside Kyshenko's range he gets blasted. It should be noted that Kyshenko's lead leg is getting more and more red and beginning to swell up a bit. The right tactic for Drago is to keep working from the outside, but he keeps moving in for the left/right hook combo and gets tagged.

Going into the third round, Artur Kyshenko is up two rounds but Gago Drago is being Drago and moving forward and throwing with evil intentions looking to take him out. Kyshenko keeps a safe distance and tagging Drago when he comes inside. Now Kyshenko really starts lining Drago up and throwing high kicks and telegraphing Drago's kicks with teeps.

Drago throws a desperation back spin kick but it is too little too late as Kyshenko really picked Drago apart.

Kyshenko takes a Unanimous Decision as Drago takes the mic and apologizes and congratulates Kyshenko whose new camp has really, really made him shine.

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It's Showtime 46: Danyo Ilunga Frustrates Wendell Roche to Win the 95MAX World Title

Roche takes the slow approach to moving forward at Ilunga, but Ilunga more or less is scoring at will throughout the first round. The blows he is landing with aren't going to knock Roche out, but they are scoring and he is moving in and out of the pocket at will while Roche looks very tentative. You can tell Ilunga works with Remy Bonjasky. I mean that.

Roche comes out throwing his hands looking to score and get Ilunga off balance, but Ilunga's movement is causing massive problems for Roche. Roche looks sluggish already and frustrated that he can't throw his hands. Roche is pushing him back, bu Ilunga's counter punching style is really lighting him up. The look on Roche's face as he comes out for the third round is that of a homicidal maniac. Frustrated and ready to unload. Sadly for him, Ilunga's elusive style keeps him from landing and opens Roche up for shots. Roche lands a fantastic right hand that stumbles Ilunga, but he does not follow through for some reason, most likely due to fatigue.

Ilunga's frustration of Roche is still apparent, and Ilunga is not looking to get bullied himself. Wendell gave a slight push to Ilunga, who came back and shoved him hard onto his ass. Roche is not listening to his corner and working his low kick, which he needs to do to slow dow the younger, quicker and smarter Ilunga.

Going into the fifth round Wendell Roches needs a knockout and he scores a big shot early on that seems to drop Ilunga, but he also shoved him so the refereee ruled it a slip. Ilunga is smart, pushing Roche and really making him work. Roche actually falls over after throwing a punch from exhaustion.

Danyo Ilunga, the German fighter who came in a practical unknown, best known for training with Remy Bonjasky walks away with a Unanimous Decision.

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It's Showtime 46: William Diender Bullies Rachid Belaini to a Decision Win

The staredown between Diender and Belaini was beyond epic, with Belaini right in Diender's face and neither man backing down an inch. As soon as the first bell rings the hard and heavy shots come out. Diender goes for the flashier attacks throwing a few flying knees while Belaini keeps things fundamental. At one point he trips Diender and then literally tea-bags him, that is the kind of fight this is. Just when it looks like Belaini has the round Diender comes back and begins bullying him around.

Diender catches Belaini with a stiff left hook early in the second and follows up swarming Belaini who is able to cover up. Belaini is quickly in trouble again, in the corner as Diender rains down blows on him. The second round is all Diender.

The third round both men decide to go all out with Belaini realizing he is behind here and he throws his shots like he is trying to take Diender's head off. Diender responds in stride. Diender is controlling the fight here pushing Belaini to the ropesand making sure Belaini can't respond with his big hooks. Near the end of the round Diender is simply too tired to connect with a heavy enough shot to score a knockdown. Both men make the distance in what was a very good battle.

All five judges score the fight for William Diender and there was no doubt that he was the winner. Diender runs out and hugs Peter Aerts and hey, why not?

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It's Showtime 46: Chahid and Robin van Roosmalen Duke it Out

The first round starts out with both men feeling each other out with some leg icks and keeping distance, with Chahid being th first to start throwing his hands. RVR pieces together some solid combinations to combat Chahid's fast hands. Chahid switches things up for most of the end part of the round ending combos with knees. The second roud shows more of the same, with timid combinations making it through. Very technical bout so far.

When the bell rings for the thir round both men have a fire lit from underneath them, as it has been an incredibly close fight so far. Both men decide to go for broke and really let things go with their hands. Chahid has the edge with his hands while Roosmalen is using his hands to set up his kicks. Roosmalen keeps himself planted in the middle of the ring with Chahid being bullied to the ropes for most of the round. Although Roosmalen is controlling the position, the shots Chahid hits with have devious intent.

It looked like the way Robin van Roosmalen cut off the ring could sway the judges, it could easily go to an extension round.

Oh wow, the judges have chosen a winner, and 4-1 score the fight for Robin van Roosmalen!

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Buakaw Wins in France

Buakaw Por. PramukThe #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.

Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.

Check the full entry for the rough footage.

Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes.  Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.

With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.

 

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Weekend Results: Souwer Loses!

Souwer RoqueniIn a result I don’t think anyone saw coming, Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset this weekend, defeating the #3 fighter in the world, Andy Souwer.  The fight was the main event for El Desafio in Spain; Roqueni took the decision win.

When this fight was announced, it seemed like such a routine win for Souwer that we didn’t even discuss it much here at LiverKick.com.  I don’t want to take anything away from Roqueni, who is a good fighter, but this is Andy Souwer we’re talking about, and the result was little in doubt.  Instead, Roqueni treated local fans to an amazing upset, knocking the heavily favored Souwer down early in the fight and holding on from there to get the win.

Check the full entry for video of the fight.

With this loss, Andy Souwer has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both loses coming against fighters far outside the top 25.  In fact, this makes him 4-4 in his last 8, which doesn’t sound so bad, especially considering the level of opposition Souwer faces, but when you look at his overall record of roughly 150 fights and only 11 loses, you can see that something may be amiss here.  Souwer spent much of 2010 sidelined due to an eye injury – is it possible he has come back too fast?  Or are those 150 fights and 12 years as a pro catching up to Souwer?  There’s a temptation to say it’s just one loss, but as I said after the Imada fight, Andy Souwer is the kind of fighter who just doesn’t lose to anyone but the very best.  Since making his K-1 debut, Souwer has only lost 3 times to fighters outside of the top 5 – and two of those 3 loses have occurred in his last 3 fights.  It’s extremely premature to write Souwer off after this loss, but it’s also unwise to ignore the facts.  And the facts say that Souwer is not at the top of his game right now.  Will he shake that off and get back to the dominance he is capable of?  We’ll have to see.  Souwer’s next scheduled fight is a tough one – March 6 against L’houcine Ouzgni for It’s Showtime.  That will be a must win for Souwer against a very capable foe.

Elsewhere on the card Dennis Schneidmiller lost a decision to Fran Palenzuela, Youness el Mhassani defeated Oliver Tinda by decision, and Hafid el Boustati vs. Manuel Hinojo went to a draw.  Full results available here.

Also in action this weekend was Alexey Ignashov.  The Red Scorpion headlined a European event billed as Ring of Honor on Saturday, facing K-1 ColliZion 2009 tournament champion Roman Kleibl.  Ignashov took the decision victory, redeeming a 2009 loss.  Click here for fights from the entire event, including Ignashov vs. Kleibl.

 

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Petrosyan Victorious Over Sudsakorn at Thai Boxe Mania

Petrosyan SudsakornIn what was one of this weekend's biggest fights, Torino, Italy's Thai Boxe Mania 2011 has come and gone, and Giorgio Petrosyan, injured hand and all has come out on top, once again. His opponent was Thai standout Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee in what was a close battle between essentially two injured fighters. Sudsakorn had fought just two weeks ago, and Giorgio Petrosyan still has an injured right hand.

It was a close battle between both men, but Petrosyan had the upper hand throughout the fight and was able to pull off the decision victory. A hat tip should go out to Suds, who put up a great fight and hopefully both men can meet under better conditions in the future. After the bout, Petro confirmed that he hand was indeed injured and that his next opponent was Cosmo Alexandre at Oktagon 2011 in Milan.

Armen Petrosyan was also victorious over Miodrag Olar via decision, moving onward to Yoshihiro Sato, proving that 2011 will be big for the Petrosyan brothers. Also in action, Abdallah Mabel stopping Vladamir Shulyak late in the third.

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Quick Results From K-1 MAX Madrid

K-1 MAX MadridQuick results from this past weekend's K-1 MAX Madrid show.

In the main event, local fighter Rafi Zouheir defeated tournament favorite Warren Stevelmans to claim the tournament victory.  Good win for Zouheir over a solid name, although some live reports indicate Zouheir may have received some beneficial judging throughout the night.

The other notable name in the tournament, Rachid Belaini, was knocked out in the 1st round of his quarter-final match with Nicky Beljaards.  Check the full article for rough footage of Beljaards's impressive KO.

Full results:

superfights

Daniel Montesdoeca vs. Fran Palenzuela, won by decision
Zeben Diaz vs. Simon Santana, won by decision
Mar Rodriguez vs. Orinta van der Zee, won by decision

tournament


Nicky Beljaards VS Rachid Belayni. won by ko round 1
Rafi Zouheir VS Aydin Tuncay. won by decision
Alex Asumu VS Rafa del Toro,won by decision
Jonay Risco VS Warren Stevelmans,won by decision

semifinal

Rafi Zouheir vs Nicky Beljaards, won by decision with an extraround
Rafa del Toro vs Warren Stevelmans, won by decision

final

Rafi Zouheir vs Warren Stevelmans,won by decision

Source: K-1Fans

 

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