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Youness El Mhassani: He'll Fight Artem Levin or Giorgio Petrosyan, Just Stop Ducking Him @younessmatrix

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The magic of the internet and Twitter has made us pretty well acquainted with Mousid fighter Youness el Mhassani, who if you follow Dutch Kickboxing and It's Showtime you should know very well. Youness is probably one of the best -77kg fighters out there but has been criticized for his style in the past, which has led to fighters actively not looking to take fights with him. Just earlier this year there was a bout between Youness and Artem Levin set up for It's Showtime, only for the fight to fall apart. Youness is one of those guys who is without really a weight class, as he'll fight at 72.5 all the way up to 77kg and not only fight there, but impress. We got a few words with him and what he has upcoming. Also stay tuned as we talk to Mousid Akhamrane as well.

LiverKick: Go ahead and introduce yourself to those not familiar with you or your fights.

Youness: I am Youness El Mhassani and i am a professional fighter (around -76kg) from Mousid Gym. When i was 15 years old Mousid started to teach kickboxing in my neighborhood in Amsterdam East, i went to watch a training and immediately fall in love with the sport, the next training i was there again and i directly participated in the class and get hooked. In those days i missed a lot of school to learn from Mousid. I set myself the goal to become the best of the world.

LiverKick: Tell us what you remember about your first fight.

Youness: To be honest almost nothing, i know that i had to train for about 6 months from Mousid before i got my first fight. At those days i was 16 years old and i won this fight and from this moment everything went very fast. At the age of 18 years old i was already a A-class fighter and won all my fights so far.

LiverKick: You've never trained anywhere else besides Mousid's Gym?

Youness: No, i have already trained more than 10 years at Mousid Gym and for me it's the same like Mosab. I fought my first fight with Mousid in my corner and it will be the same with my last fight. I cannot image me fighting a fight without Mousid in the corner. Mousid knows me, can take the best out of me. In those 10 years i have trained with so many top fighters for example: Nordin El Otmani, Fikri Tijarti, Hoessein Abdelhadi, Mosab Amrani, Badr Hari and many more. Why i should go to another gym? i feel very good at this gym, it is like my home.

LiverKick: Fair enough, so what is the secret to the gym that makes it a good home for fighters like yourself?

Youness: I think there is no secret, i think Mousid is such a good trainer because of the fact that he have been there by himself. He is a former world champion, fought with the best and travel the hole world during his career. For this reason Mousid knows what he is talking about and besides that he can explain/teach the techniques very well. He is capable to make a champion out of nothing, he did this in the past and he will do this in the future. His lessons are very technical, but he also plays a lot of attention about discipline and respect. For this reasons i see many "foreign" fighters come over here to improve their stand up skills, and this only happens if you deliver quality.

LiverKick: Youness you've had what feels like a hundred fights and finding a complete record for you is, well, tough, do you know your record?

Youness: Sorry i don't know my record! i had so many fights for example i fought with Diender, Pique, Gunyar, Zak, Kamponglek and all defeat them, and than there were the fights with Pajonsuk. I fight him 2 times and i won both of the fights, in those days everybody says that no one can stop Pajonsuk but they forgot Youness. I also fought Spong twice and i had a victory and the last time i lost. I had about 62 fight and if i look back i can be proud, the only problem is that all those victories are from some time ago. I don't want to look back anymore, i want to prove myself again and fight with the best fighters from this moment.

LiverKick: What have you been doing lately?

Youness: I give lessons myself, i train the youngsters and newbie's and i try to create new world champions. It's very nice to see those kids grow up, improve their fighting skills, but more important to see them grow up as a human being. For example Reda, i work already a long time with him and he made huge progress, if Reda goes on like this, he will be the next big thing from Mousid-Gym. Besides that i train with the group of professional fighters to help them with their preparation, in this way i stay sharp myself as well. Since a week i trained with some Spanish fighters, one of them will fight against Giorgio Petrosyan in Spain and to be honest i teach him al lesson but that doesn't say anything for Giorgio Petrosyan because i will teach him a lesson also.

Liverkick: So the real question here is when will we see you fighting again? It has been a while and a few fights that were announced just sort of disappeared.

Youness: At the moment there are no fights fixed, i train hard and i am getting in shape.

You know what the thing is? In this days i train a lot alongside Mosab and then it starts to itch for me automatically, when i see Mosab is getting in shape, see him working. This gives me the right spirit, the boost to train my ass off. There are so many great shows like the Thai Fight Extreme, Oktagon, Fight Code, Taftnet Cup, the Muay thai Premier League or It's Showtime, when i see all those fightcards i see good fighters but the best is missing and that is me. For example i would like to fight with Artem Levin for his It's Showtime worldtitle, because i'am sure i can beat Artem. But i would fight him on any rules he wants: It's Showtime or Muay Thai rules, i don't mind.

Liverkick: I can only speak for myself, but a fight with Artem would be awesome. Anything else on your mind?

Youness: I would love to get the change to show the world my skills inside the ring, i bring spectacular fights. I will travel all the world i'am ready for everybody around -76kg no mather if it is Holzken, Yodsanklai or Levin.

Or what do you think about Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Youness El Mhassani and the winner takes it all, i am so confident that i would take the risk to end up with nothing. I am wondering if Giorgio will accept this offer and give me the change to fight with him on 72.5 kg. The winner takes it all, so it will be an interesting match for the promotors also. I have seen on the internet that they are searching somebody who wants to fight against Giorgio in Milan, well they can stop searching and contact Mousid Akhamrane to arrange the fight.

As i told you before i am still alive and i am ready for everybody, if you want to know more about me, follow me on twitter: @younessmatrix.

Thank you very much for this interview see you at mousidgym, ush!

www.mousidgym.nl

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Mosab Amrani Possibly Out of Fight With Zeben Diaz on May 27th

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MosabWe are hearing reports about a late replacement for one of the K-1 Superfights coming up on May 27th. Sadly, it was one of the more competitive fights that we were all looking forward to in Mosab Amrani vs. Zeben Diaz. While we are waiting to hear back from representatives from Team Amrani or Mousid Gym, the reports come from those inside of the It's Showtime camp that Zeben Diaz will have a new opponent come May 27th in the way of Emad Kadyear. This means that Mosab Amrani is out of the Superfight and off of the card.

Still no explanation as of right now as to why he pulled out, as there is speculation that he suffered an injury this week and that it all happened very, very quickly. Hopefully we have a better explanation for you shortly, but as of right now it looks like Mosab Amrani will not be fighting and no one is clear why.

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Fight Video: Chi Bin Lim vs Mosab Amrani from It's Showtime Japan

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After a fairly even first round with the only thing defining it being a knockdown from Amrani, Chi Bin Lim won rounds 2 and 3 quite easily against the seemingly tired Amrani, outworking and outlanding the Dutch-Moroccan to earn a draw after 3 rounds. In the extension round, Amrani came on strong in the first minute, but wore down towards the latter half of the round, a fitting microcosm of the entire fight itself. With the win, Lim moves on to fight It's Showtime 65MAX Champion Orono Wor. Petchpun in a title fight at an event to be determined. What's next for Amrani is unknown, but expect the exciting, talented up and comer to be back fighting for It's Showtime soon.
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Qabala Fight Series #1 Results

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Qabala fight series put on their first event on June 29th, 2014, it seemed like a great event overall except for Jamal Ben Saddik pulling a Badr Hari and kicking and punching Hesdy Gerges while he was down. 20 seconds into the fight Ben Saddik caught Gerges leg, plowed him to the ground then proceeded to soccer kick and then try to ground and pound him, absolute stupidity and bad for the sport to have fighters that cannot control their emotions.

Glory Ranked Superfights

Hesdy Gerges Defeats Jamal Ben Saddik (Disqualification)

Albert Kraus Defeats Erkhan Varol (Decision)

Perviz Abdullayev Defeats Jiao Fukai (KO)

Mosab Amrani Defeats Lim Chi-Bin (KO)

8-Man Lightweight Tournament 

FINAL - Juri Kehl Defeats Ramal Aslanov Wins 8 Man Tournament (Decision)

SEMI-FINAL #2 - Juri Kehl Defeats Teo Mikelic (Decision)

SEMI-FINAL #1 - Ramal Aslanov Defeats Roman Mailov (Decision)

Teo Mikelic Defeats Tadas Jonkus (Decision)

Juri Kehl Defeats Telman Suleymanov (TKO)

Ramal Aslanov Defeats Guo Xianfeng (KO)

Roman Mailov Defeats Mateusz Kopiec (Decision)

 

 

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Qabala Fight Series June 29th in Azerbaijan

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On June 29th in Azerbaijan there will be a card chock-full of top talent presented to fans, called Qabala Fight Series Azerbaijan. There is no card just yet, but we do know that the card will feature Albert Kraus, Hesdy Gerges, Mosab Amrani, Jamal Ben Saddik and Azerbaijan's Middleweight star Perviz Abdullayev.

The event will feature a one-night 8-man Middleweight tournament, but it's unclear who will be participating in the tournament just yet, outside of an assumption that Abdullayev will be featured in it. The event will be broadcast on EuroSport in Europe.

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 9

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Fight #9 is a late entry, but a strong contender...

Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal (It's Showtime at the Sand, December 18)

It's Showtime had an excellent year in 2010, but it wasn't until the final fight on the final show that they put on a true fight for the ages.  Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal is a testament to the power of quality matchmaking.  These are two young fighters, both eager to move up the ranks, and both coming in determined to win.  They're also extremely evenly matched, which results in a tremendous back and forth bout.  This one reminds me of Chahid v. Zambidis in a lot of ways, as both men throw at a very fast pace, but also use considerably more skill and technique then you see in many of these all action fights.  Khamal is in blue, Amrani in red.

 

If you ask me, Khamal should have picked up the decision win after regulation, but I have no complaints the way things went down.  Fun, fun fight here, and it's not terrible hyperbole when the announced says it may be the best fight It's Showtime has ever produced.  Great way for the company to close out the year and springboard into what could be a blockbuster 2011.

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer

Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo

Peter Aerts v. Ewerton Teixeira

Mike Zambidis v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Gokhan Saki v. Daniel Ghita

Peter Aerts v.  Semmy Schilt

There will be 10 fights total posted, with the final fight posted later today.  Fights are featured in chronological order moving through the year.  Voting will be open tomorrow to determine the winner.

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Full card Announced

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The first Qabala Fight Series event on June 29th in Azerbaijan have announced their full fight card including super fights between Glory ranked fighters and an 8 man Lightweight tournament.

These fights will help the Glory fighters climb the ranks on the Glory ladder, and for all the fighters who have not fought in Glory yet, this is a great chance to impress and secure a place in the #1 kickboxing organization in the world.

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Videos

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Here are a few of the fight videos from Qabala Fight Series #1 on June 29th, 2014. Starting with Albert "The Hurricane" Kraus getting back to his winning ways by putting massive amounts of pressure, moving forwards and throwing fast, powerful hand combinations. Erkhan Varol is an explosive, tricky fighter but very short for the weight class so Kraus was able to use his size wisely to take the decision. Not taking anything away from Varol, he put up a great fight against a dutch kickboxing legend.

Next we have Mosab Amrani making short work of Lim Chi-Bin. The actual fight starts at 4:50 of the video after what seems like the longest intro ever. About 50 seconds into the first round Amrani lands a perfect switch left knee to the liver of Chi-Bin, once he gets up its just a matter of time before its going to get hit again and it comes by way of left body kick 20 seconds later.

Last of all Hesdy Gerges against Jamal Ben-Saddik just so everyone can watch how ridiculous this was. We can all wonder what could have possibly been going through Saddik's mind during this absolutely uncalled for insane behavior, and poor Hesdy hes been assaulted like this twice in the ring, first time was by Badr Hari back in 2010 on It's Showtime. Saddik's was worse though not only did he throw a kick while he was down, but he paused then proceeded to try and ground and pound Gerges, not to mention this was barely even 20 seconds into the fight. 

 

 

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