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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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The Enfusion -95kg season has finally come to an end in Prague, Czech Republic yesterday. The season consisted of a men's tournament at -95kg and a women's tournament at -63.5 kg. The final four competitors in the men's bracket were Ondrej Hutnik, Mohamed Boubkari, Frank Munoz and Wendell Roche. For the women, Julie Kitchen, Alaide Lawant, Hannah Mjoberg and Maria Bastasin were left.

Ondrej Hutnik was matched up with Mohamed Boubkari in the first semi-final and in the second, Frank Munoz went against Wendell Roche. Hutnik and Munoz both advanced by way of unanimous decision to meet in the finals. Hutnik took a unanimous decision over Munoz in the final to win the one night tournament and the Enfusion -95kg season. Ondrej Hutnik has quietly risen to the top of the -95kg weight range, just a few years after competing at 86kg, and 75kg before that. He's really excelled at this weight, winning all six of his fights in 2011. I'd definitely like to see him get a shot at Danyo Ilunga for the It's Showtime title at the weight.

For the women's bracket, Julie Kitchen was matched up with Maria Bastasin and Alaide Lawant took on Hannah Mjoberg. In quite an upset, Maria Bastasin forced a referee stoppage over Kitchen in the first round to advance to the finals. Alaide Lawant scored a unanimous decision over Hannah Mjoberg to meet Bastasin in the finals. Lawant ended up taking a unanimous decision over Bastasin to win the entire season.

MPL and It's Showtime veteran Tomas Hron knocked out Fatih Cam in the second round, rebounding from a KO loss to Nathan Corbertt in September. Full results below:

K-1 Rules (3x3)

Enfusion Men's -95kg Final: Ondrej Hutnik def. Frank Munoz by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #2: Frank Munoz def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #1: Ondrej Hutnik def. Mohamed Boubkari by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Final: Alaide Lawant def. Maria Bastasin by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #2: Alaide Lawant def. Hannah Mjoberg by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #1: Maria Bastasin def. Julie Kitchen by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.

-96kg: Tomas Hron def. Fatih Cam by KO in Round 2.

-86.2kg: Miroslav Cingel def. Jiri Kopecny by KO in Round 2.

-91kg: Daniel Skvor def. Radim Kusnirak by KO in Round 1.

Muay Thai (5x3)

-73kg: Jiri Apeltauer def. Fahid Maoroun by split decision.

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Jerome Le Banner is just hours away from a showdown with Tim Sylvia in the pro wrestling ring at Genki Desu Ka. There's a good chance some real violence will break out. Just yesterday though, Jerome laid some real violence on Andrei Kirsanov in Pattaya, Thailand, part of the "Le Banner Tour" put together by Orange Sport. And why not? Take a not too hard fight, get paid, wrestle the next day, get paid again. Sounds good to me. Check out the video.

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It has been a tough year for K-1 fans in 2011. I feel as though I've typed this out over a dozen times in articles for this website now, but as there is hope for the future of K-1 with Ishii's FIKA kicking into gear next year, Alistair Overeem made his UFC debut tonight at UFC 141 against Brock Lesnar. For many, it was a pick 'em fight, with Lesnar's wrestling, size and strength being a deciding factor for them. For Kickboxing fans, Alistair Overeem was entering UFC 141 as a representative of the sport, having a unique skillset within both sports.

The fight started off with Lesnar seeming to not be respecting Alistair's stand up skills, landing a leg kick early and then trying to throw his hands at Alistair. He waited for Alistair to get close and looked to take him down, but the Reem was able to keep the fight standing. After trying out a few things, Overeem scored big with a knee to the midsection of Lesnar. Brock immediately looked hurt and did not seem to understand how to defend it. For a skilled striker like Alistair Overeem, this just meant he was a shark who smelled blood and knew exactly how to attack. Overeem continually assaulted Brock with knees to the mid section and let his hands go a bit while Lesnar fumbled around the ring.

The blow that sent Lesnar to his knee at the end of the fight? None other than a liverkick. It connected clean and as usual, Brock was fine for a split second until the pain finally hit him and he fell to one knee where Overeem quickly swarmed until he was pulled off of Lesnar and his hand was raised. This sets up the UFC for Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, which Alistair immediately hyped up post-fight while Lesnar was quick to announce his retirement from MMA.

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This Friday night at UFC 141 history will be made. Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem provides not only an interesting clash of styles, but an interesting clash of championships and ideologies. Brock Lesnar’s background is of course American wrestling, but he is most well-known for his tenure as a professional wrestler. Lesnar brings an unprecedented amount of personality, intensity and fanfare to his fights compared to other fighters in the UFC. On the other hand, Alistair Overeem represents Dutch Kickboxing and is one of the few holdouts in the world of International MMA who has been considered “the best” without being under a UFC contract.

In a way, for a lot of fans it seems to be a classic case of the pro wrestling dichotomy of “heel” against “face,” or bad guy against good guy. What is funny is, for different fans there seems to be differing opinions as to who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. For many, Brock Lesnar, whose professional careers have been marred by indecision and lack of passion, Lesnar is ironically a symbol of modern MMA. He is a company man and a representative for the modern UFC fighter. Lesnar went to the UFC as soon as he could in his career and has been facing competition that is without a doubt considered the very best in the world. These people view Alistair Overeem as another Fedor Emelianenko figure; a fighter who many fans believe to be one of the best in the world, but chose to compete outside of the UFC for as long as possible, thus he remained unchallenged against UFC’s crop of fighters.

The other side of the fence tends to view Lesnar as the professional wrestler who invaded MMA and has brought along his antics, attitude and pro wrestling fans. Alistair Overeem, on the other hand, is the two-sport champion who has seen success not only in Mixed Martial Arts but within K-1. Alistair Overeem in 2010 won the K-1 World Grand Prix, one of the striking world’s most prestigious tournaments, then went ahead and won the DREAM Heavyweight Champion. All the while, he was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. What decorates Overeem even more is when he defeated Fabricio Werdum in Strikeforce this year he won the mythical Linear Heavyweight Championship. The Linear Championship is not sanctioned by anyone or recognized, but for fans it dates back to when UFC first established a Heavyweight Championship. Randy Couture lost this title to Enson Inoue in 1998, and since then the title has been outside of the UFC. Overeem’s first fight in the UFC will bring back that Linear Heavyweight Championship, and the winner of this fight will possibly unite that championship with the current UFC Heavyweight Championship.

The point here is that Overeem has accomplished as much as he possibly could outside of the UFC, and him joining the UFC signifies his willingness to take that next step. For many, Alistair Overeem is a symbol. Overeem existed outside of the societal norm that was the UFC and began stacking up accolades and crushing everyone that was set before him. Alistair Overeem is literally one of the last heroes in the Mixed Martial Arts world who has yet to be tested within the UFC.

Not only will this fight have serious ramifications on the current UFC Heavyweight title picture, but for history it pits the former pro-wrestler-turned-UFC Champion against the man who conquered the world of Kickboxing as well as the non-UFC world of MMA. This fight brings the Linear Heavyweight Championship back to the UFC for the first time since 1998 and also will be the only time in history that the current K-1 World Grand Prix Champion has stepped into a UFC ring.

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While it is understood that Tim Sylvia has participated in IGF's brand of professional wrestling before and probably has an understand of what to expect, Tim Sylvia's last IGF match was against Josh Barnett. Josh Barnett is a rare example of a MMA fighter who went ahead and learned the art of pro wrestling and participated in pro wrestling for the past few years outside of his MMA obligations. To be brief, Barnett knows how to work with an untrained wrestler and make sure that they don't get hurt.

Jerome Le Banner, who Tim Sylvia will step into the ring against, is a different story. Jerome's run in IGF has involved some absolute maulings. The line between fake and reality is blurred when JLB steps into the ring and starts raining down blows. Sure, he'll pull as many as he can, but when he hits, he hits, and hard. I guess the question is, will this bout remain civil and planned, or will having two professional fighters without a lot of professional wrestling experience end up in two guys trying to legitimately beat each other up? Watch JLB's bout from July against Erik Hammer and decide for yourself.

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The Slamm organization held their second "Soema na Basi" event today in Paramaribo, Suriname. The first event took place on August 26 in the same place, and featured the likes of Ismael Londt. This time around, Ismael Londt wasn't on the card, which was quite a surprise since he was on the poster. Nevertheless, some of the best up and coming fighters out of the Netherlands participated. including members of Team Slamm.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik, fresh off a KO win over up and coming Romanian heavyweight Benjamin Adegbuyi last month, took a decision over Jan Siersema to win the Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title. Jairzinho has put together a nice little streak, something I didn't expect after he lost to Roman Kleibl in May. Full results below:

Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title fight

Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Jan Siersema by decision.

 

Joery Smans def. Angelo Simson by decision.

Miles Simson def. Ilyasse Ghazaouat by decision.

Amin Chakoud def. Anthony Nekrui by decision.

Anthony Kane def. Nezar Regales by decision.

Rigilio Bodie def. Xavier Benedito by decision.

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