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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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We sat down with Miran "Rocky" Fabjan, a fighter in the underappreciated weight range around 80kg. Miran is nipping at the heels of breaking into the Top 10 at Light Heavyweight. For the better part of his career, Miran has fought in Slovenia for WFC, where he's made a name for himself. He's looking to make a name for himself internationally in 2012, as he enters the 2012 Tatneft Cup, which features some of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in the world. We talked to Miran about a plethora of subjects, including his background as a fighter and the popularity of kickboxing.

Liverkick: To the people who don't know you, introduce yourself and tell us about your fighting background.

Miran: I am Miran Fabjan. I am a 26 year old fighter from Slovenia. I started training Muay Thai at Yaksha Combat Team at 19 years old. After one year I moved - The first event I had seen was (Giorgio) Petrosyan vs. Tavelek. And I was so impressed with Petrosyan and I watched him everywhere he fought. And he trains like 30 minutes away from my house and after one year of training at Yaksha I spent three years training with Petrosyan with Alfio Romanut. I did like 9 fights after for that gym and then I moved back to Yaksha Combat Team where I startedto train again with my first trainer. But I keep a very good relationship with Petrosyan. Now I started to do professional fights and I hope it will continue this way.

Liverkick: So you've fought a lot for the Slovenian promotion WFC.

Miran: Yeah, like 9 fights.

Liverkick: How has your time been in WFC? Has it made you popular in Slovenia?

Miran: First it was a tournament. WFC organized a tournament and I was like no one. I was like one of the weakest parts of the tournament and in the first fight I fought the third favorite, Sandi Borojevic. I won against Sandi and then in the semi-final I also fought a good fighter, Matej Bregar. I also won against Matej Bregar. And then it's funny because the story of the final, I did two full fights. In the final I became the best Slovenian fighter against Rozle Jazbinšek, took only 45 seconds. First fight and second fight, he just passed. He passed without fighting so I had like 6 rounds and he had nothing. (Jazbinsek won in under a minute in his first fight, then didn't fight a second fight because his opponent was injured, so he automatically went to the final.) After three rounds the judges called an extra round in which I KO'd him like 30 seconds before the end with a right hook. After this tournament it was very very media you know, media really covered this tournament and after this tournament I became well known in Slovenia. So I was main event for the next three times. All the next three times I won by KO. Then they brought in (Alexander) Stetsurenko who KO'd me. So yeah, I did a lot of fights with WFC and I'm very very happy to represent this Slovenian organization in Europe and in Slovenia.

Liverkick: So besides Alexander Stetsurenko, you've also fought another top opponent, Sem Braan in Holland, tell us about that.

Miran: Sem Braan, yes, we had an offer from Mike's Gym to fight Sem Braan, we didn't think twice. It's the guy I watched on TV. Itwas the biggest test of my career. I think he's one of the top guys in my division. It was a tough fight, it went the distance, 3 rounds. I think we were really close, but maybe Sem Braan scored a little more with low kicks so the judges give him a victory. It was a good experience and I hope it will help me now in Tatneft to win the close fights.

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The stacked Yokkao Extreme card goes gown on January 21, and among the great lineup of fighters on the card are the Petrosyan brothers. Giorgio is fighting Abraham Roqueni and Armen is fighting Djime Coulibaly. Italian site muaythaicombat.it today released a video that gives a look into the Petrosyan brothers' training, something we don't get to see too often. Strength and conditioning training is mostly shown but the actual kickboxing training is towards the end. Check out the video and besides watching Giorgio and Armen train, see if you can critique their form on the leg press.

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It is probably a good thing that we went ahead and recorded this episode of Steven's Kickfighting show last week before he headed out to corner Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 (did you see that knockout?!), because me getting sick is the new hotness. So marvel at this latest episode of the show as Steven and myself run down the best things that went down in 2011 in the worlds of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. There are a lot of categories to run through and we cover it all.

So head on over to Steven's blog to listen, or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul).

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Leading up to Badr Hari's last kickboxing match on January 28 against Gokhan Saki, It's Showtime has organized a public workout for Badr Hari at Mike's Gym on January 14. The public workout is open to anyone and everyone, and it's free. Fans can attend the workout and there will be opportunities for autographs and photos.

This is a good move by It's Showtime to generate more interest for the event on January 28. I'd expect a big turnout at Mike's Gym on January 14, as Badr Hari is arguably the biggest star in kickboxing. All of our readers in the Netherlands should definitely try to attend if they can, as this could be Badr's last kickboxing match.

Here's the full press release from It's Showtime:

January 2, 2012 -

The first, and last, public workout of Badr Hari will take place on January 14 in Mike's Gym, Skoon 21 in Oostzaan, The Netherlands.

This unique public workout is not only accessible to the press, but for everyone, and for free. Everyone who has always wanted to see how Badr prepares himself for his January 28 fight against Gökhan Saki can now grab his chance!

Besides the different training techniques there will also be some ferocious sparring matches. There will also be an opportunity for autographs and photos.

The public workout will start on January 14 at 13h00. Press can register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For fans, there is no need to register.

There are only approximately 900 tickets left for the IT'S SHOWTIME event on January 28. The VIP tables are completely sold out.


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Let's be honest, if you are into combat sports there is a good chance that you fall into a few categories of person. The first is the type that became so obsessed with combat sports that your life has become dedicated to going to the gym and honing your craft. You might even be a fighter yourself, but even if you aren't, you go to the gym and you get sweaty. Then there is the type who just tries to get through every day, which let's face it, can be stressful. I mean, what was that guy's problem on the bus this morning and why does your boss think that you are slacking off? Then you have your slacker, whose days seem to blend in together and you find yourself waking up in a daze midway through the afternoon after watching a nine hour Japanese MMA show late at night.

What do all of these people have in common? The same thing that everyone has in common; they get sweaty and smelly. It is alright, that is how life is. You live your life however you want and unless you take certain precautions, you get sweaty and you get smelly. The MiddleEasy Network's latest sponsor, Axe Deodorant wants to let you know that they have this part of your life covered, though. So watch this video below and prepare yourself for their new product launch on January 10th.

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Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 took place today in Tokyo, Japan and featured a few notable kickboxers on the card. Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri, arguably the top two fighters that K-1 has at 63kg, fought in separate bouts. Long time K-1 legends Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner both took part in pro wrestling matches.

Yuta Kubo fought Nils Widlund, a Swedish San Shou stylist. The first round saw Widlund treating the fight like a San Shou match, consistently catching Kubo's kicks and sending him to the ground. Kubo was landing all the notable shots though and began to really take over in the second round. By the third round, Widlund was there to be finished and Kubo turned up the pace, going for the finish. A right high kick followed by a knee to the body dropped Widlund and the Swede didn't get up. Kubo won all six of his fights in 2011.

Masaaki Noiri took on Kengo Sonoda and took a unanimous decision. Sonoda was able to land a bit, but Noiri's arms and gloves absorbed most of the shots. Noiri's offense was just much more dynamic than Sonoda's and ultimately lead to the win.  This win is Noiri's second of December, coming three weeks after his spectacular KO of Koya Urabe at Krush.14.

Peter Aerts faced long time MMA veteran Kazuyuki Fujita. Aerts hit Fujita with a lot of punches and at one point even hit him with a high kick that seemed to actually hurt Fujita. Fujita got Aerts in a Boston crab and Aerts tapped out. It looked like Aerts may have legitimately hurt his back. Jerome Le Banner was up against former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. Sylvia took down Le Banner a few times before Jerome figured just to actually hurt Tim. Le Banner hit Sylvia with a liver kick, just like the one he hit Andrei Kirsanov with yesterday and Tim went down. A few knockdowns later and some ground and pound and Jerome Le Banner was declared the winner.

Overall, obviously some more kickboxing would've been nice, but we got what we could in terms of fights. Let's hope good things are in store for kickboxing in 2012.

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