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Superkombat New Heroes Streams Live and Free this Saturday

Saturday, March 23 will be a big weekend for fight fans. We announced some time back that Superkombat's "New Heroes" event in Sao Paulo, Brazil would taking place on Saturday, featuring a four man heavyweight qualifying tournament and two Brazilian super-fights. 

The event will be viewable live and free on VOYO.ro, or by downloading the VOYO.ro app, which will be available after registering on the VOYO website. 

Click here for the full card.

 

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Developments in Kickboxing's 85kg Division Over the Weekend

This past weekend was packed with fights around the globe. In particular, there were some telling developments in the 85kg division, a division that the verdict is still out there on. One can get the gist of who the top few guys in the division are, but beyond that the field is wide open. The results that transpired this past weekend make the picture a bit clearer, at least.

The biggest fight in the division this past weekend was Sahak Parparyan vs. Cesar Cordoba at Enfusion Live in Barcelona on Saturday. Sahak is recognized as one of the top 85kg fighters in kickboxing, along with Franci Grajs and Andrew Tate, who have all fought each other. Going into the fight, I knew that it would be competitive and that Cordoba is a very good fighter. There was a bit of a question mark on Cordoba though, seeing as he only fights at home as of late and hasn't fought top competition in a while. Despite the fight ending in a draw, Cordoba proved that he's up there with the top 85kg fighters, as he took the first two rounds from Sahak by just being too slick and technical. Basically, add another name to the picture.

Also on the card was an 85kg fight between It's Showtime veteran Moises Ruibal and young Slovenian, Tadej Toplak. Going in, I thought Toplak had a lot of potential and despite getting stopped, I still think it's there. Ruibal continues to hang around, though I wouldn't put him close to the likes of Sahak, Grajs, Cordoba and Tate. Toplak hurt Ruibal at first but then got overaggressive and ran into a couple of huge punches, getting dropped. Toplak rematches Ivan Stanic next month at Enfusion Live in Slovenia. He did get stopped by Ruibal, but he definitely looked like he had recovered a fair bit.

Another event with multiple match-ups with 85kg division implications was Monte Carlo Fighting Masters in Monaco. The event saw a number of fights around that weight, notably Halim Chibani vs. Suleiman Magomedov and Yassine Ahaggan vs. Horace "Boy Boy" Martin. Chibani vs. Magomedov was a fight between two guys who could in my opinion compete with the best in the division. Magomedov had an impressive resume coming in but video was scarce, so evaluating him was difficult. From an eight minute highlight of the fight, Magomedov, who won via decision, looked pretty good. He's tall and skilled for the division and looks like he can compete with the top guys. Chibani would probably do better against an opponent with a different style, one who's more head on like Yassine Ahaggan, who he stopped last year.

Speaking of Yassine Ahaggan, he's another young fighter out of France with a lot of promise. I thought he'd definitely beat Horace Martin going in, and he was winning until getting stopped. For me, this was the best I've seen Martin look. He didn't fight wild and he was calm and calculated throughout, taking his time to find holes in Ahaggan's defense before exploiting them with big power punches and knees. It was an eye opening performance that showcased a lot of intangibles I didn't know Martin had. Ahaggan is still a good fighter and has a future in my opinion, but just seems to get a bit wild at times.

Finally, Andrew Tate was also in action in France, where he avenged a 2011 loss to Vincent Petitjean. The fight was in full contact but both fighters are good and also fight what we group into kickboxing or K-1 rules. Tate is obviously one of the top fighters in the 85kg division already and is on pace to have a big 2013 with three other Enfusion fights lined up already in the coming months. Petitjean is a fighter who I'd like to see more of, as he has a different skillset than most fighters, like Tate, and has beaten Tate once. Petitjean drew with Francis Javier Jorge, who is another capable fighter, last month.

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Weekend Results From France: Tate Avenges Loss, Ozkul Gets DQ Win

This weekend there were a lot of fights in France in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, as the month of March really begins to heat up.

Power Trophy 2013

One of kickboxing's top 85kg fighters, Andrew Tate fought a rematch against Vincent Petitjean in full contact rules for the ISKA title. Tate and Petitjean fought back in November of 2011 with Petitjean getting a decision win. This time they fought twelve rounds of two minutes and Tate picked up a majority decision win to avenge the loss from 2011.

Hichem Medoukali def. Camille Gentelet by decision.
Aleksandr Gordey def. Nicolas Atmani by TKO in Round 2.
Mathieu Boris def. Uranbeck Esenkulov by KO in Round 2.

Le Choc Des Legendes

Le Choc des Legendes held their annual show in France, and as usual Yetkin Ozkul was on the card taking on one of the top featherweight Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi. Ozkul dropped the much smaller Pokaew in the first round but it just seemed to annoy Pokaew, who started to come on strong after. After the second round, Pokaew apparently kept going after the bell and cut Ozkul with a knee to the face, resulting in a disqualification and Ozkul getting the win.

Armin Pumphanmuang def. Sekou Dembele by TKO in Round 2.
Thepsuthin Pumphanmuang def. Guimba Coulibaly by decision.
Gregory Choplin def. Gil Silva by decision.
Ibrahim CHiahou def. Herbert Womaleu by decision.

Grand Soiree de la Boxe

Raphael Llodra def. Jakub Gadzik by KO in Round 1.



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