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Giorgio Petrosyan Once Again Proves He's The Best Kickboxer In The World

Today at GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8, Giorgio Petrosyan once again proved that he is the best kickboxer in the world.

He defeated Ky Hollenbeck, Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen to claim the $300 000 grand prize and solidify himself as the GLORY lightweight champion. It's not just about the results on papers though. The way he defeats top opponents time and time again is unmatched by anyone else in kickboxing. He barely takes any damage and his opponents can rarely ever challenge him over the course of a fight.

His combination of precision, ring generalship, ring smarts and timing set him apart from the rest of the field. Robin van Roosmalen was the LiverKick #2 ranked fighter at this weight and Petrosyan was simply on another level. Only when Giorgio started coasting in the third round, already knowing that he had the fight in the bag did Robin get into the fight. 

With only one loss in his entire career, and being undefeated in kickboxing, this begs the question. Can anyone defeat Giorgio Petrosyan in kickboxing? With the small odds of a rematch with Buakaw happening, along with Buakaw getting older and possibly towards the end or tail end of his career, it seems like we might never find out. The only other option I can think of at the moment is to bring in Aikpracha Meenayothin, a Thai that's in top form and possibly the next breakout name on the international circuit. Even then, we have no clue how he'll adapt to the limited kickboxing ruleset.

If Buakaw and Petrosyan never rematch, it seems possible that the only way Giorgio can lose is by age overcoming him or if he ever decides to fight Muay Thai again, which is doubtful. I know a lot of fans aren't a fan of Giorgio's style and think he's boring or are tired of his dominance, but you can't help but appreciate just how great of a fighter he is.

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GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8: Live Results

GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8 takes place today from Rome, Italy, featuring a one night, eight man tournament at 70kg for a grand prize of $300 000, also crowning the lightweight champion of GLORY. Full fight card here. Note that Yoshihiro Sato has replaced Albert Kraus.

We'll be providing live results as they happen. The event starts live at 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT in North America and 20:30 CET in Europe. You can watch the event live, here on LiverKick by clicking here. For live updates and play by play, we'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia, @SandersonSensei and @Liverkickdotcom.

Preliminary Card:

MMA: Ivan Musardo def. Giorgio Belsanti by Submission (Rear Naked Choke).

70kg: Julian Imeri def. Emannuele Raini by decision.

72.5kg: Ricardo Lecca def. Giuseppe D'Amuri by KO in Round 1.

MMA: Cesario di Domenico def. Davide Dolce by submission.

Main Card:

70kg Reserve Fight: Warren Stevelmans def. Dzhabar Askerov by decision.

70kg Reserve Fight: Alessandro Campagna def. Fabio Pinca by decision.

70kg Quarter Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Ky Hollenbeck by TKO (Injury) in Round 2.

70kg Quarter Final: Davit Kiria def. Shemsi Beqiri by decision.

70kg Quarter Final: Robin van Roosmalen def. Tim Thomas by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 2.

70kg Quarter Final: Sanny Dahlbeck def. Yoshihiro Sato by TKO in Round 2.

72.5kg: Alka Matewa def. Marco Re by decision.

70kg Semi Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Davit Kiria by decision.

70kg Semi Final: Robin van Roosmalen def. Sanny Dahlbeck by TKO (Body Shot) in Round 3.

70kg: Jordan Watson def. Mustapha Haida by decision.

70kg Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Robin van Roosmalen by decision.

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Superkombat World Grand Prix IV Live Results

Superkombat's final qualification Grand Prix event is taking place today in Arad, Romania, and as always Liverkick has got you covered with live results.

The card features the typical Superkombat qualifying four-man tournament, with Goran Radonjic taking on Rhazvan Ghita on one side, and Steve Banks fighting Roman Kleibl on the other. There are also four superfights on the card, including Toni Milavonic facing Andrei Stoica, and the headliner, Dzevead Poturak against Sebastian Ciobanu.

The event kicks off at 21:00 CET in Europe, and begins in North America  at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will be airing live on Eurosport. Follow me @SandersonSensei on twitter for live updates. Click here for the full card.

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Super-fight (-72 kg): Claudiu Badoi def. Alex Tropimov by KO (left hook) in Round 1.

Tournament Semi Finals:

HW Semi-final: Razvan Ghita def. Goran Radonjic by decision.

HW Semi-final: Roman Kleibl def. Steve Banks by TKO (Leg kicks) in Round 3.

Super Fight (-95 kg): Andrei Stoica def. Toni Milanovic by decision.

Super Fight (+125 kg): Alexandru Lungu def. Deutsch Pu'u by KO (Punch) in Round 2.

Super Fight (+96 kg): Sebastian Ciobanu def. Dzevad Poturak by decision.

National Title Local Kombat Romania (75 kg) Miodrag Olar def. Adrian Mitu by decision.

HW Final: Roman Kleibl def. Razvan Ghita by decision.

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TK2 Results: Sudsakorn, Adamandapoulos Victorious In Marseilles

The other prominent event that took place in France yesterday was TK2 World MAX 2012, in Marseilles.

Atop the card was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, the popular Thai fighter who was coming off a surprising loss to Mickael Piscitello by cut at Thai Fight in France last month. Sudsakorn faced Cedric Castagna, an experienced French fighter in kickboxing and full contact. Sudsakorn was expected to win and of course, that's what he did as he won a decision over Castagna.

Also on the card was one of Marseilles' most popular fighters and LiverKick's own #6 on our lightweight rankings, Thomas Adamandopoulos. He faced Cyril Abbas, another fighter from the Marseilles area with a full contact background. Adamandopoulos did the same as Sudsakorn and won a decision. Next for him is a fight with LiverKick #4 lightweight Karim Bennoui.

In another interesting lightweight match-up, France's Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud were match up with the winner in my eyes establishing himself as an upper echelon fighter. Both fighters had lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos in the past. Modibo Diarra got the win via decision, and with it, probably comes closer to another fight with Adamandopoulos. Their first fight was under full contact rules, with Diarra getting stopped in the third round.

A four man tournament took place at 72kg with France's Jeremy Ragazzacci taking on Belgium's Edgar N'Zunga on one side and France's Mohamed Diaby fighting Spain's Antonio Gomez Cortes. Ragazzacci advanced to the final with a decision win and Diaby knocked out Gomez Cortes in the first round. In the final, Diaby won a decision over Ragazzacci. This was Diaby's return to kickboxing after qualifying for the Olympics in boxing.

Nicolas Parlanti def. Yoan Scardato by TKO in Round 1.

Reserve: Samba Bocar def. Wilfried Martin by KO in Round 3.

Semi-Final: Jeremy Ragazzacci def. Edgar N'Zunga by decision.

Semi-Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Antonio Gomez Cortes by KO in Round 1.

Wallid Haddad def. Sekou Dembele by decision.

Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Jeremy Ragazzacci by decision.

Thomas Adamandopoulos def. Cyril Abbas by decision.

Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee def. Cedric Castagna by decision. 

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