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Rumble of The Kings 2011 Results

SAtoSwedish promotion "Rumble of The Kings" ran their annual November show yesterday, a night of big fights usually somehow involving Jorgen Kruth in a fight. This year was no different, but this year also hosted some fireworks as Yodsaenklai Fairtex vs. Artur Kyshenko as well as Dzabar Askerov vs. Chahid Oulad el Hadj. It was an internet PPV show with a mixed card of Mixed Martial Arts and K-1 fights, with the fight between Marius Zaromskis and Bruno Carvalho making international headlines thanks to Zaromskis landing a somersault kick during the fight.

A fight originally advertised as the main attraction was Ray Sefo vs. Jorgen Kruth in MMA rules, but apparently that fight was scrapped in favor of Kruth taking on Yusuki Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi is a fighter who never quite moved up the ranks in Japan as he is a Heavyweight, a division known to be weak for Japanese fighters, but he does have one notable victory over James Thompson in DREAM and has fought Mariusz Pudzianowski. The fight with Pudz leaves one to believe that he knew what he was getting into stepping into the ring against Jorgen Kruth in his home promotion and went down to Kruth in the first round via TKO after controlling him with his Judo early on. This is Kruth's fifth consecutive MMA win, most of which happened in his home promotion of ROTK, so take that with a grain of salt.

Yoshihiro Sato stepped up to fight at 75kg against Alex Tobiasson Harris. Sato held his own in the first round using his kicks and length to his advantage as he usually does before getting overwhelmed in the second round by Harris's boxing. The third round proved to be equally frustrating for Sato who was unable to break Harris's rhythm and he ended up dropping yet another decision to a fighter that many have only seen fight a few times. Sato has had a frustrating few years and should stick to 70kg fights, but it is always good to see a Japanese Kickboxer hitting the international scene, win or lose. Another disappointing fight came when Askerov met Chahid. This was an evenly-matched bout between two of the world's most exciting 70kg fighters and had a strange ending. Chahid took an unintentional low blow, much like in the Giorgio Petrosyan fight from earlier this year, and much like that fight, did not return to his feet to fight. Now, this is where it gets strange. The ref gave Chahid three minutes to recover, and after Chahid did not get back to his feet, the ref simply counted him down and gave the victory to Askerov. To say that this is wrong is an understatement, in situations like this a fight like that would be considered a No Contest, not be ruled in the favor of the fighter delivering a foul.

The feature bout of the evening at least saw some better action, as Artur Kyshenko was able to best Yodsaenklai Fairtex in three rounds. Both men stood toe-to-toe and threw everything they had at each other, with Yod simply being the smaller of the two fighters and having lost a step with his weight gain over the past few years was not as nimble as he needed to be. This included in the third round dropping his hands and taking damage with hopes of finding an opening from Kyshenko, which sadly did not work out. Kyshenko took the win and is having a stellar year.

For the full results and photos check out the Rumble of the Kings website.

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Fight Code Rhinos Final Live Results

Fight Code wraps up their Rhinos heavyweight tournament series today in Geneva, Switzerland. Competitors have won their way into the final and four of them remain. The four: Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo, Pacome Assi and Yuksel Ayaydin will battle it out in a one night tournament to determine the winner of the Fight Code Rhinos Tournament. Also on the card, two rematches form the last Fight Code event take place. Armen Petrosyan and Yuri Bessmurtny rematch, as well as Abdallah Mabel and Xu Yan.

You can watch the event live for free on www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is sign up.

Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #1:

Vitali Akhramenko def. Pacome Assi by Unanimous Decision. Very close fight. Akhramenko dominated the first round but Assi came back in rounds 2 and 3 and there could be a case made for him winning. Akhramenko's conditioning in this fight was very bad. Assi has improved immensely over the course of the year.

Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #2:

Freddy Kemayo def. Yuksel Ayaydin by Unanimous Decision. Great fight, non-stop action throughout. Pretty close and could've gone to an extra round.

Yoann Kongolo def. Hicham Zentari by TKO (Body Kick) in Round 2. Zentari had a granite chin but Kongolo got around that and finished him to the body. Kongolo is a beast.

Fight Code Dragons Final 8:

Yuri Bessmertny def. Armen Petrosyan by KO (Right Hook). Armen came out strong and looked like he hurt Bessmertny. Armen came at Yuri with full on offense and Yuri landed a counter hook, knocking him down. Armen got up and went at Yuri again, this time Yuri landed a vicious right hook. Armen got up but the referee waved off the fight.

Fight Code Dragons Final 8:

Abdallah Mabel def. Xu Yan by Unanimous Decision. Commentator is making a fuss about the decision just because Xu Yan was better in the third round and disregards anything that happened in the two rounds before.

Fight Code Rhinos Final:

Vitali Akhramenko def. Freddy Kemayo by decision. He wins $80 000 US.

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It's Showtime Champ Javier Hernandez Picks Up Win in Spain

It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez took to the ring on Saturday in Cordoba, Spain. His opponent was Portuguese fighter Ruben Almeida. Hernandez picked up a three round decision win after not fighting since June when he won the title.

Hernandez was originally supposed to fight on It's Showtime's November 12th card in Tenerife against Sergio Wielzen but was replaced by Carlos Reyes. The number one contender for Hernandez's title is Japanese fighter Masahiro Yamamoto, who earned the spot of number one contender with a win over Kan Itabashi. It doesn't look like Hernandez will be defending his title anytime soon, with only Jan. 28 being scheduled for It's Showtime at the moment. Hernandez rose to prominence from obscurity after defeating Karim Bennoui in one of the best fights of 2011 in June. [source]

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Quick Results

SuperKombatThere is something to be said for SuperKombat completing their 2011 World Grand Prix series and doing so with a bang. It was an entertaining card that they put out with a lot of fights tailor-made for local fans in Germany as well as their hometown base of Romania. The final four fighters in their tournament were a whose who of top fighters in the Heavyweight division, with Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev. Not the biggest names in the world, but for up-and-comers ready to take that next step this is as good as a tournament as you could wish for.

Reserve: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO - R2) Benny Adegbuyi

WGP Semi-Final: Ismael Londt (Dec - Ext.R) Pavel Zhuravlev

WGP Semi-Final: Sergei Laschenko (TKO - R3) Erhan Deniz

Super Fight 70kg: Faldir Chahbari (Dec) Omar Amrani

Super Fight 72.5kg: Tevfik Sucu (Dec) Alviar Lima

Super Fight 70kg: Albert Kraus (KO - R2) Alexander Schmitt

Super Fight -88kg: Bogdan Stoica (TKO - R3) Dawid Baziak

Super Fight +88kg: Andrei Stoica (KO - R1) James Phillips

Super Fight +88kg: Catalin Morosanu (KO - R1) Patrick Liedert

WGP Final: Sergei Laschenko (KO - R1) Ismael Londt

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