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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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Buakaw Por Pramuk and Kem Sitsongpeenong walked away with comfortable decision wins to claim the Thai Fights Tournament prizes in their respective weight categories. A large crowd had gathered at the King Chulalonkgorn Monument Square hoping to see the Thais triumph and this time all went according to plan as neither Frank Giorgi nor Fabio Pinca was able to pull off the upset.

For foreign people Buakaw has long been seen as the face of Muay Thai and his reputation within Thailand is starting to soar as he appears on more televised fights here. Thai Fights pulled out all the stops for this show with an impressive display of pyrotechnics and some elaborate fighter entrances.

The main event was the final of the 70 kg tournament between Buakaw and Frank Giorgi. There was a certain sense of inevitability about the two times K-1 winner taking home another trophy and his Australian opponent seemed a bit daunted by the task of taking on a local legend on Thai soil.

Buakaw landed a left kick to Giorgi's head very early in the fight which didn't have enough power to drop the Challenger Muay Thai contestant but seemed to shake him up a little. From that point on it was a virtuoso performance from the Thai fighter punctuated with eye catching teeps to the face, hard punches to the body and head and some solid knees.

Knowing that he was well behind on the scorecard Giorgi came out swinging at the start of the third and final round but Buakaw was able to successfully keep him at bay with a series of teeps and sweeps before answering with some shots of his own.

The decision was not a difficult one for the judges who made Buakaw the second Thai fighter to win a Thai Fights tournament. The first had been crowned a few minutes previously when Kem comfortably outpointed Fabio Pinca.

The French fighter was swept in the opening seconds of the first round as Kem established a lead on the scorecards which he never looked like losing. It's possible the gameplan for Pinca was to try and earn a knock out in the final round but by that stage it was easy for the Thai fighter to avoid his punches and counter efficiently enough to preserve his points advantage.

The televised broadcast began with Richie Green fighting for the second time in a week against former WMC Champion Berneung Topkingboxing. The English fighter has enjoyed some success on the Phuket circuit but struggled with the strength and power of a top Thai opponent.

Green was able to use his superior height to land long knees consistently throughout the fight but he was on the receiving end of a non stop barrage of punches and elbows which finally took their toll in the third round forcing him to take a knee.

To his credit he got to his feet and continued to move forward but by this stage Berneung was picking him off almost at will and landing some brutal shots in the the process and Green would have been relieved to hear the bell at the end of the third round.

It was a similar story for Hicham Chaibi who was well beaten by Saiyok Punpanmuang. Chaibi did pose the hard hitting Thai some problems in the first half of the fight but once Saiyok found his rhythm he raced ahead landing multiple kicks to the lead leg and body of his opponent from the southpaw stance.

Last year Fabio Pinca won the inaugural Thai Fights tournament but this time around pride was restored as both the Thai fighters demonstrated emphatically that the top Muay Thai practitioners still hail from the Kingdom of Thailand. Add a comment

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, New Japan Kickboxing Association(Shin Nihon Kickboxing Association) held Soul in the Ring IX headlined by Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight champion Hiroki Ishii in his first fight since winning the title. Also on the card were K-1 veteran Yoshimichi Matsumoto, SNKA Flyweight champ Mitsuki Ebata, SNKA Heavyweight champ Toshio Matsumoto and SNKA Lightweight champ Tatsuya Ishii.

In the main event, Hiroki Ishii took on Thai fighter Phahurat Sukpaya(?), scoring a 5th round body shot KO at 1:25 into the round. The win is the 5th in a row for Ishii and moves him to 54-12-12 (26 KO). His first scheduled defense of his Rajadamnern Stadium title was announced after his fight to take place on March 11th at Korakuen Hall, though no opponent has been announced.

In a superfight, SNKA Heavyweight champion Toshio Matsumoto scored a 4th straight knockout win with a 2nd round KO of Rakhataya Pumpanmuang(?) at 1:30 into the round. The win moves the Shin Nihon champ to 8-1 at heavyweight with all 8 wins coming by KO. Up until 2008, Matsumoto was a 70kg fighter and had 2 fights in K-1, both losses to Duane "Bang" Ludwig and TOMO. His lone loss at heavyweight was to former K-1 fighter Hiromi Amada, so that sort of gives you an idea of where he stands. I believe he announced that he would be in a number 1 contender's bout for the It's Showtime 95kg title at REBELS.10 on January 22nd. Considering the lack of depth at heavyweight in Japan, Danyo Ilunga should run through whoever emerges as his challenger.

In yet another Japan vs Thailand superfight, SNKA Flyweight champion Mitsuki Ebata defeated Thai fighter Tahanek ParadonGym(?) by 2nd round KO at 2:50 into the round. The 20 year old Ebata is now 14-1-1 (9 KO) in his pro career, though he also dropped a decision to 2010 K-1 Koshien Finalist Hiroki Akimoto under the Koshien banner. His sole loss came to former AJKF and WBC Japan Bantamweight champion and former WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion Arashi Fujiwara at Sengoku: Soul of Fight. He and his twin brother Rui Ebata have a very bright future going forward and could join fellow young fighter Genji Umeno as Japanese fighters who excel in Thaiboxing.

In a non-title fight, 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament semifinalist Yoshimichi Matsumoto snapped a 3-fight losing streak with a 2nd round flying knee KO of SNKA Lightweight champion Tatsuya Ishii at 2:58 into the round. The two fought once before in May of 2009 with Ishii taking a majority decision. Matsumoto won the SNKA Lightweight title before vacating it to compete in the 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament which was his coming out party as he upset AJKF legend Haruaki Otsuki in the qualifying round and scoring a KO over Daisuke Uematsu in the quarterfinals before eating a huge high kick against Yuta Kubo that ended his night. After that fight, he got knocked out in the first round by Makoto Nishiyama and dropped a rematch to Katsuji by decision. The win is a huge bounce back for Matsumoto who moves to 15-5 (7 KO) on his career and should have an angle for a 3rd fight with Ishii for the title.

Finally, #3 ranked Masayuki Uchida defeated #1 ranked Katsuya Setoguchi by majority decision on scores of 48-48, 49-47 and 49-48 to claim the vacant SNKA Featherweight title.

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Fight Code is holding their final event of the year in Debrecen, Hungary and it features the final of the Dragons (-72.5kg) tournament. Four fighters remain and they will battle it out in a one night, four man tournament for the prize of $80 000. Abdallah Mabel, Yury Bessmertny, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Norbert Balogh remain, all having advanced here through the Dragons tournament.

The card starts at 3:30 PM EST. You can watch it on www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is register and you can watch a very good stream, free of charge.

Semi Final #1: Yury Bessmertny vs. Norbert Balogh

Yury Bessmertny wins by unanimous decision. Bessmertny dropped Balogh in the first and third.

Semi Final #2: Abdallah Mabel vs. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee wins by unanimous decision.

Thomas Carducci vs. Laszlo Szabo

Laszlo Szabo wins by decision in an extra round. Bullshit homeotwn decision, shouldn't have gone to an extra round.

Hani Khalil vs. Mirko Kulacsic

Hani Khalil wins by unanimous decision.

Ahmed Said vs. Gabor Gorbics

Gabor Gorbics wins by decision.

Final: Yury Bessmertny vs. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee

Yury Bessmertny wins by decision. Sudsakorn looked pretty bad and fought really dumb.

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As always, join Steven Wright and myself as we run down the biggest cards in the Kickfighting world while giving analysis as well. This week's show looks at the KRUSH event from last week, featuring Kajiwara's 63kg title defense and the finals of the Under 22 tournament featuring HIROYA, Noiri and Urabe. We also take a look at the upcoming Thai Fight show and tomorrow's big Fight Code finals.

To listen to the show, head to Steven's blog or pull it up in iTunes (search: LordGaul).

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Here at LiverKick we strive to bring you the best in news and results from the world of Kickboxing and the overlapping Muay Thai world, also taking a look at Mixed Martial Arts and the Martial Arts world as a whole when it fits our needs. One man transcends both space and time just as easily as he defies logic and reason, and that man is Bob Sapp. Bob Sapp is the NFL player-turned-professional wrestler-turned-Kickboxer-turned-MMA-fighter who found his way back to professional wrestling in Japan. Bob Sapp became such a huge name in Japan that he actually became a matchmaker for K-1 and had some political power within the company for a few years.

Sapp's Kickboxing style was a mess, with him fouling left and right but bullrushing his opponents and striking with reckless abandon, picking him up some high profile wins against opponents that should have easily handled him. The same can be said for MMA where his lack of skill and fight IQ led to him doing absolutely insane things, like a deadlift powerbomb against Big Nog that has no real place in MMA but helped make him even more famous. He then became a regular on the variety show circuit in Japan, making him a national hero of sorts and his fights became a necessity for promoters who wanted the big television networks to support them.

The year of 2011 has been an odd year for Sapp, and a really telling year where Sapp, who is actually very good with his money and has saved and invested most of his gigantic earnings, has been cashing in on the European circuit. The only problem for Sapp is that it seems like he has actually been training more and has been honing his skill, which for a fighter like Sapp means strange things. I have theorized that he is now thinking about what he is doing and it is causing him problems. Of course, his other problem is he does not like to get hit. He still wrestles in Japan, which seems to be his best fit, but in professional fighting it does not make sense anymore. Sapp is 0-3 in Kickboxing and with his latest fight today, he is 0-3 in MMA to close out 2011.

It is impossible not to respect Bob Sapp for carving out his place in the world and for being conservative with his money. While we understand what he is doing in Europe, it might be time to cut it out, Bob. This is from Dec. 16 in Croatia. Noc Gladijatora 6. MFC Heavyweight Championship vs. Maro Perak.

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Back on December 11th, Yasuhiro Kido and Shintaro Matsukura squared off in the main event of a regional Japanese event titled Big Bang 7, a series put on by the Taniyama Gym. Also featured on the card were Japanese standouts Shunta Ito, Toshiki Taniyama, Marimo and Yuto Watanabe.

In the main event, fellow 2011 K-1 70kg Japan MAX Tournament participants Yasuhiro Kido and Shintaro Matsukura faced off, with Kido scoring a 2nd round knock out with a spinning backfist at 2:24 in the round. Kido (25-13-1, 11 KO) has had is struggles, but when he is on his game he is a very difficult fighter to beat. He was coming off a loss to Kenta in the quarterfinals of the Japan MAX tourney which snapped a 4-fight win-streak. After the win, Kido called out Kenta, stating that he wanted to be the first man for Kenta to defend his title against. The loss moves the 20 year old Matsukura to 4-4 (3 KO) in his 2-year pro career and despite being on a 3-fight losing streak, he has had a break out year. After ending 2010 with a loss on the Sengoku: Soul of Fight card, the 2009 K-1 Koshien 70kg champ started his year off with his biggest win, a huge upset in a great fight over Yuya Yamamoto in the quarterfinals of the Krush 70kg tournament. However, he lost in the semifinals to Yutaro Yamauchi and lost a rematch with Yamamoto in the K-1 Japan MAX tournament semifinals. At 20, Matsukura could use a step back in competition and a bounce back fight against someone along the lines of Yoshi, but a matchup with fellow prospects Hiroki Nakajima or Takafumi Morita would be interesting.

In the co-main event, WMAF Featherweight champion Shunta Ito scored a 4th round elbow KO at 27 seconds into the round over Thai fighter Fasanghan Or Benjamad. With the win, Ito is 7-1 in his last 8 and 23-9-4 (8 KO) overall. After the fight, it was announced that Ito would rematch Hideki Soga at 60kg. The two fought back in July of 2010 at Big Bang 2 with Ito escaping with a split decision win.

Also in action was K-1 fighter Toshiki Taniyama who picked up his 5th straight win with a 3rd round TKO over Thai fighter Shirichai Sukpanya(?) at 1:42 into the round. Taniyama is an interesting fighter at 63kg as he owns wins over Hirotaka Urabe and Yuto Watanabe in K-1, but lost to Keiji Ozaki, although that fight went into an extension round and outpointing the flashy Ozaki is a tough task for anyone. Taniyama is now 12-1 (4 KO) in his pro career and could see himself mixing it up with the division's elite more often in the future.

Speaking of Yuto Watanabe, he picked up a 1st round TKO at 1:39 into the round over club fighter Atsushi Masukura. The win moves him to 10-5 (3 KO) and is a good bounceback fight after a loss to Toshiki Taniyama in K-1. However if Watanabe keeps his recent streak up, he will lose as he is now 5-4 over his last 9 without putting together 2 straight wins.

Krush vet Marimo lost a unanimous decision to NKB Lightweight champion Naoki on scores of 30-28(x3). Marimo is best known for fighting Koya Urabe earlier this year in Krush. Before losing to Yuto Watanabe at RISE 68, Naoki was on a 10 fight win-streak and 16 fight unbeaten streak going 15-0-1 after starting his career 0-1-1. He lost 4 straight fights, but has now bounced back and is on a 3-fight win-streak with one of those wins coming in an opening fight at the 2011 K-1 Japan MAX Tournament over Takayoshi Kitayama. Naoki is now 18-5-2 (5 KO) and the streaky fighter should see himself moving up in competition.

Finally, Team Dragon fighter and Krush vet Masakazu Watanabe improved to 15-12-1 (4 KO) with a split decision win over Ryoji on scores of 30-29, 28-29 and 30-28.

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