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Mix Fight Gala XIII Results: Schneidmiller, Mailov, Kehl Win

Mix Fight Gala XIII went down yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany. Among names on the card were long time veterans like Warren Stevelmans and Dennis Schneidmiller, and young up and comers like Roman Mailov and Enriko Kehl.

In what was probably the most significant fight on the card, Warren Stevelmans fought Germany's Dennis Schneidmiller in a battle of two members of the GLORY First 16. The fight was close throughout, with both fighters finding their opportunities to land with mostly punch combinations and some occasional low kicks. Schneidmiller would get off first most of the time and by the time Stevelmans was set to throw, Schneidmiller would tie him up in the clinch and get the fight reset by the referee. Schneidmiller ended up winning a decision, probably due to his higher workrate.

In a battle of two prospects, Roman Mailov from Ukraine met the Croatian-German fighter Leo Zulic at 70kg. Despite both fighters coming up from lower weights in recent times, Mailov looked like the much bigger fighter and it showed, with his strikes damaging Zulic a lot more than Zulic's strikes damaging him. Zulic came out with punch combinations while Mailov used the first round as more of a feeling out round. Mailov started to get an edge in the second when he implemented numerous step up knees to the body of Zulic that were clearly wearing the German fighter out. By the third round, Mailov was clearly getting the better of the fight, forcing Zulic into the corner and scoring with punch combinations to the body and end along with more step up knees to the body. The judges called the fight a draw and thus it was supposed to go to an extra round, but Zulic couldn't continue so Mailov got the TKO win.

Dima Weimer beat Alex Schmitt thanks to the help of a few knockdowns and Alexander Braun beat Marco Aschenbrenner by decision. Up and coming 20 year old German fighter Enriko Kehl stopped Dutch-Moroccan fighter Mohammed Medhar in the second round via TKO.

Priest West def. Omar Amrani by decision.

Denis Schneidmiller def. Warren Stevelmans by decision.

Roman Mailov def. Leo Zulic by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 3.

Ania Fucz def. Sarah Debaieb by decision.

Dima Weimer def. Alex Schmitt by decision.

Alexander Braun def. Marco Aschenbrenner by decision.

Thilo Schneider def. Valdet Gashi by decision.

Enriko Kehl def. Mohammed Medhar by TKO in Round 2.

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Naoki Ishikawa, Yuji Takeuchi Added to Krush.23

After a strong end of the summer, Krush will be returning to its numbered cards with Krush.23 on October 8th. The event was already set to host the final leg of the -63kg WILDRUSH League and now has 3 additional 60kg fights which will likely have an impact in deciding 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe's next challenger.

First, former 60kg title challenger Naoki Ishikawa will take on Sho Senchaigym. Ishikawa (34-18-5, 18 KO) is 1-0-1 this year with the draw coming in a title fight against Hirotaka Urabe and the win, a close decision win over former RISE champ Kan Itabashi. Sho had fought primarily in NJKF up until this year when he took 2 fights in Krush, also going 1-0-1, with a draw against Makihira Keita and a win over Takeshi Watanabe at Krush.21. Ishikawa is obviously favored here and with his win over Itabashi from Krush.19, stands out as the top contender for Urabe's belt. I assume the two fighters who win most impressively of the 3 announced matchups will be slotted into a title eliminator.

In the next bout, "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi will make his return to Krush against Hirotaka Urabe's most recent challenger, Fumiya Osawa. After back to back losses in K-1 against Yuki and Koya Urabe, Takeuchi (22-8-2, 12 KO) scored knockouts in the quarters and semis of the first Krush 60kg tournament over Yosuke Mizuochi and Masaaki Noiri, before being KO'd by Hirotaka Urabe in the finals. After that, he took a rematch with Naoki Ishikawa and the two put on an entertaining fight before a cut let to a technical decision in 2 rounds, with Ishikawa emerging victorious again. After almost a year out of action, Takeuchi returned on July 29th with an extension round win in MA Kick. Osawa (7-8-1, 2 KO) proved to be better than his record when he won the Krush 60kg tournament this year, defeating Katsuya Goto in the finals.  However, he too was knocked out by Hirotaka Urabe in his challenge for the title by a spinning back kick to Osawa's body. Takeuchi is the favorite here as he shed some of his ring rust in MA Kick and likely still has the power and excitement that we are used to seeing. But don't count Osawa out, as he has been very impressive over the last 2 years despite his record.

Finally, former RISE 60kg champ Kan Itabashi will fight in Krush for the second time against 60kg tournament runner-up Katsuya Goto. Itabashi (19-6-2, 3 KO) first debuted in Krush at Krush.19 against Naoki Ishikawa, losing a close decision. Before that, he had lost a pair of fights to Masahiro Yamamoto and lost his RISE title to Kosuke Komiyama, while beating Anuwat, Kanongsuk and Genki Yamamoto. Goto followed up a close decision loss to Kizaemon Saiga with a run to the finals of the Krush 60kg tournament, where he lost a decision to Fumiya Osawa. 

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Catalin Morosanu's First Proposal As Politician Passes Unanimously

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If you didn't know, aside from being a star kickboxer, Catalin Morosanu is also a politician in his home of Iasi, Romania where he's part of the council of the Iasi area.

Yesterday Morosanu made his first political proposal, and it passed unanimously. Morosanu has said that he would support sports and that's what his proposal was all about. He proposed that Alin Moldoveanu, the Romanian Olympic gold medalist in shooting be given 10 000 Ron (Romanian currency) from the Iasi area council to support the athlete and sport in Romania.

Aside from politics, Morosanu is also busy preparing for the K-1 Final 16 on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan. After that, he fights in the SuperKombat Final Elimination on November 10. [source]

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Mix Fight Gala XIII In Germany, Saturday: Stevelmans, Schneidmiller, Mailov, More

On Saturday, Mix Fight Gala XIII is going down in Frankfurt, Germany at the Fraport Arena, which holds up to 5000 people. It's got some good names and up and comers on the card, showcasing the German kickboxing scene as well as some international talent. Germany always has some good events and this one's no different.

Dutch up and comer Miles Simson starts off the card, taking on Mohesen Maradian of Iran at 72.5kg. Simson recently got the biggest win of his career back in May when he defeated Nonsai at SLAMM, dropping him with a high kick in the process. Simson is young and growing, so don't be surprised if he's fighting at a higher weight class in the future.

At 80kg, Omar Amrani and Priest West fight in an all-German affair. Amrani is really more like a 70kg fighter but decided recently to move up and hasn't had much success, losing to Errol Koning. West is a long time veteran who is still active and solid in Germany at 38 years old.

In a real battle of prospects at 70kg, Leo Zulic takes on Roman Mailov, who just won on August 24 and is making a quick turnaround. Both guys have come up from around 65-67kg and Mailov has gotten wins over the likes of William Diender. Mailov is only 20 years old and still will probably get a lot better while Zulic is in his mid twenties. Expect a close, competitive fight.

In some more all-German action, Alex Schmitt, who's been around a while and lost to Albert Kraus last year takes on Dima Weimer, who defeated Shemsi Beqiri around two years ago. Weimer is the one to look for here, as he's been getting a bit of a push in Germany recently.

Here's where the action really heats up. In a battle of two participants in the GLORY 70kg First 16, Warren Stevelmans fights Dennis Schneidmiller at 72.5kg. Both fighters lost in the First 16 but have always been solid throughout their careers. Warren's the bigger fighter here, has more power and a more proven track record against top competition.

In another 72.5kg fight, German up and comer Enriko Kehl takes on Mohammed Medhar out of Holland. Medhar had a big win over Gago Drago back in 2010 but seems to have fallen off since then, not winning that often. Kehl is 20 years old and has already fought around the world, also taking on Nonsai two weeks after this fight. Full fight card below, including both the kickboxing and MMA fights.

Miles Simson (SUR) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -72,5 kg Mohesen Moradian (IRAN)
Omar Amrani (MAR) K-1 Rules. 3×3, -80 kg Priest West (USA)
Waldemar Newdach (RUSS) K-1 Rules, 3×3, +95 kg Wieslaw Kwasniewski (POL)
Leo Zulic (GER) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -70 kg Roman Mailov (RUSS)
Michell Adelina (SUR) MMA Rules, 3×5, -83 kg Rafal Lewon (POL)
Ania Fucz (GER) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -60 kg Sarah Debaieb (TUN)
Alex Schmitt (GER) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -72,5kg Dima Weimer (GER)
Cengiz Dana (TÜR) MMA Rules, 3×5, -70 kg Victor Kuku (AFR)
Murat Göktepe (TÜR) MMA Rules, 3×5, -75 kg Brian Lo A-Njoe (SUR)
Alexander Braun (KAZ) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -80 kg Marco Aschenbrenner (GER)
Dennis Schneidmiller (GER) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -72,5 kg Warren Stevelmans (NED)
Dawid Baziak (POL) MMA Rules, 3×5, +95 kg Andreas Kraniotakes (GRE)
Enrico Kehl (GER) K-1 Rules, 3×3, -72,5kg Mohammed Medhar (MAR)
Christian Eckerlin (GER) MMA Rules, 3×5, -77 kg Mario Stapel (GER)
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