|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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After being delayed numerous times, the Thai Fight 2011 semi-finals finally took place today in Bangkok, Thailand. Two fights in each of the featured tournament weight classes, 67kg and 70kg, took place. Each participant had won previous fights in order to advance to the semi-finals.
Long time K-1 star Buakaw Por. Pramuk took on French fighter Mickael Piscitello. Piscitello actually held his own quite well until about halfway through the fight when Buakaw took over. Buakaw completely dominated the third round, knocking down Piscitello with a close elbow in the clinch before finishing the fight with another vicious elbow. He'll move on to the finals on December 18.
Fabio Pinca met Mosab Amrani at 67kg. As per usual, Amrani came out guns blazing in the first. Like Buakaw's fight, Pinca started to take over in the second when he hurt Amrani. The domination continued, as Pinca threw Amrani all over the place in the clinch, forced a standing eight count in the third and almost got a knockdown off a high kick. Pinca clearly won, but Amrani was very upset after the fight, spitting at Pinca's corner. When Pinca's cornerman offered Mosab water, Mosab smacked it out of his hand. I don't think we'll be seeing Mosab invited to compete at Thai Fight again.
Frank Giorgi and Abraham Roqueni met in a great fight at 70kg. Roqueni hurt Giorgio twice in the second round but was unable to finish him off. In the third, Giorgio came back and stole the fight, roughing up Roqueni in the clinch. Giorgio looked huge compared to Roqueni. He'll meet Buakaw on December 18 in the finals.
At 67kg, Kem Sitsongpeenong met Dongsu Kim. The fight was really a mismatch, as Kem toyed around with and dominated Kim for the whole fight. Quick results:
Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Mickael Piscitello by KO (Right Elbow) in Round 3.
Fabio Pinca def. Mosab Amrani by decision.
Frank Giorgi def. Abraham Roqueni by decision.
Kem Sitsongpeenong def. Dongsu Kim by decision.Add a comment
Part of the fun of running a site dedicated to the art of Kickboxing is that sometimes in Mixed Martial Arts there will be moments where a fighter will go for something that seems so out-of-nowhere and unique, but it has been done before in Kickboxing. Part of the fun is pointing these classics out to fans, which either means introducing them to a part of fight history or giving a gentle reminder of just how awesome Kickboxing can be.
The buzz today is focused on Marius Zaromskis landing a somersault kick, leading to a big KO at Rumble of the Kings. You can check that out here and see it for yourself. A truly spectacular move, but it did not connect flush and needed a lot of follow-up to finish the fight. Immediately upon seeing that, I was reminded of Peter Graham's crowning moment in K-1 history, which took place in 2006 against none other than Badr Hari. Hari was still young, skinny and not yet able to truly harness his potential (you could make an argument that he has yet to do this, but that is for another post) yet, and Graham had a lot to prove on the K-1 circuit.
It was a good, competitive fight with both men looking great, but if you skip ahead to about eleven minutes in something truly spectacular happens; Rolling Thunder. This is a Knockout that K-1 fans have been talking about ever since and one that will always be in the record books. While the techniques are different, Peter Graham's kick is proof that throwing some fancy all-or-nothing kick can connect and can do damage.
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If you were watching today's Fight Code Rhinos Final, you saw some great fights full of action. If you were listening though, you would've heard that Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko is set for March 24th in Milan. The details at the moment are very little, but it sounded like the fight might be on a Fight Code card. That wouldn't be surprising, as Petrosyan's manager, Carlo di Blasi, is the owner of Fight Code.
This fight has been long awaited and for the last few years, many fans have speculated what would happen in a match-up between the two. Petrosyan is the undisputed number one fighter in kickboxing and Kyshenko is right near the top. Kyshenko redeemed himself from a loss to Robin van Roosmalen in the finals of the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament with a win over Yodsanklai Fairtex today. The win is a huge one for Kyshenko, and will have him moving forward with even more confidence.
Before the two fighters meet on March 24, both of them will be fighting in Italy in months prior. Petrosyan will fight Abraham Roqueni at Yokkao Extreme 2012 on January 21 in Milan. Kyshenko will be fighting Roberto Cocco at Thai Boxe Mania on February 5 in Turin.Add a comment
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.
Back on Wednesday RISE held RISE 85 which featured their heavyweight tournament, two title fights and two super fights featuring promotional champions. Usually I add a brief analysis with the results post, but I didn't want to make that post extraordinarily long. In the heavyweight GP, Singh "Heart" Jaideep won in the finals by KO over Makoto Uehara while Stefan Leko, Fabiano Cyclone and Mighty Mo were the victims of upsets in the opening round of the tournament. RENA managed to defeat Erika Kamimura in a very close fight, Kenji Kubo bested Dyki for the vacant Bantamweight title and RISE champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto picked up big wins over Sergio Wielzen and Son Hyun Lee, respectively.