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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

  • Starting with Jaideep, he proved what most people already knew and that is that he is above the level of RISE, J-Network, etc. when it comes to heavyweights in Japan. A 4th fight with Fabiano Cyclone would have been nice, but he did what he needed to do. It'd be nice to see him compete in a qualifying FIKA tournament next year.
  • Very surprising result from Makoto Uehara despite the quick loss to Jaideep in the finals. He proved me wrong in showing that his conditioning is better than previously thought as he was able to go 7 full rounds. His power is still there, though he failed to score a knockout which may show that he adapted to the tournament format and fought smart, conserving his energy. I’d also like to see Uehara in a FIKA qualifying GP.
  • Jan Soukup was on the verge of making the finals in just his 5th pro kickboxing bout, but his win over Fabiano Cyclone is huge. Should he continue to fight in kickboxing, he could be interesting, but at 32 he likely won't crack the top 25.
  • For Raoumaru, the win over Mighty Mo is nice, but he didn't prove much, getting decimated by Jaideep early in the first round. Like I said in my preview, he could beat Mighty Mo, but didn't have much chance of doing anything thereafter.
  • For Leko, I don't think this loss signifies that he should retire. He was coming off of two fights just a week ago and got his body roughed up pretty well by Errol Zimmerman. Uehara has power and was able to put up a pace that Leko couldn't handle so soon after fighting last week. This fight had the perfect recipe for an upset and Leko just wasn’t able to put in a winning performance.
  • The most disappointing result on the night was for Fabiano Cyclone who I had pegged as the favorite to win the tournament. Perhaps it was an off night or just a bad style matchup for him. Next for him is an unknown, though I still want him to take a step up in competition.
  • Hiromi Amada lasted the longest against Jaideep, but at 38 he's not going anywhere. He had an 8 year run in K-1 and will likely keep defending his HEAT title until he can't any more.
  • I have nothing to say about Mighty Mo.
  • This win for RENA is probably the biggest of her career so far. Coming off of losses to Ai Takahashi and Jessica Penne, I can't imagine many people had her as the favorite in this fight. I had her all but counted out, but she showed real heart and grit, grinding out this decision.
  • The loss isn't really a step back for Kamimura and had it not been for fouls she could have gotten a draw or even a win. At just 18 she's now 23-2 (12 KO) and is likely pegged as the third best female fighter at this weight behind RENA and Ai Takahashi.
  • Speaking of Takahashi, this fight pretty much makes her #1. I still want to see a fight between her and Kamimura, as well as a trilogy fight with RENA, but for now she sits alone atop her throne.
  • Kenji Kubo, younger brother of Yuta Kubo, could now be regarded one of the top kickboxers in Japan at 55kg. However, with a pair of losses to Shota Takiya and a loss to Nobuchika Terado in his past, he'll need a big win or really good performance against someone like Ryuya Kusakabe or Takiya to be considered an elite fighter.
  • Though there's no video of the fight yet, from the GBRing and Bout Review reports it seemed as though Kosuke Komiyama had a slight edge over Sergio Wielzen in the opening round before the cut appeared. Unfortunately, the fight ended early and it's hard to determine who the better fighter actually was that night. Still, it's a decent scalp for Kosuke Komiyama who has made a name for himself this year, capturing the RISE title against Kan Itabashi and now defeating Wielzen. His case to challenge Hirotaka Urabe for the Krush 60kg title gets stronger by the day and with Urabe having his first defense announced for January without an opponent, Komiyama is in a good position to be his opponent.
  • Wielzen had fought twice in the month leading up to this fight and Simon Rutz admitted that he had almost no scouting on Komiyama and that left him open for Komiyama's front kick which found a home multiple times and was ultimately the strike that caused the cut.
  • Koji Yoshimoto scored a huge win over surging prospect Son Hyun Lee. This win, as well as his win over Shohei Asahara back in June in K-1 should give him the publicity he needs to get placed into a qualifying FIKA tournament at 63kg.
  • Disappointing result for Lee who holds a win over Kizaemon Saiga and took Koya Urabe to an extension round in a fight that could have arguably been scored in his favor. He lost a point for coming in slightly overweight and there was a point deduction in the 3rd round for clinching as well, though I'm not sure who the penalty was given to. If it was given to Lee, he would have won the fight via majority decision without the two point deductions, but as it stands, it's back to the drawing board for Lee.
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Rumble of the Kings returns tomorrow for their annual event, and it's a stacked card. The card will host MMA, K-1 rules and Muay Thai bouts featuring veterans and top fighters.

In the main event, one of the most anticipated fights of this year takes place as Artur Kyshenko fights Yodsanklai Fairtex. With Yod looking shaky as of late in his August loss and Kyshenko looking in top form at Mike's Gym, the fight provides a very interesting clash of fighters at somewhat of a crossroads. Despite getting dropped twice en route to a decision loss in August against, Yod competed in the Final Toyota Marathon last month and won two fights, before reportedly getting robbed against the promoter's fighter in the final. Kyshenko ran through the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament before being stopped in the finals by Robin van Roosmalen. Both fighters are coming off a loss, and both of them are fighting to get back on track.

Another guaranteed barn burner between Dzhabar Askerov and Chahid Oulad El Hadj is on the card. It's surprising to see Chahid back so soon after getting his jaw broken two months ago. Askerov looked great in his last fight, stopping Maxim Smirnov. Both of these fighters throw bombs but Askerov has been fighting more calm and technically as of late. Don't be surprised if he reverts to slugging it out when Chahid's haymakers are coming his way.

In other action on the card, Yoshihiro Sato returns after a win over Albert Kraus in June to face the Swede fighter Alex Tobiasson Harris. The fight is at 75kg and it should be interesting to see how Sato does at a higher weight. There's also a four man, one night tournament on the card featuring four up and comign Scandinavian fighters looking to make a name for themselves.

The fight can be viewed via live stream for 10 Euros ($13.38 US) at http://www.rumbleplay.com/

Full fight card below:

Kickboxing: -72.6kg Artur Kyshenko vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex

MMA: Bruno Carvalho vs. Marius Zaromskis

Kickboxing: -75kg Yoshihiro Sato vs. Alex Tobiasson Harris

MMA: Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Jorgen Kruth

Kickboxing: -70kg Chahid Oulad El Hadj vs. Dzhabar Askerov

Kickboxing: -81kg David Onufer vs. Abbe Joof

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

Pasi Luukanen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 1:

Rassan Muhareb vs. Martin Akhtar

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

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