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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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Back on Saturday at Korakuen Hall, New Japan Kickboxing Federation held the 10th installment in its New Japan Blood series which usually focuses on fights sanctioned by WBC Muay Thai Japan. The event featured one WBC International title fight and one WBC Japan title fight.

In the night's main event, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka fell to WKA Australia Super Featherweight champion Joseph Concha via split decision on scores of 48-50, 48-49 and 49-47, netting Concha the WBC International Super Featherweight title. The result is a bit of a surprise as Nakasuka was coming off of the biggest win of his career over Naoki Ishikawa while Concha had not really been known outside of his home country's kickboxing scene. Nakasuka was originally set to take on Oley Sakonpetch, but his opponent was changed to Concha. The win is pretty big for Concha who now gets his name out there.

In the co-main event, WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi failed to defend his WBC Japan title against former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi, losing on scores of 47-50(x2) and 48-49. Big win for Miyakoshi who I had pegged as more of a gatekeeper in Japan at 70kg, but, as he showed here, he has the ability to win against good fighters. He was coming off of back to back losses to Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan Welterweight title to Yamato. Yamauchi hadn't fought since his loss in the Krush 70kg tournament finals to Kenta. He is now on a 2-fight losing streak. Kazuya Takeda could be the next to challenge for this title as he is the only person ranked at Super Welterweight other than Yamauchi and Miyakoshi and Miyakoshi holds a win over Takeda from 2 and a half years ago.

Finally, in non-title action, WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato won a decision over J-Network #5 ranked Super Lightweight Keio on scores of 29-27(x2) and 30-27. Yamato was coming off of a loss in Thai Fight to Fabio Pinca in a rematch. An interesting next fight for Yamato would be against Soichiro Miyakoshi's brother Keijiro Miyakoshi, although Keijiro would have to move up about 5kg to challenge for the title and he already has the right to face WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata.

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This fight against Kamel Mayouf is from Jean Charles Skarbowsy's time on the European circuits. He's significantly trimmer and younger here than in his famous TUF appearance as GSP's Muay Thai coach. He's also a bit raw here compared to, say, his appearances on the King's Cup tournaments in Bangkok, but his distinctive loose, powerful style is already quite apparent.

France has produced some amazing Muay Thai champions and Skarbowsky is up there in the top three from France. (The most famous French boxer would have to be Dany Bill.)

Jean Charles has beaten some very famous Thai names like Orono por Muang Ubon, Suriya Sor Ploenchit, and Lamsongkram Chuwattana. The last is a remarkable feat on size difference alone.

The video is short and the fight offers a graceful, rather atypical finish. Jean Charles is in the blue gloves and Kamel the red.

The upload is by CHOKDEEVIDEO, the Dayman himself.



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We all knew going into this weekend that there was going to be fireworks, but sometimes fights go above and beyond what you expect, and Yodsaenklai vs. Kyshenko from Rumble of the Kings did just that. Both men absolutely went to war on Saturday and we have the video evidence to prove it. This is not a fight that you want to miss by any stretch of the imagination.

Big thanks to Zombie Prophet at IFI.

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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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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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