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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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On a rainy and windy Thursday afternoon kickboxing fans gathered at the River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver), BC Canada for the iTalk BB 1st Annual Canada vs. China Muay Thai Fighting Championships press conference and weigh-ins for tomorrow’s anticipated event between the two countries best stand up fighters. An exciting display of world class kickboxing will be showcased Friday night live from the River Rock Casino Theatre at 6:30PM PST and will be aired live on GFL.tv as well for those of you out of town (iPPV costs $14.99 US). This is a must see event for all stand up fighting enthusiasts! Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow’s fights.

187lbs/85kg: Adam Blanchette (186.8lbs / 84.7kg) vs. Yang Yuanfei (188.6lbs / 85.5kg)

121lbs/55kg: Jessica Gladstone (121.4lbs / 55kg) vs. Li Hui (126.6lbs / 57.4kg*)

176lbs / 80kg: Mitch Fowler (175lbs / 79.3kg) vs. Fu Gaofeng (179.2lbs / 81.3kg)

132lbs / 60kg: Nicci Soutiere (133.6lbs / 60.6kg) vs. Bai Jing (133.6lbs / 60.6kg)

143lbs / 65kg: Nate Smandych (142.2lbs / 64.5kg) vs. Xioa Jie (147.8lbs / 67kg**)

145lbs / 65kg: Hakeem Dawodu (144.6lbs / 65.6kg) vs. Feng Jie (146lbs / 66.2kg)

165lbs / 75kg: Mukai Maromo (165lbs / 75kg) vs. Cao Yaomin (161lbs / 73kg)

*Li Hui lost three pounds during the time this article was written (123.6lbs / 56kg)

**Xioa Jie lost four pounds during the time this article was written (143.8lbs / 65.2kg)

For more pictures from the weigh-ins please visist Ragin Ronin Productions on Facebook.

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Earlier today at JCB Hall, RISE held its 2011 Heavyweight tournament featuring the likes of Stefan Leko, Mighty Mo, Singh “Heart” Jaideep and Fabiano Cyclone, as well as its first women’s title fight in Erika Kamimura vs RENA, a superfight between Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama and Sergio Wielzen, a superfight between Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto and Son Hyun Lee and a Bantamweight title fight between Kenji Kubo and Dyki.

The quarterfinals of the heavyweight tournament featured three upsets. In a somewhat expected upset, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara beat up K-1 veteran Stefan Leko en route to a unanimous decision victory on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-26. Uehara scored a down in the third round, but was on his way to victory as he was all over Leko who had two fights just a week ago in the SuperKombat tournament. In another slight upset, WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano “Cyclone” Aoki received just his second loss since 2007, losing to Kyokushin karate fighter Jan Soukup by majority decision on scores of 29-28(x2) and 28-28. Cyclone appeared to do well throughout most of the fight, but fell victim to a down in the second round which cost him the fight. In the other half of the bracket, K-1 fighter and J-Network Heavyweight champion Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada by 2nd round TKO as a result of a cut caused by a knee. In the final quarterfinal bout, RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru was able to outland and outlast K-1 fighter Mighty Mo, scoring a 3rd round KO at 2:49 into the round.

In the semifinals, RISE HW champ Makoto Uehara continued his run, edging out Jan Soukup in an extension round on scores of 10-9(x3) after judges had determined the fight to be a majority draw after 3 rounds, with scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, Singh “Heart” Jaideep made short work of Raoumaru, scoring a 1st round KO at 1:39 with a knee strike.

In the finals, K-1 fighter Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara by 1st round KO to win the RISE Heavyweight tournament. The knockout capped off a great performance from Jaideep who finished off all three of his opponents and is now 2-0 against Uehara.

In the night’s co-main event, 2-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA defeated WPMF, WBC Muay Thai and WMC Light Flyweight champion Erika Kamimura by razor-close unanimous decision on scores of 47-46(x2) and 46-45 to become the first Queen of RISE. I believe the only thing keeping the fight from a draw is a pair of penalties for Kamimura and one for RENA, though it could have been one penalty each, I am not entirely sure.

In the night’s final title fight, former NJKF Flyweight champion Kenji Kubo, brother of Yuta Kubo, defeated RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki by 1st round KO at 1:35 to win the vacant RISE Bantamweight title.

In super fights, RISE Super Featherweight and Super Lightweight champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto won, with Komiyama defeating former It’s Showtime 61kg champ Sergio Wielzen  by 1st round TKO and Yoshimoto edging out a win over top Korean Son Hyun Lee on scores of 29-28, 29-27 and 28-27. Lee started with a 1 point penalty for weighing in over the limit and another penalty was given in the fight for clinching, though I’m not sure to who. The Komiyama-Wielzen fight was stopped due to a cut.

Brother of Kosuke Komiyama, Yusuke Komiyama made his pro debut, fighting to a draw.

Quick Results after the break

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The RISE heavyweight tournament is set to take place in a few hours at JCB Hall in Tokyo and I have decided to break down the GP and rank the fighters by their chances of winning the tournament. With K-1's lack of a heavyweight grand prix this year, RISE has filled the hole, taking two albeit lower tier fighters as K-1 representatives to participate in the tournament in Stefan Leko and Mighty Mo. Other participants include WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki, J-Network Heavyweight champion and K-1 fighter Singh "Heart" Jaideep, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara, runner-up at the 9th All World Karate Championships Jan Soukup, K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada and RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru.

1. Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki: The Brazilian-Japanese fighter has been one of the best heavyweights on the Japanese circuit over the past five years, compiling a 15-1 record since 2007 which included him claiming the RISE, J-Network and WPMF World Heavyweight titles. Aoki has faced fellow GP participant Singh "Heart" Jaideep three times in his career, going 2-1 with the loss coming in a match for the J-Network title and their most recent affair happening just under three years ago. A first round matchup with wild card Jan Soukup could lead to a bad result for Aoki, but with Soukup's lack of experience in the kickboxing world, Aoki should have the edge. Should he win, he has a rather easy path to the finals as Stefan Leko just competed in a tournament last week and Makoto Uehara has a notoriously bad gas tank.

2. Singh "Heart" Jaideep: Most K-1 fans should remember Jaideep for his surprising knockout of Sergei Kharitonov at last year's WGP, but they should also remember him for his dreadful performance against Ewerton Teixeira at the 2009 Final 16. That being said, Jaideep managed to stay close with Teixeira during the fight. At 6'6", Jaideep holds a considerable height advantage over most of his opponents which should help, as his strength is his knees. Along with being 1-2 against Aoki, Jaideep holds a KO win over tournament participant Makoto Uehara. Jaideep gets a decent matchup against the aging Hiromi Amada in the quarterfinals and should he win, he gets the winner of Mighty Mo vs Raoumaru, who could take a good amount of damage in that fight.

3. Stefan Leko: Stefan Leko is not on the same level that he once was, but luckily for him, neither is his competition in this tournament. Leko has just 1 win this year, going 1-6 in his last 7, and is coming off of a knockout loss to Errol Zimmerman just a week ago. Leko has an interesting quarterfinal matchup with RISE heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara. What Uehara lacks in conditioning, he makes up for with power and he would have presented a difficult challenge for anyone to face in the quarterfinals. With Leko's recent woes and coming in beat up from last week's SuperKombat tournament, Leko vs Uehara has upset written all over it. However, there is also a chance that Leko could run the tournament because of the level of competition.

 

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The fight happened a month ago, but video of Ismael Londt vs. Mourad Bouzidi from October 23 it finally made its way onto Youtube today. Bouzidi was one of Londt's toughest tests to date and Londt demolished him. Since then, Londt went on to beat Pavel Zhuravlev and get knocked out by Sergei Lascenko in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final tournament on November 19. This fight includes a few awesome knockdowns so check it out.

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in just a little over two months from now Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki will square off in one of Heavyweight Kickboxing's most anticipated bouts in a long time. There is a lot of hype leading into it, as well as a running narrative that both men are looking to exit the realm of Kickboxing for the world of Heavyweight Boxing. No one is quite sure how long, if at all that will hold for either man, but the threats need to be taken seriously for now. Personally, I feel like the rise of FIKA and other possible outlets for Kickboxing will quickly draw them back in, but you never know when a fighter will stick to their convictions. In the meantime, watch this hype video made for the upcoming It's Showtime 55 showdown between Badr and Gokhan and enjoy the ride.

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There are many gyms throughout the world of combat sports. Some fighters stay at the same gym with the same trainer for their entire careers. Some fighters switch from gym to gym. Some gyms are more than just a gym, displaying a true family-like bond between fighters and coaches. Mike's Gym is more than just a gym.

The bond between trainer and fighter at Mike's Gym is a special one. Fighters like Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari have rejuvenated their careers under the tutelage of Mike Passenier. Mike has taken fighters from deep struggles and they have risen to prominence with him by their side.

The moments before the fight are intense. Most intense are right before the fighter makes his way to the ring. Mike reminds the fighter of everything they've been through, how they got to their current position and to go out there and leave it all in the ring. In a way, it unleashes the inner beast of a figure like Badr Hari or Melvin Manhoef. Badr went from a skinny Moroccan kid to an absolute monster of a man under Mike Passenier.

Sergei Lascenko and Artur Kyshenko were two fighters who had made their careers fighting out of the Captain Odessa team in Ukraine. Both found themselves at a crossroad in their respectice careers. Two losses in a row for Kyshenko. Three consecutive losses for Lascenko. Artur and Sergei looked towards Mike Passenier to take them under his wing, and the results have been spectacular. Sergei, known in his K-1 stints for being chubby and out of shape, lost weight and went on a five fight winning streak to this date. Kyshenko also won five in a row, dropping his last bout in the intense final third fight of the night at the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament.

The scene after Saturday's SuperKombat World Grand Prix final match was one of pure joy. Sergei Lascenko overcame a swarming Ismael Londt to score a huge victory over a year after people had written him off. He was embraced by Mike Passenier in one of the purest moments you'll see in combat sports.  Despite Sergei's lack of English, the bond between him and Mike Passenier needs no speech to show how strong it has become over the past year. The two of them and Artur came together in the ring to celebrate just how far they had come, together.

The bond between coach and fighter is not just exclusive to certain fighters at Mike's Gym. All the fighters share a bond with Mike, from Murthel Groenhart to the retired Joerie Mes. Mike stays firmly behind his fighters through and through, no matter the outcome. The sense of a family community at Mike' Gym is what makes it more than just a gym.

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