|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
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|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey, GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul. GLORY 15 is slated to feature the GLORY Light H...Read more
The long awaited Yokka Extreme 2012 card featuring Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Dzhabar Askerov is a few months away and today received another big fight. Giorgio Petrosyan is set to take on Abraham Roqueni, a fighter who has garnered a lot of respect over the past year.
Roqueni has had a very successful 2011, notching wins over Andy Souwer, Gago Drago and Jose Barradas. The wins over Souwer and Drago opened some eyes to a lot of people who had never heard of him before and as a result, he's gotten some opportunities to shine, including this one. Roqueni is quite a good fighter, and should be a worthy opponent for Giorgio. This will be the second Spaniard that Giorgio has fought in a row, his last win coming over Zeben Diaz on Saturday.
Besides Buakaw vs. Askerov and Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Abraham Roqueni, Yokka Extreme 12 also features other top names such as Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Armen Petrosyan and Pajonsuk Por Pramuk. The card seems to be getting even more stacked the closer it gets and right now it's looking great.Add a comment
The light flyweight division in Thailand is one of the most competitive classes in the country. Two of the of the better fighters at this weight are Penthai Singpatong and Songkom Sakhomsin. Penthai is currently the 3rd ranked fighter at Lumpinee stadium and Songkom is #1. With the current champion now fighting at around 115 pounds its likely the title is vacated and perhaps these two could compete for it in the near future.
Penthai is 22, which is fairly old for such a small weight. He stands at 5'3 and has a really good all around style. Last December he lost a heart breaking decision to Kengkla Sor. Chokkitichai for the Channel 7 title, but got a rematch the following month and took the belt in another very close, and thrilling fight. He still maintains that title but most of his fights now are happening at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.
Songkom Sakhomsin has exploded on to the scene recently and is smashing most of his competition. In his last eight fights he's 7-1 with 5 KO's. The loan loss comes at a low weight that does not suit him well. At just 16 he seems to be getting better every time out, and his left uppercut has become his signature technique. He fights similar to how Yodsanklai fought when he was a teen.
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Romania has been hosting some big fights of late with their SuperKombat promotion, and on Thursday it will be no exception, as there will be a one night 8-man tournament on top of some Super Fights. One of the Super Fights pits up-and-comer Rico Verhoeven against It's Showtime Heavyweight Champion Hesdy Gerges.
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There is a lot of he-said, she-said floating around right now in regards to the Alistair Overeem and Golden Glory split. Many fans and even media are taking sides or simply rushing to comment the next chapter in the saga and try to gain some insight into the situation. I really feel like the truth lies somewhere in the middle when it comes to who is "right" and who is "wrong" and that both sides have a lot to feel slighted about. According to Golden Glory, Alistair was looking to stiff his long-time friends in his trainers by no longer giving them a percent of his earnings, instead simply giving them a flat rate like you'd see in the United States. According to Alistair's camp, Golden Glory was looking to take too much from Alistair and has now launched a "smear campaign" to make him look greedy.
For Golden Glory, it has been a trying year. After Alistair Overeem won the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship last year there were hard times coming for Golden Glory, when their vision had been anything but difficult. Golden Glory was prepared to take over the world in 2011, with the key to their success being an approach on Mixed Martial Arts in the United States and Kickboxing across the world, with the key areas being in Asia and Europe. The Glory World Series was a big part of this, and Gokhan Saki was the big feature for them. Saki suffered a few injuries in December and there was no way for him to fight early on in the year, which meant they would push back the date of their first show of the year, this being the first of many setbacks.
K-1 and Strikeforce were both going through significant turmoil at the time, and both promotions were home to quite a few Golden Glory fighters, proving to be how Golden Glory got their name and brand out to the world. Bas Boon and investors began looking into the reality of purchasing Strikeforce, and it did not seem all-that far-fetched. In fact, there was a certain air of confidence that they would soon own Strikeforce and have a serious foothold inside of the United States and immediately be competition for the UFC. On top of that, they began looking into the reality of what it would take to own K-1. Golden Glory was primed to own two of the biggest combat sports brands in the world and have inconceivable power.
For a fighter like Alistair Overeem, these were his two home bases and he was currently on top in both of them. The reality of his management owning and operating both Strikeforce and K-1 would make him one of the biggest stars in the combat sports world as soon as the ink was dry. He would go from a troubled Light Heavyweight to one of the most decorated Heavyweights in the history of combat sports and be in a prime position to not only be a star, but a wealthy star.
In the blink of an eye MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani was on a jet to Zuffa’s headquarters where Dana White would announce the acquisition of Strikeforce. This was the first huge setback for Golden Glory, a deal that felt done and was possibly promised to certain fighters, was now all of a sudden in the hands of the UFC. It isn’t clear what was promised or how close to a done deal it was, only those involved with the deal will know, but there have been strong rumors stating that Golden Glory was “sure” of the deal being done, and afterwards were furious with Scott Coker.
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There are many talented kickboxers that are seemingly hidden in obscurity. Fighters often fly under the radar. Basically, if you're not fighting on the biggest stages of the sport, not many people know who you are or have heard of you. Enter Hicham El Gaoui.
The lanky Dutch-Moroccan fighter has been flying under the radar now for a while, slowly building his resume. This past weekend he defeated Alexander Stetsurenko, a top fighter around the 80kg range at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. That's not all. Last month, he beat L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, one of the more popular fighters in his weight class. He also holds a win over Sahak Parparyan, the current It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion. I'd say it's time Hicham El Gaoui gets some recognition.
On first look, I wasn't that impressed until I stumbled upon his more recent fights. He's improved a lot and the results are showing on his record. El Gaoui uses his quick kicks, especially the teep to find his range and offset opponents. His hands aren't bad when he opens up with them either, something I think he should do more. You wouldn't really think he's all that if you watched him but he manages to win, and in the ends that's what matters.
El Gaoui is at somewhat of a crossroads. His past two fights have been at 80kg. To fight in bigger shows, he can move down to 77kg or move up to 85kg. I'd honestly think he would suit 85kg quite well. He has the frame to fill in the weight and at 77kg he just seems too lanky. Other tall fighters in the past have been around 77kg and moved up like Ondrej Hutnik, with success.
I don't know what's next for El Gaoui, but I'd hope he gets a shot on a bigger stage. The Tatneft Cup is a start and if he enters next season's tournament, he'd be facing some high level competition often. It's Showtime is probably the most likely, being a Dutch-based organization. A lot of fighters float around on the Dutch scene for quite a long time before getting their shot and El Gaoui just has to keep doing what he's doing and he'll eventually end up on the big stage.Add a comment