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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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SuperKombat is set to hold two events this week, one on Thursday in Oradea, Romania and one on Saturday in Darmstadt, Germany. Both cards look really good and feature some many familiar names. The card on Thursday is a SuperKombat Fight Club card. It features a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and two super fights.

Among the participants in the heavyweight tournament are K-1 veterans Errol Zimmerman, Ben Edwards and Stefan Leko. What I find interesting about this tournament is that along with a few K-1 veterans that everyone knows, there are some fighters in it that are rather under the radar. It should be interesting to see if any of these fighters such as Daniel Sam, Christian Colombo and Slavo Puglic can have some success. It's always great to hear of new talent in the heavyweight division, which has a rather shallow talent pool.It's unclear right now as to which fight is the reserve match. I'd speculate that Stefan Leko vs. Tsotne Rogava is.

It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion and one of the top heavyweights in the world, Hesdy Gerges returns to action in a pretty decent fight against Rico Verhoeven. Hesdy and Rico are on this card due to the cancellation of the K-1 Final 16 and things turned out perfectly for them to fight. Hesdy is no doubt the favorite here, but it'll say a lot how he does against Verhoeven.

Full card below. The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

Tournament (8 men + 1 reserve match)
Stefan Leko (GER) v Tsotne Rogava (UKR))
Slavo Plugic (SVN) v Coco Rus (ROM)
Christian Colombo (DEN) v Roman Kleibl (CZE)
Daniel Sam (ENG) v Ben Edwards (AUS)
Sebastian van Thielen (BEL) v Errol Zimmerman (HOL)

Super-Fights
Neil Cooke (USA) v Alexandru Lungu (ROM)
Rico Verhoeven (HOL) v Hesdy Gerges (EGY)

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A #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title between WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and Krush 55kg Tournament finalist Ryuya Kusakabe and former WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota has been announced for the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival/It's Showtime Japan 6 event. Kusakabe (13-4, 6 KO) is coming off a 5th round KO of #1 ranked NJKF Super Bantamweight Rookie to capture the WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title. Before that, Kusakabe had his 7 fight win streak snapped in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament, losing to Shota Takiya by 3rd round KO. Sota (11-6-4, 8 KO) is coming off of a split draw against Takuma Ito back in August which snapped a 3-fight win streak that included him winning the WPMF Japan Bantamweight title by 1st round KO against Yuki Noro which he has since vacated to move up in weight. Common opponents between the two are Shota Takiya, who Kusakabe is 1-1 against and Sota is 0-1 against, and Hiroaki Mizuhara who Kusakabe defeated in the semis of the Krush tournament while Sota lost to him by extension round split decision back in 2008 under the AJKF banner. The current champion at the weight class is Yusuke Shimizu and although Shimizu is good, I would imagine the winner of this fight would be the favorite in the title fight. Kusakabe is likely the favorite here as he has been pretty hot lately, though Sota has started coming into his own this past year and both fighters have the power to end it at any time.

Already announced for the card is the big Featherweight matchup between Genji Umeno and Youske Morii.

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Namsaknoi with a collection of his belts

Historically ambitious stand up fighters have flocked to Thailand to learn at the hands of legends like Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn and Anuwat Kaewsamrit but now an increasing number of renowned Muay Thai fighters are moving to Singapore.

Evolve MMA is putting together a collection of trainers which is unprecedented in the history of Muay Thai and includes Orono Wor Petchpun, Attachai Fairtex, Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee, Kongtoranee Payakaroon and Muangfalek Kitvichian as well as Namsaknoi and Anuwat. These are all names which live on long after their owners have retired because they belong to the very best fighters in the most competitive stand up sport on the planet.

Any fighter who wants to acquire world class stand up skils, be it for K-1, kickboxing, Muay Thai or even MMA would be well advised to come and learn from one of these Thai legends. The fighters currently at Evolve MMA include Shinya Aoki, Leandro Issa and Eddie Ng and with such a decorated team of trainers it is no wonder that their stand up skills are improving rapidly.

You could not find a team of Muay Thai fighters, past or present, anywhere else in the world to match the one currently in place at Evolve MMA and there is not even a camp in Thailand which can boast so many high calibre trainers.

Kru Yodtong Senanan is the grandmaster of the world renowned Sityodtong camp and the only teacher of Muay Thai to be awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Family of Thailand. According to him the number of top Thai trainers moving to Singapore is starting to raise eyebrows in Thailand,

"Evolve MMA has the most number of Muay Thai World Champions in the world, including camps in Thailand. No camp has this many legends and champions and it is the most decorated team that I have seen in my 50 years of teaching Muay Thai."

Namsaknoi was a two time fighter of the year and a Lumpini champion at three different weights. Anuwat Kaewsamrit was a two time fighter of the year, a three time Rajadamnern champion and a Lumpini champion, WBC champion and WMC champion. Orono Wor Petchpun was a WMC champion, Lumpini champion and Thailand champion.

Orono Wor Petchpun shows off his silverware

Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee was a four time Lumpini champion, Kongtoranee Payakaroon was fighter of the year and won a Lumpini title at an incredible five different weight classes while Muangfalek Kitvichian is a two time Rajadamnern champion. Another Evolve MMA instructor, Yodsanan Sityodtong, has also fought Muay Thai at a very high level as well as beng a former WBA Super Featherweight boxing champion.

With so much money in MMA it is surprising that more of the top camps have not invested in bringing in elite Muay Thai trainers. The science of stand up fighting inside the cage is still evolving and there is absolutely no substitute for the experience that a lifetime of fighting in Thaiiland brings, most of the trainers listed in this article have over 300 fights and at least two decades experience of training and competing.

If mixed martial artists want to reach a level of striking which is so far unprecedented in their sport then they need look no further than Muay Thai to find it. There is such a wealth of knowledge inside Thailand that there are still many tricks and techniques that remain undiscovered within the world of MMA. Evolve MMA is the first facility to really focus on extricating some of the most accomplished trainers from Thailand and the likes of Shinya Aoki and Eddie Ng are reaping the benefits. 

For more information about Muay Thai at Evolve MMA visit: http://evolve-mma.com/classes/muay-thai.html

Just the one belt for former WBA Super Featherweigth champion Yodsanan Sityodtong

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The TATNET Cup was this weekend, which featured their +91kg finals, 70kg and 80kg. It featured some of the top names in the world of Kickboxing that aren't the best known fighters in the world, the guys that are ready to get to that next level in the world scene and become stars. We have the videos from two of the finals, 70kg and 80kg, the two with the biggest impact on the world scene.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov

80kg: Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta


+91kg: Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus.

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There is something about the youth system in Japan that cultivates talent in a very public way and creates stars that is unrivaled. K-1 ran their KOSHIEN series for a long time and it looks like Japanese promotion KRUSH, who was affiliated with FEG and K-1, have been on the same path. There is a good chance if FEG is completely cut out of K-1 that KRUSH will continue on in the legacy as their Youth GP has been a success so far. This image shows the next round of match-ups, HIROYA vs. Masaaki Noiri and Koya Urabe vs. Yukimitsu Takahashi. If you haven't seen these guys fight before, check our Fight Videos section and be in awe.

KRUSH

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tatneft2011final

The Tatneft Cup has had a great season this year and it all came down to yesterday for the competitors in the final round. Each fighter in the finals had won three fights to get there. The final match-ups were Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov at 70kg, Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta at 80kg and Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus at +91kg. Also, all three final match-ups were six rounds of three minutes. Along with the finals, there were three single fights.

In the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov showed a much more controlled side of his game. He wore down Smirnov with low kicks, significantly hurting him to the legs in the second round. In the third, Askerov landed a right knee to Smirnov's face, sending him down. Smirnov got up but the fight was waved off by the referee.

In the 80kg final, two of the world's top fighters at the weight in Alexander Oleinik and Dmitry Shakuta engaged in a very measured contest. Both fighters were very tentative to commit to effective strikes. To me, Shakuta seemed to just land more with Oleinik not doing much for a large portion of the fight. Oleinik was effective when he did commit, but that was rare. Oleinik took a unanimous decision in a fight that could've gone to Shakuta.

In the +91kg final, Hicham Achalhi looked to be significantly outweighed by Dmitri Bezus. Bezus moved and stayed on the outside, landing shots for the first three rounds and Achalhi started to find a spot for his punches in the second half of the fight. Achalhi walked away with the unanimous decision in another fight that I thought could've gone the other way. If anything, Hicham could really do with dropping in weight. I could see him even fighting at 77kg (170lbs).

There was a single fight for each weight of the finals. In the 70kg match, Enriko Gogokhia got a unanimous decision over Philippe Salmon who he dropped in the second round. In the 80kg match, Hicham El Gaoui took a unanimous decision over Alexander Stetsurenko. El Gaoui has had a coming out party of sorts lately, scoring wins over Aussie and now Alexander Stetsurenko. Stetsurenko has dropped his last three fights, albeit against top competition. In the +91kg fight, Dzevad Poturak took a unanimous decision over Ricardo Soneca. The fight was a slugfest and Poturak was able to impose his power on the Brazillian opponent.

Quick Results:

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Philippe Salmon by unanimous decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Alexander Stetsurenko by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Dzevad Poturak def. Ricardo Soneca by unanimous decision.

Finals (6 rounds):

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Maxim Smirnov by KO (Knee) in Round 3.

80kg: Alexander Oleinik def. Dmitry Shakuta by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Hicham Achalhi def. Dmitri Bezus by unanimous decision.


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