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Wallace Lopes And Rogerio Bezerra Qualify For It's Showtime Brazil

Two It's Showtime Brazil qualifying tournaments were held today in Maringa, Brazil. The tournaments were held by WGP, who are working with It's Showtime for their event on November 10 in Sao Paulo. Two four man, one night tournaments at 70kg and 77kg respectively took place to determine who gets a spot on the November 10 It's Showtime card.

At 70kg, Wallace Lopes came out on top, winning both of his fights by decision. First, he defeated Alex Oller dominantly in the semi-finals. Then in the final, he fought who I would've considered the favorite to win the tournament, Alex Sandro Alves, who squeaked by David Silveira earlier, and although met with more resistance than Oller presented, Lopes' efforts in the first two rounds were enough to secure the victory. Look for him on November 10.

At 77kg, the tournament winner was the hometown fighter, Rogerio Bezerra who breezed through the semi-finals with a TKO win due to three knockdowns over Juliano Goncalves. Fernando Nonato won a close fight against Cesar Almeida on the other side of the bracket and met Bezerra in the finals. In a very close fight, Bezerra got the decision and advances to fight at It's Showtime on November 10 in Sao Paulo.

Full results below:

70kg: Alisson de Angelis def. Wellington Ton by decision

70kg semi final: Wallace Lopes def. Alex Oller by decision

70kg semi final: Alex Sandro Alves def. David Silveira by decision

77kg: Joao Paulo Bomba and Jeferson Silva fight to a draw

77kg semi final: Fernando Nonato def. Cesar Almeida by decision

77kg semi final: Rogerio Bezerra def. Juliano Goncalves by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

70kg final: Wallace Lopes def. Alex Sandro Alves by decision

77kg final: Rogerio Bezerra def. Fernando Nonato by decision

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Two It's Showtime Brazil Qualification Tournaments Tomorrow

If you didn't know, It's Showtime has an event scheduled for November 10 in Brazil's capital, Sao Paulo.

They've got quite the infrastructure built up for the event, working with Brazillian kickboxing promotion WGP Kickboxing, where the best kickboxers in Brazil fight. WGP Kickboxing boasts two pretty good live TV deals in Brazil also with Band Sports and Esporte Interativo, which airs Bellator. They also have sponsors such as Adidas and the Government of Sao Paulo State Secretary for SPort, Recreation and Youth. On July 7, the same night that Anderson Silva fought Chael Sonnen, WGP held an event in Sao Paulo and drew around 4000 people, quite an impressive feat considering how much bigger MMA is than kickboxing in Brazil.

Tomorrow, August 25 in Maringa, Brazil, WGP will start their It's Showtime qualification tournaments. The winners of each tournament will be fighting on the It's Showtime card on November 10. The tournaments tomorrow are one night, four man tournaments at 70kg and 77kg. Two other events with It's Showtime qualification tournaments are taking place, with the next one being on September 15 in Sao Paulo and having tournaments at 63kg and 85kg and the last one being on October 20 in Belo Horizonte.

Tomorrow at 70kg the four tournament participants will be Wallace "Negao" Lopes, Alex Oller, Alex Sandro "Canguru" Alves and David Silveira. Alves has fought in the Tatneft Cup before all the way up at 80kg, where he went 1-1. Oller is a veteran of over 140 fights and has fought the likes of K-1 veterans Warren Stevelmans and Marfio Canoletti.

At 77kg, the four tournament participants are Cesar Almeida, Fernando Nonato, Rogerio Bezerra and Juliano Goncalves. The one to watch here is Cesar Almeida, who has trained at the legendary Chakuriki Gym under Thom Harinck and has fought in Holland with the likes of much heavier fighters Fred Sikking and Jason Wilnis.

Brazil generally doesn't produce a lot of top fighters on the international scene, and that's not to mention that barely any fighters from Brazil get international opportunities. It's good to see some solid infrastructure being set up to produce Brazillian fighters to fight on the international stage for It's Showtime.

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It's Showtime 60 in Japan is Off, For Now

IS Japan

Chalk this one up to an unfortunate circumstance of the GLORY buyout of It's Showtime, as there are still a few It's Showtime events scheduled for this year and it looks like the first victim will be the It's Showtime event in Yokohama. To understand what kind of a blow this is, It's Showtime has been working with local promoters in Japan for well over a year now promoting "Countdown to It's Showtime" events, which were all supposed to lead to It's Showtime's big Japan debut. This was to take place in September, but it looks like it might not happen in September, or even at all. Statement from Simon Rutz and It's Showtime Japan's President Fujiawara below.

"As a result of the acquisition of IT'S SHOWTIME by GLORY Sports International and all necessary internal adjustments associated with this acquisition, we’ve both, GLORY Sports International and Showtime Japan concluded that the necessary period for the preparation is too short to ensure the desired quality for our show, which was scheduled for September 17, 2012, in the Pacifico National Convention Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

For this reason we decided to postpone this event until further notice.

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It's Showtime 61kg Champ Javier Hernandez Deserves Some Recognition

It's Showtime is back in Tenerife on Saturday, and if it weren't for me talking about it here on LiverKick, you probably wouldn't know that Javier Hernandez is defending his It's Showtime 61MAX World Title against Masahiro Yamamoto, in what has all the makings of a great fight on paper.

Before June 18, 2011, when Hernandez upset Karim Bennoui to win the title in Madrid, Spain, he was a virtual unknown. No one, including myself knew who he was and we all expected Bennoui to beat him after an impressive win over Sergio Wielzen. Hernandez, of course, ended up winning in one of the best fights of last year.

Oddly enough (well, not really), Hernandez, while not being an unknown anymore, still isn't very well known and doesn't receive much recognition despite his great performance against Bennoui. He's even had trouble finding fights, which is odd considering that he's the champion of It's Showtime and one would assume that opportunities would starting popping up based on that. Since winning the title, Hernandez has gone 2-1, with the one loss being borderline corrupt.

It's a bit confusing why it's taken him over a year to get another fight for It's Showtime, and all this time that he hasn't been fighting on the world stage, his name value (which is non-existent) has been picking up dust. I understand that he fights at a weight class that isn't 70kg or heavyweight, and that the awareness of what goes on outside of those divisions is not high at all. That's the reality of kickboxing, pretty much.

In a perfect world for me, it wouldn't be like this. I would like this to change, though. Hernandez is one of the best 61kg kickboxers in the world. We're talking about one of the best kickboxers in his weight class here, who went from unknown to one of the best in one fight. He deserves some recognition, and so does his weight class.

In order for that to really happen, a major player needs to bring together all the best fighters in one weight class, all in one place. Kickboxing is a sport where some of the best fighters can come out of nowhere when given the opportunity, and that's what Javier Hernandez did last year.

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