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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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Yet another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show with Steven Wright and myself discuss the wild world of Kickfighting, from Muay Thai to Kickboxing. This week we start off taking a look at the announcement of FIKA and how it has been received and what we know. Of course, when discussing anything K-1 related there were a lot of concerns and things that we wanted to see.

On top of that, we run down the MPL card coming up this week from the Netherlands. It is an unbelievably packed card and we tear it down fight-by-fight, looking at the good, the bad and the whatever. From there we enter into the realm of Shoot Boxing and just how well will Toby Imada fare this time around?

The show can be accessed from going to Steven's blog or by searching on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). As always, I'll post it in this thread, but there is a timeout for it, so listen while you can!

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Tomorrow is the first leg of the Shoot the Shooto/Shooto the Shoot events, with Shooto's portion of the card taking place and I've decided to finish this look at kickboxing vs MMA with what is one of the strangest, most bizarre fights, in theory and in practice, between kickboxing and MMA and that is last year's special rules match between Shinya Aoki and Yuichiro Nagashima at Dynamite!!! 2010. When the fight was announced, most were confused as to what rules it would take place under, but FEG released the details that there would be a 3 minute kickboxing round and a 5 minute MMA round using MMA gloves for both, with the order being decided by a coin flip. When it happened, the kickboxing round was determined to be first and most figured Nagashima would need to put Aoki away in that three minutes or else the fight would almost assuredly be Aoki's. What followed was the strangest 3 minutes of kickboxing, characterized by Aoki clinching whenever Nagashima got close, shooting for takedowns and throwing dropkicks. However, he made it through the three minutes and it seemed to be smooth sailing for Aoki. Aoki ran in face first, shot for a takedown and Nagashima hit the only window he had in the fight, catching Aoki with a knee and following up with a few hammerfists. Since, Aoki has picked up 3 straight submission wins and Nagashima has spent his time mostly in professional wrestling and has had one fight in K-1 against Kenmun where he didn't look all too impressive.


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Today It's Showtime released the news that in 2012, they would be expanding outside of Europe to hold an event in Brazil. The event is signed and set for November 10, 2012 in the capital, Sao Paolo. It's Showtime also said that there will be an event in Brazil every year for the next four years, showing that they're committed to that market. With the UFC's recent major success in Brazil, It's Showtime sees an opportunity for combat sports to prosper in Brazil and have jumped right in the fold.

I'm not going to take any guesses on how the event will do or how it will be supported by Brazil, but much like their other events, It's Showtime will probably partner with a local company or promotion to help with the event. Having Brazillian fighters on the event is a must too. It was apparent at UFC Rio that the Brazillian fans were mostly there for the Brazillian fighters, not seeming to care much about the lone fight on the card without a Brazillian in Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland. Names that come to mind are Ewerton Teixeira, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Fabiano Aoki and Danilo Zanolini. Throwing local fighters on the undercard would be a good idea too.

Along with the news that It's Showtime is headed to Brazil, they also announced that they're deep in negotiations to hold an events in Australia and Japan next year, around July and August. Simon Rutz has mentioned Australia before, saying that It's Showtime would be there in 2013 but they must see an opportunity to get there sooner. For Japan, It's Showtime Japan was made earlier in the year and has held countdown events with REBELS. I'm sure that It's Showtime wouldn't have much trouble teaming with a local promotion to hold an event there.

Last but not least, it was announced that the December 17 show in Amsterdam has been cancelled. It's Showtime's official explanation of the situation:

Our event which was scheduled for December 17 in Amsterdam will be postponed, because as of this month, we are obliged to request a permit in Amsterdam. Because the handling of a request for such a permit can take several weeks, we can’t take the risk that the permit will be denied, as TV contracts would already be signed and the fighters would have trained for nothing. For next year we have enough time to request these permits.

The event had Chris Ngimbi vs Giorgio Petrosyan scheduled for the It's Showitme 70MAX World Title and Mosab Amrani said he was supposed to fight for a world title, which I'd assume would be It's Showtime's 65MAX one.

To view the full press release, you can find it here on It's Showtime's website.

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The already stacked RISE 85: RISE Heavyweight Tournament 2011 card on November 23rd has gained another strong fight, as RISE announced that Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama will take on former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen in a super fight. Komiyama is currently riding a 5-fight win streak, capturing the RISE title from Kan Itabashi at RISE 74 back in February. Komiyama also has a pair of fights in K-1, defeating Takehiro Murahama and losing a razor thin split-decision to Keiji Ozaki in the first round of the K-1 2010 63kg tournament that I felt he won. Komiyama recently called out Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe, but was shot down pretty disrespectfully by Urabe, so that could eventually turn into something. A win here could earn Komiyama a slot in a Japan qualifying tournament for next year's FIKA tournament should they follow through with their 63kg weight class. Wielzen has been very active as of late, as he fought Kanongsuk Weerasakreck back in September in what turned out to be an exhibition after Kanongsuk came in overweight, as well as fighting at the W5 Grand Prix in Moscow, defeating Ruslan Tozliyan by decision. Wielzen also has a fight set for next weekend at It's Showtime 53 against Carlos Reyes, who holds a win over current It's Showtime 61kg champ Javier Hernandez.

This fight joins the RISE Heavyweight tournament as well as the long-awaited Erika Kamimura vs RENA fight to become the first Queen of RISE, a battle for the vacant RISE Bantamweight title between Dyki and Kenji Kubo and RISE Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto in a super fight.

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The MuayThai Premier League is back once again for their third event, this time in The Hague, Holland. Once again, the card is looking great with top talent featured. Once again, there is little buzz for the event on this side of the Atlantic. Despite the lack of buzz, the event is sure to deliver in terms of excitement.

The card has some really outstanding match-ups. Mohammed Khamal takes on Michael Dicks in a quick one month turnaround from his last fight in Italy, where he picked up a win over Liam Harrison. Michael Dicks last picked up a win over Leo Monteiro at the MPL's inaugural event in September.

At middleweight, we have two outstanding fights. Yohan Lidon fights Vladimir Moravcik. Lidon has had a number of fights cancelled in order to prepare for this fight and he should be in top condition, along with Moravcik who fought on the MPL's second event last month. Moravcik fought to a draw against Rosario Presti and I thought he could've deserved the win. In the other middleweight fight, K-1 veteran Nieky Holzken takes on American fighter Ky Hollenbeck. Holzken last beat Marco Pique at the MPL's inaugural event and Hollenbeck is coming off the biggest win of his career over Jordan Watson last month at the MPL's Italy show. Two great fights with highly touted fighters.

As you can see, many fighters on the card are making quick turnarounds from the MPL's event in Italy last month, and it'll be the same situation for Roberto Cocco. He'll be fighting the world's number one fighter from 77-82kg, Artem Levin. Levin always seems vulnerable but unstoppable at the same time, and although his fights may be ugly sometimes, he knows how to get the job done.

At heavyweight, Nathan Corbett returns after a dominating performance at the MPL's inaugural event and takes on French fighter Abderahmane Coulibaly. I wouldn't be surprised to see another vintage "Carnage" Corbett destruction here.

In the two super fights, we've got a battle of two long time veterans of the Dutch scene as Ali Gunyar fights Marco Pique. Expect large portions of the crowd to be here for both men and they'll battle it out for superiority on home turf. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni is also in action against the Canadian fighter Simon Marcus. "Aussie" has had a rough last two fights, losing to Artem Levin and last month to Hicham El Gaoui.

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WBC Japan has announced two title fights for New Japan Kickboxing Association’s New Japan Blood 10 on November 26th.

First, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka takes on former WBC Australia Lightweight champion Oley Sakonpetch. I believe the fight could be for the vacant WBC International Super Featherweight title, but Nakasuka is ranked 16th and Oley is not ranked at all. Nakasuka is coming off what may be the biggest win of his career, defending his WBC Japan title against Naoki Ishikawa back in July. From what I’ve found on Oley Sakonpetch, he appears to be undefeated and he fights mostly in Australia. His last fight I can find is a win over Juanmario Kaewsamrit at Battle Colossal XI last October, so he may have lost and lost his WBC Australia title since then, or he vacated it.

Another title fight was announced and it is WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi taking on former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi. Yamauchi was a former AJKF Welterweight champion and the first Super Welterweight champion and won the WBC Japan belt back in 2007, but has only defended it twice. Yamauchi made it to the finals of the Krush tournament, beating Yuji Nashiro and Shintaro Matsukura before falling to Kenta in the finals. Miyakoshi is currently on a two-fight losing streak, however his two losses were to surging prospects Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan title to Yamato. Miyakoshi could be seen as a gatekeeper at 70kg for Japanese fighters as he’s faced the likes of Yamato, Morita, Yuichiro Nagashima and Christophe Pruvost, as well as foreign fighter Liam Harrison.

Also announced for the event is the aforementioned WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato taking on J-Network 5th ranked Super Lightweight Great Kei in a non-title fight. Yamato is coming off of a loss to Fabio Pinca in a rematch in August at Thai Fight Extreme Japan and a win over Soichiro Miyakoshi in July.

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