|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Over the past few years, L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni has emerged as one of It's Showtime's premier fighters in the -77kg division. He went on a tear through 2009 and 2010, going undefeated with wins over Amir Zeyada, Ali Gunyar, Khalid Chabrani, Sem Braan and Nieky Holzken. Lately though, the Dutch-Moroccan fighter has found himself on a bit of a losing streak, as he's dropped to in a row, albeit to top competition in Artem Levin and Andy Souwer. "Aussie" looked noticeably flat in his fight at -70kg against Andy Souwer in March where he dropped a Unanimous Decision. Since then, he hasn't fought.
It's rare for kickboxers to have such a long layoff, as many are known for fighting very frequently. "Aussie" will return on October 16 in Beverwijk, Netherlands at the annual Beverwijk Top Team Gala. Beverwijk Top Team is the gym Ouzgni trains out of and an annual event is held in October by the gym each year. He'll take on Hicham El Gaoui, a fighter very similar to himself.
El Gaoui is a very tall, lanky Moroccan fighter that has in the past fought at higher weights. He holds a win over current It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion Sahak Parparyan from 2009. This is definitely a winnable fight for Ouzgni and should serve as a step back on track. "Aussie" is essentially a much more powerful and dynamic version of El Gaoui and those two factors should give him an edge.
Other notable match-ups on the card include Rodney Glunder vs. Raemon Welboeren and Brian Douwes vs. Janfarr Wilnis.Add a comment
The MPL's first show is fast-approaching and just as promised, their documentary series, Into the Fire" has made what appears to be a limited time debut. It is done in the style of HBO's 24/7 series or UFC's Primetime series and features Kevin Ross, Baxter Humby and others. Sadly they have opted to not allow for embedding or really ease of sharing for this video, so head over to Vimeo to check it out. Check it out here.
MPL makes their debut in Long Beach, California on this Friday. For more information visit their website.Add a comment
In the main event of the second It's Showtime Japan event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto defeated WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arito Tsukahara by majority decision on scores of 30-29(x2), 30-27, 30-28 and 29-29 to make him #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg title. Yamamoto is now second in line behind Kan Itabashi to face It's Showtime champion Javier Hernandez and with a matchup between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and former It's Showtime champion Sergio Wielzen at the next It's Showtime event, there should not be a shortage of quality opposition for the champion. The win is the first for Yamamoto in his last 5 fights and the first since being upset in the qualifying round of the first K-1 63kg GP by Tetsuya Yamato. This fight seemed to be a must win for the former Japanese Lightweight kingpin who had looked less than stellar since the Krush Lightweight GP. On the night of Hisanori Maeda's retirement, Yamamoto took one for AJKF.
In the co-main event WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota and MA Kick Bantamweight champion Takuma Ito fought to a split draw on scores of 49-48, 49-49 and 48-49. This is a bit of a mild upset as Sota was the WPMF champion and was probably next in line for the J-NETWORK Super Bantamweight title that's being unified on October 16th.
WPMF Japan Super Welterweight champion Takeshi Shimizu won a 3 round decision against Techakarin Chuwattana(?) on scores of 30-28(x2) and 29-28.
Former AJKF Featherweight champion Hisanori Maeda held his retirement ceremony at the event.
In a match that could determine Ichinohe Sota's next challenger, #1 ranked WPMF Japan Bantamweight Noro Yuki defeated #4 ranked Jun Miyoshi by unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring it 30-27. Yuki could be next in line to fight Sota, though Takuma Ito may want a rematch and #2 ranked Nobuchiko Terado could make a case for a title shot as well.
Finally, in a WPMF title match, defending WPMF Japan Women's Atom Weight champion Little Tiger lost a 5 round decision to NJKF Atom Weight champion Chiharu on scores of 50-48, 50-47 and 49-48 to make Chiharu the new WPMF Japan champion. Chiharu lost to Erika Kamimura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight by 2nd round TKO but has put together 4 straight wins since then.
The next It's Showtime Japan event is a co-promotion with M-1 Muay Thai and is headlined by a 61kg bout between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Sergio Wielzen. Also on the card are WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion Genji Umeno taking on Utideto Rukupurabato(?) and WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii taking on former WBO Boxing Champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin.Add a comment
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Errol Zimmerman got back in the ring today in Spergau, Germany. His opponent, Nikolaj Falin was coming off a nine second knockout loss to Mark Miller. Falin was originally scheduled to face off against Stefan Leko, but Leko had to withdraw.
It seems as if Zimmerman was actually trying to outdo Mark Miller. Well, he didn't quite do that but he managed to knock Falin out in fifteen seconds. Six seconds longer than it took Miller. Zimmerman cracked Falin with a counter left hook that left the German-Russian unable to get up. The win makes it three in a row for Errol, who was coming off of a pretty lackluster 2010 year in which he only had one win and four losses.
There was also a 4-man tournament on the card featuring Bakar Barakat, Egon Racz from Mike's Gym, Alban Ahmeti and Omar Tekin. Barakat advanced through to the finals with a close win over Egon Racz. Alban Ahmeti advanced to the finals by stopping Omar Tekin with low kicks. In the final Barakat and Ahmeti fought to a decision that reportedly could've gone either way. Barakat walked away with the decision and the tournament.Add a comment