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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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With the cancellation of the Final 16, Mourad Bouzidi was free to fight on October 23rd in his showdown with Ismael Londt. This fight was one of Londt's biggest tests so far. They met on the Muay Thai Mania 4 card in Riswijk, Netherlands.

Londt once again shined, stopping Bouzidi in the second round. Bouzidi has now lost three in a row, albeit all against good competition. Ismael Londt has completely steamrolled everyone in front of him this year, beating the likes of Sebastian Ciobanu, Mladen Brestovac, Tomas Hron, Raemon Welboeren and now Mourad Bouzidi just this year. He's taken the kickboxing scene by storm in 2010 and 2011 and he keeps marching forward, destroying everyone in his path. Londt will be fighting at the SuperKombat World GP Final on November 19 in Germany against Pavel Zhuravlev in the semi finals of the one night, four man tournament. Even if Londt doesn't win the tournament, it's about time he gets a shot on a bigger stage like It's Showtime.

In other action on the card, Darryl Sichtman took a doctor stoppage over Errol Koning, Andy Souwer teammate Henri van Opstal took a decision over Mohammed Aouragh and Hicham Achalhi forced a doctor stoppage over Nathan van't Hoft, less than a month before he fights at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.

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Shootboxing has announced two more MMA vs kickboxing fights for November 6th's Shoot the Shooto 2011 event.

The first fight is a rematch from last year's big upset, 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 World MAX champion Andy Souwer will try to avenge his loss in last year's S-Cup semifinals to MMA fighter and Shootboxing convert Toby Imada. Souwer's position near the top of the 70kg world has come into question over the last couple of years. After hard fought back to back losses to Giorgio Petrosyan in the 2009 K-1 MAX final and Masato at Dynamite!!! 2009 in Masato's retirement fight, K-1 neglected inviting Souwer to the 2010 MAX Final 16, assuming the 3-time S-Cup champion would want to focus on the 2010 S-Cup and not want to fight in the K-1 MAX tournament. After a quarterfinal KO of Bovy Sor Udomson, Souwer lost a close split decision to Imada on the strength of Imada's grappling. Souwer bounced back with a decision win over Pajonsuk, but a February loss to Abraham Roqueni and an unimpressive showing in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament, despite reports of a compressed nerve, have seemed to diminish his standing at 70kg. Imada has surprised everyone in Shootboxing, coming in as a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and upsetting Takaaki Umeno in the quarterfinals as well as Souwer in the semis before losing to Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals. After being knocked out by Patricky Freire, denying him his 3rd straight Bellator Lightweight tournament final, Imada returned to Shootboxing, picking up another upset win over Hiroki Shishido. However, Imada had his Shootboxing success stunted with a loss to Bovy Sor Udomson in his latest outing. Souwer should be the big favorite in this fight, but Imada hasn't failed to surprise in any of his fights.

The other fight announced for the event is former PRIDE, UFC, Sengoku, Shooto and Pancrase fighter Akihiro Gono taking on Team Souwer's Henry Van Opstal. Gono found his most success in PRIDE, making it to the semifinals of the 2006 Welterweight tournament despite fighting above his weight class. After struggling in the UFC and being cut, he returned to Japan to fight in Sengoku, being brutally knocked out by Dan Hornbuckle. After 3 straight wins, Gono dropped to lightweight and was upset by the then unknown Jadamba Narantungalag and has since moved on to kickboxing. He won the AJKF Heavyweight title back in 2005 and since his return he has gone 2-2, with losses to Yuya Yamamoto and Yohan Lidon. Van Opstal made it to the semifinals of the 2010 S-Cup, losing by decision to eventual champion Buakaw Por Pramuk. Since, Van Opstal picked up a TKO win over former boxer Satoru Suzuki back in June.

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I don't think that it is hyperbole to say that this was the best one night tournament of the year and easily one of the best kickboxing shows of the year as well. It's Showtime has thrown together a musical montage dedicated to that night and you can watch it here, on LiverKick.com

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PTTAfter a deluge of messages, follows and likes we've seen Kickfighting fans come out in droves to support LiverKick.com and Phuket Top Team. This of course means that we have a winner in the Phuket Top Team/LiverKick.com Challenger Muay Thai Contest. There were dozens (and dozens...) of entries in the contest, proving to be our most successful yet so we'd like to take this time to thank you, the read for supporting not only LiverKick.com and Phuket Top Team, but Muay Thai and Kickboxing around the world.

It has been a tough year to be a fan of Kickboxing and the understanding that K-1 is not the end-all, be-all in the world can only lead to a brighter future for the world of Kickfighting.

We are proud to announce that the winner of a metric ton of Challenger Muay Thai gear is Jerome Taylor. Everyone go ahead and congratulate Jerome because it was his lucky day, as the random draw both giveth and taketh away, and in this case, giveth and giveth in plentiful amounts.

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Yesterday in Moscow, Russia, Fight Code along with W5 held an event featuring a Fight Code portion of the card and a W5 portion of the card. The Fight Code portion was shown on Fight Code's stream and W5 wasn't, so everyone was left in the dark about the W5 portion. The W5 portion was shown on Russian TV and videos should be uploaded soon.

In the main event of the W5 portion, former It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Sergio Wielzen took on Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan for the W5 World Title at 60kg. The fight started off fast and Wielzen was knocked down in the first round. It was tough to tell if it was a slip or a legit knockdown because a very strange canvas was being used that had fighters slipping on it all night. Wielzen rallied back and hurt Tozliyan multiple times throughout the rest of the fight. The knockdown made the fight pretty close but Wielzen got a unanimous decision to become the W5 -60kg champion. Next for Wielzen is current It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez at It's Showtime's card in Tenerife on November 12th.

In the co-main event, Maxim Smirnov fought Maxim Shalnev at 70kg. About halfway through the first round, Smirnov started to get into a rhythm with his hands and started consistently finding the mark on his opponent. Shalnev was hurt by punches in the first and it continued in the second. Shalnev got cracked with a left hook and staggered, causing the referee to call a halt to the bout in the second round. Smirnov didn't take much damage and should be ready for his fight against Dzhabar Askerov next month at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.

Highly touted up and comer Aziz Kallah made the venture to Moscow to fight 17-year-old Alim Nabiev. In what was quite surprising, Nabiev controlled the fight with his height and range and landed significant strikes on Kallah for most of the fight. If I were to make comparisons, I'd say he looked like a mixture of Artem Levin and Yoshihiro Sato. Only at the very end of the fight did Kallah come on strong. Nabiev picked up a unanimous decision and he's definitely one to look out for in the future, being just 17 years old and already beating the likes of Aziz Kallah.

Full results below:

W5 60kg World Title fight (5x3):

Sergio Wielzen def. Ruslan Tozliyan by Unanimous Decision. 

Single fights (3x3):

Maxim Smirnov def. Maxim Shalnev by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.

Yuri Zhukovsky def. Valdrin Vatnikaj by decision.

Goran Radonjic def. Nadir Gadzhiev by decision in an extra round.

Alim Nabiev def. Aziz Kallah by Unanimous Decision.

Vitaly Lisnyak def. Evgeny Khil by decision.

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Earlier today at Differ Ariake, It's Showtime Japan and REBELS copromoted their second event together, It's Showtime Japan 4 and REBELS.9, headlined by an It's Showtime 61kg MAX #1 contender's bout.

In the main event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight GP winner Masahiro Yamamoto defeated former RISE 60kg champion Kan Itabashi for a second time on the strength of a 3rd round flying knee knockdown by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x3), 30-28 and 29-28. The win puts Yamamoto back on a 2-fight win streak and makes him the #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg championship, currently held by Javier Hernandez. The last time the two met Yamamoto was on a 5 fight win streak, including his Krush tournament win, winning 10 of his last 11 fights while Itabashi was riding an 8 fight win streak including back to back title defenses of his RISE belt over TURBΦ and Keiji Ozaki. Yamamoto won that fight by unanimous decision, but went on a 4-fight winless streak immediately after before defeating Arita Tsukahara to earn the right to face Itabashi. Itabashi won his place in this fight by defeating Genki Yamamoto at the first It's Showtime Japan event in what turned out to be Genki's last fight. This win restores a lot of momentum for the 28 year old Masahiro Yamamoto that had been lost over the past year and a half. His matchup with Hernandez should be an extremely entertaining fight. Hernandez is set to take on former 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen, who defeated Yamamoto, in a non-title fight in Spain at It's Showtime 53 on November 12th.

In the co-main event, Hinata was able to defeat South Korean fighter Baek Min-Cheol via a body kick KO at 1:01 into the first round. For Hinata, it is a bounce back from his one-sided loss to 70kg kingpin Giorgio Petrosyan as well as a tune up for his fight at the big It's Showtime January 28th show against Gago Drago.

WPMF Japan Welteweight champion Daiki Watabe picked up a much needed win with a unanimous decision over former J-Network Super Lightweight champion Tomo Kiire on scores of 29-27(x2), 29-28 and 29-26(x2). Watabe was riding a two fight losing streak with a loss to Chi Bin Lim in RISE as well as a loss to T-98 at the first It's Showtime Japan event. Up next for Watabe could be a defense of his WPMF title against newly crowned J-Network Welterweight champ Masato Otake who is looking to be one of the hottest prospects in Japan at the moment.

In REBELS action, WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii picked up a 3rd round KO win over a Lumpinee ranker. If Morii continues winning and Genji Umeno wins his next fight for the WPMF World title, the two could meet each other with the WPMF Japan and World titles on the line as well as a spot in the Lumpinee Stadium feathweight rankings.

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