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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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I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.

The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to MuayThaiislife.com owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.

The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:

Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY

These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.

Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ

The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.

Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA

Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.

Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY

Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.

Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai

Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.

I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on GFL.tv right now. The full event results on TakeOnProductions.com and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.

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The Tatneft Cup tournament is once again in its final stages. Competitors have advanced to the finals, having to win three fights over the course of the Tatneft Cup 2011 campaign to get there. The final match-ups are looking great due to some more talent being recruited this year. All the finals bouts will be six rounds of three minutes, unlike the normal four rounds of three minute matches in the Tatneft Cup. For more info on just what exactly the Tatneft Cup is, I wrote an article a while back illustrating why it's pretty awesome.

Starting off with the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov takes on Maxim Smirnov in what has all the makings of a great fight. Askerov always comes to throw down, and his fight with Enriko Gogokhia that advanced him to this position is a great example of that. With Smirnov having a pretty good boxing background (8-4-2 as a pro boxer with respectable losses), he tends to be pretty hands-heavy in his approach and this is what can really make the fight a slugfest. Smirnov is fresh off a stoppage win over Maxim Shalnev on Saturday while Askerov's last fight was on July 23rd in a win over Enriko Gogokhia that advanced him here. This should be a great one.

In the 80kg final, a battle of two top fighters at the weight takes place between Dmitry Shakuta and Alexander Oleinik. Both fighters are really good. Shakuta has been around for a long time, with the former It's Showtime 77MAX World Champion being among his accolades. Oleinik has burst on the scene over the past year or two, particularly after his tournament win in Moldova that included stoppage wins over Sem Braan and Constantin Tutu. This year, Oleinik beat another top fighter in Alexander Stetsurenko to get to the finals. Shakuta just picked up a win over Stetsurenko on October 20th. This should be a really good, technical fight. Both of their last fights in the Tatneft tournament against Yordan Yankov and Alexander Stetsurenko respectively are ones that you should definitely check out.

Lastly, in the heavyweight final Dutch-based fighter Hicham Achalhi faces Ukrainian Dmitry Bezus. Achalhi has popped up this year due to his participation in the tournament and actually just picked up a win on Sunday. Bezus has experience fighting at heavyweight, including a win over Konstantin Gluhov and a good amateur pedigree. Ismael Londt won the Tatneft Cup in this divison last year and has since skyrocketed up the ranks. Maybe the winner of this bout can have similar success.

Along with the final match-ups are some single bouts. Enriko Gogokhia fights Philippe Salmon at 70kg, Alexander Stetsurenko fights Hicham El Gaoui, who recently beat L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, at 80kg and Dzevad Poturak fights Brazillian Ricardo Christian at heayvweight.

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LondtThe departure of a select few Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Kickboxers from K-1 action has led the media and fans to quickly declare Heavyweight Kickboxing as "dead" and that there is a shallow talent pool. We here at LiverKick.com beg to differ, as K-1 might be the type of company to promote the same fighters year in and year out, but that does not mean there is no other talent out there. About a week ago, I wrote an article that Heavyweight Kickboxing was not dead, and Rian followed up with his own proof. The basic idea is that while some of your favorites might not be fighting in Kickboxing (for a while, let's be honest, they'll be back), that does not mean that there is a lack of talent. There is actually a ton of talent out there, and just as I promised, it is time to start introducing more fans to them.

First up is Ismael Londt. Londt fights out of the legendary Team Slamm, known for their Muay Thai adapted to Kickboxing. He is a 24 year old fighter and for a fighter as young as he is, he is already getting a lot of hype and has amassed a 25-2-1 record, which is impressive considering the level of competition he has been fighting. He has wins over fighters like Sergei Laschenko, Sebastian Ciobanu, Rico Verhoeven and Mladen Brestovac. If you aren't familiar with all of those names that is OK, but understand they are some of the best fighters coming up in the scene.

Londt has moved up in the SuperKombat tournament to the Final 4 and he faces yet another young star in Pavel Zhuravlev in a widely anticipated bout. Now, as to why people are excited about Londt.

The way Londt moves is like a veteren who has been around for many years. He mixes in a lot of the explosiveness that a fighter like Badr Hari brings to the table while still controlling his emotions and remembering to defend himself before going crazy. He is a Kickboxers Kickboxer, with great technique and legitimate Fight IQ. He goes for the kill when he sees it, and when he doesn't he makes sure to cover his bases without getting frustrated. So of course, why tell when we can show?

Vs. Mladen Brestovac

Vs. Sebastian Ciobanu

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I don't even need to say much, this picture is worth a thousand words.

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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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