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HDnet Will Air Tyrone Spong vs. Melvin Manhoef... Later

Part of our main concern going into next weekend's It's Showtime 55 is that for some reason, Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong is on the undercard. It's Showtime's broadcasts are a set length and currently their cards are in two parts, with "Part 2" being televised and "Part 1" usually being in some void somewhere that we don't get to view. We and many fans have expressed our concerns to It's Showtime and I reached out to Andrew Simon of HDnet to see what's up, and we have good news for you.

HDnet will indeed be airing the main portion of the card live next Saturday, at 3pm Eastern time. They will not be airing the first part, but HDnet will be airing the Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong fight, according to Andrew Simon. It will air at a later date, which has not been disclosed yet, but HDnet has a lot of options for airing, including Inside MMA, HDnet's weekly fights they put online or just the entire undercard at a later date. Stay tuned for more.


Ultimate Glory on March 23 -- Huge Kickboxing Event

We've been waiting and waiting it seems for an announcement in regards to K-1. We've known for a while now that Golden Glory has been working to try to get involved with the K-1 brand and that there was a show on March 23rd in Moscow, but the announcement was a long time coming and clearly there were complications involved. Golden Glory issued a press release this morning announcing the March 23rd Moscow event, and explains that the K-1 negotiations are still underway, but that they've decided to move forward with putting out an event featuring top Kickboxers in the meantime.


Sahak Parparyan Replaces Danyo Ilunga To Face Mourad Bouzidi on Jan. 28 It's Showtime

With Danyo Ilunga injured, It's Showtime had to look around for an opponent to fight Mourad Bouzidi at -95kg  on January 28. In a rather unexpected replacement, It's Showtime 85kg champ Sahak Parparyan stepped up to the plate to fight Bouzidi a full 10kg above his normal weight class. Bouzidi is actually coming down in weight from just fighting at Heavyweight so Sahak will be at a big size disadvantage.

Sahak actually just fought on Saturday, taking a decision over Hakan Aksoy at a weight limit around 86kg. Sahak has fought at -95kg in It's Showtime as recently as March, where he took a decision over Marco Vlieger. In January of 2011, he also lost a decision to Frank Munoz at -95kg on the Enfusion second season. He's looked much better at 85kg though and has really come into his own.

Bouzidi is coming off a three fight losing streak, all losses taking place at Heavyweight though. He's not that much bigger than 95kg but he's still a legit Heavyweight size-wise.

This isn't Sahak's first time taking a fight on short notice though. He stepped up to fight Moises Ruibal for It's Showtime on June 18 in Madrid on short notice and took a decision. It doesn't sound like Sahak was injured during his fight with Aksoy on Saturday so he should be good to go. Full news release by It's Showtime below, or view it on their website here.

Last Thursday we announced that Chahid Oulad El Hadj and Danyo Ilunga had to cancel their fights due to injuries against respectively Harut Grigorian and Mourad Bouzidi on the IT'S SHOWTIME event in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, January 28.

We already mentioned that IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 70kg Chris Ngimbi will step in for Chahid, but now another world champion takes an empty spot.

IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 85kg max Sahak Parparyan will replace Danyo Ilunga. Parparyan is always up for a challenge and after defeating Hakan Aksoy just last weekend, he will enter the ring again within two weeks, not only stepping in (for Ilunga) but also stepping up (in weight), as he fights Bouzidi in the 95kg max division.

With Ngimbi and Parparyan on the fight card, there are now 4 IT’S SHOWTIME world champions on January 28’s card, with Ngimbi and Parparyan in non-title fights, and Hesdy Gerges (heavyweight) and Yohan Lidon (73kg max) defending their titles against respectively Daniel Ghita and Lhoucine Ouzgni.

Add Robin van Roosmalen (IT’S SHOWTIME ‘Fast & Furious 70 max’ tournament winner) and 4 former IT’S SHOWTIME world champions (Murat Direkçi, Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari) to that and it shows once more that this is a stacked card!


Video: Badr Hari's Public Workout Compilation

Today at Mike's Gym in Oostzaan, Badr Hari took to the ring for a public workout amidst many avid fans who came out to show their support for Badr. His fight with Gokhan Saki is exactly two weeks away. Mike's Gym is a huge gym and it still couldn't fit all the fans that showed up. It's Showtime will be releasing photos of the event tomorrow. Watch as Badr hits pads in the ring with Mike Passenier with fans and press packed into Mike's Gym.


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