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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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Warman Kickfighting Show

I've once again cemented my status as a regular on Steven "Warman" Wright's podcast, Warman's Kickfighting Show. In episode 56 we go ahead and preview this weekend's Fight Code event, which is shaping up to be a can't miss show. We also discuss some of the recent Muay Thai stadium shows and what the hell is going on with K-1. On top of that we take a rather frank look at the Muay Thai Premier Leagues latest event and how they are marketing the events and how there is some clarity needed on their rules after some decisions have upset fans across the world.

You can access the show from this blog, or just download it here directly (Note: Embedded Player might not always work. If not, go to the blog to download it).

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It's Showtime will host the Kickboxing retirement fight of the young Badr Hari. Badr Hari is a sensational fighter with a very troubled past who has decided to move on to the Boxing world, at least for now. Watch the promo package put together by It's Showtime for Badr Hari.

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On November 14th at National Stadium in Bangkok, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is set to defend his WBC Flyweight title in a boxing match against former WBA Super Flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro. However, a big Muay Thai fight has just been announced and it is between Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana and former AJKF Featherweight champion Hiromasa Masuda. Jomthong is coming off of a dominating performance over Tetsuya Yamato earlier this month, taking a unanimous decision win. He is currently 8-1 on the year and has back to back wins over Nong-O Sit Or. Masuda has had a rough couple of years and is currently on a 4-fight winless streak with his most recent loss being to WBC Muay Thai Japan champ Rashata on the same card that Jomthong defeated Yamato. It's a bit of a strange matchup considering they are going in somewhat opposite directions and Jomthong is coming off a win while Masuda is coming off a loss. While a win is unlikely for the struggling Masuda, an upset could possibly rejuvenate the 38 year old's career.

Another bout announced for the event is Kaimookdum(?) Chuwattana taking on former NJKF Bantamweight and Featherweight champion Takashi Fujiwara aka Kunitaka. WBC Muay Thai currently has Kunitaka ranked 10th at Super Bantamweight and Kaimookdum 4th at Bantamweight and with a vacant Super Bantamweight title, the winner could find themselves in prime position to challenge for the vacant title.

For those interested in the boxing main event, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai came out of nowhere last year, losing a close, yet clear and entertaining decision to Flyweight kingpin Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. Since, he won a couple of stay busy fights before taking the WBC Super Flyweight title off of Tomas Rojas in August. Nashiro held the WBA Super Flyweight title before losing it to Hugo Fidel Cazares, going 0-1-1 against Cazares with a split draw and unanimous decision loss. In his first fight this year he lost a unanimous decision to the aforementioned Rojas and won a tune up fight against Ray Perez.

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K-1 Final 16As we had reported previously, there has been a rumor that FEG has offered certain fighters an offer that would let FEG off of the hook for 50% of the money that they owe certain fighters. What many who read it neglected to notice was the last paragraph, which states that it was unclear who this offer was extended to, if anyone. LiverKick.com has received numerous reports that K-1 has been working to broker deals with fighters and managers this past week to solidify the K-1 Final 16 and that there were some fighters being offered a "50% deal."

It appears that It's Showtime's fighters were not offered this deal, at least that is what Simon Rutz says as of this morning. When a fan asked Mr. Rutz if It's Showtime fighters would be willing to take a cut of 50% to fight for K-1 he claimed that was not the case for It's Showtime's fighters, and in a reply to another fan's post he said that K-1 was not "blackmailing" them. This does not entirely rule out that some fighters have been offered a "bad deal," but in the case of It's Showtime it appears this deal has not been given to them.

That does not mean that things between It's Showtime and FEG/K-1 are all sunshine and roses, though. It's Showtime's deadline for FEG to pay the money owed to them has been pushed back a few times now. On his Facebook page today, Simon Rutz replied to a fan's question about K-1 paying them and things seemed final; "If they [K-1] do not transfer the money today, then I think no more!" If Friday is the final deadline for K-1, there could be problems brewing for the event.

Multiple sources claim that none of the fighters are actually contracted yet for their fights due to these financial problems. There is talk of K-1 having issues securing sponsors for the event, which is where a lot of their money comes from to help fund events and pay fighters. If you check the K-1 site for the Nanjing Final 16 you'll see that there are no sponsors listed at the bottom, either. Compare to the K-1 MAX event, which was sponsored by Mages.

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Badr HariThe news about Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong’s imminent departures from the sport of Kickboxing behind to pursue other interests in the combat sports world has had the world talking about Heavyweight Kickboxing, but most of the discussion has not been complimentary, instead it has been gloom and doom. It is understandable to be upset over three big stars departing the world of Kickboxing; Saki and Hari for Boxing and Spong for MMA, because over the past few years they have been the golden standard of “young fighters” and shown a strong future for the sport. Yet the talk is that the well has gone dry, that there is no money in Kickboxing because of K-1’s financial distress and that elite talent will no longer look to Kickboxing as a viable career.

This is incredibly inaccurate and echoes a lot of the same sentiments that were heard about Boxing when MMA began to rise into prominence. Many were quick to declare Boxing as a dead sport or at least on a steady enough decline to where within a matter of years Mixed Martial Arts would completely over take it and no more young talent would turn to Boxing. Instead we’ve seen Boxing continue to march forward, new stars being developed and dominant fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, the Klitschko brothers and more steal headlines and attract more and more fans. MMA enthusiasts will argue that there are so few big Boxing PPVs that of course the big fights drawing in the million buys or more range makes sense, that UFC’s business model is to get consistent buys for lesser fights. Boxing fans would note that no UFC fighter outside of Brock Lesnar has the ability to draw mainstream interest or PPV buys like a Floyd Mayweather or a Manny Pacquiao can.

The truth is somewhere in the middle, where both sports are entirely different sports and can easily co-exist with there still being a wealth of talent in each sport. For Kickboxing the same is true. There is no doubt that as MMA grows it will attract some talented fighters who could have otherwise made a successful career in Kickboxing, Boxing or Muay Thai, but that does not mean that any sport will be run out of business or talent because of it. Each sport is distinctly different and some fighters find their calling and stick with it. Not every fighter has a passion for grappling like they do for stand up fighting, why would they jump to a sport like MMA where in the United States traditional wrestling dominates a lot of where the fights take place and how they are paced?

In Europe and Asia there is still strong support for Kickboxing and Muay Thai, with it built into the culture much like in the Midwestern United States strong wrestling programs are built into the culture and in urban areas of the United States youth Boxing programs are there. Children grow up learning how to Kickbox in the Netherlands, UK, Australia and many other countries, it is hard to imagine a sport like Kickboxing simply dying off because of a predominantly American sport like MMA is finally starting to create “millionaires” as Dana White has gone on record stating.

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Fight Code returns this Saturday, October 15th with one of their better cards of the year. The card will play host to the Dragons 72.5kg Final 8 featuring Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Armen Petrosyan to name a few, along with a couple single fights. Fight Code has also partnered with TK2 for this event, who will host a one night, eight man tournament featuring the likes of Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner. Now, here's who you should keep a watchful eye on this weekend:

Chingiz Allazov

Allazov has all the makings of a future star and elite fighter. He's been fighting way above the level of competition he's been facing in Fight Code, destroying everyone. He's only 19 years old and the level of skill and fighting prowess he's shown so far is pretty unbelievable. He fights around 63-67kg and at only 19 years of age, I would not be surprised at all if he grew into a legit 70kg fighter. He trains at the Chinuk Gym that has produced notables such as Alexey Ignashov, Zabit Samedov and Vitali Akhramenko. He's shown tons of potential so far and I'd expect another destruction against French fighter Raouf Beliouz on Saturday.

Armen Petrosyan

Permanently in his brother's shadow, Armen Petrosyan is probably the best fighter that no one really thinks about. Armen, despite not being as good as Giorgio (Who is?), has solid skills and a resume to back it up. His biggest win to date was over Yoshihiro Sato in April and if he can win the Dragons tournament, it should really get him some recognition. He's ranked #9 on our Liverkick.com rankings yet barely anyone knows much about him. He'll be facing Belarussian fighter Yuri Bessmertny on Saturday, who is pretty decent himself.

Enriko Gogokhia

Another young fighter at 22 years of age, Gogokhia has come up short against good competition but he's shown he can hang with some of the best. He was very competitive with Mike Zambidis and Dzhabar Askerov this year. He's fighting in the TK2 tournament and I think there's a good chance he can string together some wins. Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner are the toughest opponents in the tournament and anything can happen in a tournament. Gogokhia will fight a familiar face from It's Showtime, Mohammed Medhar in the quarter finals.

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