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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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As you may or may not know, this Saturday, Fight Code held an event in conjunction with TK2, featuring a one night, eight man tournament on the TK2 portion of the card. Fight Code only showed their own Fight Code portion of the card on their stream, so we had no opportunity to watch the TK2 portion of the card.

Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner were scheduled for the tournament but it seems both of them pulled out. I'd assume Lidon pulled out due to his MPL fight next month in the Netherlands and he has a fight in France against Gregory Choplin a month after that. As for Kaestner, rumors are swirling that he's actually retired from kickboxing altogether. Nothing is one hundred percent certain though about his future though. Lidon was supposed to fight Ait Said and Kaestner was supposed to fight Ismael Uzuner, both in the quarter finals.

Chris van Venrooij went on to win the tournament. The tournament is a nice feather in his cap, as he's come up short against most of the higher up fighters he's faced. Every fight on the TK2 portion went to decision. Check out the full results below:

Fabrice Aurieng def. German Talbot by decision.

Chris van Venrooij def. Ait Said by decision.

Wallid Haddad def. Niclas Larsen by decision.

Semi Final
Ait Said def. Enriko Gogokhia by decision.

Semi Final
Chris van Venrooij def. Yohan Beausejour by decision.

Philippe Salmon def. Willy Borrel by decision.

Quarter Final
Enriko Gogokhia def. Ismael Uzuner by decision.

Quarter Final
Ait Said def. Yazid Boussaha by decision.

Quarter Final
Chris van Venrooij def. Farhat Ahmedjanov by decision.

Quarter Final
Johan Beausejour def. Mohammed Medhar by decision.


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Shootboxing and Shooto have announced the second cross-promotional matchup to take place at Shoot the Shooto 2011 on November 6th and it is #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki taking on MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. "Wicky" trains with fellow Shoot the Shooto participant "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and, like his training partner, is primarily a striker. Also like his training partner, he fought most of his career in Shooto until being called up by DREAM, ultimately settling in there. Nishiura has struggled a bit in MMA lately despite training under Matt Hume, losing his last two fights to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno despite his improving take down defense. "Wicky" has some kickboxing experience, though, as he fought 2010 K-1 -63kg champion Tetsuya Yamato to a draw at Dynamite!!! 2010. Suzuki is currently on a 3-fight win streak and has won 6 of his last 7, with 3 of those wins coming over MMA fighters Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tenkei Oda and Shigeki Osawa. It is an interesting matchup considering "Wicky" fought Yamato to a draw and his strange style could present problems for Suzuki. I expect this fight to be close.

Already announced for the card is a matchup between MMA fighter "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and SB rep Hiroki Shishido. If Shooto continues to pick fighters from Shooting Gym Yokohama, an entertaining matchup could be made between Shooto title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito and former Shootboxing champion Ryuya Kusakabe. Still expected to compete from the Shootboxing side are Andy Souwer, Bovy Sor Udomson and Toby Imada.

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K-1/It's ShowtimeSimon Rutz promised a statement on the K-1 situation today, and he has delivered. There is so much in here that has been floating around for quite a while now that I don't know where to begin. LiverKick.com had heard from multiple sources that Bas Boon and a group of American investors had planned to purchase K-1. This initially started a few months ago when Fight Game, a company owned in part by Bas Boon and Frederico Lapenda had acquired certain rights to footage and began removing K-1 fights from YouTube under infringement to "Fight Game." This was the first clue that something was going down and backed up some of the rumors of K-1 being purchased.

Then nothing happened. K-1 went nowhere. There was talk of Barbizon, a real estate company acquiring certain rights to K-1's brands, and that this was possibly a part of the sale. Then there was talks of another company having possibly purchased K-1, while the talks of Golden Glory acquiring K-1 refused to die down. All of a sudden there were people who were dead set that one group had purchased K-1 or that the other group had, yet nothing was happening, there was no movement and FEG finally decided to run events under the K-1 name themselves. It turns out that K-1's founder Kazuyoshi Ishii had not signed away on his baby, his creation that had helped shape the world of kickboxing, that he was what was holding back the sale, claims Rutz.

With all of this in mind, according to Rutz there were three companies in contention and none of them have the required signature to take over the company. Even if they were to acquire K-1 today, there is not enough time to organize a K-1 event on October 29th. While nothing has happene yet, Rutz still believes that one of the potential investors will take control over K-1 by 2012 and organize K-1 events. Rutz has also promised It's Showtime will support whomever takes over the organization and believes that a united front of It's Showtime and Golden Glory participating in K-1 is good for the sport. Read after the break for the entire statement from Mr. Rutz. [source]

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K-1The latest in the last minute saga of the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 is that the show is probably cancelled. News has been leaking out over the past few days of possible last minute deals, possible shake ups internally and the World Grand Prix Final 16 being cancelled. It's Showtime was providing a wealth of talent under the idea that FEG would pay It's Showtime the money they owe them as well as the fighters' salary before the event could happen. Simon Rutz extended the deadline numerous times and the money still never made its way to them.

On Monday in Amsterdam Rutz is set to make a statement about the K-1 situation but many are expecting it to be "bad" news. It's Showtime has been focused this week on their January 28th event in The Netherlands which will feature the retirement of Badr Hari. Tickets went on sale this weekend and according to It's Showtime moving quickly, with the VIP tables sold out and a good portion of the seating in the arena sold out as well. There are murmurs of It's Showtime assembling a tournament of their own at some point, as waiting for K-1 to put together the World Grand Prix was their only hindrance.

According to sources in the It's Showtime circle there will not be a World Grand Prix Final 16 event, it will not be postponed to a later date.

There is talk of a December 10th date in China still happening, possibly being the Final 8 of the World Grand Prix, or simply a collection of K-1 Super Fights.

It needs to be remembered that all of this talk of the event being cancelled involves It's Showtime pulling out from the World Grand Prix. If K-1 has no back-up plan the chances of there being a World Grand Prix are indeed slim to none, but there is still a chance that other parties they've been talking with over the last week could come to the rescue for them, but it is a longshot at best it appears.

UPDATE: Michael Schiavello reports on his Twitter that he too has heard that the event is off.

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Yesterday, SuperKombat held their final installment of their qualifying World Grand Prix series in Piatra Neamt, Romania. All four shows in the series have been in different Romanian cities, setting up the final World Grand Prix event in Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of each tournament of the World Grand Prix series face off in a one night, four man tournament at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final.

The two main names in the tournament, Wendell Roche and Erhan Deniz had little trouble dispatchnig their semi final opponents and met in the final. In what at times was a bit of a stinker, Deniz managed to get a decision victory over Roche. His kicks probably won him the fight, as he'd throw body kicks in succession that really looked great for the judges.

Bogdan Stoica returned after his injury suffered against Hakan Aksoy in July. He faced Leon Miedema and was in control of most of the fight, landing the much more significant offense, getting him a unanimous decision. The fight was at 92kg which is pretty high for Stoica to be fighting at. It leads me to believe he put on a bit of weight while he was injured and although he didn't look out of shape at all, he looked a tad softer than usual. I'd expect Stoica's next fight to be somewhere between 85 and 90kgs.

In other fights, Catalin Morosanu picked up a unanimous decision over late replacement Ibrahim Aarab and Sebastian Ciobanu picked up a split decision over Ali Cenik. Check out the full results below:

Reserve Fight: Jantje Siersema def. Lucian Danilencu by Split Decision in an Extra Round.

Semi Final 1: Erhan Deniz def. Angelis Konstantinos by KO (Punches) in Round 2.

Semi Final 2: Wendell Roche def. Marian Baryla by TKO (Low Kicks) in Round 3.

Bogdan Stoica def. Leon Miedema by Unanimous Decision.

Diogo Neves def. Ionut Atodiresei by Unanimous Decision.

Sebastian Ciobanu def. Ali Cenik by Split Decision.

Ionut Iftimoaie def. Luca Panto by Unanimous Decision.

Catalin Morosanu def. Ibrahim Aarab by Unanimous Decision.

Alexandru Lungu def. Bob Sapp by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

Final: Erhan Deniz def. Wendell Roche by decision.

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K-1 Final 16This week has been a rollercoaster for K-1 Final 16 news. It's Showtime's Simon Rutz set multiple deadlines for FEG to pay the money owed to It's Showtime and their fighters, with the final deadline set for Friday by end of business. LiverKick.com has been in close contact with It's Showtime officials regarding this news and as of this afternoon there was no word regarding payments. This of course was a worst case scenario for the K-1 Final 16, set to happen in just two weeks now, an event that had yet to secure any substantial sponsors and that fighters had yet to receive finalized contracts for.

There was another rumor this week about FEG offering a contract to fighters who were owed substantial sums of money that would ensure their future fighting for K-1 but would only pay 50% of the money that was owed to them, with the fighter effectively waiving the other 50% and FEG no longer liable for that.

The first word of the show "not happening" came from Anil Dubar, Daniel Ghita's coach by way of the Dutch blog of Daniel Dee. Dubar claims that the event has been cancelled, that October 29th is off.

Of course this is not final, as there has been no official word from K-1 on any of this, and there are reports coming from Japan that FEG is still in meetings with potential investors for K-1, but as the October 29th date draws closer and closer and It's Showtime possibly pulling out a majority of the promised fighters for the Final 16 things are beginning to look truly bleak.

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