|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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After a very successful Spanish debut back in June, It's Showtime is set to once again hold an event in Spain on November 12th. This time, It's Showtime will stray away from the mainland and hold the event in Tenerife. Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the Canary Islands.
It's a good strategic move on behalf of It's Showtime, as kickboxing has quite strong support in the Canaries. Local fighters like Loren Javier Jorge and Moises Ruibal have strong followings that will most definitely draw interest towards the event. It's Showtime utilized Spanish fighters for their Madrid show back in June, and they had quite good showings. The atmosphere at the Madrid event was among the best that It's Showtime has had at their events and I'd expect this one to rival that.
Most notably on the card, the pound for pound best kickboxer in the world, Giorgio Petrosyan returns to action after once again injuring his hand against Hinata. Petrosyan will take on the hometown favorite Zeben Diaz. Diaz took a win over Yavuz Kayabasi at It's Showtime's Madrid event in June. A month after, Diaz fought Warren Stevelmans and lost on a questionable referee stoppage. Diaz isn't really the ideal opponent for Petrosyan, but it looks like the fight is more of a tune up for him, with all due respect to Zeben Diaz (Petrosyan is just that good.). There were rumors that Petrosyan would've faced the top 70kg fighter in Spain, Abraham Roqueni at this event but it turns out they were just that - rumors. A win for Giorgio opens up the possibility of a fight against the winner of the upcoming Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament on It's Showtime's January 28th card in Amsterdam.
Other names on the card include It's Showtime 95MAX World Champ, Danyo Ilunga who faces Loren Javier Jorge in a title fight. Loren fought Tyrone Spong at Super Heavyweight but -95kg is much more suited to him. Ilunga may be forced to pull out of a planned tournament in Germany in October because of this. Another It's Showtime titlist on the card is Javier Hernandez at 61kg, who fights former champ Sergio Wielzen in a non title bout. To round out the card, Moises Ruibal fights Amir Zeyada and Murthel Groenhart takes on Santi Gonzales.
Here's the full fight card so far:
-70kg: Zeben Diaz vs Giorgio Petrosyan
-85kg: Moises Ruibal vs Amir Zeyada
-70kg: Jonay Risco vs William Diender
-95kg: Loren Javier Jorge vs Danyo Ilunga (IT'S SHOWTIME 95MAX World Title)
-61kg: Sergio Wielzen vs Javier Hernandez
TBA: Santi Gonzales vs Murthel Groenhart
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Today at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took on Petboonchu F.A. Group for the fifth time. In the four prior meetings, Saenchai had three wins, while Petboonchu had one that came on June 4th of last year. The two were ranked in the top two at Lumpinee stadium, right below current champion Sagetdao Phetphayathai.
Saenchai took a unanimous decision over five rounds, with the scores being 49-47 across the board. Saenchai's effort was hailed as a "classic performance" by Rob Cox of muaythaifocus.com. The win moves Saenchai to 4-1 against Petboonchu. Saenchai's lone loss this year came to Sagetdao Phetphayathai and I'm sure he would like to get that back.
It's unknown what is next for Saenchai. He's still scheduled to fight for Yokkao Boxing in Italy in January. I'd expect to see him fight once or twice before then, whether it be abroad or in Thailand.Add a comment
The Challenger Muay Thai debuts on AXN in Asia on September 15th. The show pits 16 Muay Thai fighters from around the world against each other, for the ultimate goal of winning The Challenger Muay Thai belt. Among the fighters featured are Marco Pique and the recently featured Vuyisile Colossa. The video briefly profiles each fighter and gives a nice preview of the show. It's not known if this will ever air in North America but if videos fo find their way online, we'll be sure to post them up.Add a comment
At It's Showtime Japan 3/M-1 Fairtex Challenge Raorak Muay Vol.3 on September 11th, WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and M-1 Featherweight champion Genji Umeno knocked out Thai Wutidej Lookprabaht in the 4th round. Umeno used elbows to open up Wutidej which led to a 3 punch combo that set up the final uppercut-elbow combination that put Wutidej out. The win will likely get Umeno a fight with current WPMF Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii. It also puts Umeno in a good position with Lumpinee Stadium as Wutidej was ranked 5th at Feathweight which recently got a new champion, Penaik Sitnumnoi. At just 22, Umeno has solidified himself as one of the top featherweights in Japan and extends his current win streak to 8. I also expect Umeno to defend his WBC title against the winner of October's Ryuya Kusakabe-Rookie matchup in January. He holds a previous victory over Rookie and a matchup with Kusakabe would be a highly entertaining fight between two young, promising fighters.
In the co-main event, the aforementioned Yosuke Morii was able to defeat former WBO Featherweight boxing champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin by first round knockout. I believe that M-1 was more or less setting up a fight between Morii and Umeno were they to win their bouts as they set up a small Featherweight tournament with these two fights. The next It's Showtime Japan/M-1 event is on November 13th, so that fight could take place then.
#2 ranked WPMF Featherweight Daiki Nagashima picked up a majority decision win and could get a shot at the winner of Umeno vs Morii some time in the future. Up next for Nagashima will likely be a title fight against current J-NETWORK Featherweight champ Masato Sato.
Former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen was set to face off against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, but one of them missed weight and the bout was changed to an exhibition.
At Korakuen Hall on September 10th, former Rajadamnern Stadium champion and Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson put a halt to Toby Imada's Shootboxing run by taking a unanimous decision over the Bellator fighter on scores of 28-26(x3). Imada scored a first round knockdown on Bovy, but Bovy answered back with a down in each round. Imada's incredible run in Shootboxing began at last year's S-Cup where he was a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Imada upset Shootboxing standout Takaaki Umeno, knocking him out at the end of the 3rd round. Then, in the semifinals, Imada pulled a huge upset by defeating 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer by split decision. Imada was TKO'd by Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals of the tournament, but returned to Shootboxing in June, scoring yet another upset over Shootboxing mainstay Hiroki Shishido. For Bovy, the win stops a 5-fight losing streak and is his first win in Shootboxing in nearly a year and a half.
In the co-main event, Shootboxing superstar RENA was upset by former Bellator fighter Jessica Penne by majority decision in the second extension round. The fight was a majority draw after 3 rounds and couldn't be decided in the first extension round as the judges scored it a split draw. According to Dan Herbertson, RENA controlled rounds 1 and 3, but Penne scored a shoot point in round 2 to send it to the extension round. RENA apparently controlled the extension round as well over a tired Penne, but did not get help from the judges who sent it to a 5th round where Penne scored another shoot point to lock up the win. The loss is a huge disappointment for RENA who was coming off of a dominating win over Zaza Sor Aree and was getting ready for her fight with Erika Kamimura on November 23rd.
In a match for the vacant Super Welterweight championship, former boxer and #2 ranked Satoru Suzuki scored 3 knockdowns on #1 ranked Kenji Kanai, forcing a referee's stoppage and netting Suzuki the Shootboxing title.
Sengoku fighter Shigeki Osawa was also victorious at the event, taking his first win in Shootboxing, an upset over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Osawa used his grappling to score shoot points and secure the victory.
RENA's younger sister MIO picked up her second straight win under the Shootboxing banner, taking a unanimous decision win.
Also at the event, 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe vacated his title, likely to focus on fighting in Krush and with WBC Japan.Add a comment
September is a busy month for Vuyisile Colossa, the man who is fast developing a reputation as the top Muay Thai fighter in the world of MMA. The main difference between the South African and most mixed martial artists from a stand up background is that his still competes in his original style of fighting at the very highest level and will be fighting in both disciplines in the space of a few weeks.
ONE Fighting Championship was the biggest Asian MMA event of the year and was witnessed by an audience of almost 7,000 people in the Singapore Indoor Stadium and many, many more watching around the world on an internet stream. The event was a phenomenal success and so was Colossa who put in one of the most impressive performances of his career to stop Sanda specialist Ma Xing Yue early in the first round.
Most men would have taken a few weeks off to enjoy the moment and reflect on a victory which will have been seen by more people than any other fight in his career. Not Colossa, he was back training two days later for a Muay Thai fight on September 25th which will see him take on Nishikawa Tomoyuk in the quarter finals of the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament which also features two times K-1 winner Buakaw Por Pramuk.
There can be few fighters in the world who would make two such high profile appearances in the space of a few weeks and if Colosas could follow up his win at Asia's most prestigious MMA event with another victory at the highest profile Muay Thai show on the planet right now September could be a very good month for the Cheetah.
He will also be coming to a TV screen near you on AXN's reality Muay Thai series 'The Challenger' although fortunately for Colossa the filming for this was completed month's ago. His focus may now be on his fight with Tomoyuk at Rangsit Stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok but it appears that ONE Fighting Championship's inaugural event left a lasting impression,
"One FC's first show was the beginning of the new age of MMA in Asia and I was honoured to be a part of it!! I had never fought in front of so many fans and they they gave me more energy for the fight. I was happy because I I wanted a KO and I got it but I was disappointed not to get knock out of the night bonus, scoring the One FC quickest KO in 49sec I think I deserved the bonus," he said.
Colossa can probably count himself a little bit unlucky not to have been awarded the bonus which would also have seen him pick up a $5,000 cheque but there will be plenty of opportunities in the future. ONE Fighting Championship have ambitious plans for expansion and Colossa is very much a part of those plans, having been told that he has another 10 fights lined up.
With ONE FC set to put on events in multiple countries during 2012 MMA looks likely to take over Colossa's career but he is determined to continue to compete in Muay Thai and feels it can only help his development as a mixed martial artist ,
"Muay Thai is what makes me stronger in MMA, as long as I am fighting in the higher level of Muay Thai no one in the world of MMA is going to stand with me. If you do you get knocked out!"
He is one of the favourites to reach the final of the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament although much will depend on whether he can avoid being drawn against Buakaw in the semi finals. Colossa has already recorded a win over top Thai fighter Yodsaenklai, coming back from a knockdown to win a decision in Guinea, but he might find it a little more difficult to win a decision over Buakaw in Thailand.
September could be just the start of a frantic period of fighting and training for Colossa who has multiple MMA fights on the horizon as well as the prospect of three Muay Thai fights, assuming he is successful in the Thai fights tournament. Alistair Overeem is a good example of a fighter who has managed to pursue a career in two elite level combat sports but the K-1 Champion and Strikeforce Heavyweight champion only needs to fight two or three times per year. Colossa by contrast is fighting multiple times per month but he feels that the more he competes the quicker he improves,
"I work hard during training, so that I can improve in every fight whether it be MMA or Muay Thai. To be at the top of the game is all about how much time you spend preparing for the competition and I feel I am ready to fight anyone."
Another mixed martial artist to try his hand at Muay Thai was Akihiro Gono who lost a decision to Yohan Lidon at the last Thai Fights show in Japan. Gono was widely tipped to be a participant in the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament but these rumours never came to fruition. However he was pictured in the VIP area at ONE Fighting Championship 1 leading multiple MMA websites to suggest he was on the verge of signing for One FC.
Although a fight between the two men in the Thai Fights tournament is not going to materialize they could yet meet in the cage a prospect which Colossa claims he would welcome,
"Akihiro Gono one of the great fighters from Japan and I would definitely like to fight him at One Fighting Championship. He never fought anyone like me and I am sure I would knock him out," he said.
It would be an interesting prospect as Colossa's stand up pedigree is vastly superior but Gono is an MMA thoroughbred who has faced the likes of Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua'. Colossa is already checking out potential One FC opponents but he also has his hands full with an innovative new competition he is organizing in Hong Kong, which will give normal working people the opportunity to become fighters.
The White Collar Asian MMA Championship is organized by City Fight Club, Colossa's business, and will give contestants the opportunity to train with the Cheetah for bouts in boxing, Muay Thai, grappling and ultimately MMA. There have been no shortage of applicants and Colossa feels it is important for people with more normal jobs to get to experience the thrill of competition,
"A fight is a moment which someone will remember for the rest of their life and most people don't get many of those at work every day. I want to give people the opportunity to get in the best shape of their lives and to feel the thrill of competing and testing their new found martial arts skills in front of their friends and family here in Hong Kong," he said.
The participants will all be trained by Colossa himself and it is an innovative idea which appears to have caught the imagination of people in Hong Kong. For more information visit: www.cityfightclub.tv
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