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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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At Korakuen, Hall on the same night that Jomthong Chuwattana defeated Tetsuya Yamato, another high profile Thai vs Japanese fight took place as Hiroki Ishii took on Aphisak KT Gym for the vacant Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight title.

In Ishii's fourth attempt at the title, he was able to defeat Aphisak by unanimous decision and become only the 4th Japanese fighter to win a Rajadamnern Stadium title, with Toshio Fujiwara, Hitoshi Ogasawara and Kozo Takeda being the other 3 to do it before him. Ishii won on scores of 49-47(x2) and 49-48. Reports show that Ishii was able to effectively pressure Aphisak in the later rounds, as Aphisak spent a lot of time going backwards in rounds 4 and 5 especially as Ishii was able to establish his offense. This is Ishii's 4th straight win and puts him undefeated on the year.

The historic win comes in what has been a rather successful year for top level Japanese fighters taking on Thai fighters. Although Yamato lost to Jomthong on the same night, he picked up a TKO win over Coke Chunhawat in back in August in Los Angeles. Genji Umeno managed back to back wins over Thai fighters this year, first a 3rd round KO of Windy Kaiwana Sit-Or at It's Showtime Japan 1 and more recently a 4th round KO of Wutidej Lookprabaht at It's Showtime Japan 3. Finally, Yasuhito Shirasu scored the biggest win for Japan with an upset win over Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The next major Thai vs Japanese fights are at the M-1 Muay Thai event on 11/13 where Genji Umeno takes on Dekkamon Himarai Gym(?) for the WPMF World Super Featherweight Title while Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his Light Welterweight WPMF title against WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara.

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Rumble of The KingsRumble of The Kings is a yearly event held in Sweden that serves as an all-encompassing combat sports event. In the past it has served as a K-1 qualifier, but this time around it will serve as a vehicle to promote a mixed (in every sense of the word) card, featuring MMA, Kickboxing and Boxing bouts, although so far only Kickboxing and MMA fights have been announced. As a part of this annual gala, Swedish fighter Jorgen Kruth is usually involved in a fight, and this year will be no different. As we've seen in 2009, Kruth will apparently square off in a MMA match. In 2010 Kruth took the fight to Bob Sapp with a R1 KO, and the year before that defeated Jaime Fletcher in R1 by punches in MMA rules. His opponent for his yearly-bout will be none other than Sugar Ray Sefo. Sefo is best known as a Kickboxer in his K-1 career but has been trying his hand at MMA of late as he is looking to fight in his fourth MMA bout, third since 2009 when he decided to enter MMA seriously.

If you are a fan of Kickfighting, though, never fear. In a modified Muay Thai/K-1 Rules bout (rules are not actually clear), Yodsaenklai Fairtex will square off with Artur Kyshenko. That is a huge fight featuring two big name fighters within the division, with Yod and Kyshenko universally seen as two of the best fighters in the world. The bout is billed as a Middleweight fight, with Yod fighting as high as 77kg of late and Kyshenko fighting at 70kg as well as 73kg, so expect it to be billed at -77kg. The other kickboxing bout announced is Chahid Oulad el Hadj vs. Dzabar Askerov at 70kg. Chahid is known to be a very entertaining and aggressive fighter and Dazabar has put his name on the map with some high profile bouts over the past year.

In MMA rules Bruno Carvalho is set to take on Marius Zaromskis and on top of that, a WMC Rules "Nordic" 4-man one night tournament at Welterweight. The bouts are Pasi Luukhanen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck and Rassan Muhareb vs. Martin Akhtar.

The event is set to be streamed live on RumblePlay.com.

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This Friday Petyindee boxing promotions will put together a big show at Lumpinee Stadium with the main event being a rematch fight when Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym takes on F16 Rajanont. The two met in July where F16 took the points win. Since then Nong-O has won four in a row with his last being a referee stoppage over top 5 contender Sitisak Siangsimaewgym. F16 on the other hand lost controversially to one of the hottest fighters in the sport, Kongsak Sitboonmee. But just a month later the two fought again and this time F16 scored multiple knockdowns to win the fight by a wide margin, and took home the Lumpinee super featherweight championship. With both fighters looking impressive since the last meeting, and the winner taking home an additional 10% of the 2 million baht (60 thousand US dollars) side bet between the two gyms this should be an action packed fight. 

Also on the card Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym will once again take on Tingtong Chor. KoyuhaIsuzu. They've fought once this year and Sam-A beat him on points. This time the winner will take home a new Toyota pickup truck.

Eight weight division champion Petchboonchu FA Group will try to make it 3 wins in 5 months over 2002 fighter of the year Singdam Kiatmuu9. Singdam is coming off a loss to Sagetdao Petpaiyathai, and Petchboonchu coming off a loss to Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. This fight is important for Singdam to show he's still got it, and that age hasn't caught up to him.

Palangtip Nor. Sripung vs. Chartshynoi Sor. Prasobshok will have a 1 million dollar side bet between gyms. Palangtip will surely be looking for a fight with Sam-A if he were to win as he is coming into this with 2 KO's in the last 6 weeks. One of those men he KO'd was Thailand's premier brawler and fan favorite Ponsaneh Sitmonchai. Since taking a 7 month break from the sport Ponsaneh has fought just one time and that resulted in a devastating elbow knockout to the aforementioned Palangtip. He will now look to get on the winning side when he goes up against Yuttachai Kiatpatarapan at 124 pounds, a weight that suits him well. 

In other notable action Phetmorakot Wor. Sungprapai will look to continue his quick ascension up the ranks when he takes on the slick Panomrunglek Kiatmuu9. Wanchai Sor. Kitisak takes on Khunsuek P.N Gym, and Ekmongkol Kaiyanghadaogym vs. Dejsakda Wor. Sungprapai rounds out the card. 

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PTTAs we mentioned in an earlier post, we've partnered up with Phuket's hottest gym to bring you, the LiverKick.com readers news, information and of course, free stuff! Phuket Top Team is a gym and of course a fight team based out of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is an absolutely beautiful island paradise that happens to house a huge, state-of-the-art gym that is frequented by some of the biggest names in the MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing world. If you don't believe me, here is a photo of Roger Huerta and BJJ legend Professor Braga prepping to teach some classes at PTT.

Much-hyped Muay Thai fighter Cyrus Washington has made Phuket Top Team his home, which should tell you something, and has been representing PTT on The Challenger Muay Thai, which airs weekly and picks up where The Contender Muay Thai left off. Think of it as a reality show featuring the best up-and-comers in the Muay Thai world competing against each other weekly to crown a champion and you can start to imagine just how big of a deal this show is. You can find more information at their website.

Since Cyrus is a big part of the show, he has a ton of The Challenger Muay Thai gear, too much to hold onto and that means that it was passed over to the trainers at Phuket Top Team. Well, those guys love LiverKick.com and our readers so much that we've decided to give away a whole slew of Challenger Muay Thai gear.

If you remember back to our It's Showtime giveaway, we don't skimp when we give away stuff, when we say we are giving away some gear we are giving away a lot of top notch gear. This prize package includes t-shirts, tank tops, fight shorts, polos and hats. It is a haul.

This could be yours! Prizes

I guess you are wondering how you can win this haul? It is very simple, actually. We want you to show that you are a fan of Phuket Top Team and show them some love. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter; @PhuketTopTeam, "Like" them on their Official Facebook Page and then send us some proof! Post on LiverKick.com's Facebook page, send me a Tweet on Twitter; @LiverKickdotcom or leave a comment on this post and mention the Phuket Top Team contest and consider that an entry. If you follow PTT on Twitter and Like them on Facebook consider that two entries (don't worry, we'll actually check this). If you are already a fan and follow them on Twitter then consider yourself just as eligible to enter (if not more!).

So go ahead and start Following and Liking and don't forget to tell us you've done it, and we'll pick a winner soon!

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K-1 NanjingThe world of K-1 is a strange one recently, with lots of rumors swirling around about the future of the company and the future of the shows. The most pressing matter is the K-1 World Grand Prix FInal 16, which is just a few weeks away. The most recent rumor was that the arena was not booked yet and the show was in doubt of even happening. It's Showtime issued a press release reporting on Badr Hari's retirement, but also that the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 that Simon Rutz was helping out with might not happen if FEG's debts to It's Showtime were not paid. It makes sense with the amount of fighters being sent to the show to help fulfill their It's Showtime contracts.

By the looks of it, the doubts of the arena being booked are possibly null and void. There has been a seating chart floating around as well as ticket prices within China, while they haven't been posted on K-1's main site yet nor on the Nanjing Arena's site. FEG personnel has also been active recently in contacting fighters and management about the upcoming event, with no signs of the event not happening. There is also a video advertisement that has been airing on Chinese television (credit to Rian for the find).

There is also a strong rumor that there could be a big shake-up within K-1's organization this week, it isn't clear if this is the big "sale" that has been rumored for most of the summer or a possible big investor jumping aboard to help out. If things pan out as rumored, we will know by mid-week what is happening with K-1, and it would not be a surprise if K-1 received another big boost of funds, a new possible owner or some internal shakeups that have been straightening things out.

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Romania's SuperKombat has decidedly stood out over the year, coming from the Local Kombat shows of years past and building their own World Grand Prix tournament that stretches over multiple qualifying tournaments. While the level of talent within the qualifying tournaments is not great, the winners coming out are without a doubt top notch, including Sergeii Laschenko, Ismael Londt and now Pavel Zhuravlev. Zhuravlev is a guy that you might not know a lot about, outside of his lone K-1 fight which was against Gokhan Saki where he actually defeated Gokhan Saki in a Superfight by Unanimous Decision. Since then he has yet to appear in K-1 again, but the truth is, when he does he will be a force to be dealt with. His specialty over the past few years has been winning tournaments, it seems, not on the big world stage like K-1, but still really solid wins in tournaments, and it was no surprise when he took the SuperKombat WGP III by storm. Don't weigh against him for the loss to Igor Jurkovic at Utlimate Glory in May, that is one of only 6 career losses.

Video is from our good friends at Gladiatorium.ro.

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