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Albert Kraus vs. Abraham Roqueni On April 28 In Spain

Ever since Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset over Andy Souwer last year, people know that he's not just some obscure fighter. He's a legitimate top level fighter and after getting some recognition with the Souwer win, he's gotten his fair share of big opportunities.

Roqueni just landed another big opportunity, this time again in Torrelavega, Spain. He'll take on one of the most recognized fighter in the sport, Albert Kraus under the banner of Born To Fight. Kraus is no stranger when it comes to fighting opponents on their home turf. Just last year, he faced Batu Khasikov in Russia, Marius Tita in Romania and Alexander Schmitt in Germany. Roqueni might just be his toughest home turf opponent as of late.

Kraus is still fighting soon on February 25 at Fighterzone World Kickboxing Series against Ekapop Sor Klinmee. He was only 3-3 in 2011 and a win over Ekapop would start 2012 off on a good note and a two fight win streak.

Roqueni has lost two in a row, but to Frank Giorgi in Muay Thai rules and Giorgio Petrosyan in K-1 rules so there's no shame at all in those losses.

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More Fights Announced for Glory World Series in March; Sem Schilt vs. Brice Guidon

GloryMarch 23rd in Moscow will be home to one of the bigger events in the kickboxing world so far this year, with big bouts already announced like Errol Zimmerman vs. Jerome Le Banner and Mark Miller vs. Sergei Kharitonov. It looks like Glory have begun assembling the rest of the card now, as they have strung together a few bigger MMA fights, like Denis Stojnic vs. Ricco Rodriguez and Tommy Depret vs. Sergey Golyaev.

On the Kickboxing side there is a lot of movement, with Ali Cenic announced as participating, but without an opponent yet. Jamal Ben Sadik will take on Colin George and Maxim Vyrovski against David Kyrya. From here, we move on to the big fights, and one of the big announcements for the card is that Robin van Roosmalen will take on Dzhabar Askerov in what should be a competitive and entertaining bout. Robin's last fight saw him struggle a bit, and depending on how Askerov prepares for this fight, Robin could be in for another struggle.

The other big news is that Semmy Schilt finally has an opponent. Semmy Schilt is now scheduled to take on Brice Guidon in the main event of the card, and while it is a mildly disappointing opponent, we were under no impression that Schilt would have anything outside of a tune-up fight after not fighting for over a year.

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Photo of the Day: SuperKombat Returns

We are very happy to see that 2012 will be yet another year where Romania's SuperKombat continues to bring good fight cards to the world. It would be a lot better if fans across the world had easier access to watching them, but for now if you are in Europe just count your lucky stars that you get the easiest access of all as it will air on Eurosport.

SK

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KENJI vs Mikihito Yamagami Announced for RISE 87

RISE has announced that Bantamweight champion KENJI will be squaring off with recently crowned Shooto Flyweight (114lb) champion Mikihito Yamagami at RISE 87 on March 24th. KENJI (19-4-0, 13 KO) is coming off of a big win over Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk at RISE 86 and is riding a 5-fight win streak. Yamagami (7-2-0, 2 KO 1 SUB) started his MMA career hot, scoring 3 straight wins including a submission win over prospect Junji Ito. However, in his next two fights Yamagami encountered veterans "Atch Anarchy" Atsushi Takeuchi and Takehiro "Tiger" Ishii, who both handed him decision losses. Since, Yamagami has put together 4 straight wins including a win in a rematch against Atsushi Takeuchi and most recently a knockout win over then Shooto Flyweight champion Junji Ikoma at Shooto the Shoot 2011 to earn him the Flyweight title. Yamagami is a very talented fighter, but I feel he stands little chance against KENJI. While MMA fighters have scored huge upsets over highly-touted kickboxers in the past, KENJI is arguably #3 in his weight class in Japan and is in a zone right now, going 9-1 (5 KO) in his last 10 fights with his sole loss coming in the semifinals of the Krush 55kg tournament, a close extension round loss to divisional kingpin Shota Takiya. Not to mention that the best striker Yamagami has faced was Junji Ito and that was back in 2008.

Also announced for the card is a Lightweight bout between J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara and MA Kick Super Lightweight champion Mohan Dragon. Sugawara has fought all over in Japan, fighting for J-Network, RISE and Shootboxing and under full muay thai rules. His most recent fight was a win over Tappuron ForceGym at Shootboxing 2012 act.1 last weekend. Mohan Dragon has fought mostly in MA Kick in his career and his most recent fight was a 5th round KO in a close fight against Hidekazu Tanaka in a defense of his MA Kick title. I'd give a slight edge to Sugawara here, though he dropped a decision to MMA fighter Shigeki Osawa last year, so Mohan Dragon definitely has a shot. {jcomments on}

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