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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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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.

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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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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, WBC Muay Thai Japan held one of its biggest events to date in which Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion and WBC World Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana took on K-1 -63kg 2010 tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato, along with 5 WBC Japan titles and 1 International title up for grabs.

In the main event, Tetsuya Yamato looked to defeat a second straight Thai and prove that his somewhat embarrassing loss to Saenchai was not a statement of how much better Thai fighters are. Unfortunately for Yamato, Jomthong Chuwattana was the much better fighter, making himself hard to hit for Yamato while producing his own offense. Jomthong won on scores of 50-47(x3) and has now won 8 of his last 9 with a loss in August being the only blemish on his record in 2011. Yamato is now 3-2 on the year with losses to Jomthong and Koya Urabe. Although Yamato won last year's K-1 tournament, he took a lot of criticism for his loss to Saenchai, as well as a dominating decision loss to Koya Urabe after the tournament and it seemed to diminish his K-1 tournament win completely. A draw with MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura at Dynamite and another loss to Urabe haven't helped stop the criticism, but it is interesting to note that since 2007 Yamato has only lost to Urabe, Saenchai, Jomthong, Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Densiam Lookprabaht.

In the co-main event, Japanese sensation Erika Kamimura claimed another title in defeating WBC International Light Flyweight champion Denise Mellor by knockout at 1:49 into the 1st round. The 18 year old is now 23-1 (12 (T)KOs) and scores another quick, impressive knockout over a foreign fighter. Kamimura is set to take on fellow Shootboxing star RENA on November 23rd at RISE 85.

Former NJKF champion and defending WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata continued his reign of terror over former AJKF Featherweight champions, this time defeating Hiromasa Masuda by 5 round unanimous decision on scores of 49-46, 49-47 and 48-47 and defending his WBC Japan strap. In 2010, Rashata defeated 3 former AJKF champions in Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto and Masahiro Yamamoto, with the last of those three netting him the WBC Japan title. He took a loss to the rampaging Kanongsuk earlier this year, but has now added another former AJKF champion to his list of wins. Up next for Rashata is likely another title defense against the young Keijiro Miyakoshi. For Masuda, it's a 4th straight fight without a win and with Genki Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda retiring, as well as Naoki Ishikawa's sudden retirement announcement, the 38 year old may see it fit to call an end to his 15 year fighting career.

WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato got revenge for a 2010 loss by besting WBC Japan Flyweight champion Naoki Otsuki over 5 rounds on scores of 50-47(x2) and 49-46 to capture the WBC Japan Flyweight title. Otsuki had been riding high in 2009 and 2010, winning 4 straight and capturing the vacant WBC Japan title with a win over Kato. However, his 2011 has come to an abrupt halt as he is now 0-2 after being upset by Team Dragon's Hiroyuki Yamano back in July. For Kato, there aren't a lot of options for a next fight, though a superfight with WBC Japan Bantamweight champion TOMA could be very interesting.

Speaking of TOMA, he also managed to pick up a WBC Japan title, defeating #2 ranked NJKF Bantamweight Kojiro by unanimous decision for Arashi Fujihara's recently vacated Bantamweight title. TO-MA has now won 6 of his last 7 in which he picked up the WPMF, M-1 and J-NETWORK Super Flyweight championships. His only loss was to former WBC Japan champion Arashi Fujihara at It's Showtime Japan 1, so a rematch, although interesting, could probably use a few months more in between. In the mean time, a defense of any of his titles could keep him busy, though a super fight with Ryuji Kato would be the most interesting.

WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi continued his reign as champion with a unanimous decision win over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champ Yusuke Sugawara. Sugawara was just upset at Shootboxing by MMA fighter Shigeki Osawa and this loss doesn't help ease that wound. For Sugawara, a third attempt at beating Koji Yoshimoto will likely be in his future. With a lack of challengers, Takahashi could see himself fighting a Krush regular, possibly Hideaki Yamazaki some time in the future.

In the night's final title fight, 19 year old Ryuya Kusakabe knocked out #1 ranked NJKF super bantamweight Rookie in the 5th round to capture Genji Umeno's recently vacated WBC Japan Super Bantamweight championship. This was Kusakabe's first fight since having his 7-fight win streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament. After vacating his Shootboxing title, I cannot imagine Kusakabe wants anything more than a rubber match with Takiya in Krush. Rookie still has a chance to capture the NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym.

Finally, talented prospect and NJKF Lightweight champion Keijiro Miyakoshi picked up another win, this time a 5 round split decision over J-NETWORK Lightweight champion Akihiro Kuroda. The fight was supposedly for the right to face current Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato, however both fighters fight at a lower weight, and it could have been for the right to face Rashata. Either way, Miyakoshi would probably opt for the shot at Yamato, as Yamato recently defeated his brother Soichiro Miyakoshi for the WBC Japan title.

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Mike Zambidis returned to the ring yesterday in Cyprus and faced Danila Utenkov from Russia. This was Zambidis' first fight since getting stopped by John Wayne Parr and he was looking to get back on track before his showdown with Batu Khasikov on November 5th. It's a good decision for "Zambo" to get a tune-up fight in before next month. Watch the video below.

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