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Fight Code Minsk Results: Allazov, Bessmertny, Shakuta Win

Fight Code returned yesterday, this time in Minsk, Belarus and a bunch of hometown talent was on hand in both the Dragons 72.5kg tournament and prestige fights.

The Dragons 72.5kg tournament continued with four fights, most notably featuring Fight Code Dragons 2011 winner Yury Bessmertny, who defeated Edvin Erik Kibus by decision. Tatneft 80kg competitor Vitaly Nikiforov made the drop to 72.5kg and defeated Evgeni Telitsa by decision. In two other Dragons tournament fights, Dmitry Baranov defeated Maxim Smirnov by decision and Farhat Ahmedjanov defeated Tadas Jonkus by decision. All four winners move on to the Final 16 round that already includes Mustapha Haida and Enriko Gogokhia.

In prestige fights, Chingiz Allazov and Dmitry Shakuta both fought. Allazov is a rising star and Shakuta has been around for a long time at 77-81kg. Allazov is slowly moving up in weight and this fight against Dmitry Rudenko was at 69kg and Allazov ended up winning by decision. Shakuta's fight was at 81kg against Igor Ljapin and he scored a rare knockout, with a high kick in the third round.

Full results below:

Dragons 72.5kg tournament:

Yury Bessmertny def. Edvin Erik Kibus by decision.

Vitaly Nikiforov def. Evgeni Telitsa by decision.

Dmitry Baranov def. Maxim Smirnov by decision.

Farhat Ahmedjanov def. Tadas Jonkus by decision.

Prestige fights:

69kg: Chingiz Allazov def. Dmitry Rudenko by decision.

81kg: Dmitry Shakuta def. Igor Ljapin KO (High Kick) in Round 3.

Michal Krcmar def. Mansur Azerbiev by decision.

Valentin Slavikovsky def. Oleg Primachev by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.



Abraham Roqueñi Beats Albert Kraus In Spain + Video

Yesterday in Torrelavega, Spain, two fighters from opposing tournament faced off in a 70kg contest. Abraham Roqueñi will be in the K-1 MAX Final 16 on May 27 and Albert Kraus will be in the Glory World Series Final 16 on May 26.

Roqueñi's hometown advantage was crucial in him getting the decision, as it was pretty controversial. I had Roqueni winning the first round but in the second round, a questionable knockdown was called on Roqueñi. If it wasn't for the knockdown, I probably would've scored the second for Roqueñi. Kraus took the third as he caught up to Roqueñi with his pressure. So yes, Kraus probably should've won with a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 third because of that knockdown that was scored. Of course, it was on Roqueñi's home turf and the event was organized by people with affiliations to him so he got the decision.

Also on the card, It's Showtime veteran Loren Javier Jorge defeated Vando Cabral of Portugal by decision. Loren will be fighting Amir Zeyada on July 21 for It's Showtime in Tenerife. Another It's Showtime veteran, Zeben Diaz, defeated Hichem Menaouine by decision. Like Loren, Zeben will be fighting on the same It's Showtime card, against Andy Souwer.

Full results below:

Abraham Roqueñi def. Albert Kraus by decision.

Loren Javier Jorge def. Vando Cabral by decision.

Zeben Diaz def. Hicham Menaouine by decision.

Fran Palenzuela def. Borja Pacheco.

Jonay Risco def. Jairo Diaz by decision.

Adrian Tabuenca def. Mourat Quatirou.


Dzhabar Askerov Wins For Third Time In Less Than A Month At Tatneft

The Tatneft Cup's final event of the 1/8 qualification stage took place in Kazan, Russia today. The participants were vying for the final spots left in the next round of the Tatneft Cup, the quarter finals. Some good fighters have advanced so far and that continued at today's event.

Most notably, at 70kg, Dzhabar Askerov knocked out Antoine Mandela in the second round to advance to the next stage. This was Askerov's third win in less than a month's time, an extremely tough task. He defeated Jeremy Sportouch on March 8, Maxim Vorovsky on the 23rd and now today's victory. Askerov has won the Tatneft Cup at 70kg for the past two years and is the favorite to three-peat.'s #3 ranked light heavyweight, Hicham El Gaoui returned to the ring and took on Konstantin Gorokhov, a replacement for Dario Kadic. El Gaoui scored a rare stoppage win for himself, as Gorokhov did not come out for the third round. Also at 80kg, Amir El Mansouri defeated Parinya from Thailand by decision in an extra round.

At heavyweight, Martynas Knyzelis defeated late replacement Alexander Volobuev. In the second heavyweight fight, Saulo Cavalari, who qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America, knocked out Andrey Shmakov.

In another 70kg fight, Maxim Smirnov defeated Ravy Brunow in an extra round. Brunow also qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America. 

Full results:

70kg: Maxim Smirnov def. Ravy Brunow by extra round decision.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Antoine Mandela by KO in Round 2.

80kg: Samir El Mansouri def. Parinya by extra round decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Konstantin Gorokhov by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at the end of Round 2.

80kg+: Martynas Knyzelis def. Alexander Volobuev by extra round decision.

80kg+: Saulo Cavalari def. Andrey Shmakov by KO.



Giorgio Petrosyan Masterfully Outclasses Artur Kyshenko

The first Fight Code event of the year just ended, and Giorgio Petrosyan beat Artur Kyshenko by unanimous decision.

They met in the main event of the event, Petrosyan being the number one fighter in all of kickboxing and Kyshenko a top five fighter in the 70kg division. Many thought this might be Giorgio's toughest test yet, as Kyshenko is a huge fighter for the 70kg weight class, often taking fights far above the weight limit. Kyshenko has been top 5 for some time now. He was one of the few top fighters that Giorgio had never faced.

Petrosyan simply outclassed Kyshenko, putting on a masterful performance. It was vintage Giorgio Petrosyan, living up to his moniker of "The Doctor." Giorgio's counter punches threw Kyshenko off for the whole fight, leaving the Ukrainian fighter based out of Mike's Gym clearly rattled at points. Even when the fight turned into clinch grappling, Giorgio still got the better of Kyshenko, who was much bigger and stronger and can bully opponents.

Easily the best part of Giorgio's performance was his movement. He had Kyshenko looking clueless at times, taking angles, moving in and out. Giorgio would out-manuevre Kyshenko to such a great extent a few times that he basically had Artur's back. He would move in, throw the straight left and move right back out before Kyshenko could even get a punch off, missing by miles at times.

I've seen a lot of people say that they're "not impressed" by Giorgio's performance or thought he "didn't look good." I think that's crazy. Giorgio Petrosyan just completely shut down a top 5 fighter in the world and made him look lost for a large portion of the fight. It was truly a masterful display of technical skills to completely stifle Artur Kyshenko.


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