|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Extreme Promotions will host the fourth installment of their Muay Thai Mania series in Riswijk, Netherlands on October 23. They've gathered some staple fighters of the Dutch scene together for the show, and as it stands right now, the card is looking pretty good. Extreme Promotions is looking to make a name for themselves and this is a good way to do it. The Dutch scene has always been strong and lately it actually seems to be getting even stronger, with more and more good fighters popping up.
Headlining the card is a clash of heavyweights, as Mourad Bouzidi and Ismael Londt. Londt has been tearing it up lately, as you can probably tell by our recent posts. Just yesterday he won a decision over Raemon Welboeren in Suriname. This might just be Londt's biggest fight. Bouzidi is probably hovering around top 20 status in the division. One of the reasons why I say this might be Londt's biggest fight is that it's at home in the Netherlands. All of Londt's big wins, against Lascenko, Hron, Ciobanu and Brestovac have come outside of the Netherlands. Now he'll have a chance to showcase just why many are hailing him as the next big thing infront of a home crowd.
Bouzidi is a rather inconsistent fighter, currently on a two fight losing streak with the losses being to Brice Guidon and Errol Zimmerman. Bouzidi does have some good wins over Errol Zimmerman, Anderson Silva twice, Henriques Zowa and Hesdy Gerges but he can't seem to get on a lengthy winning streak. Bouzidi's recent losses have showcased one of his glaring weaknesses, his chin. Now don't get me wrong, Errol Zimmerman and Brice Guidon are hard hitters but the fact is Bouzidi gets hurt often from glancing blows. This is why I definitely favor Londt in the fight. Londt has big power and it'll probably only take a glancing blow to put Bouzidi down.
Also on the card, there's some good action between many fighters on the Dutch scene. Leroy Kaestner fights three weeks after he takes on Maxim Smirnov in Russia against Mohammed Aouragh. Aouragh beat Ajay Balgobind a few months ago and is a strong Dutch scene fighter but Kaestner shouldn't have too much trouble. Kaestner has much more experience against better competition while he's probably the best fighter Aouragh has faced.
Among other match-ups on the card are heavyweights Fikri Ameziane vs. Ricardo van den Bos. Hicham Achalhi, fresh off two wins in the Tatneft Cup will take on Nathan van't Hoft. Recent It's Showitme fighter Errol Konning takes on Darryl Sichtmann and recent SLAMM!! fighter Antoine Mandela takes on Halim Haryouli.Add a comment
Coming just a week after Hisanori Maeda announced his retirement, AJKF legend Genki Yamamoto has announced that he is retiring from kickboxing. Genki Yamamoto made a name for himself in All Japan Kickboxing Federation where he became the promotion's 21st Featherweight champion, winning the title against Hisanori Maeda, defending it once against Masahiro Yamamoto by a draw until he lost it to Masahiro a year later. Throughout his career in AJKF, he fought 3+ times with Naoki Ishikawa, Masahiro Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda, going 1-3-1 against Naokick, 0-2-1 against Yamamoto and 3-0 against Maeda. He also split a pair of fights with Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, went 0-1-1 against Wanlop Weerasakreck and beat Ryuji Kajiwara. He was a participant in the 2009 Krush Lightweight Tournament, beating Hisanori Maeda and Keiji Ozaki before being bested by rival Masahiro Yamamoto in the semifinals. After the loss to Masahiro in 2009, he lost his final 3 fights to NJKF Champion Rashata, Kanongsuk and finally in July at the first It's Showtime Japan in a #1 contender fight for the It's Showtime 61kg Title to Kan Itabashi.
Like I said when Maeda retired, this is seems to be the beginning of the end for the last AJKF legends. Maeda was 32 and Yamamoto is 34. Hiromasa Masuda and Haruaki Otsuki are 38 and 37, respectively, and both have struggled as of late. If Masuda loses his fight to Rashata, I'd say he'd be the next person to put on retirement watch.Add a comment
Yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname, the Dutch promotion SLAMM!! held an event featuring an 8-man, one night tournament that included some of the top young, upcoming fighters in the sport. Also featured on the card was rising heavyweight star, Ismael Londt. Many Dutch fighters are originally from or their backgrounds are from Suriname and SLAMM!! has held events their before. As per usual, Team SLAMM!! fighters were featured heavily on the event, with Ajay Balgobind, Anthony Kane and Ismael Londt among others.
The quarter finals of the tournament kicked off with four fights at -70kg, and all went to decision.
Miles Simson vs. Ajay Balgobind
Ajay Balgobind won by decision.
Antoine Mandela vs. Alessandro Campagna
Alessandro Campagna won by decision.
Xavier Benedito vs. Miloud el Geubli
Miloud el Geubli won by decision.
Anthony Kane vs. Cedric Bacuna
Anthony Kane won by decision.
With four men advancing after the quarter finals, it set up the semi finals with Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna and Miloud el Geubli vs. Anthony Kane. Once again, both fights went to decision.
Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna
Alessandro Campagna won by decision.
Anthony Kane vs. Miloud el Geubli
Miloud el Geubli won by decision.
This set up Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli in the finals. This was the only fight to not go to decision in the tournament.
Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli
Alessandro Campagna won by TKO in Round 1 and wins the tournament. Campagna, with this tournament win has shown himself to be an up and coming fighter to keep an eye on. Campagna raised some eyebrows in October of last year when he knocked Houcine Bennoui out in the first round.
Also on the card, Ismael Londt took on fellow Dutch fighter Raemon Welboeren. In an unusual scenario for Londt, he didn't walk away with a knock out win but still managed to get a decision. Londt has been on a tear this year, holding wins over Tomas Hron, Sebastien Ciobanu and Mladen Brestovac. I think it might be time for Londt to take a step up into big time competition soon. Another Dutch heavyweight, Jairzinho Rozenstruik also walked away with a win, this one by TKO over Jahya "Godzilla" Gulay.Add a comment
Krush has revealed the first 8 participants of the Krush -63kg Under-22 Supernova Tournament and while it may not have all of the big names that we expected, it does contain two of the best fighters that could participate in the tournament. K-1 -63kg 2011 Japan Tournament Runner-up Koya Urabe and K-1 Koshien 2009 Champion Masaaki Noiri were announced as participants and, among the 8 that have been announced, are by far the favorites in the field. Urabe has already made it to the finals of two tournaments this year, losing to Ryuji Kajiwara in the finals of the Krush tournament and to Yuta Kubo in the finals of the K-1 tournament. He just picked up a decision win over Marimo at Krush.11, as well. Noiri made it to the semifinals of his two tournaments, losing to "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi in the Krush tournament and Yuta Kubo in K-1.
Also announced for the tournament are:
J-Network Flyweight Champion and K-1 Koshien vet Tsukasa Fuji. An interesting choice considering he fights at 53kg, but he holds a win over Ryuya Kusakabe. Also interesting because it means Ryuya Kusakabe and Shota Takiya may compete as well.
K-1 Koshien vet and member of Team Dragon Daizo Sasaki. He went 1-3 in Koshien with losses to Ryuya Kusakabe and Ryuma Tobe.
K-1 Koshien 2010 Final 8 Sho Ogawa. Ogawa won a pair of decisions before losing to eventual finalist Hiroki Akimoto by extension round decision.
Tang Tang Fight Club's Fumiya Osawa.
RISE #6 Ranked Super Lightweight Shimpei Keita.
K-1 Koshien vet Kengo Sonoda. He went 0-2 in Koshien, losing to HIROYA and Katsuki Ishida.
The final 8 participants should be announced soon.Add a comment
A WBC Muay Thai Japan event has been announced for October 2nd at Korakuen Hall and will be headlined by a super fight between K-1 MAX -63kg 2010 Champion Tetsuya Yamato and WBC Muay Thai World Featherweight Champion and Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight Champion Jomthong Chuwattana. Yamato is coming off of a TKO victory over Coke Chunhawat at the M-1 Grand Muay Thai Championship event in California a couple weeks ago. He also lost to Koya Urabe in the semifinals of the 2011 K-1 Japan tournament after beating HIROYA in the quarters. Jomthong is undefeated in 2011 and on a 8 fight win streak which includes a defense of his Rajadamnern Stadium title and a pair of wins over Nong-O Sit Or, as well as a TKO win in a boxing match.
In the co-main event, the "Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura will take on WBC Muay Thai International Mini-Flyweight Champion Denise Mellor. Kamimura was last seen storming through the Shootboxing Girls S-Cup Japan Preliminary Tournament, taking out Kanako Oka and Miyo Yosihda by TKO and Seo Hee Ham in the finals by decision. Mellor won the WBC International title in the UK over Annie Errikson in July. Hopefully Kamimura comes out of the fight with little to no injuries as she has a scheduled fight with RENA at the RISE event on 11/23.
Also announced for the card is an interesting matchup between WBC Japan and NJKF Super Featherweight Champion Rashata and former AJKF and J-Network Featherweight Champion Hiromasa Masuda. Rashata had a great 2010, surprising many with wins over former AJKF Featherweight Champions Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto and Masahiro Yamamoto, so that could be a bit of foreshadowing for this fight. More recently, he lost to Kanongsuk Weerasakreck by decision. Masuda also lost to Kanongsuk last June and is winless in his last 3 fights, taking a draw at the first It's Showtime Japan event.Add a comment