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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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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.

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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.

The event was supposed to be stream on SLAMM!!'s website, but never did. We don't know what happened, but we expect videos to be up on FightStarTV in the near future.

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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.

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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.

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News has got out that Yodsanklai Fairtex is injured and unable to fight against Yohan Lidon on September 2nd at the MuayThai Premiere League's debut event. Yodsanklai went into his last fight against Yasuhito Shirasu with an injured hamstring and aggravated it in the loss. The rematch against Yohan Lidon is scrapped for the time being. It's been confirmed that the event will be re-scheduled for the next time the MPL heads to California.

Read the full news release from Muay Thai Authority below:

Muay Thai Authority has confirmed with Muaythai Premier League president Clifton Brown that Yodsanklai will no longer be fighting on the Muaythai Premier League's September 2nd event, "Stars and Stripes." Yodsanklai entered his last fight against Yasuhito Shirasu with a hamstring injury and further aggravated it in the loss to Shirasu.

The injury has slowed Yodsanklai down significantly in training and forced him to withdraw from his fight with Yohan Lidon. Muay Thai Authority has confirmed that the entire bout has been scrapped, but will be re-scheduled for the next event the MPL will hold in California.

Yodsanklai, however, is making the trip to America and will be in attendance on September 2nd as well as for the press conference, currently scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st. Fans will still have a chance to meet Yodsanklai as he will be accessible to them at the event.

Brown provided Muay Thai Authority with official letters from Fairtex and Yodsanklai's doctor. Dated August 24th, the doctor's letter was sent to Brown and the MPL verifying that Yodsnaklai has an "R/O hamstring LP leg and polipteal tendon injury on his left leg and has been advised from causing any physical strain on the injury for a minimum period of 3 weeks." In the letter from Faritex, Yodsanklai's manager states "Yodsanklai will travel to Los Angeles to show his support for the league and to apologize."

The news is a big blow to the MPL's debut, but the card is still very strong with the likes of Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Nathan Corbett among other notables.

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The K-1 MAX Japan tournament is approaching fast, and while many fans feel as if the announcement of Albert Kraus being involved in the tournament turned it into a foregone conclusion, the truth is in one night tournaments anything can happen. I can't say that I agree with having a european fighter and former World MAX Champion in the tournament, as the MAX Japan tournament has always been one of K-1's more exciting events of the year with some of Japan's most accomplished 70kg fighters vying for a spot in the World MAX tournament.

This year KENTA will be participating in the tournament, KENTA being the man who just won KRUSH's 70kg tournament, and can be considered one of the early favorites within the tournament. If you have yet to see KENTA in action or see the KRUSH tournament, we have you covered. Sit back and watch KENTA's last two fights from the KRUSH tournament and why everyone is excited to see him fight in the MAX Japan tournament.

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