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Check Out MPL's "Into the Fire" Documentary

MPLThe MPL's first show is fast-approaching and just as promised, their documentary series, Into the Fire" has made what appears to be a limited time debut. It is done in the style of HBO's 24/7 series or UFC's Primetime series and features Kevin Ross, Baxter Humby and others. Sadly they have opted to not allow for embedding or really ease of sharing for this video, so head over to Vimeo to check it out. Check it out here.

MPL makes their debut in Long Beach, California on this Friday. For more information visit their website.

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Errol Zimmerman Makes Quick Work of Nikolaj Falin in Germany

Photo by Sabine Ziran of GroundandPound.de

Photo by Sabine Ziran of GroundandPound.de

Errol Zimmerman got back in the ring today in Spergau, Germany. His opponent, Nikolaj Falin was coming off a nine second knockout loss to Mark Miller. Falin was originally scheduled to face off against Stefan Leko, but Leko had to withdraw.

It seems as if Zimmerman was actually trying to outdo Mark Miller. Well, he didn't quite do that but he managed to knock Falin out in fifteen seconds. Six seconds longer than it took Miller. Zimmerman cracked Falin with a counter left hook that left the German-Russian unable to get up. The win makes it three in a row for Errol, who was coming off of a pretty lackluster 2010 year in which he only had one win and four losses.

There was also a 4-man tournament on the card featuring Bakar Barakat, Egon Racz from Mike's Gym, Alban Ahmeti and Omar Tekin. Barakat advanced through to the finals with a close win over Egon Racz. Alban Ahmeti advanced to the finals by stopping Omar Tekin with low kicks. In the final Barakat and Ahmeti fought to a decision that reportedly could've gone either way. Barakat walked away with the decision and the tournament.

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Muay Thai Mania 4: Mourad Bouzidi vs. Ismael Londt on October 23

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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.

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Yodsanklai Injured, MPL Debut Against Lidon Scrapped

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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