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The MPL Returns on Sunday in Holland

The MuayThai Premier League is back once again for their third event, this time in The Hague, Holland. Once again, the card is looking great with top talent featured. Once again, there is little buzz for the event on this side of the Atlantic. Despite the lack of buzz, the event is sure to deliver in terms of excitement.

The card has some really outstanding match-ups. Mohammed Khamal takes on Michael Dicks in a quick one month turnaround from his last fight in Italy, where he picked up a win over Liam Harrison. Michael Dicks last picked up a win over Leo Monteiro at the MPL's inaugural event in September.

At middleweight, we have two outstanding fights. Yohan Lidon fights Vladimir Moravcik. Lidon has had a number of fights cancelled in order to prepare for this fight and he should be in top condition, along with Moravcik who fought on the MPL's second event last month. Moravcik fought to a draw against Rosario Presti and I thought he could've deserved the win. In the other middleweight fight, K-1 veteran Nieky Holzken takes on American fighter Ky Hollenbeck. Holzken last beat Marco Pique at the MPL's inaugural event and Hollenbeck is coming off the biggest win of his career over Jordan Watson last month at the MPL's Italy show. Two great fights with highly touted fighters.

As you can see, many fighters on the card are making quick turnarounds from the MPL's event in Italy last month, and it'll be the same situation for Roberto Cocco. He'll be fighting the world's number one fighter from 77-82kg, Artem Levin. Levin always seems vulnerable but unstoppable at the same time, and although his fights may be ugly sometimes, he knows how to get the job done.

At heavyweight, Nathan Corbett returns after a dominating performance at the MPL's inaugural event and takes on French fighter Abderahmane Coulibaly. I wouldn't be surprised to see another vintage "Carnage" Corbett destruction here.

In the two super fights, we've got a battle of two long time veterans of the Dutch scene as Ali Gunyar fights Marco Pique. Expect large portions of the crowd to be here for both men and they'll battle it out for superiority on home turf. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni is also in action against the Canadian fighter Simon Marcus. "Aussie" has had a rough last two fights, losing to Artem Levin and last month to Hicham El Gaoui.

Full fight card below:

63.5KG - SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (PER) VS ILONA WIJMANS (NED)

JULIE KITCHEN (UK) VS SANDRA BASTIAN (CAN)

 

66.6 KG - WELTERWEIGHT

DENIS SCHNEIDMILLER (GER) VS MAURO SERRA (ITA)

MOHAMED KHAMAL (MOR) VS MICHAEL DICKS (UK)


72.5KG - MIDDLEWEIGHT

YOHAN LIDON (FRA) VS VLADIMIR MORAVCIK (SVK)

NIEKY HOLZKEN (NED) VS KY HOLLENBECK (USA)


82.5KG - LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

JIRI ZAK (CZE) VS ARTEM VAKHITOV (RUS)

ARTEM LEVIN (RUS) VS ROBERTO COCCO (ITA)


95KG - HEAVYWEIGHT

NATHAN CORBETT (AUS) VS ABDARHMANE COULIBALY (FRA)

CHRIS KNOWLES (UK) VS FILIP VERLINDEN (BLG)


SUPERFIGHTS FEATURING:

ALI GUNYAR (TUR) VS MARCO PIQUE (SUR)

SIMON MARCUS (CAN) VS AUSSI (MOR)

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Yoshinori Nakasuka vs Oley Sakonpetch, Yutaro Yamauchi vs Soichiro Miyakoshi at New Japan Blood 10

WBC Japan has announced two title fights for New Japan Kickboxing Association’s New Japan Blood 10 on November 26th.

First, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka takes on former WBC Australia Lightweight champion Oley Sakonpetch. I believe the fight could be for the vacant WBC International Super Featherweight title, but Nakasuka is ranked 16th and Oley is not ranked at all. Nakasuka is coming off what may be the biggest win of his career, defending his WBC Japan title against Naoki Ishikawa back in July. From what I’ve found on Oley Sakonpetch, he appears to be undefeated and he fights mostly in Australia. His last fight I can find is a win over Juanmario Kaewsamrit at Battle Colossal XI last October, so he may have lost and lost his WBC Australia title since then, or he vacated it.

Another title fight was announced and it is WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi taking on former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi. Yamauchi was a former AJKF Welterweight champion and the first Super Welterweight champion and won the WBC Japan belt back in 2007, but has only defended it twice. Yamauchi made it to the finals of the Krush tournament, beating Yuji Nashiro and Shintaro Matsukura before falling to Kenta in the finals. Miyakoshi is currently on a two-fight losing streak, however his two losses were to surging prospects Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan title to Yamato. Miyakoshi could be seen as a gatekeeper at 70kg for Japanese fighters as he’s faced the likes of Yamato, Morita, Yuichiro Nagashima and Christophe Pruvost, as well as foreign fighter Liam Harrison.

Also announced for the event is the aforementioned WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato taking on J-Network 5th ranked Super Lightweight Great Kei in a non-title fight. Yamato is coming off of a loss to Fabio Pinca in a rematch in August at Thai Fight Extreme Japan and a win over Soichiro Miyakoshi in July.

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Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher vs. Phetaik Look Bor Kor

Yesterday at Lumpinee stadium in Bangkok former super flyweight champion Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher took on the former channel 7 bantamweight champion, Phetaik Look Bor Kor. Phetaik is a veteran who has been ranked in the top ten at 118 for years. Chokprecha came into the stadiums in the last couple of years and quickly built up a reputation for knocking fighters out with hard punches and elbows.  

With the majority of the big fights at Lumpinee this Friday being cancelled due to the flooding, this fight was probably the biggest fight happening this week in Thailand. 

 


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Ryuji Kajiwara vs Rashata Set for Krush 63kg Title Fight; Yoshihiro Sato vs Abbe Joof in Sweden

After announcing about a week ago that Ryuji Kajiwara would defend his 63kg title at Krush.14 on December 9th, which is also the final 2 rounds of the Krush Supernova tournament, Krush has announced Kajiwara's opponent to be none other than WBC Muay Thai Japan Lightweight champion Rashata. AJKF product Kajiwara earned his Krush title in the 63kg tournament held over the past year, first defeating Naoki Ishikawa in a rematch before the tournament, then rattling off decision victories in each round over TaCa, Kizaemon Saiga and Koya Urabe. Kajiwara went on to compete in the 2011 K-1 63kg Japan tournament, losing to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals. Rashata has been on a roll since 2009, going 7-2-1 since the start of that year and picking up the WBC Japan title, as well as defending it twice. In this stretch, Rashata earned wins over former AJKF champions Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto, Masahiro Yamamoto and Hiromasa Masuda. A scalp of another AJKF regular would be big for Rashata, as being Krush champion would be great publicity for the young, talented fighter.

Also announced for the card were the tournament reserve fights which pit Shimpei Keita vs Sho Ogawa and Daizo Sasaki vs Kengo Sonoda, all of whom were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. Sho Ogawa lost to HIROYA in the Block A final, Sasaki to Masaaki Noiri in Block B, Keita to Koya Urabe in Block C and Sonoda to Yukimitsu Takahashi in Block D.

In other news, Sweden's Rumble of the Kings promotion has announced a fight with 2010 K-1 World MAX Finalist Yoshihiro Sato taking on Swedish fighter Abbe Joof. Joof has fought at Rumble of the Kings on past occasions, most notably taking on Artur Kyshenko in 2009. Sato made it to the finals of last year's K-1 MAX tournament, losing to Giorgio Petrosyan in the finals and has gone on a bit of a rough stretch since, going 2-2 with wins over Shemsi Beqiri and Albert Kraus with his losses to Andy Souwer and Armen Petrosyan, however all fights, aside from the Souwer fight, were close decisions and likely could have gone either way.

Already set for that card are kickboxing bouts between Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex, as well as Chahid Oulad el Hadj taking on Dzhabar Askerov. There are also MMA bouts that pit Ray Sefo against Jorgen Kruth and Marius Zaromskis against Bruno Carvalho.{jcomments on}

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