|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Some quick programming notes for tonight, as HDnet adds on to their usual programming of Inside MMA and a fight card with a few awesome additions tonight. While tomorrow is the live It's Showtime event from The Sand in Amsterdam featuring Hesdy Gerges, tonight It's Showtime makes their United States debut on HDnet. What was a really fun card headlined by Badr Hari and a scared-out-of-his-mind Gregory Tony should be fun to watch with Michael Schiavello and Melvin Manhoef calling the action. The show was filled with some awesome knockouts and great action, but is just a taste of whats to come if you for some reason haven't seen It's Showtime yet.
It's Showtime airs at 11PM Eastern time.
That is of course directly following after the latest episode of Michael Schiavello's "The Voice Versus" series, a series of sit down interviews that pits Schiavello mano-e-mano with some of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. He takes a bit of a departure for this episode and will sit opposite someone who has had a very different impact on the world of fighting; Hulk Hogan. Now, I know what some people are thinking, that Hulk Hogan was just a professional wrestler from the 80's and maybe 90's if you were young enough or even young enough at heart.
What many seem to disregard is how closely related professional wrestling and MMA really are, with the easiest example I can think of is how the first season of The Ultimate Fighter can directly credit a lead-in from WWE's Monday Night RAW program. The first TUF was a bit over-the-top, with some larger than life characters and a lot of drama, it just so happened to also be one of the most talent-rich casts of the show ever. The sad irony is that was the first season, but the format has yielded some other contenders and champions after that first season. But, the point is that the professional wrestling audience that spilled over helped give MMA and the UFC a ton of exposure in a world that was still being a bit cold to Mixed Martial Arts.
Schiavello is clearly well-school in pro wrestling, asking questions about Hogan's career in Japan, the AWA and other parts of his early career outside of the standard "who was your favorite opponent" line of questioning. Hogan was, for what it's worth, pretty honest when in the past he has been known to pat himself on his back and push for his own agenda. A lot of older professional wrestlers have gone the way of the "shoot interview" -- a concept best known to hardcore wrestling fans, where an older wrestler sits down and talks about the wrestling world and "tells it how it is." This is of course rare, less rare since the surge of the internet, but the wrestling world is secretive and many wrestlers don't like to break down the wall between outsiders and themselves.
Hogan came across as personable and a bit humbled, especially when talking about some of his fallen friends such as Andre the Giant and more recent losses such as "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig and "Ravishing" Rick Roode.
The Voice Versus airs at 10PM on HDnet tonight.Add a comment
In the second fight of the main card, Dutchman Robert van Nimwegen takes on Peruvian Frank Pareces Vilches in a -65kg contest.
Robert van Nimwegen fights out of the Van Os Gym in Alkmaar, Holland. He holds an unspectacular 0-4 record in It's Showtime. Tomorrow at It's Showtime in Amsterdam, he's looking to finally get in the win column under the It's Showtime banner.
A veteran of the game, van Nimwegen has yet to have a breakthrough in the kickboxing world. He's often lost when he takes a step up in competition and can win fighting lower level opponents. His next opponent will be another step up in competition. Can he finally win and make a move up the ladder?
Although not well known, Frank Pareces Vilches is a veteran of the kickboxing game, mostly fighting under Thai rules. He's fought and trained all over the world including living and training in Russia and Uzbekistan. Currently living and training out of the Superpro Samui camp in Thailand, he's looking to make a name for himself on the main card of a big event. It's Showtime is one of the biggest stages of kickboxing and just fighting there will make him more recognized.
This fight likely comes down to who will throw more strikes and dictate the fight. van Nimwegen likes to come forward but he doesn't throw anything if strikes are coming his way. Vilches has shown that he can move around his opponent with footwork and get some shots off. Vilches like to counter with the hands and string together combinations. Although he doesn't have the prettiest technique with his hands, his combinations are put together quite nicely and accurately. If Vilches can keep throwing strikes while moving, he has a high chance of winning.
van Nimwegen's best strike is probably his right low kick. He throws a hard low kick that will definitely slow down opponents. The problem with him though is that he doesn't strike enough. He'll come forward and cover up without throwing anything back while opponents are striking. Vilches can move around the ring and strike so van Nimwegen will need to open up to win the fight. van Nimwegen can absorb a lot of punishment and all of that happens when he covers up and doesn't throw anything.
Although primarily fighting under Thai rules, Vilches has the style to make it work in It's Showtime's K-1-like ruleset. He mixes his combinations together nicely, utilizing both punches and kicks. He'll mostly just throw low kicks at his opponents and then get to work with the hands.
Vilches has the style to give van Nimwegen fits. van Nimwegen will most likely be following Vilches around the ring while Vilches picks his shots. Vilches' hand combinations will come through and get him a unanimous decision victory.Add a comment
Opening up the main card just a week after It's Showtime's Lyon event, Russian Evgeniy Kurovskoy takes on Georgian Giga Chikadze.
Evgeniy Kurovskoy is a -70kg fighter from Russia who now trains out of the Chakuriki Gym under legendary trainer Thom Harinck. Holding just one loss to his name, Kurovskoy looks to move up the ranks in It's Showtime's 70MAX division and inch closer to a title shot. He's still a long ways off but a win over Chikadze will move him to a 2-0 record in It's Showtime. Kurovskoy won his last fight in It's Showtime with a decision victory over Andre Grigorian in Brussels on March 26.
His opponent, Giga Chikadze is a fighter from Georgia who now trains and fights out of Mike's Gym alongside Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef. Chikadze will look to get his name out there with a win. A convincing win over Kurovskoy would definitely make the division take notice as Kurovskoy was originally slated to be in the monster -70kg tournament.
Both fighters like to move forward but Kurovskoy will relentlessly come forward for the whole fight. While the level of technique between these two isn't that high, they both could make up for it with their aggression. Kurovskoy will throw a counter lead hook while his opponent makes a move which could be a key factor in this fight. I'd probably give the edge in technique to Kurovskoy as Chikadze can get wild with his punches. Both like to counter off exchanges but Kurovskoy's lead hook will likely land better than Chikadze's more wild punches.
Both fighters aren't too worried about defense, sacrificing a lot of it in favor of offense. Expect a lot of flush shots landing in exchanges when they decide to trade in the pocket. Chikadze will likely be the one backing up and coming out worse in the exchanges.
The lack of strong technique in some areas could lead to this fight being a good old fashioned brawl. This could be the sleeper fight of the card as both guys won't hesitate to throw down.
Kurovskoy will likely dictate the fight and back Chikadze up. Expect Kurovskoy's pressure to take over the fight while Chikadze covers up without any offense at times. Kurovskoy will move forward and get the unanimous decision.Add a comment
We've entered a brave new world for kickboxing, as Fight Game has been doing a lot of hustling behind the scenes lately. This is another big piece of news that we've been sitting on out of respects for the companies and not wishing to do any potential harm to such huge news as this. Fight Game, a company run by Golden Glory's Bas Boon and Vale Tudo legend Frederico Lapenda have made some huge strides, not only will the Glory World Series be aired on HDnet on June 17th, but they have entered into a deal with Google's YouTube to produce YouTube's very first PPV broadcast. Here is the official press release. Our sources tell us to expect to pay ten dollars for the live event.
International mixed martial arts(MMA) and combat sports pay-per-view(PPV) pioneers Frederico Lapenda and Bas Boon have been breaking new ground around the world since 1994, they were the 4th producers to produce a MMA Pay Per View in then US, co-producers of the first MMA event in Holland and Japan, their event introduced PPV in Brazil, and now taking it to the next level with GLORY WORLD SERIES, this will the first PPV ever done by YouTube and it will feature MMA and kickboxing on the same card.
GLORY aims to reach the widest possible audience by broadcasting its event through Youtube, the most popular video sharing broadcast company in the world..
The event will take place in Moscow, Russia and this 14th edition will crown the winners of two eight-man tournaments, one in kickboxing and one in MMA, which have been ongoing for the past two events. Drama will high and tempers will be short as the finalists clash for the winner's purse of $150,000 each, in addition to their appearance fee.
FIGHTGAMETV.COM see a great demand for GLORY worldwide based on the fact that On Demand in the U.S. has a universe of 100 million homes and MMA franchises have been able to pull a 1.5 percent viewership approximately U$50.00 a hit generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in the US alone.
GLORY is one of the top three fight shows in the world in viewership, production quality, and fighter level. The shows are broadcast in the US by HD Net and in over 80 other countries and have been held in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Moscow.
GLORY will feature fighters from over 11 different countries including MMA fighters Rasul Mirzaev (Russia), Dennis Stojnic (Bosnia), D. Staring (Holland), R. Savochka (Russia), Zabit Samedov (Belarus), Jason Jones (Holland), Houston Alexander (USA), and Kickboxers Gokhan Saki (Turkey) Artur Kyshenko (Uraine)I. Jurkovic (Croatia), Pavel Zuravliov (Ukraine), Nicolaj Filan (Germany), Mark "Fightshark" Miller (USA), Errol Zimmerman (Surinam), M. Bouzidi (Tunesia), Sergei Kharitonov (Russia), Mighty Mo (USA) N. Holzken (Holland).
Thai Fight Extreme has come and gone, with one of the more notable Thai Fighters to the world of kickboxing, Buakaw Por. Pramuk fighting. It is always great to see Buakaw back in action, and Muay Thai purists should be a bit more happy to see him back in action in full Thai rules.
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