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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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Buakaw Por. Pramuk returned to the ring again today, this time making his return to Japan. Only this time, it was his Japanese debut under muay thai rules. Buakaw has been staying very active this year, having fought on three Thai Fight shows this year. Needless to say, he's won all three of those fights. Buakaw's next fight will be against Warren Stevelmans on Sept. 2 for the MuayThai Premier League. Check out the video in two parts.

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Spong/Rashad/AlexandreIt was a peculiar sight to behold at UFC 133, and no, I don't mean Dennis Hallaman's poor choice of costume or Brian Ebersole's arrow made of chest hair. Instead, I mean the amount of times we got to hear about K-1 level striking on a UFC broadcast and that it was hard to argue. No, sadly it did not coincide with the action in the cage, but instead the choice of trainers that the elite MMA fighters of the world have been choosing to help round out their game.

We've already seen Kenny Florian working with Cosmo Alexandre, Jose Aldo working with Andy Souwer, Jake Shields prepared for his fight with GSP by training with the legendary Rob Kaman and more. Tonight at UFC 133, though, the two feature attraction fights also featured two elite kickboxers in a corner, as "Sugar" Ray Sefo, a K-1 legend and the 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix runner-up cornering Vitor Belfort. Belfort is known for his top notch hands, for his speed, precision and power, but bringing on Ray Sefo has helped him to round out his full spectrum of striking after a quick loss to Anderson Silva. Without a doubt having a legend like Ray Sefo helping him prepare will give him some helpful tips and pointers, both in offense and defense and the results looked promising with Belfort picking up a win tonight.

In the main event, Rashad Evans brought a younger K-1 fighter to the ring with him, as he came to the ring with Tyrone Spong. Spong has been an integral part of Rashad's training camp to prepare for his fight, originally against Phil Davis before Davis had to pull out, and now against Tito Ortiz. The fight turned into more of a grapple-heavy contest, but some of the techniques that Rashad picked up along the way and the sparring with a fighter like Spong who is known for his strong clinch game and heavy kicks were apparent in the way Rashad moved and how he responded to situations. One of the clearest examples of him working on his clinch striking more came with the finish of the fight, where Tito Ortiz was on his knees covering his head up and Rashad landed what was a picture perfect knee strike to the midsection that dropped Ortiz and led to the finish.

A technique like that is often overlooked in the MMA world because one false move and the knee becomes an illegal strike to the head and can cause a point deduction, disqualification or a no contest if the opponent cannot continue. It takes a great deal of confidence and dedication to drill moves like that for a fighter to be comfortable throwing them, and Rashad timed it perfectly and it landed exactly where it should have.

If UFC 133 was any sort of indicator, the chances are that more and more UFC fighters will be turning to high level kickboxers and muay thai fighters to help them prepare for their fights. The days of fighters preparing with noted MMA striking trainers without much real combat experience might be coming to a close, or at least be supplemented by having modern professional fighters at the top of their game helping to spar and round out a fighter. Right now Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is preparing in his camp with American kickboxing sensation Mark "Fightshark" Miller, who has notably trained with Rampage's upcoming opponent, Jon "Bones" Jones in the past and can only help Rampage out more and more as he prepares for his title fight.

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After a fairly even first round with the only thing defining it being a knockdown from Amrani, Chi Bin Lim won rounds 2 and 3 quite easily against the seemingly tired Amrani, outworking and outlanding the Dutch-Moroccan to earn a draw after 3 rounds. In the extension round, Amrani came on strong in the first minute, but wore down towards the latter half of the round, a fitting microcosm of the entire fight itself. With the win, Lim moves on to fight It's Showtime 65MAX Champion Orono Wor. Petchpun in a title fight at an event to be determined. What's next for Amrani is unknown, but expect the exciting, talented up and comer to be back fighting for It's Showtime soon.
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Alistair Overeem's dismissal from the UFC has been a topic for debate over the past week, as has the more recent release of his Golden Glory teammates Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo. This leaves the lone Golden Glory contracted fighter of Sergei Kharitonov who will fight on September 10th in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. There has been widespread speculation over what has happened between Zuffa and Golden Glory, with both sides making claims of the other. Zuffa claims Golden Glory was trying to have their fighters paid through Golden Glory and Zuffa claims they only pay the fighters directly, the fighters can pay their management on the side. Marloes has been very public about this, saying that she didn't need Zuffa's "protection" and that she prefers her camp be paid directly due to tax reasons in Europe.

This interview with Inside MMA covers a lot of this, with Overeem discussing his injuries and the fact that Zuffa attempted to push their standard, exclusive contract upon him and that he was not pleased with that. Overeem is clear that he still wants to fight for K-1.

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What is usually a void of kickboxing coverage on a UFC weekend turned out a rather interesting interview with Tyrone Spong. Tyrone Spong discusses the future of his career, the potential of a K-1 Final 16 in October in China, his participation in it and he talks about why he thinks kickboxing wasn't as huge in the United States as it could be and how in the future it could be.

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