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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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After successful tournaments at 55kg, 60kg, 63kg and 70kg, K-1 affiliate Krush has announced yet another tournament for the end of 2011 which could end up featuring some of the top fighters at 63kg. Similar to the K-1 Youth tournaments, Krush is presenting an under-22 "Supernova" tournament, as opposed to K-1's under-18 Koshien tournaments, a 16-man tournament with the round of 16 and quarterfinals taking place in October (possibly the 10th) and the semis and finals taking place some time thereafter(all articles say Friday September 12th, but that is obviously before the qualifying rounds, as well as September 12th not being a Friday. My best guess would be Saturday November 12th).

This tournament presents some interesting possible match-ups as there are quite a few of the top Japanese fighters at 63kg who are products of the Koshien system and are eligible for this tournament. From what I've seen, there is no indication if Krush will be looking for lesser-known fighters or if they will allow more established fighters into the tournament, so after the break, I'll look at some of the notable fighters who are eligible for the tournament.

 

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Errol Zimmerman and Nicolaj Falin are set to face off in Spergau, Germany on August 28 at the 4th Merseberger Fight Night event. German website groundandpound.de reported the news.

Originally scheduled to be Stefan Leko taking on Nicolaj Falin, Leko was forced out of the bout with injuries sustained from his recent loss to Catalin Morosanu last month. Errol Zimmerman is stepping in to replace the injured Leko.  Zimmerman must be chomping at the bit to fight, as he is coming off a cancelled fight in June. Before that, Zimmerman had won two fights so far this year, topping Zinedane Hameur Lain and Mourad Bouzidi in fights where he dominated the opposition. Zimmerman has made 2011 a successful year so far, unlike 2010 where he lost 3 fights, including a rather lackluster showing against Ewerton Teixeira.

Nicolaj Falin is coming off a first round knockout loss to Mark Miller in May at the United Glory Finals. Falin would definitely like to get back in the win column and doing it with a win over a highly regarded opponent like Zimmerman would most likely open some doors for the German.

Also on the card will be a one night, 4 man tournament featuring Alban Ahmeti, Omar Tekin, Fernando Groenhart and Baker Barakat.

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Giorgio Petrosyan is out of the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament, recently having surgery on his hand. Today It's Showtime announced that Robin van Roosmalen would be filling in for Giorgio. van Roosmalen will be facing Chahid Oulad el Hadj in the quarter finals of the tournament. This will be the second time these men have met, with van Roosmalen winning a decision in their first match back in March.

Here's the official news release from It's Showtime's website:

 

Robin van Roosmalen will take over the empty spot which was left by the injured Giorgio Petrosyan in the IT'S SHOWTIME 'Fast & Furious 70 max' 8 man tournament on September 24 in Brussels, Belgium.

Just like the original scheduled quarter final between Petrosyan and Chahid Oulad El Hadj, also this fight will be a rematch. Van Roosmalen and Oulad El Hadj faced each other in Amsterdam at 'Fighting Stars presents IT'S SHOWTIME', March 6 of this year. It was Van Roosmalen who got the better of the fight, scoring a 4-1 judges' decision. The young talent is now 2-1 in his last 3 IT'S SHOWTIME battles, also scoring a KO victory over William Diender. On May 21, Robin van Roosmalen put on a very spectacular fight against Mohamed Khamal at 'Fightclub presents IT'S SHOWTIME', where Khamal took the decision win after an extra round.

For Chahid, this fight will be chance to take his revenge. However, this time Van Roosmalen won't 'just' be in Chahid's way to a victory, but also in his way to a chance to win the € 50.000 tournament jackpot. Two heavy sluggers with a good chin, great speed and stamina will make up for a beautiful rematch.

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Fresh off the news of Alistair Overeem being released from Strikeforce, Episode 5 of the second season of "The Reem" has been released. The new episode shows behind the scenes footage of Alistair's last fight against Fabricio Werdum, details why he was pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and shows the injuries he has acquired from the fight. As always, the production is top notch and has some great behind the scenes footage. Check it out.

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Somewhat lost in the barrage of recent kickboxing news the past few days, Simon Rutz announced that Giorgio Petrosyan would return in November in Tenerife, Spain. If you connect the dots, it would seem like It's Showtime will be holding an event there in November since Mr. Rutz announced when Giorgio would fight next. I asked Simon Rutz if It's Showtime would be holding an event there in November and was responded to with an answer of maybe..or "Meaby!" to be exact. Note that as of now it's only clear that there is a possibility of the event being set up.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. I'm just speculating here but I think it's likely that the event would be held in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the islands. The kickboxing scene in the Canary Islands isn't talked about that much but it is quite good. Mainland Spain also has some good fighters, like Javier Hernandez and Abraham Roqueni. Three fighters from the Canaries fought on It's Showtime's last event in Madrid and gave good showings. Zeben Diaz defeated Yavuz Kayabasi, Moises Ruibal lost a close fight to Sahak Parparyan and Loren Javier Jorge lost to Tyrone Spong.

Kickboxing has some support in the Canaries and draws good crowds who come out to support their local fighters. Expect Ruibal, Diaz and Loren to be on the card again. I'd also expect some more Spanish fighters like Abraham Roqueni to be on the card, as well as Javier Hernandez, possibly defending his It's Showtime 61MAX World Title against Kan Itabashi, the number one contender for the title. Don't take my word for all this, I'm just speculating as to how the card would be set up if the event were to happen.

After the success of the show in Madrid, it makes a lot of sense to come back to Spain, especially in an area like the Canaries where kickboxing has support. It's Showtime continues to expand their territory and become more global, holding an event in Japan on July 18 and the Madrid show on June 18. Be on the lookout for clarification in the coming months, as November is quite far off.

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RENA, the Girls S-Cup 2009 and 2010 Champion returns to the ring in August after a string of bad luck, including a poor performance to a high school student, Erika Kamimura in an exhibition bout and a loss to Ai Takahashi. It turns out that RENA was heavily considering retirement after he loss to Takahashi, where many who had supported her were suddenly declaring her career finished. Luckily her trainers and the officials at Shoot Boxing were able to convince her to continue her fighting career, as she did hold two consecutive S-Cup Championships and would be foolish not to try again.

RENA is set to fight on the August 19th Shootboxing event, the Girls S-Cup Qualifying Event, where the only match set currently is Ai Takahashi vs. Erika Kamimura, with RENA and V.V. Mei set to participate in the event as well. [source]

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