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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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SlammTeam Slamm will host an event in Suriname on August 26 that will feature an 8-man 70kg tournament featuring some up-and-coming talent. Slamm has always been known for putting on some solid kickboxing shows in the past, and by the looks of it this 70kg tournament will fall right in line. Brent Ducharme has the story;

The biggest name included in the eight man tournament is Team Slamm member Anthony Kane. Somewhat undersized for the 70 kg. weight class, Kane has never managed to break through to the top of the division since making it to the semifinal round of the prospect-packed K-1 World MAX 2010 West Europe Tournament. He has had some recent struggles, losing bouts to Faldir Chahbari and the relatively unknown Antoine Mandela.

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Other tournament competitors: Ajay Balgobind (former Hafi el Boustati opponent and new Team Slamm member), Miloud el Geubli (of Mejiro Gym), Cedric Bacuna (Vos Gym), Benedito Xavier, Antoine Mandela and Alessandro Campagna. [source]
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With Giorgio Petrosyan now out of It's Showtime's Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament on September 24, we're all wondering who will be the man to replace him. It's pretty tough to replace the number one fighter in the sport and anyone stepping in for Giorgio Petrosyan needs to be a worthy challenger to the other seven contestants. Here are in my opinion the top three candidates to replace Giorgio Petrosyan.

Note: Simon Rutz made it clear that Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Albert Kraus, Mohammed Khamal and Mike Zambidis were all unavailable. Quite unfortunate, as those would be some of the top candidates to replace Giorgio.

Abraham Roqueñi

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The Spanish fighter has been on a tear lately, securing wins over Andy Souwer and Gago Drago, two competitors in the tournament this year. Roqueñi was an unknown to most before this year, and I believe he deserves a chance to prove himself. Hell, he already has. He's showed he can hang with the top of the division, especially with his win over Andy Souwer. It's about time Roqueñi got a shot at the big time. He's paid his dues on the scene over the years and his resume speaks for itself. If I were to pick anyone to replace Giorgio, I'd choose Abraham Roqueñi.

Yoshihiro Sato

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A mainstay of K-1 MAX, Sato has had some ups and downs recently. Sato has only lost to top competition lately though and his recent win over Albert Kraus shows he can still hold his own. Although I think by now that we all know what Sato is. He's a solid fighter who can hang with the top fighters and win a few against them but will never truly make a breakthrough as an elite fighter. Still, Sato is no one to write off, and with nothing currently lined up he could find himself replacing Giorgio Petrosyan and taking on Chahid Oulad el Hadj in the quarter finals. With Chahid in the quarter finals and the winner of that match facing the winner of Chris Ngimbi vs. Murat Direkci, Sato would definitely have a good chance of making it to the final.

Armen Petrosyan

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Giorgio Petrosyan's out, why not throw in his brother? Really though, Armen Petrosyan is a very good fighter, despite not being anywhere near as known as his brother. Armen has faced and beaten good competition, including decisioning Yoshihiro Sato in March. Armen's career is pretty tough to follow so we don't know what or if he has anything lined up for March. This could be Armen's breakout moment and if he wins the tournament, I'm already imagining all the discussion about Petrosyan vs. Petrosyan and if they'd do it. Maybe Armen can even get a Wikipedia page if he replaces Giorgio and wins.

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Fight Code is the promotion that has been slowly and steadily taking the world by storm in 2011, with two huge kickboxing tournaments being run throughout the year in two of the most competitive weight classes of 72.5kg and Heavyweight. In a world of giants, Fight Code has quickly made a niche for themselves by promoting extremely entertaining shows by booking available talent and matching opponents closely against each other to make the best possible fights.

In November their "Rhino Series" Heavyweight Tournament will come to a close, hopefully in dramatic fashion. Today they released a teaser trailer for the event, set to happen in Geneva, Switzerland on November 25. There are two more shows to determine the finals for the Rhinos tournament, August 13th and October 22.

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LekoJapan's RISE organization, one of the smaller kickboxing organizations that is known to work with K-1 and serve as one of their "feeder" organizations, much like KRUSH. RISE will be putting on an 8-man Heavyweight Tournament on November 23 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. On their most recent show they held two qualifying bouts for the tournament, where Japanese kickboxing mainstay Hiromi Amada advanced as did Fabiano Cyclone.

The big story is that K-1 is sending in the big guns for this tournament, as they have sent American fighter Mighty Mo and the legendary Stefan Leko to participate in this tournament.

RISE will be holding more qualifying bouts on September 23. [source]

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Just when you think that things in the kickboxing world couldn't get any crazier after the sale of K-1 earlier today, Giorgio Petrosyan has officially had to withdraw from It's Showtime's Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is easily the top tournament set to happen in 2011 in the kickboxing world, featuring talent like Andy Souwer, It's Showtime Champion Chris Ngimbi, Artur Kyshenko, Gago Drago, Chahid and more. Petrosyan and Souwer were the early favorites in the tournament, but it appears that Petrosyan's Achilles Heel has struck again.

For the past two years Petrosyan has been having a nagging problem with his hand, breaking it at the 2009 K-1 World MAX tournament, which put him out of action for a while, then re-aggravating it during the 2011 K-1 World MAX tournament. Now it appears during his fight with HINATA last week that Petrosyan has once again injured his hand, as we reported, and will have to withdraw from the It's Showtime tournament.

It's Showtime released an official announcement earlier today, stating that Petrosyan would not be ready to fight until November as he is recovering from surgery. It's Showtime officials are working to find a suitable replacement, but Andy Souwer's stock in this tournament just shot through the roof. [source]

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