|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)|
Kicking off the main card of It's Showtime Lyon is the universally recognized pound for pounded #1 fighter in the sport, Giorgio Petrosyan taking on "The Pitbull," Chahid Oulad El Hadj, commonly referred to as Chahid.
Petrosyan looks to continue his status as the best in the world, already taking part in his third fight of 2011. This year he's already faced Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Cosmo Alexandre, adding to his already near flawless record. It's confusing as to why he hasn't already gotten a title shot in It's Showtime. Some past troubles between himself and the organization may be the reason why. He'll have a chance to finally get the It's Showtime 70MAX world title at the Fast and Furious Five tournament this September.
Right now though, Giorgio Petrosyan has Chahid on his hands. Chahid is a tough fight for most but for Petrosyan it's just a stay busy bout. Petrosyan is that good.
Chahid is another one of those Dutch style fighters who loves to go forward and hunt down his opponent. Although very aggressive at times, Chahid showed in his fight on December 10 of last year against Rafal Dudek that he can also come forward without reckless abandon and pick his shots. That's pretty much out the window though as trying to pick shots and out-technique Petrosyan is a lost cause.
Petrosyan has shown time and time again that he can stay in one gear the whole fight and cruise to a decision, making his opponent appear to be completely clueless. Many have tried to chase down Petrosyan and all they all end up the same, getting taken to school by "The Doctor."
We can try and make it look like Chahid has a chance to upset Petrosyan but the reality is that he'll end up like all the others who have went up against Petrosyan. Chahid will chase Petrosyan all over the ring while Petrosyan puts on one of his trademark clinics. Chahid will be lost from the angles and counters that are thrown at him. Every move Chahid makes, Petrosyan will be two steps ahead.
Look for Petrosyan to cruise to a Petrosyan-esque decision with Chahid left looking frustrated and clueless as to how to figure out the number one fighter in all of combat sports today.Add a comment
It's not every day that you get to see a world famous kickboxer on a MMA program, but that is exactly what we got this week with HDnet's Inside MMA. On this week's Inside MMA Josh Thomson fills in for Bas Rutten to host a panel of Bigfoot Silva, King Mo and Mark "Fightshark" Miller. Miller is, of course, making his return from open heart surgery a few years ago, and doing so in grand fashion at the Glory World Series on May 28th.
Here is HDnet's latest preview of this week's show, which airs on Friday night (external link, the embed isn't friendly).
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This Saturday at It's Showtime Lyon, the always entertaining Mosab Amrani will go to battle with Houcine Bennoui, the brother of It's Showtime 61MAX Champ Karim Bennoui.
What boggles my mind is that somehow this fight is on the undercard. It won't be shown. Both of these men are always in wars and Mosab especially is one of the biggest crowd pleasers in kickboxing. It just goes to show how stacked this card is on Saturday. Mosab Amrani was main eventing It's Showtime on December 18 in a fight of the year candidate and now he finds himself on the undercard. I can see what It's Showtime is doing, making the undercard all fights with full Thai rules but this definitely leaves something to be desired.
Mosab Amrani is one of the rising stars of kickboxing. Possessing one of the most crowd pleasing styles in the sport, he is always going forward throwing non stop strikes trying to break his opponent. Fans began to take note after his fight with Mohammed Khamal on December 18 of last year. In what was a non stop, back and forth war, Khamal edged out Amrani in the extra round in a candidate for fight of the year. Despite the loss, Mosab gained tons of respect from the whole kickboxing community for his unbreakable will that was put on display.
His opponent, Houcine Bennoui is another fighter who loves to only go one direction, forward. Bennoui charges forward, blitzing his opponents with every strike in the book. He tends to get wild while blitzing his opponents and looking for the finish, often leaving himself open to counter. You'd be surprised how different his fighting style is compared to his brother Karim, who takes a much more technical approach to fighting.
Both of these fighters excel when moving forward. The styles of Amrani and Bennoui are just almost guaranteed for another all out war in the ring that Mosab Amrani has become known for. It's likely that whoever spends more time backing up will lose. Expect a lot of strikes being traded right in the pocket as both men take full utilization of every strike allowed in the rule book. Amrani especially loves to trade and let it be known to his opponent that he can take what's given and deliver it back ten times harder.
I think the X factor in this fight will be Amrani's chin. Amrani has never been knocked out and has a chin made of granite. Bennoui has been stopped a few times, including a brutal one punch knockout in October of last year at the hands of Alessandro Campagna. Both fighters go for the kill with every strike thrown and have no problem with taking one to give one.
I think the difference in punch resistance will decide in the fight. Look for Amrani to win the battle of, "I'm gonna force you backwards and there's nothing you can do about it." and delightfully walk through Bennoui's strikes while tagging Bennoui on the chin and hurting him en route to a stoppage in the third round.Add a comment
As many have pointed out, the one glaring flaw in It's Showtime's 70kg tournament is the absence of Buakaw Por. Pramuk, which was something that K-1 MAX was missing as well. Buakaw has decided to re-focus himself on Muay Thai in 2011, which happens to involve participating in the Thai Fight series. While in Lyon, France on May 14th Badr Hari will be returning to the ring, in Cannes, France, Buakaw Por. Pramuk will be stepping into the ring. Many want to see how Buakaw's return to actual Muay Thai treats him, as a criticism launched against him (including our own beloved Brent) has been Buakaw's refusal to fight other thai boxers.
Let's see how this goes. Here is Buakaw at the airport heading to France.
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Stand Up Japan was an event a few days ago held in Japan that was featuring some of the biggest names in Japan's combat sports in exhibition bouts. The two big names at the event were KID Yamamoto and Masato. Masato retired at the ripe age of 30, during the peak of his career and did it on his own terms. Masato retired as a legend, while Yamamoto continues to fight past what many consider his prime and has had no success in the United States fighting for the UFC.
Daniel Herbertson of AOL's MMAFighting.com was live at the event and captured it on video, so sit back and watch clips from this great event. [source]
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