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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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The K-1 World Max 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament will be streaming live at 2:30 EST/11:30 PST. An eight man -63kg tournament featuring names such as Koya Urabe, Tetsuya Yamato and Yuta Kubo will fill most of the card. Along with the tournament, a super fight between long time K-1 MAX competitors Yoshihiro Sato and Albert Kraus will be fought at -70kg. You can watch the fight on K-1's Youtube channel, Ustream channel or Facebook page. Click on each one for links.If you'd like play by play, we'll be on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom or @rianscalia. Enjoy what's sure to be an action packed event.

Reserve Fight #1:

Toshiki Taniyama defeats Yuto Watanabe by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Reserve Fight #2:

Koji Yoshimoto defeats Shohei Asahara by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Quarter Final #1:

Tetsuya Yamato defeats HIROYA by Unanimous Decision.

Quarter Final #2:

Koya Urabe defeats Yuki by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #3:

Yuta Kubo defeats Kizaemon Saiga by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #4:

Masaaki Noiri defeats Ryuji Kajiwara by Split Decision in an Extra Round.

Semi Final #1:

Koya Urabe defeats Tetsuya Yamato by Unanimous Decision.

Semi Final #1:

Yuta Kubo defeats Masaaki Noiri by Unanimous Decision.

Super Fight:

Yoshihiro Sato defeats Albert Kraus by Majority Decision.


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It's Showtime officially sent out a press release today regarding their draws for their Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament, the draw takes place in Brussels, Belgium on June 30th at 1pm Eastern. [source]

On June 30th, the world’s best kickboxing champions will come to Forest National in Brussels for the grand draw of the Fast & Furious 70 Max Tournament. The ultimate moment when it will finally be revealed who competes with whom during 'Music Hall & BFN Group present IT'S SHOWTIME Fast & Furious 70 Max' on September 24th. The draw will be streamed live and for free and will be as glamorous as the tournament itself.

On the list of kickboxers are Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Souwer, Gago Drago, Murat Direkçi, Chris Ngimbi, Harut Grigorian, Artur Kyshenko and Chahid Oulad el Hadj. Daniella Somers, eightfold world champion, who is training two of the kickboxers, will also be present at the draw.

IT'S SHOWTIME is world’s greatest kickboxing organization and combines top-class sport with lots of glitter and glamour. The
organization tours around the world and is counting on sold-out arenas everywhere. The event on September 24th in Forest National will be broadcasted in 162 countries. Since May, Music Hall has been exclusive agent and co-producer of the shows together with BFN Group.

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With this weekend's K-1 -63kg Tournament, I thought it would be appropriate to rank the fighters in terms of their chances of winning the tournament. Tetsuya Yamato entered the tournament last year as a relative unknown and powered his way through the tournament, concluding with an all-action final against Yuta Kubo in one of 2010's FOTY candidates. This year's field is comprised of eight of the very best Lightweights in Japan, all of whom have the legitimate ability to take this year's throne. Who are this year's favorites? Who are this year's dark horses? Who will reign supreme? We'll find out on June 25th, but for now, here's my speculation as to who's who in the -63kg division.

1. Yuta Kubo - In the two major lightweight tournaments Kubo has been in, he made it to the finals of both. Unfortunately for him, he lost both as a result of a 3rd round knockdown and a 3rd round knockout in fights he was presumably winning, at the hands of Masahiro Yamamoto and Tetsuya Yamato, respectively. However, in the lead up to both of those finals and even in the finals themselves, Kubo displayed high level technique, accompanied with power, dispatching  the likes of Naoki Ishikawa, leg kick wizard DJ Taiki, Keiji Ozaki and Yoshimichi Matsumoto, the last of which by spectacular KO. Kubo fell to Yamato in the exciting finals of last year's -63kg GP, seeming to have simply run out of steam in the third round of their fight. Despite his tournament finals shortcomings, Kubo brings to the table a variety of deceptive, powerful kicks and the hands to set them up, culminating in the ability to reach yet another tournament final. However this time, I feel it is his for the taking.

2. Koya Urabe - Just three months ago, it would seem ludicrous to not have Urabe as the tournament favorite. He was the king without a crown, being left out of last year's Final 8 despite winning his Final 22(16?) match quite handily. Then, in September of last year, after Tetsuya Yamato's tournament victory, Urabe dismantled the K-1 Champion over the course of three rounds, earning a decisive victory, leading many to call for his standing as the true K-1 Champion. After a close fight against rising sensation Sung Hyun Lee in the quarterfinals of the Krush 63kg Tournament and a relatively easy win over Takuya Shirahama in the semis, Urabe looked poised to stay atop the scene at 63kg before being upset by Ruyji Kajiwara in the finals. Urabe's strengths are his hands, which may be the best among the tournament field, and his defense, both of which make him a considerable favorite over his first round opponent Yuki. Revenge is on Urabe's mind, but will he be able to enact it? Only time will tell.


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I don't even know what to say about this. Watch it. Marvel.

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On July 16 in Malaga, Spain the Spanish promotion Real Fighters will put on a one night 4-man -70kg tournament along with many big names in super fights for their card at the Polideportivo Carrangue de Malaga. The four fighters in action will battle it out for the Real Fighters -70kg Title. Featured in the tournament are It's Showtime veteran Rachid Belaini, Fran Palenzuela, Jonay Risco and Javier Maiz. The quarter final match ups are set up as follows:

Quarter Final Match Up #1:

Rachid Belaini vs. Jonay Risco

Quarter Final Match Up #2:

Fran Palenzuela vs. Javier Maiz

Belaini has recently fought in Spain at the K-1 MAX Madrid 2011 tournament, losing in the first round to Nick Beljaards by TKO. Fran Palenzuela is coming off a KO loss to Yodsaenklai Fairtex on June 18 and Jonay Risco is coming off a decision loss to Naruepol Fairtex on the same card.

In the super fight portion of the card, many familiar names are on hand. Here's what fights we've got:

-70kg: Zeben Diaz vs. Warren Stevelmans

-72kg: Bruno Carvalho vs. Faldir Chahbari

-73kg: Khalid Chabrani vs. Emad Kadyear

If you saw It's Showtime Madrid this past weekend, you probably saw Zeben Diaz showcase his skills as he dominated Yavuz Kayabasi. Not many knew of Diaz before the bout and now he's taking on another name in the veteran Warren Stevelmans. Faldir Chahbari is coming off a win in April over Anthony Kane and face the man from Portugal, Bruno Carvalho. Khalid Chabrani recently defeated Errol Koning in May and faces Emad Kadyear who is coming off a stoppage win at It's Showtime Madrid this past weekend.

All in all, a solid card. Keep your eye out for more here on Liverkick.com

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Reigning champ Tetsuya Yamato and HIROYA. HIROYA is looking to prove everyone wrong. He was once touted as the next big star of K-1 MAX by Masato himself. Recently though, HIROYA has not lived up to expectations, dropping two fights in a row, only having one fight in 2010 against Yuta Kubo. Things haven't gone as they would've hoped for HIROYA and this tournament will be his chance to get back on track. Yamato will be a tough test as he's the reigning champion. Not to mention this is just the first of a possible three fights in one night. Check out the promo video. Add a comment

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