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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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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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Real-Fighters
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

Koya UrabeThe K-1 MAX Japan -63kg tournament is rapidly approaching, and luckily for all of us, we'll be able to watch it live streamed on the internet. As the talk about the top prospects starts to heat up online, the debate is to which fighter will come out victorious in the tournament. The Final 8 will meet each other and one man will be crowned the champion, and out of the field there is a lot of competition. KRUSH Champion Ryuji Kajiwara takes on youth sensation Masaaki Noiri, last year's finalist Yuta Kubo takes on Kizaemon Saiga, Koya Urabe takes on YUKI and HIROYA takes on last year's champion Tetsuya Yamato.

So the field in the Final 8 is stiff enough as it is, with all 8 men having their own impressive histories. But each fight will tell its own story, so we take a look at the possible outcomes of the Final 8 fights.

Ryuji Kajiawa vs. Masaaki Noiri: Noiri is young, like half as young as Kajiwara. Kajiwara's victory in the KRUSH -63kg tournament came as a shock to everyone, as he was able to usurp Koya Urabe to take the title. Noiri on the other hand is one of the brightest prospects to come out of the the K-1 Koshien system, who after his run in that tournament went on a rampage in the kickboxing world. Noiri is still lacking a little bit of polish that could make him the tournament champion, while Kajiwara has been around for years and has the skill and discipline to take the fight to Noiri.

Yuta Kubo vs. Kizaemon Saiga: Saiga is a frustrating fighter, as frustrating of a fighter as a pretty boy can be. Saiga has a few impressive wins to his credit, but after receiving a lot of attention his focus seemed to be shattered and a string of losses and disappointments ensued. Yuta Kubo on the other hand is young and has made it far in two major tournaments now. Kubo put on some of the most exciting kickboxing fights of 2010 and to his credit is powerful and pretty technical. I think it is clear that Kubo takes the wind out of Saiga's sails.

Koya Urabe vs. YUKI: YUKI is a solid fighter, with some really solid power and moderate skill, but in the realm of this fight against the fighter who has to be one of the absolute favorites, Koya Urabe should take this fight in his sleep.

HIROYA vs. Tetsuya Yamato: HIROYA is the first KOSHIEN Champion from 2008 and is known as K-1's golden boy for many reasons, he has taken a few decisions that many have credited as "gifts" in K-1 events and has put on some moderate displays of technique as well as look absolutely terrible. He was chosen to be the successor to Masato but it is clear that for him to live up to such high standards he would need years more of refinement or K-1 to pull as many strings as they could to raise him above the field. Yamato was the man who took the -63kg tournament last year in a surprise run, who has had little luck with Muay Thai fighters and can show flashes of brilliance as well as flashes of absolute disappointment. I think he wants to prove himself here and will be ready to fight with HIROYA and become the two-time champion.

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BadrBadr Hari's public image has been dragged through the mud over the last few years, which has both earned him the ire of many fans but in the same vein made him larger than life and one of the biggest names in the kickboxing world, bar none. Some say that no attention is bad attention for the famous, and in Badr Hari's case the mythos surrounding him, his skill and him as a fighter has only grown. There have been a few interviews over the past few months which have painted Badr Hari in a very, very shades of grey light, with him looking like a sociopath at times. So when it was announced that Michael Schiavello would interview him for his Voice Versus series on HDnet, I wasn't sure how to feel. Then when Schiavello talked about how it was a rather "dark" episode for the usually light-hearted series I was expecting a lot more of the no-good Badr Hari.

Thankfully Schiavello, who is himself a huge Badr Hari and kickboxing fan knows how to walk the line really well in interviews such as this. Schiavello made sure to switch things up from the tough questions that Hari seemed to pause and really have to stop and think during and the questions that had Hari laughing and joking around. Some of the questions, such as how does he feel about knocking out opponents and what happened in those terrible DQ losses where his temper got the best of him show the darker side of Hari, and just how intense he really can be. Then he switches things up to talk about what kind of movies Badr Hari likes and plays the knock out, choke out, wedgie and bowl of fried shrimp game.

I think for Badr Hari this interview was important, as in the United States a lot of the interviews we've seen from Hari have been in Dutch and translated, sometimes a bit too literally and do not paint him in the best light. Hari showed some serious signs of growth when it came to talking about some of his criminal connections in the past, and he talks about him being an impressionable kid and that he has matured a lot and moved away from that. Badr Hari's career came into the limelight at the tender age of 20, where it is entirely possible to imagine a kid who worked hard to come up and become a name being offered things and not knowing how to say no.

Kudos to Schiavello and HDnet for taking the time to interview one of the most popular kickboxers in the world and actually taking the time to let him tell his side of the story as well as have some fun with him. Be sure to watch it on HDnet this Friday evening, June 24th at 10PM Eastern, followed by It's Showtime Amsterdam.

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