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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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I'm in awe. Open workouts are a rather humdrum event for everyone involved; the media who have to film it, the fighters who have to pretend to work out and the promoters who have to schedule these events and rent out space for them. Josh Barnett has not fought in the United States in well over two years. In light of that, Barnett has fought in Japan and Australia, while participating in Antonio Inoki-sponsored professional wrestling events in Japan. Barnett has a long history of professional wrestling, from when he was fighting in Pancrase in Japan he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as participated in Kiyoshi Tamura's U-Style AXIS event that featured "Shoot-Style" Pro Wrestling.

Well, to say that Barnett has a lot of pent up frustration and has a point to prove in his first fight back in the United States is an understatement. Barnett has been the butt of the joke with the media for years now, his name dragged through the mud, so when he has to go through what is a rather pointless exercise, he chose to do something for himself as well as cut an incredible promo. Watch. [source]

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The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.

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murthelgroenhartOn the heels of Saturday's It's Showtime event, a match up change has been made.

Murthel Groenhart is now in for William Diender. Groenhart will be taking on hometown Spanish fighter Rafi Zouheir. What's also interesting is that this fight is at -70kg. Just last week, Groenhart fought picked up a win over Errol Koning at It's Showtime Warsaw. That fight was at -77kg. We don't know exactly when Groenhart stepped in for Diender, but he has a relatively short time to lose 7kg (15 lbs). Groenhart has been fighting at -77kg for a while and this raises the question if he can even get down to 70kg and make it work.

Groenhart's opponent, Rafi Zouheir now faces a tougher challenge than his previous opponent William Diender. Diender had lost 7 of his last 9 fights. Groenhart hasn't exactly been tearing it up recently either but he's been fighting at -77kg.  If Groenhart can adjust to the weight well, it should provide a tough test for Zouheir, who's coming off a tournament win in January.

We don't know why Diender was taken out of the fight, but we'll be sure to update the story if we find out.

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Alistair Overeem is, regardless of K-1's current status, the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, that means he won what is one of the biggest tournaments in combat sports with a long, rich history. It is still unclear if Overeem will be able to fight for K-1 again, or if K-1 will hold another World Grand Prix, but what is clear is that Overeem is involved in another huge tournament this year and that is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Overeem faces off against Fabricio Werdum in the Final 8 round this weekend, in a rematch from a few years ago in PRIDE when Overeem was still cutting weight to make Light Heavyweight (PRIDE's Middleweight). Overeem has grown as a fighter since then, with his trainer Martijn de Jong actually saying that Overeem is the most improved fighter that he has ever had the pleasure of working with.

Overeem is already the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and looks to take the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP crown as well beginning this weekend. Watch him as he talks to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani about this weekend's big fight, and while it isn't kickboxing, he has the support of us and the kickboxing community. Also note that Overeem says that he has not signed a new contract with Zuffa yet, so he is still free to fight anywhere until that contract is up. [source]

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There really hasn't been much hype around the upcoming K-1 show, which features the -63kg MAX Japan tournament Finals for this year. The rest of the tournament played out in KRUSH earlier this year, with a lot of solid talent involved in the tournament. Sadly, K-1 is in a dark place right now and many have simply stopped treating K-1 in the same regards. But regardless of this, at the end of this month K-1 puts on a show involving Japan's best at 63kg and one of them is Koya Urabe. Watch Urabe's open workout video for the upcoming show here.

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K-1 might not of held any shows yet this year, which has pushed many of the Japanese fighters who usually fight under the K-1 banner to fight in smaller promotions, such as KRUSH recently. One of those fighters has yet to look back since he finally reached the big stage of K-1 MAX glory, that fighter is Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Nagashima has entered into the world of professional wrestling, having his first bout in early May in Zero-One MAX against professional wrestler and former SHOOTO fighter Kohei Sato. They put on a match that many have heavily praised, saying that Nagashima looked natural in the ring, like he had been wrestling for years now. For a fighter like Nagashima, he is just a born performer, known for his flashy entrances and portraying an over-the-top character that received international attention when National Geographic featured Jienotsu in a documentary about "strange lifestyles."

He returned to the ring, once again in the Zero-One MAX ring with legendary Shinjiro Ohtani as an opponent, but this time around, in a tag team match. Nagashima's initial entry into Zero-One involved challenging Shin'ya Hashimoto's son, Daichi Hashimoto to a bout, only for Sato to take him on first. Nagashima was able to overcome the veteran Sato in his debut, and this time around he also got to face Daichi Hashimoto, who was teamed up with Ohtani. The kicker, of course, is that Nagashima's tag team partner in this bout is former K-1 fighter Akebono. Of course, Akebono did not see much success in MMA (0-4) or K-1 (1-8), but he has always been a big star that attracts attention to shows due to his former Sumo career. Him and Nagashima made for a good team that packed the house, with the K-1 team taking the win.

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