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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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Mark MillerAfter a lot of hard work and years of anticipation, Mark "Fightshark" Miller made his successful return to he ring a few weeks ago. It was a historic comeback if there ever was one, with Miller landing a big hook to Nikolaj Falin in three seconds, the ref finally calling the fight at around 8 seconds, with Miller scoring the fastest KO of his career after sitting out of action for years. It is safe to say that the team at Golden Glory took notice of Mark Miller after that fight, and there were a lot of hopes pinned on the back of Miller.

American Kickboxing has been all-but-ruled dead by many, without any new, big stars being made in years. The United States is talked about in a joking tone when the topic of kickboxers comes up, as there are some Muay Thai fighters who compete on a high level, but the only Kickboxer to see success has been Mighty Mo, who actually comes from American Samoa which is off the coast of Australia. So there were hopes on the shoulders of Miller beyond making his heroic return, but for American Kickboxing as a whole.

When Golden Glory contacted him last week about possibly joining the team, it was like a dream come true. Golden Glory is one of the elite teams in the kickboxing world, who have never had an American kickboxer in their midst. The only American to ever be a part of the team was Heath Herring, who was never able to achieve the level of success that any of them wanted, and Herring proves to be one of only two fighters that in twelve years that has left the team, ever. Mark signed himself to Golden Glory just days ago and we've been waiting for an official announcement, which Martijn de Jong made this morning, officially welcoming Miller to one of the most elite teams in the world.

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Lumpini Kriekrai, June 10, Results, from Petyindee Promotions at Lumpini Stadium


from Muaythaifocus

1: Kangwanlek Petyindee vs Petchpanomrung Sor Tamransee

2: The-lek Wor Sangprapai vs Julong Ekbangsai for vacant Thailand Light-flyweight title

3: Panpet Chor Na Phattalung vs Sittisak Chengsimiew gym for Panpet’s Thailand Super-featherweight title

4: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs Petboonchu FA Group for vacant WMC Lightweight title

5: Sagetdao Petpayathai 133 vs Saenchai Sinbi Muaythai 131 for Sagetdao’s Lumpini Lightweight title

6: Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Thong PuiD9D for Sam-A’s Lumpini Super-bantamweight title

7: Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Kongsak Sitboonmee for Nong-O’s Lumpini Super-featherweight title

Brent did a good job profiling this event and outlining how absolutely gigantic a show it is. This event consisted almost entirely of championship fights, and all the names on the card are either established fighters or exciting up and comers, like Thelek. Also note, Sam-A and Nong-O have not changed gyms. Gaiyangadao is the name of a sponsor.

Kangwanlek is a big name and something of an anomaly. He is in his thirties and competing still in the top ranks with some success.

Thelek is a young fighter known for his outstanding workrate. This was a rematch, with him having beaten Julong before.

Singdam's been posting strong performances since before winning the Sports Writer's Fighter of the Year award in 2002. That is amazing longevity for this sport. He has been slowing lately, however.Petboonchu should need no introduction, as he has fought Saenchai in a few high profile bouts. His power-clinching style has brought him a lot of success in the top ranks, and he has been moving up in weight.

Sagetdao and Saenchai have fought before multiple times. Sagetdao and Petboonchu actually fought Saenchai together in 2009, with Sagetdao fighting rounds 1-3 and Petboonchu rounds 4-5. Saenchai took that fight, though he lost to Sagetdao some time afterward. Sagetdao took it again this time, on points.

Sam-A is a consistent, classy performer. Against Tong, he did not have to worry about competing against a larger opponent. Historically, he has struggled with larger opponents because of his patient, technical style, but it served him well recently against the larger, and favored, Kongsak. That fight went to a draw, which was something of an upset decision, considering Kongsak is on a 9 fight win streak.

Nong-O, after posting a very strong 2010, when he won Lumpini's Fighter of the Year, has not had much luck this year. This was an interesting bout, as Nong-O is a large, powerful kicker who fights well in orthodox and southpaw. Kongsak is just proving very hard to beat, however. He has wonderful timing and conservation of motion in his bouts. Even though Nong-O has been on the losing end of some decisions, he has consistently looked good in his bouts. Keep in mind he has been around about as long as Singdam, too.

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Isuzu Tournament Finals, June 11, Results from Siam Omnoi Stadium, Channel 3



This weekend was big for Muay Thai. Kem Sitsongpeenong captured first place in the Isuzu Tournament and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom took third over Prakaisaeng Sit-Or in the same tournament. Both wins came by knockout.

Kem knocked out Nopparat Keatkhamtorn in the third with a fantastic stabbing left elbow. At no point in the fight did Nopparat seriously threaten. Kem looked stronger and seemed to be a step ahead of Nopparat in attacking. Nopparat seemed troubled by his power and had trouble countering after kicks. They seemed about to get into the rhythm of the later rounds when Kem pawed Nopparat's right hand down and landed his elbow. The first two rounds consisted of them testing each others' defenses with hard single shots. Kem got the better of the exchanges.

The prize for first place was 1 million baht and an Isuzu pickup truck. He also earns a spot in the next Thai Fight series.

Dernchonlek's win came after a very rough first round. He threw a rear leg teep which Prakaisaeng caught and countered with a stiff right hand. The rest of the round consisted of Prakaisaeng chasing Dernchonlek around the ring slinging right and left hands while Dernchonlek covered with a tight guard against the ropes. Prakaisaeng looked like he was debating whether to keep chasing a couple of time, but he kept up the pressure with the hands, catching Dernchonlek a few more times. He could also have used the opportunity to deal damage to Prakaisaeng's legs or wade in with elbows.

In rounds two and three, Dernchonlek came forward with knees in the clinch and it became a close fight, with Prakaisaeng defending and landing hard counter knees. He was already ahead because of the first round and seemed to pull even further ahead in the third. Dernchonlek wore him down in the fourth and knocked him out with a string of left knees and two bodyshots after trapping him in the corner.

Dernchonlek was awarded two checks totalling 500,000 baht and given a bonus of 30,000 for his KO win.

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its showtime

If you didn't already know, It's Showtime is holding an event in Warsaw, Poland tomorrow. It seems that this card isn't getting much attention and it definitely deserves some. Like the recent It's Showtime event on May 21st, the card is not star studded by any means. We all saw how that card turned out though, right? It was much more entertaining and competitive than the star studded Lyon card. A lot of these fighters may not be known to casual fans of the sport, but I suggest everyone start following them.

The card tomorrow has the 2 top Polish fighters at -70kg fighting with Rafal Dudek taking on Michal Glogowski. You may remember Glogowski from his stint in K-1, where he lost to Yoshihiro Sato at the Final 8. You might also remember Rafal Dudek from his decision loss to Chahid Oulad El Hadj, in which he gave Chahid some problems with his height. This fight will be a good, technical clash between two of Poland's best.

Also on the card we have a sure barnburner in Errol Koning vs. Murthel Groenhart. If you've followed It's Showtime, you know Murthel Groenhart is one of the most exciting fighters in the world. Groenhart always fights at a high pace and is never in a dull fight. His opponent, Errol Koning is not well known but after this fight you should definitely take notice of him. Koning is a very lanky fighter and has a vicious step up knee to look out for. this fight has fireworks written all over it.

Hafid el Boustati returns after his domination of Mohammed Medhar and takes on Piotr Woznicki, who will be at home in Poland. el Boustati is never in a boring fight and this one should bring some excitement.

Yep, Daniel Ghita is fighting too. Ghita takes on Erhan Deniz in what is pretty much a stay-busy fight. Who doesn't want to see Daniel Ghita though? If you like crushing leg kicks then you have to tune in tomorrow because there's sure to be plenty of them.

Last but not least, we have a It's Showtime 95MAX World Title Fight. The champion Danyo Ilunga defends his belt against Serbian Nenad Pagonis. Ilunga is masterful in the ring, as evidenced by the clinic he put on Wendell Roche in March. Ilunga is really deserving of some hype right now. He's not well known to most but he's excellent to watch. Ilunga can move around the ring masterfully using footwork and angles to set up combos and leave opponents confused as to how to get to him. Not to mention, he has 32 KOs in 36 wins. Pagonis is no pushover however, already holding 2 wins in It's Showtime. Last year, Pagonis joined Mike's Gym so you know he'll be prepared for this one.

So, what are you waiting for? Be sure not to miss this event tomorrow. You won't be disappointed. You can order the event on www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, watch it live on The Fight Network. The event begins at 3PM EST/12 PM PST.

For the full card, click here.

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We reported last week about the fight card going down in Rotterdam on June 18. Since then, the card has taken another turn. The main event will now feature Errol Zimmerman vs. Paul Slowinski, in place of Sergei Lascenko. Originally, Gokhan Saki was supposed to fight Lascenko but Saki pulled out due to injury and Zimmerman stepped in. Now Lascenko is out and Paul Slowinski is in.

Another addition to the card is Hafid el Boustati taking on Kenneth van Eesvelde. el Boustati is coming off a win over Mohammed Medhar on the May 21st It's Showtime event in Amsterdam.

The heavyweight tournament has also had a bit of a shake up. Mourad Bouzidi, Filip Verlinden and Abderahman Coulibaly are in. To win the tournament, a fighter will have to win 3 times to claim the crown. The full 8 man tournament line up is as follows:

Abderahman Coulibaly
Wendell Roche
Nicolai Falin
Mourad Bouzidi
Filip Verlinden
Utley Mariana
Tommy van Wijngaarden
Dennis Stolzenbach

Overall, a good tournament line up. It features some already well established names such as Mourad Bouzidi and Wendell Roche while there's some good fighters you may not know about in Filip Verlinden and Abderahman Coulibaly.

Thanks to FightStarTV for the updates.

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If you told me that Melvin Manhoef had a collection of arcade cabinets at his house, I'm not sure that I'd believe you without photographic evidence. Well, that is exactly what we have, taken from his Facebook page. Apparently Melvin fancies himself a gamer.

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