|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Our good friend Michael Schiavello has a wonderful interview series on HDnet that features him in a sit-down interview with various names from the world of combat sports. It appears we still might have a ways to go before we can see the Voice Versus Badr Hari, but we can hold out hope, can't we? The latest in the series is the Voice Versus Hulk Hogan. This time it is a bit of an interesting departure from the norm, opting to interview a legendary professional wrestler. Knowing Schiavello, I fully expect a few questions about Antonio Inoki and the Axe Bomber from his time in Japan.
The show debuts May 20th at 10 PM Eastern.
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This weekend's KRUSH show saw MMA fighter Akihiro Gono return to his kickboxing roots as he dropped down to a svelte 70kg (around 150lbs) to face K-1 MAX fighter Yuya Yamamoto. Gono had some issues making weight, missing weight and having to go cut a few more kilograms to make 70kg. He hasn't fought that light in years now, so it makes sense. He looked extremely dehydrated in the photos floating around of the weigh-ins, albeit also very cut. Watch how Gono, a SHOOTO, Pancrase, ZST, DEEP, PRIDE and UFC veteran handles himself against a good K-1 MAX fighter in Yamamoto, while still out classed he had some tricks in his bag.
Not bad for a MMA fighter who was brutally KO'd by Dan Hornbuckle in Sengoku a while back.
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By Daniel Fletcher
Another world championship Muay Thai card will be hosted in Leeds (capital of the north) this weekend at the Leeds Town Hall, when Richard Smith's Bad Company Gym put two of their leading lights in hotly anticipated rematches, in both cases to retain their respective honours. Andy Howson and Jordan Watson share three things in common; they are Leeds lads, fight out of Bad Company gym, and hold ISKA World title belts, one of which will be on the line come Saturday as Howson takes on former foe and friend Dean James. Watson is fresh from a title defence in April, but the fight is not without significance as this rematch from The Contender will determine the #1 ranked super-welterweight, or 70kg MAX fighter in Britain.
In their first meeting, the likeable Howson dropped a decision to the current #1 ranked Bantamweight James on the stacked show at the London Excel, headlined of course by Watson vs. former 2x K-1 MAX champion and Lumpini tournament winner Buakaw Por.Pramuk. Howson feels that he did not perform to his best abilities on that night, and after recovering and going on to win the ISKA world title at bantamweight, he looks to avenge the previous defeat and claim the undisputed #1 rank in Britain.
Watson for his part lost that night too, though in taking the superstar Buakaw the distance and extending him to the point of doubt come the time for scorecards, he earned a new level of respect on the English, UK and international circuits. He too went on to win ISKA honours, which he has just defended. This fight though, a rematch from the Contender and one that he is favourite to win, would cement him as the best 70MAX Muay Thai boxer in the UK, and that may well be just as important to him.
Watson has been a tipped prospect in British Muay Thai since his teenage years, with the East Leeds youngster winning seven junior titles and quickly rising up the adult ranks as a boy. Since fighting international competition, he has beaten multiple top ranked opponents, had an even bout with one of the true superstars of stand-up fighting in Buakaw, and has won a world title. He's 23, and there's more honours on the horizon for him.
Full card (confirmed) as follows:
ISKA 55MAX world title
Andy Howson (Bad Company) v Dean James (Pra Chao Suaa)
Non-title fight - for UK #1 ranking at 70MAX (ISKA super-welterweight)
Jordan Watson (ISKA world champion, Bad Company) v Craig Jose (Fight Faktory)
Kris Addis (Kao Loi) v Chris Shaw (Scotland)
Kyle Fella (Bad Company) v Robin Downer (Scotland)
Sarah McCarthy (Bad Company) v Maria Pantazi (Greece)
John Dennis (Bad Company) v Michael Wiseman (Caledonian)
5x1.5 Kenzie Roberts (Bad Company) 34kg v Harry Brecken Kao Loi 34kg
5x1.5 Bailey Roberts (Bad Company) 46kg v Joe Craven Calder 49kg
5x2 Andy Bakewell (Waterloo Street) 78kg v Danny Derbyshire Burnley 78kg
5x2 Kate Stables (Bad Company) 52kg v Hayleigh Clarkson Semtex 52kg
5x2 Eddie Long (Bad Company) 78kg v John Walker (Jai Muay Thai) 78kg
5x2 Danny Derbyshire (Burnley) 77kg v Andy Bakewell (Waterloo Street) 76kg
5x2 Karl Stoddart (Jai Muay Thai) 64kg v Mani Singh (Griphouse) 64kg
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Back in February It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion Hesdy Gerges was arrested for possible involvement in drug trafficking. Hesdy's brother as well as a friend were arrested in Belgium last year with over 120 kilos of cocaine when the case reached a bit of a dead end. Gerges, who was questioned last year but not charged in the case became a suspect again earlier this year, which almost got in the way of his big bout with Daniel Ghita in March.
According to de Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper renowned for it's questionable material took the straight and narrow on this article, with very little editorializing. The issue is straight forward enough; Authorities in Belgium will get a chance to question and possibly detain Hesdy Gerges as Dutch Authorities have granted Gerges to be extradited to Belgium.
Of course the crux of this matter for kickboxing fans is not only Gerges' innocence, but that he has a bout coming up at It's Showtime at the Sand in Amsterdam against Chris Knowles. Gerges' legal problems once again come dangerously close to an It's Showtime main event featuring Hesdy Gerges, leaving It's Showtime in another possible jam. We can only hope that this matter is sorted out promptly and in time for It's Showtime at the Sand. [HT: Brent Ducharme]Add a comment
It has been a bit difficult to approach this weekend's KRUSH results, as the show has yet to air in Japan or anywhere else, but there are reports on the internet about them, as opposed to retread on territory that has already been covered by people at the show, I defer you, our readers to K-1's official site for our friend Stuart Tonkin's write up of the event. Tonkin has been covering events for K-1's official site for years now and was live in the arena for the event. So here, your photo of the day, is KRUSH's newly-crowned Triple Champions.
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