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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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It's Showtime Lyon is in the books now, with Badr Hari officially back in action against a less-than-game Gregory Tony, disappointing some, but doing as expected and taking out Tony within the first round. In a night that was largely filled by bigger names against up-and-comers there were a few big knockouts and TKO victories, but one of them really sticks out, and that is Chris Ngimbi and Will Borrel's scrap at 70kg.

Chris Ngimbi is hilariously underrated in the 70kg weight class, mainly because the bigger names have all competed for K-1 MAX and Ngimbi has not, but that does not mean that he is a slouch. He is It's Showtime's 70kg Champion and will actually be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan soon, as was announced on the broadcast tonight. Many fans enjoyed Remy Bonjasky's style of fighting for his flying kicks, and Chris Ngimbi showed in this fight against Willy Borrel that he is not afraid to take to the air and throw a flying knee when it's open. This was without a doubt the KO of the night. [source]

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ItsshowtimelyonWe'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Lyon, France. on the card are big names such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong. There's also two five round title fights to look forward to. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy and watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch live on The Fight Network. The event airs live at 4PM EST/1PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Part 1

Aydin Tuncay vs. Cedric Muller

Cedric Muller wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Mickael Piscitello vs. Johann Fauveau

Johann Fauveau wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Wendell Roche vs. Yuksel Ayadin

Wendell Roche wins by Decision in an Extra Round.

Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui

Houcine Bennoui wins by TKO (Injury) in the 4th round.

Part 2

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Fight ends in a no contest due to Chahid being unable to continue from a low blow.

Chris Ngimbi vs. Willy Borrel (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title Fight)

Chris Ngimbi wins by KO (Flying Knee) in Round 2.

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Ghita

Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1.

Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian (It's Showtime 73MAX World Title Fight)

Yohan Lidon wins by Unanimous Decision over 5 rounds and becomes the new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion.

Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic

Tyrone Spong wins by KO (Knee/3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony

Badr Hari wins by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

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In the main event, the always entertaining and controversial Badr Hari takes on Frenchman Gregory Tony.

This is Badr's first fight in a year. He's taken time off to get his head together and now he looks to jump right back in the mix with a win over Gregory Tony. Badr wasn't the usual Badr at the press conference and weigh ins. He shook Tony's hand and smiled, showing an unusual display of respect to his opponent. However, the one thing that we know is that when Badr steps in that ring and stares across at Gregory Tony, all the smiles and handshakes will be thrown out the window.

Badr's opponent, Gregory Tony is someone who you might've gotten know a little more about over the past week. The Frenchman is also coming off a long layoff - in kickboxing. In kickboxing, he has a longer layoff than Badr. He has been keeping active in boxing but is that enough to make this competitive? Probably not. Although racking up a 15-2 record, most of his wins have been cans and he got absolutely smashed by Robert Helenius. You also wonder if he's still been training in kickboxing all this time.

I think it's right to assume that Badr Hari is just absolutely chomping at the bit to get back in the ring and hurt someone. Expect Badr to have a more cautious, technical start but once he gets settled in watch for him to blitz Tony with power punches. There's no way I can see Gregory Tony withstanding a Badr Hari onslaught. Tony doesn't seem to take to getting hit very well and there's no doubt that once Badr hits him he's gonna be in a world of hurt.

Tony's jab and right hand are decent but if he lands them I don't expect Badr to be phased. Badr will get settled in after the first minute and a half, find an opening and unleash a barrage of power shots on Tony until he goes down and doesn't get back up. Tony might get brutally knocked out in this one.

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Big news revolving around the world of It's Showtime again, as LiverKick.com confirmed with Simon Rutz this evening that Hesdy Gerges has once again been added to the May 21st Amsterdam card. Rutz then posted publicly on his Facebook that Gerges is innocent (at least that is what It's Showtime and everyone else believes) and that Gerges will be prepared for his fight on May 21.

This is the second time in a row that Hesdy Gerges has run into problems right before a fight, the last time in early March before he fought Daniel Ghita. So Hesdy Gerges vs. Chris Knowles is officially back on now, and hopefully Gerges will be as prepared as he was for Daniel Ghita just a few months ago.

Stay tuned for more updates on It's Showtime as they happen.

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Kickboxing promotion It's Showtime has their work cut out for them at the moment, with a longterm deal with United States television network HDnet announced today and running one of their bigger shows to date tomorrow in Lyon, France. We've broken down the card, fight-by-fight so far, of course with an in depth look at the return of Badr Hari to action, and at this point there isn't much to say outside of sit back, relax and enjoy the fights tomorrow.

We've checked with It's Showtime to see if the stream will still work in the United States in the wake of the HDnet agreement, and yes, if you want to watch the event live you can indeed access their stream as opposed to waiting until Friday night on HDnet. It's Showtime's stream runs on Microsoft's Silverlight platform (the same as Netflix), so make sure that you have Silverlight installed and that it is functional before purchasing the stream.

The stream can be viewed at http://www.ShowtimeFights.com at 4PM Eastern Time. View the entire card at WikiKick, with all of Part 2 being broadcast live.

So now all that there is left to do is sit back and enjoy this video of the weigh-ins.

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In the co-main event of the evening, one of the stars of kickboxing, Tyrone Spong, takes on Croatian Igor Mihaljevic.

Spong is coming off of a loss to Alistair Overeem in the K-1 World Grand Prix last year while Mihaljevic is coming off of a dreadful loss to Catalin Morosanu. Spong has slowly moved up to heavyweight over the years until 2010 where he put on size fast. Spong says he has taken the time off between now and his last fight to put on size the right way and adjust his body to the change. Mihaljevic is a journeyman who mostly fights in Croatia.

I'll just start by saying this. Mihaljevic has no chance. If you've seen his fight against Catalin Morosanu, you can see why. (I don't recommend watching it, it's just dreadful to watch.) He's sloppy, has bad defense and reacts really badly to getting hit in the face. It's basically a squash match for Spong, who looks to get his 2011 started on a winning note.

Don't expect this to last very long. Mihaljevic is a pudgy Croatian journeyman who is being brought in to get smashed. There's not much else to say other than Spong will finish him in the first round.

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