|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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Last week's poll asked: Do you train any martial arts?
41% - Yes, quite a bit
17% - Yes, somewhat
17% - I used to, but not at the moment
17% - I want to, but no
8% - Nope
This week: in case you missed it, over the weekend we posted a video wrap up of March's kickboxing action. Included in that wrap-up was a discussion of the best fights of March (check here for videos from my picks for best fights). So, what do you think?
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Sometimes you work really hard for something and the payoff isn't immediate, other times you just get lucky and are in the right place at the right now. Other times you wait what feels like a lifetime and have to prove yourself and it can drive you mad. If you've been following K-1 religiously for the past 15 years, you'll know the name Mark Miller. No, I don't mean the IFL Middleweight MMA fighter that competed on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, but instead the Heavyweight kickboxer who participated in a few of the K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix tournaments at the turn of the century.
If you don't know Miller you are missing out, not only missing out on an incredible story of overcoming the odds and facing a lot of tough competition, you are missing out on an incredible talent and a great guy. Mark is the first fighter to ever stage a comeback after open heart surgery. I'm not kidding you. Check out the trailer to his upcoming documentary about his trials and tribulations as well as his comeback. After his comeback fight it will be a wrap on the film and it'll be released, telling his awesome story to the world.
His opponent is stiff competition in Nikolaj Falin, who many should know as the fighter who competed in the first round of the GLORY World Series against Gokhan Saki. If you saw that fight you know that he is no slouch at all and will absolutely be game competition for the man who was once talking with Kazuyoshi Ishii about being the American face of K-1 with both men in agreement that he was the future for American kickboxing.
This fight goes down May 28th at the Ultimate GLORY World Series final round as a K-1 Heavyweight Superfight. This fight will be huge for Miller and in the world of fighting this is absolutely a first as a fighter returns from open heart surgery and is doing so in tip-top shape.Add a comment
A few noteworthy results from this weekend:
Kicking off the weekend was Kings of Kombat 3 in Australia. The show was originally slated to be headlined by Paul Slowinski vs. Peter Graham, but Slowinski had to drop out due to injury and was replaced by Andre Meunier. In the end, it was the K-1 veteran Graham who was victorious, stopping Meunier in the 3rd with leg kicks. The semi-main event was another clash involving K-1 names, as 2010 Oceania GP champ Ben Edwards faced Carter Williams. Edwards took the majority decision in a close fight. One other result from this show - in a fight of great interest to local fans, Steve Moxon defeated Jordan Tai by majority decision in a fight that sounds like a must see. At the show they also announced early details for Kings of Kombat 4 in August: headlining the event will be the rescheduled Slowinski vs. Graham fight, along with a rematch between Edwards and Williams, plus Errol Zimmerman vs. an opponent yet to be determined.
In France, the big event was Explosion Fight Night vol. 3. When this show was announced some time ago, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee was slated to appear as part of a 4 man tournament, however, Sudsakorn ended up not taking part in the event as the 71kg tournament was cut. In the main event, Aiello Batonon defeated Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn via majority decision. Also on the card, Xavier Bastard won over David Macintosh via unanimous decision, and Hocine Bennoui won a 4 man 65kg Muay Thai tournament.
Finally, a pair of MMA notes from the weekend. In Strikeforce, K-1 veteran Scott Lighty took part in the latest Challengers event. Best known to K-1 fans for his 2005 Vegas Grand Prix run, Lighty has put together impressive 6-1 record since making the switch from K-1 to MMA. However, he hit a bump in the road here as the former kickboxer was soundly defeated by Lorenz Larkin. And in Bellator, the man who upset Andy Souwer, 2010 Shootboxing S-Cup finalist Toby Imada was back to his MMA roots. He was defeated by Patricky Freire via TKO in round 1.Add a comment
More news from the ever-busy It's Showtime - this time it's a new show added to their 2011 schedule. On May 21, the company returns to The Sand in Amsterdam for It's Showtime 48, and there is already a solid partial line-up announced.
In a Heavyweight fight, It's Showtime HW champion and top 10 ranked Hesdy Gerges will face Chris Knowles. Knowles is a well regarded English Muay Thai stylist. He was originally set to face Rico Verhoeven for IS late last year, but was forced off the card due to travel difficulties. He's a good pick up for It's Showtime, and will make a strong addition to their Heavyweight ranks, although he definitely has a tough task ahead of him here. Gerges will be coming in off his career high win over Daniel Ghita, and will look to continue his rise through the ranks.
The fight that most has my attention is a 70kg bout between Mohamed Khamal and Robin van Roosmalen. Khamal made the jump up to 70kg last year, and promptly made an impact, winning the K-1 West Europe GP, knocking Artur Kyshenko out of the MAX GP, and putting on one of the best fights of 2010 in his defeat of Mosab Amrani. He has quickly established himself as both a dynamic fighter, and a real force in the Middleweight division. van Roosmalen is in almost the exact same position as Khamal was not long ago. The young fighter is currently on a five fight win streak, including defeats of William Diender and an impressive win over Chahid Oulad el Hadj. Like Khamal, he is a rising fighter, and is poised to be one of the break out fighters of 2011. This will be a rematch, as the two men met in the semi-finals of last year's 2010 K-1 MAX West Europe GP - Khamal took that fight via 2nd round KO en route to claiming the tournament crown. With two exciting, young, hungry fighters, this has all the ingredients to not only steal the show, but be a highlight fight of 2011.
One other fight to note is Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Jamal Ben Saddik. Saddik is the fighter who scored a surprise KO win over Rico Verhoeven at It's Showtime 46 last month. If he can score back to back win over Verhoeven and Silva, he will have immediately established himself as a serious challenger, and a name to watch. Silva is a tough challenge though, as he holds some big wins over the likes of Hesdy Gerges and Freddy Kemayo, who he KO'd with a spectacular head kick to close out 2010.
The full line-up announced so far:
HESDY GERGES vs. CHRIS KNOWLES
ROBIN VAN ROOSMALEN vs. MOHAMED KHAMAL
ANDERSON SILVA vs. JAMAL BEN SADDIK
MOHAMED MEDHAR vs. HAFID EL BOUSTATI
AMIR ZEYADA vs. SAHAK PARPARYAN
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K-1 may be quiet these days, but that doesn't mean the rest of the kickboxing world is just sitting back. Shootboxing has their 2nd big show of 2011 coming up later this month, and they have just announced quite the main event. Headlining Shootboxing 2011 act.2 on April 23 will be former multi-time Shootboxing S-Cup and K-1 MAX Grand Prix champion Andy Souwer vs. Yoshihiro Sato. According to our rankings, that's a clash between the #3 and #5 fighters in the world at 70kg, and no matter how you see it, this is undoubtedly a great fight.
Souwer will come into the fight with a considerably edge in Shootboxing rules; an edge he has used to his advantage before, including his quick submission victory over Hinata last year. He also has the advantage of already holding a win over Sato - the two men met once before in K-1 MAX in 2007 with Souwer scoring the decision win (video below). But Sato is an incredibly skilled fighter, and an opponent you can never underestimate. After a rocky 2008, the Japanese star has regained his footing somewhat, going 9-3 in the last two years. He will be coming in off an upset loss to Armen Petrosyan, while Souwer has two recent upset loses of his own, to Abraham Roqueni under K-1 rules, and to Toby Imada at Shootboxing's 2010 S-Cup.
I see this being a highly technical affair, with both men using superior skill. The trouble for Sato is that Souwer may just have a few more skills in his arsenal. In addition to the experience in Shootboxing's unique rules, Souwer also is skilled at fighting in the clinch - and area that has shown to be a weakness for Sato, as seen most recently in the Armen Petrosyan fight. As he typically does, Sato will have a reach advantage here, and as always, he'll know how to use it. I expect he will try to keep on the outside and pick Souwer apart, but Souwer should be able to break through that range, get inside, and cause Sato enough damage to take the win. This is definitely one of those fights where the old adage of a human chess match will come to life.
This show will serve as a benefit for disaster relief in Japan, with many of the fighters already promising to donate their purses to relief efforts. Also announced for this card are some of Shootboxing's biggest homegrown names: Girls S-Cup champion RENA, Shootboxing 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe (who is also scheduled for Krush on April 30, so may end up dropping out of one or the other), and the popular Hiroaki Suzuki.
Andy Souwer vs. Yoshihiro Sato, K-1 MAX, 2007:
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