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All Fighters Make Weight For It's Showtime: Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam

Hesdy/GhitaToday It's Showtime held their weigh-ins for March 6th's big event; Fighting Stars presents: It's Showtime Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands tomorrow, at 8pm Amsterdam time/2pm Eastern US time. The event will be streamed on http://www.showtimefights.com for 10 euros/$15 USD and should absolutely be worth it. Make sure to go to the site early and register for the event and to have a browser that is capable of running Microsoft Silverlight applications.

The weigh-ins took place in the VIP lounge of the Sporthallen Zuid, with all of the fighters making weight for their fights. The biggest stretch was for L'houcine "Aussie" Ougzni, who had to cut a considerable amount of weight and has fought as high as 77kg, having to make the cut to 70kg.

For the main event, Hesdy Gerges weighed in at 103kg and Daniel Ghita weighed in at 112kg.

Thanks to Ben Pontier and It's Showtime for the weigh-in photos, check below for a glimpse of all the main card bouts.

 

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Shooto World Flyweight Postponed

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In an unfortunate turn of events, the Shooto World Flyweight title match between Rambaa “M16″ Somdet (8-2) and challenger Junji Sarumaru (8-2) has been postponed from next weekends SHOOTOR’S LEGACY 2 event.

It’s reported that Rambaa Somdet suffered a leg injury during training in late February and will be unable to recover in time to compete. Shooto/Sustain have confirmed the fight has now been moved to April 29th.

Moving up to the top of the March 12th SHOOTOR'S LEGACY 2 card will be former #1 ranked Shooto Flyweight Shinpei Tahara (9-5-1) who is set to face Yuki Shojo (10-5-2).

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Keys to Victory: Hesdy Gerges

On March 6th, Daniel Ghita will take on Hesdy Gerges in the main event of It's Showtime Sporthallen Zuid. This is the second in a two-part series where I will lay out the keys to victory for each fighter. Today, we'll look at Hesdy Gerges. You can find the first part of this series here.

Strengths:

Athleticism - Hesdy is the taller and slimmer fighter and he'll have to use that to his advantage against Daniel. Gerges doesn't carry the kind of knockout power that Daniel does in his hands or kicks so he will have to rely on his ability to put combinations together and move in and out of Ghita's range to avoid his big punches and leg kicks. There are times in the past where Daniel has tired in the later rounds of a fight so that's somewhere Hesdy can capitalize if his stamina keeps up.

Range - When a fighter has a reach advantage and has the ability utilize it to their advantage, they often control the standup and dictate the pace. This is an area where Gerges can really control Ghita if he can enforce his will. If Hesdy can keep Ghita at the end of his jab, straight right, and leg kicks, it will pay big dividends as the fight progresses.

Kicks - Though not as devastating as Ghita's kicks, Gerges' kicks are effective and have won him fights in the past. Daniel's legs are like mighty Redwood trees and very durable but well placed kicks will have negative effects on any fighter if they are landed repeatedly. With Ghita relying on his kicks as much as he does, if Hesdy can slow them down even a little bit, that's a big plus for him.

Weaknesses:

Size - It sounds odd to list size as a weakness for the taller fighter but Gerges doesn't carry a lot of mass. Mass that can go a long way in absorbing the brutal body kicks and punches that Ghita brings to the table. We saw what those dangerous strikes did to Gokhan Saki in the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Quarterfinals. Saki's body was so wrecked that he could not continue for more than a moment against Alistair Overeem in the semifinals. This makes Gerges being able to stay out of Ghita's range even more important.

Complacency - When you have nearly half of your wins by way of decision, it can be argued that you should place a bigger emphasis on finishing a fight. Of course, there are a lot of tough fighters out there and you can't finish every fight by brutal KO, but allow a fighter of Daniel Ghita's caliber to hang around and it can cost you in a big way.

Keys to Victory:

For Hesdy Gerges to go home victorious on March 6th, he'll need to use his reach to stay outside of Daniel's range, pepper him with shots, and wear him down. A knockout is always a possibility in kickboxing but with Ghita only being finished by KO once in his career, I wouldn't rely on that. Hesdy needs to avoid Ghita's leg kicks in the early stages of the fight when Daniel is fresh and carrying big power in his legs.

If Hesdy Gerges can apply this gameplan against Daniel Ghita, I believe he can be victorious on March 6th.

Who are you picking to win? Leave me a comment and explain why.

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Gilbert Melendez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri Unofficial VTR

Earlier this week Strikeforce finally announced some details in regards to their April 9th event. No, we won't get the Heavyweight GP but we do get a couple great title fights including Lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (18-2) defending his belt against Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2).

In anticpation of what's sure to be a great fight, here's a finely produced Japanese VTR I stumbled across. Enjoy!

 

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