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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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A lot of fighters have had a tough road leading to present day. You'll hear about Jens Pulver and his alcoholic, abusive father and how that led him to being a professional fighter and the man that he is today. You'll hear about Forrest Griffin getting into fighting and not having healthcare so a broken arm just became a part of his life. We all remember Chris Leben breaking down on national television over his daddy issues and then, of course, Josh Koscheck spraying him with a hose for laughs because crippling emotional problems should be funny.

Our good friend Mark Miller makes his return to the ring on May 28th in Moscow, Russia under the banner of Ultimate Glory. Ultimate Glory is the promotional arm of the Golden Glory gym, ran by their trainer Martijn de Jong. This show will be the finals of the GLORY World Series, which ran a Heavyweight kickboxing tournament and a Middleweight MMA tournament. There are a ton of kickboxing names involved in this event and I'm proud to say that Mark Miller is up there with them, where he belongs. In a way, he is the American K-1 fighter that time forgot. He was primed to be K-1's American guy, their champion and a name to help them break into the US scene stronger than before.

Things didn't work out as planned, then they really didn't work out as planned. Mark just started a weekly blog for MMAWeekly discussing his comeback, and the first one revolves around his life-changing 2007.

Next thing I know, I’m booking an appointment for aortic valve surgery. This procedure could have ended my career.

I opted to take the chance on requesting a cadaver valve, one which would need to be replaced in 15-20 years, but would allow me the chance to come back to fight. On the 21st of September, 2007, I went under the knife. I emerged victorious.

My heart healed perfectly. I was released to begin my training 15 weeks following. The day I went into the gym I received a phone call: Office of Latrobe Medical Examiner.

My father, Harry “Moose” Miller, had fallen sick. My father wasn’t a young man. He was almost 84 years old. He had played in the very first NBA game.

He had instilled in me my love for sports. I could never have pictured him, as old as he was, ever being so sick. April 18th, my father died.

What's ridiculous about that is, there is more to read. So go on and read the rest and continue following Mark's amazing comeback story.

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John MadessiA quick plug to throw out there: make sure you swing over to visit our friends at BloodyElbow.com to read the latest entry in their excellent Judo Chop series.  Judo Chop breaks down the techniques used in MMA fights, and is always a good read.  The latest takes a look at the great kicking arsenal used by John Makdessi at UFC 124, and features some quest commentray from yours truly.  A quick sample:

"One of the chief techniques Makdessi employs is the side kick. You see this kick used from time to time, but it's rare in MMA that you see anyone use it as effectively as Makdessi does here. The side kick is typically thrown from the lead leg, turning your body so that you are perpendicular to your opponent's body. Often it's used almost like a jab, or a front kick, as a way to keep your opponent back. Makdessi uses it in the much more aggressive style. The key to his technique is in his rear leg. Note the way Makdessi jumps forward with his rear leg before throwing the kick. He brings that back leg all the way up to where his front leg was, while at the same time throwing that front leg as the kick. This gives him the momentum to kick through Audinwood, so that the point of impact on his kick is far past Audinwood's body."

For the full analysis, plus an army of gifs to help illustrate the points, read the full article.  Would love to hear your comments!

Photo by Josh Hedges, Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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Last week's question: How much do you watch current MMA?

52% - I watch everything I can get my hands on

25% - All the big shows

14% - Sometimes, if a shows interests me

8% - Very rarel

1% - Absolutely never

This week - we're starting to hear rumblings of K-1 coming back.  Of course, we've heard these rumblings before in 2011, and so far nothing has come of it.  What's your take on the situation?

Will there be a 2011 K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix?

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Ben EdwardsWe are fast-approaching an announcement about what will happen with K-1's future, and while that isn't as good as fast-approaching a K-1 show, it is a start. Part of the problems that K-1 has been facing with coming back is that their name has been dragged through the mud by journalists, fans, managers, television companies and fighters. For a fight promotion this is a problem as this is literally everybody who would be interested in you and support you.

The latest in a long line of fighters claiming not to be paid is K-1 Final 16 fighter Ben Edwards. Ben Edwards won the Oceania Grand Prix last year, then went on to fight Alistair Overeem in the Final 16 where he put up a valiant effort only to fall to the power that is Ubereem. Well, he hasn't been paid. He mused on his Facebook recently;

wonder if il ever get paid by K1. Its nearly been 6months since i fought Overeem. How dissapointed i am in how they do business is hard to put into words. It was my dream to fight for their company since i was a kid and when i finally make it, and take on arguably their most dangerous guy they don't pay me and they don't give me the 2nd fight they promised me. It doesn't get more unprofessional than that.
its a 5 digit figure they owe me so its a fair amount of money especially considering i the amount of time i took off work and all the trips to Syd to train. Showtime will do well but its always good for business to have some competition. I have a good relationship with them through training in Holland with their guys so im sure i will fight for them one day. My next boxing fight is for the Aussi boxing title on May 13th against Michael Kirby.

John Wayne Parr then chimed in that K-1's shady dealings are nothing new, that when his contract was up he asked to negotiate a new contract, they told him they'd work it out for his next fight and then he had no next fight. Edwards then elaborates that he dealt with a very similar issue for the Final 8.

Thats so unprofessional Wayne, we agreed to a 2nd fight if i lost in the top 16 and they agreed to have me on as a super fight on the top 8 show but instead of telling me that im not fighting they just stopped returning my mangers calls and emails...no wonder they're dead, and we figured out i wasn't fighting when i was already in Holland training for it which isnt cheap.

We hope to see K-1 back soon, but we also hope that K-1 can keep their promises to their fighters and that if K-1 is to continue on that they'll do so in a professional manner. It is unfair as a fan of the sport to enjoy watching a fighter put everything on the line in the ring for our entertainment knowing that there is a chance that the fighter will lose money on that fight. Not being paid not only affects a fighter's income, but most fighters also spend lots of money preparing for their fights.

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This weekend saw three fights take place that should be of interest to kickboxing fans, and as it turns out, all 3 are already available online.  As always, we'll have a weekend recap posted tomorrow, but before that goes up, here is footage of the weekend's fights.  If you don't yet know the results, and want to watch before being spoiled, this is the place to do it.  Tomorrow we will post an article with the results and news from the weekend (though we'll keep the headline spoiler-free).  For now, watch, and enjoy!

NATHAN CORBETT (red) vs. PIOTR LEPICH (blue), Domination 6

KHEM SITSONGPEENONG (red) vs. PRAKYSIANG SIT OR (blue), Isuzu Thai Fight qualifying tournament semi-final

SERGEI KHARITONOV vs. FILIP HRGOVIS (Boxing)

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Some of you may have noticed changes to the scheduled lineup of the Isuzu Tournament at the end of the groups phase. In February, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee from Group A and Thepsutin Pumpanmuang from Group B were barred from the tournament for breaking contract stipulations by fighting outside of Thailand during the duration of the tournament, similar to what happened to Cosmo Alexandre with It's Showtime.

We ended up seeing Nopparat Keatkhamtorn vs Antoine Siangboxing and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom vs Diesellek Top King Boxing. Both the original tournament competitors ended up winning their fights, Nopparat by a very close decision and Dernchonlek by third round tko.

Prakaisaeng Sit-Or took a decision over Thanongdet Petpayatai, while Kem Sitsongpeenong knocked out Kongjak Sor Tuantong to close groups action.

The semi-finals concluded on the April 16. Matchmaking for the semi-finals was done by fan vote, which is an interesting innovation by the organizers, as these things are usually decided by the organizers or by the fighters themselves. Dernchonlek vs Nopparat took place on April 2nd. Nopparat took the decision despite Dernchonlek was a favorite to face Kem in the finals.

Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Prakaisaeng Sit-Or was originally scheduled for April 9, but was postponed due to Kem being sick. The match ended up happening on April 16 with Kem winning by round 4 tko.

This places Nopparat and Kem in the finals. Kem has to be the heavy favorite in this match-up since he's scored multiple KO victories over Nopparat, including one in the groups phase of this same Isuzu Tournament. If he wins this tournament, he will proceed to Thai Fight 2011 where he also likely will be a heavy favorite in a field of foreign fighters.

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