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Murthel Groenhart in for William Diender against Rafi Zouheir This Saturday at It's Showtime

murthelgroenhartOn the heels of Saturday's It's Showtime event, a match up change has been made.

Murthel Groenhart is now in for William Diender. Groenhart will be taking on hometown Spanish fighter Rafi Zouheir. What's also interesting is that this fight is at -70kg. Just last week, Groenhart fought picked up a win over Errol Koning at It's Showtime Warsaw. That fight was at -77kg. We don't know exactly when Groenhart stepped in for Diender, but he has a relatively short time to lose 7kg (15 lbs). Groenhart has been fighting at -77kg for a while and this raises the question if he can even get down to 70kg and make it work.

Groenhart's opponent, Rafi Zouheir now faces a tougher challenge than his previous opponent William Diender. Diender had lost 7 of his last 9 fights. Groenhart hasn't exactly been tearing it up recently either but he's been fighting at -77kg.  If Groenhart can adjust to the weight well, it should provide a tough test for Zouheir, who's coming off a tournament win in January.

We don't know why Diender was taken out of the fight, but we'll be sure to update the story if we find out.

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Alistair Overeem Pre-Fight Interview; Strikeforce Heavyweight GP This Weekend

Alistair Overeem is, regardless of K-1's current status, the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, that means he won what is one of the biggest tournaments in combat sports with a long, rich history. It is still unclear if Overeem will be able to fight for K-1 again, or if K-1 will hold another World Grand Prix, but what is clear is that Overeem is involved in another huge tournament this year and that is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Overeem faces off against Fabricio Werdum in the Final 8 round this weekend, in a rematch from a few years ago in PRIDE when Overeem was still cutting weight to make Light Heavyweight (PRIDE's Middleweight). Overeem has grown as a fighter since then, with his trainer Martijn de Jong actually saying that Overeem is the most improved fighter that he has ever had the pleasure of working with.

Overeem is already the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and looks to take the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP crown as well beginning this weekend. Watch him as he talks to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani about this weekend's big fight, and while it isn't kickboxing, he has the support of us and the kickboxing community. Also note that Overeem says that he has not signed a new contract with Zuffa yet, so he is still free to fight anywhere until that contract is up. [source]

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It's Showtime To Found New Company

It seems like It's Showtime keeps growing and expanding, with 2011 being their breakout year. They've already put on a slew of great shows, with another coming up this weekend, but that wasn't their big news that Simon Rutz alluded to yesterday. Yesterday Rutz told people that this morning he'd make a big announcement, and it turns out the big announcement is that It's Showtime is in the process of working with a Swiss Investment bank to acquire funding to create another, possibly bigger company. This company will apparently not be in the Netherlands, but Rutz says will be great for kickboxing.

We are very proud to announce that IT’S SHOWTIME is at the point of signing the biggest financial deal ever to be made in the sport of kickboxing.
A Swiss investment company (which will be revealed soon) and IT’S SHOWTIME will collaborate and because of this collaboration, a company will exist which will change the history of worldwide kickboxing.

The new company which is to be founded from this collaboration will have its home ground in another country than The Netherlands. The next months will be used to decide the strategy that this company will follow. Details about this, not only for the kickboxing scene, megadeal will later be revealed during a press conference.

The reason to announce this deal already is the fact that several journalists already knew about these sensational developments, and also we thought that the combat sports fans deserved some positive news.

This deal will have only positive consequences, not only for IT’S SHOWTIME, but also for the fighters and the fans.

For the latest news, download our free IT’S SHOWTIME app on your smartphone or visitwww.fight.nl


Kind regards,

Simon Rutz
IT'S SHOWTIME

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