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Fight Code Teams Up With W5 For Rhinos Final 8 on Saturday

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Fight Code is again co-promoting with another kickboxing organization this weekend on October 22nd. Last week saw them in Marseilles, France co-promoting with TK2 for their Dragons Final 8. This weekend will be the Rhinos Final 8 featuring heavyweights.

Some respectable talent has been brought in for single fights with Sergio Wielzen, Maxim Smirnov, Keiji Ozaki and Aziz Kallah among names. They've reached from all different regions to grab up talent for the card. Hopefully it's something we'll see more of in the future.

The Rhinos Final 8 tournament features eight heavyweight fighters that have advanced to the Final 8 from previous Fight Code Rhinos qualification fights. Vitali Akhramenko and Freddy Kemayo have had strong performances so far in Fight Code and will probably continue that on Saturday. The rest of the tournament doesn't quite stack up to those two.

Sergio Wielzen returns for a W5 title fight at 60kg against Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan. It's Wielzen's first real fight since March when he lost his It's Showtime 61MAX title to Karim Bennoui. He was scheduled to fight at an It's Showtime Japan event last month but the bout was turned into an exhibition match because one fighter missed weight. It should be a good fight as Russia is producing some very good kickboxers these days like Maxim Smirnov who will fight against fellow Russian Maxim Shalnev on the card. Smirnov, after this fight is scheduled to fight Dzhabar Askerov at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. Keiji Ozaki has been brought in to face Roman Mailov on the Fight Code portion of the card. Ozaki recently lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos at Krush.12 and will look to get back on track. It won't be an easy fight at all, as Mailov has been running through competition lately in Russia and is another one of the up and coming fighters coming out of the region.

If last weekend's Fight Code event is any indication, then the W5 portion of the card probably won't be shown on Fight Code's stream. Videos of W5 events seem to get out pretty quickly though, so we'll keep our readers posted on those. You can catch the stream on Saturday at www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is register and the stream is free to watch. Here's the full fight card below:

 

 Fight Code Superfights:

Roman Mailov (Ukraine) - Keiji Ozaki (Japan), 65 kg

Edgar Arutyunyan (Ukraine) - Imro Main (Holland), 75 kg

Rhinos Final 8 Fight Code 3x3 105 kg:

Freddy Kemayo (France) - Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)

Vitali Akhramenko (Belarus) - Zamig Atakishiyev (Azerbaijan)

Yüksel Ayadin (Turkey) - Thomas Kohut (Slovakia)

Pacome Assi (France) - Peter Vondracek (Czech Republic)

W5 60kg World Title Fight 5x3:

Ruslan Tozliyan (Russia) - Sergio Wielzen (The Netherlands)

W5 Super Fights 3x3:

Maxim Smirnov (Russia) - Max Shalnev (Russia), 71 kg

Yuri Zhukovski (Belarus) - Valdrin Vatnikaj (Albania), 65 kg

Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) - Nadir Hajiyev (Russia), 96

Alim Nabiev (Ukraine) - Aziz Callah (The Netherlands), 71 kg

Evgeny Khil (Russia) - Vitali Lisnyak (Ukraine), 60 kg

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RISE Rounds Out Heavyweight Tournament; Shooto the Shoot Announces More Fights

Shooto and Shootboxing have announced two more cross-promotional fights for their Shoot the Shooto/Shooto the Shoot 2011 co-promotion and they are scheduled to be MMA fights for the November 5th Shooto the Shoot portion of the event.

First, Shooto legend Rumina "Moon Wolf" Sato is set to take on Team Souwer's Nico Verresen. Veressen is a Muay Thai fighter from Belgium with a record of 40-14-3 (12 KO) and has only fought in one MMA fight which was back in February where he won by split decision. Sato has spent his entire career in Shooto, compiling a 24-15-2 against a who's who of Shooto fighters at lower weights. In a way, Sato embodies the essence of Shooto, as he never captured a title in the promotion and was unsuccessful in each of his attempts at the elite of the 155, 145 and 135lb weight classes, losing to the likes of Caol Uno, Takanori Gomi, Joachim Hansen, Alexandre Nogueira, Gilbert Melendez, Akitoshi Tamura, "Lion" Takeshi Inoue, Hatsu Hioki, and most recently, Masakatsu Ueda. Despite being on the downturn of his career, Sato should be able to get this to the ground easily and submit the Muay Thai fighter. That being said, Sato has a propensity to entertain and could turn this into a striking contest.

The other fight announced for the event is Shooto 115lb title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito taking on Shootboxing's Kazuyuki Fushimi. Ito is coming off of a loss to current champion Junji Ikoma in a fight for the vacant 115lb title. Fushimi has gone 5-2 since June 2010, making it to the finals of the Shootboxing 55kg Young Caeser's Tournament, but losing to Ryuya Kusakabe. He was set to fight Shooto 123lb champion Yasuhiro Urushitani in February, but Urushitani pulled out and Fushimi ended up losing to Koya Shimada. He is currently on a 2-fight win streak. This should be a fun fight as Ito is primarily a striker and although it may be in his best interest to get it to the ground, I doubt he will do so. Ito joins Shooting Gym Yokohama teammates "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura as participants in the cross-promotional event, but is the first to do so in MMA.

A while back, RISE announced it would be holding a heavyweight tournament with Stefan Leko and Mighty Mo representing K-1. Fabiano Cyclone (Fabiano Aoki) and Hiromi Amada won their way into the tournament with wins back in July and Makoto Uehara was placed in the tournament as the RISE Heavyweight champion. RISE announced two more fight-in spots, which were won by Singh "Heart" Jaideep and Raoumaru back in September and RISE announced the final participant to be K-1 veteran and 2nd place at the 9th World Karate Championships Jan Soukup. The tournament will take place at RISE 85 on November 23rd which is the same event that Rena and Erika Kamimura face off to become the first "Queen of RISE" as well as a fight for the vacant 55kg Bantamweight title between Yuta Kubo's brother KENJI and #1 ranked Dyki. As far as I know it is a one night tournament and RISE will announce the quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday the 25th.{jcomments on}

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Fighter Spotlight: Sagetdao Petpaiyathai

On August 14th Kevin Ross fought arguably the best Thai boxer in the world, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. He did not win but in defeat he showed he could at the very least be competitive with the worlds best. Just over two months later he will get another chance against an elite Thai when he takes on Lumpinee lightweight champion, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Sagetdao however will bring a completely different style of fighting, something that may be even harder for Ross to deal with. The 24 year old Thai is a southpaw with a solid left kick and a fairly decent punch, but being that he's 5'10 or 5'11 his strong point would obviously be kneeing on the way into the clinch, and strong sharp knees while tying up his opponent with a plethora of different clinch techniques. Kevin Ross will likely have his chances to land on Sagetdao, as he is very hittable, particularly with punches. When he fought Liam Harrison he was able to land his kicks and knees, but ate a lot of hard punches, fortunately he has a great chin and was able to absorb them and win the fight. Another thing that could help Ross is his style. Sagetdao often fights at the pace that his opponent chooses, which may have costed him some wins. However its hard to say Ross brings something to the table that Sagetdao's never seen. He's fought and beaten one of the top foreign Thai boxers, Liam Harrison, and has wins over top Thai's like Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Petchboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Jomthong Chuwattana, and many others. Seeing as Saenchai was able to hurt Ross to the body I find it difficult to believe he'll be able to last all 5 rounds from a fighter with a much better body assault. 

Ross can suck Sagetdao into a brawl, but he will need to be careful.

 

Sagetdao has good finishing instinct.

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Hiroaki Suzuki vs "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura Set for Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing and Shooto have announced the second cross-promotional matchup to take place at Shoot the Shooto 2011 on November 6th and it is #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki taking on MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. "Wicky" trains with fellow Shoot the Shooto participant "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and, like his training partner, is primarily a striker. Also like his training partner, he fought most of his career in Shooto until being called up by DREAM, ultimately settling in there. Nishiura has struggled a bit in MMA lately despite training under Matt Hume, losing his last two fights to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno despite his improving take down defense. "Wicky" has some kickboxing experience, though, as he fought 2010 K-1 -63kg champion Tetsuya Yamato to a draw at Dynamite!!! 2010. Suzuki is currently on a 3-fight win streak and has won 6 of his last 7, with 3 of those wins coming over MMA fighters Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tenkei Oda and Shigeki Osawa. It is an interesting matchup considering "Wicky" fought Yamato to a draw and his strange style could present problems for Suzuki. I expect this fight to be close.

Already announced for the card is a matchup between MMA fighter "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and SB rep Hiroki Shishido. If Shooto continues to pick fighters from Shooting Gym Yokohama, an entertaining matchup could be made between Shooto title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito and former Shootboxing champion Ryuya Kusakabe. Still expected to compete from the Shootboxing side are Andy Souwer, Bovy Sor Udomson and Toby Imada. {jcomments on}

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