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Artur Kyshenko vs. Roberto Cocco Set For February 4

With a fight against Yodsanklai Fairtex coming up in two weeks, Artur Kyshenko now has another bout set. He'll fight on February 4th in Turin, Italy on the Thai Boxe Mania event which has played host to Giorgio Petrosyan before. His opponent, Roberto Cocco, is an Italian fighter based out of Turin who has recently fought in the MPL.

Cocco hasn't fared well in the MPL so far, losing both of his fights. What's interesting about this fight though, is that Cocco has been fighting at 82kg in the MPL. Kyshenko has been fighting at 70k for a long time with a few bouts above, like his fight with Nieky Holzken at 74kg. His fight with Yodsanklai Fairtex will take place at 72.6kg. Artur was scheduled to fight L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni in July at 77g but the event was cancelled. There's no specified weight for this bout with Cocco yet, but one would assume it's around 77kg.

While Kyshenko is definitely the favorite here, it's interesting to see him finally start to take fights all over from 70-77kg. I've long been a believer that Kyshenko would be even more of a monster if he didn't have to cut so much weight and instead fought at a bit higher weight. [source]


Photo of the Day: Jerome Le Banner Trains With Wanderlei Silva and Anderson Silva

Lots of professional MMA fighters have gotten the itch to bring over high level Kickboxers into their camps over the past year. Well, it appears that Jerome Le Banner is finally getting the call and is in the United States. He keeps good company. JLB has apparently been training at KINGS MMA now with Rafael Cordiero. It feels like Chute Boxe all over again, go figure. Maybe Jerome Le Banner is training for a fight in December at GENKI DESUKA!, even. We went ahead and asked him as soon as the show was announced, and he said that he is definitely onboard if they want him.



Photo of the Day: Mike Zambidis and Batu Khasikov Face Off Before Their Fight Tomorrow

Mike Zambidis and Batu Khasikov will clash tomorrow in Moscow, Russia in a fight that has been heavily anticipated in Russia. The fight has received a lot of attention in the media and will be broadcast on TV channel Rossiya 2 in Russia and will be streamed live for 6.95 Euros on

This will be the biggest fight of Batu Khasikov's career, coming off a huge upset over Albert Kraus in April. Khasikov looks to have been training hard for this fight and I have no doubt he'll put up a tough fight for Zambidis. A win for Khasikov here would skyrocket him into the talks of top kickboxers among fans and would definitely increase demand to see him fight more top fighters.

Mike Zambidis is coming off a win last month over Danila Utenkov in Cyprus, which was essentially a tune-up for this fight. "Zambo" should be in tip top shape and I envision this as a really close fight.


It's Showtime: Brazillian Event in 2012, December 17 Event Postponed

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Today It's Showtime released the news that in 2012, they would be expanding outside of Europe to hold an event in Brazil. The event is signed and set for November 10, 2012 in the capital, Sao Paolo. It's Showtime also said that there will be an event in Brazil every year for the next four years, showing that they're committed to that market. With the UFC's recent major success in Brazil, It's Showtime sees an opportunity for combat sports to prosper in Brazil and have jumped right in the fold.

I'm not going to take any guesses on how the event will do or how it will be supported by Brazil, but much like their other events, It's Showtime will probably partner with a local company or promotion to help with the event. Having Brazillian fighters on the event is a must too. It was apparent at UFC Rio that the Brazillian fans were mostly there for the Brazillian fighters, not seeming to care much about the lone fight on the card without a Brazillian in Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland. Names that come to mind are Ewerton Teixeira, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Fabiano Aoki and Danilo Zanolini. Throwing local fighters on the undercard would be a good idea too.

Along with the news that It's Showtime is headed to Brazil, they also announced that they're deep in negotiations to hold an events in Australia and Japan next year, around July and August. Simon Rutz has mentioned Australia before, saying that It's Showtime would be there in 2013 but they must see an opportunity to get there sooner. For Japan, It's Showtime Japan was made earlier in the year and has held countdown events with REBELS. I'm sure that It's Showtime wouldn't have much trouble teaming with a local promotion to hold an event there.

Last but not least, it was announced that the December 17 show in Amsterdam has been cancelled. It's Showtime's official explanation of the situation:

Our event which was scheduled for December 17 in Amsterdam will be postponed, because as of this month, we are obliged to request a permit in Amsterdam. Because the handling of a request for such a permit can take several weeks, we can’t take the risk that the permit will be denied, as TV contracts would already be signed and the fighters would have trained for nothing. For next year we have enough time to request these permits.

The event had Chris Ngimbi vs Giorgio Petrosyan scheduled for the It's Showitme 70MAX World Title and Mosab Amrani said he was supposed to fight for a world title, which I'd assume would be It's Showtime's 65MAX one.

To view the full press release, you can find it here on It's Showtime's website.


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