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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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Hesdy GergesFighting Stars Presents It's Showtime on March 6th, and as you already know, the card is lining up to be the first big kickboxing card of the year, being headlined by Hesdy Gerges facing Daniel Ghita. Both men had strong showings in 2010, with Ghita moving on to the K-1 World Grand Prix semi-finals where he had a fight of the year contender against Gokhan Saki. Saki was the one that moved on to the next round, but the damage done by Ghita was so immense that Saki was unable to finish out a round against Alistair Overeem, the DREAM and Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion who went on the win the K-1 World Grand Prix.

Hesdy Gerges had a breakout year as he took on Badr Hari in May at It's Showtime's ArenA show and held his own against the Golden Boy until Badr had yet another meltdown and punted Gerges in the face while he was down. Gerges took the W in that fight and went on to finish the year at an impressive 5-2 record for a fighter who moved up in competition full-time. He now finds himself in a showdown with Heavyweight kickboxing's other top prospect, so how is he preparing? Watch for yourself as he trains with renowned strength and conditioning coach Rayen Bindraban.

What a lot of people forget is while all of the fighters prepare for war on March 6th, they aren't the only ones preparing. In the U.S. we simply have ring card girls, they sit at ringside wearing a robe, take it off in between rounds and walk the perimeter of the ring holding up a card with the round number on it. It's Showtime does things a bit differently, they have dancing girls, and they need to prepare as well. Video after the jump.

 

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Simon RutzIf you remember back to our interview with It's Showtime head Simon Rutz, you'll remember that he said a lot of things about why the Amsterdam ArenA show was canceled, and had pointed a critical finger at K-1 for pulling their support as well as their financial woes. Rutz went on to list fighters under his management that have yet to be paid by K-1 and that they should come to him for financial advice. Well, this interview made headlines in Japan, and became big enough to where FEG's Tanikawa felt the need to respond to it on Twitter, where he declared that Simon Rutz helped to "kill" K-1.

So needless to say, there is some tension between the parties at this point.

In a recent interview with Dutch Metro News, they asked Simon Rutz about the cancellation of the ArenA show and what led to it. Rutz explained the issues with K-1, who were supposed to be handling the matchmaking and instead stopped returning his phone calls. Rutz also discussed the political atmosphere in Amsterdam and how disappointing it is that Amsterdam is It's Showtime's home and he isn't certain he can promote shows there anymore. The rest of the world welcomes him with open arms, but his home town is not.

The interview discusses that under current leadership, he isn't even sure if the ArenA show could happen if K-1 came through. All of the legal fees and hurdles Rutz would have to go through to prove to city officials that It's Showtime is "clean" and unaffiliated with organized crime would cost him and the promotion too much money at this point. He of course wants to promote in Amsterdam again, eying a possible October return, but until city officials are more willing to work with It's Showtime it might not be a reality. [source]

As for the K-1 declaring bankruptcy part, that should not be a shock to anyone. Zach Arnold touches upon it briefly, and I agree with him; bankruptcy isn't the end. In Japan this happens all the time, and this has been a prediction of mine for a while; FEG declares bankruptcy and then moves their assets over to a new shell company, things still march on.

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March 6th marks the next big It's Showtime event, the first truly large-scale event of the year, so we count down the weeks until the event. One of the bouts on the undercard that holds a lot of interest to fans around the world is William Diender vs. Rachid Belaini. Diender is coming off of a tough 2010 with some steam coming in the way of a victory in January. Diender and Belaini met in 2008, in a bout that Diender was able to take the W in after a 5-round war.

Watch this awesome promo video for the upcoming fight, where Diender calls Rachid a "retard" and shows you with karate chops how he hacked at Rachid's legs. It is pretty awesome. We'll be talking more about this card and of course, when it rolls around make sure to watch it live on Fight.nl for 10 Euros (about 13 bucks USD). [source]

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Last week's question: How would Anderson "The Spider" Silva do in K-1?

40% - Very good, but not GP champ

24% - Average

20% - Dominant, he would win the GP

16% - He wouldn't do well

This week: Ray Sefo is one of K-1's all time great legends.  He's slowed down his career in recent years, focusing more on being a trainer at MMA camp Xtreme Couture, and developing his MMA game.  Saturday night, he lost an MMA contest to Valentijn Overeem via neck crank.

What do you think should be next for Ray Sefo?

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Everyone who watches highlight reels knows that for MMA, it is hard to beat LayzietheSavage, but the world of kickboxing has a new hero who has emerged over the past year or so, and that is user StillWill. You might know him as the guy who won all of the awesome It's Showtime gear in our recent contest, or the guy who did the awesome Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef tribute vids. Well, he is back, and the latest video is a Godkhan Saki video.

If you aren't familiar with Gokhan Saki, this video gives you and up close and personal view of just how incredible "The Rebel" is and why we are all huge fans of him. [source]

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Buakaw Por. PramukThe #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.

Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.

Check the full entry for the rough footage.

Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes.  Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.

With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.

 

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