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