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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

Event Results

Yesterday was a busy day in France with two prominent events happening. Time Fight 2 took place in Tours, after many major changes to the fight card.

The main event featured Fabio Pinca in action against Dutch kickboxer Tayfun Ozcan at 67kg, after the originally scheduled main attraction in Houcine Bennoui vs. Damien Alamos was pulled from the card. Pinca ended up being too much for the young Ozcan under Muay Thai rules, winning by TKO in Round 3. After a string of incredibly tough opponents, it was good to see Pinca get back in the win column with an easier fight. Pinca dominated in the clinch with knees and Ozcan couldn't continue after suffering a broken arm. 

In other action on the card, Team Nasser K's Issam Reghi rebounded from a loss to Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee and won a decision over the long time veteran Marco Pique. Aziz Hlali handed Bobo Sacko the first loss of his career via decision. Another Team Nasser K fighter, Amine Kacem, who's very young, got the biggest win of his career to date with a win over the established French veteran Albert Chey via decision. Definitely keep an eye out for Kacem.

Fabio Pinca def. Tayfun Ozcan by TKO (Broken Arm) in Round 3.

Issam Reghi def. Marco Pique by decision.

Aziz Hlali def. Bobo Sacko by decision.

Amine Kacem def. Albert Chey by decision.

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MA Kick and WBC Japan held a big card earlier today headlined by the huge featherweight showdown between current WBC Japan champ Yosuke Morii and MA Kick champion and undefeated Hiroki Akimoto, as well as three other WBC Japan title fights and a superfight for MA Kick Flyweight champ Yuuji Uwasawa. 

In the night's main event, Hiroki Akimoto remained undefeated in his pro career with a unanimous decision over Yosuke Morii on scores of 49-48, 49-47 and 50-47 to capture Morii's WBC Japan Featherweight title. Akimoto got the better of Morii throughout the first three rounds, landing more often, harder and cleaner than his opponent. However, in the 4th, Morii had Akimoto in trouble with a big left hook, but in the final round Akimoto came back strong and sealed his victory. Akimoto (16-0-0, 8 KO) has his consecutive (T)KO win streak snapped, but I'm sure he doesn't mind as he now has a claim as the #1 Featherweight in Japan with Genji Umeno effectively gone, fighting in Thailand and K-1. As a former K-1 Koshien finalist and now with this win over Morii, Akimoto could find himself a player in K-1 next year with the planned division expansion, but until then I'd like to see him fight Heihachi Nakajima or somebody of a similar caliber. Morii (20-4-2, 9 KO) once again fails in his quest for divisional supremacy, losing a one-sided decision to Genji Umeno in their fight last year. However, Morii is still a clear #2 behind Akimoto, holding wins this year over Heihachi Nakajima and Hiroki Nagashima. I expect Morii to continue to run through the division until a rematch with Akimoto or Umeno presents itself.

In the co-main event, WBC and WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato made the first defense of his WBC Japan title with a majority decision over WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion Kiminori Matsuzaki on scores of 49-49 and 49-48(x2). Kato was originally set to face Hiroyuki Yamano, though for a reason unknown to me, he was replaced by Matsuzaki, who Kato had recently called out because of Matsuzaki's recent win over Kato's teammate, Takuma Ito. Kato (19-3-1, 9 KO) has won two in a row after losing two in a row for the first time in his career, most recently defeating K-1 competitor Shuichi Wentz for the WPMF Japan Flyweight title. With wins over Yuki, Naoki Otsuki, Wentz, Sazanami Satsuma and now Matsuzaki, Kato has arguably the best resume at Flyweight and if it weren't for a majority decision loss to Yuuji Uwasawa, Kato would hands down be the top guy at the weight. A rematch with Uwasawa would be a great next fight for Kato, however after the fight Kato stated he wanted to fight internationally, naming Romie Adanza specifically. Matsuzaki came into this fight 14 years older than his opponent and with a 4-1 record in his last 5 fights, including wins over Hiroyuki Yamano and Takuma Ito, but has now lost two in a row. At 37, Matsuzaki didn't really show any signs of slowing down and has actually seemed to hit the best stride in his career despite back to back losses, both of which were close majority decisions. A fight with J-Network champion Kentaro Kimura could be in his near future.

At Welterweight, WBC Japan champ Yuya Yamato dominated Daiki Watabe en route to a 5th round TKO via cut to defend his WBC Japan title for the first time. Yamato (15-7-0, 10 KO) had a bit of speculation around his performance coming into this fight as he was obliterated by a Yuta Kubo headkick in his last fight, but he had little trouble with Watabe here, dropping him in the second round and offensively smothering him. With his natural fighting weight around 66kg, Yamato is somewhat stuck between two divisions and, because of this, doesn't have a lot of top tier competition to fight at his weight. That being said, WPMF Japan Welterweight champion T-98, should he successfully defend his title at the end of the month, would be a great, competitive matchup for Yamato at a weight he is comfortable fighting at. Watabe (13-9-1, 9 KO) came into this fight on a 2 fight winstreak, but just wasn't on the same level as Yamato. 

In the final WBC Japan title fight, Takuma Ito was just too much for J-Network champ Kentaro Kimura and scored a 4th round TKO via corner stoppage to win the vacant WBC Japan Bantamweight title. Ito (14-3-1, 7 KO) had been struggling greatly as of late, losing three in a row to Kiminori Matsuzaki, TO-MA and Takashi Ohno, all of which were title fights, after starting his career 12-0-1. However, he bounced back with a win in June and now scores a big win here. I'd like to see him rematch Takashi Ohno for the MA Kick title in his next fight. Kimura was riding a 5-fight win streak into this fight which included winning the J-Network Bantamweight tournament, but came up short here. As previously stated, I'd like to see him defend his J-Network title against Kiminori Matsuzaki should Matsuzaki want to move up to Bantamweight.

Finally, MA Kick Flyweight champ Yuji Uwasawa took an easy win over Nagata Haryi on scores of 30-26 and 30-28(x2). Uwasawa would have liked to have been fighting Ryuji Kato on this card, but a loss to Hiroyuki Yamano in a #1 contender's bout earlier this year denied him of that chance. This win snaps a 2-fight losing streak for Uwasawa which included that loss to Yamano and a loss to Shuichi Wentz. 

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Although Superpro Fight Night IV took place a week ago in Basel, Switzlerland, it was aired in Switzerland on TeleBasel today and after watching it, I thought it'd be appropriate to highlight it, considering all three Beqiri brothers were fighting. The event also had the Glory tournament with the new format, but that part wasn't televised on TeleBasel, unfortunately.

First up is Ilir Beqiri, the youngest of the Beqiri brothers and also the lightest as this fight was at 63.5kg. He's just 18 years old and is now 7-0 in his pro career after defeating Mohammed Jelassi of France. Ilir shows tons of skill and promise for a kickboxer of his age and one can only assume that he's going to keep getting better, much like his brothers have.  It was actually a close fight with Jelassi, who probably should've gotten more credit on the scorecards as the French fighter also showed a lot of skill and promise. Beqiri scored mostly with punches and occasional teeps to the face while Jelassi had more of a Muay Thai style, hammering in kicks to the body, along with step up knees there as well. Definitely look out for both fighters in the future, especially Ilir, seeing as how well his brothers have done.

Even though his fight was shown last, after Shemsi's, I'm going from youngest to oldest and talking about Hysni Beqiri, who dominated Mohammed El Mir, a participant in the GLORY Final 16, en route to a clear cut unanimous decision. Hysni definitely fights in much more of a different style than his two brothers, as he throws a lot more kicks than them. He likes to fire kicks to the body from range and attacks with a much more measured approach, maintaining his distance whilst punishing his opponents. Hysni is just 23 years old, again already showing tons of skill and promise. In my opinion, he's definitely ready to fight on a bigger stage like Glory, as he already showed in his fight against Hafid el Boustati where he arguably won after three rounds.

Last up, Shemsi Beqiri, the oldest and right now, the most successful and well known Beqiri. He may be the oldest but Shemsi is still only 26 years old and from the looks of his fight, still seems to be getting better. He got the biggest win of his career against Yoshihiro Sato back in May and while Steeve Valente is not as good as Sato, Shemsi dominated him and showcased some new skills. Particularly in the first two rounds, Shemsi started to throw hard kicks to the body, backing up Valente, just as he would back him up for the entire fight, including when he forced two counts on him in the second round. While Shemsi gets in and gets out, in this fight he was a pure presser fighter and it definitley worked. Look for Shemsi in the GLORY Final 8 in Rome, Italy on November 3.

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The other day, NJKF held the sixth installment of its Kick to the Future series at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo headlined by Tetsuya Yamato in a fight for the WBC International Super Lightweight Title, as well as 4 other WBC Japan titles on the line.

In the main event, Tetsuya Yamato took a unanimous decision over late replacement Paul Karpowicz on scores of 50-48 and 49-48(x2) to win the vacant WBC International Super Lightweight title. Yamato was originally set to face Leo Monteiro, who was replaced a few weeks back by Karpowicz. Yamato (29-9-1, 22 KO) seemed to have a little bit of trouble with Karpowicz, needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the win. He improves to 4-0 in 2012, with wins over Densiam Lookprabaht, Seiji Takahashi, Sergio Wielzen and now Karpowicz. Next for him could be another foreigner, perhaps even Liam Harrison, or he could toss his hat back in the ring at 63kg in Japan, but he seems pretty focused on international muay thai competition.

In the co-main event, WBC Japan Super Welterweight champ Soichiro Miyakoshi made the first defense of his title with a 3rd round TKO via cut of former Krush 70kg champ Kenta at 2:22. Miyakoshi (19-9-1, 10 KO) has had a pretty good year since dropping back to back fights to Yuya Yamato and Takafumi Morita last year, going 3-1 since with wins over then-undefeated J-Network champ Masato Otake, WBC Super Welterweight champ Yutaro Yamauchi to win this title and now Kenta to defend it, with the loss coming to Danilo Zanolini at the Hoost Cup. Despite the loss, these are three big wins for Miyakoshi and have helped in changing his role of gatekeeper to one of the top 70kg fighters in Japan. After a strong 2011, Kenta (24-11-3, 9 KO) seemed to be a strong candidate to rule the 70kg division in Japan in a post-Masato world, but a 1-3 record in 2012 has him on the outside looking in. He was upset by TOMOYUKI at Kick to the Future 1 in his first fight of the year, then lost his Krush title to Yasuhiro Kido at the hands of a spectacular knockout. A win in June over Shu Kiire helped him get his bearings back, but this loss makes it 1-4 in his last 5 and he is in need of a big win to turn his career around. With Yutaro Yamauchi making his return to Krush next month, Kenta could be a good opponent for a rematch should Yamauchi win his fight.

In the next WBC Japan title fight, Super Featherweight champ Yoshinori Nakasuka made his second defense with a unanimous decision over MA Kick Super Featherweight champ Hikaru Machida on scores of 50-46, 49-46 and 48-46. Nakasuka had yet to fight this year, most recently losing to Australian Joe Concha last November. This is a huge win for Nakasuka as Machida had been one of the hotter prospects of late. Machida takes his first loss of the year after he had a pair of draws against Kanongsuk and Keijiro Miyakoshi and a win over Takaaki Kimura.

In a fight for the WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title, MA Kick champion Keisuke Miyamoto beat reigning champion Ryuya Kusakabe on scores of 48-47 and 49-48(x2) to become the new WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion. Miyamoto (14-1-1, 6 KO) is now undefeated in his last 6 and with recent wins over NJKF champ Arato and now Kusakabe, as well as Kenji's departure from kickboxing, is now arguably the #2 guy at 55kg behind Krush champ Shota Takiya. As big of a fan of Kusakabe as I am, this is exactly what the division needed as the top three guys had been fighting everyone but each other since the end of the Krush tournament and it seemed as though they were near untouchable. This win shakes up the division and presents a new, legitimate challenge to Takiya's throne. Kusakabe (13-2-0, 5 KO) is handed just his second pro loss, the first coming to Takiya in the Krush 55kg tourney finals, and has a three-fight winning streak snapped. I would like to see him fight a few guys in Krush to build a third fight with Shota Takiya, but who knows what he wants to do next. Either way, both of these fighters were born in 1992 and Takiya in 1989, so the three of them have plenty of years left to entertain fans and fight each other.

In the final WBC Japan title fight, WPMF Lightweight champ Yosuke Mizuochi was all over reigning champ Keijiro Miyakoshi en route to a unanimous decision win on scores of 50-45, 50-47 and 49-48. Mizuochi recently had his 6 fight winstreak snapped by Chonden Chuwattana in August, but bounces back with arguably a career best win here. Miyakoshi tastes defeat for the first time in 2 years, as he had gone 4-0-1 since 2011, winning the NJKF and WBC Japan Lightweight titles and most recently scoring a career best win over Koya Urabe. After a huge rise in stock, Miyakoshi takes a hit and will need some big wins to break into the upper echelon of the division. 

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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Shootboxing held its final event before this year's S-Cup, featuring 3 S-Cup qualifying bouts featuring Shootboxing standouts Hiroki Shishido, Satoru Suzuki and Bovy Sor. Udomson, as well as newcomers Warren Stevelmans, Hinata and Akihiro Gono.

In the night's main event, Hiroki Shishido secured his spot in his 5th straight S-Cup with a 1st round KO of Satoru Suzuki. Shishido (49-17-0, 21 KO) scored a spinning backfist that dropped Suzuki and kept him down, snapping a 4-fight losing streak for Shishido. He had been struggling as of late, losing 6 of his last 7 with uncharacteristic losses to MMA fighters Toby Imada and "Lion" Takeshi Inoue, but picks up a big win here and should give him some momentum for the S-Cup. In the 2010 S-Cup, he dropped a decision to eventual champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk. Suzuki (8-12-0, 5 KO) had a chance to avenge a loss from his first fight in Shootboxing, but fell in the first round once again. Despite becoming one of Shootboxing's most popular fighters, it looks like Suzuki will miss out on this year's S-Cup.

In the co-main event, Shootboxing newcomers and K-1 veterans Warren Stevelmans and Hinata fought for a spot in this year's S-Cup, with Stevelmans winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28, 28-27 and 29-28. Stevelmans (56-16-4, 16 KO) dropped Hinata in the second round and it was enough to get him into this year's S-Cup. This was his second fight in Shootboxing, previously defeating Hiroki Shishido in the main event of Shootboxing Act.1 earlier this year. Hinata (23-13-1, 8 KO) was also making his second appearance in Shootboxing after a 48 second loss to Andy Souwer in 2010. 

In the final S-Cup qualifier, Bovy Sor Udomson made quick work of former PRIDE and UFC star Akihiro Gono with a 1st round TKO at 2:15. Bovy (85-46-2, 53 KO) will make his 2nd S-Cup appearance with this win, losing to Andy Souwer in the quarterfinals of his first S-Cup in 2010. Bovy had most recently lost to Satoru Suzuki, but that is irrelevant as Bovy is in the S-Cup while Suzuki is not. Gono (5-4-0, 1 KO) initially weighed in over weight and had to re-weigh this morning before the event. After retiring from MMA earlier this year and returning to kickboxing in 2011, Gono had stated that he wanted to qualify for the S-Cup. A win in DEEP got him this fight, but he was unable to capitalize and this loss could possibly be the last fight in an entertaining career. If it is, hopefully the Magic Man can continue to find ways to entertain fans outside of fighting.

Assuming Shootboxing will be able to bring back their 4 semifinalists from 2010 (Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Toby Imada, Andy Souwer and Henri van Opstal), there is only 1 open spot remaining. It is possible that the spot could be given to one of today's losers, presumably Satoru Suzuki, or it could go to Shootboxing Super Lightweight champ Hiroaki Suzuki. With Shishido being the only Japanese fighter to qualify for the tournament, I expect either Suzuki to be a more viable option than a 7th foreigner.

In a 60kg bout, RISE 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Shootboxing Super Featherweight champ Akifumi Utagawa on scores of 30-28 and 30-29(x2). Komiyama (19-2-0, 11 KO) has looked extremely impressive since a questionable split decision loss to Keiji Ozaki in K-1 and is looking for divisional supremacy at 60kg, though that will be hard to claim until he fights against the best that Krush has to offer. To his credit, he has called out Hirotaka Urabe in the past, but nothing has come of it. Utagawa (32-13-1, 1 NC, 15 KO) had his 4-fight winning streak snapped here.

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Yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, two more It's Showtime Brazil qualification tournaments took place under the WGP promotion, the biggest kickboxing organization in Brazil. The tournaments took place at 63kg and 85kg respectively.

At 63kg, the tournament began with Emerson Falcao vs. Eduardo Vieira and Diego David vs. Amilcar da Fonseca. Falcao defeated Vieira by split decision in what was a rematch and Diego David defeated Amilcar da Fonseca by unanimous decision. David couldn't make the finals due to injury so Paulo Sergio Freitas, who won earlier on the card by unanimous decision in a reserve fight against Daniel Matos, replaced him and faced Falcao. Falcao defeated Freitas by split decision in the final and qualifies for It's Showtime Brazil in Sao Paulo on November 10.

At 85kg the tournament match-ups were Clei Silva vs. Ricardo Soneca and Alex Sandro Pereira (pictured) vs. Felipe Michelleti. Both Silva and Pereira won by unanimous decision, setting up a rematch between them in the final. Pereira won their first fight and won again in the final, knocking out Silva in the first round and qualifying for It's Showtime Brazil on November 10.

So far there have been four qualifiers for It's Showtime Brazil from these WGP tournaments and they are Emerson Falcao at 63kg, Wallace Lopes at 70kg, Rogerio Bezerra at 77kg and Alex Sandro Pereira at 85kg. On October 20 in Belo Horizonte again under the WGP promotion, there will be a final qualifying tournament.

63kg Tournament:

Reserve Fight: Paulo Sergio Freitas def. Daniel Matos by unanimous decision.

Semi-Final: Diego David def. Amilcar da Fonseca by unanimous decision.

Semi-Final: Emerson Falcao def. Eduardo Vieira by split decision.

Final: Emerson Falcao def. Paulo Sergio Freitas by split decision.

85kg Tournament:

Reserve Fight: Alessandro Benacci da Silva def. Daniel de Oliveira by unanimous decision.

Semi-Final: Clei Silva def. Ricardo Soneca by unanimous decision.

Semi-Final: Alex Sandro Pereira def. Felipe Michelleti by unanimous decision.

Final: Alex Sandro Pereira def. Clei Silva by KO in Round 1.

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Sahak Parparyan is the It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, last defending it against Andrew Tate on May 12 in Belgium, where he won a five round unanimous decision. Sahak hasn't fought since then but he returned to the ring yesterday.

Yesterday in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Iron Ring took place where the biggest fight on the card was Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis, an up and coming 21 year old Dutch fighter. Sahak ended up winning a decision and getting another win this year, advancing his record in 2012 to 5-0 after four wins in the first half of the year. It's still a good win for Sahak as he was able to get some ring time against a competent opponent after not fighting since May.

For Wilnis, he is just only 21 so he's still got a future ahead of him. He did lose to Cheick Sidibe on May 12 at It's Showtime but still has potential and it's way too early to write him off.

Also on the card was another up and coming Dutch prospect, Steve Poort, who is still fighting in the B Class. Poort actually lost a decision, surprisingly, to Regian Eersel but again, it's another case like Wilnis' where losses to young up and comers don't mean you can write them off. It's not unusual for a prospect to lose in the B Class and come back much better, just like the likes of Robin van Roosmalen have done.

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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight champion Hiroki Ishii defended his title for the second time with a 1st round knockout of Plynoi Por. Paoin at 1:54. Ishii (57-12-10, 27 KO) first won the Rajadamnern Stadium title last October with a decision over Aphisak KT Gym and defended it in March against Kenfang Por. Puangchon, also by decision. He is now riding an 8 fight winstreak and is 12-2 since 2009, fighting all Thai opposition in that time. 

In other action, prospect Mutsuki Ebata kept his hype train rolling with a 1st round TKO via cut of 8th ranked Rajadamnern Stadium Flyweight Jomphet Chuwattana. Ebata (17-1-1, 12 KO) was coming off of a win over Arashi Fujiwara, avenging his sole pro loss and has now won 7 in a row.

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Aside from K-1's event yesterday in Los Angeles, there was some other notable kickboxing action in Merseburg, Germany at Merseburger Fight Night. Danyo Ilunga was among names featured in a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and Gago Drago also returned to the ring to try and snap his eight fight losing streak.

Ilunga ended up winnin the heavyweight tournament but he only ended up having to fight twice. He defeated Wendell Roche in a rematch of their It's Showtime title fight back in December of 2010 by unanimous decision in the quarter finals. The other quarter final match-ups consisted of Slavo Polugic defeating Utley Meriana by unanimous decision, Senad Hadzic defeating Martin Jahn by corner stoppage in the second round and Uguz Ovgur took a decision over Vladimir Toktasynov.

In the first semi-final, Slavo Polugic pushed Senad Hadzic to the ground and soccer kicked him not once, but twice, resulting in a brawl in the ring between both camps. Both fighters were disqualified. Uguz Ovgur was injured so with Polugic and Hadzic disqualified, Ilunga ended up fighting Sergio Pique, who won his reserve bout over Jerry Otto via KO from a high kick, in the final.  Ilunga ended up overwhelming Pique in the first round, winning by TKO.

Gago Drago faced Baker Barakat and after a competitive first three rounds, the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Drago pressured Barakat a bit more to secure the win and snap his eight fight losing streak.

Max Baumert of Golden Glory Berlin met the grizzled veteran, Marco Pique and took a unanimous decision in a close fight.

Reserve Bouts:

Sergio Pique def. Jerry Otto by KO (High Kick) in Round 2.

Steven Kitzing def. Romano Romasco by unanimous decision.

Tournament Quarter Finals

Danyo Ilunga def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.

Slavo Polugic def. Utley Meriana by unanimous decision.

Senad Hadzic def. Martin Jahn by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2.

Uguz Ovgur def. Vladimir Toktasynov by unanimous decision.

Semi Final

Slavo Polugic and Senad Hadzic are both disqualified.

Final

Danyo Ilunga def. Sergio Pique by TKO in Round 1.

Super Fights

Gago Drago def. Baker Barakat by extra round decision.

Max Baumert def. Marco Pique by unanimous decision.

Alban Ahmeti def. Onur Karaoglan by unanimous decision.

Peter Chobanov def. Mikail Bajramov by TKO (Cut) in Round 1.

 

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Earlier today, Krush held a day-night event for their 2012 Youth GP, with the day portion featuring the semifinals of the 70kg Youth GP and the night portion featuring the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 63kg Youth GP, with a few superfights on each card.

In the 63kg GP quarterfinals, DEEP*KICK 65kg Hiroto Yamaguchi started things off with a 2nd round knockout of MA Kick #2 Super Lightweight Minoru Kimura at 2:01. In the second quarterfinal, tournament favorite and 2011 runner-up Koya Urabe cruised to a 2nd round KO of his own, a body shot KO of 2011 quarterfinalist Kengo Sonoda at 2:37. In the third quarterfinal, 2011 quarterfinalist Daizo Sasaki took a majority decision win over K-1 Koshien 2011 runner-up Yuya on scores of 30-29(x2) and 29-29. In the final quarterfinal, the night’s biggest upset took place, with the unheralded Hisaki Higashimoto knocking out Hiroya in his pro debut just 62 seconds into the first round.

In the first semifinal, Koya Urabe cruised to a unanimous decision over Hiroto Yamaguchi on scores of 30-28(x2) and 30-27. In the second semifinal, Hisaki Higashimoto remained unbeaten with an extension round split decision over Daizo Sasaki on scores of 10-9(x2) and 9-10.

The big story coming out of this tournament is of course Hisaki Higashimoto (2-0-0, 1 KO) making his pro kickboxing debut after a background in karate and knocking out Hiroya (11-6-0, 6 KO). I had thought Higashimoto would have trouble with Hiroya as Hiroya’s biggest liability is his boxing defense and coming from a karate background, Higashimoto would have trouble exposing that, but he was able to. Another big story is his semifinal opponent, Daizo Sasaki (7-8-1, 2 KO), who had lost 4 in a row coming into this tournament but was able to get past a good prospect in Yuya (6-2-0, 6 KO) and take Higashimoto to an extension round. This was the night Sasaki needed to help revive his career. Good showing from Koya Urabe (22-4-0, 3 KO) who went in and did what he needed to do to get to the finals again. Good to see him get a stoppage against Kengo Sonoda (3-4-1, 0 KO) as it showed he had some urgency to finish his first round opponent in order to be fresh for the semifinals, something that had been lacking before. Hiroto Yamaguchi (9-2-0, 5 KO) can walk away proud from this event, having knocked out Minoru Kimura (8-2-1, 6 KO) to bounce back from his first career loss, despite being shutout by Urabe. The Kimura hype train takes another hit with a second straight loss, but both have come to other promising prospects in Sho Ogawa and now Hiroto Yamaguchi. I favor Urabe in the finals as he is the proven fighter, but if Higashimoto is able to score another upset or even fights Urabe close, we will have another exciting prospect in the 63kg division.

In the 70kg semifinals, 2009 K-1 Koshien 70kg champ Shintaro Matsukura needed an extension round to get past RISE 2011 KAMINARIMON 70kg champ Kazuya Akimoto, but came up big in the extension round, scoring a knockout at 1:14 in the round. Matsukura will meet Taisei Kondo in the finals as he took a semifinal win over JungleKoki via majority decision on scores of 29-28(x2) and 28-28. Matsukura (6-6-0, 5 KO) has taken some tough losses recently, though they have come against top competition, dropping fights to Yasuhiro Kido and TOMOYUKI. He struggled a bit with Akimoto (2-1-0, 1 KO) but ultimately came out on top. Kondo (5-2-2, 2 KO) definitely has a chance at beating a vulnerable Matsukura who has some defensive liabilities and can be a slow, plodding fighter at times. He needed a late knockdown to beat JungleKoki (5-3-0, 2 KO) and could find the same magic against Matsukura in the finals, but I give Matsukura the edge. The 70kg final will take place on November 10th at Krush.24 and I assume the 63kg final will as well.

In a superfight, NJKF Super Lightweight Seiji Takahashi knocked out Atsushi Ogata in the 1st round. Takahashi was coming off of a knockout loss to Tetsuya Yamato while Ogata most recently upset Toshiki Taniyama.

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We'll be providing live results of today's K-1 US Grand Prix from the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, USA. It's K-1's first card in the US in a long, long time and the fight card is filled with American fighters looking to make a name for themselves.

The four Heavyweight Grand Prix fights are to qualify for the Final 16 on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan. There are also four MAX fights, along with four super fights and three undercard fights.

The first three undercard bouts are free on Spike.com or K-1's Ustream channel. After the three undercard fights, however, the card goes on to PPV for $9.99 USD at the same locations and can only be paid for with credit card.

The undercard bouts kick off at 8PM ET/5PM PT and the main card on PPV starts at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Full fight card here. Myself, @rianscalia and @Liverkickdotcom will be providing live play by play on Twitter.

Undercard

Mike Lemaire def. Glen Spencer by unanimous decision.

Damian Earley def. Jermaine Soto by KO (Right Cross) in Round 3.

James Wilson def. DOug Sauer by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

MAX (70kg/154lbs)

Justin Greskiewicz def. Bryce Krause by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 3.

Joey Pagliuso def. Ben Yelle by KO in Round 3.

Michael Mananquil def. Scott Leffler by unanimous decision.

Chaz Mulkey def. Kit Cope by TKO in Round 2.

Super Fights

Shuichi Wentz def. Romie Adanza by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.

En Kang def. Travis Garlits by unanimous decision.

Gabriel Varga def. Lerdsila Chumpairtour by unanimous decision.

Jeremiah Metcalf def. Markhaile Wedderburn by KO (Knee to the Body) in Round 1.

Heavyweights

Xavier Vigney def. Seth Petruzelli by TKO in Round 2.

Rick Roufus def. Mighty Mo by split decision.

Jarrell Miller def. Jack May by KO (Uppercut) in Round 1.

Randy Blake def. Dewey Cooper by unanimous decision.


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Yesterday at Lumpinee Stadium, a huge Muay Thai card took place with a ton of the top names in the sport.

In the main event, Saenchai took on Singdam for Singdam's Lumpinee Lightweight title. Prior to the fight, Saenchai looked as dominant as ever, with big wins over fighter of the year Penek Sitnumnoi and over Sagetdao Phetphayathai, who had given him a lot of trouble in the past. Despite having a three pound weight disadvantage at the weigh-ins, Saenchai was still the favorite to win. It was Singdam though, who defied the odds and beat Saenchai from range with powerful kicks. The way that Singdam won is the most surprising part, as usually no one can touch Saenchai from range but it was instead Saenchai being the aggressor in this fight. Singdam is now on a six fight win streak.

Aside from the main event, more top fighters in the same weight category as Saenchai and Singdam fought, as Sagetdao Phetphayathai took on Petboonchu F.A. Group. Everyone expected a clinch war and that's what the fight was. Petboonchu got the better of the action in the clinch and took a unanimous decision.

Another lightweight fight that took place was a rematch between F16 Rajanont and Diesellek Oodonmuang. Diesellek knocked out F16 with a high kick just last month. Diesellek got the better of the fight in the rounds that count most. F16 went for broke in the fifth and final round but Diesellek then countered with some vicious body kicks one after the other, stopping F16 and getting the TKO win.

In a rematch of their fight of the year candidate, Chokprecha Kor Sakooncher finally defeated Wanchalong Sitzornong on his fourth attempt. Chokprecha was more strategic and less wild then he usually fights. Rittidej Wor. Wanthavee defeated Palangtip Nor. Sripueng in what apparently was a snoozer.

Superlek Wor Sungprapai defeated Muangthai Sor Boonyiam by decision to win the Lumpinee 155 lb title. Fight of the night went to Sarawut Pithakpabhadiang and Wanchai Rambo-Esarn, with Sarawut with Sarawut picking up the decision in a war.

Damien Alamos is currently the only non-Thai champion of Lumpinee and he defended his title against Aranchai Pran26. Alamos dropped Aranchai early on in the fight and by the end of the fight, Aranchai's face was really busted up. Alamos got the decision win and becomes the first non-Thai to ever successfuly defend and retain a Lumpinee Stadium title.

Singdam Kiatmoo9 def. Saenchai by decision.

Petboonchu F.A. Group def. Sagetdao by decision.

Diesellek Oodonmuang def. F16 Rajanont by TKO (Body Kicks) in Round 5.

Superlek Wor Sungprapai def. Muangthai Sor Boonyiam by decision.

Chokprecha Kor Sakooncher def. Wanchalong Sitzornong by decision.

Petboonchu F.A. Group def. Sagetdao Phetphayathai by decision.

Rittidej Wor Wanthavee def. Palangtip Nor Sripueng by decision.

Sarawut Pithakpabhadiang def. Wanchai Rambo-Esarn by decision.

Damien Alamos def. Aranchai Pran26 by decision.

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Muay Thai Mania V went down yesterday in The Hague, Netherlands and the card was headlined by a rematch that was a long time in the making between L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and Nieky Holzken.

In their first fight, Aussie quickly won in the first round with a flying knee back in 2010 at It's Showtime. Holzken had wanted this rematch for a long time, saying that he wasn't his best for the first fight. Well yesterday, Aussie won again, but this time by decision. It wasn't just a regular decision though, as the fight had to go to an extra round.

There were some other intriguing match-ups on the card, including the man who recently upset Robin van Roosmalen, Hafid el Boustati, who took on Shemsi Beqiri's brother, Hysni Beqiri. In another fight that had to go to an extra round, Hafid el Boustati won a decision.

Albert Kraus made his pro boxing debut and it was a success. His opponent from Romania, Valentin Cimpoero, could not continue after the third round so Kraus won by TKO. K-1 and SuperLeague veteran Aalviar Lima showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he stopped the Remy Bonjasky-trained Darryl Sichtman with a body shot. In other action, Fred Sikking defeated Hakan Aksoy by decision and Jason Wilnis defeated Louis Tavares, although the decision seems to have been hotly disputed. Thanks to FightStarTV for results.

25 A-Class Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
26 A-Class Remon Bonte (Team Pasztjerik) vs Ismael Lazaar (Budokai Tilburg) WOP
27 A-Class Juan Baragan (Sportcentrum 010) vs Jacky Dings (Golden Glory Helmond) WOP
28 A-Class Hicham Achalhy (TB Den Haag) WOP vs Eddy Almeida (Team Pasztjerik)
29 A-Class Albert Kraus (Team Super Pro) WTKO vs Vali Cimponu (Roemenie)
30 A-Class Luis Tavares (Team Pasztjerik) vs Jason Wilnis (The Colosseum) WOP
31 A-Class Fred Sikking (The Coloseum) WOP vs Hakan Aksoy (Siam Gym)
32 A-Class Hafid el Boustati (Mousid Gym) WOP vs Hysni Beqiri (Team Super Pro)
33 A-Class Darryl Sichtman (Bonjasky Academy) vs Mandela Antone (Team Furious) WMI
34 A-Class Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
35 A-Class Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond) vs L’houcine Aussie (Topteam Beverwijk) WOP
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The Taniyama Gym held its 10th installment of the Big Bang series at Differ Ariake in Tokyo earlier today, featuring top names like Yasuhiro Kido, Hirotaka Urabe, Shunta Ito and Hiromi Amada. 

In the night's main event, Yasuhiro Kido filled his usual headlining role at Big Bang events, this time taking a unanimous decision over Yu Hirono on scores of 30-29(x3). Kido debuted a "new technique" that he dubbed Rokakato, which is essentially a heel to the side of the thigh. Kido (29-13-1, 14 KO) has now won 5 in a row and will likely sit out until the MAX finals on December 8th in Athens. While I don't expect him to win or even make it to the finals, this is a much improved Kido from the one who struggled towards the old K-1's end and could make waves in the tournament if he has good matchups. Hirono (16-7-1, 4 KO) had won 5 in a row heading into this bout, most recently against ShokieJungle at Krush-EX vol.4 in July.

In the co-main event at 58kg, former MA Kick champion Shunta Ito bounced back from a loss at Big Bang 9 with a unanimous decision win over Atsushi Tateshima on scores of 50-45(x3). Ito recently vacated his MA Kick title and lost a unanimous decision to Kaimookaw Watcharachai at Big Bang 9, snapping a 3-fight win streak.

Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe also participated at the event, stopping J-Network Super Featherweight champ Takaaki Kimura with a high kick at 2:17 of the first round. Urabe (17-6-2, 9 KO) has been on a roll, going unbeaten in his last 9 and scoring 5 knockouts, with the sole blemish being a draw in a title defense against Naoki Ishikawa. Urabe could possibly find himself fighting Ishikawa for a third time, but it depends on the outcome of the three matchups that were recently announced for Krush.23 and could potentially put Urabe in rematches with Ishikawa, Yuji Takeuchi and Fumiya Osawa. Kimura (22-19-1, 3 KO) isn't that bad, holding wins over Yosuke Mizuochi, Takashi Nakajima and Ryo Pegasus, but isn't quite on the level of guys like Urabe, as he has been blown out of the water by Urabe and MA Kick champ Hikaru Machida in recent outings.

In a rematch between K-1 veterans, Hiromi Amada scored a 2nd round knockout of Alex Roberts at 1:07. The two first fought at NJKF Titans Neo X almost exactly a year ago, with the fight ending in a draw. Amada (34-20-3, 17 KO) snapped 2-fight losing streak, with losses to Singh Jaideep and Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki, with a 2 fight win streak, most recently defeating Soichi Nishida at Big Bang 9. Amada was recently announced as a participant on the October 14th K-1 card which features the FINAL 16 portion of their heavyweight tournament, though Amada will probably not be fighting for a spot in the finals. Roberts (10-4-2, 8 KO) most recently lost to Tomasz Sarara at the Hoost Cup and is now winless in his last 4.

In other bouts, RISE #1 ranked Middleweight Yukihiro Komiya improved to 2-0 at 65kg with a unanimous decision win, RISE #3 ranked Heavyweight Raoumaru scored a 2nd round knockout and RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki picked up a majority decision win. 

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Total Carnage II went down today in Gold Coast, Australia and featured a massive rematch between two of the world's best -95kg fighters under Muay Thai rules, Nathan "Carnage" Corbett and Steve McKinnon. The two met back in 2006 where Corbett won via controversial cut stoppage and the rematch has been a long time coming.

Corbett won again, this time getting the unanimous decision in a fight that everyone in Australia is saying lived up to the hype and then some. The fight apparently went at a torrid pace for heavyweights, with Corbett having the edge throughout most of the fight, being the agressor.

Also on the card, LiverKick #7 ranked middleweight Frank Giorgi took on late replacement, Rhyse Saliba, who stepped in for Nonsai. Giorgi controlled the whole fight and Rhyse didn't have much for him. Giorgi ended up winning a clear cut unanimous decision.

Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson took on the Thai fighter Kampan Santaweesok in what was by all accounts a very close fight. Kampan landed with hard kicks to the body and arms while Thompson landed most of his offense with punches. In the end, Thompson got the decision although I've seen people say that it should've gone Kampan's way.

Dane "Daddy Kool" Beauchamp rematched Joe Concha, who replaced Flip Street. Concha stopped Beauchamp back in February in a fight that Dane was winning right up until the final seconds of the last round. After a feeling out process in the first round, Concha once again stopped Beauchamp with an elbow, this time in the second round. Full results below:

Nathan "Carnage" Corbett def. Steve McKinnon by unanimous decision.

Frank Giorgi def. Rhyse Saliba by unanimous decision.

Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson def. Kampan Santaweesok by decision.

Joe Concha def. Dane "Daddy Kool" Beauchamp by KO (Elbow) in Round 2.

Michael Badato def. Mark Lucchiari by TKO (Punches/Elbows) in Round 2.

Elliot Compton def. Mark Staiti by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in the corner after Round 3.

Henare Redden def. Paymaan Shahrokhey by unanimous decision.

Grant Sims def. Dave McDonald by unanimous decision. 

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