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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

SuperKombat held their second event of the year today in Cluj Napoca, Romania. It featured a four man tournament of heavyweights to qualify for the year end World Grand Prix show and also a fight for the inaugural SuperKombat 91kg World Title.

The heavyweight tournament featured some SuperKombat veterans, Raul Catinas, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Daniel Sam and Sam Tevette. In the first semi-final, Raul Catinas knocked Jairzinho Rozenstruik out in the second round. Daniel Sam also knocked out Sam Tevette in the second semi-final.

Catinas and Sam met in the final, where Sam was winning the fight with his kicks and size advantage up until the second round. Then in the second, Catinas just went into berserker mode and spammed vicious left hooks to the body, dropping Sam. Sam would get up and then get dropped by a right uppercut to the chin. Sam was dropped again twice in the third round and Catinas picked up the win, winning the tournament and advancing to SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix show.

For SuperKombat's inaugural 91kg World Title, Bogdan Stoica dominated Ivan Stanic, dropping him multiple times. Stanic really had nothing for Stoica, who scored a knockdown with a flying knee/punch combo in the first, two knockdowns from punches and another knockdown from a flying knee throughout rounds two and three. Stanic was getting hurt from every clean punch Stoica landed.

I didn't get to see the whole show so I won't comment on the other fights until I've seen them. Here are the full results:

Semi-Final 1: Raul Catinas def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by KO in Round 2.

Semi-Final 2: Daniel Sam def. Sam Tevette by KO.

Heavyweight: Benny Adegbuyi def. Patrick Liedert by KO in Round 3.

-95kg: Sebastian Ciobanu def. Redouan Cairo by TKO in Round 2.

-95kg: Andrei Stoica def. Rodney Glunder by decision.

Heavyweight: Alexandru Lungu def. Wieslaw Kwaniewski by split decision.

-91kg World Title: Bogdan Stoica def. Ivan Stanic by unanimous decision.

Final: Raul Catinas def. Daniel Sam by unanimous decision.

 

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It's Showtime returns today for their second event of the year, this time in Kortrijk, Belgium. The card is headlined by Daniel Ghita vs. Brian Douwes and also features a very interesting It's Showtime 85MAX World Title fight between the champion Sahak Parparyan and challenger Andrew Tate from England.

The event starts at 2:45 PM ET/11:45 AM PT in North America, or 20:45 CET in Europe. You can buy the live stream for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com. If you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network. I'll be talking about the event on Twitter at @rianscalia.

Cheick Sidibe def. Jason Wilnis by unanimous decision. Great fight.

Sonny Dagraed def. Eric Denis by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Dagraed.

Sergei Lascenko def. Salahdine Kandoussi by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

Sahak Parparyan def. Andrew Tate by unanimous decision and retains his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title. Very close fight though, a draw would've been ok.

Rustemi Kreshnik def. Michael Duut by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1. That's the best Kreshnik has ever looked.

Daniel Ghita def. Brian Douwes by KO (Left Hook) in Round 2. Beautiful counter left hook laid Brian Douwes out.

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Krush.18 took place earlier today, headlined by Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara taking on 2008 K-1 Koshien champ Hiroya. Also on the card were 55kg champ Shota Takiya taking on the UK’s Reece Crooke and 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe taking on MMA fighter Masato Kobayashi.

In the main event, Krush Lightweight champion Ryuji Kajiwara took a unanimous decision over 2008 K-1 Koshien champion Hiroya on scores of 30-28(x3). Kajiwara (22-10-1, 6 KO) dropped Hiroya (10-6-0, 5 KO) in the first round and maintained his lead, with rounds 2 and 3 going 10-10 on all 3 judges’ cards. The win is Kajiwara’s third straight and makes him 8-1 in his last 9 with his only loss in that stretch coming to Masaaki Noiri. Talent-wise, it’s hard to argue that Kajiwara is #3 at his weight in Japan, but wins over Koya Urabe, Kizaemon Saiga, Tetsuya Yamato, Naoki Ishikawa and now Hiroya make it hard to argue that he should be considered anything but #3. Kajiwara has adapted very well with age and his counter-punching style has worked wonders for him and his career, as he’s managed to knock down top fighters en route to decision wins during his impressive stretch. This was Kajiwara’s first fight since his first title defense against Tetsuya Yamato, so it’s likely he could take another non-title fight before defending again, but when it comes time to do so, Masaaki Noiri and Keijiro Miyakoshi are at the top of the list of candidates. Hiroya is now riding a 3-fight losing streak and has seemed to hit a ceiling at this point in his career. Hiroya’s defense is atrocious and with the first round knockdown, it doesn’t seem like it has improved much. If he wants to start winning again and be considered an elite fighter, it may be best for him to get back to basics and start drilling defense.

In one of the night’s co-features, Krush 55kg champ Shota Takiya brutalized ISKA UK 55kg champ Reece Crooke en route to a 3rd round KO via left hook at 2:22. Takiya (21-4-0, 13 KO) put his entire offensive arsenal on display in the first round, but it was in the second where the damage began to pile up as Takiya caused a cut on Crooke’s ear. In the third round, Takiya landed a clean high kick that sent Crooke down, then put him away with a left hook. The report reads more or less like the beating Takiya put on Damien Trainor and he has now won 9 in a row, with 7 coming by way of knockout. Takiya is an animal and it’s time for Krush to bring in either Ryuya Kusakabe or KENJI for a rematch as it is evident that these are the only two guys who can test Takiya right now. Crooke (23-7-2, 9 KO) had just won the 55kg ISKA UK title and makes it 0-3 for British fighters in Krush so far, with none of them fairing well.

In the other co-feature, Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe made short work of MMA fighter Masato Kobayashi, scoring a head kick knockout at 1:23 of the 1st round. This was Urabe’s (12-5-2, 6 KO) first fight since drawing Naoki Ishikawa in his first title defense back in January and puts him on a 6 fight unbeaten streak. His next fight will be against the winner of the Krush 60kg tournament final between Katsuya Goto and Fumiya Osawa. Kobayashi (1-1-0, 1 KO; 6-3-1 MMA) was coming off of a DEEP record 9-second knockout at DEEP 57th Impact in February, but he was sort of thrown to the wolves here as a tune-up for Urabe.

In the third leg of the -63kg WILDRUSH League, 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi picked up a unanimous decision over Naoki Terasaki to give him a total of 5 points. Tsukagoshi is only 1 point behind league leader Hideaki Yamazaki and his only threat of being overtaken is TaCa, who could move into a tie for 1st with a knockout of Yukimitsu Takahashi at Krush.19.

Quick Results and event photos after the break

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Yesterday, NJKF held the second installment of its Kick to the Future series which have so far featured WBC title fights and some big names in Japan like Tetsuya Yamato, Koya Urabe, TOMONORI and Kenta.

This installment’s biggest feature, although it wasn’t the main event, was a 63kg bout between NJKF Lightweight champ Keijiro Miyakoshi and Koya Urabe which saw Miyakoshi squeeze out the upset by majority decision on scores of 29-29 and 30-29(x2). This bout was contested without elbows so it seemed like Urabe would have a slight advantage. Miyakoshi (11-3-1, 4 KO) had his best year in 2011, going 3-1 with one of those wins in a rematch against Ikki for the NJKF Lightweight title and another against Akihiro Kuroda for the right to face WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata. Rashata was set to be Ryuji Kajiwara’s first title challenger in Krush so with Miyakoshi’s win here, if he were to fight Rashata next, the winner could get a shot at Kajiwara or whoever the Krush champion could be at the time. Everything else aside, huge win for Miyakoshi and this definitely makes him a major player at 63kg. Urabe (18-4-0, 2 KO) is now 1-2 in his last 3, but he’s fought a top fighter in almost every one of his past 15 fights. That being said, Urabe barely got past Kizaemon Saiga and the knockout loss against Noiri could be having some lingering effects for the defensively deficient fighter. I think he’ll bounce back from this well because he’s a decision fighter who’s just hit a bit of a rut against top competition and there’s no shame in that.

In the real main event, Yosuke Morii snapped a 2-fight losing streak with a 5th round knockout at 2:31 over Heihahci Nakajima to win the vacant WBC Japan Featherweight title. Morii (18-3-2, 8 KO) had his fight with Genji Umeno built up quite a bit, but Morii got dominated en route to a one-sided decision loss, then went over to Thailand with Umeno, where both of them lost. This win should restore some confidence for Morii as Nakajima is a tough out. Nakajima (12-4-0, 4 KO) had won two straight coming into this fight, most recently against Chao “Shimura” Logate in HEAT.

In a NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight title fight, reigning champion Azuma defended her title for the first time over Team Dragon’s Satoko Sasaki by unanimous decision on scores of 30-29 and 30-28(x2).

In a 56kg bout, MA Kick Super Bantamweight champ Keisuke Miyamoto edged out NJKF Super Bantamweight champ Arashi by majority decision on scores of 30-29, 29-29 and 30-28. Miyamoto (13-1-0, 5 KO) was coming off of a knockout win of MA Kick Featherweight champ Minoru Junibayashi and is now on a 4-fight win-streak. Arashi (10-4-0, 4 KO) is 1-2 in his last 3 now, but just won the NJKF Super Bantamweight title in his most recent fight before this one.

NJKF has also set up a “New Japan Wars 2012” series which is aimed at making 8-man and 4-man tournaments in most, if not all of their weight classes to determine title challengers.

At this event, at Super Bantamweight #4 ranked Hiroya Haga took a unanimous decision over #3 ranked Hiroki Maeda. At Featherweight #7 ranked Shoya Suzuki knocked out Yuya Kai in the 3rd round and #8 ranked Takuma took a unanimous decision over #4 ranked Hiroshi Senchaigym. At Super Welterweight, #7 ranked Hiroki Yamamoto knocked out #5 ranked KEN in the first round. At Super Featherweight, #8 ranked Takeshi Tsuruya took a unanimous decision over #5 ranked Tatsunori. And at Super Lightweight #2 ranked Marimo took a TKO via cut win over #9 ranked Kaz Miyazawa.

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Krush held the first two installments in of their Krush-EX series in 2012 this past weekend, a series which often features lesser-known fighters. The focus of the day portion was Nobuchika Terado’s return to the ring after being KO’d by 55kg champ Shota Takiya in just 70 seconds in January while the night portion featured the first two rounds of an 8-man tournament to decide 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe’s next opponent.

In the day portion’s main event, ISKA World Super Bantamweight champ Nobuchika Terado successfully returned to the ring, cruising past Team Dragon’s Namito Izawa by unanimous decision on scores of 30-25 and 30-26(x2). Terado (28-8-1, 12 KO) scored downs in the first and second rounds and controlled the pace and range of the fight, showing he still has it despite his quick loss to Takiya. Terado has faded out of the division’s elite with his most recent losses being to Ryuya Kusakabe and Shota Takiya, but he can still serve as a high-level gatekeeper as he possesses some difficult matchups for rising fighters with his power and experience. A good matchup would be a rematch with RISE Super Bantamweight champ KENJI, though that will be difficult to put together as RISE has him fighting as often as possible. Izawa (7-1-2, 2 KO) did well to not get finished, but he really shouldn’t have been in there with Terado. Understandably, it’s a bounce-back fight for Terado, but it was a win-win for Izawa if he made it out of the first round, so kudos to him.

In other day-portion action, 70kg Krush regulars Takuro Moriya and Hareruya squared off with Moriya taking a unanimous decision. Former female pro wrestler Akari took her second fight in Krush, improving to 2-0 in the organization, defeating Yuzukari Sakamoto.

Now on to the night portion, where Yuzo Suzuki, Junpei Aotsu, Katsuya Goto, Fumiya Osawa, Yuta Dynamite, Takashi Nakajima and Makoto Morishige fought to make it to the finals of the 60kg tournament.

In the first quarterfinal, Takashi Nakajima squeaked by Kyokushin karate champion Yuzo Suzuki by majority decision on scores of 29-29 and 30-29(x2). In the second quarterfinal, Katsuya Goto took a hard fought decision over Yuta Dynamite (Yuta Takahashi) on scores of 29-28 and 29-27(x2), scoring a down with a right hook in the 2nd round of what seems to have been a pretty good fight. In the third quarterfinal, Fumiya Osawa scored the tournament’s first stoppage with a 1st round KO via right cross of Makoto Morishige at 2:06 into the round. In the final quarterfinal, Yuya (Yuya Fujii) edged out Junpei Aotsu, earning a unanimous decision on scores of 29-27 and 29-28(x2).

The first semifinal had a bit of a strange ending it seems, as Katsuya Goto dropped Takashi Nakajima with a right hook in the 3rd round, but after Nakajima went down, he apparently closed his eyes, leading to the referee stopping his count and calling the bout, to Nakajima’s protest. Similar situations have happened in boxing before, and the bottom line is that if you appear unconscious or immobile to the referee, he has the right to stop the fight. In the other semifinal, Fumiya Osawa rose to the occasion and shut down Yuya, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 and 30-27(x2).

Of the two finalists, I’d say Katsuya Goto is the favorite and would stand the best chance against Hirotaka Urabe. Goto did well against Kizaemon Saiga and showed good defense, including the use of head movement, something few Japanese kickboxers tend to utilize consistently, and powerful hooks. He displayed those hooks again in the tournament, scoring a knockdown and knockout with his right, so training with Kazuhisa Watanabe appears to have given him a good boxing base. Goto is just good enough in the right places to capitalize on someone like Hirotaka Urabe’s flaws, but not good enough to be considered a favorite by any means. Fumiya Osawa was my pick of least likely to win the tournament, as he was 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights heading into the tournament, but I guess that shows how much I know. This final is a rematch of a fight from Krush.14 in December which went to a majority draw. The rematch will take place at Krush.19 on June 8th while the title fight with Urabe is still set for Krush.20 on July 21st barring injury or something of the nature.

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Thai Fight

Thai Fight Pattaya went off without a hitch. To say that feels good, as there were a lot of questions going into the event about what would become of Buakaw Banchamek. Although there were reports that Buakaw might not be able to fight, Buakaw came out swinging both during and after the fight. He handily dispatched Rustem Zaripov in the second round before he gave an emotional speech to the crowd, talking about his troubles with Por. Pramuk and losing his mother recently, inviting his father into the ring to show support.

In other action Kem Sitsongpeenong made incredibly short work of Mickael Cornubet with his elbows opening up a cut that stopped the fight in the first round. Singamanee Kaewsamrit took a hard-fought decision victory over Sudsakorn Sor. Klimee whose mediocre streak continues. Sudsakorn never seemed to really throw himself into the fight at all, which cost him dearly against a hungry Singamanee.

Buakaw (TKO - R2) Rustem Zaripov

Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Dec.) Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

Kem Sitsongpeenong (TKO (Cut) - R1) Mickael Cornubet

Bernueng TopKing Boxing (Dec.) Chaz Mulkey

Chanaeak PK Muaythaigym (Dec.) Bibi Team Nikiema

Kemarat Sitjapae (Dec.) Mathias Sitsongpeenong

Roongroj Petchrungruang (Dec.) Danny Jittigym

Armin Matli (TKO - R1) Ibrham Chiahou

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Fight Code returned yesterday, this time in Minsk, Belarus and a bunch of hometown talent was on hand in both the Dragons 72.5kg tournament and prestige fights.

The Dragons 72.5kg tournament continued with four fights, most notably featuring Fight Code Dragons 2011 winner Yury Bessmertny, who defeated Edvin Erik Kibus by decision. Tatneft 80kg competitor Vitaly Nikiforov made the drop to 72.5kg and defeated Evgeni Telitsa by decision. In two other Dragons tournament fights, Dmitry Baranov defeated Maxim Smirnov by decision and Farhat Ahmedjanov defeated Tadas Jonkus by decision. All four winners move on to the Final 16 round that already includes Mustapha Haida and Enriko Gogokhia.

In prestige fights, Chingiz Allazov and Dmitry Shakuta both fought. Allazov is a rising star and Shakuta has been around for a long time at 77-81kg. Allazov is slowly moving up in weight and this fight against Dmitry Rudenko was at 69kg and Allazov ended up winning by decision. Shakuta's fight was at 81kg against Igor Ljapin and he scored a rare knockout, with a high kick in the third round.

Full results below:

Dragons 72.5kg tournament:

Yury Bessmertny def. Edvin Erik Kibus by decision.

Vitaly Nikiforov def. Evgeni Telitsa by decision.

Dmitry Baranov def. Maxim Smirnov by decision.

Farhat Ahmedjanov def. Tadas Jonkus by decision.

Prestige fights:

69kg: Chingiz Allazov def. Dmitry Rudenko by decision.

81kg: Dmitry Shakuta def. Igor Ljapin KO (High Kick) in Round 3.

Michal Krcmar def. Mansur Azerbiev by decision.

Valentin Slavikovsky def. Oleg Primachev by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.

 

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Yesterday in Torrelavega, Spain, two fighters from opposing tournament faced off in a 70kg contest. Abraham Roqueñi will be in the K-1 MAX Final 16 on May 27 and Albert Kraus will be in the Glory World Series Final 16 on May 26.

Roqueñi's hometown advantage was crucial in him getting the decision, as it was pretty controversial. I had Roqueni winning the first round but in the second round, a questionable knockdown was called on Roqueñi. If it wasn't for the knockdown, I probably would've scored the second for Roqueñi. Kraus took the third as he caught up to Roqueñi with his pressure. So yes, Kraus probably should've won with a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 third because of that knockdown that was scored. Of course, it was on Roqueñi's home turf and the event was organized by people with affiliations to him so he got the decision.

Also on the card, It's Showtime veteran Loren Javier Jorge defeated Vando Cabral of Portugal by decision. Loren will be fighting Amir Zeyada on July 21 for It's Showtime in Tenerife. Another It's Showtime veteran, Zeben Diaz, defeated Hichem Menaouine by decision. Like Loren, Zeben will be fighting on the same It's Showtime card, against Andy Souwer.

Full results below:

Abraham Roqueñi def. Albert Kraus by decision.

Loren Javier Jorge def. Vando Cabral by decision.

Zeben Diaz def. Hicham Menaouine by decision.

Fran Palenzuela def. Borja Pacheco.

Jonay Risco def. Jairo Diaz by decision.

Adrian Tabuenca def. Mourat Quatirou.

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Andy Souwer returned to the ring today in Japan at the shootboxing event "Road to S.Cup" act.2. It was Souwer's first "real" fight of the year, as he was supposed to fight at the Fighterzone show on February 25 that got completely messed up at the last minute. Souwer ended up just fighting in an exhibition match.

His opponent, Satoru Suzuki, was fresh off a win over Bovy Sor Udomson back in February. Souwer ended up winning in the second round after knocking Suzuki down three times. Souwer said that there was one "moment of weakness" in the fight where he was met with a right hand from Suzuki but after he stepped on the gas at the end of the first round. In the second round, Souwer said that his only goal was to make Suzuki leave the ring early. He used different techniques to force the knockdowns but said that his most effective techniques "once again" were his low kicks.

Souwer will be making some quick turn-arounds after this fight, as he already has two scheduled. On May 27 he'll be fighting at the K-1 MAX Final 16 in Madrid, Spain. On June 30 he'll be fighting Chris Ngimbi for the It's Showtime 70MAX World Title in Brussels, Belgium.

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The first "Total Carnage" event took place a few hours ago in Australia and results are starting to come in. Of course, Nathan Corbett, who ws partly behind the card, fought in the main event against Stephane Susperregui of France, with Corbett's WKN World Title on the line. Another WKN World Title was on the line as Frank Giorgi fought Tobias Alexandersson of Sweden at -69.9kg.

Nathan Corbett won a decision over Stephane Susperregui but from the sounds of it, it was a very tough fight for the man known as "Carnage." One account of the fight says that Susperregui was very tough and threw everything at Corbett, slipping all of Carnage's big shots. He even managed to cut Corbett, apparently. I didn't give him much of a chance, so props to Stephane Susperregui for putting up a good fight against one of the best in the world.

Frank Giorgi won a decision over Tobias Alexandersson. It's a good win for Giorgi, who bounces back form his loss to Buakaw at the Thai Fight finals in December. He'll make a quick turn around, as he's scheduled to face Steve Moxon on April 28. Moxon and Giorgo are the top 70kg fighters in Australia, Giorgi at Muay Thai and Moxon at K-1 rules so it should be a great fight.

Another good fighter out of Australia, Kym Johnson won the WKN Australian middleweight title in his fight against Brett Witton.

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The Tatneft Cup's final event of the 1/8 qualification stage took place in Kazan, Russia today. The participants were vying for the final spots left in the next round of the Tatneft Cup, the quarter finals. Some good fighters have advanced so far and that continued at today's event.

Most notably, at 70kg, Dzhabar Askerov knocked out Antoine Mandela in the second round to advance to the next stage. This was Askerov's third win in less than a month's time, an extremely tough task. He defeated Jeremy Sportouch on March 8, Maxim Vorovsky on the 23rd and now today's victory. Askerov has won the Tatneft Cup at 70kg for the past two years and is the favorite to three-peat.

Liverkick.com's #3 ranked light heavyweight, Hicham El Gaoui returned to the ring and took on Konstantin Gorokhov, a replacement for Dario Kadic. El Gaoui scored a rare stoppage win for himself, as Gorokhov did not come out for the third round. Also at 80kg, Amir El Mansouri defeated Parinya from Thailand by decision in an extra round.

At heavyweight, Martynas Knyzelis defeated late replacement Alexander Volobuev. In the second heavyweight fight, Saulo Cavalari, who qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America, knocked out Andrey Shmakov.

In another 70kg fight, Maxim Smirnov defeated Ravy Brunow in an extra round. Brunow also qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America. 

Full results:

70kg: Maxim Smirnov def. Ravy Brunow by extra round decision.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Antoine Mandela by KO in Round 2.

80kg: Samir El Mansouri def. Parinya by extra round decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Konstantin Gorokhov by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at the end of Round 2.

80kg+: Martynas Knyzelis def. Alexander Volobuev by extra round decision.

80kg+: Saulo Cavalari def. Andrey Shmakov by KO.

 

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RISE 87 took place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo yesterday in an event that featured many of the promotion’s top fighters, and seems to have delivered in entertainment value. The card featured 63kg champ Yuki’s first title defense against Yuto Watanabe, as well as 55kg champ KENJI in a superfight against Shooto 52kg champ Mikhito Yamagami and 3 RISE vs China fights featuring 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama, Erika Kamimura and Heavyweight champ Makoto Uehara.

In the night’s main event, defending Lightweight champion Yuki scored two downs in the 5th round to storm past challenger Yuto Watanabe and win a close majority decision on scores of 45-45 and 46-45(x2). As he has been known to do, Yuki (31-13-1, 23 KO) started slow and was dropped in the 1st roud by Watanabe (11-6-0, 3 KO), who dominated the first half of the fight and earned himself a sizable lead on the scorecards. However, Yuki began to turn the tide in the 3rd and came storming back, punishing Watanabe in the 4th round before getting two standing 8 counts in the 5th that ultimately sealed the win for the champ and gave him his first title defense. This was Yuki’s first fight since last June’s K-1 -63kg Japan Tournament where he lost in the first round to Koya Urabe, but not before putting a beating on his lead leg which ultimately cost him the tourney. After the fight, I believe Yuki stated that he tore a ligament in his left foot, so there may be a bit of a layoff before his next fight which is unfortunate as Yuki is one of the sport’s most entertaining fighters. This is a tough loss for Watanabe, who earned a huge lead early only to squander it. This fight was his chance to fight his way out of mediocrity in the 63kg division after two straight wins, most recently against Shohei Asahara to earn the title shot and although he lost, this fight may boost his stock a bit.

In the co-main event, promotional Bantamweight champ KENJI struggled a bit, but bested Shooto Flyweight champ Mikihito Yamagami, earning a unanimous decision on scores of 29-25, 28-25 and 28-26. KENJI (20-4-0, 13 KO) scored a pair of knockdowns in the 2nd round that gave him a substantial lead, but judging from the scores it seems like a rather pedestrian performance from him otherwise. Since losing to Shota Takiya in the semifinals of the Krush 55kg tournament, KENJI has strung together 6 straight wins, most recently trumping Thai Pajonsuk Por Pramuk at RISE 86 in January. If KENJI wants to take a step up in the division, his 3 targets should be Nobuchika Terado, Ryuya Kusakabe and Shota Takiya as he is 0-2 against Takiya and 0-1 against Terado. Kusakabe has a fight next weekend, while Terado’s next fight is on April 22nd and Takiya’s in early May. Unless RISE orders a title defense against Ryuma Tobe, KENJI could be free to chase one of those 3 fighters in the near future. There is no shame in losing for Yamagami (1-2-1 KB; 7-2-0 MMA) who was fresh off of his knockout of Junji Ikoma in November to win the Shooto Flyweight title.

In a rather uneventful promotion, 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama, Heavyweight champ Makoto Uehara and Erika Kamimura all took on Chinese competition, but the three took little over 2 minutes combined to finish their opponents, with Komiyama scoring a knockout at 1:21, Kamimura at 33 seconds and Uehara at just 22 seconds, all in the first round. While RISE has had as much success as Krush with foreign competition in the past, this attempt to replicate Krush’s efforts flopped pretty hard. This was all of these fighters’ first fights since the RISE 85 super-card last year and while they were likely set up to be winnable showcase fights anyway, none of them lasted long enough to showcase the fighters.

Nevertheless, let’s focus on the fighters. Komiyama (17-2-0, 10 KO) is riding a 6-fight winstreak and his most recent loss was a debatable decision to Keiji Ozaki in K-1. In those 6-fights, Komiyama took the RISE title from Kan Itabashi and most recently looked impressive against Sergio Wielzen in a fight that he won by stoppage due to a cut. Komiyama has been clamoring for a fight with Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe, but unless that fight is set up for Krush.18, Komiyama will have to wait for a while as Urabe is scheduled to fight the winner of an 8-man tournament in July.

Uehara (12-4-0, 8 KO) surprised a lot of people at RISE 85 by making it to the finals of the RISE HWGP, winning decisions over Stefan Leko and Jan Soukup. The most impressive thing was that Uehara, who had shown deplorable cardio throughout his career, managed to go 7 full rounds that night, winning in an extension round against Jan Soukup in the semifinals. He cut down to 90kg for this fight, which is probably where he should be as he is just under 6 ft and could see himself defending his title in a rematch against Kengo Shimizu, who he defeated in their first encounter by KO.

Kamimura (24-2-0, 13 KO) seemed unstoppable over the last 2 years, winning 13 straight, 9 by KO, and showed no signs of slowing down. Last summer she was set to face Shootboxing champ Ai Takahashi before Takahashi suffered an injury in training and was forced to pull out. Instead, she entered the 2011 Girls S-Cup Preliminary Tournament and stormed through the first two rounds before meeting Seo Hee Ham in the finals, where the two put on an extremely entertaining fight that Kamimura emerged victorious from. At RISE 85, she faced RENA in what was perhaps the most anticipated women’s kickboxing bout in recent memory and, despite being upset by MMA fighter Jessica Penne leading up to the bout, RENA won a razor-thin decision and derailed Kamimura. This quick KO puts Kamimura back on the winning track and she should be hungrier than ever, as Mizuki Inoue’s upset of Ai Takahashi has left the door open for a kingpin(queenpin?) to emerge. With Shootboxing planning to hold a Girls’ S-Cup this August, expect Kamimura, RENA, Takahashi, Inoue and Ham to all be involved and vying for the title of #1.

More results, quick results and pictures after the break

Photos and results thanks to boutreview and gbring

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The first Fight Code event of the year just ended, and Giorgio Petrosyan beat Artur Kyshenko by unanimous decision.

They met in the main event of the event, Petrosyan being the number one fighter in all of kickboxing and Kyshenko a top five fighter in the 70kg division. Many thought this might be Giorgio's toughest test yet, as Kyshenko is a huge fighter for the 70kg weight class, often taking fights far above the weight limit. Kyshenko has been top 5 for some time now. He was one of the few top fighters that Giorgio had never faced.

Petrosyan simply outclassed Kyshenko, putting on a masterful performance. It was vintage Giorgio Petrosyan, living up to his moniker of "The Doctor." Giorgio's counter punches threw Kyshenko off for the whole fight, leaving the Ukrainian fighter based out of Mike's Gym clearly rattled at points. Even when the fight turned into clinch grappling, Giorgio still got the better of Kyshenko, who was much bigger and stronger and can bully opponents.

Easily the best part of Giorgio's performance was his movement. He had Kyshenko looking clueless at times, taking angles, moving in and out. Giorgio would out-manuevre Kyshenko to such a great extent a few times that he basically had Artur's back. He would move in, throw the straight left and move right back out before Kyshenko could even get a punch off, missing by miles at times.

I've seen a lot of people say that they're "not impressed" by Giorgio's performance or thought he "didn't look good." I think that's crazy. Giorgio Petrosyan just completely shut down a top 5 fighter in the world and made him look lost for a large portion of the fight. It was truly a masterful display of technical skills to completely stifle Artur Kyshenko.

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The live broadcast of the Fight Code/Oktagon event featuring Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko has just started from Italy. Part of the card will be broadcast and we'll be providing all the live results. Full fight card here.

The event is being shown on Dolce Sport in Italy.

Results:

Chingiz Allazov def. Bovy Sor Udomson by KO in Round 1.

67kg: Iulian Imeri def. Filip Hryeniewicki by unanimous decision.

85kg: Yoann Kongolo def. Davide Mosca by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 3.

72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny def. Cristian Milea by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 3.

72.5k: Mustapha Haida def. Hunkar Kilic by unanimous decision.

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Bruno Franchi by KO (Body Punches) in Round 1.

70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Artur Kyshenko by unanimous decision.

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The first Glory World Series event of the year takes place today in Moscow, Russia and it's a stacked card. With four MMA bouts and tons of good kickboxing action, you definitely don't want to miss this. Semmy Schilt returns to take on Brice Guidon, Errol Zimmerman fights Jerome Le Banner, Sergei Kharitonov fights Mark Miller and much more.

We'll be providing live results as they happen. For the full fight card, click here. For the guide on how to watch, click here. I'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia talking about the fights.

MMA:

Murad Machaev def. Cesario di Domenico by decision.

Gasan Umalatov def. Anatoly Safronov by Submission (Guillotine) in Round 1.

Ilir Latifi def. Denis Bogdanov by Submission (Americana) in Round 1.

Ruslan Magomedov def. Ricco Rodriguez by decision.

Kickboxing:

Nieky Holzken def. David Kyria by unanimous decision.

Dzhabar Askerov wins by split decision in an extra round.

Jamal Ben Saddik def. Vitaly Oparin by TKO in Round 1.

Ali Cenik def. Sergej Maslobojev by decision.

Zabit Samedov def. Igor Jurkovic by unanimous decision.

Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by unanimous decision.

Sergei Kharitonov def. Mark Miller by KO (Right Straight) in Round 1.

Errol Zimmerman def. Jerome Le Banner by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1.

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