|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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.
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.
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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.Add a comment
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.
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.Add a comment
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.
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.
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.
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Krush.17 took place yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by 70kg champion Kenta's first defense of his title against Yasuhiro Kido, as well as super fights Masaaki Noiri vs Cedric Peynaud and Koya Urabe vs Kizaemon Saiga, and the second round of the Krush -63kg WILDRUSH League.
In the main event, Yasuhiro Kido got revenge in his rematch with Krush 70kg champ Kenta, scoring a spinning backfist KO at 1:28 of the second round. Kido (27-13-1, 13 KO) appears to have started off very strong, using his length and step-up knees to hurt Kenta (23-10-3, 8 KO). He carried that momentum to the second round, where he landed a huge spinning backfist that Kenta tried to get up from, but could not, earning Kido his second high-profile KO in the past 6 months, as he stopped Shintaro Matsukura back in December with the same spinning backfist. Kido is now on a 3-fight win streak, all by KO, and has won 7 of his last 8, with the sole loss coming to Kenta, and has re-established himself as a top Japanese fighter at 70kg after his struggles in 2009 and 2010. Kenta is now on a 3-fight losing streak, as he lost to Yuya Yamamoto after defeating Kido in last year's K-1 MAX Japan Tournament, then lost his return fight to TOMOYUKI last month. I wouldn't be surprised if his next fight is a bounce-back against a lower-tier fighter as he's gone from the top of the pack to the middle in less than a year.
In the co-main event, Krush Supernova tournament winner Masaaki Noiri got his first taste of foreign competition and won a tough decision over WKA Super Lightweight champion Cedric Peynaud on scores of 30-28 and 29-28(x2). Noiri (12-2-0, 5 KO) seems to have struggled a bit early, but Peynaud (71-9-2, 45 KO) was unable to capitalize due to Noiri's defense, and Noiri was able to take over with his diverse offensive arsenal. After the fight, Noiri stated he wanted an ISKA World Title shot, so if his wish is granted he'll most likely face 63kg champ Thomas Adamandopoulos, who defeated Keiji Ozaki in Krush last year to claim the ISKA world title. The win was Noiri's 6th straight.
In a 63kg fight, Koya Urabe snuck by Kizaemon Saiga, earning a majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2). It appears as though Urabe (17-3-0, 2 KO) had trouble finding Saiga (8-5-1, 1 KO) throughout the fight, but Urabe was the aggressor and earned a round on two judges' scorecards. This was Urabe's first fight back since being brutally KO'd by Masaaki Noiri in the Krush Supernova Tournament finals in December and until video comes out, it's hard to say whether Saiga is just a bad matchup, or if the defensively flawed Urabe was a little gun shy, as he has been in the past, and was unwilling to open up. Saiga was coming into the fight riding a 3-fight win streak, but again comes up short against the division's elite. It is unclear whether this fight will earn Urabe a title shot, as his performance doesn't seem to have been very impressive and champion Ryuji Kajiwara is his teammate, but Krush isn't the deepest organization and unless Krush pushes Noiri into a title fight, they have few options outside of Urabe until the WILDRUSH League is over. If Noiri doesn't get an ISKA or Krush title shot, I'd like to see him against Saiga, who would present an interesting and possibly difficult style matchup for Noiri.
In the 63kg WILDRUSH League, which will determine a 63kg title challenger, tournament favorites Hideaki Yamazaki and TaCa squared off in a rematch, with Yamazaki avenging his only pro loss with a unanimous decision on scores of 29-27, 30-27 and 30-26. Yamazaki (13-1-1, 6 KO) scored a knockdown in the opening round and commanded the rest of the fight. He is now at the top of the standings with 4 points, while TaCa drops down to second with his 3 points. In another WILDRUSH League fight, Hitoshi Tsukagoshi scored a knockout with a left hook over NOMAN at 44 seconds into the 3rd round in what seems to have been a pretty entertaining fight. Tsukagoshi (10-2-0, 6 KO) lost a decision to Yamazaki in the first leg of the WILDRUSH League, but is now in 2nd place with 3 points here while NOMAN has just 1 point from a 1st leg draw. In the final WILDRUSH League fight, Yukimitsu Takahashi fought to his second consecutive draw, this time against Naoki Terasaki on scores of 30-29 and 29-29(x2) in what appears to have been a very entertaining fight. Reports show both fighters landing hard and often and pictures show the faces of both fighters beat up. Takahashi (11-4-3, 4 KO) now has 2 points while Terasaki earns his 1st point after being knocked out by TaCa in the 1st leg.
Finally, in a 70kg fight, Shintaro Matsukura snapped a 3-fight losing streak with a dominant decision over Taisei Kondo on scores of 30-23 and 30-24(x2). Matsukura (5-4-0, 3 KO) upset Yuya Yamamoto in the opening round of the Krush 70kg tournament with a late knockdown, but lost in the semifinals in an entertaining fight with Yutaro Yamauchi. He went on to rematch Yamamoto in the 2011 K-1 MAX Japan tournament, then was knocked out by Yasuhiro Kido in December.
The WILDRUSH League standings are now:
1. Hideaki Yamazaki (2-0-0, 4 points)
2. TaCa (1-1-0, 3 points)
2. Hitoshi Tsukagoshi (1-1-0, 3 points)
4. Yukimitsu Takahashi (0-0-2, 2 points)
5. Naoki Terasaki (0-1-1, 1 point)
5. NOMAN (0-1-1, 1 point)
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La Nuit Des Titans is happening in Tours, France today and we've got live results for you.
Originally scheduled was Buakaw vs. Fabio Pinca but with the recent situation of Buakaw, current Lumpinee Stadium welterweight champion Aikpracha Meenayothin stepped in and presents an even tougher challenge for Fabio Pinca, one of the top non Thai nak muays. Also on the card is Buakaw's former (at least for the time being) stablemate, Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk who takes on French up and comer Ayoub El Khaidar. Last but not least, a four man tournament at 72.5kg featuring Fabio Pinca teammate Mickael Piscitello, Fares Bechar, Bird Kham and Super X.
If you want to watch live, you can order the online PPV from live.muaythaitv.com. Prices and how to watch are listed, with the price being $12.90 USD. It's already started but the main, professional fights haven't yet so be quick to join us watching.
Semi-Final #1: Mickael Piscitello def. Bird Kham by unanimous decision.
Good fight, although it was pretty dirty and had a lot of bad refereeing. Bird Kham had two points deducted during the fight, one for low blows which I don't think should've been taken away and one for a soccer kick while Piscitello was grounded. Piscitello dropped Bird Kham in the second round with an uppercut.
Semi-Final #2: Super X def. Fares Bechar by unanimous decision.
Super X started out dominating, then Bechar came back and turned it into a firefight. Bechar was dropped hard by a straight left as the firefight ensued in the first round. The second round was closer and Bechar was able to land some clean, hard punches when he pushed the fight but he didn't push it enough. Super X controlled the third to take a clear decision.
60kg: Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk def. Ayoub El Khaidar by decision.
Very good, close fight. It could've gone either way. El Khaidar is a fighter to look for in the future, he's young and he just did better against Pajonsuk than Karim Bennoui did. Surprised Pajonsuk got the decision in El Khaidar's home.
Final: Super X def. Mickael Piscitello by KO in Round 1.
Started competitive but Super X caught Piscitello with a short, inside punch then followed up with a few elbows and a knee to the body that had Piscitello out.
-68kg: Aikpracha Meenayothin def. Fabio Pinca by decision.
Good fight, Aikpracha was in control for all of it. Pinca landed some clean punches that didn't have much effect. Aikpracha landed more and was a lot more effective. Too bad they had to wear elbow pads.Add a comment
You should be watching this on GFL.tv for just $15, it is well worth it, but if you can't or won't, go ahead and keep your eyes on this space for updates on the card. David Bixenspan of BleacherReport.com is live at the event reporting for us, follow him on twitter at @DavidBix for live updates and photos from the event. Also follow @LiverKickdotcom for updates from me.
Brett Hlavacek (R1 - KO) Chris Clodfelter - Quick and brutal, with Hlavacek working the head kick early on with a little bit of luck before finding success from the clinch with a huge knee that hit the mark. He then swarmed and a few kicks put Clodfelter down, who decided he could not continue.
Eric Ruiz (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Anthony Demaio - Incredibly fun first round from both guys, with Demaio controlling the distance and fighting very smart, but Ruiz landed an awesome teep that pushed Demaio down and followed up with some great clinch fighting to close out the round. Round two saw Ruiz turn on the pressure and work his smart clinch. The big action came when he did a push kick that connected on the jaw of Demaio, but Demaio worked his hands and used his height to keep some distance. Round three was all Ruiz, working the clinch, teep and landing the big left hooks throughout. He wasn't able to finish him off, but he ran away with the fight in this round.
Sean Hinds (Majority Draw) DeShawn Robinson - DeShawn Robinson looked good in the first round, which was pretty even, with DeShawn just landing a little bit more to take the round. The second round began the same, but Hinds began connecting with his hands and controlling the ring, getting his sea legs and starting to look really good, neutralizing Robinson's superior speed. The story of round three was Robinson catching leg kicks and sweeping Sean's legs out from under him, but Hinds came back big time scoring a knockdown which might be considered questionable. Robinson began to gas and Hinds swarmed him, landing some great clinch knees but unable to finish him.
Brian Collette (R1 - KO) Marcus Taylor - Collette came out fast looking for the finish, but it left him vulnerable to some attacks by Marcus in the ropes until the ref broke it up. It was a game of Collette avoiding the shots from Taylor before landing a huge knee and a right hand that put Taylor down. Taylor gets up, acts fine and then flops over onto the mat. Epic delayed KO.
Ryan Madigan vs. Rigel Balsamico - This fight was all Madigan. Madigan landing with his hands at will and puts Rigel down with a big knee. Rigel gets up and stalls for a while before continuing. A combo with his hands puts Balsamico down for a final time as he barely can stand, but still arguing he could continue. This is apparently Rigel Balsamico's last fight.
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In front of around 20 000 fans at the Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia today, Mirko Cro Cop took on Ray Sefo at the event hailed "Cro Cop Final Fight."
This was Cro Cop's first fight in Croatia since the year 2000 when he stopped Stuart Green. Despite being in K-1 at the same time period, they had never fought before. Both men are well past their prime and up their in age but it didn't stop the hype and anticipation of the fight from happening.
Both of them looked their age in the ring, not moving very well. They both landed some clean punches to the head but Cro Cop started to pull ahead in the second round. The fight started to become a clinchfest wih Cro Cop getting the better of it, landed uppercuts inside.
Cro Cop took the second and third on my scorecard and the judges must've seen it similarly, as he picked up the decision victory. Despite the moniker of "Final Fight," this was not Mirko's final fight and he's said himself he will continue kickboxing, even saying that he would like to fight in the K-1 World Grand Prix one last time.Add a comment
Cro Cop Final Fight goes down in Zagreb, Croatia today featuring Mirko Cro Cop taking on Ray Sefo in the main event. The entire card is stacked and features the likes of Daniel Ghita, Sahak Parparyan, Igor Jurkovic and more. We'll be providing live results right from the start and remember, this is not a play by play. If you don't know how to watch, there are a few options. In the US, you can watch on Fight Now TV or order the PPV on Direct TV. If neither of those options are available to you, you can order the PPV online on Ustream here. In Canada, you can watch on The Fight Network. In Romania, it's on Digisport 2. The event starts at 1PM EST/10AM PST. I'll be providing updates on Twitter at @rianscalia.
Miran Fabjan def. Ivan Posavec by unanimous decision.
Sahak Parparyan def. Toni Milanovic by decision.
Michael Duut def. Stefan Jelic by unanimous decision.
Agron Preteni wins by majority decision.
Mladen Kujundzic wins by decision in an extra round.
Mladen Brestovac wins by TKO (Injury) in Round 1.
Igor Jurkovic wins by majority decision in an extra round.
Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Head Kick) in Round 3.
Mirko Cro Cop def. Ray Sefo by decision.Add a comment