|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
After being delayed numerous times, the Thai Fight 2011 semi-finals finally took place today in Bangkok, Thailand. Two fights in each of the featured tournament weight classes, 67kg and 70kg, took place. Each participant had won previous fights in order to advance to the semi-finals.
Long time K-1 star Buakaw Por. Pramuk took on French fighter Mickael Piscitello. Piscitello actually held his own quite well until about halfway through the fight when Buakaw took over. Buakaw completely dominated the third round, knocking down Piscitello with a close elbow in the clinch before finishing the fight with another vicious elbow. He'll move on to the finals on December 18.
Fabio Pinca met Mosab Amrani at 67kg. As per usual, Amrani came out guns blazing in the first. Like Buakaw's fight, Pinca started to take over in the second when he hurt Amrani. The domination continued, as Pinca threw Amrani all over the place in the clinch, forced a standing eight count in the third and almost got a knockdown off a high kick. Pinca clearly won, but Amrani was very upset after the fight, spitting at Pinca's corner. When Pinca's cornerman offered Mosab water, Mosab smacked it out of his hand. I don't think we'll be seeing Mosab invited to compete at Thai Fight again.
Frank Giorgi and Abraham Roqueni met in a great fight at 70kg. Roqueni hurt Giorgio twice in the second round but was unable to finish him off. In the third, Giorgio came back and stole the fight, roughing up Roqueni in the clinch. Giorgio looked huge compared to Roqueni. He'll meet Buakaw on December 18 in the finals.
At 67kg, Kem Sitsongpeenong met Dongsu Kim. The fight was really a mismatch, as Kem toyed around with and dominated Kim for the whole fight. Quick results:
Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Mickael Piscitello by KO (Right Elbow) in Round 3.
Fabio Pinca def. Mosab Amrani by decision.
Frank Giorgi def. Abraham Roqueni by decision.
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Fight Code wraps up their Rhinos heavyweight tournament series today in Geneva, Switzerland. Competitors have won their way into the final and four of them remain. The four: Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo, Pacome Assi and Yuksel Ayaydin will battle it out in a one night tournament to determine the winner of the Fight Code Rhinos Tournament. Also on the card, two rematches form the last Fight Code event take place. Armen Petrosyan and Yuri Bessmurtny rematch, as well as Abdallah Mabel and Xu Yan.
You can watch the event live for free on www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is sign up.
Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #1:
Vitali Akhramenko def. Pacome Assi by Unanimous Decision. Very close fight. Akhramenko dominated the first round but Assi came back in rounds 2 and 3 and there could be a case made for him winning. Akhramenko's conditioning in this fight was very bad. Assi has improved immensely over the course of the year.
Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #2:
Freddy Kemayo def. Yuksel Ayaydin by Unanimous Decision. Great fight, non-stop action throughout. Pretty close and could've gone to an extra round.
Yoann Kongolo def. Hicham Zentari by TKO (Body Kick) in Round 2. Zentari had a granite chin but Kongolo got around that and finished him to the body. Kongolo is a beast.
Fight Code Dragons Final 8:
Yuri Bessmertny def. Armen Petrosyan by KO (Right Hook). Armen came out strong and looked like he hurt Bessmertny. Armen came at Yuri with full on offense and Yuri landed a counter hook, knocking him down. Armen got up and went at Yuri again, this time Yuri landed a vicious right hook. Armen got up but the referee waved off the fight.
Fight Code Dragons Final 8:
Abdallah Mabel def. Xu Yan by Unanimous Decision. Commentator is making a fuss about the decision just because Xu Yan was better in the third round and disregards anything that happened in the two rounds before.
Fight Code Rhinos Final:
Vitali Akhramenko def. Freddy Kemayo by decision. He wins $80 000 US.
Back on Wednesday RISE held RISE 85 which featured their heavyweight tournament, two title fights and two super fights featuring promotional champions. Usually I add a brief analysis with the results post, but I didn't want to make that post extraordinarily long. In the heavyweight GP, Singh "Heart" Jaideep won in the finals by KO over Makoto Uehara while Stefan Leko, Fabiano Cyclone and Mighty Mo were the victims of upsets in the opening round of the tournament. RENA managed to defeat Erika Kamimura in a very close fight, Kenji Kubo bested Dyki for the vacant Bantamweight title and RISE champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto picked up big wins over Sergio Wielzen and Son Hyun Lee, respectively.
Earlier today at JCB Hall, RISE held its 2011 Heavyweight tournament featuring the likes of Stefan Leko, Mighty Mo, Singh “Heart” Jaideep and Fabiano Cyclone, as well as its first women’s title fight in Erika Kamimura vs RENA, a superfight between Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama and Sergio Wielzen, a superfight between Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto and Son Hyun Lee and a Bantamweight title fight between Kenji Kubo and Dyki.
The quarterfinals of the heavyweight tournament featured three upsets. In a somewhat expected upset, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara beat up K-1 veteran Stefan Leko en route to a unanimous decision victory on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-26. Uehara scored a down in the third round, but was on his way to victory as he was all over Leko who had two fights just a week ago in the SuperKombat tournament. In another slight upset, WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano “Cyclone” Aoki received just his second loss since 2007, losing to Kyokushin karate fighter Jan Soukup by majority decision on scores of 29-28(x2) and 28-28. Cyclone appeared to do well throughout most of the fight, but fell victim to a down in the second round which cost him the fight. In the other half of the bracket, K-1 fighter and J-Network Heavyweight champion Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada by 2nd round TKO as a result of a cut caused by a knee. In the final quarterfinal bout, RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru was able to outland and outlast K-1 fighter Mighty Mo, scoring a 3rd round KO at 2:49 into the round.
In the semifinals, RISE HW champ Makoto Uehara continued his run, edging out Jan Soukup in an extension round on scores of 10-9(x3) after judges had determined the fight to be a majority draw after 3 rounds, with scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, Singh “Heart” Jaideep made short work of Raoumaru, scoring a 1st round KO at 1:39 with a knee strike.
In the finals, K-1 fighter Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara by 1st round KO to win the RISE Heavyweight tournament. The knockout capped off a great performance from Jaideep who finished off all three of his opponents and is now 2-0 against Uehara.
In the night’s co-main event, 2-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA defeated WPMF, WBC Muay Thai and WMC Light Flyweight champion Erika Kamimura by razor-close unanimous decision on scores of 47-46(x2) and 46-45 to become the first Queen of RISE. I believe the only thing keeping the fight from a draw is a pair of penalties for Kamimura and one for RENA, though it could have been one penalty each, I am not entirely sure.
In the night’s final title fight, former NJKF Flyweight champion Kenji Kubo, brother of Yuta Kubo, defeated RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki by 1st round KO at 1:35 to win the vacant RISE Bantamweight title.
In super fights, RISE Super Featherweight and Super Lightweight champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto won, with Komiyama defeating former It’s Showtime 61kg champ Sergio Wielzen by 1st round TKO and Yoshimoto edging out a win over top Korean Son Hyun Lee on scores of 29-28, 29-27 and 28-27. Lee started with a 1 point penalty for weighing in over the limit and another penalty was given in the fight for clinching, though I’m not sure to who. The Komiyama-Wielzen fight was stopped due to a cut.
Brother of Kosuke Komiyama, Yusuke Komiyama made his pro debut, fighting to a draw.
Quick Results after the break
It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez took to the ring on Saturday in Cordoba, Spain. His opponent was Portuguese fighter Ruben Almeida. Hernandez picked up a three round decision win after not fighting since June when he won the title.
Hernandez was originally supposed to fight on It's Showtime's November 12th card in Tenerife against Sergio Wielzen but was replaced by Carlos Reyes. The number one contender for Hernandez's title is Japanese fighter Masahiro Yamamoto, who earned the spot of number one contender with a win over Kan Itabashi. It doesn't look like Hernandez will be defending his title anytime soon, with only Jan. 28 being scheduled for It's Showtime at the moment. Hernandez rose to prominence from obscurity after defeating Karim Bennoui in one of the best fights of 2011 in June. [source]Add a comment
There is something to be said for SuperKombat completing their 2011 World Grand Prix series and doing so with a bang. It was an entertaining card that they put out with a lot of fights tailor-made for local fans in Germany as well as their hometown base of Romania. The final four fighters in their tournament were a whose who of top fighters in the Heavyweight division, with Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev. Not the biggest names in the world, but for up-and-comers ready to take that next step this is as good as a tournament as you could wish for.
Reserve: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO - R2) Benny Adegbuyi
WGP Semi-Final: Ismael Londt (Dec - Ext.R) Pavel Zhuravlev
WGP Semi-Final: Sergei Laschenko (TKO - R3) Erhan Deniz
Super Fight 70kg: Faldir Chahbari (Dec) Omar Amrani
Super Fight 72.5kg: Tevfik Sucu (Dec) Alviar Lima
Super Fight 70kg: Albert Kraus (KO - R2) Alexander Schmitt
Super Fight -88kg: Bogdan Stoica (TKO - R3) Dawid Baziak
Super Fight +88kg: Andrei Stoica (KO - R1) James Phillips
Super Fight +88kg: Catalin Morosanu (KO - R1) Patrick Liedert
WGP Final: Sergei Laschenko (KO - R1) Ismael Londt
Today SuperKombat held their first event of this week, hosting a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament along with a big single fight in Hesdy Gerges vs. Rico Verhoeven. As expected with heavyweights, there were some gassed out fighters, some slopfests and some huge knockouts.
Errol Zimmerman ran through the heavyweight tournament, stopping his first two opponents (Sebastien van Thielen and Stefan Leko) in the first round. In the finals, he brutally knocked out Roman Kleibil with a vicious high kick in the second round. Zimmerman seems to have regained his stride in 2011 after a bad 2010, albeit against a low level of competition. Still, it's good to see him back on track and it seems like he's taking fighting much more seriously now than last year.
Rico Verhoeven upset Hesdy Gerges in an outcome that not many saw coming. The whole fight was fought in close quarters, with Rico pressing and trying to impose his strength on Gerges. I personally thought Gerges won and I think either a Gerges win or extra round should've been the appropriate outcome. Hesdy landed cleaner and scored way more with low kicks while Rico mostly landed ineffective punches in close with some knees when they were tied up. Full results below:
Quarter Final#1: Ben Edwards vs Daniel Sam
Edwards wins by TKO Round 2
Quarter Final#2: Christian Colombo vs Roman Kleibl
Kleibl wins by UD
Quarter Final#3: Sebastian van Thielen vs Errol Zimmerman
Zimmerman wins by KO Round 1
Quarter Final #4: Tsotne Rogava vs Stefan Leko
Leko wins by Majority Decision in Extra Round
Tournament Reserve: Slavo Polugic vs Corneliu Rus
Rus wins by TKO Round 2
Superfight #1: Neil Cooke vs Alexandru Lungu
Lungu wins by KO Round 1
Semi Final#1: Ben Edwards vs Roman Kleibl
Kleibl wins by TKO Round 3
Semi Final#2: Errol Zimmerman vs Stefan Leko
Zimmerman wins by TKO Round 1
Superfight #2 Rico Verhoeven vs Hesdy Gerges
Verhoeven wins by Majority Decision
Superfight #3 Alex Tropimov vs Cosnel Pasniciuc
Tropimov wins by Majority Decision
Tournament Final: Roman Kleibl vs Errol Zimmerman
Zimmerman wins by KO Round 2
The Tatneft Cup has had a great season this year and it all came down to yesterday for the competitors in the final round. Each fighter in the finals had won three fights to get there. The final match-ups were Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov at 70kg, Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta at 80kg and Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus at +91kg. Also, all three final match-ups were six rounds of three minutes. Along with the finals, there were three single fights.
In the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov showed a much more controlled side of his game. He wore down Smirnov with low kicks, significantly hurting him to the legs in the second round. In the third, Askerov landed a right knee to Smirnov's face, sending him down. Smirnov got up but the fight was waved off by the referee.
In the 80kg final, two of the world's top fighters at the weight in Alexander Oleinik and Dmitry Shakuta engaged in a very measured contest. Both fighters were very tentative to commit to effective strikes. To me, Shakuta seemed to just land more with Oleinik not doing much for a large portion of the fight. Oleinik was effective when he did commit, but that was rare. Oleinik took a unanimous decision in a fight that could've gone to Shakuta.
In the +91kg final, Hicham Achalhi looked to be significantly outweighed by Dmitri Bezus. Bezus moved and stayed on the outside, landing shots for the first three rounds and Achalhi started to find a spot for his punches in the second half of the fight. Achalhi walked away with the unanimous decision in another fight that I thought could've gone the other way. If anything, Hicham could really do with dropping in weight. I could see him even fighting at 77kg (170lbs).
There was a single fight for each weight of the finals. In the 70kg match, Enriko Gogokhia got a unanimous decision over Philippe Salmon who he dropped in the second round. In the 80kg match, Hicham El Gaoui took a unanimous decision over Alexander Stetsurenko. El Gaoui has had a coming out party of sorts lately, scoring wins over Aussie and now Alexander Stetsurenko. Stetsurenko has dropped his last three fights, albeit against top competition. In the +91kg fight, Dzevad Poturak took a unanimous decision over Ricardo Soneca. The fight was a slugfest and Poturak was able to impose his power on the Brazillian opponent.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Philippe Salmon by unanimous decision.
80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Alexander Stetsurenko by unanimous decision.
+91kg: Dzevad Poturak def. Ricardo Soneca by unanimous decision.
Finals (6 rounds):
70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Maxim Smirnov by KO (Knee) in Round 3.
80kg: Alexander Oleinik def. Dmitry Shakuta by unanimous decision.
+91kg: Hicham Achalhi def. Dmitri Bezus by unanimous decision.
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French promotion Nuit Des Challenges returned with an event in Marseilles yesterday. The card featured bouts with K-1, Muay Thai and Full Contact Rules. Among the fighters featured on the card were Karim Bennoui, Thomas Adamandopoulos, Abdallah Mabel and Gregory Choplin.
Karim Bennoui faced off with Thomas Adamandopoulos in a clash of two of the top 61-63kg kickboxers in the world. Bennoui had won the It's Showtime 61MAX title in March over Sergio Wielzen before losing it to Javier Hernandez in June. Adamandopoulos had been on a roll this year, winning all six of his fights this year. The fight was scheduled for five rounds for the ISKA World CHampionship at 62.5kg. From what I've heard, it sounds like it was a really good fight. Karim Bennoui took the decision.
Abdallah Mabel met Gregory Choplin, another clash with two of France's best. They met at 72.5kg under Muay Thai rules. Abdallah Mabel took a decision. Karim Ghajji decisioned Sebastien Pace in a full contact fight, showing he can adapt to all three different rulesets. Another top French fighter Albert Chey took a decision over Olivier Moriano.
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Earlier today at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, M-1 held its second co-promotion with It's Showtime Japan headlined by two WPMF World Title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout and a fight with Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.
In the night's main event, rising star Genji Umeno captured his 8th straight win with a 1st round KO via elbow at 2:39 into the round over Dekkamon HimaraiGym to net him the WPMF World Super Featherweight title. This moves the 22 year old's record to 18-1(9 KO) and may move him up further in the Lumpinee Stadium rankings, where he currently sits ninth. Up next for Umeno is an exciting showdown with WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii on December 22nd. Should he get past Morii, I would assume he would begin to focus on capturing a Lumpinee Stadium title, which he may be able to do being in a relatively weak division.
In the co-main event, WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara upset WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk Weerasakreck with a 4th round TKO at 2:26 into the round to capture the WPMF World Lightweight title. This is a surprising result as Kanongsuk had been on an absolute tear lately, going 8-1 in his last 9 with wins over Rashata, Genki Yamamoto, Hiromasa Masuda and Satoshi Endo with his only loss to Kan Itabashi. Tsukahara was coming off of a loss to Masahiro Yamamoto back in August. Both fighters' futures are unknown at the moment, but both could find themselves fighting at the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival event.
In the night's last title bout, WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion TO-MA picked up the vacant WPMF Japan Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Takuma Ito on scores of 50-47(x2) and 50-46. The title belonged to Ichinohe Sota, though I'm not sure why he vacated it as his only fight since winning it back in April was a draw against Takuma Ito. Regardless, TO-MA has a few options going forward, as he could face Sota, Arashi Fujiwara in a rematch or recently crowned WBC Japan champions Ryuji Kato or Ryuya Kusakabe. For Ito it's back to the drawing board as he has 21 year old has recorded his only two blemishes on his record in the past 6 months. A matchup with recent WBC Japan title challengers Kojiro or Shuichi Uentsu would be a good test for Ito.
In the main non-title fight, renowned Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took longer than most would have expected to dispose of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi, with Saenchai finishing him off at 1:35 into the 4th round. I do not know how the fight went, but the result isn't too bad for Oishi who could have a future in K-1. For Saenchai it's a 5th straight win and puts him at 17-2 since the start of 2010.
Finally, in a #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Featherweight title, 5th ranked Yuji Umehara upset 2nd ranked Hiroki Nagashima with a 1st round TKO as a result of a cut. Umehara is now set to face current champion Yosuke Morii, however with Morii set to face Umeno on December 22nd and the way this fight ended, there could be a rematch between the two.Add a comment