|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)|
Both guys start off slow, but you can really see the reach of Kyshenko being used to his full potential early on. Drago is using inside leg kicks to get on the inside, but as soon as he does Kyshenko makes him pay for it. The second round starts off with more of the same, as Drago is attempting to apply more pressure but every time he comes inside Kyshenko's range he gets blasted. It should be noted that Kyshenko's lead leg is getting more and more red and beginning to swell up a bit. The right tactic for Drago is to keep working from the outside, but he keeps moving in for the left/right hook combo and gets tagged.
Going into the third round, Artur Kyshenko is up two rounds but Gago Drago is being Drago and moving forward and throwing with evil intentions looking to take him out. Kyshenko keeps a safe distance and tagging Drago when he comes inside. Now Kyshenko really starts lining Drago up and throwing high kicks and telegraphing Drago's kicks with teeps.
Drago throws a desperation back spin kick but it is too little too late as Kyshenko really picked Drago apart.
Kyshenko takes a Unanimous Decision as Drago takes the mic and apologizes and congratulates Kyshenko whose new camp has really, really made him shine.Add a comment
Roche takes the slow approach to moving forward at Ilunga, but Ilunga more or less is scoring at will throughout the first round. The blows he is landing with aren't going to knock Roche out, but they are scoring and he is moving in and out of the pocket at will while Roche looks very tentative. You can tell Ilunga works with Remy Bonjasky. I mean that.
Roche comes out throwing his hands looking to score and get Ilunga off balance, but Ilunga's movement is causing massive problems for Roche. Roche looks sluggish already and frustrated that he can't throw his hands. Roche is pushing him back, bu Ilunga's counter punching style is really lighting him up. The look on Roche's face as he comes out for the third round is that of a homicidal maniac. Frustrated and ready to unload. Sadly for him, Ilunga's elusive style keeps him from landing and opens Roche up for shots. Roche lands a fantastic right hand that stumbles Ilunga, but he does not follow through for some reason, most likely due to fatigue.
Ilunga's frustration of Roche is still apparent, and Ilunga is not looking to get bullied himself. Wendell gave a slight push to Ilunga, who came back and shoved him hard onto his ass. Roche is not listening to his corner and working his low kick, which he needs to do to slow dow the younger, quicker and smarter Ilunga.
Going into the fifth round Wendell Roches needs a knockout and he scores a big shot early on that seems to drop Ilunga, but he also shoved him so the refereee ruled it a slip. Ilunga is smart, pushing Roche and really making him work. Roche actually falls over after throwing a punch from exhaustion.
Danyo Ilunga, the German fighter who came in a practical unknown, best known for training with Remy Bonjasky walks away with a Unanimous Decision.Add a comment
The staredown between Diender and Belaini was beyond epic, with Belaini right in Diender's face and neither man backing down an inch. As soon as the first bell rings the hard and heavy shots come out. Diender goes for the flashier attacks throwing a few flying knees while Belaini keeps things fundamental. At one point he trips Diender and then literally tea-bags him, that is the kind of fight this is. Just when it looks like Belaini has the round Diender comes back and begins bullying him around.
Diender catches Belaini with a stiff left hook early in the second and follows up swarming Belaini who is able to cover up. Belaini is quickly in trouble again, in the corner as Diender rains down blows on him. The second round is all Diender.
The third round both men decide to go all out with Belaini realizing he is behind here and he throws his shots like he is trying to take Diender's head off. Diender responds in stride. Diender is controlling the fight here pushing Belaini to the ropesand making sure Belaini can't respond with his big hooks. Near the end of the round Diender is simply too tired to connect with a heavy enough shot to score a knockdown. Both men make the distance in what was a very good battle.
All five judges score the fight for William Diender and there was no doubt that he was the winner. Diender runs out and hugs Peter Aerts and hey, why not?Add a comment
The first round starts out with both men feeling each other out with some leg icks and keeping distance, with Chahid being th first to start throwing his hands. RVR pieces together some solid combinations to combat Chahid's fast hands. Chahid switches things up for most of the end part of the round ending combos with knees. The second roud shows more of the same, with timid combinations making it through. Very technical bout so far.
When the bell rings for the thir round both men have a fire lit from underneath them, as it has been an incredibly close fight so far. Both men decide to go for broke and really let things go with their hands. Chahid has the edge with his hands while Roosmalen is using his hands to set up his kicks. Roosmalen keeps himself planted in the middle of the ring with Chahid being bullied to the ropes for most of the round. Although Roosmalen is controlling the position, the shots Chahid hits with have devious intent.
It looked like the way Robin van Roosmalen cut off the ring could sway the judges, it could easily go to an extension round.
Oh wow, the judges have chosen a winner, and 4-1 score the fight for Robin van Roosmalen!Add a comment
Tonight at UFC: Sanchez vs. Kampmann we saw Diego Sanchez once again at Welterweight against Martin Kampmann. Kampmann, a Danish Muay Thai fighter-turned-MMA fighter who has rounded out his game considerably in MMA. Diego Sanchez saw mixed results at Lightweight, making his way to a fight with BJ Penn and being decimated, so badly that he refused to fight at Lightweight again. His return to Welterweight did him no favors, but he came into this fight with a win over Paulo Thiago and an uncertain future.
Kampmann came into the fight calm, collected and with a game plan. He was able to drop Diego Sanchez in the first round and in the second round was able to continually stuff Diego's takedown attempts and keep him at a distance with his jabs. Everything from his composure to stance were exactly what he needed to do in this fight.
Diego came into the fight looking soft, as UFC President Dana White so aptly pointed out on Twitter (how'd you like your boss with a million plus followers calling you fat?) and slow. He had next to no defense for Kampmann's striking and due to Kampmann's stance of keeping his front leg heavy, was nearly impossible to get a takedown, which he needed.
In the third round Kampmann broke his hand and was unable to piece together combinations, which meant Diego was able to swarm Kampmann with wild, looping hooks, connecting once in a while. The problem was, whenever he backed off, after maybe connecting a wild shot or two, Kampmann was able to score at will against Diego. This was the story of the night. Kampmann won all of the exchanges with crisp striking while Diego simply threw like Leonard Garcia.
Amazingly enough, the judges all scored the fight 29-28 for Diego Sanchez. The question is; why? Ariel Helwani on the post-fight show makes the point that many of us were making on Twitter, that judges see the aggression and think that means they are winning the fight. We've seen Leonard Garcia get a few "gifted" decisions, and now this fight falls right in line.
As an avid kickboxing fan, this fight was very cut and dry; a knockdown as well as clear connections against wild shots that were being deflected. As a MMA fan, it was even more cut and dry; a knockdown as well as clear connections and stuffing every takedown. It doesn't help that Dana White on Twitter after the fight says that Diego "clearly" won the fight. This was the second decision against Kampmann in a row that was disputed by fans and analysts. To me, that speaks volumes about the mythical bad MMA judging that we all often speak about.
The argument used to define poor MMA judging has usually been that judges do not understand grappling and come from a boxing background. At this point, I argue that they also do not understand striking. The criteria for the judging is fine, it is the lack of knowledge that holds the sport back and gives us piss poor decisions. The amount of times I hear Joe Rogan quote poor judging on UFC shows is just astounding.
I'll toss this out here; if you are a professional judge and want to learn more about striking, contact me, and I'll help you as well as point you in the direction of those that can help you. I'm being serious.Add a comment
Shootboxing kicked off its 2011 season last night with "Act 1." The main event was a rematch between two Shootboxing legends in the way of Hiroki Shishido and Bovy Sor. Udomson. Bovy took a KO win over Shishido in 2009, so on the 19th Shishido was looking for some revenge. Shishido was coming off of two losses and a win here was a big deal for him, as he took all five rounds against Bovy to seal the victory and kick off 2011 the right way. After the bout, Bovy claimed that 2011 would be his last year competing, and that he wants to finish out his career in Shootboxing.
The semi-main event saw more MMA crossover for Shootboxing, as Kuniyoshi Hironaka tried his hand at Shootboxing against Satoru Suzuki. Suzuki made short work of Hironaka, knocking him out with a big right hook in the first round to end it. Hironaka fights for Cage Force and was able to at least score a takedown during the bout, but there is no ground work in Shootboxing, so when it was time to get back up to their feet it was curtains for the grappler against the former boxing champion. This win was important for the former boxer, whose kickboxing career was not exactly on the right track before.
There was more MMA crossover for the show, as SRC fighter Shigeki Osawa made his way to the Shootboxing ring to take on Hiroaki Suzuki. You might remember Suzuki from his previous Shootboxing bout against Mitsuhiro Ishida, and this fight saw more of the same as Osawa is a wrestler and was able to score some points with his grappling, but the hands and feet of Suzuki were too much for him to compete with. Osawa proved he was tough, though, and held on for the full five rounds to drop the decision.
So now we look forward to April 23, where Shootboxing has announced that the next card will be a big one. There are three fighters announced for the card, including Shootboxing Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Ryuya Kusakabe, Girl's S-Cup Champion RENA and 3-time S-Cup Champion Andy Souwer will all be in action. The inclusion of Souwer and RENA on one card is huge, showing that Shootboxing doesn't plan on winding down any time soon. [source]Add a comment
The #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.
Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.
Check the full entry for the rough footage.
Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes. Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.
With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.
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Tonight was a night of upsets, in a way, as Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko, two men who met a few years ago in Affliction to see who was the best Heavyweight outside of the UFC, both fell in dramatic fashion and we might see both of their careers come to a halt. The insanity really doesn't stop there, as Battle in the Desert, promoted by Lion Fights in Primm, Nevada went down tonight, where highly-regarded Muay Thai practitioner, Kevin Ross was going into his bout with Sittisak Por Sirichai as the favorite.
The bout was an even one that saw Sittisak come out on top in a Split decision that it sounds like could have gone either way.
The other big upset was Malaipet met Michael Mananquil in a rematch where he was seen as the early and big favorite for the WMC Welterweight Championship. Mananquil pushed the paced early on in the fight, but in the second round was met with a hook to the jaw that sent him crashing to the mat for an 8-count. Mananquil came back gracefully from the knockdown and proceeded to win the next three rounds, giving him the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds to Malaipet's one round, the second.
Mananquil walked away from the bout as the new WMC International Welterweight Champion and Malaipet walks away a little bit more humble in defeat.
The night also saw Coke Chunhawat stop Scotty Leffler after Leffler couldn't answer the bell after the second round, Remy Bonnel score a TKO in the third over Singsiri Por Sirichai and more. For the full results head to Muay Thai Authority who were live for the event.Add a comment
Fedor is a name that is spoken amongst MMA fans as if he were royalty, his dominance in the sport has not been emulated, even slightly. So to say that him fighting in the US again is a big deal is an understatement, to say that him in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP, well, it is even bigger. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has sharpened his skill in Japan and EliteXC and two wins in Strikeforce.
In a way, the popularity of this tournament depends on Fedor Emelianenko moving forward in the tournament, but Antonio Silva is a tough opponent for any heavyweight in 2011.
The first round saw your standard Fedor action, where Fedor worked his quick hands and Silva's gameplan was to hold Fedor against the cage, using his size and strength to his advantage. The second round saw what many thought was the impossible happen, as Silva completely dominated Fedor on the ground. Ground and pound and a few near-choke attempts against Fedor. Fedor was able to persevere through most of the brutalizing and show us exactly what Fedor has done dozens of times before; tire out a bigger opponent before he makes his comeback.
Then one of th drawbacks to fighting in the United States hit us in between rounds; Fedor's right eye was swollen shut and the ringside doctors and ref, Dan Murgliotta decided that the eye was too bad for Fedor to continue, and called off the bout right after the third round. Bigfoot Silva has become the third man to hold a win over Fedor, and the second man to hold a win that fans will dispute for years.
Antonio Silva goes on to meet the winner of Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum, and the future for Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski are unknown after tonight. Fedor discusses retirement post-fight, and fans' hearts everywhere are breaking, while Dana White is smiling and saying, "that guy was never that good."Add a comment
Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, sure it was from an era that is not well known for UFC's Heavyweight division, but to question if Arlovski was "legit" or not is a bit, well, ridiculous. He reigned supreme over UFC's division while Fedor reigned over Japan. Sergei Kharitonov has some legitimate wins from PRIDE and has competed in K-1 over the past few years, so a battle between Kharitonov vs. Arlovski is a fight that we've been waiting to see for a while, and it's happening in Strikeforce.
Arlovski comes in staring down the barrel of a long, three-fight losing streak (Fedor, Rogers, Silva), while Kharitonov hasn't faced top competition at Heavyweight in the past few years and won. Both men have a lot to prove on the world level here tonight, and this could make or break a career. Arlovski starts off strong and uses his movement and hands, but Kharitonov was patient and waited for his moment and struck, hard, swarming on Arlovski and not stopping until Arlovski was on the ground, knocked out cold.
This is Arlovski's fourth KO loss in a row, and one has to believe that he'll be dejected by this and there will be a lot of questions about his career.Add a comment