You might've not known, but on Saturday, Chris Ngimbi returned to the ring after losing to Harut Grigorian at It's Showtime in January. Ngimbi was coming off two losses in a row so he definitely wanted to rebound with a win. His opponent was Gregory Choplin, the Frenchman who had also competed in It's Showtime in the past.
On paper it seemed like a winnable fight for Ngimbi. In the end, he lost a decision to Choplin but it wasn't without some controversy. The fight was under K-1 rules but according to Ngimbi, Choplin was constantly clinching and holding which isn't permitted when excessive under K-1 rules. The It's Showtime 70kg champ has this to say about the fight:
"Yesterday the French juries chose to let me lose by point. It's a disgrace since we agreed on fighting on K1 rules and my opponent only clinched during the whole fight. I was extremelly motivated and It's should have been a better fight if he also wanted to fight instead of only hanging on me. But up to the next fight .....thanks all for your support!!!"
Ngimbi even posted a picture of Choplin holding on to him, which can be seen below. Choplin has been known to do this in the past. I can remember he would do this a lot in his It's Showtime fights. He's just more of a Muay Thai fighter than a K-1 rules fighter.
It's Showtime fighter Yavuz Kayabasi also picked up a win on the card with a stoppage over Samir Djabba. Djabba will be fighting Andy Ristie on It's Showtime's June 30 card.