Two big kickboxing shows this weekend to report on:
United Glory hosted the semi-final rounds of their World Series of Kickboxing and MMA tournaments this weekend. On the kickboxing side of things, in the first semi-final, JLB teammate Brice Guidon defeated Mourad Bouzidi via KO in the 2nd round. I have not yet found any footage from this fight, but it's an impressive win as Bouzidi is both a solid fighter and very tough to stop. In semi-final #2, tournament favorite Gokhan Saki (pictured) took a unanimous decision win over Wendell Roche. Another powerful, leg kick heavy performance from Saki in this one, although Roche put up a game fight, particularly in the 3rd round. With those wins, the final is set: Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon. That is scheduled from some time in May, though could very easily be delayed. Saki will remain the favorite, but Guidon is a tough fighter, with a 2010 win over top 10 Hesdy Gerges. He'll definitely make this a good final, and has it in him to pull off the upset.
Only partial results are available for the rest of the card, as United Glory is known to shuffle their line-ups considerably at the very last minute. In more kickboxing action, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, and Robin van Roosmalen were all victorious against unknown opponents. Not much is known here, except that Zimmerman apparently broke the arm of his opponent - we'll have more details on that incident plus all these fights as soon as we can. Finally, in the MMA tournament, both UFC veterans lost, as Siyar Bahadurzada defeated John Alessio, and Tommy Depret defeated Roan Carneiro. Siyar and Depret will meet in the MMA finals on that same May show.
The other big event was over in Romania, where SuperKombat and WAKO-Pro presented an event billed as Romania vs. Italy. In a rematch from the 2010 K-1 Europe GP finals, Freddy Kemayo once again defeated Sebastian Ciobanu, this time via extra round decision. Romanian site Kombat.ro is saying there was some controversy surrounding that decision, though take that with a grain of salt as they tend to really favor their local fighters. Dzevad Poturak also took a decision win over Ionut Ifitmoaie, while Catalin Morosanu defeated Yuksel Ayadin, again via decision. On the undercard, the hyped Stoica brothers were both triumphant, as Andrei Stoica defeated Alex Rossi, and Bogdan Stoica took out Levio Ramoni, both via decision. Full results here.
Next weekend, the show to watch is It's Showtime Brussels with their 61kg title on the line. There was a NJKF show also scheduled that was to feature Tetsuya Yamato, but that show has been postponed to May 21 in light of the disaster in Japan.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
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