A few noteworthy results from this weekend:
Kicking off the weekend was Kings of Kombat 3 in Australia. The show was originally slated to be headlined by Paul Slowinski vs. Peter Graham, but Slowinski had to drop out due to injury and was replaced by Andre Meunier. In the end, it was the K-1 veteran Graham who was victorious, stopping Meunier in the 3rd with leg kicks. The semi-main event was another clash involving K-1 names, as 2010 Oceania GP champ Ben Edwards faced Carter Williams. Edwards took the majority decision in a close fight. One other result from this show - in a fight of great interest to local fans, Steve Moxon defeated Jordan Tai by majority decision in a fight that sounds like a must see. At the show they also announced early details for Kings of Kombat 4 in August: headlining the event will be the rescheduled Slowinski vs. Graham fight, along with a rematch between Edwards and Williams, plus Errol Zimmerman vs. an opponent yet to be determined.
In France, the big event was Explosion Fight Night vol. 3. When this show was announced some time ago, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee was slated to appear as part of a 4 man tournament, however, Sudsakorn ended up not taking part in the event as the 71kg tournament was cut. In the main event, Aiello Batonon defeated Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn via majority decision. Also on the card, Xavier Bastard won over David Macintosh via unanimous decision, and Hocine Bennoui won a 4 man 65kg Muay Thai tournament.
Finally, a pair of MMA notes from the weekend. In Strikeforce, K-1 veteran Scott Lighty took part in the latest Challengers event. Best known to K-1 fans for his 2005 Vegas Grand Prix run, Lighty has put together impressive 6-1 record since making the switch from K-1 to MMA. However, he hit a bump in the road here as the former kickboxer was soundly defeated by Lorenz Larkin. And in Bellator, the man who upset Andy Souwer, 2010 Shootboxing S-Cup finalist Toby Imada was back to his MMA roots. He was defeated by Patricky Freire via TKO in round 1.
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.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.