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Get Caught Up on Fight Code's Dragon Series Tournament

If for some reason you've missed out on the Final 16 for Fight Code's "Dragon Series" tournament, their 72.5kg tournament featuring names like Sudsakorn, Armen Petrosyan, Giorgio Petrosyan and Dzabar Askerov, you are in luck. Fight Code has released a video breaking down the Dragon Series tournament's Final 16 stage, including brief highlights of the first round as well as the tournament brackets heading into the Final 8.

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Robert van Nimwegen vs. Frank Pareces on It's Showtime May 21st Event

Ifrankparecesrobertnimwegent's Showtime recently updated their card for the May 21st event in Amsterdam with a -65kg bout. Dutch fighter Robert van Nimwegen who trains out of the Loek's Gym under Peter van Os takes on Peruvian Frank Pareces. van Nimwegen has fought in It's Showtime a few times before, owning a 1-3 record in the promotion. He's also fought notables Mosab Amrani and Fabio Pinca. Pareces, who recently fought in the WMC I-1 Muaythai World Grand Prix 2011 on April 21st has fought and trained all over the world, including living in Russia and Thailand. These two aren't very well known but this should make for some exciting action in the -65kg division.


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Rankings In Thailand

                                                                  

 

 

 

Minimum weight (not over 105 lbs.)

Champion: Macky Sor.Suriyannumchok
  1. 1. Dung Sor.Plernjit
  2. 2. Dedkart Por.Pongsawang
  3. 3. Prajanchay Por.Petnumtong
  4. 4. Phetmorakot Wor.Sungprapai
  5. 5. Phetsakon F.A.Group
  6. 6. Noomtedsabarn T.S.N.Motor
  7. 7. Nguen Jitmuangnont
  8. 8. Nongbonlek Kaiyanghadaogym
  9. 9. Kotee Sitnumkabuan
  10. 10. Tee-US Kor.Rajada

These aren't Lumpini, or Rajadamnern Stadium rankings, just rankings as a whole by voters in Thailand. Rankings taken from muaythai2000.com

 

Light-flier weight (not over 108 lbs.)

Champion: Siangmorakot Tawan
  1. 1. Khunsuk P.N.Gym
  2. 2. Lomtalay Sitzorauang
  3. 3. Jomvo Kor.Saklampoon
  4. 4. Songkom Sakhomsin
  5. 5. Wanchai Sor.Kittisak
  6. 6. Wanheng Meenayotin
  7. 7. Palangphon Chuwatana
  8. 8. Siangphet Sor.Sarawuth
  9. 9. Thelek Wor.Sungprapai
  10. 10. Newwangjan Pakonponsurin

Flier weight (not over 112 lbs.)
Champion: Empty
  1. 1. Superbank Sakchaichote
  2. 2. Mondam Sor.Weraphon
  3. 3. Kamlaiyok Kor.Romsritong
  4. 4. Mongkonchai Skindewgym
  5. 5. Lamnummoon Sakchaichote
  6. 6. Sailomnoi Teded99
  7. 7. Prakytong Sitnoi
  8. 8. Hongtonglek Chor.Farpiansee
  9. 9. Aikmongkon Kaiyanghadaogym
  10. 10. Trakoonphet Tanasakkonsong
Super-flier weight (not over 115 lbs.)
Champion: Phetpanomrung Kiatmoo9
Protect the title on On Tuesday 8, December 2009 by Winning over Chartshynoi Sor.Prasobchock by point at Lumpinee Stadium.
  1. 1. Chockprecha Kor.Sakooncher
  2. 2. Looknimit Singklongsi
  3. 3. Nueangthep Eminentair
  4. 4. Farsawang Thor.Siangtiannoi
  5. 5. Yodvicha Por.Boonsit
  6. 6. Wanchalong Sitzornong
  7. 7. Yodkunphon Sitmonchai
  8. 8. Thongchai Sitthongsak
  9. 9. Singsuriya Alloysrinakorn
  10. 10. Ponmongkon K.T.Gym

Bantam weight (not over 118 lbs.)
Champion: Kungwanlek Petyindee
  1. 1. Phetaik Look Bor.Kor.
  2. 2. Ponsawan Lookprabaht
  3. 3. Kaimukdam Chuwatana
  4. 4. Nongbeer Chokngarmwong
  5. 5. Pajonsuek Por.Pramook
  6. 6. Kaotam Lookprabath
  7. 7. Kwankao Chor.Rajapatsadu-Esarn
  8. 8. Wanchailek Kiatphukham
  9. 9. Banluedej Sor.Prasobchock
  10. 10. Rungphet Wor.Rungnirun
Super-bantam weight (not over 122 lbs.)
Champion: Empty
  1. 1. Tingtong Siangsawangphanpla
  2. 2. Chartshynoi Sor.Prasobchock
  3. 3. Rungruanglek Lookprabath
  4. 4. Seksun Or.Kwanmuang
  5. 5. Ritidej Wor.Wanthavee
  6. 6. Rajaburilek Sor.Jitpattana
  7. 7. Palangtip Nor.Sripuang
  8. 8. Tong Puideenaidee
  9. 9. Yokphet Phetkasem
  10. 10. Denchiangkwan Lamtomgkarnpath

Feather weight (not over 126 lbs.)
Champion: Kongsak Sitboonmee
Title received on On Tuesday 24, August 2010 by Winning over Traijak Sitjomtrai(10) by point at Lumpinee Stadium.
  1. 1. Lekkla Tanasuranakorn
  2. 2. Sarm-A Thor Ratonakiat
  3. 3. Phetaik Kiatyongyuth
  4. 4. Phetthavee Sor.Kitichai
  5. 5. Kaimukkao Chuwatana
  6. 6. Wanchalerm Sitzornong
  7. 7. Kongsiam Tor.Pitakchai
  8. 8. Pokaew Fonjarngchonburee
  9. 9. Farsatarn Kor.Sapaotong
  10. 10. Singtongnoi Por Telakoon
Super-feather weight (not over 130 lbs.)
Champion: Empty
  1. 1. Janerob Sakhomsin
  2. 2. Jomtong Chuwatana
  3. 3. Saketdao Petpayatai
  4. 4. Saenchai Sinbimuaythai
  5. 5. Pakon Sakyothin
  6. 6. Noppakrit Namplatahoymuk
  7. 7. Rungjarat Chor.Koyuha-Isusu
  8. 8. Nong O. Sit Or.
  9. 9. Sitisak Petpayatai
  10. 10. Parnphet Chor.Na Patalung

Light weight (not over 135 lbs.)
Champion: F16 Rajanont
Title received on On Tuesday 1, March 2011 by Winning over Arunchai Kiatpataraphan By Point at Lumpini Stadium.
  1. 1. Orono Wor.Phetpoon
  2. 2. Saksurin Cafefarsai
  3. 3. Singdam Kiatmoo9
  4. 4. Satarnpop Sit-Anupap
  5. 5. Phetboonchu F.A.Group
  6. 6. Tuantong Pumphanmuang
  7. 7. Yuthajak Kaewsamrit
  8. 8. Tukkatathong Phetpayathai
  9. 9. Desellek Phetsirigym
  10. 10. Arunchai Kiatpataraphan
Super-light weight (not over 140 lbs.)
Champion: Bagjo Grandfisk-Ubon
Title received on On Friday 3, September 2010 by Winning over Ekusung Kor.Rungtanakiat(8) by point at Lumpinee Stadium.
Next Protect the title March 3, 2011
  1. 1. Sitichai Sitsongpinong
  2. 2. Ekusung Kor.Rungtanakiat
  3. 3. Kriangkrai Tor.Silachai
  4. 4. Jaroenchai Auddonmuang
  5. 5. Lomesarn Sor.Chockkitchai
  6. 6. Superball Lookjaomaesaivaree
  7. 7. Yodkhunpon F.A.Group
  8. 8. Singmanee Tigermuaythai
  9. 9. Vinailek Por.Rangsun
  10. 10. Lampart Sor.Khamsing

Weather weight (not over 147 lbs.)
Champion: Thepsutin Phumpanmuang
Title received on On Tuesday 27, April 2010 by Winning over Kongfar Aooddonmuang(3) by TKO R.2 at Lumpinee Stadium.
  1. 1. Nopparat Kiatkhamton
  2. 2. Dernchonlek Sor.Sor.Niyom
  3. 3. Detrit Popthirathum
  4. 4. Aikpracha Meenayotin
  5. 5. Numpon P.K.Sterio
  6. 6. Saramchai 96Peenung
  7. 7. Chok Eminentair
  8. 8. Soodsakorn 13Congym
  9. 9. Tanongdet Siangsimeawgym
  10. 10. Bovee Sor.Udomson
Super-weather weight (not over 154 lbs.)
Champion: Empty
  1. 1. Kem Sitsongpinong
  2. 2. Moseth Thor.Siangtiannoi
  3. 3. Prakysiang Sit Or.
  4. 4. Sirimongkon Sit-Anupap
  5. 5. Chanachai Kaewsamrit
  6. 6. Saiyok Phumpanmoung
  7. 7. Anom Topkingboxing
  8. 8. Lamsongkarm Shuwattana
  9. 9. Omsinlek Sitjekan
  10. 10. Nonzai Sor.Seanyakon

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Brent on Nick Diaz in Boxing: Michael David Smith Is Clueless

This is just another throw together thing after reading a stupid tweet.

"21-0 Alfonso Lopez will get $40K to fight Kelly Pavlik. Does Nick Diaz seriously think he could get 5x as much boxing?"

MMAFIGHTING's Michael David Smith posted that on his twitter account yesterday, and fellow MMAFIGHTING writer Ben Fowlkes retweeted and agreed with Smith.

Does Michael David Smith seriously think he knows what he's talking about?

The Kelly Pavlik vs. Alfonso Lopez fight is on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley PPV event tomorrow night. An event promoted by Bob Arum! Since when does Bob Arum give a flying fuck about quality undercards? He's intentionally paying as little as possible to get a name Like Arce on the undercard because he's a Mexican warrior and will get some more buys in Mexico. Same goes for Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico. Is Arce vs. Vazquez a great fight? Not at this point in Arce's career, but its a fight made for a couple hundred thousand dollars that will help get a few more buys.

There's a reason why Alfonso Lopez is making $40,000, and its because literally nobody knows who he is, nor do they care to see him fight. He's simply an opponent to get Kelly Pavlik back on track.

Arce, Vazquez, and Pavlik will help bring in some PPV revenue, but only a small amount in comparison to what Pacquiao will do. Its all about the main event, and Manny Pacquiao. People aren't buying this to see Alfonso Lopez, they're watching to see Manny Pacquiao clobber an over the hill Shane Mosley.

When Nick Diaz fights Jeff Lacy later this year, will people be interested? Yes, and Nick Diaz will make more in that fight than he does in MMA. $1,000,000, or close to 5X what he gets in MMA? Maybe, maybe not. But he WILL make more than $175,000. People from both sides will want to see this fight, and even the elusive and rare fight fan will be watching.

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Fikri Ameziane Steps in to Face Daniel Ghita on May 14th

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Many of us were looking forward to seeing Daniel Ghita and Anderson "Braddock" Silva clash but unfortunately it's been announced that Silva is out of the match. Never fear though, as It's Showtime just announced on their Twitter that Fikri Ameziane from the Siam Gym has stepped in to fill the void. The 21 year old steps in on 8 days notice and faces a tall order in one of the top fighters in the world at heavyweight, Daniel Ghita. It's a win-win situation for Ameziane. If he wins, it's a huge upset and he'll be catapulting himself right into the mix of the top heavyweights in the world of kickboxing. If he loses, his stock doesn't go down at all. If anything, he gains more respect for taking this fight on such short notice.

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Big Card in France on June 4th

By Rian Scalia

French promotions La Nuit Des Challenges and Explosion Fight Night will come together on June 4th in Lyon, France to put on a stacked card featuring many big names in the kickboxing world. The theme of the card is Team Nasser K against the world. For those who aren't familiar with Team Nasser K, it's one of best kickboxing teams in all of Europe. Housing names suchs as It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui and his brother Houcine, Fabio Pinca, Yohan Lidon, Abdallah Mabel and many more. Top that off with 8 Full Muay Thai Rules Super Fight bouts and you've got a stacked card.

Fabio Pinca, winner of last year's Isuzu Thai Fight Tournament takes on WMC World Muaythai -135lb Champion, Saenchai Sor Sinbi (formerly known as Saenchai Sor Kingstar) in a rematch of their fight from 2007. Saenchai was able to take a unanimous decision win over Pinca the first time they fought. Now Pinca will try to even up the scores to 1-1 a piece. French fighter Yohan Lidon takes on Kongjak Sor Tuantong in a rematch of their fight from last August, where Lidon had to stop fighting after a middle kick to the arm forced him unable to continue. Lidon will be making a quick turn-around after his It's Showtime 73MAX World Title fight against Marat Grigorian on May 14 in Lyon.

Other notables on the Super Fight portion of the card include 3 time opponent of Giorgio Petrosyan, Abdallah Mabel, Abderahmane Penda, Yuksel Aydin, Chanachai Kaewsamrit and Houcine Bennoui.

In the Explosion Fight Night portion of the card, a mini one night -71kg qualification tournament is being held. Mickael Piscitello takes on Mickael Lallemand while Ludovic Millett battles Hichem Chaibi on the other side of the bracket. The winner will qualify for a place at the Explosion Fight Night Final Tournament alongside Ahmed Zragua of Belgium and Kem Sitsongpeenong of Thailand. These bouts will be K-1 3x3 Rules.

The full fight card is as follows:

Super Fights (Full Muay Thai Rules 5x3)
Fabio Pinca VS Saenchai Sor Sinbi
Yohan Lidon VS Sor Kongjak Tuantong 
Abdallah Mabel VS Chanachai Kaewsamrit 
Abderahmane Penda VS Johane Beauserjour 
Yuksel Ayaydin VS Abderrahmane Coulibaly 
Issam Reghis VS Cheick Sidibe 
Houcine Bennoui VS Lakthai 
Nabil Elouissi VS Samir Amrouche

Explosion Fight Night Qualification Tournament Step 3 (K-1 Rules 3x3 -71kg):
Mickael Piscitello VS Mickael Lallemand
Ludovic Millett VS Hichem Chaibi

Note: Saenchai is not 100% confirmed for the card. Also many of these fighters are fighting on It's Showtime's May 14th card. Don't be surprised to see some withdraw from this event with injuries.

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Hesdy Gerges Officially Removed from May 21st It's Showtime Card

GergesThe hits keep on rolling, as we quickly approach It's Showtime's May 14th card and their May 21st card there have been a few notable changes, as we just reported, Anderson Silva had to pull out of his bout with Daniel Ghita for the 14th. We have more bad news for It's Showtime fans, as many will remember, Hesdy Gerges has found himself in some legal trouble of late, and has now been extradited to Belgium to be interrogated about his possible involvement with cocaine trafficking.

The bad news is that It's Showtime no longer believes that Gerges will be able to participate on their May 21 card. They have removed him from the official card line up on their website, and Simon Rutz confirmed on his Facebook account in response to a fan that Gerges is out for the time being. This leaves It's Showtime without their main event for the card, but Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Mohamed Khamal is a great bout that could easily fill in for the absence of Hesdy Gerges on the card.

We'll keep you updated on any further updates for It's Showtime's May 14th and May 21st cards and who will fill in what spot. Hopefully they find an opponent for Chris Knowles.

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Mark "Fightshark" Miller Asks if He is Famous

The Glory World Series on May 28th is rapidly approaching as U.S. fighter Mark "Fightshark" Miller prepares for his return fight against Nikolaj Falin. Miller has overcome many hurdles on the way to his comeback, from open heart surgery where he had a cadaver valve placed in his chest to replace his own faulty heart valve to losing his parents and brother in short order. For most people, this kind of crippling pain would be the end of the line, they'd give up on their dreams, but not for Miller.

Miller has worked hard at getting himself healthy, back into fighting shape and surrounding himself with good people to get his comeback in gear. 2011 is the year where things are coming together for Mark, as he finally has his comeback fight for the Glory World Series, Golden Glory's promotional arm. In his latest blog on MMAWeekly, Miller discusses this past weekend where he went to an invite-only dinner as the guest of television personality Anthony Bourdain and his wife.

On Sunday, I drove to Santa Barbara to see Anthony and genius chef Eric Ripert speak. Following their talk, I was invited by Ottavia to attend a small gathering, where I was to meet Anthony and Eric. I was a little excited. The brash honesty, not blunted, but accompanied by a good heart in Anthony was always a thing I thought would jive well with me. I wasn’t wrong.

After a few minutes of mingling and nibbling on tasty food, Anthony’s eyes caught mine and he gestured vehemently at me while mouthing “get your ass over here!” Anthony Bourdain knew who I was. Color me tickled.

He asked about the comeback, and we chatted honestly about the fight, about Russia, about his fantastic MMA enthusiast wife, all the while Shelby stood, shuffling her feet and looking nervous, as she is a serious fan of Eric Ripert.

After chatting with them for a while, I invited him to the fight (should he find himself in Russia), posed for a photo, which he asked for (again, color me tickled), and shook the big man’s hand.

Read more of Mark's blog including a guilt-by-association moment and him reflecting on what it means to be famous. [source]

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Photo of the Day: UFC's Stefan Struve Training With Daniel Ghita

Here is a photo of UFC's Stefan Struve sparring with K-1 and It's Showtime fighter Daniel Ghita. Our friends AFAV are following Struve, documenting his training for his next UFC fight at UFC 130 against Travis Browne. Ghita is also preparing for a fight against Anderson "Braddock" Silva at It's Showtime Lyon on May 14. [source]

Struve/Ghita

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The Return of Badr Hari: A Look at Badr vs. Alistair Overeem, 2009 WGP Semi-Finals

Badr/ReemOver the past week we've taken a look at some of the fights from Badr Hari's 2009, the year after his meltdown in the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals against Remy Bonjasky and his loss to Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! in K-1 rules. 2009 was Badr Hari's year for redemption, where he looked to avenge past losses and finally capture the K-1 World Grand Prix Title. He was poised to take over the world at this stage.

Entering into the Semi-Finals of the tournament, Badr Hari had already made short work of Ruslan Karaev in the Quarterfinals earlier that night. He was walking into a big rematch for himself, and a bout that a lot was on the line for Badr himself as well as the K-1 world. At the time, Alistair Overeem was billed as a MMA fighter "invading" K-1 for storyline purposes. His interviews were following the same narrative; he was a MMA fighter and he would prove that MMA was stronger than K-1. For Badr Hari, he was embarrassed in 2008 against Overeem after shaming himself by getting disqualified in a fight that he could have still won.

The Badr Hari that entered the ring against Overeem was a determined fighter, with his eyes not on revenge but on winning the K-1 World Grand Prix. The often-emotional "Bad Boy" was composed during this fight, taking on Overeem's great timing and clinch work with aggression and technical combinations. The fight opens up with Overeem's trademark at the time; clinching and sweeping Badr onto his back. A move like that would score him points in Muay Thai competition or be a takedown in MMA, but in K-1 rules it is just an annoyance. He used this technique throughout 2009 to frustrate his opponents and prevent them from getting their rhythm.

Overeem's movement frustrates Hari during the round, as Hari goes head hunting only for Overeem to time them and move out of the way and clinch before Badr finds an opening and lands a few body shots. Overeem continued to clinch while Badr was finishing his combinations with body shots that connected until Overeem made his first big mistake; throwing Badr Hari into the corner. Literally just throwing him into the corner, giving Badr a few moments to regain his composure and pick himself up. Much like we've seen in the past with Badr, if you plant him to the mat, he gets up and looks to take your head off. Overeem threw a left hook that Badr was able to time perfectly and slip a right hook of his own in that landed square on the temple. Overeem stayed on his feet until another quick, short right planted him face first.

Badr smelled blood at this point, and emotions were running high for both men. Overeem knew he was in trouble and Badr Hari wanted to keep good on his promise of knocking him out in under 3 minutes. Badr Hari swarmed at Overeem with rights and lefts, with the odd body shot to throw off Overeem's rhythm and leave an opening. Badr went for a head kick but overshot it, leaving his leg in Overeem's possession for Overeem to plant him on the mat. Hari followed up using the same combination of throwing a series of lefts and rights and finishing with a right body shot and what finally put Overeem out of the tournament was that combination with a left head kick at the end sending Overeem crashing into the corner.

For Badr Hari he had overcome yet another demon of his past, and left him heading into the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals against Semmy Schilt, the fighter that he had made short work of earlier in the year. Things were finally looking to fall into place for Badr Hari. Catch the video of the fight after the break.

Badr Hari returns on May 14th at It's Showtime Lyon against Gregory Tony after a year layoff. This series we are doing, "The Return of Badr Hari" looks back at the moments that led to Badr Hari's meltdown and time spent in jail, leading to his one year layoff from the world of kickboxing. The next one will cover the Semmy Schilt rematch from the Finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009.

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