Today, It's Showtime ventures into Madrid for their sixth event of the year. Among the names on the card are Tyrone Spong, Gago Drago, Murthel Groenhart and It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui just to name a few. We'll be providing live results here at Liverkick.com. For live play by play of the event, check us out on Twitter, @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia.
The event goes live at 3PM EST/12PM PST. You can order the event for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network at the same time.
The full line up:
Zeben Diaz vs. Yavuz Kayabasi
Zeben Diaz wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. The fight was all Diaz as Kayabasi pretty much didn't do anything. Diaz showcased very crisp hands and combos to get the win.
Moises Ruibal vs. Sahak Parparyan
Sahak Parparyan wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Good fight, Sahak had a very hard time finding Ruibal in the first round but by the third round, Sahak came on strong and hurt Ruibal a few times.
Murthel Groenhart vs. Rafi Zouheir
Murthel Groenhart wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage). Zouheir got dropped quickly and was accidentally hit while on the way down, resulting in a yellow card for Groenhart. Groenhart then rushed out and dropped Zouheir twice, forcing the corner to throw in the towel. The Spanish crowd is going crazy over the controversial kick while Zouheir was on the way down.
Javier Hernandez vs. Karim Bennoui (It's Showtime 61MAX World Title Fight)
Javier Hernandez wins by Decision over 5 rounds to become the new It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion. Great fight, both fighters traded knockdowns. I had Bennoui winning but it was close.
Abraham Roqueni vs. Gago Drago
Abraham Roqueni wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Drago didn't have much for Roqueni, who moved around the ring picking his shots while Drago chased after him. Drago made it a but closer in the third round, with the pressure wearing on Roqueni but it was a clear win for Roqueni.
Tyrone Spong vs. Loren Javier Jorge
Tyrone Spong wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. Spong battered Loren with knees to the body but couldn't finish. Vinny Shoreman was sure that Spong had hurt his hand, and thus why he didn't throw more left hooks to the body to finish off Loren.
Tyrone Spong and his opponent Loren Javier Jorge both made weight for their showdown tomorrow in Madrid for It's Showtime. Both fighters vowed to finish their opponent inside the distance. Both fighters are coming into the fight with bad intentions. You don't wanna miss this one.
The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST on www.showtimefights.com for 10 Euros or if you're in Canada, The Fight Network will be airing the event live. The event will most likely be airing at a later date on HDNet.
I'm in awe. Open workouts are a rather humdrum event for everyone involved; the media who have to film it, the fighters who have to pretend to work out and the promoters who have to schedule these events and rent out space for them. Josh Barnett has not fought in the United States in well over two years. In light of that, Barnett has fought in Japan and Australia, while participating in Antonio Inoki-sponsored professional wrestling events in Japan. Barnett has a long history of professional wrestling, from when he was fighting in Pancrase in Japan he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as participated in Kiyoshi Tamura's U-Style AXIS event that featured "Shoot-Style" Pro Wrestling.
Well, to say that Barnett has a lot of pent up frustration and has a point to prove in his first fight back in the United States is an understatement. Barnett has been the butt of the joke with the media for years now, his name dragged through the mud, so when he has to go through what is a rather pointless exercise, he chose to do something for himself as well as cut an incredible promo. Watch. [source]
On the heels of Saturday's It's Showtime event, a match up change has been made.
Murthel Groenhart is now in for William Diender. Groenhart will be taking on hometown Spanish fighter Rafi Zouheir. What's also interesting is that this fight is at -70kg. Just last week, Groenhart fought picked up a win over Errol Koning at It's Showtime Warsaw. That fight was at -77kg. We don't know exactly when Groenhart stepped in for Diender, but he has a relatively short time to lose 7kg (15 lbs). Groenhart has been fighting at -77kg for a while and this raises the question if he can even get down to 70kg and make it work.
Groenhart's opponent, Rafi Zouheir now faces a tougher challenge than his previous opponent William Diender. Diender had lost 7 of his last 9 fights. Groenhart hasn't exactly been tearing it up recently either but he's been fighting at -77kg. If Groenhart can adjust to the weight well, it should provide a tough test for Zouheir, who's coming off a tournament win in January.
We don't know why Diender was taken out of the fight, but we'll be sure to update the story if we find out.
Alistair Overeem is, regardless of K-1's current status, the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, that means he won what is one of the biggest tournaments in combat sports with a long, rich history. It is still unclear if Overeem will be able to fight for K-1 again, or if K-1 will hold another World Grand Prix, but what is clear is that Overeem is involved in another huge tournament this year and that is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Overeem faces off against Fabricio Werdum in the Final 8 round this weekend, in a rematch from a few years ago in PRIDE when Overeem was still cutting weight to make Light Heavyweight (PRIDE's Middleweight). Overeem has grown as a fighter since then, with his trainer Martijn de Jong actually saying that Overeem is the most improved fighter that he has ever had the pleasure of working with.
Overeem is already the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and looks to take the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP crown as well beginning this weekend. Watch him as he talks to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani about this weekend's big fight, and while it isn't kickboxing, he has the support of us and the kickboxing community. Also note that Overeem says that he has not signed a new contract with Zuffa yet, so he is still free to fight anywhere until that contract is up. [source]
The Voice Versus Badr Hari is just less than two weeks away now, and we've been promised one of the best english interviews that Badr Hari has ever done. If you just can't wait for it, watch this great behind the scenes video that shows the making of the Voice Versus.
It seems like It's Showtime keeps growing and expanding, with 2011 being their breakout year. They've already put on a slew of great shows, with another coming up this weekend, but that wasn't their big news that Simon Rutz alluded to yesterday. Yesterday Rutz told people that this morning he'd make a big announcement, and it turns out the big announcement is that It's Showtime is in the process of working with a Swiss Investment bank to acquire funding to create another, possibly bigger company. This company will apparently not be in the Netherlands, but Rutz says will be great for kickboxing.
We are very proud to announce that IT’S SHOWTIME is at the point of signing the biggest financial deal ever to be made in the sport of kickboxing.
The new company which is to be founded from this collaboration will have its home ground in another country than The Netherlands. The next months will be used to decide the strategy that this company will follow. Details about this, not only for the kickboxing scene, megadeal will later be revealed during a press conference.
The reason to announce this deal already is the fact that several journalists already knew about these sensational developments, and also we thought that the combat sports fans deserved some positive news.
This deal will have only positive consequences, not only for IT’S SHOWTIME, but also for the fighters and the fans.
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It's Showtime Japan held a press conference today, where they formally announced It's Showtime Japan's "Countdown" show schedules, the shows will be split with REBELS Muay Thai events as well as M-1 shows in Japan. The schedule looks as such
July 18 (Mon) REBELS Differ Ariake
August 28 (Sunday) Festival Shinzyuku Huziwara FACE
September 11 (Sun) M-1 Differ Ariake
Oct 23 (Sun) REBELS Differ Ariake
November 13 (Sun) M-1 Differ Ariake
Dec. 23 (Fri.) Huziwara Korakuen Hall Festival
On top of that, two feature bouts for the first event on July 18th have been announced, which is headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan vs. HINATA at 70kgs.
65kg It's Showtime Championship Challenger Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Chi-Bin Lim.
61kg It's Showtime Rules: Genki Yamamoto vs. Kan Itabashi
We'll have more on It's Showtime Japan as the Countdown-1 event approaches. [source]