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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni


70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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It is hard to believe that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki is just a few days away now, but it is coming and coming on fast like a freight train. 2012 is kicking off with a legitimate Heavyweight bout that fans want to see after being denied a K-1 World Grand Prix. Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari are two of the top Heavyweights in the world and will lock horns for the second time for It's Showtime. We've seen the ballyhoo behind Hari, but now here is video of Saki getting prepared for the fight.

A big part of the narrative leading into this fight is the retirement of Badr Hari and possible departure of Gokhan Saki. Hari will move into professional Boxing for the time being and Saki is going absolutely nowhere, as he has signed a new agreement with TSA and Golden Glory to fight for their upcoming cards or for potential K-1 cards. So the real departure will be Hari, and by the looks of this video, Saki is in some of the best shape that we've ever seen him in, and he is ready to go to war. [source]

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Mirko Cro Cop's return to Kickboxing is rapidly approaching and yesterday Final Fight held a press conference in Croatia to discuss the event at length with Mirko, some of the other fighters and promoters there. Cro Cop talks about not wanting to fool Croatian fans by bringing in some can for him to fight (yes, he uses the word can) and that Ray Sefo is a worth and difficult opponent. At this point in both of their careers it is safe to say that this fight is a competitive one, so he is not simply blowing smoke with that statement. Watch the rest of the video here as a humble and subdued Mirko discusses his return to kickboxing. On top of his return this is a crazy stacked card, so for more information hit up the official site.

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Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari will meet this Saturday, January 28 at It's Showtime in a battle of two of kickboxing's finest in the heavyweight division. It's arguably the biggest fight that kickboxing has had since the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix. When Hari and Saki meet on Saturday, it won't be the first time they've stared across the ring at each other.

The two met in the ring on October 10th of 2004 in Rotterdam at a 2 Hot 2 Handle event. Hari wasn't the monstrous, intimidating figure that he is now. Rather, he was a tall, lanky 19-year-old trying to break into the bigger stages of kickboxing, working his way up into K-1. It wasn't until 2005 in his second fight against Stefan Leko where he made his "real" K-1 debut by emphatically knocking out Stefan Leko with what is now known as the "Leko Buster."

Gokhan Saki at the time of this fight was physically the same as he is today, being a small, pudgy heavyweight. He wasn't the devastating combination fighter and one of the fastest heavyweights in the world like he is now. Saki's career didn't get quite off to the same start as Badr Hari's, as he had already been stopped four times prior to their first meeting and had faced much lesser competition than that of Hari. Hari was the one who seemed to have the bright future, already having faced the likes of Alexey Ignashov and having defeated Antoni Hardonk, Aziz Khattou and Errol Parris.

The fight only lasted two rounds. Both Hari and Saki showed glimpses of what they would become in the future. Hari, despite not a full on monster yet, had tremendous power in his strikes. Saki, who wasn't quite the speed demon, combination machine of today, had the punch-kick combinations that would develop into some of the best at heavyweight. The fight was somewhat sloppy, with both Hari and Saki tumbling to the canvas.

One of Saki's tumbles to the canvas was ruled a knockdown for Hari. Saki threw a kick but was hit with a punch at the same time, resulting in him falling to the ground. Badr seemed to have a bit of an edge after the "knockdown," and had a real edge on the scorecards with a 10-8 second round.

Read more and watch the video of the first fight between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki after the break...

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