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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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A press conference took place today in Zagreb, Croatia to officially announce the "Cro Cop Final Fight" event that will take place on March 10th in Zagreb. Despite the moniker, Cro Cop's fight against Ray Sefo will not be his last fight. Aside from Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ray Sefo, the rest of the fight card was released and it is stacked.

Daniel Ghita will meet Sergei Lascenko in a battle of our Top 10 heavyweights. Ghita sits at #5 and Lascenko at #10 on our Liverkick.com rankings. The heavyweight landscape in kickboxing will start to undergo some big changes, starting at this Saturday's It's Showtime event. Top heavyweights are actually starting to fight each other again so match-ups like this give us a good idea of where the heavyweight division stands. Ghita will be fighting Hesdy Gerges for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title this coming weekend and Lascenko's last fight was a dramatic KO over Ismael Londt to win SuperKombat's World Grand Prix.

Dzevad Poturak will take on Ismael Londt in a battle of a long time veteran against a fighter trying to break into the upper echelon of the division. Poturak is a good test for Londt, as he never stops throwing power shots and keeps coming, so Londt might have to show something different than in his previous outings to secure the win. The fight has slugfest written all over it with, being that both fighters love to swing for the fences.

Up and coming Croatian heavyweight Igor Jurkovic will take on the K-1 veteran Freddy Kemayo. Jurkovic's biggest win to date was his upset over Pavel Zhuravlev in May. He has power but imposing his game on his opponents and defense have been a bit of a struggle for him. Kemayo should test Jurkovic's defensive skills as he'll try to impose his game on the Croatian. Mladen Brestovac meets Mourad Bouzidi in another good heavyweight fight. Brestovac last fought in July where he was knocked out by Ismael Londt in the final of one of SuperKombat's qualifying tournaments. He'll look to rebound against Bouzidi, who fights Sahak Parparyan this Saturday for It's Showtime. Speaking of Sahak Parparyan, he's on the card against a to be announced opponent. Full fight card below. [source]

Igor Jurković vs Freddy Kemayo

Daniel Ghita vs Sergei Lascenko

Mladen Brestovac vs Mourad Bouzidi

Dževad Poturak vs Ismael Lundt

Mladen Kojundžić vs Marin Došen

Agron Preteni vs Guy Pacome Assi

Stefan Jelić vs Michael Duut

Miran Fabjan vs Ivan Posavec

Sahak Paparyan vs TBA

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This Saturday, January 28th in Leeuwarden, Holland Daniel Ghita and Hesdy Gerges will face off for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title. This isn't the first time they've met, however.

Daniel Ghita and Hesdy Gerges first fought on March 6th, 2011 at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Gerges came into the bout the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion, thanks to being on the receiving end of a Badr Hari soccer kick in May of 2010. Both Ghita and Gerges were right below the top, and both wanted to establish themselves as elite fighters in the heavyweight division. They both shared a common history coming into the fight, as they'd both competed in the K-1 World GP in 2010, and both lost to elite fighters in Semmy Schilt and Gokhan Saki. The fight would move one fighter into the "elite" category, and one in the same position of right below the elite...Well, that's how it was supposed to be.

The first round started quickly, with kicks to the legs and body being traded left and right. Both fighters, known as kickers, tried to show the evolution of their games by mixing in punches to the body and head. The pace was furious and neither would back up, standing in front of one another trading shots with a speed that isn't normally seen in the heavyweight division. The round as a whole was contested very evenly, and you'd be hard pressed to pick a clear winner. Neither fighter would let the other get ahead. One would throw a combination, the other would answer right back.

Round 2 started off much like the second round, guns ablazing. Gerges started to land cleanly with some big punches. Then, in a situation reminiscent of Ricardo Mayorga against Vernon Forrest, Daniel Ghita stood right in front of Gerges, dropped his hands and motioned him to punch him in the face. Gerges obliged with four huge punches while Ghita stood there and ate them. Shots continued to be traded back and forth, until the determing factor of the fight took place. Gerges went for a knee and it landed straight in the junk of Daniel Ghita. Ghita went down, but surprisingly the referee administered a count, pretty much sealing the round as a 10-8 for Gerges. Ghita was noticeably hindered by the low blow and both fighters started to feel the effects of the pace. Two rounds down and Gerges was up because of the count given to Ghita.

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I am all for recognizing talent and taking time out of my day to talk about a job well done, so it is nice to see that I am not alone in that regard. Watch this video message from Gokhan Saki that he sent to Will Prescott, better known as StillWill who produces some of the absolute greatest Kickboxing highlights that the world has seen. Well done, Will.

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We posted a few days ago that Mirko Cro Cop would be fighting Ray Sefo at the "K-1 Final Fight" event in Zagreb, Croatia on March 10. It's long been rumored that other big name fighters would be on the event, and now there's some confirmation from the organizers.

Fightsite.hr, a direct affiliate of the event's promoter/organizer, Fight Channel, confirmed that Daniel Ghita, Mourad Bouzidi and Freddy Kemayo will fight on the event. Miran Fabjan is also slated to be on the card. There is a press conference tomorrow at the Sheraton Zagreb for the event, and Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ray Sefo will officially be announced. The rest of the match-ups on the card will also be revealed.

Daniel Ghita will be rematching Hesdy Gerges on January 28 for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight title so it'll be a bit of a quick turn around after a fight that just seems guaranteed to have damage inflicted on both fighters. Mourad Bouzidi had a really bad 2011, losing all three of his fights. He'll look to rebound against the much smaller Sahak Parparyan, also on It's Showtime's January 28 card. Freddy Kemayo's last fight saw him losing to Vitaly Akhramenko in November at Fight Code's "Rhinos" Tournament Final.

From the looks of it, the card is shaping up to be pretty good with Cro Cop vs. Ray Sefo and the addition of Daniel Ghita, our #5 ranked heavyweight. The event will be held at the Zagreb Arena, and it is expected that there will be an audience of 25 000 people.

The show is not affiliated with K-1 in any way, despite the name of the event. The event will be largely successful, due in part to Mirko Cro Cop's presence on the card. 

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Fighters took to the ring at the Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Russia for the second selection of the first stage of the 2012 Tatneft Cup. Winners will move on and join the winners from the first selection that took place on December 17, at the second stage (quarter finals). In total four selection events will be held in the first stage.

A few changes were made to the card, as the two Portuguese fighters, Bruno Carvalho and Luis Morais were unable to acquire a visa. Valeriy Podoyakhin was substituted in for Bruno Carvalho to face Enriko Gogokhia at -70kg and Oleg Zablodskiy stepped in for Luis Morais to face Dmitry Bezus at Heavyweight. Neither had any success though, as Gogokhia knocked out Podoyakhin in the third round and Bezus stopped Zablodskiy in the first. Gogokhia and Bezus are veterans of the Tatneft Cup, with Bezus losing in the final last year to Hicham Achalhi.

Two Japanese fighters, Masakazu Watanabe and Tsutomu Takahagi made the long trip to Kazan but were both unsuccesful. Watanabe, the Krush veteran, dropped a unanimous decision to Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia at -70kg. Takahagi, competing at heavyweight, was knocked out in the second round by Tsotne Rogava, a fighter from Ukraine who is only 18 years old and has already fought the likes of Ismael Londt and Stefan Leko. 

In the -80kg division, possibly the best division in the Tatneft Cup, Vitaly Nikiforov  of Ukraine took a unanimous decision over Rain Karkinen of Estonia. Nikiforov's win put Ukraine at 3-0 for the event. One time It's Showtime fighter Errol Koning of Holland defeated Omar Amrani of Germany when Amrani gave up in the fourth round.

Be on the lookout for more Tatneft Cup content, as we have an interview with the organizers coming up shortly. Quick results below.

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Valeriy Podoyakhin by KO in Round 3.

70kg: Edvin-Erik Kibus def. Masakazu Watanabe by unanimous decision.

80kg: Errol Koning def. Omar Amrani by TKO (Gave Up) in Round 4.

80kg: Vitaly Nikiforov def. Rain Karkinen by unanimous decision.

Heavyweight: Tsotne Rogava def. Tsutomu Takahagi by KO in Round 2.

Heavyweight: Dmitry Bezus def. Oleg Zablodskiy by KO (Liver Shot) in Round 1.

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After a bit of a break for the holidays and other assorted nonsense the LiverKick Podcast makes it's [mildly] glorious return. As always, Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) joins myself (@LiverKickdotcom / @LocustStar) as we discuss the latest happenings in the world of Kickboxing. We take a look at some of the huge announcements from Golden Glory, including a card announcement for March 23rd as well as them announcing three huge tournaments and the whole saga of them and the K-1 name. Then we move on to look at the Yokkao Extreme card that went down yesterday before bringing it all back to It's Showtime which goes down next week.

Fight the good fight and listen to the LiverKick Podcast. Intro and outtro music provided by Night Terrain (@nightterrain).

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