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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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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.

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In the crass world of international Kickboxing, the language barrier is an important one and can sometimes be a deciding factor between amazing news and just good news. I'm giving this preamble as a precautionary measure for people who are excitable or might even be a bit lackluster in English.

Earlier today Golden Glory put out a video hyping the return of the "K-1 Final 2012." In a lot of cases when it comes to promoters, they will use the K-1 name to promote their own Kickboxing product as K-1 is a recognizable name. Glory has always used the K-1 name to promote their Kickboxing fights on their cards, so with a recent announcement on their part of three huge kickboxing tournaments, realistically you could make the assumption that is what they are talking about. What doesn't add up is the fact that they say there will be more news later, when they have already announced their tournaments.

This comes after heavy talk of Golden Glory and TSA looking to partner up to purchase the K-1 brand or at least to work with the K-1 brand as an official promoter of the K-1 name, working with Kazuyoshii Ishii. It is a bold statement to say "K-1 is coming back" in this day and age. LiverKick has reached out to a few different sources to see how the negotiations are going, so expect more as it is available.

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The stacked Yokkao Extreme event yesterday wasn't shown anywhere, but that didn't stop videos from getting out. Buakaw vs. Dzhabar Askerov, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Abraham Roqueni and Armen Petrosyan vs. Djime Coulibaly were all recorded and uploaded to Youtube. Giorgio won a clear decision, but Roqueni gave a nice showing. Buakaw also won a clear decision, but Askerov got his fair share of shots in, much like Roqueni. Armen Petrosyan scored a stoppage over Djime Coulibaly. Check the videos below.

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Yokkao Extreme took place in Milan, Italy today and despite the lack of means to watch the event, results are out. Among match-ups featured on the card were Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Dzhabar Askerov in the main event, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Abraham Roqueni and Saenchai vs. Fabio Pinca. 

Not surprisingly, Buakaw Por. Pramuk defeated Dzhabar Askerov for the second time. Giorgio Petrosyan took what people are saying was a clear decision over Abraham Roqueni. In a bit of an upset, Fabio Pinca defeated Saenchai by decision. Saenchai was not the overwhelming favorite because of the big weight difference, but many expected him to win. This is the first time Saenchai has ever lost to a farang (Non Thai).

We can only work with what we have here officially from Yokkao, so many results are not complete but we do have the winner of each fight at least. We'll update these results with more details when they get out.

K-1/-70kg: Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Dzhabar Askerov by decision.

K-1/-70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Abraham Roqueni by decision.

MT/-70kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Marco Pique

MT/-66kg: Fabio Pinca def. Saenchai by decision.

K-1/-72.5kg: Armen Petrosyan def. Djime Coulibaly by KO in Round 2

K-1/-71kg: Cedric Muller def. Bruno Franchi

MT/-60kg: Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk and Karim Bennoui fight to a draw

MT/-65kg: Imwiset Pornnarai def. Angelo Campoli

MT/-70kg: Ekapop Sor Klinmee def. Esteban Maza

MT/-70kg: Alessandro Campagna def. Corrado Zanchi

MT/-48kg: Silvia La Notte def. Arianna Santos

MT/-81kg: Vanni Fae def. Lelio Ramunni

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