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Zabit Samedov vs. Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab in MMA Rules at GLORY World Series Finals

Die FaustThe GLORY World Series keeps getting more and more interesting as the card trickles out. The event organizer Martijn de Jong is currently on vacation in Indonesia, so things are happening whenever he has the time and internet connection to make big moves, and he continues to do so.

We already know that the main event is the tournament final between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon, and that Tommy Depret will meet Siyar Bahadurzada in the Middleweight MMA Finals. On top of that Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi, Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko, Igor Jurkovic vs. Pavel Zuravilov and our good friend Mark "Fight Shark" Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin are all kickboxing bouts that will go down on that card. Outside of It's Showtime, no one else in the world can put together such a blockbuster kickboxing card.

There has been a new bout announced featuring two names that kickboxing fans know very well; Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab and Zabit Samedov. Die Faust won the K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2006 and holds big career wins over Musashi and Gary Goodridge. Zabit Samedov has a 72-10 kickboxing career and has decided to take the plunge into MMA, where these two kickboxers will meet. Die Faust has already fought in ten MMA bouts, so in MMA rules, Die Faust is already more experienced and actually holds a submission victory.

This isn't the first time where two world class kickboxers have met in MMA rules, but it should truly be interesting. It is also interesting to note that Zabit Samedov went on record in 2009 claiming that Golden Glory fighters were all "jacked up on steroids" and that fighters like Zimmerman have walked around, publicly doing steroids in the gym, at the time upsetting Golden Glory head honcho Bas Boon.

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Shootboxing 2011 Act 1 Results and Updates

(C) GBRShootboxing kicked off its 2011 season last night with "Act 1." The main event was a rematch between two Shootboxing legends in the way of Hiroki Shishido and Bovy Sor. Udomson. Bovy took a KO win over Shishido in 2009, so on the 19th Shishido was looking for some revenge. Shishido was coming off of two losses and a win here was a big deal for him, as he took all five rounds against Bovy to seal the victory and kick off 2011 the right way. After the bout, Bovy claimed that 2011 would be his last year competing, and that he wants to finish out his career in Shootboxing.

The semi-main event saw more MMA crossover for Shootboxing, as Kuniyoshi Hironaka tried his hand at Shootboxing against Satoru Suzuki. Suzuki made short work of Hironaka, knocking him out with a big right hook in the first round to end it. Hironaka fights for Cage Force and was able to at least score a takedown during the bout, but there is no ground work in Shootboxing, so when it was time to get back up to their feet it was curtains for the grappler against the former boxing champion. This win was important for the former boxer, whose kickboxing career was not exactly on the right track before.

There was more MMA crossover for the show, as SRC fighter Shigeki Osawa made his way to the Shootboxing ring to take on Hiroaki Suzuki. You might remember Suzuki from his previous Shootboxing bout against Mitsuhiro Ishida, and this fight saw more of the same as Osawa is a wrestler and was able to score some points with his grappling, but the hands and feet of Suzuki were too much for him to compete with. Osawa proved he was tough, though, and held on for the full five rounds to drop the decision.

So now we look forward to April 23, where Shootboxing has announced that the next card will be a big one. There are three fighters announced for the card, including Shootboxing Japan Super Bantamweight Champion Ryuya Kusakabe, Girl's S-Cup Champion RENA and 3-time S-Cup Champion Andy Souwer will all be in action. The inclusion of Souwer and RENA on one card is huge, showing that Shootboxing doesn't plan on winding down any time soon. [source]

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Hinata Victorious in Japan

HinataHinata was in action this weekend, taking part in an event for Japan's REBELS organization.  The young fighter was in the main event, facing Korea's Woo Yong Choi. K-1 MAX fans may remember Choi as Pajonsuk's victim at the 2010 MAX Grand Prix Final 16 event.  Hinata took the victory, scoring a head kick knockout at the start of the 3rd round.  There's no video available yet, although pictures available at BoutReview.com certainly indicate that Choi took quite the beating.  Check out the impressive photos here.

At the end of the fight, Hinata issued a challenge to Japan's top K-1 MAX star Yoshihiro Sato, which sounds like a great fight to me.

Hinata was one of the break out stars of 2010, as wins over Yuya Yamamoto and Artur Kyshenko brought him great acclaim.  Since being choked out by Andy Souwer in Shootboxing, Hinata has now won two in a row, first over Andre Dida at K-1 MAX, and now against Choi.

 

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Sudsakorn 13 Coins Gym vs Kem Sitsongpeenong 2011

When I profiled the 67 kg Isuzu Tournament, I mentioned that the January 15th bout between Kem Sitsongpeenong and Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (going by 13 Coins Gym for the tournament) was one of the most anticipated matchups in the tournament. Well, Sudsakorn beat Kem on points and now footage from the match in Omnoi stadium in Bangkok is on Youtube, courtesy of maththaigal.

Kem has a previous win over Sudsakorn and, being favored in this match, gives up two lbs to Sudsakorn, who weighed in at 149, to even out the fight's odds. Kem wears red, Sudsakorn blue.

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