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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's long been known that Mirko Cro Cop has planned a return to his original sport of kickboxing on March 10. Rumors circulated of potential opponents, with names like Errol Zimmerman and Dzevad Poturak popping up.

Croatian journalist Slobodan Mufic is reporting that Cro Cop will face none other than Ray Sefo on March 10 at the Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. An official announcement of the fight will be made on Tuesday at a press conference at the Sheraton Zagreb hotel. 

The event is named "K-1 Final Fight" as previously reported and it is being organized by Fight Channel, a TV station in the region. It's set to be pretty big, as the Zagreb Arena is a state of the art facility with a maximum capacity of 24 000 people. Other names like Daniel Ghita have been rumored for the fight card, but nothing is official yet.

It's fitting that Sefo and Cro Cop face eachother. Despite being two of the main fighters in K-1 during their times there, they never fought eachother. Both are obviously well past their prime so the fight and should consider retirement but they're most likely getting paid nicely so this will really just be a test of who has more left in the tank. Cro Cop lost his last three MMA fights by way of knockout and I don't think anyone would like to see himself put in anymore danger than he already is in, but nevertheless, he'll continue on with his career, this time in kickboxing. Ray Sefo's last kickboxing fight was in October of 2010 where he lost to Tyrone Spong at the K-1 Final 16. He's also dabbled into MMA, being a coach at Xtreme Couture and losing by way of submission to Valentijn Overeem in February of 2011.

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Part of our main concern going into next weekend's It's Showtime 55 is that for some reason, Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong is on the undercard. It's Showtime's broadcasts are a set length and currently their cards are in two parts, with "Part 2" being televised and "Part 1" usually being in some void somewhere that we don't get to view. We and many fans have expressed our concerns to It's Showtime and I reached out to Andrew Simon of HDnet to see what's up, and we have good news for you.

HDnet will indeed be airing the main portion of the card live next Saturday, at 3pm Eastern time. They will not be airing the first part, but HDnet will be airing the Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong fight, according to Andrew Simon. It will air at a later date, which has not been disclosed yet, but HDnet has a lot of options for airing, including Inside MMA, HDnet's weekly fights they put online or just the entire undercard at a later date. Stay tuned for more.

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SakiVery rarely does it seem like within the span of a week we get major kickboxing news like this, but when it rains it pours and 2012 seems to be the year where Kickboxing has been given the money and investors it needs to grow and truly be the global force that it is. Earlier in the week, we made an announcement about the Glory World Series in March, an event which will host Semmy Schilt, Mark Miller, Errol Zimmerman, Jerome Le Banner, Robin van Roosmalen and more, and now we can announce that Glory is planning on running three huge tournaments this year.

The tournaments will begin around May and will take place in three different weight classes; 70kg, 85kg and Heavyweight. The addition of 85kg is one to make a lot of fans happy, as K-1 has been known to ignore weight classes in between 70kg and Heavyweight, but there is a ton of talent worldwide between 70kg and 100kg that tend to go unrecognized due to the K-1 format. In 2012 we do not have to worry about this, as Glory will be running these three huge tournaments. On top of that, the prize money involved is $1 million USD all total, with the 70kg and 85kg tournaments receiving $300k each and Heavyweight for $400k.

To put this into perspective, compared to K-1 tournaments it is comprable pay, if not better in the cases of 70kg and 85kg, and a great opportunity for fighters around the world to prove their mettle in a new arena. Bas Boon is quoted in a press release as saying that he is sure that Peter Aerts, Giorgio Petrosyan, Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Jaideep Singh and Ewerton Teixeira will follow suit and sign agreements with TSA to participate in these Glory events.

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The fight between F16 and Saenchai Sor Kingstar appears to finally be going ahead at Lumpini Stadum next month. It had originally been scheduled to take place last year but was cancelled after F16s camp struggled to come up with the sidebet.

Is is now happening at a Petpiya Promotions show on February 3rd with bosh sides agreeing to stump up a one million Baht side bet. Saenchai is coming off what by his own incredibly high standards was a slightly disappointing 2011 as he was beaten not once but twice by Saketdao.

F16 had a breakthrough year, beating Kongsak in their rematch and also overcoming Nong O but he finished on a low as Singdam smashed him with body kicks which caused his corner to call off the fight at the end of round three due to a suspected broken arm.

Both will be looking to bounce back from their recent losses but, even though there are suspicions he might finally be starting to slow down, Saenchai will still be a strong favourite. To compensate the promoters are giving F16 a 4 lbs advantage

Also on the card is a fight between Nong O and Singdam. Nong O arrested his lengthy losing streak by winning the Toyotoa Vigo Marathon in August and also stopepd Sittisak Petphayathai before dropping a decision to Nong O whereas Singdam is coming off his stoppage win over F16.

The card in full:

Superlek Wor Sangprapai vs Wanchai Sor Kittisak

Petsakol FA Group vs Wanchana Or Boonchuay

Songkom Sakhomsin vs Mondam Sor Wirapon

Ekmongkol Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Detsakda Wor Sangprapai

Palangtip Nor Sripung vs Tingtong Sangsawangpanplaa

Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Thong PuiD9D

Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Singdam Kiatmuu9 133 lbs

Saenchai Sinbi Muaythai 130 lbs VS F16 Ratchanon 134 lbs 1 million bet

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It's Showtime is easily one of the world's top kickboxing promotions, putting on some of the best fights within the past few years and having some of the greatest fighters alive today under contract. So when HDnet's schedule finally dropped for the next few weeks, something stood out, and that something was on January 28th that HDnet will be airing It's Showtime 55 absolutely live.

This means that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki will be airing live in the United States at 3pm Eastern time on Saturday, January 28th. On top of that, the It's Showtime Heavyweight Title is on the line between Champion Hesdy Gerges and challenger Daniel Ghita. This also includes Errol Zimmerman vs. Rico Verhoeven, Harut Grigorian vs. Chris Ngimbi, Murat Direcki vs. Robin Van Roosmalen and hopefully more. For some reason Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong is on the undercard, but we've reached out to It's Showtime and HDnet to see if there is any way for fans to be able to see one of the fights on the card that is going to provide fireworks, without a doubt.

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Alistair Overeem took the UFC by storm on December 30th with a first round TKO over Brock Lesnar. There were a lot of doubters, including UFC president Dana White. Dana even goes as far as to admit he is wrong in this episode, something that seems hard to swallow for a guy like Dana. In this episode the crew follows Alistair backstage before the fight and shows fans around the world watching the fight go down. Then, of course, watch the Reem ring int he new year. [source]

THE REEM SEASON 2 EPISODE 10: REDEMPTION from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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