On Saturday, June 30th the legend that is Peter Aerts will fight in what is billed to be his Benelux retirement bout. He'll fight Tyrone Spong, who has gotten a lot of press in the United States for his affiliation with Rashad Evans and his camp, the Blackzilians. If you live in the US and get HDnet you will have the opportunity to watch It's Showtime 58 live at 3pm Eastern time. Of course, this is JUST It's Showtime 58, as It's Showtime 57 will be happening directly before it (essentially the undercard). If you want to catch the full card, go ahead and purchase the PPV from ShowtimeFights.com.
It's Showtime's event on June 30 is being hailed as editions 57 and 58, because it's essentially two separate fight cards put into one. This is what they did for their event on January 28, which featured Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki.
Like the event on January 28, It's Showtime will also stream all 12 fights live. The first portion is headlined by Andy Souwer vs. Chris Ngimbi, for Ngimbi's It's Showtime 70MAX World Title. Also featured on the first portion are two rematches, with Hesdy Gerges fighting Rico Verhoeven and Rustemi Kreshnik fighting Mourad Bouzidi.
The second part of the card is the real main attraction, as it's headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong. This was supposed to be Aerts' retirement fight but now it's being hailed as his "Benelux fairwell," meaning his last fight in the Benelux, seeing as he signed with GLORY. Daniel Ghita will fight for the third time against Dzevad Poturak right before Aerts and Spong walk to the ring, and Robin van Roosmalen will fight Hafid el Boustati at 70kg. The It's Showtime 95MAX World Title is on the line, as the champion Danyo Ilunga fights Filip Verlinden.
If you want to buy tickets, you can go here for all the information, including the full fight card. To buy the stream and watch the event, you can go here.
Time is almost illogical to me. It is hard to believe that it is already June 19th and that the showdown between Peter Aerts and Tyrone Spong is almost ten days away. It's Showtime has put up a new trailer for the event and is urging you to go ahead and order the stream for It's Showtime's June 30th event, which will not only feature Peter Aerts and Tyrone Spong, but Daniel Ghita, Andy Souwer, Chris Ngimbi, Hesdy Gerges, Robin van Roosmalen and many more!. Head to ShowtimeFights.com to order.
The It's Showtime card on June 30th has been a victim to the summer injury bug that MMA fans know all too well, especially Canadian UFC fans looking forward to UFC 149 (like Rian Scalia). A number of fighters on the It's Showtime event have had to drop out due to injuries or recent knockouts and being unable to receive medical clearance to fight. Then there is the case of Jerome Le Banner, who has been removed from the event completely due to some contractual situations, rumored to be his exclusive contract with Glory Sports International.
Rustemi Kreshnik will be filling in for Le Banner against Mourad Bouzidi, in a rematch where Bouzidi got the better of Kreshnik last time. We've already reported that Daniel Ghita's new opponent is Dzevad Poturak, in another series of unfortunate replacements for Ghita over the past few months. They have met twice before, with Poturak getting the better of a younger Ghita years ago, but many are sure that Poturak will not have that same luck again. Harut Grigorian was unable to receive medical clearance to fight, so he will be replaced by Hafid el Boustati against Robin van Roosmalen.