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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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Kickfighting in 2012 is getting kicked off in Italy in a big way this Saturday, January 21st in Milan. Yokkao Boxing is putting on a huge event, Yokkao Extreme, that features some of the top worldwide talent in both Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Featuring a stacked card with eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights, the card will play host to a large crowd at the Forum D'Assago.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk will make a return to K-1 rules in the main event when he faces off against Dzhabar Askerov. The two have fought before back in 2007 under te same ruleset where Buakaw took a unanimous decision. Askerov has improved since then though, going 10-1 in his last 11, winning the Tatneft Cup at 70kg in both 2010 and 2011. Buakaw is still a big favorite over Askerov though. Nevertheless, the fight should be a good one with Askerov's forward style clashing against Buakaw's Thai style.

Giorgio Petrosyan starts off his 2012 year against Abraham Roqueni. 2011 was really Roqueni's coming out party, as he was pretty much an unknown to most fans before his win over Andy Souwer. Afterwards, he picked up another win over a well known fighter in Gago Drago. Losing in the semi-finals of Thai Fight to Frank Giorgi, Roqueni will look to rebound but he's facing the toughest challenge possible. Giorgio Petrosyan last fought in November, beating Zeben Diaz in a fight where he looked a bit rusty. Petrosyan seemed to get his stride in the third round though and should be in top form for this fight.

In a Muay Thai bout, Saenchai steps up in weight once again to face one of the top Muay Thai fighters outside of Thailand at welterweight, Fabio Pinca. The weight is -66kg, and should be a real challenge for Saenchai due to the size. Saenchai last lost to Sagetdao Phetphaythai in December so he'll look to get back in the win column before facing F16 Rajanont not even two weeks later in Thailand. Fabio Pinca last lost to Kem Sitsongpeenong in the Thai Fight finals, so he's not the only one in this match-up who wants to rebound with a win.

These are the three biggest bouts on the card. The full 12-fight fight card featuring eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights can be seen after the break.

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We've been waiting and waiting it seems for an announcement in regards to K-1. We've known for a while now that Golden Glory has been working to try to get involved with the K-1 brand and that there was a show on March 23rd in Moscow, but the announcement was a long time coming and clearly there were complications involved. Golden Glory issued a press release this morning announcing the March 23rd Moscow event, and explains that the K-1 negotiations are still underway, but that they've decided to move forward with putting out an event featuring top Kickboxers in the meantime.

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The countdown to Yokkao Extreme is on, with the featured bout of the evening being the second bout between Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Dzabar Askerov. Askerov has made a name for himself over the past few years, but has he come far enough to be challenging the best in the world. The best in the world would happen to be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Askerov is challenging him again.

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Sometimes you find yourself in a weird place in your life, where cohabitation has led you to become so reliant on someone else being around that you feel like a lost little lamb when your girlfriend is gone for a few days. Sure, for a while it goes something like this, and you find odd ways to prove your freedom to yourself, but it doesn't last all that long. After you've gorged yourself on pizza for one night and wake up the next day, realizing that you need to go to the grocery store and you find yourself in a quandary; do you just buy groceries for the house for the week, or enough to ensure survival for the weekend?

This last weekend I know what the answer was for me, and that was survival, and one of the main things on that survival list was Wheat Thins. With that said, I am more than comfortable to bring you this sponsored post from Wheat Thins.

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Two WKN Muay Thai titles will be on the line in Gold Coast, Australia on April 7. Nathan "Carnage" Corbett defends his title at -96.6kg  and Frank Giorgi will fight for the vacant title at -69.9kg.

Nathan Corbett will face the French fighter Stephane Susperregui. Susperregui has faced some good competition in Steve McKinnon, Nicolas Wamba and Massinissa Hamaili. There's no doubt though that Corbett his toughest test to date.

Nathan Corbett is of course one of the best fighters that sits right below Heavyweight at around 95kg. Corbett picked up three wins last year, all in very dominant fashion. "Carnage" prefers to fight under Muay Thai rules and that might be one of the reasons why he has trouble finding opponents as many prefer to fight in Kickboxing. With the future of the MPL up in the air, it's good that Corbett has a fight booked instead of waiting around.

Frank Giorgi will face Antuan Siangboxing (AKA Antoine Pinto) for the vacant WKN Muay Thai title at -69.9kg. Giorgi comes off a loss to Buakaw Por. Pramuk where he put on a good showing. Antuan is coming off a loss to Yodsanklai Fairtex in October. Giorgi is definitely a fighter to watch, after great and gutsy showings against Vuyisile Colossa, Abraham Roqueni and Buakaw Por. Pramuk. Antuan is only 20 years old yet has a huge amount of fights, fighting very often, including 11 times last year. Antuan has agreed to the fight and the WKN will confirm the fight this week. [source]


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With Danyo Ilunga injured, It's Showtime had to look around for an opponent to fight Mourad Bouzidi at -95kg  on January 28. In a rather unexpected replacement, It's Showtime 85kg champ Sahak Parparyan stepped up to the plate to fight Bouzidi a full 10kg above his normal weight class. Bouzidi is actually coming down in weight from just fighting at Heavyweight so Sahak will be at a big size disadvantage.

Sahak actually just fought on Saturday, taking a decision over Hakan Aksoy at a weight limit around 86kg. Sahak has fought at -95kg in It's Showtime as recently as March, where he took a decision over Marco Vlieger. In January of 2011, he also lost a decision to Frank Munoz at -95kg on the Enfusion second season. He's looked much better at 85kg though and has really come into his own.

Bouzidi is coming off a three fight losing streak, all losses taking place at Heavyweight though. He's not that much bigger than 95kg but he's still a legit Heavyweight size-wise.

This isn't Sahak's first time taking a fight on short notice though. He stepped up to fight Moises Ruibal for It's Showtime on June 18 in Madrid on short notice and took a decision. It doesn't sound like Sahak was injured during his fight with Aksoy on Saturday so he should be good to go. Full news release by It's Showtime below, or view it on their website here.

Last Thursday we announced that Chahid Oulad El Hadj and Danyo Ilunga had to cancel their fights due to injuries against respectively Harut Grigorian and Mourad Bouzidi on the IT'S SHOWTIME event in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, January 28.

We already mentioned that IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 70kg Chris Ngimbi will step in for Chahid, but now another world champion takes an empty spot.

IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 85kg max Sahak Parparyan will replace Danyo Ilunga. Parparyan is always up for a challenge and after defeating Hakan Aksoy just last weekend, he will enter the ring again within two weeks, not only stepping in (for Ilunga) but also stepping up (in weight), as he fights Bouzidi in the 95kg max division.

With Ngimbi and Parparyan on the fight card, there are now 4 IT’S SHOWTIME world champions on January 28’s card, with Ngimbi and Parparyan in non-title fights, and Hesdy Gerges (heavyweight) and Yohan Lidon (73kg max) defending their titles against respectively Daniel Ghita and Lhoucine Ouzgni.

Add Robin van Roosmalen (IT’S SHOWTIME ‘Fast & Furious 70 max’ tournament winner) and 4 former IT’S SHOWTIME world champions (Murat Direkçi, Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari) to that and it shows once more that this is a stacked card!

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