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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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The stacked Yokkao Extreme card is getting closer day by day, and just the thought of seeing Buakaw, Giorgio Petrosyan, Saenchai, Sudsakorn and all the other great fighters on the same card makes me giddy. Yokkao's videos are some of the best in the business, highlighting their brand and fighters in excellent quality. Today they released an official promo for Yokkao Extreme, which takes place on January 21st. We've got the video for you, which features the top fighters on the event.

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Krush held its first event of 2012, Krush.15 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo earlier yesterday. In the headlining bouts, 55kg champ Shota Takiya and 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe defended their titles against Nobuchika Terado and Naoki Ishikawa, respectively. Krush.15 also kicked off the -63kg WILDRUSH League which is a 6-man round-robin to determine the next 63kg title challenger.

In the main event, 55kg champ Shota Takiya continued his reign of terror, stopping Nobuchika Terado just 71 seconds into the first round, scoring 3 downs with a pair of left hooks and a flying knee. The win is Takiya’s (18-4, 12 KO) first defense and moves his win-streak to 9. With possible opponents KENJI and Ryuya Kusakabe busy with prior engagements, expect Takiya to take a super fight before taking a trilogy fight with either man. The quick loss is disappointing for Terado (27-8-1, 12 KO), who had a good shot at being the man to stop Takiya’s current streak, but he never got into his rhythm and was stopped right away. Should Kusakabe be Takiya’s next opponent, Krush would be well-served in organizing a fight between Terado and KENJI in Krush or RISE to see if KENJI is ready to take a step up in the division and challenge the top fighters in Japan.

In the co-main event, Hirotaka Urabe and Naoki Ishikawa proved to be evenly matched after the two fought to a unanimous draw after 3 rounds on scores of 29-29 and 28-28(x2). Urabe seems to have gotten the better of rounds 1 and 2, but a cut above Urabe’s eye caused by a flying knee allowed Ishikawa to win the 3rd and bring the fight to a draw. Despite the draw, Urabe (13-5-2, 5 KO) defends his title and is now on a 7-fight unbeaten streak. It’s hard to guess what is next for Urabe, should it be FIKA at 63kg or fighting in Krush. If he stays in Krush, matchups with Masaaki Noiri, Kosuke Komiyama or Kejiro Miyakoshi could provide a good test for any of the fighters involved. After his last bout, Ishikawa (33-18-5, 18 KO) talked about retirement, but I do not believe he mentioned it after this bout and according to Boutreview, he seemed pleased with his performance against Urabe. Ishikawa has his ups and downs, but with a win over Yuji Takeuchi followed by this draw against Urabe, Ishikawa is proving to still be a top fighter as he ages and could find success over the next couple of years should he continue to fight.

In a super-fight, flashy K-1 veteran Keiji Ozaki scored a 2nd round KO at 37 seconds into the round over Hironori Hattori. The win is a good bounce-back for Ozaki (24-15-1, 10 KO) who was coming off back to back losses to foreign fighters Thomas Adamandopoulous and Romain Mailov.

Krush.15 also marked the beginning of the -63kg WILDRUSH League which features 6 fighters in a round robin where the fighter with the most points after 5 fights will earn the right to challenge for the Krush -63kg title. Fighters receive 3 points for a KO win, 2 points for a decision win and 1 point for a draw.

Tournament favorite and member of Team Dragon Hideaki Yamazaki(12-1, 6 KO) started off strong with a clear unanimous decision victory over Silver Wolf’s Hitoshi Tsukagoshi (9-2, 5 KO) on scores of 30-29 and 30-28(x2). The win gives Yamazaki two points, however Triple-Y’s TaCa(record N/A) earned himself a 1st round lead with a quick knockout of Naoki Terasaki(8-4, 2 KO) at 1:34 into the 1st round, giving TaCa 3 points. In the final WILDRUSH League fight, Supernova tournament semifinalist Yukimitsu Takahashi(11-4-2, 4 KO) and Krush regular NOMAN(record N/A) fought to a split draw on scores of 30-30, 29-30 and 30-29, giving each man a point and 3rd place in the standings. The lead is nice for TaCa, but it is just the first round and Hideaki Yamazaki has only gotten better as his career as progressed. The draw is tough for Takahashi who will likely need to defeat both TaCa and Yamazaki if he wants to win this tournament.

Finally, in a clash between J-Girls champions, Featherweight champion and Team Dragon’s Kimiko Sasaki defeated Bantamweight champion Shiho Mizuno by unanimous decision on scores of 30-29, 30-28 and 30-27.

Quick results after the break:

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Some of the top names in Dutch kickboxing will be stepping into the ring on February 26 in Den Bosch. Recent breakout fighter Robin van Roosmalen, Faldir Chahbari, Harut Grigorian and Hicham El Gaoui are among some of the names on the card.

Robin van Roosmalen will be taking on the gritty vetran from Mike's Gym, Rachid Belaini. Belaini didn't have a great 2011, losing four of his five fights and he's getting up there in age (36). Robin has emerged as a top fighter at 70kg after his win at the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament and will look to continue on a roll, just about a month after he fights Murat Direkci for It's Showtime on January 28.

Another great match-up on the card is between Faldir Chahbari and Harut Grigorian. Grigorian is probably most known by the trouble he gave Andy Souwer early on in their fight, before losing in an extra round. Chahbari only fought three times last year, winning all three, but not over the best competition. Chahbari may be getting a bit old and he may be past his prime, but he's still a very difficult fight for anyone.

Other match-ups include our #3 ranked fighter at Light Heavyweight, Hicham el Gaoui taking on Masoud Rahimi. Solid 85kg fighter Hakan Aksoy faces Said el Bouanani and the man who beat Rico Verhoeven in early 2011, Jamal Ben Saddik, returns to face Clyde van Dams. And Bob Sapp is also on the card...Full fight card after the break:

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The big news came out the other day that Giorgio Petrosyan had terminated his management contract which kept him linked to It's Showtime and would now simply be working with his original manager, Carlo Di Blasi. LiverKick has spoken with both Di Blasi and officials at It's Showtime about the matter in an attempt to clarify exactly what is going on with Petrosyan and this management situation.

I feel like there is a need for some backstory to get a clearer picture if you are not well-versed in the current atmosphere in Kickboxing. As we all know, K-1 had an extremely rough 2011 while It's Showtime had an active year that involved running many successful shows as well as a successful 70kg tournament. A Korean investor, known simply as "Mr. Kim" came into the equation later on in the year, looking to purchase K-1 and strike up a working relationship with Rutz's It's Showtime organization. This is why when the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 was being organized, most of the fighters were under contract to It's Showtime or affiliated companies. The official word that we got from Simon Rutz on this matter is that It's Showtime is not looking to buy a part of K-1, but are more than willing to help anyone who does invest in K-1, as the Kickboxing market is a difficult one right now.

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A few weeks ago I posted about the Rajadamnern and Lumpini fights of the year. Now channel 7 and channel 9 have each picked there fight of the year. 

First up is the Channel 9 FOTY and as always from Aswindum stadium. The bout was between Chartchy Kiatyongyuth in red vs. Singsuriya Alloysrinakon in blue. 

This is Channel 7's fight of the year between Petkarat Jitmuangnont in red taking on Anuwat Sithom in blue. I believe the prize for fight of the year at channel 7 is a shared 1 million baht between the two fighters. 

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Not a good start to 2012 for It's Showtime. Giorgio Petrosyan has terminated his contract with It's Showtime after he still has not been paid for winning the 2010 K-1 MAX World Grand Prix. Kickradio.it, who are very close to Petrosyan reported the story here. Giorgio gave this quote (translated) about the situation:

"I think I have shown enough patience - declared Giorgio Petrosyan - I have been repeatedly guaranteed the compensation due. 12 months have passed without anything following a number of promises to pay. I remain willing to fight for anyone interested in giving me his gala tournaments, with no limits or proprietary."

There was speculation throughout 2011 about a bit of tension between Petrosyan and It's Showtime, whose management he was under for his international career. Carlo di Blasi, the promoter of Oktagon and Fight Code, is his true manager and as of right now it looks like he'll just be under him. According to Kickradio.it, di Blasi is now the one who will be responsible for getting Giorgio the money he is owed. Interestingly enough, Giorgio has already gotten two fights this year without It's Showtime, at Yokkao Extreme on January 21 and at an Oktagon event on March 24.

I think that Giorgio is just fine without It's Showtime. He can still continue getting high profile fights, as evidenced by the two he already has scheduled.

 

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