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It's Showtime 46: William Diender Bullies Rachid Belaini to a Decision Win

The staredown between Diender and Belaini was beyond epic, with Belaini right in Diender's face and neither man backing down an inch. As soon as the first bell rings the hard and heavy shots come out. Diender goes for the flashier attacks throwing a few flying knees while Belaini keeps things fundamental. At one point he trips Diender and then literally tea-bags him, that is the kind of fight this is. Just when it looks like Belaini has the round Diender comes back and begins bullying him around.

Diender catches Belaini with a stiff left hook early in the second and follows up swarming Belaini who is able to cover up. Belaini is quickly in trouble again, in the corner as Diender rains down blows on him. The second round is all Diender.

The third round both men decide to go all out with Belaini realizing he is behind here and he throws his shots like he is trying to take Diender's head off. Diender responds in stride. Diender is controlling the fight here pushing Belaini to the ropesand making sure Belaini can't respond with his big hooks. Near the end of the round Diender is simply too tired to connect with a heavy enough shot to score a knockdown. Both men make the distance in what was a very good battle.

All five judges score the fight for William Diender and there was no doubt that he was the winner. Diender runs out and hugs Peter Aerts and hey, why not?

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It's Showtime 46: Chahid and Robin van Roosmalen Duke it Out

The first round starts out with both men feeling each other out with some leg icks and keeping distance, with Chahid being th first to start throwing his hands. RVR pieces together some solid combinations to combat Chahid's fast hands. Chahid switches things up for most of the end part of the round ending combos with knees. The second roud shows more of the same, with timid combinations making it through. Very technical bout so far.

When the bell rings for the thir round both men have a fire lit from underneath them, as it has been an incredibly close fight so far. Both men decide to go for broke and really let things go with their hands. Chahid has the edge with his hands while Roosmalen is using his hands to set up his kicks. Roosmalen keeps himself planted in the middle of the ring with Chahid being bullied to the ropes for most of the round. Although Roosmalen is controlling the position, the shots Chahid hits with have devious intent.

It looked like the way Robin van Roosmalen cut off the ring could sway the judges, it could easily go to an extension round.

Oh wow, the judges have chosen a winner, and 4-1 score the fight for Robin van Roosmalen!

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Buakaw Wins in France

Buakaw Por. PramukThe #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.

Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.

Check the full entry for the rough footage.

Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes.  Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.

With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.

 

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Weekend Results: Souwer Loses!

Souwer RoqueniIn a result I don’t think anyone saw coming, Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset this weekend, defeating the #3 fighter in the world, Andy Souwer.  The fight was the main event for El Desafio in Spain; Roqueni took the decision win.

When this fight was announced, it seemed like such a routine win for Souwer that we didn’t even discuss it much here at LiverKick.com.  I don’t want to take anything away from Roqueni, who is a good fighter, but this is Andy Souwer we’re talking about, and the result was little in doubt.  Instead, Roqueni treated local fans to an amazing upset, knocking the heavily favored Souwer down early in the fight and holding on from there to get the win.

Check the full entry for video of the fight.

With this loss, Andy Souwer has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both loses coming against fighters far outside the top 25.  In fact, this makes him 4-4 in his last 8, which doesn’t sound so bad, especially considering the level of opposition Souwer faces, but when you look at his overall record of roughly 150 fights and only 11 loses, you can see that something may be amiss here.  Souwer spent much of 2010 sidelined due to an eye injury – is it possible he has come back too fast?  Or are those 150 fights and 12 years as a pro catching up to Souwer?  There’s a temptation to say it’s just one loss, but as I said after the Imada fight, Andy Souwer is the kind of fighter who just doesn’t lose to anyone but the very best.  Since making his K-1 debut, Souwer has only lost 3 times to fighters outside of the top 5 – and two of those 3 loses have occurred in his last 3 fights.  It’s extremely premature to write Souwer off after this loss, but it’s also unwise to ignore the facts.  And the facts say that Souwer is not at the top of his game right now.  Will he shake that off and get back to the dominance he is capable of?  We’ll have to see.  Souwer’s next scheduled fight is a tough one – March 6 against L’houcine Ouzgni for It’s Showtime.  That will be a must win for Souwer against a very capable foe.

Elsewhere on the card Dennis Schneidmiller lost a decision to Fran Palenzuela, Youness el Mhassani defeated Oliver Tinda by decision, and Hafid el Boustati vs. Manuel Hinojo went to a draw.  Full results available here.

Also in action this weekend was Alexey Ignashov.  The Red Scorpion headlined a European event billed as Ring of Honor on Saturday, facing K-1 ColliZion 2009 tournament champion Roman Kleibl.  Ignashov took the decision victory, redeeming a 2009 loss.  Click here for fights from the entire event, including Ignashov vs. Kleibl.

 

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