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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 is probably a good thing that we went ahead and recorded this episode of Steven's Kickfighting show last week before he headed out to corner Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 (did you see that knockout?!), because me getting sick is the new hotness. So marvel at this latest episode of the show as Steven and myself run down the best things that went down in 2011 in the worlds of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. There are a lot of categories to run through and we cover it all.

So head on over to Steven's blog to listen, or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul).

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Leading up to Badr Hari's last kickboxing match on January 28 against Gokhan Saki, It's Showtime has organized a public workout for Badr Hari at Mike's Gym on January 14. The public workout is open to anyone and everyone, and it's free. Fans can attend the workout and there will be opportunities for autographs and photos.

This is a good move by It's Showtime to generate more interest for the event on January 28. I'd expect a big turnout at Mike's Gym on January 14, as Badr Hari is arguably the biggest star in kickboxing. All of our readers in the Netherlands should definitely try to attend if they can, as this could be Badr's last kickboxing match.

Here's the full press release from It's Showtime:

January 2, 2012 -

The first, and last, public workout of Badr Hari will take place on January 14 in Mike's Gym, Skoon 21 in Oostzaan, The Netherlands.

This unique public workout is not only accessible to the press, but for everyone, and for free. Everyone who has always wanted to see how Badr prepares himself for his January 28 fight against Gökhan Saki can now grab his chance!

Besides the different training techniques there will also be some ferocious sparring matches. There will also be an opportunity for autographs and photos.

The public workout will start on January 14 at 13h00. Press can register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For fans, there is no need to register.

There are only approximately 900 tickets left for the IT'S SHOWTIME event on January 28. The VIP tables are completely sold out.


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Let's be honest, if you are into combat sports there is a good chance that you fall into a few categories of person. The first is the type that became so obsessed with combat sports that your life has become dedicated to going to the gym and honing your craft. You might even be a fighter yourself, but even if you aren't, you go to the gym and you get sweaty. Then there is the type who just tries to get through every day, which let's face it, can be stressful. I mean, what was that guy's problem on the bus this morning and why does your boss think that you are slacking off? Then you have your slacker, whose days seem to blend in together and you find yourself waking up in a daze midway through the afternoon after watching a nine hour Japanese MMA show late at night.

What do all of these people have in common? The same thing that everyone has in common; they get sweaty and smelly. It is alright, that is how life is. You live your life however you want and unless you take certain precautions, you get sweaty and you get smelly. The MiddleEasy Network's latest sponsor, Axe Deodorant wants to let you know that they have this part of your life covered, though. So watch this video below and prepare yourself for their new product launch on January 10th.

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Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 took place today in Tokyo, Japan and featured a few notable kickboxers on the card. Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri, arguably the top two fighters that K-1 has at 63kg, fought in separate bouts. Long time K-1 legends Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner both took part in pro wrestling matches.

Yuta Kubo fought Nils Widlund, a Swedish San Shou stylist. The first round saw Widlund treating the fight like a San Shou match, consistently catching Kubo's kicks and sending him to the ground. Kubo was landing all the notable shots though and began to really take over in the second round. By the third round, Widlund was there to be finished and Kubo turned up the pace, going for the finish. A right high kick followed by a knee to the body dropped Widlund and the Swede didn't get up. Kubo won all six of his fights in 2011.

Masaaki Noiri took on Kengo Sonoda and took a unanimous decision. Sonoda was able to land a bit, but Noiri's arms and gloves absorbed most of the shots. Noiri's offense was just much more dynamic than Sonoda's and ultimately lead to the win.  This win is Noiri's second of December, coming three weeks after his spectacular KO of Koya Urabe at Krush.14.

Peter Aerts faced long time MMA veteran Kazuyuki Fujita. Aerts hit Fujita with a lot of punches and at one point even hit him with a high kick that seemed to actually hurt Fujita. Fujita got Aerts in a Boston crab and Aerts tapped out. It looked like Aerts may have legitimately hurt his back. Jerome Le Banner was up against former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. Sylvia took down Le Banner a few times before Jerome figured just to actually hurt Tim. Le Banner hit Sylvia with a liver kick, just like the one he hit Andrei Kirsanov with yesterday and Tim went down. A few knockdowns later and some ground and pound and Jerome Le Banner was declared the winner.

Overall, obviously some more kickboxing would've been nice, but we got what we could in terms of fights. Let's hope good things are in store for kickboxing in 2012.

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The Enfusion -95kg season has finally come to an end in Prague, Czech Republic yesterday. The season consisted of a men's tournament at -95kg and a women's tournament at -63.5 kg. The final four competitors in the men's bracket were Ondrej Hutnik, Mohamed Boubkari, Frank Munoz and Wendell Roche. For the women, Julie Kitchen, Alaide Lawant, Hannah Mjoberg and Maria Bastasin were left.

Ondrej Hutnik was matched up with Mohamed Boubkari in the first semi-final and in the second, Frank Munoz went against Wendell Roche. Hutnik and Munoz both advanced by way of unanimous decision to meet in the finals. Hutnik took a unanimous decision over Munoz in the final to win the one night tournament and the Enfusion -95kg season. Ondrej Hutnik has quietly risen to the top of the -95kg weight range, just a few years after competing at 86kg, and 75kg before that. He's really excelled at this weight, winning all six of his fights in 2011. I'd definitely like to see him get a shot at Danyo Ilunga for the It's Showtime title at the weight.

For the women's bracket, Julie Kitchen was matched up with Maria Bastasin and Alaide Lawant took on Hannah Mjoberg. In quite an upset, Maria Bastasin forced a referee stoppage over Kitchen in the first round to advance to the finals. Alaide Lawant scored a unanimous decision over Hannah Mjoberg to meet Bastasin in the finals. Lawant ended up taking a unanimous decision over Bastasin to win the entire season.

MPL and It's Showtime veteran Tomas Hron knocked out Fatih Cam in the second round, rebounding from a KO loss to Nathan Corbertt in September. Full results below:

K-1 Rules (3x3)

Enfusion Men's -95kg Final: Ondrej Hutnik def. Frank Munoz by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #2: Frank Munoz def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #1: Ondrej Hutnik def. Mohamed Boubkari by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Final: Alaide Lawant def. Maria Bastasin by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #2: Alaide Lawant def. Hannah Mjoberg by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #1: Maria Bastasin def. Julie Kitchen by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.

-96kg: Tomas Hron def. Fatih Cam by KO in Round 2.

-86.2kg: Miroslav Cingel def. Jiri Kopecny by KO in Round 2.

-91kg: Daniel Skvor def. Radim Kusnirak by KO in Round 1.

Muay Thai (5x3)

-73kg: Jiri Apeltauer def. Fahid Maoroun by split decision.

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Jerome Le Banner is just hours away from a showdown with Tim Sylvia in the pro wrestling ring at Genki Desu Ka. There's a good chance some real violence will break out. Just yesterday though, Jerome laid some real violence on Andrei Kirsanov in Pattaya, Thailand, part of the "Le Banner Tour" put together by Orange Sport. And why not? Take a not too hard fight, get paid, wrestle the next day, get paid again. Sounds good to me. Check out the video.

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