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It's Showtime Brazil: Potential for Kickboxing in Brazil

It's Showtime Brazil takes place on this Saturday, November 10. The event marks the first foray into the Brazillian market by a big time kickboxing organization in quite some time. I'm going to take a look at the event as a whole and evaluate the potential of kickboxing in Brazil.

With the recent explosion in popularity of the UFC and MMA in Brazil, MMA seems like the cool thing to do at the moment in terms of becoming a fighter. The reality also is that there's just a lot more money in MMA than there would be in kickboxing, and one is hard pressed to be making a living by fighting kickboxing or Muay Thai domestically, as opposed to doing MMA. A Brazillian kickboxer or nak muay would have to do just that in order to get some international opportunities where the money is more plausible.

It's Showtime Brazil for the moment, introduces a new dynamic. On Saturday there will be a platform for aspiring Brazillian kickboxers to get their names out there not only in the international kickboxing world but also in Brazil, as the event will be shown live on Esporte Interativo and Band Sports. Notably, Bellator is also shown on Esporte Interativo and has drawn great ratings as of late, garnering as many as 2.89 million viewers for Bellator 61 on March 16. Bellator's use of Brazillian fighters has obviously helped those ratings. It's Showtime's broadcasted card on Saturday will feature six fights and six Brazillian fighters in a "Brazil against the world" format.

The Brazillian market right now seems ripe for the picking when it comes to combat sports. Kickboxing has been showcased on TV throughout this year and last year, as WGP has been the major domestic promotion, running one night tournaments, in addition to qualification tournaments for It's Showtime Brazil. WGP are the co-promoters of the event on Saturday and have been quite successful in Brazil with their promotion over the last few years. To put it into context, WGP drew a packed house at the same venue that It's Showtime is using this weekend, on the same night as Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen back in July.

The infrastructure in Brazil with WGP seems to be sturdy, and with It's Showtime heading there on Saturday and Glory going next year, I think there's definitely potential for kickboxing to do well. Brazil has fighters that can draw good crowds locally and they're routinely showcased on WGP cards on TV. Add in some of the Brazillians that are already fighting internationally like Anderson "Braddock" Silva and Jhonata Diniz for Glory along with Saulo Calavari for K-1 and the potential is there for Brazil to start producing more good kickboxers is there, along with the potential for the sport to grow in popularity.

The success of MMA can only help grow kickboxing in my opinion. Fighting sports in general just seem to be on the rise in Brazil. There also is the factor of a lot of kickboxers or nak muays going to MMA like Thiago Michel, Cosmo Alexandre, and Ewerton Teixeira, so hopefully the sport can grow in Brazil and retain some of its premier fighters. For the time being though, kickboxing seems to be enjoying a slow but steady growth in Brazil.

Click here for the full fight card of It's Showtime Brazil. The event will not be live streamed but will be live on TV channels around the world that normally broadcast It's Showtime, like Fight Network in Canada, for example.


Jason Wilnis Replaces Sahak Parparyan At It's Showtime Brazil This Weekend

It's Showtime Brazil is going down this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We originally had Sahak Parparyan vs. Alex Sandro Pereira as one of the fights to watch this month, but unfortunately Sahak has had to pull out of the fight due to visa issues.

Replacing Sahak will be Jason Wilnis, a 21 year old Dutch-based fighter who Sahak defeated in September. Wilnis has fought numerous times on It's Showtime cards, mostly on the undercard. This is still a big opportunity for Wilnis, who now finds himself in the main event.

Unfortunately for Pereira, he no longer gets to fight one of the biggest names there is to fight at 85kg anymore in Sahak Parparyan. Nonetheless, this is Pereira's big opportunity to get a win in an organization like It's Showtime. With GLORY starting up 85kg next year, both fighters could garner some interest with good performances.

As of now, the fight card for It's Showtime Brazil is as follows:


Thiago Costa vs. Sergio Paulo Freitas

Alessandro Benacci vs. Cesar Almeida

Jorge Daniel vs. Inaftali Gomes

Cleidinei Junior vs. Paulo Tebar

Main Card:

66kg: Marcus Vinicius vs. Raz Sarkisjan

63kg: Emerson Falcao vs. Sergio Wielzen

77kg: Rogerio Bezerra vs. Duoli Chen

70kg: Wallace Lopes vs. Hafid El Boustati

73kg: Thiago Michel vs. Steve Poort

85kg: Alex Sandro Pereira vs. Jason Wilnis



It's Showtime Brazil, November 10: Fight Card

Yes, It's Showtime were bought and absorbed by GLORY back in June, but the long time kickboxing promotion still has one upcoming event. It takes place on November 10 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring six Brazillian fighters who all qualified for the card by winning tournaments under the WGP promotional banner, a partner of It's Showtime for this event. The six Brazillians will face off against six It's Showtime fighters. WGP released the fight card today, and here's what it looks like.

In the main event, Sahak Parparyan will defend his It's Showtime 85kg World Title against Alex Sandro Pereira. Pereira won a one night tournament in July and then won another one night tournament in August to qualify for this fight. I think the title shot is appropriate as I think he's the best fighter out of the Brazillians that qualified. Even if he loses, if he puts up a good fight he'll get his name out there. Sahak comes off a win over Jason Wilnis in September and is also fighting in the Enfusion finals in December.

Bellator veteran Thiago Michel has been doing a lot of kickboxing lately, and he was the lone Brazillian fighter on the main card who didn't have to win a tournament to get here. Michel faces Steve Poort, a young, highly touted up and comer out of the Netherlands, with the fight being at 73kg. Poort is actually still in the B class as of his last fight in the Netherlands but nonetheless, he has the goods and it should be interesting to see how Michel does against better competition than what he's been fighting in kickboxing.

Hafid el Boustati is on a roll with his shock win over Robin van Roosmalen, followed up by a win over Hysni Beqiri in September. He faces Wallace Lopes, at 70kg. At 77kg, Duoli Chen faces Rogerio Bezerra.

The two light weight fights on the card aren't typical weights that It's Showtime uses. Sergio Wielzen vs. Emerson Falcao will be contested at 63kg, with Falcao having won the WGP 63kg qualifying tournament to get on this card. At 66kg, Marcus Vinicius won an eight man tournament just under two weeks ago to qualify, and he'll face Raz Sarkisjan, who's known for upsetting Masaaki Noiri back in May.


Tyrone Spong's 'King of the Ring' Documentary Released

The Reem set the bar incredibly high for a web documentary series based on a fighter, and quite honestly, did some serious spanking on anything that the UFC produces to hype up fights. I think we should reflect on that for a while, and I'm sure some of us will come to the conclusion that the sheer awesomeness that is Alistair Overeem led to that series being as incredible as it was. Well, Eldar Gross and his team are back and they are following around Tyrone Spong. Follow Tyrone around while he prepares for K-1 legend Peter Aert's kind of maybe sort of retirement in Benelux fight before Aerts signed with Glory and will keep fighting and probably fight in that region again. Yeah.

Watch the stylized action, the catchy music and Tyrone hitting things and be like me and keep thinking to yourself how cool it would be the hear a Neil Young song inserted into one of these things to help validate yourself and not feel so damned old because of your taste in music.



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