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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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Our good friend StillW1ll is back at it again, this time with an awesome highlight of the best kickboxer in the world, Giorgio Petrosyan. Will captures all the magnificent slips, counter, angles and pure precision by "The Doctor." This is the best Petrosyan highlight yet and it's no surprise that it's made by StillW1ll. Check out the video.

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If you follow European Kickboxing there will always be one referee that stands out the most and that is Joop Ubeda. Even if you don't know him by name, you'll know who he is; the stout, muscular and bearded referee who officiates nearly every big match. To some extent, he is the Big John McCarthy of the Kickboxing scene, as he is extremely well known and respected for his craft. He is without a doubt the most popular and polarizing figure in refereeing in the world of European Kickboxing.

The familiar sight of Joop might be no more, though. Coming from a report from Kickbox.nl, Joop seems a bit hurt and dejected with It's Showtime not choosing to have him at their January 28th event in the Netherlands. It is set to be the biggest event scheduled for the year so far and is understandable why Ubeda would feel upset with that decision. He always seems to be involved in the big fights, as was demonstrated in May when he officiated the Badr Hari return fight, having to grab the microphone and shout for the fans to step back from the ring.

Hopefully this matter is sorted out soon and Joop decides to continue on, as Kickboxing without Joop might be a strange thing to watch.

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Warman's Kickfighting Show is back for the 66th episode featuring Steven Wright (@steventhewarman) and myself (@liverkickdotcom / @locuststar) as we run down the biggest cards in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds in the weekly hour-long podcast. This week we take a look at the Fight Code and Thai Fight results, as well as the future for each promotion and some of the big highlights. We also discuss the return of Ernesto Hoost and both Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong being on tap for June as opposed to "quitting the sport."

Check out the show on Steven's blog or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul).

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"The Reem" series is back with a new episode today, the eighth one of the second season. It details the lead-up to Alistair's fight with Brock Lesnar on December 30, including training, PR duties, behind the scenes and more. What's really interesting is the look at Alistair's training, where he brought in some heavyweights such as former UFC fighter Todd Duffee, undefeated MMA fighter and highly accomplished NCAA Divison I wrestler Jared Rosholt. Check out the video below:

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We are just a few days away from Slamm's next big event in Suriname featuring many of the top names from team Slamm!!. So as many of us begin to settle in for our holiday season, kick back and watch a promo for some fights that are coming up just days after Christmas and respect that these dudes are all ready to go to war right during the holiday season.

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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, the last major kickboxing event of the year took place, the final It's Showtime Japan show of the year, a co-promotion with the annual Fujiwara Festival. The card featured a Top of Featherweight showdown between Genji Umeno and Yosuke Morii, three WPMF Japan Title fights in T-98 vs Daiki Watabe, SHIGERU vs Takahito Fujimaki and Little Tiger vs Fir, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout between Ryuya Kusakabe and Sota Ichinohe and super fights that featured Masahiro Yamamoto, Naoki Samukawa and Atsushi Sasatani.

In the main event, Featherweight rivals Genji Umeno and Yosuke Morii finally squared off, and Umeno got the better of the affair, brutalizing Morii over the course of 5 rounds and earning a unanimous decision on scores of 50-45(x3). Umeno ran through Morii, battering his opponent's ribcage with mid kicks and scoring a down in the 2nd round. The win moves Umeno's record to an impressive 19-1 (9 KO) and puts him on a 10-fight win-streak. After the bout he announced that he was more or less done with the Featherweight division in Japan and was setting his sights on the top Thai fighters, calling out the likes of Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, Jomthong Chuwattana and Pakon Sakyotin and stated that he wants to win a Lumpinee Stadium title. Morii (17-3-1, 7 KO) was on a 4-fight unbeaten streak heading into this fight and with Umeno supposedly leaving Japan, Morii assumes the role of divisional kingpin. An interesting next fight for him would be a defense of his WPMF Japan title against #1 ranked Yuji Umehara or Chao Shimura, who scored a win over the last man to beat Morii other than Umeno. Morii could also be an interesting fight for 55kg standouts Shota Takiya and Ryuya Kusakabe should either decide to move up in weight.

In the co-main event, T-98 claimed the WPMF Japan Welterweight Title in his third fight against champion Daiki Watabe, winning a majority decision on scores of 49-48, 50-48 and 49-49. The two first met in July of last year with the fight ending in a draw. Before the two met again this July at the first It's Showtime Japan event, Watabe had claimed the WPMF Japan title and T-98 had been on a slide, going 2-3 and falling out of contention. However, in their rematch T-98 was able to shut out Watabe and earn a unanimous decision. This win for T-98 (11-5-1, 5 KO) moves him to 2-0-1 against Watabe and puts him on a 4-fight win-streak. An interesting next fight for him would be a matchup for his WPMF Japan title against undefeated J-NETWORK champion Masato Otake. Watabe (12-10-1, 7 KO) now falls back into the long list of contenders at 67kg and should see himself in a rematch with Hideya Tanaka or Atsushi Sasatani, or even a fight with Kou Suman.

In a fight for the vacant WPMF Japan Super Featherweight Title, #1 ranked SHIGERU and #2 ranked Takahito Fujimaki fought to a majority draw on scores of 48-48(x2) and 47-48. Fujimaki scored a down in the first round, but SHIGERU took over in the later rounds to even the score and force a draw. The two will likely rematch at some point in the future.

In a bout to determine the next challenger for the WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title, Ryuya Kusakabe snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring a knockdown of former WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Sota Ichinohe in the final round to earn him a unanimous decision on scores of 48-47(x2) and 49-46. After having his 7-fight win-streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament, Kusakabe (15-4, 7 KO) has put himself back on a 2-fight win-streak and now has the right to face WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion Yusuke Shimizu. Ichinohe (11-7-4, 8 KO) had his 3-fight win-streak snapped with a draw against Takuma Ito back in August.

In a 61kg fight, It's Showtime 61kg #1 contender Masahiro Yamamoto scored a unanimous decision win over Genki Kanazawa on scores of 30-25(x5). Yamamoto (36-10-6, 10 KO) scored knockdowns in the 1st and 2nd rounds to earn him the win. He has bounced back nicely from a rough 2010 with 3 straight wins over Arita Tsukahara, Kan Itabashi and now Kanazawa. At some point he will fight current It's Showtime champ Javier Hernandez but no date has been targeted for that bout.

Quick Results after the break

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