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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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Over the weekend at UFC 140 the two featured bouts of the evening saw exciting finishes by two of UFC’s bigger stars. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir took the fight to another former [Interim] UFC Heavyweight Champion in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, surviving being knocked out by quickly reversing a choke and applying an armlock and promptly breaking Big Nog’s arm. Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones put on an equally as impressive finish after recovering from being outpointed on his feet to working the challenger Lyoto Machida over with elbows on the ground before he was able to corner the challenger and apply a neck chancre that rendered Machida unconscious.

As a fan, it is hard to complain about fights at this level being finished in thrilling fashion. So, while it may be hard to complain about the fights being finished in a dramatic, decisive fashion, there are some other, much more troubling trends in both of these fights that have gone largely unnoticed amidst the excitement. Behavior of fighters has changed, as fans have noticed over the past few years, with both of the featured fights this weekend making light of this. Big Nog suffered a broken arm at the hands of Frank Mir, Nog still laying on the mat while Mir quickly pulled on the gear from his sponsors and celebrated. Jon Jones claimed that he “knew” Lyoto Machida was out cold, but quickly let go to strut off while Machida fell head-first to the mat in a heap.

It is a matter of respect and concern for the opponent’s well-being that seemingly melted away over the past few years, being flaunted on-air at UFC 140. It is a paradigm shift that has occured in the rush to help “legitimize” MMA as a “real sport” in the United States.

Continue reading about "Bushido."

 

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UFC 141 kicks off on Friday, December 30th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  In a fight that will setup the #1 contender for Junior Dos Santos's heavyweight title, Brock Lesnar takes on Alistair Overeem in the main event of the evening.  Several online sites, including Ladbrokes Poker, have released odds on this fight for those looking to place a few wagers on the fights.

Lesnar is coming into this fight as a huge underdog.  Overeem has two inches in height and nearly seven times the fight experience of his opponent.  Overeem is almost a more well rounded fighter.  Bookmakers are taking this into consideration as all of them betting on Overeem.  Bodog currently has the best odds out of the three coat -190 for Overeem and +155 for Lesnar.  

The only other fight to receive any line action on the card is the light heavyweight battle between 26-5 Valdimir Matyushenko and 12-1 Alexander Gustaffson.  Gustaffson has 5 inches on his opponent and is much stronger in his submission game.  While not as experienced a fighter as Matyushenko, odds makers are giving Gustaffson the advantage.  Online poker room Ladbrokes Poker has him at 1/3 to win with Matyushenko at 12/5.  Gustaffson is -290 on BetOnline vs Matyushenko at +245.  

While the lines may not have much action on the other fights, the undercard on this one has some solid match-ups.  Lightweights Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone battle in an attempt to jockey for position to face Frankie Edgar for his lightweight title.  Johnny Hendricks puts his 11-1 record on the line against 26-3-1 JonFitch.  Nam Phan broke a three loss losing streak in October and looks to improve his 17-10 record against undefeated Jimy Hettes.

On December 30th, Junior Dos Santos will find out whether he will defend his title against Brock Lesnar or if Alistair Overeem will get his shot at heavyweight gold.  Don't miss this one. It should be a helluva night of fights.

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As usual, here is the weekly edition of the Warman's Kickfighting show featuring Steven Wright and myself. We run down the KRUSH event before it happened and also discuss a lot of other big happenings in the worlds of Kickboxing and Muay Thai.

Go to Steven's blog to listen or look it up on iTunes (search: LordGaul).

Also expect the first LiverKick podcast to go up some time tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Another installment of the A-1 World Combat Cup series took place in Lyon, France on December 7, and while it's a bit late, results have just gotten out recently. The original card was supposed to have top French fighters such as Albert Chey, Karim Bennoui, Fabio Pinca and Mickael Piscitello but none of them ended up fighting. Chey and Bennoui were moved to a later date, Pinca is fighting on December 18 in the Thai Fight Finals and Piscitello got KO'd by Buakaw not too long ago. Nevertheless, the card went on and still had some decent match-ups.

Two of France's top fighters, It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion, Yohan Lidon and Gregory Choplin faced off for Lidon's WBC World Muaythai Middleweight Title. The two had met before, with Choplin taking a decision back in June of 2008. This time, Lidon took the win, taking a doctor stoppage in the fourth round over Choplin. It sounds like Choplin got injured and couldn't continue. Lidon rebounds from his loss to Vladimir Moravcik last month and Choplin has now dropped two in a row, losing to Abdallah Mabel last month.

A few Thais also picked up wins over their French counterparts. Kaopon Lek, the former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium champ who has been living in Italy for quite some time now, knocked out Crice Boussoukou in the second round. He's been fighting mostly in France and Italy for a long time now, and still going strong at 34 years old. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, who was originally scheduled to face Fabio Pinca, knocked out Fares Bechar in the fourth round.

Full results below:

Abderahmane Penda def. Aydin Tuncay by decision.

Songniyom def. Boubu Konta by KO in Round 3.

Zinedine Hameur Lain def. Patrick Liedert by decision.

Kaopon Lek def. Crice Boussoukou by KO in Round 2.

Ludovic Millet def. Frederic Berichon by decision.

Berneung def. Mohamed Houmer by TKO (Ref. Stoppage) in Round 2.

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def. Fares Bechar by KO in Round 2.

Yohan Lidon def. Gregory Choplin by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 4.

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Krush.14 took place the other days and fight videos have just surfaced on youtube. The fights are the Supernova Tournament semifinals and finals of Masaaki Noiri vs Hiroya 2, Koya Urabe vs Yukimitsu Takahashi and Massaki Noiri vs Koya Urabe as well as the -63kg title fight between defending champ Ryuji Kajiwara and Tetsuya Yamato.

Supernova Tournament Final - Masaaki Noiri vs Koya Urabe

   

-63kg Title Fight - Ryuji Kajiwara vs Tetsuya Yamato

Supernova Tournament Semifinal - Masaaki Noiri vs Hiroya

Supernova Tournament Semifinal - Koya Urabe vs Yukimitsu Takahashi

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The Lumpini fight of the year was recently voted on and the winning fight was chosen to be The-Lek Wor. Sangprapai vs. Khunsuek P.N Gym from August. The-Lek is just 15 and Khunsuek is a veteran well into his 20's. 

 

 

The Rajadamnern fight of the year was also chosen and the winning fight was Kaimukkaw Chuwattana vs. Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang. This is probably the best fight I've seen this year in all of Muay Thai. 

 

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