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It's Showtime Champ Javier Hernandez Picks Up Win in Spain

It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez took to the ring on Saturday in Cordoba, Spain. His opponent was Portuguese fighter Ruben Almeida. Hernandez picked up a three round decision win after not fighting since June when he won the title.

Hernandez was originally supposed to fight on It's Showtime's November 12th card in Tenerife against Sergio Wielzen but was replaced by Carlos Reyes. The number one contender for Hernandez's title is Japanese fighter Masahiro Yamamoto, who earned the spot of number one contender with a win over Kan Itabashi. It doesn't look like Hernandez will be defending his title anytime soon, with only Jan. 28 being scheduled for It's Showtime at the moment. Hernandez rose to prominence from obscurity after defeating Karim Bennoui in one of the best fights of 2011 in June. [source]

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Quick Results

SuperKombatThere is something to be said for SuperKombat completing their 2011 World Grand Prix series and doing so with a bang. It was an entertaining card that they put out with a lot of fights tailor-made for local fans in Germany as well as their hometown base of Romania. The final four fighters in their tournament were a whose who of top fighters in the Heavyweight division, with Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev. Not the biggest names in the world, but for up-and-comers ready to take that next step this is as good as a tournament as you could wish for.

Reserve: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO - R2) Benny Adegbuyi

WGP Semi-Final: Ismael Londt (Dec - Ext.R) Pavel Zhuravlev

WGP Semi-Final: Sergei Laschenko (TKO - R3) Erhan Deniz

Super Fight 70kg: Faldir Chahbari (Dec) Omar Amrani

Super Fight 72.5kg: Tevfik Sucu (Dec) Alviar Lima

Super Fight 70kg: Albert Kraus (KO - R2) Alexander Schmitt

Super Fight -88kg: Bogdan Stoica (TKO - R3) Dawid Baziak

Super Fight +88kg: Andrei Stoica (KO - R1) James Phillips

Super Fight +88kg: Catalin Morosanu (KO - R1) Patrick Liedert

WGP Final: Sergei Laschenko (KO - R1) Ismael Londt

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SuperKombat Fight Club Results: Verhoeven Upsets Gerges, Zimmerman Wins Tournament

Today SuperKombat held their first event of this week, hosting a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament along with a big single fight in Hesdy Gerges vs. Rico Verhoeven. As expected with heavyweights, there were some gassed out fighters, some slopfests and some huge knockouts.

Errol Zimmerman ran through the heavyweight tournament, stopping his first two opponents (Sebastien van Thielen and Stefan Leko) in the first round. In the finals, he brutally knocked out Roman Kleibil with a vicious high kick in the second round. Zimmerman seems to have regained his stride in 2011 after a bad 2010, albeit against a low level of competition. Still, it's good to see him back on track and it seems like he's taking fighting much more seriously now than last year.

Rico Verhoeven upset Hesdy Gerges in an outcome that not many saw coming. The whole fight was fought in close quarters, with Rico pressing and trying to impose his strength on Gerges. I personally thought Gerges won and I think either a Gerges win or extra round should've been the appropriate outcome. Hesdy landed cleaner and scored way more with low kicks while Rico mostly landed ineffective punches in close with some knees when they were tied up. Full results below:

Quarter Final#1: Ben Edwards vs Daniel Sam
Edwards wins by TKO Round 2

Quarter Final#2: Christian Colombo vs Roman Kleibl
Kleibl wins by UD

Quarter Final#3: Sebastian van Thielen vs Errol Zimmerman
Zimmerman wins by KO Round 1

Quarter Final #4: Tsotne Rogava vs Stefan Leko
Leko wins by Majority Decision in Extra Round

Tournament Reserve: Slavo Polugic vs Corneliu Rus
Rus wins by TKO Round 2

Superfight #1: Neil Cooke vs Alexandru Lungu
Lungu wins by KO Round 1

Semi Final#1: Ben Edwards vs Roman Kleibl
Kleibl wins by TKO Round 3

Semi Final#2: Errol Zimmerman vs Stefan Leko
Zimmerman wins by TKO Round 1

Superfight #2 Rico Verhoeven vs Hesdy Gerges
Verhoeven wins by Majority Decision

Superfight #3 Alex Tropimov vs Cosnel Pasniciuc
Tropimov wins by Majority Decision

Tournament Final: Roman Kleibl vs Errol Zimmerman
Zimmerman wins by KO Round 2

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Tatneft Cup 2011 Final Results

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The Tatneft Cup has had a great season this year and it all came down to yesterday for the competitors in the final round. Each fighter in the finals had won three fights to get there. The final match-ups were Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov at 70kg, Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta at 80kg and Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus at +91kg. Also, all three final match-ups were six rounds of three minutes. Along with the finals, there were three single fights.

In the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov showed a much more controlled side of his game. He wore down Smirnov with low kicks, significantly hurting him to the legs in the second round. In the third, Askerov landed a right knee to Smirnov's face, sending him down. Smirnov got up but the fight was waved off by the referee.

In the 80kg final, two of the world's top fighters at the weight in Alexander Oleinik and Dmitry Shakuta engaged in a very measured contest. Both fighters were very tentative to commit to effective strikes. To me, Shakuta seemed to just land more with Oleinik not doing much for a large portion of the fight. Oleinik was effective when he did commit, but that was rare. Oleinik took a unanimous decision in a fight that could've gone to Shakuta.

In the +91kg final, Hicham Achalhi looked to be significantly outweighed by Dmitri Bezus. Bezus moved and stayed on the outside, landing shots for the first three rounds and Achalhi started to find a spot for his punches in the second half of the fight. Achalhi walked away with the unanimous decision in another fight that I thought could've gone the other way. If anything, Hicham could really do with dropping in weight. I could see him even fighting at 77kg (170lbs).

There was a single fight for each weight of the finals. In the 70kg match, Enriko Gogokhia got a unanimous decision over Philippe Salmon who he dropped in the second round. In the 80kg match, Hicham El Gaoui took a unanimous decision over Alexander Stetsurenko. El Gaoui has had a coming out party of sorts lately, scoring wins over Aussie and now Alexander Stetsurenko. Stetsurenko has dropped his last three fights, albeit against top competition. In the +91kg fight, Dzevad Poturak took a unanimous decision over Ricardo Soneca. The fight was a slugfest and Poturak was able to impose his power on the Brazillian opponent.

Quick Results:

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Philippe Salmon by unanimous decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Alexander Stetsurenko by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Dzevad Poturak def. Ricardo Soneca by unanimous decision.

Finals (6 rounds):

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Maxim Smirnov by KO (Knee) in Round 3.

80kg: Alexander Oleinik def. Dmitry Shakuta by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Hicham Achalhi def. Dmitri Bezus by unanimous decision.


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