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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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You may not know who Tadas Jonkus or Giuseppe Patane are, but that doesn't matter here. They met in the ring this weekend in Trieste, Italy. A bit into the first round, the two met and started exchanging blows. Jonkus proceeded to knock Patane not just out, but out of the ring. Patane fell through the ropes and dropped out of the ring onto the floor below. Check the video out:

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Chris Ngimbi was scheduled to defend his title on December 17 against Giorgio Petrosyan in Amsterdam. The fight was cancelled though, It's Showtime stating that there was not enough time to get a permit from the city of Amsterdam for the event. Now Ngimbi is left to find another fight, with the January 28th card being full.

Chris took to his Facebook to tell the world that he has a fight scheduled in Japan on January 23. There is no opponent set yet. No details were given, but I could see this possibly being an It's Showtime Japan event. The plan for It's Showtime Japan was to hold countdown shows this year, which they did, and then officially begin It's Showtime Japan in 2012. Again, I'm just taking a wild guess.

What Ngimbi also said was that he'll be defending his It's Showtime title against Andy Souwer in June. The fight would be Ngimbi's second title defense, and against a top opponent this time. What he also added after the Andy Souwer fight was that it would be his last fight and last title defense. Upon further investigation, I asked him if this meant retirement and he responded: "Indeed. Looking forward to the new challenges in my life." Ngimbi recently had his first child last year and with the uncertain, low-paying nature of kickboxing, appears ready to move on. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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The internet is a marvelous place where international borders mean little like they used to. If something happened in Japan ten years ago, eagerly reading the results online and waiting for a few weeks before you could have someone send you a DVD (or even -- GASP -- VHS tape) of the event to check out for yourself was commonplace. Now there are ways to stream events live as they happen, and if they aren't available to be streamed, they are shared around the internet at the blink of an eye. That is magic, folks. As someone who has been ordering K-1 and Japanese MMA tapes since the mid-90's, it is mind-boggling how much better we have it now and how easy it is to follow your favorite athletes.

All of this is a lead-in to this; Inoki Genome Federation is Antonio Inoki's pro wrestling promotion in Japan. The catch is, Inoki has a good relationship with many professional fighters and he fancies himself one of the true pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts. This means his brand of pro wrestling is a lot different from when he promoted New Japan Pro Wrestling and more resembles the style that he attempted to introduce to New Japan that nearly ran the company into the ground; Shoot Style. It is the kind of action that blurs reality from fiction and is entertaining. Sit back and watch as your favorite K-1 and MMA fighters go toe-to-toe in pre-scripted drama that is pro wrestling. Also note that wow, Nagashima is big, one source has claimed he is as high as 90kg. That is 198 pounds. [source]

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The good news for K-1 MAX and Jienotsu fans is that the Genkidesuka NYE 2011 event being promoted by Real Entertainment (co-promoters of DREAM) and IGF (Inoki's pro wrestling organization) has finally announced a K-1 bout for fans. The bad news is if you remember last year's Jienotsu vs. Shinya Aoki fight, we are in for more of the same with the same Mixed Rules. This means R1 is K-1 rules for the first round, which is three minutes long and a second round that lasts five minutes and is full MMA rules. If there is no winner after those two rounds the bout is ruled a draw, there are no judges. The biggest catch is that they do not switch gloves in between rounds, instead MMA gloves are used throughout the bout. For a fighter like Jienotsu this proves to be a tactical disadvantage and an offensive advantage.

Jienotsu's opponent for this fight will be Katsunori Kikuno, a fighter who DREAM fans will recognize. What is interesting is that unlike in the fight last year, Kikuno is not a submission ace like Aoki. Kikuno only holds one professional submission victory and is known more for his rather unorthodox striking style. I actually took a look at this fighting style and his crescent kick, to be exact, last year on Bloody Elbow.

I think that it is safe to say that both men have a desire to keep this fight standing up, but Kikuno would feel a lot less like a fish out of water if this fight does go to the ground in the second round. Personally, I am not a fan of these rules as someone like Jienotsu should be fighting in full K-1 rules against other top competition in 70kg. Of course, part of the problem is that Jienotsu has bulked up for pro wrestling this year and hasn't had to make 70kg, in his lone Kickboxing fight this year he weighed in at a whopping 78kg. If you aren't that familiar with KG, he went from 154lbs to 172lbs. That is nearly twenty pounds.

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Inoki Genome Federation, Antonio Inoki's professional wrestling promotion that is co-promoting the upcoming Real Entertainment New Year's Eve event, Genki Desuka! As par for the course with IGF, there are a lot of MMA and K-1 fighters involved in these cards, including a main event between Jerome Le Banner and Josh Barnett. JLB defended his IGF Championship against Barnett by doing what he does best; rearranging faces.

The event also featured a few other K-1 alumni, including Yuichiro Jienotsu Nagashima against Bob Sapp, with Jienotsu using a school boy on Sapp.

Then of course, everyone's favorite, Peter Aerts was in a tag team bout, partnering with former WWE wrestler and Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley, where Aerts was able to make mince meat of their opponents, former PRIDE FC fighters and NJPW wrestlers Kendo KaShin and Kaz Fujita. [Photos (C) SportsNavi]

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A fighter we recently highlighted, Hicham El Gaoui, is fresh off a victory over a top opponent in Alexander Stetsurenko on November 12. He's set to make a quick turn-around, this time facing another well regarded opponent.

El Gaoui will take on the Czech fighter Jiri Zak on December 9th in the Czech Republic. Zak has been a mainstay around the 77-80kg range for a while now, recently competing and losing twice in the MPL. The losses aren't too bad though, as they were under Muay Thai rules and to very good opposition in Marc de Bonte and Artem Vakhitov. This fight will take place under K-1 rules, where Zak is much more comfortable and has much more experience.

A win for Zak would help him rebound from a shaky fall of 2011. A win for El Gaoui would further advance his career and add to his already stellar 2011. El Gaoui has wins over L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and Alexander Stetsurenko this year. Zak has a win over Fred Sikking this year, back in May.

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