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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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On Saturday we'll see more action in Western Canada as Last Man Standing goes down, featuring a Welterweight tournament with some of Western Canada's best. If you are in the Victoria, BC area make sure to check it out. The main feature is an 8-man Welterweight tournament using K-1 rules, featuring prospect Josh Jauncy.

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Hopefully if you weren't immersed in the world of Shoot Boxing before, you've caught up with the recent Shoot the Shooto show and are sold on Shoot Boxing. It is kind of a sport to itself, but still has its roots deep in the world of Kickboxing. Shoot Boxing is one of the most unique sub-sports imaginable, with Judo throws being a huge part of what makes Shoot Boxing special. In Muay Thai there are sweeps that can earn points, but in Shoot Boxing a full on Ippon is what they are looking for. To help celebrate this, our friend Jill has made a pretty awesome video highlighting the awesome art of the throw and can help explain why Judo has always been my favorite grappling art.

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About a week ago, Krush announced its 2012 schedule, with the biggest announcement being that 60kg and 55kg champions Hirotaka Urabe and Shota Takiya would be making the first defenses of their titles that they won in their respective Krush tournaments back in April. Yesterday, Krush finally announced who their opponents would be and both fights promise fireworks.

In a rematch of the quarterfinals of the Krush 60kg tournament, champion Hirotaka Urabe will look to defend his belt against none other than former AJKF Super Featherweight champion Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa. The first time the two met, Urabe was coming off of a loss to Masaaki Noiri while Ishikawa was coming off back to back losses to Kizaemon Saiga and Ryuji Kajiwara. For Urabe, that win over Ishikawa started a 6-fight win streak which is still in tact and included him winning the Krush 60kg tournament. Since that fight, Ishikawa is 2-1 with his loss coming in a WBC Japan title fight against Yoshinori Nakasuka and most recently defeating "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi in an exciting rematch which saw both fighters on the canvas. After winning that fight, Ishikawa announced he wanted to face the Krush Supernova tournament winner and retire following that bout, so there is a possibility that Ishikawa could announce his retirement following this bout, especially if he were to lose. Hirotaka Urabe should be the favorite heading into this rematch as he seems to fare better under Krush rules than Ishikawa whose knees and clinch work have been all but eliminated since he began fighting under Krush/K-1 rules.

The other title fight announced was 55kg champ Shota Takiya defending his title in a rematch against former AJKF, RISE and M-1 Bantamweight champion and current ISKA World Super Bantamweight champion Nobuchika Terado. The first time they met was also for a title in the finals of a 4-man tournament for the vacant AJKF Bantamweight title, with Terado taking a 5 round decision over Takiya, though it was just Takiya's 9th pro fight. Since, Takiya has gone 10-3 with 7 of those wins coming by KO and he is currently riding a 7-fight win streak which saw him win the Krush tournament over Ryuya Kusakabe. Terado is 7-2 since that fight, though one of his losses was in the quarterfinals of the Krush tournament to Ryuya Kusakabe in a highly entertaining bout which saw both fighters dropped multiple times. In his most recent bout, Terado claimed the ISKA World title by a wide margin. Takiya should be the favorite here as he has improved greatly since their last fight as he holds the edge in power and speed and is one of the hottest fighters in Japan at the moment. However, Terado should not be counted out as he has significant power himself and is tough to put away. This should be an extremely entertaining bout and if it is anything like both of their most recent bouts against Ryuya Kusakabe, could be a contender for fight of the year.

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We now know the next three scheduled fights for both Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Fabio Pinca.

Buakaw will be fighting Frank Giorgi on December 18 in Thailand at the Thai Fight 70kg Finals. Then he'll be fighting Dzhabar Askerov on January 21 in Italy at Yokkao Extreme 2012.

Pinca will be fighting Kem Sitsongpeenong also on December 18 in Thailand but at the Thai Fight 67kg Finals. Then also on the Yokkao Extreme 2012 card, he fights the renowned Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.

It's rare that two of the same fighters from completely different areas of the world will be featured on two cards in a row. Make that three. Buakaw and Pinca will face off on March 17 in France at La Nuit Des Titans. The weight for the fight isn't known yet, but I'd assume around 70kg, which means Pinca would be moving up. Pinca deserves every bit of props in the world for taking on Kem, Saenchai and Buakaw in consecutive fights. Not many, if any foreigners to Thailand would take on three great Thai fighters in a row under their own ruleset.

The schedule for both Buakaw and Pinca leading up to their fight is really great and any fan of kickfighting should be looking forward to watching their upcoming fights.

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A busy weekend for fights means that fight videos soon follow. Everyone's favorite 70kg Muay Thai fighter and former K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk was in action again, this time for Thai Fight. His opponent this weekend was Mickael Piscitello to see who moves into the Thai Fight Extreme Finals for 70kg. Seeing as though Kickboxing fans have been chomping at the bit for Buakaw Por. Pramuk to return to Kickboxing action and Thai Fight is winding down, let us know who you want to see Buakaw fight if he does indeed return to the Kickboxing realm from being treated like a god by Thai Fight.

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Back on Saturday at Korakuen Hall, New Japan Kickboxing Federation held the 10th installment in its New Japan Blood series which usually focuses on fights sanctioned by WBC Muay Thai Japan. The event featured one WBC International title fight and one WBC Japan title fight.

In the night's main event, WBC Japan Super Featherweight champion Yoshinori Nakasuka fell to WKA Australia Super Featherweight champion Joseph Concha via split decision on scores of 48-50, 48-49 and 49-47, netting Concha the WBC International Super Featherweight title. The result is a bit of a surprise as Nakasuka was coming off of the biggest win of his career over Naoki Ishikawa while Concha had not really been known outside of his home country's kickboxing scene. Nakasuka was originally set to take on Oley Sakonpetch, but his opponent was changed to Concha. The win is pretty big for Concha who now gets his name out there.

In the co-main event, WBC Japan Super Welterweight champion and Krush 70kg tournament finalist Yutaro Yamauchi failed to defend his WBC Japan title against former WBC Japan Welterweight champion Soichiro Miyakoshi, losing on scores of 47-50(x2) and 48-49. Big win for Miyakoshi who I had pegged as more of a gatekeeper in Japan at 70kg, but, as he showed here, he has the ability to win against good fighters. He was coming off of back to back losses to Takafumi Morita and Yuya Yamato, losing his WBC Japan Welterweight title to Yamato. Yamauchi hadn't fought since his loss in the Krush 70kg tournament finals to Kenta. He is now on a 2-fight losing streak. Kazuya Takeda could be the next to challenge for this title as he is the only person ranked at Super Welterweight other than Yamauchi and Miyakoshi and Miyakoshi holds a win over Takeda from 2 and a half years ago.

Finally, in non-title action, WBC Japan Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato won a decision over J-Network #5 ranked Super Lightweight Keio on scores of 29-27(x2) and 30-27. Yamato was coming off of a loss in Thai Fight to Fabio Pinca in a rematch. An interesting next fight for Yamato would be against Soichiro Miyakoshi's brother Keijiro Miyakoshi, although Keijiro would have to move up about 5kg to challenge for the title and he already has the right to face WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata.

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