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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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Fight Code wraps up their Rhinos heavyweight tournament series today in Geneva, Switzerland. Competitors have won their way into the final and four of them remain. The four: Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo, Pacome Assi and Yuksel Ayaydin will battle it out in a one night tournament to determine the winner of the Fight Code Rhinos Tournament. Also on the card, two rematches form the last Fight Code event take place. Armen Petrosyan and Yuri Bessmurtny rematch, as well as Abdallah Mabel and Xu Yan.

You can watch the event live for free on www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is sign up.

Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #1:

Vitali Akhramenko def. Pacome Assi by Unanimous Decision. Very close fight. Akhramenko dominated the first round but Assi came back in rounds 2 and 3 and there could be a case made for him winning. Akhramenko's conditioning in this fight was very bad. Assi has improved immensely over the course of the year.

Fight Code Rhinos Semi-Final #2:

Freddy Kemayo def. Yuksel Ayaydin by Unanimous Decision. Great fight, non-stop action throughout. Pretty close and could've gone to an extra round.

Yoann Kongolo def. Hicham Zentari by TKO (Body Kick) in Round 2. Zentari had a granite chin but Kongolo got around that and finished him to the body. Kongolo is a beast.

Fight Code Dragons Final 8:

Yuri Bessmertny def. Armen Petrosyan by KO (Right Hook). Armen came out strong and looked like he hurt Bessmertny. Armen came at Yuri with full on offense and Yuri landed a counter hook, knocking him down. Armen got up and went at Yuri again, this time Yuri landed a vicious right hook. Armen got up but the referee waved off the fight.

Fight Code Dragons Final 8:

Abdallah Mabel def. Xu Yan by Unanimous Decision. Commentator is making a fuss about the decision just because Xu Yan was better in the third round and disregards anything that happened in the two rounds before.

Fight Code Rhinos Final:

Vitali Akhramenko def. Freddy Kemayo by decision. He wins $80 000 US.

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Back on Wednesday RISE held RISE 85 which featured their heavyweight tournament, two title fights and two super fights featuring promotional champions. Usually I add a brief analysis with the results post, but I didn't want to make that post extraordinarily long. In the heavyweight GP, Singh "Heart" Jaideep won in the finals by KO over Makoto Uehara while Stefan Leko, Fabiano Cyclone and Mighty Mo were the victims of upsets in the opening round of the tournament. RENA managed to defeat Erika Kamimura in a very close fight, Kenji Kubo bested Dyki for the vacant Bantamweight title and RISE champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto picked up big wins over Sergio Wielzen and Son Hyun Lee, respectively.

  • Starting with Jaideep, he proved what most people already knew and that is that he is above the level of RISE, J-Network, etc. when it comes to heavyweights in Japan. A 4th fight with Fabiano Cyclone would have been nice, but he did what he needed to do. It'd be nice to see him compete in a qualifying FIKA tournament next year.
  • Very surprising result from Makoto Uehara despite the quick loss to Jaideep in the finals. He proved me wrong in showing that his conditioning is better than previously thought as he was able to go 7 full rounds. His power is still there, though he failed to score a knockout which may show that he adapted to the tournament format and fought smart, conserving his energy. I’d also like to see Uehara in a FIKA qualifying GP.
  • Jan Soukup was on the verge of making the finals in just his 5th pro kickboxing bout, but his win over Fabiano Cyclone is huge. Should he continue to fight in kickboxing, he could be interesting, but at 32 he likely won't crack the top 25.
  • For Raoumaru, the win over Mighty Mo is nice, but he didn't prove much, getting decimated by Jaideep early in the first round. Like I said in my preview, he could beat Mighty Mo, but didn't have much chance of doing anything thereafter.
  • For Leko, I don't think this loss signifies that he should retire. He was coming off of two fights just a week ago and got his body roughed up pretty well by Errol Zimmerman. Uehara has power and was able to put up a pace that Leko couldn't handle so soon after fighting last week. This fight had the perfect recipe for an upset and Leko just wasn’t able to put in a winning performance.
  • The most disappointing result on the night was for Fabiano Cyclone who I had pegged as the favorite to win the tournament. Perhaps it was an off night or just a bad style matchup for him. Next for him is an unknown, though I still want him to take a step up in competition.
  • Hiromi Amada lasted the longest against Jaideep, but at 38 he's not going anywhere. He had an 8 year run in K-1 and will likely keep defending his HEAT title until he can't any more.
  • I have nothing to say about Mighty Mo.
  • This win for RENA is probably the biggest of her career so far. Coming off of losses to Ai Takahashi and Jessica Penne, I can't imagine many people had her as the favorite in this fight. I had her all but counted out, but she showed real heart and grit, grinding out this decision.
  • The loss isn't really a step back for Kamimura and had it not been for fouls she could have gotten a draw or even a win. At just 18 she's now 23-2 (12 KO) and is likely pegged as the third best female fighter at this weight behind RENA and Ai Takahashi.
  • Speaking of Takahashi, this fight pretty much makes her #1. I still want to see a fight between her and Kamimura, as well as a trilogy fight with RENA, but for now she sits alone atop her throne.
  • Kenji Kubo, younger brother of Yuta Kubo, could now be regarded one of the top kickboxers in Japan at 55kg. However, with a pair of losses to Shota Takiya and a loss to Nobuchika Terado in his past, he'll need a big win or really good performance against someone like Ryuya Kusakabe or Takiya to be considered an elite fighter.
  • Though there's no video of the fight yet, from the GBRing and Bout Review reports it seemed as though Kosuke Komiyama had a slight edge over Sergio Wielzen in the opening round before the cut appeared. Unfortunately, the fight ended early and it's hard to determine who the better fighter actually was that night. Still, it's a decent scalp for Kosuke Komiyama who has made a name for himself this year, capturing the RISE title against Kan Itabashi and now defeating Wielzen. His case to challenge Hirotaka Urabe for the Krush 60kg title gets stronger by the day and with Urabe having his first defense announced for January without an opponent, Komiyama is in a good position to be his opponent.
  • Wielzen had fought twice in the month leading up to this fight and Simon Rutz admitted that he had almost no scouting on Komiyama and that left him open for Komiyama's front kick which found a home multiple times and was ultimately the strike that caused the cut.
  • Koji Yoshimoto scored a huge win over surging prospect Son Hyun Lee. This win, as well as his win over Shohei Asahara back in June in K-1 should give him the publicity he needs to get placed into a qualifying FIKA tournament at 63kg.
  • Disappointing result for Lee who holds a win over Kizaemon Saiga and took Koya Urabe to an extension round in a fight that could have arguably been scored in his favor. He lost a point for coming in slightly overweight and there was a point deduction in the 3rd round for clinching as well, though I'm not sure who the penalty was given to. If it was given to Lee, he would have won the fight via majority decision without the two point deductions, but as it stands, it's back to the drawing board for Lee.
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Rumble of the Kings returns tomorrow for their annual event, and it's a stacked card. The card will host MMA, K-1 rules and Muay Thai bouts featuring veterans and top fighters.

In the main event, one of the most anticipated fights of this year takes place as Artur Kyshenko fights Yodsanklai Fairtex. With Yod looking shaky as of late in his August loss and Kyshenko looking in top form at Mike's Gym, the fight provides a very interesting clash of fighters at somewhat of a crossroads. Despite getting dropped twice en route to a decision loss in August against, Yod competed in the Final Toyota Marathon last month and won two fights, before reportedly getting robbed against the promoter's fighter in the final. Kyshenko ran through the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament before being stopped in the finals by Robin van Roosmalen. Both fighters are coming off a loss, and both of them are fighting to get back on track.

Another guaranteed barn burner between Dzhabar Askerov and Chahid Oulad El Hadj is on the card. It's surprising to see Chahid back so soon after getting his jaw broken two months ago. Askerov looked great in his last fight, stopping Maxim Smirnov. Both of these fighters throw bombs but Askerov has been fighting more calm and technically as of late. Don't be surprised if he reverts to slugging it out when Chahid's haymakers are coming his way.

In other action on the card, Yoshihiro Sato returns after a win over Albert Kraus in June to face the Swede fighter Alex Tobiasson Harris. The fight is at 75kg and it should be interesting to see how Sato does at a higher weight. There's also a four man, one night tournament on the card featuring four up and comign Scandinavian fighters looking to make a name for themselves.

The fight can be viewed via live stream for 10 Euros ($13.38 US) at http://www.rumbleplay.com/

Full fight card below:

Kickboxing: -72.6kg Artur Kyshenko vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex

MMA: Bruno Carvalho vs. Marius Zaromskis

Kickboxing: -75kg Yoshihiro Sato vs. Alex Tobiasson Harris

MMA: Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Jorgen Kruth

Kickboxing: -70kg Chahid Oulad El Hadj vs. Dzhabar Askerov

Kickboxing: -81kg David Onufer vs. Abbe Joof

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

Pasi Luukanen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 1:

Rassan Muhareb vs. Martin Akhtar

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

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On a rainy and windy Thursday afternoon kickboxing fans gathered at the River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver), BC Canada for the iTalk BB 1st Annual Canada vs. China Muay Thai Fighting Championships press conference and weigh-ins for tomorrow’s anticipated event between the two countries best stand up fighters. An exciting display of world class kickboxing will be showcased Friday night live from the River Rock Casino Theatre at 6:30PM PST and will be aired live on GFL.tv as well for those of you out of town (iPPV costs $14.99 US). This is a must see event for all stand up fighting enthusiasts! Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow’s fights.

187lbs/85kg: Adam Blanchette (186.8lbs / 84.7kg) vs. Yang Yuanfei (188.6lbs / 85.5kg)

121lbs/55kg: Jessica Gladstone (121.4lbs / 55kg) vs. Li Hui (126.6lbs / 57.4kg*)

176lbs / 80kg: Mitch Fowler (175lbs / 79.3kg) vs. Fu Gaofeng (179.2lbs / 81.3kg)

132lbs / 60kg: Nicci Soutiere (133.6lbs / 60.6kg) vs. Bai Jing (133.6lbs / 60.6kg)

143lbs / 65kg: Nate Smandych (142.2lbs / 64.5kg) vs. Xioa Jie (147.8lbs / 67kg**)

145lbs / 65kg: Hakeem Dawodu (144.6lbs / 65.6kg) vs. Feng Jie (146lbs / 66.2kg)

165lbs / 75kg: Mukai Maromo (165lbs / 75kg) vs. Cao Yaomin (161lbs / 73kg)

*Li Hui lost three pounds during the time this article was written (123.6lbs / 56kg)

**Xioa Jie lost four pounds during the time this article was written (143.8lbs / 65.2kg)

For more pictures from the weigh-ins please visist Ragin Ronin Productions on Facebook.

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Earlier today at JCB Hall, RISE held its 2011 Heavyweight tournament featuring the likes of Stefan Leko, Mighty Mo, Singh “Heart” Jaideep and Fabiano Cyclone, as well as its first women’s title fight in Erika Kamimura vs RENA, a superfight between Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama and Sergio Wielzen, a superfight between Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto and Son Hyun Lee and a Bantamweight title fight between Kenji Kubo and Dyki.

The quarterfinals of the heavyweight tournament featured three upsets. In a somewhat expected upset, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara beat up K-1 veteran Stefan Leko en route to a unanimous decision victory on scores of 30-27(x2) and 30-26. Uehara scored a down in the third round, but was on his way to victory as he was all over Leko who had two fights just a week ago in the SuperKombat tournament. In another slight upset, WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano “Cyclone” Aoki received just his second loss since 2007, losing to Kyokushin karate fighter Jan Soukup by majority decision on scores of 29-28(x2) and 28-28. Cyclone appeared to do well throughout most of the fight, but fell victim to a down in the second round which cost him the fight. In the other half of the bracket, K-1 fighter and J-Network Heavyweight champion Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada by 2nd round TKO as a result of a cut caused by a knee. In the final quarterfinal bout, RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru was able to outland and outlast K-1 fighter Mighty Mo, scoring a 3rd round KO at 2:49 into the round.

In the semifinals, RISE HW champ Makoto Uehara continued his run, edging out Jan Soukup in an extension round on scores of 10-9(x3) after judges had determined the fight to be a majority draw after 3 rounds, with scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, Singh “Heart” Jaideep made short work of Raoumaru, scoring a 1st round KO at 1:39 with a knee strike.

In the finals, K-1 fighter Singh “Heart” Jaideep defeated RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara by 1st round KO to win the RISE Heavyweight tournament. The knockout capped off a great performance from Jaideep who finished off all three of his opponents and is now 2-0 against Uehara.

In the night’s co-main event, 2-time Girls S-Cup champion RENA defeated WPMF, WBC Muay Thai and WMC Light Flyweight champion Erika Kamimura by razor-close unanimous decision on scores of 47-46(x2) and 46-45 to become the first Queen of RISE. I believe the only thing keeping the fight from a draw is a pair of penalties for Kamimura and one for RENA, though it could have been one penalty each, I am not entirely sure.

In the night’s final title fight, former NJKF Flyweight champion Kenji Kubo, brother of Yuta Kubo, defeated RISE #1 ranked Bantamweight Dyki by 1st round KO at 1:35 to win the vacant RISE Bantamweight title.

In super fights, RISE Super Featherweight and Super Lightweight champions Kosuke Komiyama and Koji Yoshimoto won, with Komiyama defeating former It’s Showtime 61kg champ Sergio Wielzen  by 1st round TKO and Yoshimoto edging out a win over top Korean Son Hyun Lee on scores of 29-28, 29-27 and 28-27. Lee started with a 1 point penalty for weighing in over the limit and another penalty was given in the fight for clinching, though I’m not sure to who. The Komiyama-Wielzen fight was stopped due to a cut.

Brother of Kosuke Komiyama, Yusuke Komiyama made his pro debut, fighting to a draw.

Quick Results after the break

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The RISE heavyweight tournament is set to take place in a few hours at JCB Hall in Tokyo and I have decided to break down the GP and rank the fighters by their chances of winning the tournament. With K-1's lack of a heavyweight grand prix this year, RISE has filled the hole, taking two albeit lower tier fighters as K-1 representatives to participate in the tournament in Stefan Leko and Mighty Mo. Other participants include WPMF World Heavyweight champion Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki, J-Network Heavyweight champion and K-1 fighter Singh "Heart" Jaideep, RISE Heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara, runner-up at the 9th All World Karate Championships Jan Soukup, K-1 veteran Hiromi Amada and RISE Heavyweight title challenger Raoumaru.

1. Fabiano "Cyclone" Aoki: The Brazilian-Japanese fighter has been one of the best heavyweights on the Japanese circuit over the past five years, compiling a 15-1 record since 2007 which included him claiming the RISE, J-Network and WPMF World Heavyweight titles. Aoki has faced fellow GP participant Singh "Heart" Jaideep three times in his career, going 2-1 with the loss coming in a match for the J-Network title and their most recent affair happening just under three years ago. A first round matchup with wild card Jan Soukup could lead to a bad result for Aoki, but with Soukup's lack of experience in the kickboxing world, Aoki should have the edge. Should he win, he has a rather easy path to the finals as Stefan Leko just competed in a tournament last week and Makoto Uehara has a notoriously bad gas tank.

2. Singh "Heart" Jaideep: Most K-1 fans should remember Jaideep for his surprising knockout of Sergei Kharitonov at last year's WGP, but they should also remember him for his dreadful performance against Ewerton Teixeira at the 2009 Final 16. That being said, Jaideep managed to stay close with Teixeira during the fight. At 6'6", Jaideep holds a considerable height advantage over most of his opponents which should help, as his strength is his knees. Along with being 1-2 against Aoki, Jaideep holds a KO win over tournament participant Makoto Uehara. Jaideep gets a decent matchup against the aging Hiromi Amada in the quarterfinals and should he win, he gets the winner of Mighty Mo vs Raoumaru, who could take a good amount of damage in that fight.

3. Stefan Leko: Stefan Leko is not on the same level that he once was, but luckily for him, neither is his competition in this tournament. Leko has just 1 win this year, going 1-6 in his last 7, and is coming off of a knockout loss to Errol Zimmerman just a week ago. Leko has an interesting quarterfinal matchup with RISE heavyweight champion Makoto Uehara. What Uehara lacks in conditioning, he makes up for with power and he would have presented a difficult challenge for anyone to face in the quarterfinals. With Leko's recent woes and coming in beat up from last week's SuperKombat tournament, Leko vs Uehara has upset written all over it. However, there is also a chance that Leko could run the tournament because of the level of competition.

 

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