|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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We've been touting Canada as one of the hidden gems of the Muay Thai world for quite a while now, with the shows that happen in the hockey-loving, seal-clubbing neighbor to the north putting on more and more quality events. On November 25th it will be no difference, as this time Canadian promoter Sport Muay Thai Fighting Championships will promote an event dubbed "Canada vs. China."
Our friends at Muay Thai Authority have the full fight card.
Jesse Miles (Canada) vs. Cao Yaomin (China)
Nate Smandych (Canada) vs. Xiao Jie (China)
Hakeem Dawodu (Canada) vs. Feng Jie (China)
Adam Blanchette (Canada) vs. Yang Yuanfei (China)
Sinisa Knezevic (Canada) vs. Fu Gaofeng (China)
Jessica Gladstone (Canada) vs. Li Hui (China)
Nicci Soutiere (Canada) vs. Bai Jing (China)
This is just an interesting tidbit we ran across today from Joe Rogan's podcast where he discusses a lot of fight-related stuff. He talks about how UFC is under investigation with the FTC for being a possible monopoly and that leads into how random it was that MMA caught on like it did. This leads the discussion to sports that have had a hard time of late and Joe Rogan starts talking about K-1 and how if someone like Mark Cuban were to step up to the plate and purchase K-1 that it would be a goldmine.
His line of thinking is not in any way far off from how we've been talking and it is a worth a quick listen to hear how passionate he is about it. Of course, I find it hard to agree with him that MMA is "better" and that Kickboxing and Muay Thai aren't as skilled or cerebral of sports because they lack grappling, but I do agree that people love to watch stand up fights and it is truly frustrating to see people not watch K-1, Kickboxing and Muay Thai more regularly or for more backers to take a chance on it and to do it right. To date no one has truly done Kickboxing any justice in the United States. [source]Add a comment
Yesterday in Hilversum, Holland, Twilight Fight Night played host to a few notable match-ups in the Dutch kickboxing scene. Two fighters that are definitely not known enough at all for how good they are, Ramzi Tamaditi and Fred Sikking each fought.
Both Tamaditi and Sikking are rather unknown outside of Holland and deserve some recognition. Tamditi fights in the stacked 70kg division and should be on an It's Showtime card. He fought Leory Kaestner at It's Showtime's event back on March 6th and came up short, losing a decision. Fred Sikking is in the 85kg division and has had mixed result at the higher levels. He recently split a two fight series with Moises Ruibal and got knocked out by Bogdan Stoica in February. Both fighters are on the cusp of breaking into the more prominent stages and needed wins yesterday to advance forward.
Tamaditi took on Egon Racz, a Slovakian fighter who now trains out of Mike's Gym. Racz is a good litmus test for a fighter's level and Ramzi took a decision over him. The win moves Ramzi a step closer to the bigger stages of kickboxing. It's never certain when one fighter will finally get the opportunity and some guys will hover around the Dutch scene for a long time.
Fred Sikking also moved forward with a decision win over Rodney Glunder. Glunder is a pretty decent win and moves Sikking up the ladder. It's surprising that Sikking hasn't gotten an opportunity on an It's Showtime card, especially with their efforts to establish an 85kg division. He would be a good fight for Sahak Parparyan.
A lot of guys like Tamaditi and Sikking hover around the Dutch and obscure European scenes for a very long time without getting any opportunities on the big stage. Now with more stable organizations popping up, there's hope that more fighters can get the recognition they deserve.Add a comment
SuperKombat ran their last tournament that feeds into the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals a few weeks back and the finals turned out to be Erhan Deniz vs. Wendell Roche. Roche is a fighter who has had some struggles within the past few years, including lack of motivation and having some excess weight on him. He recently made the cut to -85kgs for a few fights and it shows in his performance.
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For today's preview of Shoot the Shooto, I've decided to look at a particular matchup and that is Shootboxing #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki going up against Shooto and DREAM vet, "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. It is fitting that Suzuki is going up against an MMA fighter at the event as he has fought 3 MMA fighters in the past 2 years, taking on Tenkei Oda, Mitsuhiro Ishida and Shigeki Osawa. Nishiura's lone kickboxing fight was against 2010 K-1 63kg GP champion Tetsuya Yamato at Dynamite!!! 2010. Nishiura should stand a better chance than his fellow MMA fighters as he is primarily a striker, whereas Ishida and Osawa are predominantly wrestlers.
Hiroaki Suzuki vs Mitsuhiro Ishida
Hiroaki Suzuki vs Shigeki Osawa
"Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura vs Tetsuya YamatoAdd a comment