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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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There was a whole lot to talk about this week on Warman's Kickfighting show with both Steven Wright and myself, where we ran down the results for the big four cards that have gone down since last we spoke. the first card we give a bulk of the show to was yesterday's SuperKombat show, which featuring a one-night, eight man Heavyweight tournament and featured some solid names. We look at the event and measure up the fighters on their performances and how they'd stand on the world scene, as well as give an in-depth look into what makes Errol Zimmerman tick and how his 2011 was an incredible year.

We shift our attention to It's Showtime's Tenerife card where we look at the results as well as what kind of future we expect for a fighter like Danyo Ilunga and more. Then we cap the show off by looking at the Night of Champions card and that TATNET Cup event as well. As always, check the show out on Steven's blog or on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul), or just listen to it below.

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WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata was originally set to face Krush 63kg champion Ryuji Kajiwara for his Krush title at Krush.14 on December 9th, the same event holding the semi-finals and finals of the Krush Under-22 63kg Supernova Tournament. However, an injury has forced Rashata out of the fight and K-1 -63kg 2010 tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato has stepped in to replace him. Yamato has been up and down since winning the K-1 tournament last year. In his first fight after the GP, he was defeated soundly by Koya Urabe, then fought to a draw against MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura at Dynamite!!! 2010. He picked up a win over Makoto Nishiyama in NJKF, then squeaked past HIROYA in the quarterfinals of the 2011 K-1 63kg Japan tournament before losing to Urabe again in the semifinals. He picked up a TKO win in August over Coke Chunhawat before losing a wide decision to Jomthong Chuwattana in his most recent outing. Though the opponent has changed, the challenge has not gotten easier for the champion Kajiwara. Rashata would likely have been the favorite, but Yamato is a tough style match-up for Kajiwara. Yamato possesses fight-ending power in his hands and, if he is given an opening, is able to land. His biggest weaknesses are his lack of speed and how he cracks under offensive pressure. Kajiwara does not possess the speed he needs to frustrate Yamato, however if he could keep Yamato on the end of his jab and kicks, he could be able to cruise to a decision win. However, this fight has the possibility of becoming a brawl reminiscent of Kajiwara's incredible fight with Hisanori Maeda back in AJKF as both men have the capability to give out and take a good amount of punishment.

Krush also revealed plans about their future in 2012, putting out a schedule of events as well as announcing an interesting Super Six-type round robin, titled the "Krush -63kg League 2012"(tentative name), to determine a challenger for the 63kg title at the end of next year. Though in some ways similar to Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic, the Krush "Super Six" takes six of the 63kg division's middling fighters and puts them in a round robin tournament, with each fighter facing one another over the course of 2012. Fights will be 3x3 and there will be no extension rounds, as the scoring system will be 3 points for a knockout, 2 points for a decision win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. There will be no playoff system, as the person with the highest point total at the end of the round robin stage will be granted the title shot. Krush has announced five of the six participants for the tournament and they are Hideaki Yamazaki, Naoki Terasaki, TaCa, NOMAN and Hitoshi Tsukagoshi. One thing to be noted is that several of these fighters have faced each other in the past.

The first round of the tournament is set to take place at Krush.15 on January 9th, the first Krush event of 2012.Also tentatively scheduled for that event are the Krush 55kg and 60kg champions', Shota Takiya and Hirotaka Urabe, first scheduled defenses. Though no opponent has been named for either, candidates at 55kg for Shota Takiya are Ryuya Kusakabe, though Kusakabe has a fight just 2 and a half weeks before, or recently crowned ISKA champion Nobuchiko Terado. For Urabe, he could face RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama or Masaaki Noiri, should he be ready just a month after the Supernova tournament. Naoki Ishikawa is also an interesting opponent as he stated he wants to fight the winner of the Supernova tournament in his retirement fight, though Urabe holds a win over Ishikawa and he may see it fit to try and avenge that loss in his retirement fight.

After the break, Krush's 2012 schedule as well as a small breakdown of the five Krush -63kg League 2012 fighters.

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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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The long awaited Yokka Extreme 2012 card featuring Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Dzhabar Askerov is a few months away and today received another big fight. Giorgio Petrosyan is set to take on Abraham Roqueni, a fighter who has garnered a lot of respect over the past year.

Roqueni has had a very successful 2011, notching wins over Andy Souwer, Gago Drago and Jose Barradas. The wins over Souwer and Drago opened some eyes to a lot of people who had never heard of him before and as a result, he's gotten some opportunities to shine, including this one. Roqueni is quite a good fighter, and should be a worthy opponent for Giorgio. This will be the second Spaniard that Giorgio has fought in a row, his last win coming over Zeben Diaz on Saturday.

Besides Buakaw vs. Askerov and Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Abraham Roqueni, Yokka Extreme 12 also features other top names such as Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Armen Petrosyan and Pajonsuk Por Pramuk. The card seems to be getting even more stacked the closer it gets and right now it's looking great.

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The light flyweight division in Thailand is one of the most competitive classes in the country. Two of the of the better fighters at this weight are Penthai Singpatong and Songkom Sakhomsin. Penthai is currently the 3rd ranked fighter at Lumpinee stadium and Songkom is #1. With the current champion now fighting at around 115 pounds its likely the title is vacated and perhaps these two could compete for it in the near future.

Penthai is 22, which is fairly old for such a small weight. He stands at 5'3 and has a really good all around style. Last December he lost a heart breaking decision to Kengkla Sor. Chokkitichai for the Channel 7 title, but got a rematch the following month and took the belt in another very close, and thrilling fight. He still maintains that title but most of his fights now are happening at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee. 

Songkom Sakhomsin has exploded on to the scene recently and is smashing most of his competition. In his last eight fights he's 7-1 with 5 KO's. The loan loss comes at a low weight that does not suit him well. At just 16 he seems to be getting better every time out, and his left uppercut has become his signature technique. He fights similar to how Yodsanklai fought when he was a teen. 

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Romania has been hosting some big fights of late with their SuperKombat promotion, and on Thursday it will be no exception, as there will be a one night 8-man tournament on top of some Super Fights. One of the Super Fights pits up-and-comer Rico Verhoeven against It's Showtime Heavyweight Champion Hesdy Gerges.

Gerges/Rico

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