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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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French promotion Nuit Des Challenges returned with an event in Marseilles yesterday. The card featured bouts with K-1, Muay Thai and Full Contact Rules. Among the fighters featured on the card were Karim Bennoui, Thomas Adamandopoulos, Abdallah Mabel and Gregory Choplin.

Karim Bennoui faced off with Thomas Adamandopoulos in a clash of two of the top 61-63kg kickboxers in the world. Bennoui had won the It's Showtime 61MAX title in March over Sergio Wielzen before losing it to Javier Hernandez in June. Adamandopoulos had been on a roll this year, winning all six of his fights this year. The fight was scheduled for five rounds for the ISKA World CHampionship at 62.5kg. From what I've heard, it sounds like it was a really good fight. Karim Bennoui took the decision.

Abdallah Mabel met Gregory Choplin, another clash with two of France's best. They met at 72.5kg under Muay Thai rules. Abdallah Mabel took a decision. Karim Ghajji decisioned Sebastien Pace in a full contact fight, showing he can adapt to all three different rulesets. Another top French fighter Albert Chey took a decision over Olivier Moriano.

Full results here.

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Earlier today at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, M-1 held its second co-promotion with It's Showtime Japan headlined by two WPMF World Title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout and a fight with Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.

In the night's main event, rising star Genji Umeno captured his 8th straight win with a 1st round KO via elbow at 2:39 into the round over Dekkamon HimaraiGym to net him the WPMF World Super Featherweight title. This moves the 22 year old's record to 18-1(9 KO) and may move him up further in the Lumpinee Stadium rankings, where he currently sits ninth. Up next for Umeno is an exciting showdown with WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii on December 22nd. Should he get past Morii, I would assume he would begin to focus on capturing a Lumpinee Stadium title, which he may be able to do being in a relatively weak division.

In the co-main event, WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara upset WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk Weerasakreck with a 4th round TKO at 2:26 into the round to capture the WPMF World Lightweight title. This is a surprising result as Kanongsuk had been on an absolute tear lately, going 8-1 in his last 9 with wins over Rashata, Genki Yamamoto, Hiromasa Masuda and Satoshi Endo with his only loss to Kan Itabashi. Tsukahara was coming off of a loss to Masahiro Yamamoto back in August. Both fighters' futures are unknown at the moment, but both could find themselves fighting at the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival event.

In the night's last title bout, WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion TO-MA picked up the vacant WPMF Japan Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Takuma Ito on scores of 50-47(x2) and 50-46. The title belonged to Ichinohe Sota, though I'm not sure why he vacated it as his only fight since winning it back in April was a draw against Takuma Ito. Regardless, TO-MA has a few options going forward, as he could face Sota, Arashi Fujiwara in a rematch or recently crowned WBC Japan champions Ryuji Kato or Ryuya Kusakabe. For Ito it's back to the drawing board as he has 21 year old has recorded his only two blemishes on his record in the past 6 months. A matchup with recent WBC Japan title challengers Kojiro or Shuichi Uentsu would be a good test for Ito.

In the main non-title fight, renowned Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took longer than most would have expected to dispose of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi, with Saenchai finishing him off at 1:35 into the 4th round. I do not know how the fight went, but the result isn't too bad for Oishi who could have a future in K-1. For Saenchai it's a 5th straight win and puts him at 17-2 since the start of 2010.

Finally, in a #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Featherweight title, 5th ranked Yuji Umehara upset 2nd ranked Hiroki Nagashima with a 1st round TKO as a result of a cut. Umehara is now set to face current champion Yosuke Morii, however with Morii set to face Umeno on December 22nd and the way this fight ended, there could be a rematch between the two.

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A few weeks ago, Krush held the first 2 rounds of its Under-22 Supernova Tournament and the first videos from that event are popping up now. Tournament favorites HIROYA and Masaaki Noiri both made it out of their blocks and are set to face each other in the semifinals on December 9th.

Block A Semifinal: HIROYA vs Daiki Hoshikawa

   

Block A Final: HIROYA vs Sho Ogawa

Block B Semifinal: Masaaki Noiri vs Rambo

Block B Final: Masaaki Noiri vs Daizo Sasaki

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It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event today in a new location, Tenerife. The largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands is a hotbed for kickboxing and It's Showtime has put on a great card to please the local fans. Among the top match-ups on the card are the return of Giorgio Petrosyan, who takes on Zeben Diaz. There's also an It's Showtime 95MAX World Title fight featuring Danyo Ilunga defending his belt against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. The rest of the card is filled with exciting match-ups that make this event worth checking out.

The event starts at 4PM EST/1 PM PST. You can order it on www.showtimefights.com or if you live in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network.

Sergio Wielzen vs. Carlos Reyes 61kg

Wielzen wins by TKO in Round 1 due to a cut he caused with a knee on Reyes. The fight was competitive until Wielzen wobbled Reyes with a counter hook and then hurt him even more with a knee, followed by dropping him with a left hand. Reyes got up but the fight was called off due to the cut.

Andy Ristie vs. Jonay Risco 70kg

Didn't see the first two rounds because the TV station was having technical difficulties but in the third, Ristie floored Risco with a left hook after having some trouble finding his opponent. Risco got up but the fight was called off. Ristie wins by TKO in Round 3.

Murthel Groenhart vs. Darryl Sichtmann 77kg

Murthel Groenhart wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Murthel.

Moises Ruibal vs. Amir Zeyada

Amir Zeyada wins by TKO (Injury) in Round 2. Ruibal was winning Round 1 before getting dropped with a right hand at the end. In the second, Ruibal seemed to injure his knee and was counted but fought on. He was counted twice more for the injury and the fight was called off.

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Zeben Diaz

Petrosyan wins by majority decision (3-2). The two judges who scored the fight for Diaz must just be idiots or be local judges because it was pretty clear that Giorgio won all three rounds. The commentators were making it seem way closer than it was just because Diaz actually managed to land a punch or two.

Danyo Ilunga vs. Loren Javier Jorge (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title)

Danyo Ilunga wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Ilunga. Loren simply didn't throw enough and got outworked by the more dynamic Ilunga.

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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Krush held Krush.13, an event headlined by three Krush vs Europe fights.

In the night's main event, K-1 -63kg 2011 Japan Tournament champion Yuta Kubo defeated France's Tristan Benard by knockout, 52 seconds into the 3rd round. Kubo seems to have controlled the fight completely, on his way to a decision victory before putting the Frenchman away. The win is a 7th straight for Kubo and his 12th win in his past 13 fights, with his sole loss coming in the finals of the K-1 -63kg 2010 Tournament to Tetsuya Yamato. Kubo was guaranteed a spot in a possible -63kg World Tournament, but with K-1's sale and transition into the current FIKA, Kubo's future is unknown. It is likely that he will be seeded into the round of 32, though as one of the hottest fighters in the division at the moment, he may not have much trouble fighting his way through another qualifying tournament.

In the second Krush vs Europe fight and what may have been the closest, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe was taken the distance by Mike's Gym product Maik Redan, but Urabe came out on top on scores of 30-28(x2) and 30-27. Urabe was able to win a clear decision, but not without resistance from the young fighter. At just 17, Redan looks to have a bright future training out of Mike's Gym, but the challenge of the Krush champion was too much for him this early in his career. For Urabe, it's a 6th straight win and it is likely that he will defend his title soon. Good options for defenses are RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama, whose challenge was dismissed by Urabe, or the winner of the Krush Supernova tournament semifinal match between Masaaki Noiri and HIROYA.

In the final Krush vs Europe fight, Krush 55kg champion Shota Takiya overwhelmed the UK's Damien Trainor en route to a 3rd round stoppage, 53 seconds into the round as a result of a flying knee. It's a 7th straight for Takiya who is a real force at 55kg. A third fight with Ryuya Kusakabe for the Krush title would be a great rubber match and would be a great addition to any Krush card.

Also on the card, Team Dragon prospect Hideaki Yamazaki picked up his 4th straight win with a first round knockout of Hayato Hatakeyama, while Krush regular NOMAN picked up a 2nd round KO and MMA fighter Daisuke Endo continued his kickboxing career with a draw.

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As he's done in the past, Daniel Ghita took to Facebook today to announce a fight. He announced that he'll be fighting on December 10th in Croatia, his opponent being Mladen Kujundzic.

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The fight can be seen as a tune-up for Ghita, who faces Hesdy Gerges on January 28th in a rematch for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title. Kujundzic is a Croatian fighter who has been fighting for Fight Code lately, losing in a competitive fight to Freddy Kemayo. Kujundzic showed that he was a decent fighter to hang with Kemayo, but definitely not anywhere near Ghita's level. The money is on Ghita to take him out in a round or two.

With the K-1 Final 16 falling through, many other fighters have taken to other promotions to secure fights in the gap between October and It's Showtime's January 28th show. A lot of the fighters have found a place on two of SuperKombat's upcoming cards. While there are no details about this card or even the location in Croatia, it's surprising that Ghita isn't also on one of the Superkombat cards, given that it's a Romanian promotion.

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