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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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Cor HemmersGolden Glory fires yet another shot over the bow in the legal situation that is brewing between former Golden Glory team member Alistair Overeem and Golden Glory management. Overeem claims that Golden Glory was dishonest with him and were bad management to him, while Golden Glory is claiming that Alistair owes them quite a substantial amount of money as per part of his agreement with them. Now MixFight.nl has spoken with Cor Hemmers about the situation, and he feels like Overeem is way out of line.

"The management made a great deal for Alistair with the UFC. Alistair was very happy with this deal himself. During the negotiations the management spoke with Alistair about the changes being made to all of the agreements, and during the final stages of the negotiations both the management and UFC sent Alistair all of the documents for his comments and approval. Alistair went on his way to ZUFFA headquarters in Las Vegas where he would sign the contract himself. And that’s where Alistair decided to change course…”

“I feel it’s a setup” says Cor, “because Alistair wasn’t satisfied with the percentages for the trainers and the management . In fact, he tried to lower the percentages for the trainers when it became clear that his income would increase in the near future. Alistair wanted to discuss a new compensation system more in the form of a fixed fee and not based on percentages. Although we have no say in this – it’s a deal between the management and Alistair – he talked about this with Martijn de Jong and me after a training session. I am disappointed in the way he acts now and the financial proposal that he made to Martijn which was way below the regular percentage for trainers. I have always felt it’s a team effort to get these boys including Alistair to the highest level of the sport."

He ends the interview with "a contract is a contract," which seems to be the prevailing mindset within the camp. From what Cor says here, it appears that Overeem was looking to alter his contract with Golden Glory to make it look more like a management contract from the United States, including paying the trainers separately, based on a flat fee as opposed to the percentage of the management contracts that they are currently paid per fighter. We'll have more on this story when it is available. [source]

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StillWill is back with his latest video, highlighting what he feels are the ten best knockouts in K-1's history. Go ahead and check it out.

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It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event tomorrow in Tenerife, Spain and the fight card is set with some intriguing match-ups. A few match-ups have had fighters shuffled in an out, but the card is still pretty solid.

In the main event, It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion Danyo Ilunga defends his title against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. Ilunga has defended his title once this year, stopping Nenad Pagonis in a very sloppy fight. In September, he beat Mohamed Boubkari to stay active. Loren lost a lopsided decision to Tyrone Spong at It's Showtime's Madrid event in June and last month beat Rodney Glunder at home in Tenerife. Loren can present some problems for Ilunga with his crisp combos but I don't think he's quite sharp enough to dethrone him. Ilunga's relentless pressure in my opinion will be too much for Loren and I could see a late stoppage or wide decision for Ilunga. Who knows, maybe Ilunga will fight very technical like he did against Wendell Roche.

Giorgio Petrosyan makes his return after yet another hand injury and takes on another hometown fighter in Zeben Diaz. Diaz impressed against Yavuz Kayabasi at It's Showtime's Madrid event but lost to Warren Stevelmans the next month. He has very good hands and throws crisp combinations but he's fighting Giorgio Petrosyan. Giorgio will likely put on another clinic.

Sergio Wielzen takes on Javier Hernandez's replacement, Tenerife fighter Carlos "Chiquitin" Reyes at 61kg. Reyes has a win over Hernandez and this should be another great match-up. Wielzen is an outstanding kicker and kicks should be flying for the whole fight. Amir Zeyada fights another Tenerife fighter in Moises Ruibal. This is another good match-up, and the short Ruibal will come forward with punch combinations while Zeyada uses more of a full arsenal of strikes. Zeyada has transformed himself into a huge 85kg fighter that is competitive with higher level fighters. Ruibal's style is made for excitement so expect fireworks.

Murthel Groenhart has been very active for It's Showtime this year and now he fights fellow Dutch fighter Darryl Sichtmann. Sichtmann is a pretty good fighter stepping up from the Dutch scene, and fighting Murthel at 77kg is a measuring stick for a fighter's success. Both fighters are very dynamic and Murthel's style is great to watch. Sichtmann tends to let his opponents impose their game on him and that's why I favor Murthel here. Last but not least, Andy Ristie takes on Jonay Risco. Ristie is slowly rising up and Risco will serve as another stepping stone to the big stage for him.

You can catch the fight tomorrow at 4PM EST on www.showtimefights.com or in Canada on The Fight Network.

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Another week and another podcast with Steven Wright and myself running down the week's happenings in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. This week we turn our eye to the results from the MPL event, as well as the looming question of why is it that we still can't watch these shows? Then we move our attention to Japan where Shoot Boxing co-promoted this year's Shoot the Shooto events with Shooto and how that turned out, as well as look at Zambo's recent jaw injury and what that fight really means.

As always, it is an hour of insightful Kickfighting news and analysis and you can find it on Steven's blog, or search for it on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). Or go ahead and listen to it on LiverKick.com, this time it won't expire, I promise.

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Bas BoonChalk this up to further drama coming out of the now severed relationship between Golden Glory and Alistair Overeem. In a press release dated November 10th from the Law Offices of Roberick J. Lindblom, they explain with a bit more detail why Alistair Overeem has chosen to sue both Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory. It appears that KOI and GG are ready to fire back at Alistair and are looking to recoup losses from Alistair breaching his contract with them.

This lawsuit is a preemptive action on the part of Mr. Overeem and his counsel in response to KOI’s recent notification to Mr. Overeem of numerous violations by him of his management agreement with KOI, including but not limited to his failure to pay commissions for past fights and endorsement deals secured by KOI and Golden Glory.

KOI and Golden Glory are respected organizations committed to securing the best fight deals and training for their team of fighters. Mr. Overeem's continued suggestions to the contrary are scurrilous and will be vigorously defended in the proper forum.

I must say, if Mr. Lindblom's office continues to drop gems like "scurrilous" I'd feel bad for Ubereem.

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Rumble of the Kings will be hosting its annual event in Sweden on November 26 and the highly anticipated match-up of Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex is taking place on the card. For this fight, Rumble of the Kings has done a countdown show for that fight. The show is very similar to an HBO 24/7 type lead-up and gives an inside look at each fighter's preparation for the upcoming bout. I quite enjoyed this video and I think most kickboxing fans will too. Check it out.

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