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Dzhabar Askerov Wins For Third Time In Less Than A Month At Tatneft

The Tatneft Cup's final event of the 1/8 qualification stage took place in Kazan, Russia today. The participants were vying for the final spots left in the next round of the Tatneft Cup, the quarter finals. Some good fighters have advanced so far and that continued at today's event.

Most notably, at 70kg, Dzhabar Askerov knocked out Antoine Mandela in the second round to advance to the next stage. This was Askerov's third win in less than a month's time, an extremely tough task. He defeated Jeremy Sportouch on March 8, Maxim Vorovsky on the 23rd and now today's victory. Askerov has won the Tatneft Cup at 70kg for the past two years and is the favorite to three-peat.

Liverkick.com's #3 ranked light heavyweight, Hicham El Gaoui returned to the ring and took on Konstantin Gorokhov, a replacement for Dario Kadic. El Gaoui scored a rare stoppage win for himself, as Gorokhov did not come out for the third round. Also at 80kg, Amir El Mansouri defeated Parinya from Thailand by decision in an extra round.

At heavyweight, Martynas Knyzelis defeated late replacement Alexander Volobuev. In the second heavyweight fight, Saulo Cavalari, who qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America, knocked out Andrey Shmakov.

In another 70kg fight, Maxim Smirnov defeated Ravy Brunow in an extra round. Brunow also qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup South America. 

Full results:

70kg: Maxim Smirnov def. Ravy Brunow by extra round decision.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Antoine Mandela by KO in Round 2.

80kg: Samir El Mansouri def. Parinya by extra round decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Konstantin Gorokhov by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at the end of Round 2.

80kg+: Martynas Knyzelis def. Alexander Volobuev by extra round decision.

80kg+: Saulo Cavalari def. Andrey Shmakov by KO.

 

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Giorgio Petrosyan Masterfully Outclasses Artur Kyshenko

The first Fight Code event of the year just ended, and Giorgio Petrosyan beat Artur Kyshenko by unanimous decision.

They met in the main event of the event, Petrosyan being the number one fighter in all of kickboxing and Kyshenko a top five fighter in the 70kg division. Many thought this might be Giorgio's toughest test yet, as Kyshenko is a huge fighter for the 70kg weight class, often taking fights far above the weight limit. Kyshenko has been top 5 for some time now. He was one of the few top fighters that Giorgio had never faced.

Petrosyan simply outclassed Kyshenko, putting on a masterful performance. It was vintage Giorgio Petrosyan, living up to his moniker of "The Doctor." Giorgio's counter punches threw Kyshenko off for the whole fight, leaving the Ukrainian fighter based out of Mike's Gym clearly rattled at points. Even when the fight turned into clinch grappling, Giorgio still got the better of Kyshenko, who was much bigger and stronger and can bully opponents.

Easily the best part of Giorgio's performance was his movement. He had Kyshenko looking clueless at times, taking angles, moving in and out. Giorgio would out-manuevre Kyshenko to such a great extent a few times that he basically had Artur's back. He would move in, throw the straight left and move right back out before Kyshenko could even get a punch off, missing by miles at times.

I've seen a lot of people say that they're "not impressed" by Giorgio's performance or thought he "didn't look good." I think that's crazy. Giorgio Petrosyan just completely shut down a top 5 fighter in the world and made him look lost for a large portion of the fight. It was truly a masterful display of technical skills to completely stifle Artur Kyshenko.

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Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko Live Results

The live broadcast of the Fight Code/Oktagon event featuring Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko has just started from Italy. Part of the card will be broadcast and we'll be providing all the live results. Full fight card here.

The event is being shown on Dolce Sport in Italy.

Results:

Chingiz Allazov def. Bovy Sor Udomson by KO in Round 1.

67kg: Iulian Imeri def. Filip Hryeniewicki by unanimous decision.

85kg: Yoann Kongolo def. Davide Mosca by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 3.

72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny def. Cristian Milea by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 3.

72.5k: Mustapha Haida def. Hunkar Kilic by unanimous decision.

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Bruno Franchi by KO (Body Punches) in Round 1.

70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Artur Kyshenko by unanimous decision.

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Glory World Series Live Results

The first Glory World Series event of the year takes place today in Moscow, Russia and it's a stacked card. With four MMA bouts and tons of good kickboxing action, you definitely don't want to miss this. Semmy Schilt returns to take on Brice Guidon, Errol Zimmerman fights Jerome Le Banner, Sergei Kharitonov fights Mark Miller and much more.

We'll be providing live results as they happen. For the full fight card, click here. For the guide on how to watch, click here. I'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia talking about the fights.

MMA:

Murad Machaev def. Cesario di Domenico by decision.

Gasan Umalatov def. Anatoly Safronov by Submission (Guillotine) in Round 1.

Ilir Latifi def. Denis Bogdanov by Submission (Americana) in Round 1.

Ruslan Magomedov def. Ricco Rodriguez by decision.

Kickboxing:

Nieky Holzken def. David Kyria by unanimous decision.

Dzhabar Askerov wins by split decision in an extra round.

Jamal Ben Saddik def. Vitaly Oparin by TKO in Round 1.

Ali Cenik def. Sergej Maslobojev by decision.

Zabit Samedov def. Igor Jurkovic by unanimous decision.

Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by unanimous decision.

Sergei Kharitonov def. Mark Miller by KO (Right Straight) in Round 1.

Errol Zimmerman def. Jerome Le Banner by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1.

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