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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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For today's preview, I've decided to look at a fight that I feel is often overlooked and that is Mirko Crocop and Wanderlei Silva's first fight under special Pride vs K-1 rules back at Pride 20. At the time, Crocop had only 3 MMA fights, with one of them being against Nobuhiko Takada under the same special rules that this fight was to take place under. Wanderlei was 19-3 at the time and undefeated in Pride, proving to be a wild wrecking machine. The train of thought going in was that if Wanderlei got reckless with his striking at any point, the 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist would put him away with relative ease. However, that did not happen and Wanderlei managed to hold his own, lasting a full 15 minutes with the K-1 star and having the fight result in a draw. The two later faced off in the monumental Pride 2006 OWGP. Also at the event was an MMA fight between Quinton Rampage Jackson and 1994 K-1 WGP finalist Masaaki Satake, who had an MMA record of 1-6-1 going into the fight.

   

After the break, Rampage's take on his fight with Satake along with fight highlights and Crocop's fight with Takada.

 

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FIKAKazuyoshi Ishii officially announced FIKA today, and has promised it will be a new day for K-1 worldwide. FIKA is the Federation International K-1 Association, and will apparently be the new governing body for K-1. There will be a K-1 World Grand Prix in 2012, but to fully grasp what Ishii and his new partners have planned, think big.

FIKA is to be headquartered in Hong Kong and they are going to appeal big time to Chinese audiences by having some of their biggest shows take place in China. There will still be a "World Stage" event in Japan, but it doesn't appear to be the Finals. They are looking to hold events around the world to bring a 'World Cup' feeling and will try to be the FIFA of Kickboxing. FIKA has also brought on famous Chinese folk singer Song Zuying to sing the official FIKA theme song, which was apparently the big headline grabber in China in regards to this announcement, on top of the list of famous people at the event. The theme song will apparently be recorded in English as well, which Zuying was quoted saying it would help FIKA have a global appeal.

Seven Star Entertainment Fund, a branch of Sun Redrock Investment Group will serve as a partner in FIKA, owning about 60%, with the rest of the management team comprising the remaining 40%. Who is actually a part of this team outside of Ishii is not clear, but with the rumors of Bas Boon looking to invest in K-1 and this looking to be the future of K-1 and Bas Boon was on stage for the announcement with Semmy Schilt, it would be hard not to make connections. FIKA is looking to make for a much stronger push into the United States and China for K-1 and be less Japan-centric.

As of press time there is no firm details on a schedule or possible television deals. The only schedule is a rough one on the FIKA website's press release, which states April for the world qualifiers, May/June for the 32 stage, Sept/Oct for the 16 stage and Oct to December for the Final 8. This will be in three weight classes; 63kg, 70kg and 100kg.

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K-1's Dynamite!!! events often feature fights that pit MMA fighters against K-1 fighters in either discipline, often with expected results. However, Dynamite!!! 2008 resulted in a clean sweep for MMA, with Alistar Overeem's huge upset over Badr Hari, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gegard Mousasi taking wins over fading Japanese kickboxing legends Kozo Takeda and Musashi, respectively, and Minowaman's quick win over Errol Zimmerman. The night also held three other bouts featuring fighters who have made a name for themselves in kickboxing and MMA, with Melvin Manhoef battling Mark Hunt, Mirko Crocop taking on Hong-man Choi and Semmy Schilt facing Mighty Mo, all under MMA rules.

Badr Hari vs Alistar Overeem

     

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Kozo Takeda

Gegard Mousasi vs Musashi

MMA bouts after the break

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Renowned Thai fighter Bovy Sor Udomson has been around the block in the fight game, including a few shootboxing bouts. Toby Imada is a relative newcomer to shootboxing from MMA, having had four shootboxing fights before he collided with Bovy. Both men threw down, resulting in a really great fight. The video just got out almost two months after the fight, so check it out below.

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Look, there are a lot of people out there who make fine highlight reels in the realm of combat sports, people who do their best to put together cohesive and exciting highlight packages of their favorite fighters, promotions, sports or anything else they can think of. There reaches a certain point where you want more, and I think that StillWill -- Will Prescott -- currently does the best work. Not only the best, but the work with the most impact. There is no comparison, art is art and everything else is everything else. Will's videos started out like everything else, but over the past year they have evolved into much more and provide emotional impact and go places you don't think they would go. That being said, watch his latest K-1 video and try not to make a fool of yourself, pick up your jaw and wipe your mouth.

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Some photos say a thousand words, and the splash screen on FIKA's recently unveiled website does just that. [source]

FIKA

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