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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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FIKAThere is word making the rounds right now that K-1 founder Kazuyoshii Ishii will make an announcement from China tomorrow in regards to a long-standing project that he has been working on, FIKA. The International K-1 Federation as it has been known by in previous years has been something that Ishii has been cooking up for quite a while now, and according to his vision would serve as the World Cup of Kickboxing with 32 countries being involved.

Ishii has been stewing on this idea for at least ten years now and according to one of the more reliable sources on everything Kazuyoshii Ishii, Akira Hattori, is set to finally be announced. FIKA will be financed by a Chinese fund and will be a partnership with WAKO, the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations. FIKA is set to be based out of Hong Kong with each involved country holding qualifications for a "world cup."

It is not entirely clear how the K-1 brand fits into this or if there will be talk of FEG's involvement in this whole mess, but it appears that Kazuyoshi Ishii, the man who helped bring K-1 to a global stage and set the pace for two decades in the kickboxing world is looking to do it again.

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Today's preview looks at Dutch kickboxing legend Ramon Dekkers' lone MMA bout in K-1 HERO's against Japanese MMA legend Genki Sudo and Sudo's own foray into the kickboxing world. Dekkers retired initially in 2001 before signing a contract with K-1 in 2005 to take on Sudo at the first HERO's event. Sudo, known for his aggressive, entertaining grappling style started out in Pancrase and went on to the UFC, going 2-1 in his time with the company. Sudo didn't reach his peak of stardom until signing with K-1, where he actually started as a kickboxer for the company, competing in the first two Japan MAX qualifying tournaments in 2002 and 2003, losing to Taishin Kohiruimaki and Masato in the quarterfinals of each event, respectively. A win over Royler Gracie and "freakshow" fight wins over Eric "Butterbean" Esch and the aforementioned Dekkers, along with his run to the finals of the K-1 HERO's 2005 Lightweight GP sealed Sudo's fame and he has since retired, becoming a musician. Sudo's overall kickboxing record in K-1 was 2-4.

Genki Sudo vs Ramon Dekkers

     

Genki Sudo vs Taishin Kohiruimaki

   

Genki Sudo vs Masato

More of Sudo in K-1 after the break

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Youness

The magic of the internet and Twitter has made us pretty well acquainted with Mousid fighter Youness el Mhassani, who if you follow Dutch Kickboxing and It's Showtime you should know very well. Youness is probably one of the best -77kg fighters out there but has been criticized for his style in the past, which has led to fighters actively not looking to take fights with him. Just earlier this year there was a bout between Youness and Artem Levin set up for It's Showtime, only for the fight to fall apart. Youness is one of those guys who is without really a weight class, as he'll fight at 72.5 all the way up to 77kg and not only fight there, but impress. We got a few words with him and what he has upcoming. Also stay tuned as we talk to Mousid Akhamrane as well.

LiverKick: Go ahead and introduce yourself to those not familiar with you or your fights.

Youness: I am Youness El Mhassani and i am a professional fighter (around -76kg) from Mousid Gym. When i was 15 years old Mousid started to teach kickboxing in my neighborhood in Amsterdam East, i went to watch a training and immediately fall in love with the sport, the next training i was there again and i directly participated in the class and get hooked. In those days i missed a lot of school to learn from Mousid. I set myself the goal to become the best of the world.

LiverKick: Tell us what you remember about your first fight.

Youness: To be honest almost nothing, i know that i had to train for about 6 months from Mousid before i got my first fight. At those days i was 16 years old and i won this fight and from this moment everything went very fast. At the age of 18 years old i was already a A-class fighter and won all my fights so far.

LiverKick: You've never trained anywhere else besides Mousid's Gym?

Youness: No, i have already trained more than 10 years at Mousid Gym and for me it's the same like Mosab. I fought my first fight with Mousid in my corner and it will be the same with my last fight. I cannot image me fighting a fight without Mousid in the corner. Mousid knows me, can take the best out of me. In those 10 years i have trained with so many top fighters for example: Nordin El Otmani, Fikri Tijarti, Hoessein Abdelhadi, Mosab Amrani, Badr Hari and many more. Why i should go to another gym? i feel very good at this gym, it is like my home.

LiverKick: Fair enough, so what is the secret to the gym that makes it a good home for fighters like yourself?

Youness: I think there is no secret, i think Mousid is such a good trainer because of the fact that he have been there by himself. He is a former world champion, fought with the best and travel the hole world during his career. For this reason Mousid knows what he is talking about and besides that he can explain/teach the techniques very well. He is capable to make a champion out of nothing, he did this in the past and he will do this in the future. His lessons are very technical, but he also plays a lot of attention about discipline and respect. For this reasons i see many "foreign" fighters come over here to improve their stand up skills, and this only happens if you deliver quality.

LiverKick: Youness you've had what feels like a hundred fights and finding a complete record for you is, well, tough, do you know your record?

Youness: Sorry i don't know my record! i had so many fights for example i fought with Diender, Pique, Gunyar, Zak, Kamponglek and all defeat them, and than there were the fights with Pajonsuk. I fight him 2 times and i won both of the fights, in those days everybody says that no one can stop Pajonsuk but they forgot Youness. I also fought Spong twice and i had a victory and the last time i lost. I had about 62 fight and if i look back i can be proud, the only problem is that all those victories are from some time ago. I don't want to look back anymore, i want to prove myself again and fight with the best fighters from this moment.

LiverKick: What have you been doing lately?

Youness: I give lessons myself, i train the youngsters and newbie's and i try to create new world champions. It's very nice to see those kids grow up, improve their fighting skills, but more important to see them grow up as a human being. For example Reda, i work already a long time with him and he made huge progress, if Reda goes on like this, he will be the next big thing from Mousid-Gym. Besides that i train with the group of professional fighters to help them with their preparation, in this way i stay sharp myself as well. Since a week i trained with some Spanish fighters, one of them will fight against Giorgio Petrosyan in Spain and to be honest i teach him al lesson but that doesn't say anything for Giorgio Petrosyan because i will teach him a lesson also.

Liverkick: So the real question here is when will we see you fighting again? It has been a while and a few fights that were announced just sort of disappeared.

Youness: At the moment there are no fights fixed, i train hard and i am getting in shape.

You know what the thing is? In this days i train a lot alongside Mosab and then it starts to itch for me automatically, when i see Mosab is getting in shape, see him working. This gives me the right spirit, the boost to train my ass off. There are so many great shows like the Thai Fight Extreme, Oktagon, Fight Code, Taftnet Cup, the Muay thai Premier League or It's Showtime, when i see all those fightcards i see good fighters but the best is missing and that is me. For example i would like to fight with Artem Levin for his It's Showtime worldtitle, because i'am sure i can beat Artem. But i would fight him on any rules he wants: It's Showtime or Muay Thai rules, i don't mind.

Liverkick: I can only speak for myself, but a fight with Artem would be awesome. Anything else on your mind?

Youness: I would love to get the change to show the world my skills inside the ring, i bring spectacular fights. I will travel all the world i'am ready for everybody around -76kg no mather if it is Holzken, Yodsanklai or Levin.

Or what do you think about Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Youness El Mhassani and the winner takes it all, i am so confident that i would take the risk to end up with nothing. I am wondering if Giorgio will accept this offer and give me the change to fight with him on 72.5 kg. The winner takes it all, so it will be an interesting match for the promotors also. I have seen on the internet that they are searching somebody who wants to fight against Giorgio in Milan, well they can stop searching and contact Mousid Akhamrane to arrange the fight.

As i told you before i am still alive and i am ready for everybody, if you want to know more about me, follow me on twitter: @younessmatrix.

Thank you very much for this interview see you at mousidgym, ush!

www.mousidgym.nl

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Canada vs. ChinaWe've been touting Canada as one of the hidden gems of the Muay Thai world for quite a while now, with the shows that happen in the hockey-loving, seal-clubbing neighbor to the north putting on more and more quality events. On November 25th it will be no difference, as this time Canadian promoter Sport Muay Thai Fighting Championships will promote an event dubbed "Canada vs. China."

Our friends at Muay Thai Authority have the full fight card.

Fight Card:

Jesse Miles (Canada) vs. Cao Yaomin (China)

Nate Smandych (Canada) vs. Xiao Jie (China)

Hakeem Dawodu (Canada) vs. Feng Jie (China)

Adam Blanchette (Canada) vs. Yang Yuanfei (China)

Sinisa Knezevic (Canada) vs. Fu Gaofeng (China)

Jessica Gladstone (Canada) vs. Li Hui (China)

Nicci Soutiere (Canada) vs. Bai Jing (China)

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K1

This is just an interesting tidbit we ran across today from Joe Rogan's podcast where he discusses a lot of fight-related stuff. He talks about how UFC is under investigation with the FTC for being a possible monopoly and that leads into how random it was that MMA caught on like it did. This leads the discussion to sports that have had a hard time of late and Joe Rogan starts talking about K-1 and how if someone like Mark Cuban were to step up to the plate and purchase K-1 that it would be a goldmine.

His line of thinking is not in any way far off from how we've been talking and it is a worth a quick listen to hear how passionate he is about it. Of course, I find it hard to agree with him that MMA is "better" and that Kickboxing and Muay Thai aren't as skilled or cerebral of sports because they lack grappling, but I do agree that people love to watch stand up fights and it is truly frustrating to see people not watch K-1, Kickboxing and Muay Thai more regularly or for more backers to take a chance on it and to do it right. To date no one has truly done Kickboxing any justice in the United States. [source]

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Yesterday in Hilversum, Holland, Twilight Fight Night played host to a few notable match-ups in the Dutch kickboxing scene. Two fighters that are definitely not known enough at all for how good they are, Ramzi Tamaditi and Fred Sikking each fought.

Both Tamaditi and Sikking are rather unknown outside of Holland and deserve some recognition. Tamditi fights in the stacked 70kg division and should be on an It's Showtime card. He fought Leory Kaestner at It's Showtime's event back on March 6th and came up short, losing a decision. Fred Sikking is in the 85kg division and has had mixed result at the higher levels. He recently split a two fight series with Moises Ruibal and got knocked out by Bogdan Stoica in February. Both fighters are on the cusp of breaking into the more prominent stages and needed wins yesterday to advance forward.

Tamaditi took on Egon Racz, a Slovakian fighter who now trains out of Mike's Gym. Racz is a good litmus test for a fighter's level and Ramzi took a decision over him. The win moves Ramzi a step closer to the bigger stages of kickboxing. It's never certain when one fighter will finally get the opportunity and some guys will hover around the Dutch scene for a long time.

Fred Sikking also moved forward with a decision win over Rodney Glunder. Glunder is a pretty decent win and moves Sikking up the ladder. It's surprising that Sikking hasn't gotten an opportunity on an It's Showtime card, especially with their efforts to establish an 85kg division. He would be a good fight for Sahak Parparyan.

A lot of guys like Tamaditi and Sikking hover around the Dutch and obscure European scenes for a very long time without getting any opportunities on the big stage. Now with more stable organizations popping up, there's hope that more fighters can get the recognition they deserve.

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