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Vladimir Mineev Survives Knockdown, Beats Ali Cenik

Fight Nights held Battle of Moscow 9 today in Moscow, Russia with three kickboxing bouts on the card. Vladimir Mineev fought the biggest test of his career in the main event against GLORY's Ali Cenik.

Mineev hadn't fought since June and it looked like there may have been some ring rust in the first round. By the second round, Mineev was starting to find his groove before getting caught with a perfectly placed coutner left hook from Cenik, sending him to the canvas. Down on the scorecards, Mineev rallied back in the third round and forced an extra round, where he dropped Cenik and got a decision victory. Mineev was tested and passed, but I'll be the first to say that he didn't look really good like he normally does. The good thing is that he's still only 22, and this fight also showed that he should stick to fighting at 95kg and not pursue heavyweight.

At 80kg, one of the top light heavyweights in kickboxing, Alexander Stetsurenko returned to the ring where he faced Golden Glory's Karapet Karapetyan. On paper this seemed like a sure win for Stetsurenko but Karapetyan showed that he's really improved over the course of this year and gave Stetsurenko a lot of trouble, not allowing him to get inside and peppering him from the outside. Stetsurenko looked to have hurt Karapetyan a few times when he was able to get inside, and ultimately got a razor thin decision victory. For Karapetyan there's no shame in defeat and he put up a really good fight.

At 95kg, another staple in Fights Nights, Ramazan Ramazanov, dominated Holland's Fabian Gondorf over the course of three rounds. Ramazanov was very sharp with his kicking game and might be finding some consistency to his performances. I'd like to see him take a step up in competition against even the likes of Ali Cenik to see how he does.


K-1 World MAX 2012 Final Live Results

The K-1 World MAX 2012 Final is here, and we've got you covered with live results. The event features the Final 8 of the World MAX tournament (70kg) with the likes of Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Andy Ristie, Mike Zambidis and more.

It's in Athens, Greece and starts at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT in North America. In Greece, the event will be starting at 18:30 local time. The event can be watched free here on in North America. For international fans, the event will cost $10 USD on Ustream, which will be here. Full fight card here.

For live updates and play by play, we'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia and @LiverKickdotcom.


50kg: Evangelos Soubakas def. Borislav Ivanov by decision.

70kg: Thanasis Karousous def. Giorgios Kounopidis by decision.

69kg: Stavros Exakoustidis def. Dionisis Gikas by decision.

81kg: Alexandros Chatzichronoglou def. Nikos Kelekis by decision.

Main Card

Reserve: Abraham Roqueni def. Xu Yan by unanimous decision.

Quarter Final: Mike Zambidis def. Reece McAllister by unanimous decision.

Quarter Final: Murthel Groenhart def. Yasuhiro Kido by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.

Quarter Final: Artur Kyshenko def. Chris Ngimbi by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 2.

Quarter Final: Andy Souwer def. Andy Ristie by unanimous decision.

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Erkan Varol by unanimous decision.

Semi Final: Murthel Groenhart def. Mike Zambidis by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 2.

Semi Final: Artur Kyshenko def. Andy Souwer by unanimous decision.

70kg: Cedric Manhoef def. Songkran Bamrungsri by decision.

Final: Murthel Groenhart def. Artur Kyshenko by KO in Round 3.


Weekend Winners: Johann Fauveau, Vladimir Moravcik

There was a lot of notable action this weekend which included the likes of Saenchai, Liam Harison, Sergio Wielzen and many more. Here's some more results from this weekend in the kickfighting hemisphere.

December 8 - Explosion - Bratislava, Slovakia:

Vladimir Moravcik def. Raphael Llodra by unanimous decision.

Raphael Llodra is an up and coming fighter out of France who made an appearance on Thai Fight this year, losing via cut stoppage to Armin Pumphanmuang. He lost again this time to the long time veteran Vladimir Moravcik, who is still going strong even after his loss to Yodsanklai Fairtex in May. Moravcik is still capable of hanging with a lot of fighters around 72.5-77kg.

Miroslav Cingel def. Almedin Hasanagic by KO in Round 1.

Slovakia is actually quite a hotbed for the 85kg division, with many fights over there taking place in this division. In particular, Miroslav Cingel is one of the country's best fighters at that weight and rolled again here with another win, after a loss last month at Souboj Titanu in the Czech Republic to David Keclik.

December 9 - Clichy, France: Johann Fauveau def. Willy Borrel by unanimous decision.

Johann Fauveau is a fighter I profiled all the way back around the early part of this year. He's defeated Jordan Watson this year and is quite a good fighter out of France at 70-72.5kg who definitely deserves a shot on the big stage. This was Fauveau's first fight since that fight in May against Watson, and also his third fight against Willy Borrel. Fauveau lost to Borrel in 2007 and beat him in 2008. Fauveau beat Borrel again yesterday, moving onto 2013 with three wins in 2012. He'll face Ludovic Millet in January.



Vendetta VI Results: Sergio Wielzen back with a win

Vendetta VI took place yesterday in Vienna, Austria with fighters coming from around Europe to face some of Austria's best.

Sergio Wielzen previously had gone winless in 2012 but finally managed to get a win as he knocked out Sasa Jovanovic in the first round with a left hook. This is a good win for Wielzen, especially with the fight being at 63.5kg and gives him some momentum going into 2013.

Another It's Showtime veteran and fast rising up and comer from FF Carbin, Duoli Chen stopped Shkodran Veseli in the third round with a knee to the liver. Chen has now won two in a row since his loss to L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and looks to have a bright future around 77kg. Apparently the fight was a war.

Aziz Kallah is also an up and comer from FF Carbin, but lost via disqualification to Foad Sadeghi in the fourth round. Kallah was dominating the fight by all accounts but was disqualified for low blows.

The Austrians did manage to get some wins though. Fadi Merza knocked out England's Jason Woodham in the second round while David Keclik scored a TKO of Errol Koning via spinning elbow. FF Carbin's Mika Tahitu lost a unanimous decision to Lirim Ahmeti, who comes from Fox Gym and is coached by Robert Fuchs. All accounts suggest that Ahmeti fought very well. A number of other Austrians also won in both kickboxing and MMA.

K-1 HW: Muamer Tufekcic def. Tomaz Simonic by unanimous decision.

K-1 63.5kg: Sergio Wielzen def. Sasa Jovanovic by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.

K-1 76kg: Duoli Chen def. Shkodran Veseli by TKO (Knee to Liver) in Round 3.

K-1 72.5kg: Fadi Merza def. Jason Woodham by KO in Round 2.

K-1 74kg: Foad Sadeghi def. Aziz Kallah by DQ in Round 4.

K-1 81kg: Adam Evloev def. Alen Belec by TKO (Cut) in Round 1.

K-1 81kg: Fahir Batjari def. Aleksander Stankov by unanimous decision.

K-1 75kg: Sercan Dedecan def. Ales Zavec by decision.

MT 84kg: David Keclik def. Errol Koning by TKO (Spinning Elbow) in Round 3.

MT 75kg: Lirim Ahmeti def. Mika Tahitu by unanimous decision.

MMA 93kg: Mattia Schiavolin def. Nural Nazmiev by Submission (Footlock) in Round 1.

MMA 84kg: Gheorghe Gritko def. Anton Samoylov by decision.

MMA 64kg: Darko Banovic def. Mohamed Mojahid by TKO (GnP) in Round 1.

MMA 70kg: Fernano Paulon def. Leonardo Zecchi by Submission (Heel Hook) in Round 2.

MMA 86kg: Toni Markulev def. Andrzej Koleniak via TKO (Punches) in Round 1.



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