|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
After picking up two wins in March, Leroy Kaestner has been missing in action in kickboxing. We've got news about his return. Kaestner will be returning on October 1st in Moscow, Russia at a W5 Grand Prix K.O. event. This is the same organization that put together the 4-man tournament in April that featured Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov, William Diender and Enriko Gogokhia.
Kaestner's opponent will be Russian fighter Maxim Smirnov. Smirnov has racked up a good streak of wins lately, advancing through the rounds of the Tatneft Cup, qualifying for the final. Smirnov is set to face Dzhabar Askerov in the final of the Tatneft Cup, tentatively at a date to be announced. Smirnov's style is awkward to fight and could pose some problems for Kaestner, who isn't known for power. Smirnov is 8-4 as a pro boxer, fighting in that realm as well as kickboxing. Smirnov's losses have only come to respectable opponents though, so his record is nothing to scoff at.
Kaestner is a solid fighter who has yet to take the next step into the big time. He's lost to Andy Souwer, Nieky Holzken and Armen Petrosyan. Kaestner will look to string some wins together and see if he can take the next step to the top level of the sport. Smirnov is a good test and shouldn't be underestimated. As we saw earlier this year when Albert Kraus lost to Batu Khasikov, many of these little known Russian fighters are quite good despite being unknown to a lot of fans.Add a comment
The Muay Thai Premier League (MPL) begins it's first season in just a matter of days at this point and has their season schedule finally set in stone. They released a press release this afternoon discussing their upcoming show in Long Beach, California as well as the rest of the events scheduled for the season.
The schedule is as such;
|• September 2, 2011 – Los Angeles, California
• October 8, 2011 – Venice/Padova, Italy
• November 5, 2011 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
• December 5, 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand
• January 17, 2012 – Los Angeles, California
• February 20, 2012 – Marseilles, France
• April 6, 2012 – Canada (Semi-Finals)
• May 25, 2012 – Los Angeles, California (Finals)
The full press release after the break.
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K-1 will break a period of relative silence tomorrow by holding a press conference about their upcoming K-1 MAX Japan tournament. It will be aired live on UStream at 7PM Japan time (6am Eastern Time). There should also be english commentary, something they have no offered before and should be a big help.
|K-1's event producer Sadaharu Tanikawa is going to make an announcement for the upcoming K-1 MAX. In the Ustream conference, EP Tanikawa will announce 8 participants and match ups of -70kg Japan tournament. Also some K-1 MAX single fights are announced. As a special hint, a big-name fighter is participating the tourney this year!
There will be some English commentary during the ustreaming conference. So please make sure you come on time and don't miss the program!
The good news is that John Wayne Parr, who originally intended for 2011 to be his retirement year has decided that since he has been so competitive, there is no reason to really stop now. That is a good thing, because Parr is still one of the best in the world and it turns out Parr just suffered a nasty looking hand injury and will have to withdraw from a September fight against Frank Giorgio. No clue how this will affect his possible October plans, but we will see.
Parr posted a few photos on his Facebook of his hand. After getting a MRI it turns out that he smashed his metacarpals and scaphoid, and while there weren't broken bones, the pain and healing time will be the same as a break. Tough luck, but at least Parr will continue his path of world domination.
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The rumors are gearing up that there will be a K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, partially confirmed by Daniel Ghita himself a week ago. To celebrate the fact that Daniel Ghita will be fighting in the biggest tournament in the world again, we urge you to check out this recent highlight reel tossed together by YouTube user DefComAlert. [source]
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