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Capital Punishment 5: Rico Verhoeven Defeats Ben Edwards

Australian promotion Capital Punishment held the 5th edition of their event yesterday in Canberra, Australia. The three main bouts were Ben Edwards vs. Rico Verhoeven, Steve Moxon vs. Wes Capper and Steve McKinnon against Nato Lauuii.

The main event was Rico Verhoeven vs. Ben Edwards, in a fight of two men trying to break into the upper echelon of the heavyweight division. Verhoeven and Edwards had both last fought on the same card for It's Showtime on January 28. Rico got knocked out in the first round by Errol Zimmerman while Ben Edwards cruised to a decision win over Ricardo van den Bos. Verhoeven took a decision win this time and it seems that he almost stopped Edwards which is quite surprising. Apparently he dropped Edwards right at the end of the third round and some are saying Edwards was saved by the bell.

Steve Moxon faced Wes Capper in a battle of two of Australia's best 70kg kickboxers. Moxon won a split decision over Capper and the fight was said to be very close. Both men were apparently given questionable knockdowns in the first round.

Steve McKinnon was originally supposed to fight Antz Nansen, who you may remember from when he stopped Hiroshi Izumi in Sengoku. Another fighter from New Zealand, Nato Lauuii stepped in to face McKinnon. McKinnon ended up stopping Lauuii, winning by TKO. In a battle of two Australians at -64.5kg under full Thai rules, Elliot Compton won a decision over Glen Purvis.

Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven def. Ben Edwards

70kg: Steven Moxon def. Wes Capper by split decision.

-95kg: Steve McKinnon def. Nato Lauuii by TKO.

-64.5kg FTR: Elliot Compton def. Glen Purvis by decision.

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Eduard Irimia Isn't Worried About K-1's Return

IrimiaIf you are trying to break into an industry where there is one clear-cut king, it is tough. It can be a bit easier for an opportunist to break in while that king is down and trying to pull itself back up, but the knowledge comes with it that eventually there will be a sleeping giant to fend off. This is where Romanian businessman and kickboxing magnate Eduard Irimia of SuperKombat finds himself after rumors surfaced that K-1 would be making its return shortly. SuperKombat held a successful 2011 year organized a slew of events including multiple tournaments, culminating in a World Grand Prix of sorts featuring a lot of younger talent.

When asked about what he thought about the return of K-1, he did not seem all that concerned.

"I honestly do not believe that the returning product will be the same. They have saved a name, but the product itself is compromised. I think that the last final in 2010 only gathered a few thousand spectators, was far from the glory days. I believe more in projects that increase, such SuperKombat, Fight Code and even It's Showtime, which has made ​​some notable events. Many businesses that were sold were not just because they had the same people back. I can say that I am glad that will have global competition and am even willing to cooperate if it is something official. Currently, however, have said that I did not see anything clearly."

While I agree that Irimia doesn't have much to worry about in Romania, I'm not quite sure that SuperKombat can be seen on the same level or in the same breath as K-1. The SuperKombat WGP last year featured some solid talent, but were a lot of prospects who aren't worldwide names yet. With time they could be big names, so it is a gamble for him which could pay off big time, but it will take time. For now, I want to see SuperKombat continue to grow and not worry about competing with K-1.

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Cro Cop Final Fight Weigh In Pics And Video

 

Cro Cop Final Fight is set to take place tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia at the Zagreb Arena in front of almost 20 000 people. Headling the card of course is Croatian superstar Mirko Cro Cop taking on fellow K-1 veteran Ray Sefo. The weigh ins took place today and we have videos and pictures for you to see, as well as some of the official weights. Click "Read More" to see the official weigh in video and some pictures.

Official Weights (Don't have for Kujundzic/Dosen, Fabjan/Posavec and Preteni/Assi)

Mirko Cro Cop - 237.6lbs/108kg vs. Ray Sefo - 264lbs/120kg

Daniel Ghita - 239.8lbs/109kg vs. Sergei Lascenko - 248.6lbs/113kg

Igor Jurkovic - 222.2lbs/101kg vs. Freddy Kemayo - Didn't weigh in, arrives in Zagreb tonight

Mladen Brestovac - 244.2lbs/111kg vs. Mourad Bouzidi - 213.4lbs/97kg

Stefan Jelic - 244.2lbs/111kg vs. Michael Duut - 239.8lbs/109kg

Toni Milanovic - 200.2lbs/91kg vs. Sahak Parparyan 200.2lbs/91kg

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Photo of the Day: Cro Cop and Ray Sefo Preparing for War

This weekend Cro Cop returns to Kickboxing and takes on another legend in the sport by the way of Ray Sefo. Cro Cop has softened a bit with age, and just always appears as an amiable guy, so it isn't uncommon to see him looking happy nowadays. Isn't that what is really important? There is also footage from the presser if you speak don't mind YouTube's auto-translations.

Sefo/Cro Cop

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