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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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This Wednesday at Rajadamnern Stadium fans will be treated to seeing two of the top young talents in the sport go to battle for the first time. Light flyweight champion of Thailand, The-Lek Wor. Sangprapai will take on the light flyweight champion of Rajadamnern Stadium, Detkart Por. Pongsawang. The two fighters have solidified themselves as the two biggest draws and the two best under 110 pound fighters in all of Thailand. Unfortunately I couldn't find any video of Detkart, but everything I've read about the 18 year old suggests he's a highly technical fighter with his favorite and best techniques being a snapping left kick to the body, and well timed knees as his opponent marches in looking to clinch. He will need to be at his best if he wants to be the consensus #1 fighter at the weight, because The-Lek is a flat out beast of a fighter. Most fighters in Thailand use round 1, and sometimes round 2 just to feel each other out and then start fighting hard in 3 and 4. The-Lek is not one of these fighters. From round 1 until the final few seconds in the 5th round when the other fighter concedes he's always marching forward looking to cause pain. He has been compared to fighters in the past who were also known for pushing a frantic pace like Samson Isarn and Pongsiri Ruamrudee. It should be interesting to see if Detkart can keep The-Lek at bay with kicks and overall better technique, or if The-Lek will impose his game yet again. Either way, with this being for top dog at at 108, and both coming from different competing promotions, expect a fight of the year candidate. This is a big fight in Thailand and will likely be uploaded to web by Siamsport TV in the days that follow. 

Here you can see The-Lek in action from a fight he had last month at Lumpinee Stadium. Oh, and did I mention he's just 15 and has been in over 200 fights? Its not uncommon to see 15 year olds fighting at a high level, but 200 fights with that style? Wow!

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K-1's second big event this year, the Japan MAX 70kg tournament, kicks off at 3:30 AM EST. I've decided to live blog it to help myself and anyone else watching to stay awake. Albert Kraus, Yuji Nashiro, Hiroki Nakajima, Takafumi Morita, Yuya Yamamoto, Shintaro Matsukura, Kenta and Yasuhiro Kido will all be looking to lock up their spot in this year's Final 16 and will need 3 wins in one night to do so. Go Yokoyama and YOSHI are facing off in the night's lone reserve bout while 2010 Japan MAX 70kg GP champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima takes on Kenmun, 2011 Japan MAX 63kg GP champion Yuta Kubo battles Andre Brul and the flashy Kizaemon Saiga takes on Valdrin Vatnikaj.

I doubt I'll be doing any twitter updates, but be sure to follow @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia as I'm sure they'll be tweeting throughout tonight's event.

70kg Japan Tournament Finals:

I was AFK for the fight, but Yuji Nashiro is your unlikely tournament, winner.

63kg Super Fight: Yuta Kubo vs Andre Brul

Round 1: Kubo has a head kick blocked. Head kick almost scores. Kubo jabs and seems to be a lot faster than Bruhl. Knee from Kubo scores to the midsection and he’s keeping Bruhl at the end of his jab. Kubo throws body kicks while Bruhl’s output has been minimal. Body kick followed by a head kick that somewhat lands for Kubo. He’s setting up that question mark kick that he likes and he just missed a head kick. More body kicks and he gets Bruhl right in the liver and Bruhl is down. Kubo jumps on him and knees him, scoring another down. Bruhl is laboring and his mouthpiece comes out. The fight is started again and the round ends. 10-7 for Kubo. Great placement on the liver kick.

Round 2: Kubo comes out attacking the body again with body kicks and knees. Bruhl seems energized now and is actually throwing, but not landing. Kubo scores another down with a well placed kick and goes back to the body. Kubo almost scores with a high kick, but Bruhl evades and lands a knee of his own. Kubo continues to throw kicks to the body and just misses with the head kick again. Kubo keeps throwing kicks to the body and continues to land hard. Kubo continues to go the body and that’s how the round finishes. 10-8 for Kubo. Bruhl needs an improbable knockout.

Round 3: Kubo starts round 3 attacking the body with middle kicks again. Bruhl counters off a kick, but gets mostly glove and arm. Bruhl throws a head kick of his own, but it’s blocked. Kubo lands more middle kicks and a good knee. More body kicks coming from Kubo. Bruhl lands a left hook as he evades a Kubo kick, but it does little. Kubo continues to kick to the body. Kubo lands a left straight up the middle. Head kick lands, but not hard for Kubo. Bruhl is starting to walk him down, but there’s only 10 seconds left and that’s how the fight ends. Good showing from Kubo.

Yuta Kubo defeats Andre Bruhl via 3 round Unanimous Decision.

63kg Super Fight: Kizaemon Saiga vs Valdrin Vatnikaj

Round 1: Saiga starts off with some leg kicks. Vatnikaj tries his own and is out of range. Saiga misses a head kick. Head kick from Vatnikaj is blocked. Combination from Saiga finished off with another leg kick. High kicks from both fighters are blocked. Saiga lands a combination then a spinning back kick to the body. Saiga keeps him at distance and throws out a jab. Saiga tries a spinning back kick to the head, but Vatnikaj blocks it. Close round. Mostly uneventful with the exception of Saiga’s flashiness. Saiga gets 2 cards from the judges and a draw from the third.

Round 2: Vatnikaj misses with his hands and Saiga digs to the body. Both fighters hit each other with jabs. Vatnikaj is throwing more this round. Vatnikaj has found his range and lands a couple leg kicks. Saiga lands with a 3-punch combo. Saiga lands a few inside leg kicks, but takes a hard right from Vatnikaj in the process. Saiga lands a hard counter right and starts swarming on Vatnikaj now. Vatnikaj pushes out towards the center of the ring. Saiga has him on the ropes and is hitting him in the corner. Flying knee lets Vatnikaj off the hook and they’re back in the center. Saiga with a spinning heel kick and the round ends. Close again, but Saiga got the better of the exchanges. All 3 judges give the round to Saiga.

Round 3: Saiga comes out with a leg kick and almost catches Vatnikaj coming in. Vatnikaj just misses with a left hook. Left hook right straight connects for Vatnikaj and he’s starting to be the aggressor down 2 points on 2 cards. Saiga sweeps him down with a leg kick and eats a couple punches. Saiga has him in the corner again, but doesn’t capitalize. Spinning back kick from Saiga. Vatnikaj is too relaxed and is letting Saiga bully him around the ring. He’s been on the ropes for most of the round. High kick from Saiga is blocked. Vatnikaj in the corner again looking to counter, but Saiga avoids his punches. Saiga tries another spinning heel kick. And another. Neither connect and they collide mid-air with flying kicks. Vatnikaj tries to land a big shot, but it’s too late. Saiga should win this.

Kizaemon Saiga defeats Valdrin Vatnikaj via 3 round Unanimous Decision.

70kg Tournament Semifinal #2: Yuya Yamamoto vs Kenta

"Put Your Ass in the Air" is definitely the song of the night.

Round 1: Kenta opens with a triple jab. Yuya misses a head kick. Kenta lands a left hook and a body kick. Kenta is looking more like he did in the Krush tournament than in the Kido fight. Kenta blocks another head kick. Kenta with a double jab that lands. Yuya with a 2 punch-leg kick combo. Kenta lands with a right and tries following it up, but misses with a few punches. Yuya hits him with a left hook coming in. Yuya landing well with the leg kicks again. Kenta just got buckled a bit by a leg kick. Yuya’s targeting the leg, but Kenta unloads on his head. Interestingly, all 3 judges score the round for Yuya. Odd.

Round 2: Kenta starts checking leg kicks AND LANDS A BIG HEAD KICK ON YUYA. Yuya’s back up and Kenta pounces, unloading on Yuya. Yuya’s in BIG trouble and clinches to save himself. Kenta with another head kick and he’s just relentless. Yuya lands a shot, but Kenta is landing more. Another head kick and more punches from Kenta, but YUya seems to be back. Leg kick sends Kenta to the ground and he’s kicked again while on the ground. No down called, but no card for Yuya, just a warning. This is a race between Yuya’s chin and Kenta’s leg. Yuya starts landing with his hands though, but Kenta gets the better of the exchange. Kenta is relentless. Spinning back fist lands and Kenta is pouring it on. Yuya stabilizes but Kenta isn’t letting up. Uppercuts land for Kenta. Yuya going back to the leg kicks and Kenta is in trouble. Yuya ends the round with more leg kicks. Great round. Kenta gets a 10-8 on all 3 scorecards.

Round 3: Kenta comes out swinging and Yuya goes after the leg. Yuya getting inside and kneeing the leg. Kenta starts landing to Yuya’s head again, but Yuya’s landing hard kicks now. Kenta with a hard left. Both guys are taking loads of punishment. Kenta keeps landing and all Yuya can do is kick his leg. High kick from Yuya is blocked. Yuya seems to have gotten lost offensively and hasn’t been targeting the leg as much or landing anywhere else. He goes back to the leg and rushes in. Kenta is in trouble, but he stays up. Kenta starts landing now. 10 seconds left and Kenta lands a high kick. Yuya tires to get him and the round ends with Kenta surviving. Insane fight.

All 3 judges see the fight as a draw. This is bad for Kenta.

Ext Round 1: Both men pick up where they left off, though the pace has lessened. Kenta lands hard with a counter right and is unleashing a barrage of punches on Yuya’s face, but Yuya is fine. Kenta continues to land despite his leg. Yuya is starting to pressure now, but Kenta keeps him away with his own punches. Yuya can’t land the leg kicks. Kenta almost goes down from a kick, but continues to throw at Yuya. Kenta lands a couple left hooks as Yuya chops away at his leg. Knees from Kenta as Yuya gets his leg again. Kenta is in trouble yet again as Yuya tries to lay it on and Kenta fights his way out. Head kick lands for Kenta and now punches are coming. As the round ends, they’re slugging it out with Kenta getting the better of it. The round ends and both man throw their hands in the air. Great fight and incredible heart from both guys. Kenta’s leg is destroyed and Yuya took so many good shots.

Yuya Yamamoto defeats Kenta via Ext. Round Decision. Yuya Yamamoto advances to the finals. 

Terrible judging. Yuya was given round 1 despite very even output. Kenta also seemed to win rounds 3 and 4 which should have won him the fight in regular time and in the extension round. Questionable judging can be justified, but this is just absurd. Yuya got a big gift. Unfortunately, Kenta got robbed and won't be given the chance to win his second tournament this year.

70kg Tournament Semifinal #1: Yuji Nashiro vs Takafumi Morita

Round 1: Morita comes out with offensive pressure again. Nashiro lands a couple shots but Morita continues to walk him down. Nashiro with a good body shot. Morita’s high kick is blocked. Nashiro is landing pretty well and Morita’s offensive output isn’t what it was in the Nakajima fight. A push kick knocks Nashiro off balance and Morita seems to be finding his rhythm now. Morita shrugs off a high kick and lands a hard right, but Nashiro stabilizes. Morita misses a high kick and Nashiro throws him to the ground. Nashiro lands with back to back 1-2s. All 3 judges score it 10-10.

Round 2: Nashiro is on the front foot now and Morita is countering pretty well. Nashiro lands a right and is now landing in combination, but Morita fires back. Both fighters are exchanging single shots. Morita starts landing and has a head kick blocked. Nashiro catches Morita with a right cross and starts being the aggressor. Nashiro is starting to tire and Morita senses it. Morita has him on the ropes now with little coming back. A Morita head kick misses. Nashiro is trying to throw, but he’s visibly tired. Still, he manages to hit Morita. The round ends with a blocked Nashiro head kick. All 3 judges see round 2 for Nashiro.

Round 3: Nashiro head kick is blocked. Nashiro seems to have gotten a second wind. Morita keeps trying to score with the head kick, but is unsuccessful. Nashiro constantly going to the body with his hands. Morita is starting to like winded, now and has lost most of the pop on his shots while Nashiro gets stronger. Nashiro’s head kick almost lands. Morita is dead tired and can’t manage any offense. Again, his head kick misses. Flying knee for Morita almost lands and now he needs to pour it on. They both swing wildly and the round ends. Should be a win for Nashiro.

Yuji Nashiro defeats Takafumi Morita via 3 round Unanimous Decision. Yuji Nashiro advances to the finals.

63kg Super Fight: Kenmun vs Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Both fighters have dancing entrances and my worst nightmare has become real as Nagashima is dressed as a schoolgirl.

Round 1: Kenmun lands a head kick but Nagashima… catches it?  Ok, Kenmun throws and hits Nagashima hard but Nagashima is able to land a counter and drop Kenmun. Now Nagashima jumps in and gets tagged and gets caught again with a head kick. Nagashima takes a low blow, but doesn’t get time to rest. Kenmun lands a couple shots again. Kenmun lands hard to Nagashima’s head, but Nagashima is fine. Kenmun is fighting with his hands down which isn’t too smart against Nagashima. The round ends with almost no action in the second half of the round after the first half was filled with action. Nagashima takes it 10-8 on the knockdown despite being tagged pretty hard on multiple occasions.

Round 2: The round starts and an encounter turns into a clinch. Nagashima slips when both fighters throw kicks and Kenmun jumps in, and kicks Nagashima on the ground. Nagashima is fine, but Kenmun gets a yellow card and a point deduction. Kenmun landing HARD on Nagashima who eats it. Now Kenmun is jawing at Nagashima. Telegraphed shots from both guys, but they’re landing. The action slows and they clinch several times. High kick somewhat lands from Kenmun and Nagashima throws him to the ground. Kenmun taunting Nagashima and jawing at him some more. The round ends with the two clinching. This is a weird fight. All 3 judges give the round to Nagashima with the point deduction. Kenmun needs a knockout.

Round 3: Kenmun throws a head kick that misses but the spin around knocks Nagashima down as he was throwing a kick. Kenmun hits Nagashima after he’s pushed down, again. No warning or card. Kenmun lunges in wildly and the two clinch. This is not a fight you should show if you’re trying to teach the proper way to throw any strike. Kenmun lands and they continue to clinch. Kenmun chants are coming loud from the crowd. The two are tired and throwing. The round ends. Horrible showing from Nagashima although he’s going to get the win. He’s a better pro wrestler than kickboxer right now.

Yuichiro Nagashima defeats Kenmun via 3 round Unanimous Decision.

 

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Jon Jones“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

Those words were etched into the college ruled, spiral bound notebooks of enough troubled teens in the mid-90’s to probably fill up an entire landfill. The line is from Neil Young’s “My My, Hey Hey,” where Young takes a look at the self destructive rocker and legend that was Johnny Rotten. For kids in the 90’s there would be no connection to Neil Young’s song, instead it was the troubled last line of Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter, where one of rock n’ roll’s last true heroes gave up his struggle and admitted he lost his passion for music and his fans long ago.

Great talents can come at a cost, and many will ask of what could of been if former room mate and sonic collaborator Dylan Carlson of the band Earth had never given Cobain a shotgun and had never introduced Cobain to drug culture in general. Kurt Cobain had a natural talent for composition when it came to music, but never had the patience to go down the road of mastery of the craft. That was the other big “what if” surrounding Cobain; “what if” he put in the time and the effort to really nail down the technical aspects of playing the drums, piano or guitar, how would that of affected his song writing and accentuated his natural almost freakish ability to write appealing music?

Cobain also suffered from disenchantment of his upbringing and personal life, often times creating his own unique narrative to explain events in his life to better suit the “Kurt” that he presented to the public. According to Kurt his first concert was a Melvins show, the Melvins being one of the most influential and unrelentingly independent bands of their era, when the truth was his first concert was a Sammy Hagar concert. Cobain’s life story is filled with small details like this, including claims of being homeless and living under a bridge of the Wishkah River after an argument with his mother and pretending that he was a homosexual in school to be left alone. It was all to build up the mythos behind the troubled rocker, as it was more troubled and uncommon than a boy that never recovered from his parent’s divorce.

Kurt CobainSo Cobain is often reflected upon for what he was; an incredible, undeniable talent who never lived up to his full potential and alienated and upset many people along the way through his erratic behavior and penchant for lying to create more interest in the public personality he had cultivated for himself. Cobain was living in a bubble of a world, where his natural talents quickly took him to the top of his game but he found himself unable to sustain it before burning himself out and ultimately deciding to end his life to secure his legacy and possibly make sense of the mess that was his life and career.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones finds himself in an eerily similar situation, as his freakish talents as a fighter and an athlete are unparalleled. He was able to quickly move up to becoming the champion on his weight class at a very young age, as well as had big money sponsorship offers rolling in to help support his career as a fighter and made him a huge star. When I watch Jon Jones, I marvel at his natural talents, his instincts and his ability to understand his surroundings, but at the same time I begin to see the hang ups that affected Cobain.

Kurt had the innate ability to piece together simple yet effective melodies and harmonies from his limited knowledge of the guitar, penning songs that will outlive most of us. Over the years he picked up more and more as he played music for a living, as any musician would, but he never had all of the right tools in his toolbox. Jon Jones understands when to strike, what angles to use and knows how to judge distance very well, but still lacks the polished technique and know-how to string together a series of effective strikes to damage an opponent and be considered effective. From the mistimed and sloppy head kick and looping hooks against Ryan Bader to the attempts of pulling off Anderson Silva stunts against Rampage that were met with simple jabs and leg kicks for his trouble there are some clear, glaring flaws in Jon Jones’s stand up (if you choose to look at him objectively and not as a superhuman infallible being). Post-fight there were even reports of Jones having a potential broken foot, which could be a symptom of his unpolished kicking technique (Rampage really did no damage to Jones all fight). Jon Jones the fighter does many, many things well, but to ignore his flaws merely on the merits of his success is to discredit Jones, the sport and his opponents.

Jones shares Cobain’s affinity for creating his own narrative to explain his personality and his life in a manner that suits his needs as opposed to reality. Jones will do interviews in a fake British accent, possibly use underhanded methods to spy on opponents, thank his god in advance for his victory and play the role of a humble, pious individual when those who have been close to him tell a different story. The Jon Jones that he and the UFC present to the world is squeaky clean and will apparently not need a maturing and growth phase that every adult needs, yet cracks show through to those that look hard enough. Jon Jones, much like Kurt Cobain, won’t have time to master his craft, as he is already heralded as the best around by fans and pundits alike. Instead, he’ll have to deal with his instant success and find a way to manage that while still trying to improve and not eventually be left behind. It is still too soon to say what will become of Jon Jones, but when compared to a case like Kurt Cobain, it can be hard to ignore that rust never sleeps.

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It's always exciting when a world class striker decides to make the transition to MMA and the only question is whether they will be sufficiently well rounded to survive in a different discipline of fighting. Adam Kayoom has been thriving at multiple martial arts for over a decade, he is a Taekwondo national champion, a two time Muay Thai world champion and a Muay Khmer champion.

With such a diverse range of titles in stand up fighting you might expect Kayoom to be much more comfortable fighting on his feet but he has a BJJ pedigree which is equally impressive with a black belt as well as gold medals from major national tournaments in both Australia and Brazil. There's no point trying to take the Malaysian outside of his comfort zone because he is comfortable everywhere as Seok Mo Kim discovered to his cost at DARE Championship in Bangkok this weekend.

The Korean gave a good account of himself against Gregor Gracie at One Fighting Championship 1, losing a decision but frustrating the Brazilian who was unable to submit him despite repeated attempts. He was looking to get back on the winning track against Kayoom who despite having too many titles, medals and trophies to list was only 1-1 in MMA going into this fight.

Kayoom is a BJJ teacher at the Q23 Academy and the founder of American Top Team (Thailand) and the sold out crowd in his adopted home of Bangkok included many of his students. He put on a performance which will not only have sent them all home happy but will have welterweights all over the region looking nervously over their shoulders.

Gracie couldn't submit Seok in 15 minutes but it took Kayoom less than five to sink in a fight finishing rear naked choke. It was a perfect demonstration of what a fighter who brings both ground fighting ability and stand up skills into the cage can do as the Kuala Lumpur born south paw dropped his opponent with a straight left hand which landed with laser like accuracy before finishing him with the submission.

He is extremely well known in Thailand and was ranked in the top ten at Ratchadamnern Stadium, something which very few foreigners in the world of Muay Thaihave ever achieved. He also has a large following in his native Malaysia and is a familiar face in martial arts circles in Australia having spent much of his adult life there.

However Kayoom, who started learning martial arts because he had attention deficit disorder as a child, has yet to really make his mark on the MMA world. That is an issue he is looking to urgently address and he hopes the win over Soek will be the first of many in the coming months,

"I'm going to be fighting more MMA now, I really want to represent Malaysia in One Fighting Championship, that's my dream. It means a lot that Victor Cui was here to watch me fight, I know he has a very busy schedule so respect to him for coming to support the fighters at this event. The kid's tough, I saw him fight Gregor Gracie and he couldnt finish him but today was my day because I got to bang and I got to submit him," he said.

Kayoom had to survive an early scare ater appearing to get caught with a knee and he thinks old Muay Thai habits were to blame for him allowing Seok to steal a bit of his momentum at the beginning of the fight,

"I got him with an elbow early in the fight and I thought 'I am gonna punish this guy'  but instead my old Muay Thai habit kicked in and I relaxed. I'm never going to do that again. I have an old training injury, you can't come out of a hard training camp spotless and ready to fight, injuries happen in training all the time and he ended up finding that injury so congratulations on him for that. I had to recuperate and recover but I got back up and bit through the pain and hit him with the straight left," he said

At the age of 33 Kayoom has left it late to mark on the MMA world but having studied and mastered so many different martial arts he has effectively been preparing for this moment for the last two decades. One Fighting Championship are keeping their cards close to their chest and have not announced any additions to their roster since the successful opening show but with a Kuala Lumpur card rumoured to be in the works this Malaysian fighter must be a strong candidate for a contract.

There has never been an MMA promotion with a truly pan Asian appeal but One Fighting Championship has given an incentive to fighters all over the continent to try and compete at the highest level of the sport. Kayoom's latest win was in front of a few hundred fans for DARE Championship, a promotion which is fast making a name for itself in Thailand, and his next could be in front of almost ten thousand if One FC CEO / Owner Victor Cui does decide to sign him.

He will need to work out which weight class he is most comfortable in as he looked considerably smaller that Seok in this 75 kg catchweight fight. A drop down to lightweight might be in order but Kayoom has more than enough ability to make up for anything he might give away in size so there is no reason why he shouldn't stay in the welterweight division.

Stand up fighters are frequently frustrated in MMA by opponents who do everything they can to avoid getting dragged into a striking exchange. With a black belt in BJJ that shouldn't be a concern for Kayoom and Malaysia's top pound for pound fighter has the mixed martial arts world very much at his feet.

Photo by Marcel Braendli. Copyright DARE Championship, www.darefightsport.com


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The time has finally come and It's Showtime's biggest event of 2011 is set to go down today. The much anticipated card features a eight man, one night tournament at 70kg. Among the names featured in the tournament are Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Chris Ngimbi and Robin van Roosmalen. In addition to that, a title fight at 77kg takes place as champion Artem Levin fights Murthel Groenhart. We're not done yet, there's two super fights featuring Marat Grigorian and Rustemi Kreshnik also. Ten fights in total are on the main card.

You can watch the card by ordering it at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network. The event gets kicked off at 3PM EST/12PM PST. Enjoy the show. If you want play by play, follow @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia on Twitter.

70kg Quarter Final: Artur Kyshenko vs. Gago Drago

Artur Kyshenko wins by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 3. Kyshenko dominated the fight and looked monstrous. Drago just seemed flat, like his past outings. Kyshenko dropped Drago once in the third and then swarmed him until the referee stopped the fight.

70kg Quarter Final: Andy Souwer vs. Harut Grigorian

Andy Souwer wins by decision in an extra round. Grigorian came out guns blazing, surprising everyone and putting it on Souwer. Souwer rallied back in Rounds 2 and 3, getting an extension round where he took over the fight. This was a great back and forth fight.

70kg Quarter Final: Chris Ngimbi vs. Murat Direkci

Chris Ngimbi wins by Unanimous Decision. Ngimbi got a knockdown in round 2 that sealed the fight for him. It could be argued that this should've went to an extra round with Direkci winning round 1 and 3.

70kg Quarter Final: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Chahid Oulad el Hadj

Robin van Roosmalen wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2. The first round was really close, back and forth non stop action. van Roosmalen took over in the second and gave a standing count to Chahid where Chahid's corner threw in the towel. Looked like Chahid might have a broken jaw.

73kg Super Fight: Yassin Baitar vs. Marat Grigorian

Marat Grigorian wins by Majority Decision (4-1). It was not a bad fight, just the other fights were so good that it made this look somewhat bad. Grigorian didn't look as great as his previous outings, but he turned it up in the third round.

70kg Semi Final: Andy Souwer vs. Artur Kyshenko

Artur Kyshenko wins by Unanimous Decision. The first two rounds were very close but in the third, Kyshenko hurt Souwer, dropping him twice. Souwer was on wobbly legs for a large portion of the third.

70kg Semi Final: Chris Ngimbi vs. Robin van Roosmalen

Robin van Roosmalen wins by Unanimous Decision. van Roosmalen controlled the with his his combos. Ngimbi had trouble getting of.

77kg Title Match: Murthel Groenhart vs. Artem Levin

Artem Levin wins by KO (Knee) in Round 5. Ugly fight, but Levin got the job done with a knee to the body.

95+kg Super Fight: Rustemi Kreshnik vs. Moises Baute

Rustemi Kreshnik wins by KO (Right Hook) in Round 2.

70kg Final: Artur Kyshenko vs. Robin van Roosmalen

Robin van Roosmalen wins by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1. What a shocker, van Roosmalen caught Kyshenko perfectly and Kyshenko couldn't beat the count. van Roosmalen wins the tournament.

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Scotland has a somewhat underrated Muay Thai scene at present but there are a number of promoters working hard to change this, including Brian Calder with his SuperShowDown events. The first event was held in February this year and was by far the strongest line-up in Scottish Muay Thai history with bouts for Scottish and British titles opening the show. The whole card was the who's who of Scottish Muay Thai, with names such as Robin Downer, Tommy Young, Ally Smith and Keith McLachlan taking on tough English opponents. At the top of the bill, four of the best UK fighters took on Thais. Michael Dicks faced off with Samingprai, Damien Trainor fought Phetnamchai and cousins Andy Howson and Liam Harrison fought Wisanlek and Petchasawin respectively. Needless to say, the show was a huge success and completely sold out well in advance of the event.

The second SuperShowDown event is set for November 5th and it looks like it will be just as big, if not bigger than the first show. Recent Toyota Marathon 8-man tournament winner Andy Thrasher is now 300,000 Baht richer but isn't taking a break for a minute as he will be fighting Samingprai Kiatphontip. On top of this, Bad Company's Davey McIntosh will square up with Gery Bavetta who fought at the King's Cup in December of 2010 but more recently in June on an Italian Kombat League show. These two fights would often be enough to headline any UK or European show however these are only two of the eight fantastic scheduled main card fights. We haven't even started talking about the main attraction: a full Thai rules 59kg 8-man tournament.

This 8 man tournament will include:

  • Loz Riley (UKMF #4 @ 57kg)
  • Jonno Chipchase (UKMF #11 @ 58.9kg)
  • Darren O'Connor (UKMF #4 @ 61kg)
  • Stephen Meleady (IMC #2 @59kg & 61kg)
  • Jose Varela (UKMF #5 @58.9kg)
  • Keith McLachlan (UKMF #5 @ 61kg)
  • Carl Copestake (UKMF #3 @ 58.9kg)
  • Ilias El Hajoui (Reported record of 26-3-1)

As you can see, all fighters in this tournament are well ranked and very experienced, so there are no easy draws for the only Scottish fighter in the tournament, Keith McLachlan. Over the coming weeks Liverkick and Muay Thai Scotland will be providing a preview of each of the fighters in the tournament as well as round up of what to expect from the rest of the fights on the main card but for now, read on for the event poster and the full card.

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