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Giorgio Petrosyan is Not Dead

A part of me feels like that is the dumbest headline I'll write all week, but then again, it apparently is a story that needs some traction. There was an earthquake in Italy earlier today that was around 5.1 on the richter scale that sent shock through Northern Italy. To compound the issue, someone started a chain message that has spread throughout the fight industry in Europe that two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Giorgio Petrosyan was dead.

This happens all of the time, as I'm sure we all remember TMZ reporting that former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo was dead in 2009 and the amount of strange rumors that go around twitter daily revolving around Justin Bieber being a pedophile disguised as a child singer or of course being deceased. The good news is that not only is Kimo alive and kicking, but Giorgio Petrosyan is completely fine as well. Carlo DiBlasi sent out an email earlier today confirming that Petrosyan is fine and also asking anyone who has received a message stating Petrosyan is dead to try to help find the person responsible for spreading the rumor and to notify authorities.

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Watch the Cro Cop Final Fight Press Conference Here

Mirko Cro Cop's return to Kickboxing is rapidly approaching and yesterday Final Fight held a press conference in Croatia to discuss the event at length with Mirko, some of the other fighters and promoters there. Cro Cop talks about not wanting to fool Croatian fans by bringing in some can for him to fight (yes, he uses the word can) and that Ray Sefo is a worth and difficult opponent. At this point in both of their careers it is safe to say that this fight is a competitive one, so he is not simply blowing smoke with that statement. Watch the rest of the video here as a humble and subdued Mirko discusses his return to kickboxing. On top of his return this is a crazy stacked card, so for more information hit up the official site.

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It's Showtime Will Stream All 12 Fights Including Spong vs. Manhoef Live On January 28

Many fans have took to Twitter and Facebook to let It's Showtime know that they want the full fight card featuring 12 fights to be shown, rather than just 6 fights on the main card. It's Showtime has responded to the requests from its fans with some great news.

All 12 fights on this Saturday's It's Showtime card will be streamed on showtimefights.com. We'll all be able to see the great fights that we thought we never would, like Tyrone Spong vs. Melvin Manhoef and Yohan Lidon vs. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni for the It's Showtime 73MAX World Title.

It's Showtime's undercard fights usually never see the light of day. With such a stacked card like this though, it was a good move to listen to the fans and stream the entire fight card.

HDNet will be showing the six fight main card portion featuring Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita live. The undercard featuring Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni vs. Yohan Lidon will be aired on February 3rd.

Great job by both It's Showtime and HDNet here in making the whole fight card available.

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"Cro Cop Final Fight" Fight Card: Daniel Ghita vs. Sergei Lascenko Among Match-Ups On Stacked Card

A press conference took place today in Zagreb, Croatia to officially announce the "Cro Cop Final Fight" event that will take place on March 10th in Zagreb. Despite the moniker, Cro Cop's fight against Ray Sefo will not be his last fight. Aside from Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ray Sefo, the rest of the fight card was released and it is stacked.

Daniel Ghita will meet Sergei Lascenko in a battle of our Top 10 heavyweights. Ghita sits at #5 and Lascenko at #10 on our Liverkick.com rankings. The heavyweight landscape in kickboxing will start to undergo some big changes, starting at this Saturday's It's Showtime event. Top heavyweights are actually starting to fight each other again so match-ups like this give us a good idea of where the heavyweight division stands. Ghita will be fighting Hesdy Gerges for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title this coming weekend and Lascenko's last fight was a dramatic KO over Ismael Londt to win SuperKombat's World Grand Prix.

Dzevad Poturak will take on Ismael Londt in a battle of a long time veteran against a fighter trying to break into the upper echelon of the division. Poturak is a good test for Londt, as he never stops throwing power shots and keeps coming, so Londt might have to show something different than in his previous outings to secure the win. The fight has slugfest written all over it with, being that both fighters love to swing for the fences.

Up and coming Croatian heavyweight Igor Jurkovic will take on the K-1 veteran Freddy Kemayo. Jurkovic's biggest win to date was his upset over Pavel Zhuravlev in May. He has power but imposing his game on his opponents and defense have been a bit of a struggle for him. Kemayo should test Jurkovic's defensive skills as he'll try to impose his game on the Croatian. Mladen Brestovac meets Mourad Bouzidi in another good heavyweight fight. Brestovac last fought in July where he was knocked out by Ismael Londt in the final of one of SuperKombat's qualifying tournaments. He'll look to rebound against Bouzidi, who fights Sahak Parparyan this Saturday for It's Showtime. Speaking of Sahak Parparyan, he's on the card against a to be announced opponent. Full fight card below. [source]

Igor Jurković vs Freddy Kemayo

Daniel Ghita vs Sergei Lascenko

Mladen Brestovac vs Mourad Bouzidi

Dževad Poturak vs Ismael Lundt

Mladen Kojundžić vs Marin Došen

Agron Preteni vs Guy Pacome Assi

Stefan Jelić vs Michael Duut

Miran Fabjan vs Ivan Posavec

Sahak Paparyan vs TBA

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