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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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At It's Showtime Japan 3/M-1 Fairtex Challenge Raorak Muay Vol.3 on September 11th, WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and M-1 Featherweight champion Genji Umeno knocked out Thai Wutidej Lookprabaht in the 4th round. Umeno used elbows to open up Wutidej which led to a 3 punch combo that set up the final uppercut-elbow combination that put Wutidej out. The win will likely get Umeno a fight with current WPMF Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii. It also puts Umeno in a good position with Lumpinee Stadium as Wutidej was ranked 5th at Feathweight which recently got a new champion, Penaik Sitnumnoi. At just 22, Umeno has solidified himself as one of the top featherweights in Japan and extends his current win streak to 8. I also expect Umeno to defend his WBC title against the winner of October's Ryuya Kusakabe-Rookie matchup in January. He holds a previous victory over Rookie and a matchup with Kusakabe would be a highly entertaining fight between two young, promising fighters.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned Yosuke Morii was able to defeat former WBO Featherweight boxing champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin by first round knockout. I believe that M-1 was more or less setting up a fight between Morii and Umeno were they to win their bouts as they set up a small Featherweight tournament with these two fights. The next It's Showtime Japan/M-1 event is on November 13th, so that fight could take place then.

#2 ranked WPMF Featherweight Daiki Nagashima picked up a majority decision win and could get a shot at the winner of Umeno vs Morii some time in the future. Up next for Nagashima will likely be a title fight against current J-NETWORK Featherweight champ Masato Sato.

Former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen was set to face off against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, but one of them missed weight and the bout was changed to an exhibition.

At Korakuen Hall on September 10th, former Rajadamnern Stadium champion and Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson put a halt to Toby Imada's Shootboxing run by taking a unanimous decision over the Bellator fighter on scores of 28-26(x3). Imada scored a first round knockdown on Bovy, but Bovy answered back with a down in each round. Imada's incredible run in Shootboxing began at last year's S-Cup where he was a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Imada upset Shootboxing standout Takaaki Umeno, knocking him out at the end of the 3rd round. Then, in the semifinals, Imada pulled a huge upset by defeating 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer by split decision. Imada was TKO'd by Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals of the tournament, but returned to Shootboxing in June, scoring yet another upset over Shootboxing mainstay Hiroki Shishido. For Bovy, the win stops a 5-fight losing streak and is his first win in Shootboxing in nearly a year and a half.

In the co-main event, Shootboxing superstar RENA was upset by former Bellator fighter Jessica Penne by majority decision in the second extension round. The fight was a majority draw after 3 rounds and couldn't be decided in the first extension round as the judges scored it a split draw. According to Dan Herbertson, RENA controlled rounds 1 and 3, but Penne scored a shoot point in round 2 to send it to the extension round. RENA apparently controlled the extension round as well over a tired Penne, but did not get help from the judges who sent it to a 5th round where Penne scored another shoot point to lock up the win. The loss is a huge disappointment for RENA who was coming off of a dominating win over Zaza Sor Aree and was getting ready for her fight with Erika Kamimura on November 23rd.

In a match for the vacant Super Welterweight championship, former boxer and #2 ranked Satoru Suzuki scored 3 knockdowns on #1 ranked Kenji Kanai, forcing a referee's stoppage and netting Suzuki the Shootboxing title.

Sengoku fighter Shigeki Osawa was also victorious at the event, taking his first win in Shootboxing, an upset over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Osawa used his grappling to score shoot points and secure the victory.

RENA's younger sister MIO picked up her second straight win under the Shootboxing banner, taking a unanimous decision win.

Also at the event, 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe vacated his title, likely to focus on fighting in Krush and with WBC Japan.

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September is a busy month for Vuyisile Colossa, the man who is fast developing a reputation as the top Muay Thai fighter in the world of MMA. The main difference between the South African and most mixed martial artists from a stand up background is that his still competes in his original style of fighting at the very highest level and will be fighting in both disciplines in the space of a few weeks.

ONE Fighting Championship was the biggest Asian MMA event of the year and was witnessed by an audience of almost 7,000 people in the Singapore Indoor Stadium and many, many more watching around the world on an internet stream. The event was a phenomenal success and so was Colossa who put in one of the most impressive performances of his career to stop Sanda specialist Ma Xing Yue early in the first round.

Most men would have taken a few weeks off to enjoy the moment and reflect on a victory which will have been seen by more people than any other fight in his career. Not Colossa, he was back training two days later for a Muay Thai fight on September 25th which will see him take on Nishikawa Tomoyuk in the quarter finals of the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament which also features two times K-1 winner Buakaw Por Pramuk.


There can be few fighters in the world who would make two such high profile appearances in the space of a few weeks and if Colosas could follow up his win at Asia's most prestigious MMA event with another victory at the highest profile Muay Thai show on the planet right now September could be a very good month for the Cheetah.

He will also be coming to a TV screen near you on AXN's reality Muay Thai series 'The Challenger' although fortunately for Colossa the filming for this was completed month's ago. His focus may now be on his fight with Tomoyuk at Rangsit Stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok but it appears that ONE Fighting Championship's inaugural event left a lasting impression,

"One FC's first show was the beginning of the new age of MMA in Asia and I was honoured to be a part of it!! I had never fought in front of so many fans and they they gave me more energy for the fight. I was happy because I I wanted a KO and I got it but I was disappointed not to get knock out of the night bonus, scoring the One FC quickest KO in 49sec I think I deserved the bonus," he said.

Colossa can probably count himself a little bit unlucky not to have been awarded the bonus which would also have seen him pick up a $5,000 cheque but there will be plenty of opportunities in the future. ONE Fighting Championship have ambitious plans for expansion and Colossa is very much a part of those plans, having been told that he has another 10 fights lined up.

With ONE FC set to put on events in multiple countries during 2012 MMA looks likely to take over Colossa's career but he is determined to continue to compete in Muay Thai and feels it can only help his development as a mixed martial artist ,

"Muay Thai is what makes me stronger in MMA, as long as I am fighting in the higher level of Muay Thai no one in the world of MMA is going to stand with me. If you do you get knocked out!"

He is one of the favourites to reach the final of the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament although much will depend on whether he can avoid being drawn against Buakaw in the semi finals. Colossa has already recorded a win over top Thai fighter Yodsaenklai, coming back from a knockdown to win a decision in Guinea, but he might find it a little more difficult to win a decision over Buakaw in Thailand.

September could be just the start of a frantic period of fighting and training for Colossa who has multiple MMA fights on the horizon as well as the prospect of three Muay Thai fights, assuming he is successful in the Thai fights tournament. Alistair Overeem is a good example of a fighter who has managed to pursue a career in two elite level combat sports but the K-1 Champion and Strikeforce Heavyweight champion only needs to fight two or three times per year. Colossa by contrast is fighting multiple times per month but he feels that the more he competes the quicker he improves,

"I work hard during training, so that I can improve in every fight whether it be MMA or Muay Thai. To be at the top of the game is all about how much time you spend preparing for the competition and I feel I am ready to fight anyone."

Another mixed martial artist to try his hand at Muay Thai was Akihiro Gono who lost a decision to Yohan Lidon at the last Thai Fights show in Japan. Gono was widely tipped to be a participant in the Thai Fights >70 kgs tournament but these rumours never came to fruition. However he was pictured in the VIP area at ONE Fighting Championship 1 leading multiple MMA websites to suggest he was on the verge of signing for One FC.

Although a fight between the two men in the Thai Fights tournament is not going to materialize they could yet meet in the cage a prospect which Colossa claims he would welcome,

"Akihiro Gono one of the great fighters from Japan and I would definitely like to fight him at One Fighting Championship. He never fought anyone like me and I am sure I would knock him out," he said.

It would be an interesting prospect as Colossa's stand up pedigree is vastly superior but Gono is an MMA thoroughbred who has faced the likes of Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua'. Colossa is already checking out potential One FC opponents but he also has his hands full with an innovative new competition he is organizing in Hong Kong, which will give normal working people the opportunity to become fighters.

The White Collar Asian MMA Championship is organized by City Fight Club, Colossa's business, and will give contestants the opportunity to train with the Cheetah for bouts in boxing, Muay Thai, grappling and ultimately MMA. There have been no shortage of applicants and Colossa feels it is important for people with more normal jobs to get to experience the thrill of competition,

"A fight is a moment which someone will remember for the rest of their life and most people don't get many of those at work every day. I want to give people the opportunity to get in the best shape of their lives and to feel the thrill of competing and testing their new found martial arts skills in front of their friends and family here in Hong Kong," he said.

The participants will all be trained by Colossa himself and it is an innovative idea which appears to have caught the imagination of people in Hong Kong. For more information visit: www.cityfightclub.tv


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French promotion Nuit des Challenges returns on November 12 in Marseilles, France with quite a good fight card featuring a strong lineup of French fighters. Nuit des Challenges is probably the strongest France-based promotion, always gathering top domestic and foreign talent for their cards. They've somewhat remodeled their brand now, opting for Nuit des Challenges (Night of Challenge) instead of the previously used La Nuit des Challenges.

Yohan Lidon, It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion faces off against French fighter Sebastien Pace. Pace isn't well known by any means. He's just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to facing higher competition. This will easily be Pace's toughest fight to date. It's somewhat unfamiliar territory for Lidon, as the fight will take place under Full Contact rules, which means that the fight will be fought over seven rounds of two minutes each. Lidon has fought in Thai rules and K-1 rules for the most part. These rules probably favor Pace, as he has more experience fighting under them.

Thomas Adamandopoulos and Houcine Bennoui face off for the ISKA World Kickboxing Title at -62.3kg. Adamandopoulos recently won the title in a bout with Keiji Ozaki at Krush.11 on August 14th. This should be a really good fight, being a rematch between France's two best fighters in the weight category. Bennoui has knocked Adamandopolous out before but Adamandopoulos has been on a role lately, cementing himself as one of France's top fighters. Bennoui also is fighting in the Thai Fight -67kg tournament, starting against Mosab Amrani in a rematch on September 25th. The tournament takes place in September, October and November so if he keeps on winning, this fight may be in jeopardy if Bennoui decides not to fight because of the Thai Fight tournament. This fight will be under K-1 rules.

Two more of France's top fighters face off as Gregory Choplin battles Karim Ghajji at -76kg under Thai rules. Choplin is coming off a win just yesterday in Canada on short notice while Ghajji is coming off a loss to Yodsanklai Fairtex. Other notable French fighter Ludovic Millet fights Bruce Codron at -70kg under Full Contact rules.

Full fight card below:

-62.3 K-1: Thomas Adamandopoulos vs. Houcine Bennoui

-76kg Full Contact: Yohan Lidon vs. Sebastien Pace

-70kg Full Contact: Ludovic Millet vs. Bruce Codron

-76kg Muay Thai: Gregory Choplin vs. Karim Ghajji

-79kg Full Contact: Medhi Amar vs. Francis Taveres

-67kg Full Contact: Samir Mohamed vs. Cedric Castagna

-85kg Full Contact: Vincent Petitjean vs. Gerald Michiara

-86kg Full Contact: Sofiane Koliai vs. Cyril Vetter




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Yesterday in Basel, Switzerland, Super Pro held a night of fights that featured a 4-man tournament. Among the participants were Rachid Belaini, Miodrag Olar, Philippe Salmon and Shemsi Beqiri. French fighter Farid Villaume was originally scheduled to face Shemsi Beqiri in the semi-finals but Salmon took his place.

Rachid Belaini and Miodrag Olar met in the semi-finals, with Belaini advancing. Shemsi Beqiri and Philippe Salmon faced off on the other side of the bracket, with Beqiri advancing to the final with a decision. Beqiri took a decision over Belaini in the final to win the tournament and a prize of 20 000 Euros. That's quite a big purse for kickboxing, equivalent to $27 341 in American dollars.

The tournament was Beqiri's first time fighting since January, where he lost a somewhat controversial decision to Yoshihiro Sato in Japan. I myself thought that it should've gone to an extra round. It's unusual for Beqiri to fight this little, as last year he fought twelve times. Beqiri is a solid fighter, and at only 25 years of age still has a lot ahead of him for his kickboxing career.

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Saenchai Sinbimuaythai has once again pulled out of a bout in the MuayThai Premiere League. While it seems he was never officially confirmed for the event, it was expected that he was to face Italian fighter Mauro Serra in a super fight at the MPL's event in Italy on October 8th. Saenchai was also scheduled to fight on the MPL's inaugural event on September 2nd, but pulled out of that too. He was even originally scheduled to be part of the league format, subsequently being replaced by Saiyok Pumpanmuang in that portion of the MPL.

Saenchai's next fight takes place on September 13th at Lumpinee Stadium. He'll face a familiar foe in Petboonchu F.A. Group, an opponent he's fought four times previously, holding a 3-1 record against him.

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Just a few days after announcing an all-star list of participants for It's Showtime's January 28th event, Simon Rutz is at it again. Rutz took to his Facebook to announce that Errol Zimmerman and Melvin Manhoef will also be in action on January 28th.


This now leaves the list of confirmed participants at:

Badr Hari

Hesdy Gerges

Gokhan Saki

Daniel Ghita

Tyrone Spong

Ben Edwards

Rico Verhoeven

Errol Zimmerman

Melvin Manhoef

The location and fight lineup will be announced before the end of the month. The card is slated to be the biggest kickboxing show in a while, with It's Showtime bringing out all their top fighters and stars.

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