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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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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.

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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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Eastern Europe is quietly becoming one of the areas where more and more strikers are entering MMA. Konstantin Gluhov (as highlighted here), Zabit Samedov and a bevy of lesser known strikers from Eastern Europe have dawned the open gloves and participated in MMA this year and in years past. One of the best up and coming heavyweights out of the area in my opinion is Alexei Kudin.

In kickboxing, Kudin is probably most known for fighting Pavel Zhuravlev six times. Yes, six times. Although his record against Zhuravlev isn't very pretty at 1-4-1, all the fights have been competitive with three split decisions, a majority decision and a draw between them. Recently, Kudin won the IFMA European Championships of Muay Thai, defeating Dmitry Bezus in the final. Kudin stands 6'2, 242 pounds. With the recent major success of Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, it's a body frame that is quite optimal for MMA if the skills and speed are possessed to make up for the strength of the behemoths in the division.

Of Kudin's four wins this year, three have been stoppages with punches. He seems to favor the hands when he fights in MMA and rightfully so, as they pose less threat of getting taken down than kicks and knees do. He'll often leave his hands a bit low, but he doesn't mind eating a few shots for it as long as he can effectively counter with punches. His fight with Dmitry Poberezhets is a good gauge of where he's at, stylewise and skillwise.

Kudin recently won a ProFC tournament in Moldova, stopping both of his opponents in under a minute, including a seven second knockout in the first fight (video). In the second fight, he dropped his opponent with low kicks and finished off on the ground. Low kicks are a weapon that Kudin should definitely use more in MMA, even if there's a bigger threat of getting taken down. Kudin's low kicks pack some power and most MMA fighters won't be able to handle them if hit cleanly a few times.

The opportunities are there in Eastern Europe, more specifically Russia for MMA fighters to keep active. Even if the opposition is week, staying active with fights is good for progression and experience. Then again, Kudin could always head back to stand up fighting too, where there are some pretty good cards coming up in Russia. Most fighters in Eastern Europe who compete in both stand up fighting and MMA often compete in both, as there's more opportunities to make money between them, rather than just one. If Kudin is serious about doing MMA full time, he could turn out to be a pretty decent heavyweight.

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A couple weeks ago, WBC Muay Thai Japan announced an October 2nd card headlined by Tetsuya Yamato taking on WBC Muay Thai World Champion Jomthong Chuwattana, as well as Erika Kamimura vs Denise Mellor and a WBC Japan Lightweight Title fight between Rashata and Hiromasa Masuda. It seems as though WBC Japan is looking to set up a big event with as many title fights as possible in the near future, as this event has been subtitled "Path to the Championship" and will now feature 2 more WBC Japan Title fights and 3 "playoff" matches that could possibly be #1 contender bouts, all of which contain promising, young talent.

First, WBC Japan Flyweight champion Naoki Otsuki will defend his title against WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato. Otsuki was recently on a 4 fight winning streak before being upset by J-NETWORK #6 flyweight Hiroyuki Yamamo by split decision in July.

The other title fight announced is a match between current Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi and J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara.

The first of the playoff bouts is a Super Bantamweight fight between Shootboxing 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe and #1 ranked NJKF Super Bantamweight Rookie. Kusakabe was on a tear since leaving the K-1 Koshien system, racking up 7 straight wins before losing in the finals of the Krush 55kg Tournament to Shota Takiya. Rookie put himself in a match for the vacant NJKF Super Bantamweight title by defeating Shinya Haga and will face Hiroshi Senchaigym for that title. The winner will probably face current champion Genji Umeno who is set to take on Thai Utideto Rukupurabato at It's Showtime Japan 3 this Sunday.

The next playoff bout is a Bantamweight contest between WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion TO-MA and NJKF #2 ranked Bantamweight Kojiro. TO-MA was riding a 5 fight win streak which included him picking up the M-1, J-NETWORK and WPMF Japan Super Flyweight titles until he lost to Arashi Fujiwara at It's Showtime Japan 1. Afterwards, he vacated his J-NETWORK title. Kojiro is currently on a 4-fight losing streak. If TO-MA wins, he will likely face current champion Arashi Fujiwara for the title. However, if Kojiro scores the upset another playoff bout would seem to be a good idea, possibly a rematch against Noboru Yamamoto who is ranked #1, Takuma Ito who is ranked #2 or Hiroyuki Yamano, all of which would be interesting rematches.

The final bout announced will feature one of Japan's most promising prospects and recently crowned NJKF Lightweight champion Keijiro Miyakoshi taking on J-NETWORK Lightweight champion Akihiro Kuroda. Miyakoshi beat former NJKF champion Ikki in a rematch in July, winning by a wide decision. Kuroda was riding a 2-fight losing streak with losses to HIROYA and WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi but just defended his title against Fire Harada in Harada's retirement match. The winner will likely face the winner of the Lightweight title match between Rashata and Hiromasa Masuda.

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