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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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It's Showtime Japan has just announced the fight that will likely be the headlining bout of their fourth event on October 23rd, a #1 contender's bout for the It's Showtime 61kg championship, currently held by Javier Hernandez, between Krush 2009 Lightweight GP winner Masahiro Yamamoto and former RISE 60kg champion Kan Itabashi. Like all of the other It's Showtime Japan cards, this will be a co-promotion, and this event is with REBELS.

The two fought about a year and a half ago while both had been on a tear, with Yamamoto on a 5-fight winstreak that included his 4 wins in the Krush Lightweight GP and Itabashi on an 8-fight win streak that included wins over Yuki, Turbo and Keiji Ozaki. The two fought to a draw after 3 rounds and Yamamoto ended up taking a unanimous decision in the extension round. Since, however, it has been Itabashi who has had the better record, going 3-1 with his wins coming over Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and the recently retired Genki Yamamoto which put him in this match. His loss came in a RISE Super Featherweight Title Match against Kosuke Komiyama. Yamamoto, on the other hand, just picked up his first win since the Itabashi fight, besting Arito Tsukahara for the right to face Itabashi again. In that stretch between wins, Yamamoto had a shot at becoming the It's Showtime 61kg champion, but lost as a result of a cut to former champion Sergio Wielzen.

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Xu YanThere is no doubt that one of the more exciting names involved in the Fight Code Dragons Series was Dzabar Askerov, and sadly for fans, there is no chance that we'll see him move on in said tournament. Fight Code sent out a press release the other day detailing the reasons why Askerov has been removed from the tournament, chiefly that the event is in December and there is a contract clause within each Fight Code contract stating that no fighter may fight within a month of their bout with Fight Code. The trouble arose when Askerov was booked in a bout in Sweden on November 26th against Chahid Oulad el Hadj.

This leaves Abdullah Mabel with a new opponent, which was announced by Fight Code earlier today by the way of Xu Yan. Xu Yan is a Chinese kickboxer and while many might take a glance at his wikipedia entry and write him off, his full record is 29 and 14 with impressive wins over Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Baxter Humby and Malaipet. Xu Yan's last fight for Fight Code was in March against Sudsakorn sor Klinmee, who is easily one of the best kickfighters of any discipline or weight class in the world. Losing to Suds is nothing to be ashamed of.

It is disappointing to fans that Askerov was forced to drop out, but Xu Yan is a solid fighter who can turn on the sparks when pushed hard enough and there could be huge things for him in the future. Even with the brackets not changing, this changes the entire landscape of the Fight Code Dragons Series tournament.

The tournament's Final 8 takes place in October and unravels as follows;

FIGHT CODE – FINAL 8 October 15th
Marseille – Aix en Provence (France)

SUDSAKORN (THAI) VS HALIM ISSAOUI (MAR)
BRUNO FRANCHI (ITA) VS NORBERT BALOGH (HUN)
ABDELLAH MABEL(FR) VS XU YAN (CHN)
ARMEN PETROSYAN (ITA) VS JURI BESSMERTNY (BY)
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Krush has announced four more competitors for the round of 16 of their Under-22 Supernova tournament. Former K-1 Koshien star HIROYA has been announced as a competitor, joining Koya Urabe and Masaaki Noiri as pre-tournament favorites. HIROYA would have to be viewed as the third most likely to win, as Urabe is second only to Yuta Kubo in Japan and he managed to fight Kubo with only one leg and Noiri beat HIROYA in their only fight two years ago.

The other three fighters announced were

Hiroki Hoshikawa who won a 60kg NJKF Amateur tournament.

Kazuma and Yuta Otaki who I really don't know anything about.

The final 4 competitors will be announced later.

Shootboxing also made a big announcement, making Bellator fighter Jessica Penne the opponent for Shootboxing queen Rena on 9/10. Penne was 7-0 in MMA entering the Bellator Women's tournament, but lost to eventual winner Zoila Frausto (now Zoila Gurgel) in the quarterfinals by decision. She won her last fight over Amy Davis by submission in November. Penne is the second Bellator fighter to compete in Shootboxing along with half of the main event, Toby Imada who made it to the finals of last year's S-Cup. Much like Imada was, Penne will be a huge underdog as Rena demolished Zaza Sor Aree last month and is likely training hard as she has a fight with Erika Kamimura in November.

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If you are a fan of kickboxing, you are lucky to have someone like Will Prescott, better known as StillWill who is also a fan. The sheer amount of time that he dedicates to putting together some of the tightest video packages in the industry is mind-boggling. To say that it is shocking that Will is not already employed by a major fight organization to put together video packages is an understatement, as we watch a lot of these videos as they come along, and none have the visceral impact that these do.

The latest video documents the rivalry between Alistair Overeem and Badr Hari, one of the true great K-1 rivalries of the past few years, and one that if the rumors of Alistair Overeem signing to UFC are true that we will probably never get closure on. Will covers it all, from Overeem vs. Cro Cop that featured Overeem's open challenge and Badr Hari's "K-1, real knockouts" speech that has now become notorious all the way to the fights and the press conferences where fireworks were present every step of the way. Don't forget to watch it on YouTube and favorite it.

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Continuing on our series of kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters in MMA, we profile Konstantin Gluhov. Nicknamed "Lacplesis" which means bear-slayer in Latvian, you already get an idea of what he brings to the table. Although the term "Lacplesis" was made renouned from a Latvian epic poem, Gluhov is all but poetic when the cage door shuts.

At 31 years of age, Gluhov has been fighting for over ten years, spending the larger portion of that time in the realm of kickboxing. The likes of Pavel Zhuravlev, Mourad Bouzidi and Brian Douwes have all been in the ring with Gluhov while his hand was being raised. While not an elite kickboxer by any means, Gluhov is a solid heavyweight fighter that hovers around the middle of the pack. Despite not being among the best in kickboxing, he's definitely among the best in MMA when it comes to striking.

Gluhov had his first MMA fight back in 2006. The beginning of his MMA career wasn't stellar. Losses began to build up, losing three in a row at one point. He kept at it though, and now has won 14 out of his last 15 fights since September 23 of last year, including a current six fight win streak. Mind you, this has all come in less than a year. Gluhov's current tear includes multiple one-night tournaments, even winning four fights in one night on one occasion.. Take a look closer, and you'll see what's really spectacular about this up and coming heavyweight from Latvia.

Gluhov is a rib roaster to put it lightly. Five opponents in the past year have succumbed to his left hook to the liver. Gluhov may be one of the few fighters in MMA to have a "signature move" in which fights are regularly finished with. When you think of Konstantin Gluhov, you think of the left hook to the liver. Despite his obvious favoring of the left hook liver shot as his go-to move, Gluhov has a whole arsenal of weapons that a kickboxer would possess. He rarely uses his kicks in MMA, probably because of the threat of takedowns.

Gluhov's last kickboxing match came in November of last year, where he knocked out Awadh Tamim in the first round (Which was pretty awesome, by the way. You can watch that below.) It's not known if Gluhov will make a return to kickboxing anytime soon. With the success he's having in MMA, it wouldn't be surprising for an organization like Bellator to go after him. You could probably rule out kickboxing if that happened. Right now though, Gluhov can fight wherever he wants, in whatever sport he wants so I wouldn't rule out a return to kickboxing.

Like many strikers that enter MMA, the grappling deficiencies are obvious in Konstantin Gluhov. They'll probably stop him from being any type of top heavyweight in MMA. It's still fun to see him punching MMA fighters in the liver five times a year though, so you should look forward to whenever he fights.

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Baxter Humby, a man who has defied the odds of someone who is missing a limb in professional combat sports over and over- has done it again. The intercontinental champ defeated Zidov Domenik handily over the weekend at the Muay Thai Premier League's "Stars and Stripes" event. The one armed man indeed did it. Take a look at the impressive KO below.

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