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Ismael Londt Continues Path of Demolition: Knocks Out Mourad Bouzidi

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With the cancellation of the Final 16, Mourad Bouzidi was free to fight on October 23rd in his showdown with Ismael Londt. This fight was one of Londt's biggest tests so far. They met on the Muay Thai Mania 4 card in Riswijk, Netherlands.

Londt once again shined, stopping Bouzidi in the second round. Bouzidi has now lost three in a row, albeit all against good competition. Ismael Londt has completely steamrolled everyone in front of him this year, beating the likes of Sebastian Ciobanu, Mladen Brestovac, Tomas Hron, Raemon Welboeren and now Mourad Bouzidi just this year. He's taken the kickboxing scene by storm in 2010 and 2011 and he keeps marching forward, destroying everyone in his path. Londt will be fighting at the SuperKombat World GP Final on November 19 in Germany against Pavel Zhuravlev in the semi finals of the one night, four man tournament. Even if Londt doesn't win the tournament, it's about time he gets a shot on a bigger stage like It's Showtime.

In other action on the card, Darryl Sichtman took a doctor stoppage over Errol Koning, Andy Souwer teammate Henri van Opstal took a decision over Mohammed Aouragh and Hicham Achalhi forced a doctor stoppage over Nathan van't Hoft, less than a month before he fights at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.

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Andy Souwer vs Toby Imada II, Akihiro Gono vs Henry Van Opstal Announced for Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing has announced two more MMA vs kickboxing fights for November 6th's Shoot the Shooto 2011 event.

The first fight is a rematch from last year's big upset, 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 World MAX champion Andy Souwer will try to avenge his loss in last year's S-Cup semifinals to MMA fighter and Shootboxing convert Toby Imada. Souwer's position near the top of the 70kg world has come into question over the last couple of years. After hard fought back to back losses to Giorgio Petrosyan in the 2009 K-1 MAX final and Masato at Dynamite!!! 2009 in Masato's retirement fight, K-1 neglected inviting Souwer to the 2010 MAX Final 16, assuming the 3-time S-Cup champion would want to focus on the 2010 S-Cup and not want to fight in the K-1 MAX tournament. After a quarterfinal KO of Bovy Sor Udomson, Souwer lost a close split decision to Imada on the strength of Imada's grappling. Souwer bounced back with a decision win over Pajonsuk, but a February loss to Abraham Roqueni and an unimpressive showing in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament, despite reports of a compressed nerve, have seemed to diminish his standing at 70kg. Imada has surprised everyone in Shootboxing, coming in as a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and upsetting Takaaki Umeno in the quarterfinals as well as Souwer in the semis before losing to Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals. After being knocked out by Patricky Freire, denying him his 3rd straight Bellator Lightweight tournament final, Imada returned to Shootboxing, picking up another upset win over Hiroki Shishido. However, Imada had his Shootboxing success stunted with a loss to Bovy Sor Udomson in his latest outing. Souwer should be the big favorite in this fight, but Imada hasn't failed to surprise in any of his fights.

The other fight announced for the event is former PRIDE, UFC, Sengoku, Shooto and Pancrase fighter Akihiro Gono taking on Team Souwer's Henry Van Opstal. Gono found his most success in PRIDE, making it to the semifinals of the 2006 Welterweight tournament despite fighting above his weight class. After struggling in the UFC and being cut, he returned to Japan to fight in Sengoku, being brutally knocked out by Dan Hornbuckle. After 3 straight wins, Gono dropped to lightweight and was upset by the then unknown Jadamba Narantungalag and has since moved on to kickboxing. He won the AJKF Heavyweight title back in 2005 and since his return he has gone 2-2, with losses to Yuya Yamamoto and Yohan Lidon. Van Opstal made it to the semifinals of the 2010 S-Cup, losing by decision to eventual champion Buakaw Por Pramuk. Since, Van Opstal picked up a TKO win over former boxer Satoru Suzuki back in June. {jcomments on}

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Fight Code Teams Up With W5 For Rhinos Final 8 on Saturday

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Fight Code is again co-promoting with another kickboxing organization this weekend on October 22nd. Last week saw them in Marseilles, France co-promoting with TK2 for their Dragons Final 8. This weekend will be the Rhinos Final 8 featuring heavyweights.

Some respectable talent has been brought in for single fights with Sergio Wielzen, Maxim Smirnov, Keiji Ozaki and Aziz Kallah among names. They've reached from all different regions to grab up talent for the card. Hopefully it's something we'll see more of in the future.

The Rhinos Final 8 tournament features eight heavyweight fighters that have advanced to the Final 8 from previous Fight Code Rhinos qualification fights. Vitali Akhramenko and Freddy Kemayo have had strong performances so far in Fight Code and will probably continue that on Saturday. The rest of the tournament doesn't quite stack up to those two.

Sergio Wielzen returns for a W5 title fight at 60kg against Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan. It's Wielzen's first real fight since March when he lost his It's Showtime 61MAX title to Karim Bennoui. He was scheduled to fight at an It's Showtime Japan event last month but the bout was turned into an exhibition match because one fighter missed weight. It should be a good fight as Russia is producing some very good kickboxers these days like Maxim Smirnov who will fight against fellow Russian Maxim Shalnev on the card. Smirnov, after this fight is scheduled to fight Dzhabar Askerov at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. Keiji Ozaki has been brought in to face Roman Mailov on the Fight Code portion of the card. Ozaki recently lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos at Krush.12 and will look to get back on track. It won't be an easy fight at all, as Mailov has been running through competition lately in Russia and is another one of the up and coming fighters coming out of the region.

If last weekend's Fight Code event is any indication, then the W5 portion of the card probably won't be shown on Fight Code's stream. Videos of W5 events seem to get out pretty quickly though, so we'll keep our readers posted on those. You can catch the stream on Saturday at www.livefightcode.tv. All you have to do is register and the stream is free to watch. Here's the full fight card below:

 

 Fight Code Superfights:

Roman Mailov (Ukraine) - Keiji Ozaki (Japan), 65 kg

Edgar Arutyunyan (Ukraine) - Imro Main (Holland), 75 kg

Rhinos Final 8 Fight Code 3x3 105 kg:

Freddy Kemayo (France) - Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)

Vitali Akhramenko (Belarus) - Zamig Atakishiyev (Azerbaijan)

Yüksel Ayadin (Turkey) - Thomas Kohut (Slovakia)

Pacome Assi (France) - Peter Vondracek (Czech Republic)

W5 60kg World Title Fight 5x3:

Ruslan Tozliyan (Russia) - Sergio Wielzen (The Netherlands)

W5 Super Fights 3x3:

Maxim Smirnov (Russia) - Max Shalnev (Russia), 71 kg

Yuri Zhukovski (Belarus) - Valdrin Vatnikaj (Albania), 65 kg

Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) - Nadir Hajiyev (Russia), 96

Alim Nabiev (Ukraine) - Aziz Callah (The Netherlands), 71 kg

Evgeny Khil (Russia) - Vitali Lisnyak (Ukraine), 60 kg

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