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A-1 World Combat Cup Organizes 32 Man Tournament at 63.5kg

Events have gone on under the "A-1 World Combat Cup" name for quite some time now, the last one being in Lyon in December. A series of four A-1 WCC cup events have been organized by Muay Thai Genk, Summit Action Turnhout, All-Fit Gym and Balans Fight Night for March, April and May that will feature a 32 man tournament at 63.5kg, one of kickboxing's lesser talked about weight classes.

The "Final 32" stage of the tournament will take place over two events. The first event will be on March 10 in Genk and will feature eight match-ups, the winner of each qualifying to the Final 16. On March 17 in Turnhout, the same will happen with eight more match-ups in the Final 32. The Final 16 will be on one event in Eindhoven on April 7, featuring eight match-ups that pit winners from the Final 32 against eachother. The winners at the Final 16 event will move on to the Final 8 event on May 19 in Tilburg, where a one night tournament will take place to determine the tournament's winner.

This tournament is a really great idea, as it is putting a lot of 63.5kg fighters against eachother in one place. Fighters from around Europe are featured, although the majority seem to be Dutch-based. The winner of the tournament will really be one to look out for in the future and should definitely get a spot in K-1 whenever it returns.

What I find so interesting about the tournament is the chance for another fighter or more fighters to emerge as legitimate in the weight class around 63kg. I'm not familiar with many of the fighters. Often times in kickboxing, fighters you've never heard of come out of nowhere and prove to be quite good. No one knew Abraham Roqueni before he beat Andy Souwer. No one knew Javier Hernandez before he beat Karim Bennoui, and the list goes on.

A photo of the brackets and match-ups can be seen here.

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Glory March 23rd Promo Video

With Golden Glory's big announcement yesterday that on March 23rd in Moscow they would be running a bit Kickboxing show there is already quite a buzz created for it. Fans have been waiting for quality Heavyweight Kickboxing quite a while and Glory is finally looking to provide it. The big news is the return of Semmy Schilt to the ring after taking all of 2011 off. This video uploaded by GoldenGloryTV showcases how big of a deal it is for Semmy to be back.

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Saturday's Yokkao Extreme: Fight Card Feat. Buakaw, Petrosyan, Saenchai and More

Kickfighting in 2012 is getting kicked off in Italy in a big way this Saturday, January 21st in Milan. Yokkao Boxing is putting on a huge event, Yokkao Extreme, that features some of the top worldwide talent in both Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Featuring a stacked card with eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights, the card will play host to a large crowd at the Forum D'Assago.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk will make a return to K-1 rules in the main event when he faces off against Dzhabar Askerov. The two have fought before back in 2007 under te same ruleset where Buakaw took a unanimous decision. Askerov has improved since then though, going 10-1 in his last 11, winning the Tatneft Cup at 70kg in both 2010 and 2011. Buakaw is still a big favorite over Askerov though. Nevertheless, the fight should be a good one with Askerov's forward style clashing against Buakaw's Thai style.

Giorgio Petrosyan starts off his 2012 year against Abraham Roqueni. 2011 was really Roqueni's coming out party, as he was pretty much an unknown to most fans before his win over Andy Souwer. Afterwards, he picked up another win over a well known fighter in Gago Drago. Losing in the semi-finals of Thai Fight to Frank Giorgi, Roqueni will look to rebound but he's facing the toughest challenge possible. Giorgio Petrosyan last fought in November, beating Zeben Diaz in a fight where he looked a bit rusty. Petrosyan seemed to get his stride in the third round though and should be in top form for this fight.

In a Muay Thai bout, Saenchai steps up in weight once again to face one of the top Muay Thai fighters outside of Thailand at welterweight, Fabio Pinca. The weight is -66kg, and should be a real challenge for Saenchai due to the size. Saenchai last lost to Sagetdao Phetphaythai in December so he'll look to get back in the win column before facing F16 Rajanont not even two weeks later in Thailand. Fabio Pinca last lost to Kem Sitsongpeenong in the Thai Fight finals, so he's not the only one in this match-up who wants to rebound with a win.

These are the three biggest bouts on the card. The full 12-fight fight card featuring eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights can be seen after the break.

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The Countdown to Yokkao Extreme 2012

The countdown to Yokkao Extreme is on, with the featured bout of the evening being the second bout between Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Dzabar Askerov. Askerov has made a name for himself over the past few years, but has he come far enough to be challenging the best in the world. The best in the world would happen to be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Askerov is challenging him again.

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