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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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If you don't know by now, Simon Rutz, the owner of It's Showtime is quite active on Facebook and replies to many fan questions. Recently, Rutz has been hinting at a big announcement that he'll release at the beginning of September. As we posted on here before, Rutz said that It's Showtime might plan a huge event if K-1 does not live up to their promises.

Rutz, in the past few days has said quite a few interesting things relating to a huge It's Showtime event, a big fight for Badr Hari and It's Showtime in Spain. Here's some recent quotes from Simon Rutz:

"the level of the Spanish fighters are realy high! Soon more information about IT`S SHOWTIME Spain!"


"Tik tok, tik tok...... Time is running, almost september the first!

"Soon i announce a big fight from badr!"

Beginning september i tell everything!

Big IT'S SHOWTIME event soon to be announced!

It'll be very interesting to hear what news Rutz has to announce. I think by now it's safe to speculate that It's Showtime will hold another event in Spain, this time in Tenerife. As for Badr's next fight, everything is up in the air right now. With rumors of moving to pro boxing and fighting in the K-1 Final 16 swirling, it's surprising that Rutz would be announcing a new fight for him.  As for the big event, it could be the Spain event or a big show in Amsterdam that Rutz has been talking about.

We've got about a week until September starts, so now all we can do for now is sit and wait.

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SLAMM!! is headed to Suriname once again in the capital city of Paramaribo tomorrow. Team Slamm is featured heavily in the event as per usual. An 8-man, one night -70kg tournament will take place and two super fights and two MMA matches will round out the card. The tournament features Anthony Kane, Miles Simson, Ajay Balgobind and five other competitors in what should be a pretty competitive tournament.

Rising star Ismael Londt continues his busy schedule as he takes on Raemon Welboeren at -95kg. Londt is tearing it up lately, destroying everyone in his path. Many others, including myself think he has a big future in the sport.

The event will stream live on Slamm's website tomorrow so if you're craving for some kickboxing, here it is. The event will get kicked off at 5PM EST/2PM PST so mark it down. Fighters from the Dutch scene always bring it and these fights should be action packed. Here's the full fight card:

-70kg Tournament:

Miles Simson vs. Ajay Balgobind

Antoine Mandela vs. Alessandro Campagna

Miloud El Guebli vs. Xavier Benedito

Anthony Kane vs. Cedric Bacuna

Super Fights:

-95kg Ismael Londt vs. Raemon Welboeren

+100kg Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Godzilla


Victor Kuku vs. Hyram Rodriguez

Brian Lo-A-Njoe vs. Murat Gotepe

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K-1 event producer Sadaharu Tanikawa announced the participants and quarterfinal matchups for September 25th's K-1 World MAX 2011 -70kg Japan Tournament. It is the biggest qualifying tournament for the Final 16 and often takes place in February, but with K-1's struggles it is just now taking place.

In a big surprise, 2002 K-1 MAX Champion Albert Kraus has been announced as a tournament participant and will take on Yuji Nashiro in the first round. Though the Japan tournament has featured foreigner Andy Ologun, this is the first time a high profile foreigner has been placed in the tournament, as well as the first time a former MAX champion has participated after winning. Kraus' participation in the tournament is exciting, but at the same time somewhat disappointing as he is definitely the tournament favorite and if he wins, he may keep an exciting prospect out of the Final 16. Nonetheless, Kraus should add the extra pop in the tournament that K-1 needs and will hopefully draw quite a bit of buzz around the tournament. Kraus has been defeated by Giorgio Petrosyan in the quarterfinals of the World tournament the past two years and is coming off of a controversial decision loss to Yoshihiro Sato in June. Nashiro's placement in the tounrament is somewhat questionable as he lost in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament by KO to Yuichiro Nagashima and lost to Yutaro Yamauchi in the first round of this year's Krush tournament.

In the second quarterfinal, last year's favorite and finalist Hiroki Nakajima will take on undefeated RISE Middleweight Champion Takafumi Morita. Morita has made a splash on the scene, recently defeating former WBC Japan Champion Soichiro Miyakoshi and taking the RISE belt from Yukihiko Komiya by KO. Nakajima had high expectations, making it to last year's finals before falling by KO in a thrilling fight to 2010 champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Nakajima then fought very hard competition in his next two fights, losing by dominating decision to Albert Kraus and Buakaw Por. Pramuk. He rebounded with a KO win over YOSHI in the Krush 70kg tournament, but was upset in the semifinals by fellow tournament participant Kenta.

In the other half of the bracket, K-1 has set up a rematch from the Krush 70kg tournament between Shintaro Matsukura and Yuya Yamamoto. In the fight, the two put on an entertaining two rounds until the final round when Matsukura managed to drop Yamamoto with a knee early in the round. After that knockdown, the two began throwing everything they had, making for one of the best rounds of the year. Matsukura took the win as a result of the knockdown and went on to the semis against Yutaro Yamauchi. Again, the two fought a relatively entertaining first two rounds until the action exploded in the 3rd, leading to an extension round where the action continued. However, Matsukura was outlanded by Yamauchi and lost by split decision. Matsukura is just 19 years old and won the 2009 K-1 Koshien 70kg tournament. Yamamoto has been up and down since his appearance in the 2009 World MAX Semifinals, losing to HINATA in the quarterfinals of last year's Japan tournament and going 3-3 overall.

To round out the tournament, Krush 70kg Tournament Champion Kenta will take on 2008 Japan Tournament Champion and Swagmaster Extreme Yasuhiro Kido. Kenta took out Masakazu Watanabe, Hiroki Nakajima and Yutaro Yamauchi en route to the Krush title and is currently riding a 5-fight winstreak with his last loss being to tournament participant Yuji Nashiro. Kido has fallen on hard times in K-1 after his 2008 tournament win, losing in the quarterfinals of the last two Japan tournaments and losing a super fight to Vahid Rosyani last May.

The favorite in this tournament has to be Kraus, but Nakajima, Morita, Kenta and Yuya Yamamoto could prove to be spoilers. If there were an upset to look out for, I'd say watch Morita against Nakajima. Matsukura may well take another win off of Yamamoto, too, though I think it's not as likely.

In the tournament reserve bout, YOSHI will take on Go Yokoyama. Yokoyama was initially announced as a participant of the tournament, but has been moved to the reserve bout. His last fight was a draw against Yutaro Yamauchi at Sengoku Soul of Fight. YOSHI was knocked out by Hiroki Nakajima in the quarterfinals of the Krush tournament.

2010 Japan Tournament Champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima has been announced in a 78kg superfight against Kenmun. Jienotsu has spent most of his off-time from K-1 participating in professional wrestling which probably explains his lack of participation in the tournament. Finally, flashy 63kg standout Kizaemon Saiga will take on Valdrin Vatnikaj. Since upsetting Naoki Ishikawa last July, Saiga has gone 1-4, though his losses have come to Tetsuya Yamato, Son Hyun Lee, Ryuji Kajiwara and Yuta Kubo.

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After picking up two wins in March, Leroy Kaestner has been missing in action in kickboxing. We've got news about his return. Kaestner will be returning on October 1st in Moscow, Russia at a W5 Grand Prix K.O. event. This is the same organization that put together the 4-man tournament in April that featured Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov, William Diender and Enriko Gogokhia.

Kaestner's opponent will be Russian fighter Maxim Smirnov. Smirnov has racked up a good streak of wins lately, advancing through the rounds of the Tatneft Cup, qualifying for the final. Smirnov is set to face Dzhabar Askerov in the final of the Tatneft Cup, tentatively at a date to be announced. Smirnov's style is awkward to fight and could pose some problems for Kaestner, who isn't known for power. Smirnov is 8-4 as a pro boxer, fighting in that realm as well as kickboxing. Smirnov's losses have only come to respectable opponents though, so his record is nothing to scoff at.

Kaestner is a solid fighter who has yet to take the next step into the big time. He's lost to Andy Souwer, Nieky Holzken and Armen Petrosyan. Kaestner will look to string some wins together and see if he can take the next step to the top level of the sport. Smirnov is a good test and shouldn't be underestimated. As we saw earlier this year when Albert Kraus lost to Batu Khasikov, many of these little known Russian fighters are quite good despite being unknown to a lot of fans.

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The Muay Thai Premier League (MPL) begins it's first season in just a matter of days at this point and has their season schedule finally set in stone. They released a press release this afternoon discussing their upcoming show in Long Beach, California as well as the rest of the events scheduled for the season.

The schedule is as such;


MPL Season
• September 2, 2011 – Los Angeles, California
• October 8, 2011 – Venice/Padova, Italy
• November 5, 2011 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
• December 5, 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand
• January 17, 2012 – Los Angeles, California
• February 20, 2012 – Marseilles, France
• April 6, 2012 – Canada (Semi-Finals)
• May 25, 2012 – Los Angeles, California (Finals)

The full press release after the break.


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K-1K-1 will break a period of relative silence tomorrow by holding a press conference about their upcoming K-1 MAX Japan tournament. It will be aired live on UStream at 7PM Japan time (6am Eastern Time). There should also be english commentary, something they have no offered before and should be a big help.

K-1's event producer Sadaharu Tanikawa is going to make an announcement for the upcoming K-1 MAX. In the Ustream conference, EP Tanikawa will announce 8 participants and match ups of -70kg Japan tournament. Also some K-1 MAX single fights are announced. As a special hint, a big-name fighter is participating the tourney this year!

There will be some English commentary during the ustreaming conference. So please make sure you come on time and don't miss the program!
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